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The first thing I want to say before you use my method for creating your Tunisian Crochet Afghans is that I have a lot of loose yarn ends on the back of the blanket. I don’t bury the loose yarn ends. I tie knots so that none of the loose yarn ends will ever come loose. I use a different inexpensive blanket for the backing, which I also show how to attach.
I had a lot of fun creating my Tunisian Crochet Guardians of the Galaxy Afghan, but it wasn’t my first. I want to talk a little bit about my Minecraft afghan and then I will get back to my Guardians of the Galaxy Afghan.
My first Tunisian Crochet Afghan was the Minecraft Afghan (Eventually, you will see .it as a blog post, but someone asked me about my Guardians of the Galaxy Afghan. So, I am posting the graphs for that one first).
I have a lot of nephews that love Minecraft! I am sure that a lot of you know of children that love Minecraft too. Well, one of my nephews, in particular, wanted a crochet Minecraft character, which I made for him. I didn’t put the Minecraft character amigurumi on YouTube video tutorial. At the time, I wasn’t sure about copyright images on my channel. I later discovered that as long as I offer them for free, and I am not informed by the copyright owners to take it down, then I can make them. Anyway, I was soon asked to make the Tunisian Crochet Minecraft Afghan for my nephew. I thought it was a wonderful idea! The Tunisian Crochet Minecraft Afghan turned out gorgeous!
My nephew loved his new Minecraft Afghan. He loved it so much, that another nephew got jealous of it, and he wanted one too. Rather than make the other nephew a Minecraft Afghan too, he decided that he would love to get a Guardians of the Galaxy Afghan.
I usually like to test my crochet patterns, but the Guardians of the Galaxy Blanket took me a little over a year to graph and create. I won’t be testing it again unless I ever want to make it again in the future. So, if you want to use some of my graphs and see how I made it, then you are more than welcome to. You will notice that the graphs are really rough. If you would like to redo your own graphs a little neater, or make your own design, here is a free PDF download of a 40 x 40 graph, which is the size I like to make for my Tunisian graph blocks
Free PDF download for blank graph 40×40
Before you begin, you may want to watch this video that I made because I talk about things that I would do differently, or lessons learned if I were to make the same afghan again:
This video tutorial will show you how to get started making one of the Tunisian Crochet Blocks. The rest of the Tunisian Crochet Blocks are made the exact same way:
I also show how to Tunisian Crochet the picture blocks together:
This video tutorial shows how I placed the border, and backing blanket, on my Afghan:
The markings rubbed off of my Tunisian Crochet hook. It was equivalent to my 6.5mm crochet hook, but then I realized that this set of Tunisian Crochet hooks only had 6.0mm. So 6.0mm will work. Here is a complete set of Tunisian Crochet hooks.
The original size was my fleece blanket, and I created Tunisian Crochet blocks to fit the fleece. I found an equivalent size on Amazon that is prime eligible and for a good price (Again, double check the price because sometimes the prices change), click here.
Here are all of the graphs that I used to make my Tunisian Crochet Guardians of the Galaxy Afghan:
I am going to start with the 12 block in the top upper left corner of the blanket.
Dancing Groot 6 block:
I made changes to this block to accommodate Gamora’s sword, please look at all of the blocks and decide if you want the alternate block with Gamora’s sword or not
Now for the wording down the left side of the blanket, along with the bottom, and the right side of the blanket:
I didn’t use this, but you may want to. I ended up using my graph for “Rocket” to make an adorable Tunisian Crochet Pillow
If you liked the pillow that I used, here is the direct link for a similar one:
I made the Tunisian Crochet backing with a brown medium 4 acrylic yarn. I started with a ch50, and then I made the length equivalent to my front “Rocket” Tunisian Crochet block. After I was finished, I placed the “Right” sides of the two blocks together, and I used Tunisian Crochet to crochet the sides of the pillow together. I left the top of the pillow unworked. I was able to get all of the loops on my crochet hook along the length of the pillow, but if you have difficulties, you can work the length of the pillow in two sessions. I did not bury my loose yarn ends. I just left them hanging on the “wrong” side of the pillow. Now, turn the pillow inside out. The right side should be facing you. I used my Tunisian Crochet hook to join my brown colored yarn on the top of the “Rocket” block only. I made approximately 5 or 6 rows to create a back flap for the buttons. I then switched to my 5.75mm crochet hook. I made 1sc into 5 or 6 stitches, then chained 3 (for the button loop), skip 3 stitches and make 1sc into each st until you reach the last 8 stitches. For the second button loop, chain 3, skip 3 stitches, and make 1sc into each of the remaining stitches. Insert your pillow into the pillow cover. Fold the finished flap over the back of the pillow, and place the buttons where the button loops are. Sew the buttons in place being careful not to sew the buttons to the pillow insert or the front of the pillow. For mine, I made a chain loop in the middle of the back pillow flap for a third button.
“We Are Groot” Blocks:
I would make this block last, and you may want to make modifications, as I recommended in Part 4 of 4 “Lessons Learned” YouTube Video:
If you make the Tunisian Crochet Guardians of the Galaxy Afghan, I hope that you will share a picture of your finished crochet work with me! I would love to see it!