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:
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
*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.” -Pokémon Crystal
I liked the Young Forever headband so much, I decided to make another one in the same style, this time based on the cover of BTS’ Wings album:
I had a ton of ideas coming in with how to do this. At first, I thought I would tie some little bits of yarn to the bottom right of the first circle and then comb through them to make them fuzzy or something, but I ended up deciding to just add a little blip in the pattern there. Which kind of just makes it look like I messed up in crocheting a circle.
The second circle was pretty complicated with trying to get the zigzags in the right positions. They’ll still forever annoy me, but I’m pretty ok with where they ended up.
I spent the most time thinking about the third circle. At first, I thought I would try to paint bleach on a black circle to get some of the gradient effect. Then I discovered I only had acrylic yarn, so bleach would do nothing. Then I thought I would use a black-white-gray gradient yarn to make it, but I could find one. So I ended up just using a gray yarn. I tried drawing on it a bit with black sharpie to give it more texture, but it’s not all that visible. Honestly though, I kind of like the simplification of just making it a gray circle. The sharpie is also interesting if you look more closely.
The fourth circle has that little gradient going on in the center, but that was not going to happen, so simple black circle it was.
Maybe if I acquire some natural fiber black yarn, I’ll play around with the bleach idea and see if it works better.
“난 날 믿어 내 등이 아픈 건, 날개가 돋기 위함인 걸” (I trust myself, Since the reason why my back hurts, Is so that wings can sprout) -Suga
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:
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
I’ve realized that headbands are my favorite quick project to make when I feel inspired. This headband is based on the album cover of The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever by BTS:
It was simple to put together, it just took a lot of weaving in ends after everything was done since I used so many different strands of yarn. I did this one in the exact same style as the Avengers headbands, alternating front loops back loops with a size H crochet hook. I was lucky enough to have the colors just lying around, so I just cranked it out in about 4 hours. I’m very happy with how it turned out, makes me want to get inspiration for more headband designs!
“영원한 관객은 없대도, 난 노래할 거야, 오늘의 나로 영원하고파, 영원히 소년이고 싶어 난” (Even if the attention isn’t forever, I’ll keep singing, I want to stay this way for life, I want to stay young forever) –J-Hope
Wanda’s headband took an exceptionally long time for me to conceptualize. I knew I wanted to use the red and black color scheme from the movie, but I didn’t know how to incorporate her powers into the headband. Thin lines don’t show up very well in the stitching I’m using, so I eventually gave up on trying to make something to represent the red energy around her hands and focused on the angular aspect of her costume instead. I used the comics face mask as inspiration and just alternated flipping it upside down along the pattern. Interestingly, this resulted in her initials being repeated across the whole headband, which at the very least entertains me.
I think I made the angles just a bit too open on the outer parts of the mask, so I might try to redo it in the future making it slightly more mask-like. This one could easily be mistaken for Black Widow just because of the color scheme. But overall, it is a really interesting pattern (if only vaguely inspired by Scarlet Witch) so I’m happy with it.
“Everybody’s afraid of something” -Scarlet Witch
For Hawkeye’s headband, I decided to use the chevron fletching pattern from the 2012 comics Hawkeye. From there it was just a repetitive pattern. I like this one because the pattern is very simple and it only uses two colors, but it actually comes out very clean (in contrast to the many colors and even more strands of yarn I had to deal with for this one). Plus I figured there was a good chance that the chevrons would end up looking like hearts but I seemed to be able to combat that fairly well.
So that’s Hawkeye, hopefully I can finish up another one shortly.
“I’m on a team with super-humans…if I miss, it means I’m just another dude with a bow. It means I’ve been fooling myself this whole time. And that’s why I never miss.” -Clint Barton