Hmm, the Rooster c2c graph. I pretty much knew nothing about this particular Zoodiacs design, and almost had no where to start. I did a lot of googling of roosters, and what I found out is that not many of them are very cute. How do I make a Rooster that doesn’t look like a duck, or a chicken? My daughter can’t really tell the difference between all the farm fowl, and there are so many interpretations of each one. A swan or a white duck? A chicken or a fat bird or a turkey? What does a rooster have that a hen does not? I think I was able to capture the main characteristics of a rooster, with the thingie on his head, and the thingie (wattle? Is that a turkey thing?) under his chin and of course, the big bold feathers that have adorned so many hats.
On this design, I started on the bottom right corner and worked my way up to the top left corner. I could feel my gauge loosening once all the color changes were over, and there was nothing between me and the end of this square except an expanse of green. He’s number 8 in my series – you can find all the others on my Zoodiacs page. I hope you like him!
J hook (CloverUSA Amour Hooks*)
Michaels Loops and Threads Impeccables in Cherry
Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Fern, Terracotta, Fisherman, 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 Rooster 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.