Friday, April 24, 2009

Mario Afghans

In light of Ben's and Sara's nursery plans, I recently came across two giant Mario blankets that were created using two very different crochet techniques. K's face immediately lit up and went into "puppy eyes mode," so I'm trying to decide which one is best (both style- and technique-wise).

Blanket #1 by ThomcatDesigns
Style: Single famous screenshot, blown up
Technique: Made a solid background with single crochet (for the ground, sky, bricks) and then cross-stitched figures on top of the background.
Pros/Cons: Easier/faster to make, but cross stitching may not look as solid up close

Blanket #2 by Gege Crochet
Style: Multiple mini-scenes all patched together
Technique: Each square was made with Tunisian single crochet and all color changes are made inline (not on top of the background).
Pros/Cons: Very clean and solid-looking pixels, but every color change means tons of yarn ends to tie up

Gege has promised to put up a video that shows her color-changing process, but I'm a little leery, given my propensity for short-term projects that produce immediate results. Perhaps I could do a mix of both: use the cross-stitch method for making several mini-scenes. What do you think?


Anonymous said...

I would buy one. you should make some and put them on ebay.

A Gamer's Wife said...

I don't think I could ever make afghans for sale because they take so much time! The only thing that drives me is love for my friends and family. ^_~