I think this was the first Zoodiac that I drew out, on paper, my Zoodiacs Monkey c2c crochet graph. I wanted to make it into a handwarmer but couldn’t quite figure out the tail, so ended up just making the monkey head part. About half way through, I decided paper just wasn’t good enough. I love the feeling of putting pencil to paper, but my eraser was a stub and there was a snowpile of eraser flurries around me. So, I moved into working in Adobe Illustrator. It was definitely a bit odd to get used to, and required quite a bit of up front template work, but I love the result, don’t you?
This year, 2016, is the year of the Monkey. The internet (because we all believe the internet, right?) says that Monkeys are clever, curious and crafty. Great at practical jokes, they are intelligent and love to play.
This also means we’re halfway through the zodiac, as the Monkey is number 7 on the list. Be sure to check out the other Zoodiacs in the collection!
J hook (CloverUSA Amour Hooks*)
Red Heart Super Saver in Cafe Latte
Michaels Loops and Threads Impeccables in 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 Monkey 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.