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This crochet DDR mat is cute and functional

Made with yarn, conductive thread, and an Arduino

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A close-up of a crochet DDR mat. Fingers are hitting the pink buttons. Image: kims_threads via TikTok
Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

Throw away your old plastic Dance Dance Revolution mat and bring yourself into the future with a miniature crocheted DDR pad. TikTok creator kims_threads did just that using her crochet hook, some yarn, conductive thread, and an Arduino. It’s both extremely cute and functional: She sets it up to connect to a computer to play DDR with her hands. Look, if you scale it up using granny squares, you may be able to put together a whole dang functional rug.

Kims_threads followed a tutorial from Popular Science to learn how to rig up a custom dance pad, and used her own crochet skills to create the mat itself. Once the crochet mat was done, she used a needle to weave the conductive thread through the yarn to make it functional. Honestly, it’s genius. We love a woman in STEM!

@kims_threads

I followed a tutorial by Andy Clark on Popsci.com but had to make lots of adjustments to suit my project. This was a cool project, I might do more with Arduinos #arduino #ddrtiktok #crochet #crochettok

♬ on & on - piri & tommy

Kims_threads sells several different crochet patterns on her Etsy shop; if we’re lucky, she’ll upload a pattern for this one so that crocheters of the world — namely, me — can make our own cute mini and playable DDR granny square.

Beyond DDR, kims_threads has a bunch of other adorable gaming-, entertainment-, and tech-related yarn crafts: a knit Animal Crossing: New Horizons bell bag beanie, a crochet Tamagotchi tapestry, an elaborate Howl’s Moving Castle balaclava, and a QR code sweater. The possibilities of crochet and knitting are endless.

Personally, I’ve just started to relearn crochet over this past weekend. Looks like my next project may as well be a DDR rug.

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