8-Bit

1 blanket, 2 pairs of scissors, 3 pairs of knitting needles, 4 knitters, 6 colors of yarn, 33 days, & 660 squares

 

My family decided on homemade gifts this year & looking around the internet I was inspired by the post: “Granny Squares aren’t just for Grannies: 8-Bit Afghans” on the GeekMom website. It was a great tutorial with lots of details, pictures & videos. I was almost tempted to learn how to crochet. They had made a Tardis using crocheted granny squares. Totes adorbs! They included patterns for Spiderman, Mario & Princess Unikitty. I know nothing about crochet, least of all how to use the word. (Crochet, or crocheted?) I do know how to knit & quickly decided I would knit squares into an 8-bit picture, but what picture? None of the patterns they had fit either my brother or nephew in the way I wanted. I started out looking for Batman or various Calvin & Hobbes pictures online, but none of them translated into the roughly 39×75 inch youth blanket that the website suggested as an appropriate afghan size.

 

 

 

Then I came across this beauty:

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My brother Leigh in his Lucho Libre, or Mexican wrestling mask. He wears it at random times for parties, when swimming in lakes, hiking on mountain tops, & he’s worn it at a wedding. It translated perfectly & easily into an 8-bit pattern.

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You may have noticed this last image is shorter than the originals. I made that drastic change 8 hours before completing the project, which saved my sanity & 4 hours of knitting & sewing. Below is a picture of the nerd knitting party we had. During this project I taught 3 people how to knit. Our dear friend Loradona, our adorable exchange student Raíza & I also taught my supportive, amazing & talented husband Aaron to knit.

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Lots of Knitting Nerd Directions to follow:

Using the website directions I figured that each square would be 2 inches squared & that would make the blanket 60 inches tall & 44 inches wide. Basically between a child & adult size.

178 Dark blue mask squares (1,424 yards of yarn)

12 Dark blue nose squares (96 yards)

52 Flesh colored squares (416 yards)

2 Brown eye squares (16 yards)

172 Background white squares (1,376 yards)

16 White eyeball squares (128 yards)

4 White teeth squares (32 yards)

140 Light blue mask squares (1,120 yards)

84 Shiny white mask squares (672 yards)

Once I was into the swing of things I could get about 5 squares done in an hour (don’t do the math), & with all that knitting things got a little weird around here. All I could see was yarn & little pet yarn slugs with knitting needle eyes.

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While working on this project I listened to 4 audio books, 2 Harry Potter movies, 2 Chris Messina movies, 1 season of Falling Skies, 2 seasons of Doctor Who, 2 seasons of American Pickers, 15 episodes of various PBS shows, 2 episodes of Princess Jellyfish, World War Z, Catching Fire, Hitch, A very Barry Christmas & half an episode of Mr. Peabody & Sherman. (It was too ridiculous I couldn’t finish it.)

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Once we had 10 squares of any color I would rubber band them together making it easier to count. We ended up with piles & piles before I just started sewing them together. Aaron did most of the white squares with Raíza helping. Loradona did flesh colored squares & I filled in the rest, including the big brown eye squares.

 2014-11-19-01a-Hykel-Raiza-knittingWe did have one casualty during our 33 day battle. The Roomba found this poor abandoned white square under the couch.

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These two pictures were taken about 8PM on Sunday, December 21, when we were still energetic. We let Raíza go to bed at a reasonable hour, but Aaron & I continued to work on the project until 4AM Monday, December 22. Four & a half hours after that Aaron was at the post office mailing the package to Minnesota, while I danced it up at Zumba. Done & done!

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Finished blanket:

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2 responses to “8-Bit”

  1. Cathe says:

    WOW! It’s very exciting to see a tutorial from GeekMom put to use. I’m glad you liked it – and I LOVE LOVE LOVE what you did with your 8-bit afghan!

  2. Mom says:

    Hykel this is beyond amazing! When I saw the photo of Leigh and family holding the blanket up I thought you had made it with cloth quilt block squares. Not even close! What a project! It’s fun that so many people helped and learned to knit. What a fun project and gift!

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