It seems like everyone around me is suddenly becoming pregnant! I’m not complaining though; this gives me plenty of oppourtunities to work on baby crafting projects 🙂
Usually baby projects are fun and quick but this project will take a bit of extra time so I’ve divided it into two tutorials to make it a little bit more manageable. I started this blanket a while ago… (and by while I mean a few years, oops!) I didn’t really have a plan for it and I was just making it for fun. As many time-sensitive projects kept popping up I kept putting this one aside and it was eventually buried in my box of half finished projects.
Luckily some soon-to-be parents that I know love minions so I thought it was the perfect chance to drag this project out and finish it once and for all. This minion blanket takes four main steps to complete:
- Step 1: Make image with small squares
- Step 2: Fill in the rest of the blanket with larger squares
- Step 3: Create border
- Step 4: Back blanket with fabric
Part one of my tutorial will cover steps one and two. Once you have completed those steps you can head over to PART TWO to do the border and backing!
Let’s get started!
Supplies for your minion blanket
- Red Heart Super Saver yarn in “blue suede“
- Red Heart Super Saver yarn in “light blue“
- Red Heart Super Saver yarn in “light grey“
- Red Heart Super Saver yarn in “white“
- Red Heart Super Saver yarn in “black“
- Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn in “sunny day“
- Fabric for backing
- 4mm crochet hook
This blanket uses just one crochet square pattern but the smaller squares used to create the minion part of the blanket are made using only Round 1 of the pattern. Here is the full pattern:
Minion Blanket Squares
Create magic circle.
Round 1: Chain 3, 2dc into ring. Chain 2. (3DC, chain 2) Repeat ( ) 2 more times so that you have 4 small clusters with ch2 spaces between each one. Close magic ring and slip stitch to top chain 3 from beginning.
Round 2: Slip stitch in each stitch until you reach the ch 2 corner space. Chain 3. 2dc in same space, chain 2, 3dc in same space. (Chain 2, 2dc in next space, ch 2, 3dc in same space) Repeat ( ) around. Chain 2. Slip stitch to join.
Round 3: Chain 1. Single crochet in each stitch around and in each chain 2 space from the previous round. In each corner space work (sc, ch2, sc). Repeat around. Slip stitch to top of chain 1 from beginning of the round.
Round 4: Chain 1. Work one sc in each stitch. In each corner (aka ch2 space from previous round) work 2sc.
Using the pattern above you will need to make the following squares for your minion blanket:
Small squares (Round 1 only) :
- 2 x brown
- 16 x white
- 25 x black
- 28 x light blue
- 24 x light grey
- 83 x blue suede
- 110 x sunny day
You will also need 68 large squares in light blue.
Arranging the squares of your minion blanket
Once you have completed all of these 356 squares (I counted!) it’s time to arrange them to make your minion! See my diagram below for arrangement of the small squares.
This is the chart that I used but if you want to download a clearer PDF version simply click the link below!
Attach all of the squares by slip stitching along the backs of the squares in the back loops only! I found it easiest to connect all the rows going left to right first and then finish it up by slip stitching all the rows up and down.
Once you have connected all of your small squares you can attach the large squares around the minion shape. I put one row along the top and bottom and two rows on each side. Click below if you want to see the complete diagram.
Now that you have your image complete you have completed part one of the minion blanket! I’ll get right back to you as soon as I’m done all these darn seams! I might need to work on it a bit later as someone decided to take a nap…
Check back soon for part two so you can finish your blanket off. Or better yet sign up for my newsletter so you can have all the latest tutorials (including part two!) delivered straight to your inbox 🙂
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