Super Mario Screenshot Afghan


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Just like a ton of other people, I am a huge video game fan...and when I bought my first home a couple years ago I knew that I planned on having at least one room's decor entirely devoted to video games. Well, that one room quickly turned into an entire basement dedicated to retro gaming!

Retro game sprites translate to most craft projects very easily because they can be counted out pixel by pixel, which is also the basis for many crafting mediums. This blanket was no different...which made it much simpler than everyone thinks!


The whole thing is done using single crochet, so that is the only stitch you need to know how to do in order to make this afghan.

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Step 1: Materials Needed:

The materials needed for this project are as follows:

-- Size J Crochet Hook
-- Scissors

I used Red Heart brand yarn in the following colors, but any brand of worsted weight yarn should do:

-- Parakeet Blue  (sky background)
-- Olympic Blue  (Mario's overalls)
-- Jockey Red  (Mario's shirt)
-- Light Peach  (Mario's skin/ground)
-- Emerald Green  (grass/turtle shell)
-- Silver Grey  (cloud accent)
-- Tangerine  (question block)
-- Honey Gold  (inside of question black/turtle accents)
-- Claret Brown  (ground/bricks/goomba)
-- White
-- Black

Step 2: Pattern Instructions:

In the follow steps I'll be including a pattern in the form of a grid lined picture.

For this project, I think the illustrated pattern is much easier to follow than a written out one -- the picture makes a good reference for stitch counts in case you get lost, and it also make it very clear as to where exactly the yarn color changes occur -- however, the pattern is very large and needed to be broken into several files to allow the grid to be large and visible.
 

Each square on the grid represents 1 single crochet stitch.

Step 3: Pattern Part 1:

Step 4: Pattern Part 2:

Step 5: Pattern Part 3:

Step 6: Pattern Part 4:

Step 7: Pattern Part 5:

Step 8: Pattern Part 6:

Step 9: Pattern Part 7:

Step 10: Pattern Part 8:

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jesscarey30

Question 3 months ago

Part 5 and 6 are also the same!!

I am in love with the blanket and was super excited to start it, disappointing that the pdf's are messed up!

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jesscarey30

Question 3 months ago

Pattern sheet number 4 is a different size than the rest. Is there a corrected pdf anywhere?

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CJC9

Question 1 year ago

Pattern piece number 4 is smaller than all the others is this meant to be like that thanks

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MariaFauCJC9

Answer 5 months ago

I am just beginning pattern 4 and found out the same issue. It is 20 stitches shorter than pattern 2 above it. Have you heard anything?

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jesscarey30MariaFau

Reply 3 months ago

Has anyone heard any info on this? I'm just starting this pattern and noticed the same.

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BarbaraF76

Question 7 months ago on Introduction

Hi! I'm working on this project and I really love it! I have a question: the 2 sides of the hill are different, in my work, as they are in the picture posted by yeppers; on the right side my black squares seem separated from the green part. Did you "correct" it stitching with black yarn? Or did you use a different technique? thank you!

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AliceB71

Question 1 year ago on Step 1

is there a posted pattern so I don't have to download

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TeenaRolley

2 years ago

In the process of making it. So 218 sc across about 319 vertically? I had to substitute a few colors. My hub is colorblind so he doesnt really care. Any tips?

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KatherineP23

3 years ago

Could you please post yarn amounts needed for each color , thanks

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KaylaS23

3 years ago

Getting prepared to start this thing. Problem though...the files for image 5 and 6 are the exact same. Please fix this! I signed up for the whole instructables Pro thing just for this one pattern and I'm sad I can't complete the project without it! I just downloaded it 1/24/16!

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JV1

5 years ago on Introduction

I just finished this Super Mario Afghan on November 11, 2014, and it took me approximately 2 months from start to finish. I started with 2 rows of black and worked from bottom to top. I am left handed, so I worked mine from left to right. It is helpful to keep track of where you are if you number your rows as you go. I used 18 (3.5 oz) skeins of Red Heart Classic Parakeet Worsted (4) yarn. You can get by with 1 skein for most of the colors, but if you use the Classic (3.5 oz.) you will need at least 2-3 skeins of the white and black. I could not find a "Claret Brown", so I used Red Heart Super Saver Claret, and it took 2 (7 oz.) skeins. Most of the yarn that I used for this project was Red Heart Classic, but for some of the colors I did use some Red Heart Super Saver yarn. If I had it to do over, I would probably try to use all Red Heart Super Saver in similar colors because it comes in bigger skeins and is cheaper. The finished afghan is big enough to fit a queen-sized bed. I ended up with 319 rows total, (Not including an extra row around for border) each row being 218 sc across. I love doing intarsia, but this involves multiple color changes throughout with a lot of loose ends to weave in as you go, so it may not be enjoyable for everyone. Yarn bobbins are very helpful in keeping the different colors of yarn organized when doing intarsia. They are inexpensive and can be found at Amazon.com and many other places that carry yarn supplies.

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J.m.C3JV1

Reply 3 years ago

I love this pattern for Mario but I'm not really a visual person so I'm having a hard time doing this without a pattern. Do u know where i can print out this pattern?

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lacemaker527JV1

Reply 3 years ago

Thank you so much for listing the amounts of yarn you used. I am getting ready to start this for my grandson, and headed to JoAnn's for the background yarn (I have everything else in sufficient quantity) for their 25% off entire purchase sale today. I had no idea how much to buy. This is LOADS of help!

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Hv27JV1

Reply 4 years ago

Quick question, if you had done it in Red Heart Super Saver about how many skiens do you think it would take?

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FranceO

3 years ago

It won't let me download :( Is there something I have to do ?

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crennels

7 years ago on Introduction

I don't know if I did something wrong, But one piece of the pattern is missing. Mario and the blocks repeats I need the first row 3rd down over the green hill.

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allisontendocrennels

Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

Oh! Sorry about that! I posted the same one twice. I just fixed it, so, the one you need is part 5 of 8.
Thanks for catching that!

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schownallisontendo

Reply 3 years ago

I know this is an old post but the images are still wrong on file 5 and 6, they are still both the same.... Really would like to make this but am unsure as I will need the pattern for the sky and when to put in the blocks. Thanks

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rbaldwin4

4 years ago on Step 2

even I ♡♡this one ,grreat work.