486 pixels were stitched over the past few months and each one was made with love. The creation of this pixel blanket was made to be given to Nate in time for his birthday today, March 30th, 2016.
Nate is a video game enthusiast and early on I decided to create something epic for his special day. My idea formulated around a discussion about vintage video games we each played as kids. He loved Zelda, and mentioned the Nintendo NES system as a favorite. Of course, this had me scrambling in my creative way to find the perfect project to bring this favorite retro past-time to life. Behold the creation of the Nintendo NES Controller Pixel Blanket!
I searched the internet for ideas on how to bring my vision to fruition and came across the blog from Repeat Crafter Me who created a Cupcake Pixel Blanket and I went into crazy creative overdrive!!
I decided to try to graph this project out on paper and found a photo of this controller by just doing a Google Search. Once the graph was made, it was a series of mathematics calculations to figure out how much each square would equal in a measurement of inches. I wanted the overall size to be about the size of a queen-size bed. The calculations for this blanket equal the equivalent of 54 inches wide x 80 inches long.
Once the size was determined, then the calculation of how many pixels of each color would have to be figured out.
All these calculations can be found in the pattern below. Each square has to be individually created based on these initial calculations. It was easiest for me to work color by color. I began with grey, black, red, then lastly white. Once each square was made, I began to lay them out to determine if the vision in my mind was exactly what I pictured. This was the part where I held my breath hoping that I hadn’t made any mistakes in my calculations! Below you will see the pixels all laid out on the floor.
Once the pixels were laid out and my design was satisfactory, the process of sewing these tiny squares was my next major step. Working in rows, I worked my way across first, then down, as shown in the tutorial video. Soon this project began to come together in the perfect work of art I envisioned!
I added a few details to enhance this design. Instead of pixels, I crocheted two circles for the buttons on the controller and a crochet chain to emulate a cord coming from underneath the controller going to an invisible console. Once complete, this labor of my love became one of the most amazing creations I have made thus far. It was, by far, the best gift and was received with delight!
Happy Birthday Nate!!
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–Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Black
–Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in White
–Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Gray Heather
–Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Cherry Red
Amount: Black: 760 yards White: 1400 yards Gray: 740 yards Red: <200 yards
–Size H-5.00mm Crochet Hook
-You can use any yarn brand you want, as long as you stick to the colors White, Black, Gray, and Red to make the pixel photo in the end as long as it’s an 8ply or 10ply yarn (worsted weight/double knitting).
-This took me a very long time to make. I started it in January 2016, but haven’t worked on it consistently, and I finished it on March 26th, 2016.
-You could use a smaller hook to make this smaller.
-This measures 80 inches across and 54 inches tall
-When you attach your squares in the back, they puff up making a 3D look to the pixels. It looks great!
-The Cord is optional, but the circle buttons need to be included to make the Pixel photo complete
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
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Make 231 White
Make 5 Red
Make 107 Gray
Make 143 Black
Total Pixels: 486
Time started in video tutorial: 00:10:04
Rnd 1: Chain 3 and make 2 DC in 3rd ch from hook, ch 1, 3 DC in same ch, ch 1, 3 DC in same ch, ch 1, 3 DC in same ch, ch 1 and join to the top of the ch 2, ch 2
Rnd 2: DC in same stitch as your ch 2, DC in next 2 stitches, [DC, ch 2, DC] in the ch 1 sp, DC in the next 3 stitches, [DC, ch 2, DC] in the next ch 1 sp, DC in the next 3 stitches, [DC, ch 2, DC] in the next ch 1 sp, DC in the next 3 stitches, [DC, ch 2, DC] in the next ch 1 sp, DC in last 3 sts, DC in corner and chain two and join to the first DC, ch 1
Rnd 3: SC in first 4 stitches, [SC, ch 1, SC] in corner, SC in next 5 stitches, [SC, ch 1, SC] in corner, SC in next 5 stitches, [SC, ch 1, SC] in corner, SC in next 5 stitches, [SC, ch 1, SC] in corner. Join to first st with an invisible join (see video tutorial)
Fasten off and follow video tutorial to learn how to make an invisible join.
Circle (Buttons A and B on Controller): Make 2
Time started in video tutorial: 00:22:42
Round 1: Sc 6 times in 2nd ch from hook. (6)
Round 2: Sc twice in each st. (12)
Round 3: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next st. Repeat from * 5 times. (18)
Round 4: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next 2 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (24)
Round 5: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next 3 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (30)
Round 6: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next 4 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (36)
Round 7: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next 5 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (42)
Round 8: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next 6 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (48)
Round 9: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next 7 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (54)
Round 10: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next 8 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (60)
Round 11: *Sc twice in next st, sc in next 9 sts. Repeat from * 5 times. (66)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Cord: (Optional) With Black.
Time started in video tutorial: 00:43:25
Chain 40 (or an amount that is long enough)
Row 1: DC in 3rd ch from hook and across.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.
Sew your squares together following along with the photos and video tutorial for visual instructions.
Time started in video tutorial: 00:35:25
Then it starts again at 00:46:05
Sew Circles on blanket using video tutorial for visual instructions.
Attaching circles: Time started in video tutorial: 00:58:40
Sew Cord on blanket using video tutorial for visual instructions.
Time started in video tutorial: 1:03:11
Single crochet around entire blanket using video tutorial for visual instructions. Put 3 sc in each of the 4 corners of the blanket.
Time started in video tutorial: 00:54:18
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The yarn provided for this pattern is courtesy of Red Heart Yarns
Absolutely fantastic! I’m sure Nate was thrilled and had a very happy birthday. What a thoughtful and totally fabulous gift, made with lots of love. Thanks for sharing.
Can you please check your written pattern for Round 2 of the pixel. I believe you have a mistake showing to chain 2 just before you join. You do not chain 2 in your video. Thank you for all your wonderful tutorials. I follow you on YouTube and I love your work!
First of all this is absolutely AMAZING!!! Seriously so talented! I was wondering if you blocked your squares before attaching them altogether?
I did not block my squares and they turned out great, but it is recommended to block them. RepeatCrafterMe has an awesome set-up with skewers to block your squares as you go, in her blog about the cupcake pixel blanket. I owe my inspiration for a pixel blanket to her! ~Nadia
You are soooo talented! I am going to attempt to make this for my boyfriend. How long did it take you to complete this?
I started in January and finished it in March. I didn’t work on it continuously, but I’d say it was a long labor of love. 🙂 Good luck! ~Nadia
This is fantastic! What a great pattern and blanket! I am going to try and make one of these for my husband, I think he will love it!
This is about to happen! I just want mint to be a little bit larger but Yes!
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