How to Crochet a Link Pixel art Blanket out of Granny Squares! Inspired by Legend of Zelda - Pixel art .

 

Hi all you beautiful Off the Hook Mamma’s, I wanted to share the legend of Zelda blanket I made - once upon a time - for a gamer. 

I’m not going to lie, this blanket took me FOREVER and by forever I mean the lesser part of two years. I was attending Humber (which was 2 hours away from me at the time) I would crochet a few squares on the ride if I wasn’t sleeping or reading a book or getting motion sickness // yuck. - yes I have slept on the ttc, no I am not proud of it; but shit happens. It does.

I would loose interest - not uncommon for me - and then come back to it.

Over and over.

Until one day there were finally enough to sew them all together!

It was only then that I realized - sewing granny squares together, is never ending. BUT I am STILL in love with the finished product, it was worth the effort & I completed this blanket over 4 years ago.

It is still my pride and joy.

It was worth the effort in the way that childbirth is worth the effort.  If you really push through this blanket and are a patient and steady maker you might be able to pull it off in 3 to 4 weeks (maybe faster but good luck & please brag about it I want to know!). The colours are so fun & bright plus the joining is so different & intricate.

But I thought the squares I had labored over for roughly a year were worth any effort. 

I am excited to share how you can easily make your own! 

Included in this post you will find a colour chart (for colour reference), pixel map (for placement) & a joining tutorial as well as a couple of other helpful links I found when planning my first pixel blanket!

For this pattern you will need:

1.     A 4mm crochet hook

2.     Worsted weight yarn (colours vary)

3.     Know how to make a basic granny square (link)

4.     How to join squares (link)


You will alos need ALL of these colours (or similar) of worsted weight yarn in varying amounts (number of squares needed are included in brackets next to each colour in the count list) :

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Color Key

Find similar colors in your local craft store and make your own link blanket! The colours DO NOT EVER need to be an exact match! Pick your own colours and paint your own picture! Just enjoy what you make for you!

The yarn brands I used were literally EVERY brand of yarn that was a regular thickness worsted weight yarn. Not too thin and not too thick. I would suggest Bernat or Redheart as a good sturdy acrylic base & head up THEY SOFTEN once washed so don’t be afraid of the texture - it’s also more economical!

Count list:

1.Sky Blue (122)

2.Slate Blue (6)

3.Baby Blue (4)

4.Light Mint Green (30)

5.Dark Green Tea (14)

6.Medium Green (28)

7.Green Pea (48)

8.Dark Forrest Green (20)

9.Light Yellow (4)

10.White (51)

11.Warm yellow (32)

12.Light Skin (25)

13.Mocha Hair (22)

14.Medium Brown (21)

15.Dark Brown (16)

16.Black (160)

17.Burgundy (10)

I used a 4 mm hook and created only 2 rows to each of my granny squares keeping them fairly small.  I didn’t want this blanket to turn into a monster or get out of hand - let’s face it I had to carry it with me everywhere I went - it got a bit ridiculous near the end.

Bella Coco has a great video here that shares clearly how to make a granny square.  (why reinvent the wheel when I can share other great makers content for them!)

The final blanket measured roughly 4’ wide x 6’ long.  For a larger blanket you could consider making your squares larger by either adding a SC row to the outside or HDC 3 to 4 rows.  Or you could add more sky, clouds & grass to the edges. 

Any way you work it up your project is sure to turn out beautifully & be accepted with open arms. 


My Final Result

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The finished blanket shown measuring approximately 4’x6’.

I had to hammer some nails into the side of my moms balcony to take this picture… sorry mom!

What I liked most about this pattern was the fact that it used up A LOT of my scrap yarn, some colours only call for small amounts, and as for ‘mistakes’ it is hard to make any as long as you take a step back and look at the bigger picture before going ahead and sewing them all together.

I actually made this without a plan in mind then just a few reference photos to go off of until later (abut half way through) when I decided to draw it out on graph paper. These images were solely produced for you.

Here is the numbered chart I made for you to help lay out your squares.

On each edge it gives you a number.  These numbers indicate how many rows of squares you will need and help to count your colors easier.  Lay them out row by row and join with safety pins in all corners, then sew them together!  If you choose & layout your colors correctly your blanket will turn out amazing!  Can’t wait to see your personal touches and color selections! Tag me!

Chart Diagram #OtHM

Chart Diagram #OtHM

I strongly suggest that you safety pin your squares into the correct order. I learned the hard way that laying them out over and over again to see if they were right was so much extra work.

If they are pinned you can just fold it up tuck it in a bag and put it away without worrying about having to lay them out again later or loosing any of your precious puzzle pieces.

Joining Squares

Be consistent I am using a darning needle and yarn, mirroring each adjacent(parallel) stitch along the edges.  I also preferred to ‘Highlight’ or ‘accent’ my corner joins by sewing little squares into them all (this is where I hide the knots anyways.  I also tied a double knot at the end of each granny square while joining so that this blanket isn’t going anywhere for years to come. How to join squares video below!

 

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