As promised here is the pattern for the Minecraft Blanket that I made my Mr A. It’s an easy to pattern to follow as it’s just made up of placing the granny squares in the appropriate positions to get the picture you want to portray. And lucky for me, Minecraft is a pixel game made up of lots of squares, so a good starting point for my first ever granny square blanket.
Minecraft Blanket Pattern:
- 5mm hook
- Yarn needle
- Yarn (see photo chart below)
- If you’re planning on blocking like I did, you’ll need an iron, something to pin your squares to (I used a cheap Yoga mat from Kmart for $4) and pins. This was my first attempt at blocking as well, so if you have a preferred method of blocking, use that 🙂
- This pattern is written in US terms with UK translation in brackets ( )
- The finished fits perfectly on a single bed and measures approximately 172cm x 184cm.
- Each square measures approximately 8.5cm.
- Good idea to weave in ends after you finish each square.
- 8 ply or dk acrylic yarn is used (see below for how much). (I used acrylic yarn from my stash from Big W and Spotlight)
- each ball mentioned below is 100g
Stitch conversion chart from Yarn Forward.
|single crochet (sc)||double crochet (dc)|
|double crochet (dc)||treble (tr)|
|half double crochet (hdc)||half treble (htr)|
|triple crochet (trc)||double treble (dtr)|
|slip stitch (sl st)||slip stitch (sl st)|
Here is the original drawing of Steve and the Diamond Sword. This is how I worked out how many squares in each colour to crochet.
Make a simple solid granny square.
Round 1. Ch 4 (or you can use a magic ring), join with ss to 1st st made, ch 2 (counts as dc (tr) here and throughout the pattern), 2dc (tr), *ch2, 3dc (tr)* repeat from * till you have 12 sts, join with ss to ch2 (first dc (tr)).
Round 2: Ch2, dc (tr) in the next 2 sts, 2dc (tr) in the ch sp, ch2, *2dc (tr) in the ch sp, dc (tr) in the next 3 sts, 2dc (tr) in the ch sp, ch2*, repeat from * to * until you get to the last ch sp, 2dc (tr) in the same ch sp, join with ss to ch2. You should have a total of 7 sts on each side.
Round 3: Ch 2, *dc (tr) each st across, 2dc (tr) in ch sp, ch2, 2dc (tr) in ch sp*, dc (tr) in each st across (7 sts), repeat from * to * until you get finish crocheting in the last ch sp. dc (tr) in the next 2 sts, join with ss to ch2. You should have a total of 11 sts on each side. Cut yarn and weave in ends.
Yay now you have to make 359 more in the appropriate colours. (see chart above).
Throughout making the squares, I found it a good idea to lay them all out to see what the design looked like. It also gave me a sense of accomplishment as you could see it all coming together nicely. Constantly count your squares and tick them off the colours/parts as you do them, it makes it easier when working out what you’ve done and got to do.
Pictured above you can see the difference blocking makes. I like the look of a blocked square.
Get your yoga mat/ironing board/or whatever it is you’ve chosen to pin your squares to, pins, iron and squares.
Place a square on the mat and pin out each corner firmly so that it makes a nice square shape (they look more rounded when you just crochet them).
Turn your iron on to steam and hover over the square for a few seconds, remember to not let the iron touch the actual square. Stay about 1-2cm away from it. Let it slightly cool and take it off, leaving the pins there so you have the same size square for the rest of them. Continue until finished.
I’m not entirely sure that the squares need blocking before joining, but it was my first blanket so I blocked, still happy that I did though.
JOINING THE GRANNY SQUARES
First I laid out the entire blanket then collected the squares in order of their row. I worked horizontally first, but I doesn’t really matter as you do either horizontally or vertically first before starting the opposite way. I started from the top right of the design and working left adding each row underneath and joining that way until I finished joining them horizontally. Vertically joining them was easy as the blanket was already in a ‘finished’ position and all you had to do was join from one side to the other.
Once you have finished joining you can move onto to the border. I just did a row of sc (dc) in light grey, then a row each of dc (tr) in light grey, dark grey and black. I did put ch2 in the corners of the blanket to keep it flat.
And then ta-daa you’re finished! Woo hoo. Here’s some more photos of the finished blanket.
It fits perfectly onto Mr A’s single bed.
It rarely leaves his side and I love that it means so much to him. Makes crocheting it all the more worthwhile and special.
So that’s it! Minecraft Blanket all finished. This method can be used to make many other crochet blankets, not just ones that have a ‘picture’. I would love to see any finished blankets made from this pattern. You can either comment here or tag me on Instagram @theloopystitch and #crochetminecraftblanket. I hope you enjoy making this blanket and the person you gift it to, if not yourself, loves it as much as my son does 😀