Minecraft Characters Tunisian Crochet Tutorial & PatternIn December I was working on some Christmas gifts and you all had a good guess at what I was making. If you've found Purfylle on instagram since I joined you would have seen I gave the game away. I still haven't shared the finished project though, so here it is!
I wanted to create the pixelated look that Minecraft is known for. To achieve the look I was after for the Minecraft bags I decided to make each 'pixel' separately out of little crochet squares.
Making the squares in Tunisian crochet would also add to the computerised look.
You can make your squares any size that suits you, your stash and your project, but I was on a deadline and decided smaller was better. I also wanted to keep the number of squares to a minimum so I chose characters designs that worked in a 8x8 grid. I ended up mostly working from the mobs designed by Pugwis.
To create the Minecraft bags I used little Tunisian crochet 6x6 squares.
To crochet a 6x6 square
Foundation chainchain 7,
Row 1first part of row
insert hook into second chain from hook, yarn over and pull up a loop; *insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop; repeat from * until you have 7 loops on the hook.
second part of row
yarn over, pull through one loop; *yarn over, pull through two loops, repeat from * to end
Row 2-6repeat row 1
NB: leave long tails at the start and end of each square as you will use these later to stitch your squares together.
I've gathered all my inspiration and I've created a Minecraft Crochet (&More) board. If you make a Minecraft project and would like me to add it the board just leave a link in the comments :o)
An 8x8 grid pattern requires 64 squares.
- Spider: 16 red, 4 black, 44 grey
- Creeper: 16 black, 48 green
- Enderman: 4 violet, 2 fuschia, 58 black
- Skeleton: 12 black, 52 grey
I joined the squares in pairs and then in strips across. This meant I could join the rest as rows and the work went faster.
I was running out of time very quickly. To speed things up I made Enderman and Skeleton by working in strips instead of squares. The pattern crocheted up much faster and this method also saved a lot of time on stitching. I'm not as happy with the final look though.
Once all the squares were stitched together and the ends worked in I blocked each piece by wetting it under the tap and then pinning it out flat and leaving it to dry overnight.
With the blocking done I joined Creeper to Skeleton and Enderman to Spider.
For the Creeper-Skeleton bag I used violet yarn to double crochet around the top and for the Enderman-Spider bag I used green.
To create the drawstrings it was just a matter of weaving the cotton tape through every second double crochet stitch.