Category: Blankets

Arcade Blanket

This is the project I really had in mind when I made the Tetris Blanket. Except back then, I didn’t have a stitch that was both small enough to give me some detail while still being perfectly square. Then I discovered corner-to-corner (C2C) crochet, and all my problems were solved.

The idea for this blanket was just to showcase all of the arcade games I grew up loving on a single black screen. Naturally this meant I had to capture the stress and chaos of classic arcade games by filling the screen with relatively random sprites. I did try to keep characters interacting within their own games, though, hence Pac-Man heading for the cherries while being pursued by the ghost, Taizo Hori preparing to shoot the Pooka, the Galaga ship shooting at the bees, and the Centipede head taking out the mushroom while running dangerously close to the spider. Also, because I’m picky about details, I felt the need to space out the mushrooms and centipedes correctly in relation to each other (i.e. you could populate the whole blanket with more mushrooms and they would fit without overlapping). The Dig Dug dragon spitting fire and Galaga tractor beam just felt like they needed to be in there because out how much they annoy me.

The only real difficulty to this blanket was figuring out how to break up the pieces without making it in obvious pieces like I often do with my 4-piece and 9-piece blankets. Much as I wanted to do the whole piece in one gigantic go, I remembered how difficult that was with the Marvel Blanket and kept myself away from that. The complete blanket is actually broken up into these 16 pieces which are whip-stitched together:

arcade pieces sprites

Segmenting the blanket like this gave me a randomly distributed pattern of sprites and made the stitches harder to see while also letting me work on manageable chunks at a time, so it was a neat way to space the sprites out while still keeping the appearance of one continuous piece.

Overall, this was a fantastically simple and quick project (shoutout to C2C-you can make some BIG projects in relatively short amounts of time with all that double crochet), plus the graphing was all done for me thanks to 1980s graphics!

“I had no special training at all…I just had a strong concept about what a game designer is–someone who designs projects to make people happy. That’s his purpose.” -Toru Iwatani

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Avatar Border Patterns

I recently found a request for some of the patterns I used to make the borders on the Avatar Blanket, so here they are!

First up is the Avatar logo itself:

Avatar Logo

I think this is a bit modified from what I used in the blanket, but hopefully that makes it more accurate. For this piece, I had to make three separate pieces and stitch them together. The pattern is 19 stitches tall, and I made the border pieces all 23 stitches tall.

Then there are the letters I used around the borders:

Avatar Letters

This is just a chart with the 19 letters used around the edges, based off the font the show uses to flash the titles of the episodes. Each letter is 13 stitches tall and varying widths. I’m probably not going to upload the exact spacings of the letters to make the edges, but I’m sure you can figure it out ūüôā Or spell something else!

Corner swirls:

Avatar Swirl

Nothing too exciting there, just didn’t want empty space. Same with the arrows pointing outward from the logo, I just didn’t want the outer borders to have interesting designs and the inner borders to look sad in comparison. Those were really simple though, just lines that were 3 stitches wide, and then arrows at the tips:

Avatar Arrow

That should be everything you need to make the borders, but as always if you have any questions, let me know!

Eeveelution Blanket

Eevee Blanket

*Patterns available here!*

Second Pokémon blanket is here! For this one, I decided to make the Eevee evolution family (before the next evolution comes out and they no longer add up to a nice square number, of course).

My strategy for this blanket was based on what I did for the¬†Justice League Blanket. Single crochet, alternating front and back stitches each row. I’ve found this method keeps patterns small and allows me to use several colors without sacrificing detail in the finished images. It just also makes me hate the act of weaving in ends because there are just so many. There is still some vertical distortion since the stitches are wider than they are tall, but it is not very noticeable in the individual images. Overall, the blanket came out surprisingly small, only 38″ wide x 42″ tall (96 x 106 cm), so it’s a bit more like a small rug than a real blanket, but that’s fine with me.

For the borders, I did two rows of half double crochets. Along the top and bottom sides, I also skipped every fourth stitch, since I noticed that including those made the squares splay out at the sides and look pretty uneven. Probably a problem that could also be attacked with blocking, but I’ve never been very good at blocking. So this seems to work for now.

In all honesty I wanted the background colors to be colors more befitting each individual Pokémon, but alas Umbreon was not going to work on a black background, so it ended up just being white, with type colors in the borders. I think that was enough to make it look interesting without being too overwhelming.

As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments below!

“Its ability to evolve into many forms allows it to adapt smoothly and perfectly to any environment.”¬†-Pok√©mon Crystal

Star Wars Blanket

Star Wars Front

*Patterns available here!

After about a year of off-on working on this blanket, it’s finally finished! I wanted to do another blanket the same way as the Avatar blanket, using double knitting (Check out the Avatar post if you want more detail on how to make a blanket like this, there wasn’t really anything new this time around!). Star Wars lent itself really well to double knitting, with black and white being an easy choice for the icons’ colors. I found pictures of other Star Wars blankets online that used many colors, but I decided that too many colors would distract from the simplicity at the core of the series.

Star Wars Back
And the back!

By way of construction, this blanket was exactly the same as the Avatar blanket, I just made 9 squares instead of 4, and left out border pieces. Each square had some black on the outline already, and I figured that was enough. Plus I didn’t want to make something else on a thicker border; again, that probably would have been more distracting than I wanted.

So overall this was double knit on size 10 needles. A total of 9 individual pieces sewn together using the mattress stitch. As always, I tried to fight distortion. Each piece is still wider than it is tall, but I got a lot closer to squares on this one than I did for the Avatar blanket.

What was most fun about this blanket was really drawing up the patterns. With the Avatar blanket, I just modified other patterns I found for the big pieces and didn’t get to be really creative until I designed the border pieces. With this blanket, I got to design the whole thing from scratch, and that was really fun. To be fair, I think all of my blankets have a very similar feel to them, since I mainly stick to several squares stitched together, but drawing the patterns for the icons was especially challenging and fun this time around.

“Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.” -Master Yoda

Tetris Blanket

tetris-blanket

Newest blanket here. This one was a new style for me, I crocheted 130 individual granny squares using the pattern here and stitched them together into a Tetris-inspired pattern. Making it took about 3.5 months. I used a size H hook and made 6 layers around the center hole for each square. For the colored squares, the sixth layer was in a darker color than the middle. You can see a close-up of the squares here:

tetris-close-up

I also put a small border of one layer of double crochet stitches around the edges.

What was most fun about this project was that I got to use so many bright colors. I essentially looked for the most obnoxious colors I could find at the store and put them all together.

Granny square blankets are definitely a great starter project for anyone wanting to get into crochet. Since they’re so small individually, they’re highly portable, and just by changing their arrangement when you stitch them together or by switching out yarns in the individual squares themselves, you can make some really interesting designs. I highly recommend them for anyone looking for a more relaxed, beginner project!

“If Tetris has taught me anything, it’s that errors pile up & accomplishments disappear. Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” -Mike Tyson

Pokémon Blanket

Pokemon Blanket

*Edit: Pattern available here!

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Pokémon this year, this blanket felt like a must-do. Measuring in at a whopping 48 x 65 inches, this one was actually incredibly quick to make (for me). I started it last November, so it only took 4-5 months, as opposed to my usual ~8.

Unfortunately, I did not magically get a lot faster at my crochet (boy, that would be nice). Instead, I used double crochet through the whole thing instead of single, and made each pixel 2 double crochets wide and 1 double crochet tall. So each individual Pok√©mon ‘square’ is 110 stitches wide and 55 tall. They’re still pretty distorted, since two dcs are wider than they are tall, but it’s not too bad. Still gunning for that ultimate dream of no distortion. One day. Here’s a closeup of Bulbasaur’s face so you can see the distortion and the stitching a bit better:

Bulbasaur's Face

Another thing I have to mention is that this blanket came out quite a bit bigger than I was expecting. I had been planning on putting a border and more fun stuff on it, but once the four pieces were done, I realized anything more would just be beyond overkill and would make the thing absolutely massive. I was going to try fringes, but I started doing them and thought they didn’t add anything. So unless I come up with something better later on, it’ll stay like this. It’s pretty simple, but I think the bright colors make up for it.

Overall, a fun project with reasonably small patterns (I did simplify the colors; mainly I took out all of the shadowing, which made life much easier). As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments below!

“We do have a lot in common. The same Earth, the same air, the same sky. Maybe if we started looking at what’s the same instead of always looking at what’s different…well, who knows?” -Meowth

DC Comics Justice League Blanket

Justice League Front

*Some patterns available here

After my successful Marvel blanket, I figured it was only fitting to follow up with an equally awesome DC blanket. Plus, I really wanted to do as many logos as I could, and DC was just the perfect opportunity to do that. This blanket is a little smaller than my previous ones, at just under 4.5′ wide by 4′ tall. I started it in January 2015 and just finished, at the end of November 2015.

My favorite part of this blanket is that the colors are so bright, which makes every piece really stand out. One issue I ran into when starting was keeping certain colors from blending into the backgrounds. What I ended up doing to combat this was to enclose every pattern in a solid black line, as you can see most clearly on the Superman square here:

Superman

I tried some of the first squares without the black, but the distinctions between the colors really weren’t as clear (which surprised me, since I figured the primary colors are about as distinct as you can get), so I redid them with the black border and found that it was an important step to make the eye see the logos really clearly.

Very excitingly for me, I may have actually found a stitch I like for crocheting images. After much experimenting, I ended up using the same method I did for the Marvel blanket to make these images, except this time I actually went back and forth (like a normal person) instead of cutting the tails every time I reached the end of a row. So this blanket was done with single crochet in back loops only, front loops only, back loops only, etc. And as you can see, the distortion really isn’t that bad. You can mostly see it on the Flash and Martian Manhunter squares, which should have perfect circles instead of the more oval-like shapes they ended up with, but overall the blanket comes across as very well-proportioned, which makes me very happy. Plus, the back looks just as good:

Justice League Back

Finally, in my previous blankets, I put a lot of effort into coming up with something really cool for the borders. With this one, I didn’t want to think about it too much, so I just crocheted 5 rows of grey followed by 3 rows of black around each square, sewed them together, and called it a day. Interestingly, I think that worked out for the best because there’s just so much going on in each square and having more surrounding every square would just be too busy.

And I think that’s all I’ve got for now! Let me know if you have any comments or questions below, and thanks for reading!

“There isn’t much justice on this world. Perhaps that’s why it is so satisfying to occasionally make some” -Martian Manhunter