A cross between a pixel blanket and a graphgan, this bobble stitch acts as a pixel square, but like a graphgan, is crocheted in rows. No joining! I am from Seattle and we are huge fans of the Seattle Seahawks so I made this one for my oldest son. It took me about a week to make and it measure approx 42 x 27 inches. My graph has 51 squares across and 29 squares down.
Just like any pixel blanket, perler bead patterns make perfect pixel graphs. Kandi Patterns is a great place for you to start looking for one! If you are also a Seahawks fan, you can download and print the graph I used HERE.
Now let me tell you how to crochet a bobble stitch pixel blanket!
– Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna’s choice in Silver Grey, Dusty Blue, Navy, White, and Fern Green. I used about 4 skeins of grey, 2 skeins of navy, 1 skein of dusty blue and fern green, and 2 skeins of white.
– Size H crochet hook
– Tapestry needle
The blanket is made up of one row of bobble stitches plus single crochets and then a row of just single crochets. In my mind each pixel square is made up of one bobble stitch + SC and then two single crochets under that.
Here is the back of the blanket where you can see the “squares”
Here is a quick video on how to make a bobble stitch!
Your starting chain will be the number of squares across your graph, doubled, plus one. So there are 51 squares going across my Seahawks graph so my starting chain was 103. SC in second chain from hook and SC down the entire chain. Chain 3 and turn.
Row 2: Bobble stitch, SC in next, repeat until end of row, chain 1, turn (you should now have the same amount of bobbles as the first line in your graph, in my case 51)
Row 3: SC in each stitch across (make sure you are only making two SC under each bobble), chain 3, turn
Row 4: Bobble stitch, SC in next, repeat until end of row, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC in each stitch across, chain 3, turn
Continue this pattern making sure to change color yarn by following your graph. Like I mentioned above, each “pixel” is a bobble + SC and then two SC underneath so the SC stitches underneath will have to match the color of the bobble above it.
Below are two videos on how I make color changes. Try to carry your yarn over by crocheting stitches over one or two colors… making it easy to pick them up again.
I also had success with leave loose end strands long and then carry them up a row. If they sit close enough to the bobble, you can’t even tell there is a bit of extra yarn there.
As you can see in the picture below I struggled with color changes on the left hand side (beginning part of the blanket) but once I got into the swing of things I had less loose ends by the second half of the project.
I made a simple SC border around my blanket. On the first round of your border make sure you are only make 2 SC per bobble… especially along the rough edges. Extra SC stitches will make the edging ripple. At each corner you will SC + chain 2 + SC in one stitch. The first 4 rounds are silver gray, then 3 rounds of navy, 2 rounds of white, and one round of green.
Oh and of course you all want to know what the back looks like!
The textures in this blanket are wonderful!
I have a happy 12th man!
If you like this you might like my Cupcake Pixel Blanket!
Find the tutorial HERE
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