This project has taken me long enough, so I’m even more excited to share the results of my months of crocheting and procrastination! I call it my Zoodiacs, a collection of graphs depicting the animals in the Chinese zodiac. With these graphs, you can create a graphghan or a C2C crochet blanket of all 12 zodiac animals, or make individual pillows, coasters and other fun things, even something like my fox hand-warmer. They’re all similarly big-headed, small-bodied cuties represented by a graph. First up is the Zoodiacs Tiger!
I was inspired by a strange combination of Sarah’s Christmas C2C blanket, Tamara’s Zodiac Appliques and Stephanie’s Chinese New Year Monkey to come up with something fun and new for my kids. We’re kinda big on Chinese zodiac stuff at my house (we’ve got a few dragons, tigers, sheep, a snake, and a mouse), with everyone knowing what animal they are and joking about the characteristics of each one. And the more I got to designing my animals, the more I loved it. So, here’s the first square of my Zoodiacs collection! Stick around for each animal graph to be released and at the end, I’ll share the newest crochet blanket in the house.
J hook (CloverUSA Amour Hooks*)
Michaels Loops and Threads Impeccables in Aqua (2 skeins)
Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in 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.
I’ll be adding each animal graph to the Zoodiacs page, so in case you miss a post, you can always find all of them in one spot.