Star Wars Graphgan 2020: Assembling Your Graphgan!

 

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We are finished! All of our squares have been crocheted, including our graphgan banner with the Star Wars Logo. Now you have a bunch of squares squirreled around your house while you wait to put them all together.

This blog post has A LOT in it. So I’ll quickly break down the sections. First I’ll explain how to add a single crochet border around each square, then I will talk about how to join squares and how to join the whole blanket together. Finally, I will talk briefly about adding a border around the whole blanket.

Alright, Let’s do it!

The method I’m choosing to use to put this together is a single crochet (sc) join method. If you would prefer a different method, feel free to do so!

This join method is super easy and simply involves single crocheting each piece together. It gives a nice ridge in between the squares, almost like a window frame. I found this to be the easiest way to do it for myself, so let’s get started.

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ADDING A BORDER TO EACH SQUARE

 

To begin, the first thing we need to do is to single crochet around each graphgan piece.

For every square (and rectangle) I worked 2 single crochet stitches for every block in the square. The blocks are the little squares you worked across in diagonals. (the CH2 and 2HDC make up one block).

The majority of the squares were 25 blocks by 25 blocks, which means there will be 50 single crochet stitches on each side for  a total of 150 single crochet stitches. I did not add any extra corner stitches because I didn’t feel like it needed it. If you corners are curling inwards, you might need extra stitches in the corner. This is fine, but make sure whatever you do for one square, you also do for the others. Because when we are joining them altogether, you want all the single crochets to line up.

Here are the totals for the irregular squares (and rectangles):

For the Darth Vader rectangle had 70 sc along the bottom and top and 50 along the sides for a total of 240 sc stitches around the rectangle.

The Lightsaber squares had 40 sc along the bottom and top of the square and 50 along the sides for a total of 180 sc stitches around the square.

The Star Wars banner had 150 sc along the bottom and top of the rectangle and 58 along the sides for a total of 416 sc stitches around the rectangle.

Here’s a video below of an explanation and how I found each little box to work into.

JOINING OUR SQUARES

Here’s the layout I used to join the squares together, the red arrows indicate the direction I worked in.

I started with The Empire Square and The Millennium Falcon Square and worked by adding 2 at a time until I reach The Death Star and Mando.

Then I added the third column starting at the bottom with the Boba Fett Square and worked up to the BB8 square.

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Now, you need to join the rows across. Here’s the layout I used, again I followed the direction the red arrows are indicating.

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HOW TO JOIN SQUARES

Take the two starting squares you want to join together, and place the wrong sides together (like a sandwich). Locate the corner of each square, insert your hook through both loops of the sc on the first square AND ALSO both loops of the sc on the second square. YO, Pull up a loop and complete your first sc. Now, continue down the side, sc through each square and going under both loops.

Take a look below at the video:

Now that your first two squares are joined together, you are going to pick up the next two squares. Without breaking your yarn, you are going to simply continue single crocheting into the corner of the next two squares. It might be a little fiddly at first, but just keep going and it will work out. You will continue crocheting until the next 2 squares are joined together. There will be 6 squares joined.

As you can see in the photo below, all of the vertical joins are complete, but now we have to complete it by doing the sc join across the rows.

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We will use the same join method as before, except now we are working horizontally across the rows.

It should be a little easier now since technically all the squares are connected and will be less fiddly as you work.

When you reach a joined corner, just work into the sc before and the sc after, it will lay flat when you are done. Don’t worry about that!

Ta Da! The bottom half of the graphgan is connected! Now you can start weaving in all those ends, or do what I did and leave them until the end. Next up, we are adding the irregular rectangles together!

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Next up is the top half of the blanket. Take a look at the arrows below for directionality. (Squares are not to scale).

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First we are going to start by working on the Darth Vader row. You are going to join the lightsabers to Darth Vader by working up the short side vertically. Use the same method of single crocheting under both loops from each square to join. Fasten off when you are done.

Next, you are going to join the Darth Vader row to the Star wars banner. You will work starting on the right side across until you reach the end of the row. Fasten off.

Take a look below to see how this section looks when it’s finished:

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Now, join this top section with the bottom section and then you are all done with joining the squares!! Work across the rows and single crocheting under both loops from both squares.

YES!!!

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ADDING A BORDER AROUND THE BLANKET

If you want to add a border around the whole project feel free!

I added a sc border around continuing in the same color I used to join all the squares together. I single crocheted in each stitch around and did an extra 2 sc in each corner to make sure the edges didn’t curl in. I then repeated one more time around.

As with everything, in this project you don’t have to do exactly what I did. There are lots of different borders you can add. If you look up graphgran borders, or simply crochet borders there are tons of options out there. Do what feels right for you!

Here’s my finished blanket:

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I’ve had a wonderful time with this project and working alongside everyone. I might even do this again with another fandom, so stay tuned. And please, if you are working on one of these squares or all of these squares, send me a pic, I would love to see it. Remember to use the hashtag : #starwarsgraphgan2020 to show me your squares  (and blankets) and to follow along with everyone’s progress. My instagram account will have sneak peeks and some bonus videos for help, you can find me here: @theknitknackshop

These blog posts will remain active indefinitely, so even though the CAL project is complete, feel free to start whenever you want.

I will also be creating a blog post that has all of the links for each part of this graphgan to make it easier to find whatever you are looking for.

Thanks for joining me on this journey, I hope you had fun!

Jessica

Star Wars Graphgan 2020: Optional Star Wars Logo

 

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We’ve arrived at the end! 12 squares, or maybe even 15 squares are all complete. But before we start assembling all of these into a full Graphgan, I thought it would be nice to have something that brought it all together.

The Star Wars logo.

I don’t know if there’s anything more iconic than watching that gold font scroll backwards across the screen. I think if you show it to anyone, they will immediately say, Star Wars!

Well.. here we go:

So here is the top of the Graphgan, the Star Wars Logo.

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The free graph is below, there are no arrows on the chart because of the size of it. Just remember to start in the bottom right corner. Even rows are the RS and odd rows are the WS. (Odd rows are the rows that start in the bottom and work back up to the top).

If you decide to print your graph out, you can even draw the arrows in on the paper if you would like to make it easier.

Attached you will find one version of the graph length wise on the paper. And another chart that has been split in half but is zoomed in closer. Use whichever is most helpful to you!

Click here for the free graph for the Star Wars Logo Banner

Please remember, this squares is the size of 3 squares put together. Make sure you have enough yarn! (In fact, I ran out of black yarn, during the pandemic as well. So I had to wait to order more! Hence the delay.) I ended up using 1 full ball of Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Black, and then a little of another. It’s a big piece!

My gauge is 4 squares by 4 squares = 2 inches

Let me know what you think, remember to use the hashtag : #starwarsgraphgan2020 to show me your squares and to follow along with everyone’s progress. My instagram account will have sneak peeks and some bonus videos for help, you can find me here: @theknitknackshop

Enjoy and see you soon. I will be creating a little post about how the heck we put all of these lovely squares together to turn it into a blanket! Stay tuned.

Jessica

Star Wars Graphgan 2020: Square Number 11 and 12: Small Lightsabers

 

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Light sabers are the item of choice for all the Jedi. It is what they use to help them to defend the galaxy, and all of the colors have a different meaning. (Depending on how deeply you dive into the canon).

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I chose to make smaller light saber squares to place next to Vader’s square. I chose the colors blue and red to indicate his balance between the two sides. You can choose to make yours whatever color you would like.

Click below to access the graphs to make the sabers.

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Click here for the graphs for the Light sabers

Note: When making the light sabers, you can choose to use the graph of the red saber for both. It is easier to work the color chart in the diagonal from the bottom left corner to the top right corner. If you do this, just remember to carry your yarn on the even numbered side (which is usually the right side) – so that the tile can be flipped over so it faces the opposite direction.

Otherwise, you can just use the graph for the blue light saber.

Please remember, these squares are SMALLER than the traditional tiles. They are made to specifically go along side the Darth Vader tile which is larger than the others. This row is completely optional. But to make these smaller squares, you must have the Vader square in the same row.

Remember you can use any type of worsted weight yarn, I happened to use Vanna’s Choice yarn with this, however it is discontinued.

My gauge is 4 squares by 4 squares = 2 inches

Let me know what you think, remember to use the hashtag : #starwarsgraphgan2020 to show me your squares and to follow along with everyone’s progress. My instagram account will have sneak peeks and some bonus videos for help, you can find me here: @theknitknackshop

Enjoy and see you next week!

Jessica

Star Wars Graphgan 2020: Square Number 10 : Darth Vader

 

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Darth Vader is one of my favorite characters. I always found him so interesting and his power was pretty awesome. The fact that everyone around him feared him was also pretty entertaining.

And one of his most memorable scenes was (besides his iconic, I am your father) when he enters Leia’s ship for the first time. We see the full scene at the end of Rogue One.

Just so good. And watching him become Vader.. it was great. Also, kind of heartbreaking.

The link for the graph is below. Have fun making Vader’s helmet!

Click here to access the free graph for Darth Vader

Please note that this square is LARGER than the others. It is the same height but longer. If you choose to make this square, next week there will be 2 squares released that are designed to fit on each side of Vader to make it line up with the whole blanket.

Follow the arrows for direction, and remember that the even numbered rows are the Right Side of the square, so carry all yarn and yarn ends on the wrong side (the odd numbers).

Remember you can use any type of worsted weight yarn, I happened to use Vanna’s Choice yarn with this, however it is discontinued.

My gauge is 4 squares by 4 squares = 2 inches

The Next Square will be released on April 26th!

Here’s a look at this row, with the larger Vader square and the two side squares.

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Let me know what you think, remember to use the hashtag : #starwarsgraphgan2020 to show me your squares and to follow along with everyone’s progress. My instagram account will have sneak peeks and some bonus videos for help, you can find me here: @theknitknackshop

Enjoy and see you next week!

Jessica

Star Wars Graphgan 2020: Square Number 9 : Boba Fett

 

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Boba Fett, here he is! He was originally intended to just be a side character with little to no time on screen. And yet, he became a cult classic in the series. (Despite his early demise in the movie!) People were obsessed with him and wanted more of his back story. Plus… how cool was his gear and the fact that he could basically fly? (and remember, this was all pre Mandalorian tv show)

There are rumors that there may be a movie released of his origins, but who knows if that will ever come to pass.

So for now, we can enjoy him in pixel square format!

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Click here for the free graph to make Boba Fett

Please note, that this square requires many color changes and I recommend making it last after practicing with the other squares. I also suggest creating smaller yarn bobbins for each section of color. I had 3 balls of black yarn, 2 of dark green, and 3 of the brighter green to keep the yarn from tangling.

Remember you can use any type of worsted weight yarn, I happened to use Vanna’s Choice yarn with this, however it is discontinued.

My gauge is 4 squares by 4 squares = 2 inches

My squares are currently measuring at 13 inches by 13 inches

Follow the arrows for direction, and remember that the even numbered rows are the Right Side of the square, so carry all yarn and yarn ends on the wrong side (the odd numbers).

The Next Square will be released on April 19th!

Let me know what you think, remember to use the hashtag : #starwarsgraphgan2020 to show me your squares and to follow along with everyone’s progress. My instagram account will have sneak peeks and some bonus videos for help, you can find me here: @theknitknackshop

Enjoy and see you next week!

Jessica

Star Wars Graphgan 2020: Optional Squares

 

 

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Here are some optional squares for the Star Wars Graphgan Project!

I have decided to make my graphgan with 12 squares, we have already seen 8 of them. In case there are some you don’t like and want to swap out, or if you wanted to make your blanket larger, here are 3 more options.

I haven’t worked them up so here are the PDF’s for the graphs.

The first is a set of lightsabers clashing against one another.

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Click here to access the Optional Square for a Lightsaber Clash

The second is R2D2’s top half of his body.
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Click here to access the Optional Square for R2D2 Head

The third option is for a jawa.

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Remember you can use any type of worsted weight yarn, I happened to use Vanna’s Choice yarn with this, however it is discontinued.

My gauge is 4 squares by 4 squares = 2 inches

My squares are currently measuring at 13 inches by 13 inches

Follow the arrows for direction, and remember that the even numbered rows are the Right Side of the square, so carry all yarn and yarn ends on the wrong side (the odd numbers).

The Next Square will be released on April 12th

Take a look at all of our squares together so far!

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Let me know what you think, remember to use the hashtag : #starwarsgraphgan2020 to show me your squares and to follow along with everyone’s progress. My instagram account will have sneak peeks and some bonus videos for help, you can find me here: @theknitknackshop

Enjoy and see you next week!

Jessica

Star Wars Graphgan 2020: Square Number 8 : The Empire

 

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The Empire. All encompassing and terrifying. Taking over planet after planet and it all started with a carefully devised plan of action from this man. Senator Palpatine. Who will later be revealed to be the Emperor and a Sith Lord.

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Personally, I find the characters on the Dark Side to be much more compelling than some of the heroes from the Rebel/Jedi side. Here are some of my favorites:

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So, as you can see, I’m a big fan! Check out the link below to make your own empire logo

Click here for the free graph of the Empire Symbol

Remember you can use any type of worsted weight yarn, I happened to use Vanna’s Choice yarn with this, however it is discontinued.

My gauge is 4 squares by 4 squares = 2 inches

My squares are currently measuring at 13 inches by 13 inches

The free PDF is available below. Follow the arrows for direction, and remember that the even numbered rows are the Right Side of the square, so carry all yarn and yarn ends on the wrong side (the odd numbers).

The Next Square will be released on April 5th!

Take a look at all of our squares together!

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Let me know what you think, remember to use the hashtag : #starwarsgraphgan2020 to show me your squares and to follow along with everyone’s progress. My instagram account will have sneak peeks and some bonus videos for help, you can find me here: @theknitknackshop

Enjoy and see you next week!

Jessica

Star Wars Graphgan 2020: Square Number 7 : Princess Leia

 

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Ahh Princess Leia, General Organa.

The real hero of the series. Think about it. Without her, what really could have been accomplished? In fact, she started the whole adventure of Luke Skywalker with her message in a droid.

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And in the newer ‘verse, it was General Organa that organized her people, and set out to bring down the Empire. Again.

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And let’s not forget her amazing sense of humor.

I hope you are a fan of the square, check it out below and hopefully you will add it to your graphgan!

Remember you can use any type of worsted weight yarn, I happened to use Vanna’s Choice yarn with this, however it is discontinued.

My gauge is 4 squares by 4 squares = 2 inches

My squares are currently measuring at 13 inches by 13 inches

The free PDF is available below. Follow the arrows for direction, and remember that the even numbered rows are the Right Side of the square, so carry all yarn and yarn ends on the wrong side (the odd numbers).

The Next Square will be released on March 29th!

Let me know what you think, remember to use the hashtag : #starwarsgraphgan2020 to show me your squares and to follow along with everyone’s progress. My instagram account will have sneak peeks and some bonus videos for help, you can find me here: @theknitknackshop

Enjoy and see you next week!

Jessica

Star Wars Graphgan 2020: Square Number 6 : The Mandalorian

 

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The Mandalorian.. what can we say about him? He’s enigmatic and caring and darn brilliant to watch! One can argue that he is actually part of the older and classic Star Wars Universe and others can argue against that. Either way, I quite enjoyed the show and I liked learning more about Mando. I mean… look at him!

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I’m definitely excited for season 2, and I am curious about where the story will lead us. In the meantime, here’s your next square for the blanket, The Mandalorian!

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Remember you can use any type of worsted weight yarn, I happened to use Vanna’s Choice yarn with this, however it is discontinued.

My gauge is 4 squares by 4 squares = 2 inches

My squares are currently measuring at 13 inches by 13 inches

The free PDF is available below. Follow the arrows for direction, and remember that the even numbered rows are the Right Side of the square, so carry all yarn and yarn ends on the wrong side (the odd numbers).

Click to access the free graph for The Mandalorian

The Next Square will be released on March 22nd and it’s going to be a really cute one!

Let me know what you think, remember to use the hashtag : #starwarsgraphgan2020 to show me your squares and to follow along with everyone’s progress. My instagram account will have sneak peeks and some bonus videos for help, you can find me here: @theknitknackshop

Enjoy and see you next week!

Jessica

Star Wars Graphgan 2020: Square Number 5 : The Rebel Alliance

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Ahh those pesky rebels. They caused so many issues for the Empire, but it just proves that a little bit of hope can cause major changes. I don’t know if you can tell, but I’m more an Empire/Sith girl.

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But I can appreciate the rag tag bunch of heroes that save the universe. Eventually.

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If you are a rebel, or just want to make a rebel logo (because it’s really cool looking) Check it out below!

Remember you can use any type of worsted weight yarn, I happened to use Vanna’s Choice yarn with this, however it is discontinued.

My gauge is 4 squares by 4 squares = 2 inches

My squares are currently measuring at 13 inches by 13 inches

The free PDF is available below. Follow the arrows for direction, and remember that the even numbered rows are the Right Side of the square, so carry all yarn and yarn ends on the wrong side (the odd numbers).

Click here for access to the free graph for the Rebel Alliance Logo

The Next Square will be released on March 15th and it’s going to be a really cute one!

Let me know what you think, remember to use the hashtag : #starwarsgraphgan2020 to show me your squares and to follow along with everyone’s progress. My instagram account will have sneak peeks and some bonus videos for help, you can find me here: @theknitknackshop

Enjoy and see you next week!

Jessica

Star Wars Graphgan 2020: Square Number 4 : BB8

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Boop, beep, boop. Who knows what this little droid actually is saying, but I would imagine it’s all cute! When Force Awakens first came out I was immediately drawn to this new little one that I think was supposed to be the comic relief that R2D2 provided in the original trilogy.

I think it worked, what about you?

Remember you can use any type of worsted weight yarn, I happened to use Vanna’s Choice yarn with this, however it is discontinued.

My gauge is 4 squares by 4 squares = 2 inches

My squares are currently measuring at 13 inches by 13 inches

The free PDF is available below. Follow the arrows for direction, and remember that the even numbered rows are the Right Side of the square, so carry all yarn and yarn ends on the wrong side (the odd numbers).

Click to access the free Graph for the BB8 Square

The Next Square will be released on March 8th! Stay tuned to check it out.

Here’s a look at our first 4 squares together!

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Let me know what you think, remember to use the hashtag : #starwarsgraphgan2020 to show me your squares and to follow along with everyone’s progress. My instagram account will have sneak peeks and some bonus videos for help, you can find me here: @theknitknackshop

Enjoy and see you next week!

Jessica

Star Wars Graphgan 2020: Square Number 3 : The Child

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The child! He grabbed our hearts and ran with them in the Disney Plus show, The Mandalorian. Is he Yoda cloned, is he a baby yoda, is he a she? We don’t know.. but we know it’s darn cute.

Okay, I had to add another one in, because… just look how cute!

This square requires a lot of color changes and I recommend using little bobbins of yarn at different locations so you don’t have to carry too much yarn across the piece.

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Remember you can use any type of worsted weight yarn, I happened to use Vanna’s Choice yarn with this, however it is discontinued.

My gauge is 4 squares by 4 squares = 2 inches

my squares are currently measuring at 13 inches by 13 inches

 

You can find the graph below. Follow the arrows for direction, and remember that the even numbered rows are the Right Side of the square, so carry all yarn and yarn ends on the wrong side (the odd numbers).

Click to access the free Graph for The Child Square

The Next Square will be released on March 1st and it’s going to be a really cute one!

Let me know what you think, remember to use the hashtag : #starwarsgraphgan2020 to show me your squares and to follow along with everyone’s progress. My instagram account will have sneak peeks and some bonus videos for help, you can find me here: @theknitknackshop

Enjoy and see you next week!

Jessica

Star Wars Graphgan 2020: Square Number 2 : The Millennium Falcon

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Our second square is The Millennium Falcon! All flashy moves, speedy getaways and it’s hunk of metal exterior. She really is the fastest ship in the galaxy!

Remember you can use any type of worsted weight yarn, I happened to use Vanna’s Choice yarn with this, however it is discontinued.

My gauge is 4 squares by 4 squares = 2 inches

my squares are currently measuring at 13 inches by 13 inches

You can access the free graph below. Follow the arrows for direction, remember that the even numbered rows are the Right Side of the square, so carry all yarn and yarn ends on the wrong side (the odd numbers).

Click to access the free graph for The Millennium Falcon Square

The Next Square will be released on February 23rd and will be a little more complicated!

Let me know what you think, remember to use the hashtag : #starwarsgraphgan2020 to show me your squares and to follow along with everyone’s progress. My instagram account will have sneak peeks and some bonus videos for help, you can find me here: @theknitknackshop

Enjoy and see you next week!

Jessica

Star Wars Graphgan 2020: Square Number 1: The Death Star

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It’s that time everyone! Our very first square in the project is none other than the iconic Death Star. “That’s no moon!”

It’s a scene that no one could forget. Han Solo, Chewie, Luke and Ben Kanobi, following a small fighter up to a small moon. Only, it wasn’t a moon but the Death Star. The Empire’s ultimate weapon.

I thought it would be fitting to make this one first. It is one of the easier squares as there are only 4 colors. The background is black, the ship is light gray, the bisecting line and circle are a dark gray with a small accent of white.

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Remember you can use any type of worsted weight yarn, I happened to use Vanna’s Choice yarn with this, however it is discontinued.

The PDF for the graph is below. Follow the arrows for direction, and remember that the even numbered rows are the Right Side of the square, so carry all yarn and yarn ends on the wrong side (the odd numbers).

Click here for the Graph of the Death Star PDF(1)

For reference my gauge is approx. 4 squares by 4 squares = 2 inches
The Next Square will be released on February 16th and will be a little more complicated!

Let me know what you think, remember to use the hashtag : #starwarsgraphgan2020 to show me your squares and to follow along with everyone’s progress. My instagram account will have sneak peeks and some bonus videos for help, you can find me here: @theknitknackshop

Enjoy and see you next week!

Jessica

Star Wars Graphgan 2020 – Changing Colors

Hello again everyone!

Before the Star Wars Graphgan project officially begins (on February 10th) I wanted to share one additional tutorial about changing colors.

Take a look at the previous post for how to increase and decrease in mini c2c crochet here: https://theknitknackshop.wordpress.com/2020/01/27/star-wars-graphgan-2020/

Each graph will have color changes and it can range from only using 2 colors, to using 5 or 6. The more colors used, the more difficult the pattern level will be.

Take a look at the video below to watch how to change colors in the mini C2C method.

This second video shows how to work with colors on the wrong side (WS) of the square. (For the graphs I will be sharing, the WS is always on the odd number rows).

When working on these graphs, I always keep my yarn tails on the wrong side of the project. Inevitably some yarn tails will end up showing, so it’s best to keep it all on one side.

Using the carry method in color work

I will be adding some other color changing videos as the crochet project continues, but for now here are some basic tips I put together as a helpful reminder for people:

  1. Make sure to always leave your yarn tails on the Wrong Side (WS of your work) – for these graphs, the odd numbers are the WS and that is where I leave my yarn tails and carry my yarn.
  2. When using colors that are close to one another, you can just carry the yarn across the back of your work and crochet over it using your current colors.
  3. To keep your yarn from tangling, you can keep your yarn in yarn bowls or physically separate them by placing them on opposite sides of your body.
  4. If colors are very far apart (a lot of the background colors are used at the ends of each graph) – rather than carrying those across the whole work, you can create smaller balls of the color and leave them in those sections. So for example you will have one yarn ball of blue at the bottom of the Millenium Falcon graph, and one ball of blue at the top of the graph.
  5. When changing colors on the WS I use a different method from the front. Take a look at the video to see how I do it. I find it helps to minimize the amount of color that shows through to the front

One last tip, always make sure to print your graph out and cross out the rows as you work. It is SO easy to get mixed up on what row you are on, especially when there are multiple color changes. I still print all my graphs and cross out, even the ones I designed myself. It’s easy to get mixed up.

I hope this was helpful for you and I can’t wait to see your first graphs.

If you are posting on instagram make sure to use the tag #starwarsgraphgan2020 so I can see your work. You can also follow me on instagram @theknitknackshop to see more behind the scenes shots, videos related to the project and some sneak peeks of future graphs!

If you have any questions feel free to submit them below or on instagram.

Thanks,

Jessica

Star Wars Graphgan 2020

It’s almost time for the Star Wars Graphgan project to begin!!! Don’t know what it is yet? Well keep on reading… and may the force be with you!. (I had to put it somewhere lol)

First off, a Graphgan is the creation of an afghan blanket, by using smaller squares put together. The theme of this blanket is going to be characters, logos, symbols, ships from the Star Wars Universe.

  • PS I do not own any of the rights to these characters as they are owned by Disney, and Lucas Films. This blanket is for personal use only.

I have created a variety of colorful squares using the C2C crochet method. (More on that below.)

I will post one square a week beginning on February 10, 2020 here on this blog. You can crochet along with the project, or wait until all the squares are out before you decide how you want to create your blanket.

Supplies:

For this project you will need:

  • G Hook (or the hook needed to obtain gauge)
  • Worsted weight yarn – I have been using scrap yarn that I have from a variety of different brands. So far there isn’t too much variation in size, and I don’t think it’s an issue to mix the yarns as long as your gauge doesn’t differ dramatically between the squares. Always check your gauge.
  • Graphs will need to be printed from the blog
  • and of course, a love of all things Star Wars!

The technique being used to create the pixelated graphs is called mini C2C crochet. Working in small squares comprised of HDC you start with one square and will build up to 25 squares, and then decrease back down to 1 square to end it off. Each small square is made up of a ch 2, and 2 HDC stitches.

Below I am writing out the instructions, providing photos and also a video. However, if these are not enough, there are a ton of resources available online, books and even in your LYS. Also, you can always reach out here for any extra help you might need.

To begin the first square, you will create a slip knot, and then ch 4. In the third ch sp from the hook, do your first HDC. So to start, YO and insert your hook into the third ch sp. Yo again, and pull up a loop. You will now have 3 loops on your hook. Yo for the last time and pull through all three loops on your hook. That is one HDC. Do another HDC in the next ch sp. This will give you, your very first square.

Take a look below for photos and videos.

This is what your first square will look like!

Now we will begin our increase from 1 square to 2 squares.

To begin, it starts the same as the first row. Turn over your square and ch 4. Yo and locate the third ch sp from the hook. Insert your hook, pull up a loop and then YO and pull through all three loops.

To create the next square we need to connect the squares. Locate the ch 2 space from your previous square in row 1. It will be in the top left, and there will be a slightly larger gap then in other places. You will insert your hook, pull through your yarn and continue pulling through your hook to create a sl st. Now you will need to ch 2 to get the new square started.

Once you have done that, you will create 2 HDC in the same space. Now row 2 is complete. You have increased from 1 square to 2! The process is the same for all increase rows.

Here is what two squares look like!

Take a look at this video below to see the process in action, and the video goes up to 4 increases so you can see what the piece looks like as it gets larger.

Here’s a video demonstrating increasing in mini C2C crochet

Now let’s take a look at how to decrease squares. In the designs for this project, row 26 is the row where the decreases begin. The middle squares will be completed in the same way as before, the only differences are in the first square and the last square.

To start off the first decrease, instead of ch 4 as you normally would you will ch 1 and turn your work. You will Sl st in the first space, and then sl st again in the ch 2 space. (This has created the flat edge of the top of the square) Now we will begin on the next square. Ch 2 to begin, and in the same space create 2 HDC stitches. This is the beginning of your new row. Continue on until you reach the last square in your row. (It will be one lower than the previous row).

Locate the top square from the previous row. Instead of sl st and creating a new square, we want to end the row early. So you will sl st, ch 1 and turn. This has ended the row, and now we will start the edge of the piece. Sl st in the first space, then sl st into the Ch 2 space from your last square. The edge is complete and now you can start your first square of the row.

Ch 2 and create 2 HDC stitches in the same space. This is your first square, now continue on down the row until you reach the end where you will decrease again.

While you are first beginning make sure to always count your squares and make sure you have enough and aren’t increasing. In the beginning I was counting all the time to make sure I had the right number of squares and the right number of colors. If you are off, its easy to just pull out the squares and begin again.

Take a look below for the video of how to decrease. I thought it would be easier to show this in video form rather than just still photos.

This is the basics of how to increase and decrease in mini C2C crochet. The next step to learn before we can begin our graphs is how to change colors. This will be addressed in the next blog post before our very first square is revealed!!

If you follow on me on Instagram (@theknitknackshop) you will also see some more videos on my channel, some BTS work and you might even see some sneak peeks of future squares.

Also, keep an eye on the hashtag for the project #starwarsgraphgan2020 – to keep up to date and to share your work with others who are also working on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask below or ask on instagram!

Thanks,

Jessica

Free Pattern: Hogwarts House Mug Rugs

This pattern is intended for personal use only. I have no affiliation with WB, JK Rowling, Harry Potter, or any other witch/wizard in the wizarding world. I’m just a girl with a crochet hook expressing my love for the series.

If you know me at all you know that there are two things in life I absolutely adore.. Harry Potter and crochet. 🤗🤗 Proud Ravenclaw here! So I decided to merge the two with this delightfully bookish and nerdy project. Does it sound right up your alley.. or the diagon..alley? 😂😂 Sorry bad muggle joke! Keep reading, I won’t use anymore witchy puns….

So what I ended up creating was a mug rug themed to each Hogwarts House. What is a mug rug you ask? It’s basically a rectangular coaster for a mug. Hmm, maybe that was self explanatory.

Reading my book with my Potter Mug + Rug

So my first debate was what type of crochet stitch should I use to make this pattern. I had been using the mini C2C method recently for a pattern I created for Happily Hooked Magazine called the Bunny Butt Pillow. And I thought it would be a great way to show off the house colors in bold stripes. Also, to give it some interesting texture as well. One thing I really love about mini C2C is the way the HDC’s lay in different directions and give it a scrumptious feeling.

Look at the texture here 😍😍

So you might be wondering what this technique is. It’s basically a way to work from one corner of a project to another. It can be worked in a square like the pillow below, or a rectangle. It’s really useful to create pictures and many people choose to use this technique for crocheting afghans. Here’s an example of what it can look like when used to create a picture. Hi bunny butt!

To make the Mug Rugs we are using the mini C2C method. I’m linking a video tutorial which will explain how to use this method of crochet. Instead of using DC (like it’s big brother the regular ol’ C2C method), the mini version uses HDC. This means the little pixel squares will be smaller. Check it out to see how to get started.

Okay so let’s get started! But first, here’s a closer look at some of the colors and more of this amazing texture!

Slytherin House Mug Rug using Knit Picks Shine Sport in Macaw and Robot
Hufflepuff Mug Rug using Knit Picks Shine Sport in Black and Dandelion
Can’t work on it now? Pin it for later!

For this pattern you will need:

  • A size F hook
  • embroidery needle
  • Knit picks Shine Sport Yarn. I used these colors to match the Hogwarts Houses (Dandelion and Black for Hufflepuff ; Platinum and Macaw for Slytherin; Robot and French Blue for Ravenclaw) I also used Comfy Sport Yarn in Gold and Currant for Gryffindor however, this yarn has been discontinued. So I’m currently on the hunt to replace them. I’ll update when I find a nice alternative.
    • Please note I used cotton yarn so that if you have a hot mug the yarn will not transfer heat and if you have a cold drink that is sweating, the yarn won’t go all mushy from the water.

To begin, make sure to review the mini C2C technique above. I’m primarily adding this pattern thinking that you, as a crocheter, already know the basics of crochet and basics of the C2C method. I didn’t want to make a tutorial for this technique since there are so many great ones already out there. I provided a link to one I found helpful when first learning this method. I hope it is helpful when you are making this mug rug! You can also search YouTube for other tutorials as there are scads of them.

For my Mug Rug pattern I am providing the graph/chart that I created. Start in the box labeled 1 in the bottom right hand corner. Odd rows are worked down and even rows are worked up (look at the arrows provided). This rug is a rectangle so you will increase further on one side than the other. On the chart I have indicated where to start decreasing. On the short side it will begin on Row 11 in the first square, while the other side will continue increasing. You will decrease the long side starting at Row 14.

Below the graph is the written instructions, I am using green and silver as the example. If you are using other colors just make a note of it so you don’t forget.

Mug Rug Graph

Written Instructions

Green = G, Silver = S // using HDC stitch

  • Row 1 (WS): 1S
  • Row 2: 2G
  • Row 3: 3G
  • Row 4: 4S
  • Row 5: 5S
  • Row 6: 6G
  • Row 7: 7G
  • Row 8: 8S
  • Row 9: 9S
  • Row 10: 10G
  • Row 11:CORNER start with decreases on this side only 10G
  • Row 12: 10S
  • Row 13: 10S
  • Row 14: CORNER decreases begin on this side too 9G
  • Row 15: 8G
  • Row 16: 7S
  • Row 17: 6S
  • Row 18: 5G
  • Row 19: 4G
  • Row 20: 3S
  • Row 21: 2S
  • Row 22: 1G

Fasten off. Weave in ends. Now if you would like to add some tassels to the ends you can do so now. I cut 4 inch strands (24 strands of each color) and used two of each color in every color block at the end. So this ended up as 6 tassels on each side.

To make the tassel:

  • Take your 4 strands of yarn and hold it length wise and fold in half
  • Insert your hook through the edge of the mug rug and hook through the middle of the 4 strands. Pull through to form a loop
  • YO with all the ends and pull through the loop. Pull tight. Trim if needed.
  • Do this 6 times on each end. (Feel free to make the tassels fuller or thinner by adding or subtracting yarn.)
  • You might need to size up on the hook to get all 4 strands through.

Now you are all done! Enjoy your new mug rug!

If you tried this pattern, let me know your thoughts in the comments, or talk about how much you love HP. Tag your projects using #hogwartsmugrugs on Instagram so I can see your finished creations.

Thanks everyone! Happy Crocheting!

And as always, don’t let the muggles get you down.

Jess

I think I can, I think I can!

“I think I can, I think I can.” Sure, they are the words from The Little Engine That Could but at this moment they resonate with me. Looking at my to do list I have a huge cactus order to fill, plus some auction items that need to be made and a couple of fandom related items to start and finish. Also, for some unknown reason, I chose today to start a website. As if there wasn’t enough on my plate, I throw a curveball to myself.

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Maybe this train really started rolling when I realized I wanted my side hustle to be more than what it was. A career? A dream to be my own boss? Suddenly every sale mattered and every potential sale meant more. This new blog of mine is going to travel along with my husband and I and hopefully at the end of it all, there will be a big shiny business at the end.

Side hustle? No! Full-time hustle, here we come!