Another graph pattern! This time I chose to use granny squares rather than my typical go-to which is the “corner-to-corner” technique. If you would like to see an example of this you can go check out my other post: Owl Pillow Graph.
I chose to go with granny square this time because the C2C would have been too small for the size blanket that I was aiming for. At the same time, I didn’t want my square to be quite as big as the granny squares usually are for pixel blankets.
I created this graph using the pattern maker on Kandi Patterns. After several trial and errors my graph came out to 589 squares total.
I’ve decided to share the graph that I made! The controller that I made is orange; my brother’s favorite color, as this blanket was for him. If you choose to make one, you could go with the traditional black controller color. Honestly, because you can custom make controllers now, you could make it any color you want! How many times have I thought about purchasing a pink controller? …..many.
First I started with the image I wanted. I actually made this image using the controller creation feature on Xbox’s website.
Then I spent about two hours turning it into a pixel image. This image changed MANY times and somehow I managed to lose the original, so I had to keep starting from the beginning rather than making a few alterations.
Here is the graph!
If you notice, at the bottom of the graph it shows each color used, and how many of each color you need. Handy, right!?
The joining method that I used is this Invisible Seam by Jess from Make and Do Crew. Check out her blog! She has amazing patterns and tutorials! She has some super awesome corner to corner patterns as well (which I LOVE)!
As you can see, the seam is visible on the backside. However, you can’t see it from the front at all. If I had more time, I probably would have created a whole second blanket and sewn the two together so that the seams would be concealed completely. This would have made for an extremely thick blanket and would have taken twice the yarn and time; yikes. Another option is to sew a large piece of fabric to the back. I am VERY happy with how this turned out, regardless of the seam!!
I felt like the edges were too rough, so I added a simple border in the mango.
To do the border, I simply; attached the new yarn, single crocheted around the entire blanket (3sc in each corner), joined to the first single crochet. Then repeated the process once more for two complete border rounds.
This afghan ended up consisting of about 15 skeins of yarn. I used about 4 skeins of Mango, 4 skeins of White, 2 skeins of Black, and less than 1 of Blue, Gray, Green, Red, and Yellow. The Mango and White can depend on the type of yarn you use, as different brands have different amounts of yarn in each skein.
Oh, and here is a shot of the blanket cascading down the stairs of my parents’ pool deck..because..why not?
I hope that this will either be a fun project for you…or at least give you some awesome inspiration!
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