Just like with the Mouse graph from last time, this little guy’s name is also up for debate. I call him my Zoodiacs Ox c2c crochet graph, but I guess he’s really just a cow. Not a dairy cow, mind you, which I guess is why I want to call him an ox. I like to think of him as bigger, burlier and pulling wagons on the Oregon Trail or working on terraced rice paddies in rural China.
Putting a red background on this particular square was not really meant to indicate he’s a Christmas ox. I just happen to really love the vibrancy of the Loops and Threads Impeccables Cherry yarn, and thought it went well with brown. But hey, he can be a Christmas ox if you’d like him to be, or he could be reinterpreted as a reindeer even!
J hook (CloverUSA Amour Hooks*)
Red Heart Super Saver in Cafe Latte
Michaels Loops and Threads Impeccables in Cherry, Heather
Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Linen, Pink, Black
A few notes:
- I made my squares using C2C (corner to corner) crochet. Using an I hook, I got squares around 18 inches wide, but my gauge did vary a bit. You can use C2C crochet, or make a single crochet graphghan, totally up to you.
- The colors I chose were based on the final blanket design. You can obviously switch things around, but I do list the yarns I used below.
- I re-used the same yarns for multiple squares so the blanket has some color consistency. Using a combination of mostly Lion Brand Vanna's Choice and Michaels Loops and Threads, I found I could get a diverse color palette and consistent yarn feel, with no one skein jumping out in either hue, vibrancy or feel.
- I always have 2 skeins of the background color on hand. It made it easier to work the C2C running two skeins at the same time.
- To finish the square, work 1 round of sc around the square. I worked 3 sc into each "tile" of the c2c, and a ch 2 in the corners, then slip stitching into the first sc. (69 sc + ch 2) * 4 sides. This also makes it easier to join the squares later.
Zoodiacs Ox C2C Graph
If you missed a Zoodiacs post, you can always find all of the graphs available on my Zoodiacs page. I’ll be adding new animals there, as well as fleshing out different ideas related to the Zoodiacs.