Thursday, February 6, 2014

Minecraft Afghan

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I recently made this Minecraft Creeper blanket for one of my favorite boys who just turned 9!  He's the biggest Minecraft fan I know!

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I used the chart for a knit version of the blanket which can be found on Own Two Hands (and on Ravelry HERE), to make this granny square version.  I used a J hook and acrylic worsted weight yarn (mostly Vanna's Choice, and one Red Heart).  The granny squares are 5 rounds, and joined as I went (which saves a TON of time)!

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I did the black border in reverse single crochet, which always takes just a little bit longer, but I love how it looks.

And I'm happy to report that the blanket is well loved!

Do any of you play Minecraft?  I must admit that I didn't know much about this game at all until recently!

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  1. That's an interesting colour choice! I understood it better when I followed your link to 'Minecraft' !!
    Your squares look neat and so well joined! I love that join as you go method now I have mastered it! Do your crochet hooks with your American letters also have the size in mm? It would be nice to know if they do! The yarn looks as though it might need a 4mm hook.
    Anyway, you've made one very happy 9-year old boy! That's the biggest reward for our work, isn't it?!

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  2. both my boys are Minecraft fans !!!
    This blanket is a beautiful idea!!!!!
    xxxxxx Ale

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  3. That is awesome! I bet it will be well loved for a long time :-) I have an older Minecraft fan and have just made a Creeper quilt block for the nerdy quilt I'm making for him. It's amazing what you learn from your kids isn't it?! Have a great week, Helen

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  4. How cool! I'm a little familiar with the game, but didn't quite get what the blanket was. Then my daughter walked in while I was reading your post and immediately got excited: It's a creeper, Mom! That is so cool! She's 11 and loves Minecraft. Thanks for sharing. It looks great.

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    1. Hahaha!! Thanks! It seems like it's a pretty creative game!!
      Kate :}

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  5. Oops. Forgot to ask: did you use the same colors as the knit pattern?

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    1. Oh, no I didn't! I used in Vanna's Choice the following colors: Black, Linen, Fern, Dusty Green, Kelly Green, and Sweat Pea, and in Red Heart I used Hunter Green! I just had a little key where I substituted the colors I had for colors that were in the chart!

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  6. My boy (who is also 9) is a massive Minecraft fan. If I show him these pictures he will want me to make him one of his skin (?) I've seen birthday cakes like this too. love your blanket - a real winner. Sam xx

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    1. Thanks!! I saw a lot of birthday cakes too in my research on what to make Minecraft fan! There are a ton of creative people out there. I was blown away by all of the Minecraft theme parties I saw on Pinterest!
      Kate :}

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  7. I bet my eldest would give him a run for his money hehe! My kids have been on and on at me to make a creeper or steve blanket. Maybe one day lol. This is EXCELLENT XXX

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    1. Haha! Thanks! If you crochet it with the join-as-you-go method it really feels like it goes together much faster!!
      Have a great weekend and happy crafting!
      Kate :}

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  8. I have made about half of the squares I've made for a Afghan similar to this (just learned to crochet in dec) & now I realize I don't know how to join them. Any suggestions? I've been told maybe mattress stitch?

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    1. Hmm, I'm not sure if I know which stitch is the mattress stitch, but in the past I've joined colored squares together by holding the squares right-sides together and whipstitching through the back loops of the squares. Doing this you will see the whipstitching color. Or you could single crochet the squares together, holding wrong sides together and single crocheting in the back loops, and this would put a bit of a border around each square... Or you could try slip stitching the squares together as shown in this tutorial by Attic24: http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/joining-granny-sqaures.html (This method may hide the joining color of yarn a bit better!)

      I hope this is some help! I know if you just google "ways to join granny squares," you'll find lots of other ways too!

      Best of luck!
      Kate :}

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