Time to get building….building some Minecraft blocks that is!
Its been a little while since I have managed to get some Minecraft makes finished and I have decided its time to get cracking with them! So over the next few weeks a few new Minecraft themed makes will be popping out on to here all themed around the different Minecraft blocks. These makes will consist of Minecraft cubes measuring 17x17x17cm. I cant wait to have a few of these made as they will all be able to stack together so you can actually build something out of them!.
I opted for corner to corner crochet for these as its perfect for giving the block effect of a Minecraft block and also I love using corner to corner crochet on projects!
I used a foam padding piece to fill these – using one large piece and cutting into 17x17cm squares and stacking them together. You could also use a 17x17x17cm cube of foam if you can find one, or even just fill them with toy stuffing.
I started making these at first and realised they were going to be too big so to make them smaller and the 17cm size instead of using trb(UK)/dc(US) stitches I changed them to htr(UK)/hdc(US). This also means at the start of each row instead of ch6 and trb(UK)/dc(US) into the 4th ch from the hook, you only need to ch5 and then htr(UK)/hdc(US) into the 3rd ch from the hook. Also instead of ch3 at the start of each square you only need to ch2. How to on using a htr(UK)/hdc(US) for corner to corner crochet can be found over on this ‘how to’ guide.
Aldo instead of using a 4mm hook as I normally would I opted for used a smaller 3.5mm hook.
If you do want a bigger block complete the corner to corner crochet as you normally would with trb(UK)/dc(US).
To make the cubes, use a 3.5mm hook and make the 6 sides using the patterns below and sew the pieces together around the foam piece down the side edges. if using stuffing sew all the pieces together but leave a 10cm gap for putting in the stuffing and them sew the gap closed.
After Steve I decided to make a Mooshroom cow storage case as well – they make up so quickly and are so handy its hard to stop making more!
This one is a bit bigger than the Steve at 23x13cm.
Once you have completed the pattern fold the case in half with wrong sides together and slip stitch down either side to secure.
Take the zip and sew onto the top edge of the case.
Next take a piece of fabric 23x27cm and fold in half with wrong sides together and sew down either side to secure. Fold the top edge over by 1cm and press. Place the lining inside the case and slip stitch around to secure.
I’ve had a few Minecraft storage cases on my list since my Creeper and Ghast cases (a few is an understatement to be honest!). The first is a Steve, this is slightly smaller than the Creeper and Ghast as the pattern worked out better in a smaller size and I wanted a smaller size for putting some smaller things into to!.
It measures 15cm x 12cm when completed.
Corner to Corner pattern:
Once you have completed the corner to corner crochet finish off all loose ends fold in half with wrong sides together and slip stitch down the sides to secure.
Take your zip and sew into the top edge opening of the case, placing the sides of the zip into the case.
Cut a piece of fabric 15cmx24cm and fold in half with right sides together. Sew down each side, then place into the case. Fold the top edge over by 1cm and sew to secure.
Another flurry into corner to corner crochet with these Minecraft Creeper and Ghast storage cases
Following my first successful attempt at corner to corner crochet with my corner to corner hearts blanket I decided to venture back and try something else. I have had an idea for some crochet storage cases for a while now and combined with my like for making things Minecraft related I decided to combine to two and make some Minecraft themed storage cases.
After digging out my graph paper again I got started on the patterns for a Creeper and a Ghast (I was thinking of starting with a mooshroom cow but didn’t have any red!). once I had got the pattern sorted I could get started on the crochet part.
These cases measure up at approximately 20 x 11 cm, when using DK wool and a 4 mm crochet hook. The Ghast uses 3 colours (grey, black, white) and the Creeper uses 4 (black, dark green, medium green, light/sage green).
Pencil/Storage Case Assembly:
After I had completed the crochet part and sewn in all the loose ends it was time to put the cases together.
Taking one of the cases: fold it in half with the right sides together and slip stitch down the two sides. Turn back out the right way.
Attach the zip:
I used a 20cm length zip, but make sure to measure along the top edge of your finished case to ensure zip size due to variations in wool and tension.
Before sewing the zip I completed a few stitches at the bottom to hold the loose sides together which makes it easier for sewing in.
I first sewed the zip along one of the top edges, then opened the zip and sewed it to the other side.
I decided to add some lining to my case just to ensure no bits could fall out. I opted for lining which had a white wrong side and pattern on the right side for my Ghast so that you wouldn’t see any pattern through the case but would on the inside, however, you could choose any pattern or colour you would like.
To add lining: cut a piece of fabric (for each case) 21 x 22 cm and fold this in half (placing right sides together) so you have a piece 21 x 11 cm and sew down the sides.
Fold the top edge over by 0.5 cm and press, then sew the lining into the case by placing the lining inside the case, pinning it in place with the top edge of the lining 0.5 cm from the zip and secure using a slip stitch.
I’ve been working on a crochet granny along over the last 6 weeks by Zeens and Roger.
It’s been great fun getting all the granny squares made for this – I was a bit worried I would be tight on time for getting them all finished but I managed to get them all made and put together with a few days to spare!
After a bit of a false start I have completed another granny square Minecraft blanket, this time a wolf!
I had originally planned to make a snow golum Minecraft blanket next after thecreeper, mooshroom cow and ghast, and had even got underway making a couple of grannies. However, after I had finished one ball of wool I hit a bit of a obstacle when I found I couldn’t find any wool in the right colours I was needing to finish it! I needed some different shades of orange and struggled to find any in shades different to what I had already used. Without these different shades I wouldn’t be able to get a good pixelated effect. So for now I have put the snow golum on hold whilst I find some other colours that will work.
I completed 8 increasing rows to get the size I wanted before starting on the decrease.
To get the half squares around be mouth I completed a seperate mouth piece consisting of 5 peach squares and 4 black squares and attached this onto the completed blanket, where I had placed browns and greys where the mouth piece would be going.
I like how different this granny square is and I think it worked out really well.