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Thursday, April 19th, 2012 01:07 pm
I want to make a crochet blanket. Specifically an 8 bit Final Fantasy crochet blanket since it would be easier to pattern than other things. I've looked around on sites and whatnot to see how others have done it and have seen a few different styles. Granny squares, solid squares, blended where it's all solid, they just switched out the yarn where needed (have no clue what it's officially called) and a few others. For those that have made crochet blankets:

1) How heavy did your blankets get using a certain style?
2) How much yarn skeins did you use with a certain style?
3) What size hooks did you use with a certain style?

I'd like some input so I can figure out sizing, time to make and cost of materials.
Thursday, April 19th, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
Granny squares would be easiest for '8-bit' styling, giving that Tetris-like look, with lots of color flexibility. They are also worked up very fast, in the round and are nowhere near as complex to change colors as would be the 'switched out yarn' method.

Depending on the wool, all afghans made with that wool will be approximately the same weight. I suggest ordinary acrylic, it's washable and very hardy, which is needed for an afghan. Loops and Threads "Incredible" yarn is the best I've worked with for Granny's. It's really lovely. (http://michaels.com/Loops-Threads%E2%84%A2-Impeccable%E2%84%A2-Yarn---Solids/nw0435,default,pd.html) And it comes in all the colors you need and is very reasonably priced.

Always use the size hook that is specified by the yarn on the label for best results (Impeccable is a Size H/8). If doubling the yarn, refer to the pattern. Gauge is not usually necessary for afghans. As for size/skein ratio, you'll need to refer to a written pattern or if it's your pattern, guesstamate, but make sure you use a wool without a dye lot, so you can go back and get more.

Here is a granny square 8-bit version of Link from the Legend of Zelda. Solid grannies, 208 squares, sewn together. You'll benefit from a good graph to plot your design.

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Edited 2012-04-19 08:38 pm (UTC)
Thursday, April 19th, 2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
I made a Tetris blanket, and went though some trial and error with getting it the way I wanted (you can see step-by-step failures here). In the end, I went with an odd 'link it together as you add to it' sc stitch with two strands held together and a... I think N hook? (The Ravelry page is here, but unfortunately I didn't include that info).

tetris afghan - finished!

For reference, that's a queen sized bed. The thing weighs quite a bit, but I did mail it off, so it wasn't too bad. I think I went through 4 or 5 of the One Pound skeins of black, plus one of each of the colors (I didn't use all of them up).
Edited 2012-04-19 09:24 pm (UTC)
Thursday, April 19th, 2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
How heavy it is will depend on how thick the yarn is, how heavy the yarn is, and what stitch you use. A lacy stitch with a lot of open space will be lighter; a more solid stitch will crochet up heavier (and warmer!) The granny squares in [personal profile] ingridmatthews' example will probably be slightly lighter than the solid blocks in [personal profile] smeddley's.

Also, the smaller the hook you use, the heavier the afghan turns out. I've used everything from a f hook to a k hook with standard worsted weight yarn, but with the f hook it comes out very stiff and tight, and with the k hook it's loose and stretchy and full of holes - with worsted yarn you usually want somewhere around an h.

Yarn is sold by weight, so how much yarn you need depends on how heavy your afghan's going to turn out. The last one I finished, sized for a twin bed, with worsted weight acrylic yarn and with a somewhat intermediate density of stitch, weighs about 3.5 pounds, which would be something like 16 standard skeins of acrylic worsted weight (but probably a lot more skeins of anything else.)

It takes quite a long time - I don't have an exact number, but it takes me something like half an hour a row on my current one, and it'll have hundreds of rows when it's done. But some stitches work up faster than others, too.