It’s finished! I am proud to show you my completed Crochet Christmas Character Afghan! This was a really fun project that turned into an impromptu CAL (crochet-along) and ultimately becoming a creative outlet for so many of you who were following along. I gave you 9 squares and you guys ran with it, creating handfuls of other Christmas themed pixel squares! I love seeing everyones version of this project. Be sure to use the hashtag #ChristmasCharacterAfghan and tag me @RepeatCrafterMe when posting on social media!
So lets talk a little about this project!
Finished Size: 65×50 inches
It consist of 9 square graphs that are 25×25 pixels. I used the C2C (corner-to-corner) technique to crochet each square. Follow THIS VIDEO DEMONSTRATION by The Crochet Crowd for more explanation on how to crochet C2C afghans. I used a size F (3.75mm) hook and worsted weight yarn . Specifically Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Kelly Green, Fern Green, Silver Grey, Scarlet Red, Honey, Toffee, Mustard yellow, Little Boy Blue (this color is being discontinued), Colonial Blue, Black, White, Pink, Cranberry (dark red), Beige, and Terracotta orange. I am not sure exactly how much of each color I used since I picked through my stash, ran out to get yarn when needed, and carried leftover from one square into the next… to be on the safe side for each square I would suggest getting two of the colors that are main background colors or frequently used in the square (like Santa’s beard).
VERY IMPORTANT: Instead of the traditional C2C method of using DC’s and chain 3’s to make each pixel, I used HDC’s and only chained 2 (and chained 5 instead 6 on the increase stitches). This allowed me to have a smaller overall afghan square, measuring approximately 15×15 inches. You can absolutely use the traditional method but your square will be much larger and your overall afghan will be much larger as well once you sew them all together.
You do not have to use the C2C method either! You can take this graph and make a standard SC graphgan. This will produce nice small squares (think 25 single crochets wide and tall) that will be perfect for a standard size blanket. You could also make Pixel Granny Squares and use the graphs I post to create separate character blankets. There is also the Bobble Stitch method as well! So many ways to use these graphs!
All of the pixel graphs are available for free download and have written patterns for the colors changes. Use the highlighted links below to view each individual post.
- Christmas Tree
- Frosty the Snowman
- Santa’s Sleigh
- Gingerbread Man
- Christmas Stocking
- Candy Cane BONUS square and other pixel graph options
- Merry Christmas Banners
How to connect your squares and make a border:
First thing you will need to do is determine what color you want to join your squares with and use for the border. As you can see I chose white! It took me 3 skeins for all the borders and joins.
DC around all of your squares, making a DC + 2 chains + DC in each corner.
NOTE: you should have already SC around each square in that specific squares background color.
I stitched my squares together by weaving the yarn with a tapestry needle under the tops of the double crochets, back and forth… almost like you are lacing it together. Then I went around the other side and did the same thing. This makes a very solid, tight join which you will need for this heavy blanket. I’m not sure if this stitch has a technical name. It is close to the mattress stitch but not exactly.
After all of your squares and the top and bottom banners are sewn together, you are ready for your border!
With white, DC around the entire edge make a DC + Chain 2 + DC in the corners. Then using red yarn, crab stitch (this is a reverse SC) around the entire blankets making a Crab stitch + Chain 1 + Crab stitch in the corners. I think THIS VIDEO gives a good visual on how to make the crab stitch.
And just because I know you are all curious, here is what the backside of the blanket looks like!
I hope you have enjoyed this project as much as I have! If you need help with your C2C squares, feel free to join my Repeat Crafter Me Crochet Facebook Group! Hundreds of fellow crocheters are also working on this project, asking good questions and getting great answers!
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Perfection!!! Absolutely gorgeous!! Feel proud , you’ve done something beautiful <3
Leyla Olvera says
Really good at first I didn’t know how to put my together until I saw your video, thank you I really appreciate it.
I absolutely love this afghan! It’s awesome… Great job
I will be sad when I’m finished my project 🙁 This was so much fun!
I’m thinking of giving my afghan as a gift OR using it as a fundraiser for our local church, raising money for missions
It looks amazing. Thank you for sharing your creativity. I can’t wait to finish mine.
The day we have been waiting for! It looks fantastic!! Your color changes are so clean too. Great job, we’re having a great time following along in the facebook group! 🙂
Thank you so much for sharing this! I am having so much fun working on the squares. I just have one question, did you block your squares?
Thanks again, It’s beautiful!
It is beautiful. Thanks so all the information I can’t wait to start mine.
Wow, I love it, every square, thanks for sharing! greetings
Cheryl Estok says
This is so impressive! A lot of work went in to the design but even more so into the finished product. It is beautiful!
I love the project, perhaps I missed the info but I would love to know how much yarn of each colour I would need to complete the project. Thanks
Ellen Kuppens says
I love the result of your Christmas blanket….. It’s one to write on my to do paper.
Your blanket turned out beautifully! I am definitely going to try to make it for next Christmas (first I have to learn to do C2C). You inspire me!
Your Christmas blanket turned out beautiful! I am definitely going to try this once I learn how to do C2C and hope to have it completed by next Christmas. My biggest problem is when I try to join squares they never look right. Guess I’ll just have to keep plugging along…
Your blanket is absolutely amazing! I’ve never seen anything like it. Thanks so much for your generosity in sharing your design for free. 🙂
Sue Kiesler says
I made this Afghan and it was so much fun to make. I wish there was a way to post the pic to show you. Thank you for the awesome pattern. I changed up a couple of the grafted. I used the angel and candy cane in place of the elf and Christmas tree. It turned out beautiful. Took me 25 days working 5-6 hrs a day!
Soooooo cute! Oh my word, I will have to put this on my to do list for the winter. I wish I had time to crochet it right now. Darling!
JJ Pop says
Hi How did you transition between colors? Did you carry the yarn or cut with each color change and weave in all the ends?
Your afghan is precious and will be a family heirloom.
I LOVE IT!!! Thanks so much!!!
I have a question about the join. You say, “I stitched my squares together by weaving the yarn with a tapestry needle under the tops of the double crochets, back and forth… almost like you are lacing it together. Then I went around the other side and did the same thing.” when I look at your picture I see you are only sewing through the front loops of the dcs. I am not sure what you mean by: went around the other side and did the same thing. Does that mean you flipped it to the back and sewed the other loops?
Also, do you have a list of materials with the yardage for each color?
Thanks. This is such a cute project.
I would like to know the same thing. I’m getting ready to join mine don’t quite understand if you do both size or just one?
Oh my goodness, I love this! I had seen several of the squares and was thinking I’d like to try them out, but to see the finished product it’s outstanding! I really can’t wait to make this. Lovely!! And thank you so much for sharing it with us!
Oh my goodness, this is adorable. Thank you so much for sharing your talent.
Love your patterns but I must say that moving around on your site is slow. You have toooooooo much as far as adds that take to long to load, very frustrating it took me nearly and hour just to get these patterns for the blanket. Don’t think I will visit again.
Veronica Thompson says
I’m not to this point yet, crochet ADD has hit me hard but I have loved doing this project. Do you have any pointers on how to go about adding a fabric back? Mine is one hot mess and needs to be covered up!
Sarah thank you so very very much for sharing this beautiful project. It was my thirst time to make something in pixel c2c and i loved every minute of it!! I post the photo of my afhan on your website and got 1000 likes: all thanks to you!!
found your awesome afghan on facebook at the beginning. followed you the whole way. thank you for this. i got my c2c down pat. and even thought i am still working along, i want to thank you for all the efforts you put into to this. hope to find more great projects in future with you.
This blanket is so cute!!! I really want to make one!! Hear me out– I think it’d be super cute also, to make a blanket out of rows and rows of just the ornament bulb chart, and the “merry Christmas” row. Basically the top and bottom with rows of ornaments in between. I’m totally inspired! 🙂
mama lieveheersbeestje says
Aahh! I looks lovely, such a cute blanket! I love it.
I used your patterns for cushions, but I did the double crochet instead.
I did use two doucle crochet stitches.
Is it just me or is the link for the stocking square not working for everyone. Each time I click on it it get a page that says it doesn’t exist.
Jill Jensen says
Can you post a link to this pattern on Ravelry? I’m not finding it.
Do you have a recommended color to use since “little boy blue” was discontinued? I’m looking forward to working on this and stocking up 🙂 Thanks!
This is soooo cute. I look forward to giving this one a try. I’ve never done a pixel graph before. There seems to be a problem with the link to the Christmas stocking though. I keep getting an error message.
Thanks for sharing this. I really love your patterns!!
maría de jesús méndez batres says
Esta colcha navideña me encantó. Gracias por compartir. Pronto la terminaré.
I have a question on the border. Did you use a certain number of stitches (sc) when you did the first round. Borders are always my weakness!
I love the way you are joining the squares. Thanks for your clear explanation.
Have a nice day, Margaret
Love the blanket but i cant download the stocking square when i click on it ,it say web page no longer available , could you email me the graph please
I’m looking forward to start this lovely blanket. Thanks so much!
This is gorgeous!
Gorgeous! Love it!!!!!
I looked @ all 38 of the comments – am not finding how/where you give the “Merry Christmas” info./instructions/graphs – is it posted somewhere?? I’m never on Facebook but if it’s there or elsewhere I can GO 🙂 – thank you & also for not just this amazing free pattern but ALL that you so generously provide for us hookers to work up – xoxo
OOPSY! it’s on the NEXT pg. or whatever – when I went back to ‘home’ I saw it :)) didn’t know how to delete my comment but was able to answer my own question 🙂
I cannot open the link to the Christmas stocking.
Cannot wait to finish this blanket.
The link got truncated. Just change it to make sure the end says ‘crochet-christmas-stocking-pixel-square’
Hi: Lovely pattern, just finished 2 squares…
Question I have is in joining the squares together, I want to make sure I understand correctly.
When you weave the yarn under the tops on the DC back and forth, do you flip it over and then repeat it again on the back of the same squares with their corresponding tops of the same DC. In other words, the squares are seemed together twice, first from the top and then again from the back?
Thank you again so much!!
i loved that project! I would like to know How you conect or how you change a color?
Sue Palmer says
Thank you so much for the C2C patterns. I love all of them. I have had shingles for 6 months so it gives me something to do on the couch. Your finished blanket is stunning!!!
If anyone figures out the grand total of ounces per color needed for this project…please pass it on here. I have to mail order my yarn (super small town living has drawbacks) and am not sure how much of each color to order.
Marta Ferreira says
I love this project.
It’s really beautiful.
I was wondering if there’s some other link for the christmas boot because the link on this page opens an error link and I would really like to start working on this.
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I’m finally on the last motif. Is there and way to get you to do a Star David motif. I thought it would be to auction these afghans at the holiday fund raiser. Pretty please . I love your work. Thank you.
kay nuckolls says
I just found this love it after my hands are healed from surgeries I plan no making this. you did beautiful work
Stunning, stunning, stunning!
Frau Tapete says
😮 Amazing!!! Love it.
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Love it would love to try it one day.
I just finished my version! The pattern was so fun, and I enjoyed every part of it (except the sewing in of all the tails lol). Thank you so much for this pattern, I was shocked with how quickly it all worked up, and now I can say I finished my first blanket!
Sharon Grogan-Weaver says
I’m so excited to be making my first ever c2c block which later will turn out to be a blanket. Thanks for sharing your talents with us Hooker’s. I was trying to post my finished Block here so you can see it.
Claire Brose says
Tout est super beau!!!quel beau travail !
J’adore merci merci
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Nancy L Kantner says
How do match the banner to the blanket? My finished attached panels have 160 stitches across the top. If I do the same stitching on the banner, I calculate 231 stitches across the banner (3 stitches for each square). Can you give mire details on edge finishing of the banner, please.
I LOVE THIS AFGHAN!!! But I do have one question…how did you do the banner? I’m making a Batman themed c2c graphgan similar to this but for the life of me I can figure out how to make a banner.
Half way through Santa. I’m hoping to get 2 of these afghans done by Xmas. I know quite a few people who would love it. Thanks for sharing it for free & giving such clear instructions.
where is the actual written pattern? so i know what stitch and how many stitches to use in a color for each square on the graph
I saw this on facebook any way i can get the graphs and directions emailed to me. I wanted to make it for my grandchildren for next year. FIgured i can do it over the summer they would have it for the holiday season next year
chris thompson says
I am trying to make the Christmas blanket but do not understand the instructions. do you read the graph the same way all the time from left to right or every other row switch directions
Brenda Gear says
I love this, so beautiful. I’m going to try it. Do you have a pattern for the nativity that I could add in mine?
Hi how do u do the edging n border with the lights n writing on it
It is provided in the pattern.
Love your Christmas Afghan…..I want to do it as a Standard SC Graphgan…..could you please tell me the size of each square when completed? What type of Yarn is used? and what size Crochet Hook? This is my very first venture in doing graphgans and really need your help to get started. Thank you so very much.
Susan Green says
I want to say who ever is responsible for christmas Afghan your directions are by far better than anyone else ive been crocheting over 40 yrs and you do a great job keep it coming and thank you
I love all of your patterns so much!! I have made a to.n if them :)! I am excited to try this pattern for my grandma for Christmas. What other yam could you use for this project? Seing as though the one is being discontinued?
Are the banners borders worked the same as the squares 1 row of single crochet and 1 row double before they are joined?
What did you guys do for each square: 2 HDC into the chain spaces, or 3 HDC into the chain spaces? (as you would do for standard double crochet C2C). She doesn’t specify anywhere I can find and now I’m not sure what to do… Or does it matter?
I love these but I am SO disappointed! I wanted to add the Gingerbread House and the Snowflake – and each time I click on the links for them, it tries to take me to a Facebook page, which says it doesn’t work any more!
Christine Riffle says
I love this blanket. I’ve finished the squares and am just doing the edge of the first banner but I don’t know how I’m going to match up the 3 squares to sew it all together. Each square has 56 stitches and the banner has 160 stitches along the edge. 3 x 56 = 168. How do I do this when sewing stitch to stitch? Help!
Carol daniel says
Can you give me a guide re quantity of yarn needed?
Gayla D. Trower says
Row 6 on the written graph is incorrect.
I just started this afghan and I am loving it. My best friend is already asking if I will make one for her
fireboy and watergirl says
It looks so cute. I like it much.
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Vicki Howard says
I am starting mine tonight! Thanks so much for the patterns!
I love knitting with my own hands, I love what you do, you’re great.
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Kay Chenoweth says
I’m having trouble with the banners. I get the rectangle shape but the ornaments are not coming out right. Any suggestions?
I just finished my Christmas blanket. I started with your designs and added sone created by me and my granddaughter. I live it!
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Pam Knowles says
I made 2 of these Christmas blankets for my 2 grandchildren’s presents, loved making them I would show you a picture but don’t know how to attach the picture. Thanks so much for sharing your pattern, very much appreciated, it was very easy to follow and fast to make.
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