September 20, 2011

Granny Square Raccoon Mario blanket

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My son loves Mario and I wanted to make this HUGE surprise for him.

Size
Approx. 62" x 59" (5.17ft. x 4.92ft.)

Materials
•4.5mm crochet hook (to crochet border)
•5.0mm crochet hook (to crochet squares)
•315yds worsted Red yarn
•892yds worsted Black yarn
•429yds worsted Tan yarn
•1370yds worsted Royal Blue yarn
•Tapestry needle

   I talk about this blanket in my introduction post but I wanted to go into a little more detail about it.
   This was my 8th crochet project I made; the granny square Raccoon Mario blanket. It was inspired by this Mario bedspread I seen on Ravelry but it was the old Mario (the one from the very first game). Even though Russ McAllister did an amazing job, I wanted a different Mario image to work on. After searching for days I found an image of the raccoon Mario that I like better and started working on it.
   I made this back in February '11 and finish in May '11. It took me quite awhile to finish since I was getting annoy of making granny squares. I made some Mario Bros. amigurumis in between. Even though, it got annoying of making approximately 670some squares the end result was amazing. Seeing my son's face light up of joy when I show him the blanket was priceless. :)
   The squares I made them 2"x2". Since it was my first time doing granny squares I had to search how to make granny squares on YouTube. Here's the video I use to learn; link. But if I would of known about Tunisian crochet then, I would of most definitely made it like that. Just three weeks ago, I learn about Tunisian crochet. *giggles*
Here's the 8-bit image I use to make the blanket. :)
   - Janet Carrillo

12 comments:

frogfr34k said...

One word : AWESOME
Seriously... this is just awesome!
I hope I can find the time to make one too :P

Janet said...

@ frogfr34k, thank you. :)

Haliet said...

I found your blanket on ravelry. I am extremly new to crochet and wanted to do something big, yet somewhat simple to do. This is by far one of the best peices ive seen in a long time. And I must say you have a true crocheting talent. Keep it up! And thank you for the video links for how you leaned. Very helpful!

Janet said...

@ Haliet, thank you. I just love hearing from fellow crocheters that my stuff is great cause my family I ask them what they think and all they say it's good.
This has been the biggest project I have done and I only had been crocheting for a month when I decide to make it. I'm sure you wont have any problem making it. :)

Cassie said...

That's nice you've got the template to share! I found the same one on a different site, but the gal who did it didn't share the pattern so I had to print the picture and count and eyeball it. :) Nice work btw!!

Janet said...

@ Cassie, you welcome. I also have seen plushies that I like and have stared at it for hours trying to figure out how to make it. Thats why I decide to make the blog and share my patterns with the whole world. :)

Jolie said...

Janet that is amazing. I've been looking for something to make for my mom for her birthday. She is a HUGE nintendo and Mario fan. :)

Lovedragon said...

May I ask how many rounds you did for a square?
This is so wonderful!

Janet said...

@ Lovedragon, I did 2 rounds for each square but the size of squares will vary with different yarn weight and hook size.

Beaderjojo said...

This is such a fabulous blanket, just beautiful! I'd love to make this for my brother, he's a huge Nintendo and Mario fan.
Your seams look flawless. Did you sew them together? I'm wondering how you joined them. Thanks!

Joanna

Janet said...

@Beaderjojo, thanks. :)
It really does look flawless. I use the whip stitch through the back loops only.

Darlena said...

Wow, This is awesome! Thank you for sharing. I can't wait to make this for my son :)

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