I have been wanting to crochet something using Magic’s mana symbols for a long time, because my husband and I have been playing Magic since we first started dating.   At long last, here it is: Some black Magic for the kitchen.  For those of us who play Magic: The Gathering, this is a swamp.  For those who don’t, it’s a skull.  Either way, it’s cool.


Skull Chart


Potholder Close Up


You can grab the free chart right here:  Magic – Swamp Potholder


I also made a brief video on carrying yarn and changing colors for those who are unaccustomed to charts:



You can find the other symbols here:







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Berra · February 1, 2014 at 1:44 am

Awesome, Im so gonna so this!

    AnnDAngelo · February 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Fantastic! That will make me so happy! I am in love with how thick mine is (because I made two and stitched them together). I used it this week and felt so very safe!

sarah · February 1, 2014 at 1:51 am

heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee I love it. Are you going to do the rest of them? I want a full set!

    AnnDAngelo · February 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Hellz yeah! I am probably going to do one a week. Then I will spend the next six months making combos as my son says, "Make one with a swamp and the front and a plains on the back. No, wait – I want a Dimir one!"

Cheri Quigley Hayward · February 1, 2014 at 9:46 am

This is awesome. I envision crocheted skulls on every potholdre in my kitchen now. 🙂 Love it.

    AnnDAngelo · February 1, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Bwahaha! I love that idea! I like this skull, too, because it's cracked . . . kind of like mine. 😉

Lilli Lovefroud · February 2, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Ha! Toby just said ….Hey I want one of those, do I have to keep it in the kitchen?

    AnnDAngelo · February 11, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    HAHAHA! I should send him one to keep in his room and do with whatever he chooses!

H. Dietz · February 2, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Oh WOW! LOVE THIS! Too bad I don't crochet…but as my huzbee was looking over my shoulder this morning, he was already thinking about using the pattern in Minecraft and looking for the other elements as well. XD He pointed out that I can still use the pattern somehow for plastic canvas, so I may just have to do that instead. ^^

We both have played MTG, but haven't in quite a while (I stopped playing when Ravnica hit…it's been a while…). Makes me want to get out the decks and play again though!

    AnnDAngelo · February 12, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Here's the funny follow up to that story: They just revisited Ravnica! And you should totally get decks out! It's such a fun game!

      H. Dietz · February 17, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      I was looking at cards a couple days ago and thought that I might do the most recent core set to get my feet wet as I'm sure there's been a lot of changes. I played a lot with Mirrodin and Kamigawa blocks.

      BUT, I DID get the old decks out from the garage and started flipping through the cards again. I'm missing a favorite Blue Bounce deck, but my main ones are there as well as two I was test-running. So many memories. One of these nights I'm definitely going to get the hubby to play. Muhahahahaaa!

      Ahem. Also, I put your pattern to use in Plastic Canvas: http://flyingphoenixfire.deviantart.com/art/Plast… (hopefully that works…) Just to let you know. ^^

        AnnDAngelo · February 17, 2014 at 10:28 pm

        Let's see. Damage doesn't go on the stack anymore. (I think they made that change pre-Ravnica? Anyway, they changed it back) They've eliminated "mana burn." RFG is now called "exiled." Those are the changes I can think of off the top of my head. I am excited for you coming back in! It's a little overwhelming but so, so fun!

        I tried to leave you a comment on DA, but – in my total brilliance – I can't remember my user name to get them to send me a password reminder. Y-a-y me.

        Here's what I wrote:

        Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaang! It looks fantastic! I'm so impressed! Maybe I'm stuck in my "crochet" thinking, but it looks like a tight, perfect fabric that I totally want to reach out and touch!

        I'm cracking up at the idea of your doctor's visit. Too funny.

          H. Dietz · February 18, 2014 at 9:52 pm

          It's been so long…But I did get a battle pack of the 2014 Core Set today and leafed through. Surprisingly, there were some cards still in there that I recognized (Shock and Fog come to mind). I had forgotten about planewalkers (never really dealt with them much….I'd heard about them just as I was fading out of it back then), and I don't remember if it was a College rule or what, but none of us used slivers – thought they were too broken. I groaned when I saw them. LOL!

          Thank you! I will say that it is your "crochet" mind as it's not really a "Fabric" so to speak as Plastic Canvas is literally a plastic grid that yarn stitches are stitched on. Its more rigid, this stitch does have a neat texture, and actually fun to "build" with. Started working on the Mountain panel tonight. 😀

          The doc was even a bit…"Concerned" but the nurse was more interested in what I was going to do with it. LOL!

            AnnDAngelo · February 18, 2014 at 10:42 pm

            Shock and Fog. Hee! I love when the old cards rotate into the core set again. When Sengir Vampire came back, I almost died. He was my SUPER favorite in the mid-90s.

            And yes, God – slivers were SO broken back in the day. Now the sliver lords pump only YOUR slivers, which helps.

            Okay, I will try to restrain myself from thinking of that as a fabric – but I still want to touch it! LOL.

            Silly doc. Good nurse! 😀

              Heather N. Dietz · February 23, 2014 at 5:41 pm

              I was so relieved to see some of those "Older" cards. Lava Axe was another I was fond of and was in that set. Can't get past the flavor text of "Catch"! XD

              At least they toned them down a bit. I may have to look into them because my husband has a fondness for saporlings (shudder). I should see if I can find my rat deck which I carried everywhere in my backpack. Have you ever played with the card, "Confusion in the Ranks"? http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.as

              Oh, I just finished the Red Mana panel a few minutes ago. I'll have to get it scanned in.

InsaneZombie · February 11, 2014 at 10:24 pm

this looks so cool i've never crocheted using a chart before tho. i hope i could do this 😀 thanks

    AnnDAngelo · February 12, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Charts are even easier than you might think! Just remember to start in the lower left corner (obviously), and then if it's helpful, keep track with arrows of which way each row will go, because one row you'll crochet from L-R, and the next will be from R-L. Let me know if you have any questions as you go! You can totally do it!

      nat · March 5, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Hi! I am so excited to try this (I am trying the island one) I was wondering if you could point me to a tutorial using charts? im just not sure I understand. Do I work with both yarns at once? sorry.
      Thank you!

        AnnDAngelo · March 5, 2014 at 12:59 pm

        Oh heavens! Don't be sorry! Yes, quite right – you will be working with both yarns at once. Chain with your background color (the paler blue), then introduce the second color in the first or second row (either one). Carry the second color – or put another way, crochet over the top of it, just as you do after a color change.

        I found one video where the crocheter carries the yarn for a few stitches. If that doesn't help, I'll throw together a quick video.

        At about :09, she changes colors from the green to the white, and she carries the green under the white. This is what you'll do, except that after you change back, you'll continue to carry the other yarn. (She doesn't carry the white when she switches back to green.)

        Let me know if this helps or doesn't. I'm happy to put a little something together for you, because you if you want to know, there are plenty of other people who do, too! 🙂

        AnnDAngelo · March 8, 2014 at 4:23 pm

        I made a video and posted it for this week's Crochet Saturday: https://www.wonderstrange.com/crochet-saturday-car

Shara · July 31, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Thank you so much for posting the video, I have always wanted to learn to carry colors like that so I could start using those charts, this is the first project I am going to attempt with carrying colors! Well the white mana one that is. Also thanks so much for the charts! Blue and white are going in our house, my husband and I both play along with many of our friends so I see a lot of awesomeness coming out of this! Thanks so much!!!

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