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Wildlife Graphghan CAL

Would you like to crochet along the Wildlife Graphghan with us? Everyone is welcome!

Together we are creating each animal C2C Square of the Wildlife Graphghan, then joining the pieces together! Each week (sometimes each next week) there will be a new animal square posted on My Hobby is Crochet Blog!

So bookmark this page and check back every week for a new square.

There will be 20 blocks all together, that will make a huge blanket!

Depending on the blanket size you need, you can work all the squares for a really large blanket, or pick the C2C animal squares of your choice, mix and match them for smaller blanket sizes. I say, for a baby blanket 6 squares + a border would be enough. For a toddler blanket use 9 blocks.

You can also use each of these animal squares to make the front panel of a C2C Pillow Case.

The official hashtag for this CAL is #WildlifeGraphghanCAL. Please share your progress & squares with us on Instagram, Facebook, and social media!

Please add your projects to the Ravelry pattern page also!

In my Facebook Group My Hobby is Crochet Community I have created an EVENT for the Wildlife Graphghan CAL where you can also share pictures of your work in progress and finished squares, ask questions and give your own tips regarding color changes! (The Event link will only work if/after you are a member of our group linked above!)

We will consider it an "ongoing" CAL project event through 2019, so you can start/finish as it suits you. Happy Crocheting!

NOTE: some colors of the Red Heart Super Saver yarn are thinner as other colors. For example Spring Green, Soft White, Light Blue, etc. This will cause some changes in the finished size of the squares. Even if I have designed each squares having 25 tiles x 25 tiles as the Lava Fox ( that measures 16 inches (40 cm)), some squares will end up a bit smaller. After you will sew them together they will equal out. That’s why I will reduce the overall size of the squares and make an avarage size of 14.5 inches/square.

This page will be updated each week with the link to the new square pattern posted!

Scroll down for the general instructions for c2c in hdc and tips for color changes!

Get the Wildlife Graphghan Squares:

Block 1: "Lava Fox" C2C Square

Block 2: "Chimp Lolo" C2C Square

Block 3: "Panda Lee" C2C Square

Block 4: "Lioness Lea" C2C Square

Block 5: "Tigris, the Siberian Tiger" C2C Square

Block 6: "Grey Wolf" C2C Square

Block 7: Racoon C2C Square

Block 8: Deer Stag C2C Square

This are blocks 1-8 out of 20:

Block 9: Giraffe C2C Square

Block 10: Elephant C2C Square

Block 11: Zebra C2C Square

Block 12: Brown Bear C2C Square

Block 13: Horned Owl C2C Square

Block 14: Baby Penguin C2C Square

Block 15: Polar Bear C2C Square

Block 16: Macaw/ Parrot C2C Square

Block 17: Red-eyed Tree Frog C2C Square

Block 18: Sloth C2C Square

Block 19: Koala C2C Square

and the final block:

Block 20: Squirrel C2C Square

If you have not tried it before, you can can learn how to crochet the C2C worked with the hdc with the help of my instructions below and the Video Tutorials included!

For the squares it is used the C2C with the half double crochet!

How to crochet C2C Method with half double crochet:

Row 1: Start with ch5. Work 1hdc in 3rd ch from hook and 1 hdc in each of next 2 ch. (The 2 skipped chains at beg of row will be a ch2sp). You made the First and only Box Stitch of row 1!

From now on, you’ll start increasing 1 box st in each row.

Row 2: Turn your work, ch 5, turn, work 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook and 1 hdc in each of next 2 ch. (1st. box st of the 2nd row made).

Turn your work, sk all 3 hdc of next box st, slst into ch2sp of that box st, ch2, work 3 hdc in same ch2sp. ( 2nd. Box st of the 2nd row made!)

Row 3: Turn your work, ch 5, turn, work 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook and 1 hdc in each of next 2 ch. (1st. box st of the 3rd. row made)

Turn your work, *sk all 3 hdc of next box st and slst into the ch2sp at left of that box st, ch 2, work 3 hdc in same ch2sp.

(2nd. Box st of the 3rd row made); rep from * for the next box st (3rd. Box st of the 3rd row made).

Continue increasing 1 box st each row, working per color chart, or written instructions at the end of this post until you reach the corner (the middle of your square or rectangle). After that you’ll start decreasing on one side each row (working per color chart)

How to Decrease Corner to Corner (C2C) in Half Double Crochet

First Decrease Row (here Row 20):

Turn your work. Do not chain 5 anymore. sl st loosely into top of each hdc of the last box stitch made in the previous row, then slst into next ch2sp of last box st from previous row, ch 2, work 3 hdc into same ch2sp:

(First box st of decrease row made);

*sk the 3 hdc of next box st and slst into the ch2sp at left of that box st, ch 2, work 3 hdc into same ch2sp, rep from * till you reach to the last box st of previous row.

Join with slst to ch2sp of last block st from previous round.

Next Decrease Rows : Decrease each row 1 box st as written above until you get to 1 box st by last row.

Watch the Video Tutorial from Maria's Blue Crayon embedded below, to learn how to crochet the corner to corner with the half double crochet!

TIPS REGARDING COLOR CHANGES AND PLACING THE YARN STRANDS:

Work with bobbins or several small yarn balls. Only strand the yarns at the back over small sections and work over the small strands.

Bring the yarns:

  • To the back of your work when working on the right side
  • At front of your work when working on the left side;
And always place the old color to your right, so that the yarns do not tangle each other.

Changing colors:

  • On Right side of work Before changing to new color: work the last hdc of the last block stitch in old color just till before last yo,

    Having 3 loops in old color on the hook, yo with new color yarn and finish the st with new color;

    Tug the yarns tight and continue with new color; sl st to the next box st inserting the hook from back to front!

  • On Wrong Side of work : When carrying the old color yarn over a small section from right to left, change the colors the same as written above for the right side of work; same when you join new color yarn!

    When you need to pick up new color yarn (already used in previous row) coming from left, finish the st in old color, then slst with new color through the ch2sp of next box st inserting the hook from back to front!

    Tug the yarns tight and continue with new color.

Watch the Video Tutorial from 3amgracedesigns to learn how to make crisp color changes in C2C graphs!

77 comments:

  1. Hour many squares will there be in total?

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    1. Hi Cecelia, I will publish 16, maybe 20 squares. You can make them all for a large blanket, or pick the ones you like the most and make a smaller blanket.

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  2. These are gorgeous! Thanks for the patterns.

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    1. Hi, you're very welcome! I'm glad you like them! Please enjoy! :)

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  3. These are beautiful. I don't know how to do C2C but plan to try again because I really love the patterns. I'm left handed and most of the videos are for right handed people.

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    1. Hi Gigi, I think that, as left handed, you would need to read the graph starting from the left bottom to top right.

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    2. Thank you. I definitely will try it!

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    3. You're welcome! Please let mew know about the results and share your left handed tips with our readers.

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    4. That is exactly how I do c2c. Bottom left to top right.

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  4. Hi Kinga,
    Have made many of your animal C2C patterns. Love them.
    Do you have an Owl C2C pattern?
    thank you

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    1. Hi Flo! That's awesome! I would love to see your animal squares! Would you please add your pictures to Ravelry pattern pages? Thank you very much! Kinga.

      ps: I don't have an owl yet. Maybe in the future.

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  5. Have done the Fox and wolf so far, thanks for making written pattern. So sure grandson will love animal blanket when done.

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    1. Hi Gunjo! I'm glad that you enjoyed the patterns! Are you on Ravelry? Would you please add your pictures to Ravelry pattern pages? Thank you very much! Kinga.

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  6. I would like to print the written pattern and your chart. I am not very computer savvy to do this without some help. Please let me know how to do this. Thank you.

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    1. Hi, you can right click on the chart and save it to you pc, then print it out. Same with the text. Or you can use the Print Friendly site.

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    2. What do you mean "print friendly site"?

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  7. Thank-you for these patterns. My grandchildren will enjoy the afghan.

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    1. You're very welcome! I would love to see a picture,if you'll try the patterns. Kinga

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  8. Just discovered your website. I can't wait to make these. Do you have an elephant, a moose, and a turtle? I will have to make all of them. How many do you have so far so I can print them out. These are really incredible!!!!!

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  9. Hi, there are already 8 animal blocks published, link in the post above. An elephant will be also included.

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  10. Can you make a virginia opossum block? I love these!

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    1. Hi, sorry an opossum is not in plan. But many other beautiful creatures.

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  11. I'm awestruck! Going to try my luck on these. I am easily distracted at looking at patterns n people's work n forget to hook! Wonderful patterns!

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  12. Thank you so much for these lovely patterns. You are very talented and kind.

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  13. I love your animal squares...just curious of when the elephant will be added.

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    1. Hi, The Elephant C2C Square was published yesterday. Just check out my homepage.

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  14. Thank you for sharing your patterns. I love C2C! You get to see your progress so quickly!

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    1. You're very welcome! I love C2C so much! :) I love "painting" with yarn. hihi

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  15. thank you for the patterns im going to try them as soon as i get caught up

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  16. Thank u for your newsletter. Love your colors and want to try to make the zebra.

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  17. Hello was wondering if you have any more of your c2c cal wildlife animals graphs and patterns ready to release. Above mentions 20 different squares. I have the 12 you have listed above and found your sassy bunny and woolly sheep/lamb. I ask because wanting to make it for my niece for her first baby and would love to do all the squares for the blanket and then she can use it as a play mat on the floor also.

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    1. Hi Pamela, 9 squares will be more than enough for a play mat. The next squares will be released one/week the next weeks.

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  18. Oh My Gosh! I am so excited! I love to crochet and your C2C has me going down a new path! Thank you so much for sharing your talent and passion! Have a happy and blessed day!

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    1. Hi, You're very welcome! I'm so glad you like my C2C designs! Please enjoy!:)

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  19. Time to start putting them all together. What color and stitch?

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  20. I love these!!! I've done them all and they're beautiful. I'm from South Africa and here the Big Five is very important. You already did the elephant and the lion - would it be possible to perhaps do the buffalo, leopard and rhino? (Just a suggestion). Thank you for these lovely patterns!!!

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    1. Hi Carin,
      I'm, sorry for the late reply! I'm not sure if there will be other African animals in this blanket. I thought to include some Australian too.

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  21. Thank you so much for these! My granddaughter will love her Christmas gift! I can barely wait for the rest of the blocks! This is such an awesome idea!

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  22. Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful graph squares. I can’t wait to start them.

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  23. You have cured me of my fear of c2c. Thank you so much, although I think I'm slowly becoming an addict for c2c patterns. Your patterns and instructions are easy to follow and look amazing. You're very talented. Thanks a bunch

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    1. You're very welcome! I'm so glad that you have learned how to c2c!

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  24. I love all the patterns. I always for forward to the next one. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  25. I think this is going to be my next endeavor! Love the squares and my grandson will too!!

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    1. I'm so glad you like them! My kids love them! I hope your grandson will love them also! :)

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  26. I would love to finish the blankets for my great nephews... I was going to do 2 different blankets for the boys … did I miss the rest of the squares?? I see 1-15???

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    1. Hi, there are 16 squares published already.
      Regards,
      Kinga

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  27. Hi Kinga, Have you published square 16 yet? I thought I got an email about it but can't find it now...wondering if I dreamed it! lol. Thank you!

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    1. Hi Dena,
      Square 16 was published last week.
      Regards,
      Kinga

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  28. Love these patterns. Have completed 2 so far. Can you recommend a color substitution for red heart super saver teal and warm brown. I think that they are no longer available.

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    1. Hi Darlene,
      Have you tried buying them on Amazon? There are still available. It's where I bought them. I could not tell a substitute, because I only buy my yarns online. I have not seen the other colors in person, because where I live there are no Red Heart Yarns in local stores.

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    2. I don't see teal on Amazon, just Real Teal - is it the same color? I also am not finding warm brown. I looked on yarnspirations since Red Heart is one of their brands and they don't carry either of them so I'm thinking they are discontinued. I will try to use something close.

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    3. Okay, well I found Warm Brown on lovecrafts.com and teal on ACmoore.com. Wasn't crazy about the shipping fees but this is a gift for my son and his girlfriend and they are worth it!

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  29. Hi thank you for these gorgeous pictures I'm halfway through the fox at the moment when it comes to joining them do you recommend putting a border around them first

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    1. Hi Fiona,
      I'm still debating on the way I will join the squares. Maybe I will not put a border around the squares first before joining them. Maybe I will join them with an invisible join and make a surface crochet kind of border to delimit each square.

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  30. Thank you ever so much from the Netherlands for the stunning patterns. I have never tried C2C before but surely will now.

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  31. Are there instructions that I may have missed on how to make these into a pillow? I have to have a raccoon pillow!!!

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  32. Are there instructions that I may have missed on how to make these into a pillow? I have to have a raccoon pillow!!!

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    1. Hi!See the link in the post above. C2C Removable Pillow Case.

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  33. Hi thank you so much for also including a written pattern it makes it so much easier for me to do your a gem x p.s do you write it all down yourself or is it the fiddle stitch program you use? Thanks again have only done the monkey at the min but love them all xx

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  34. Hi will you be doing all 20 squares
    They are all really nice. I'm having one of each made into a blanket to use for camping.

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    1. Hi! Sure, I will make all 20! Just published today block 19! The Koala C2C Square!

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  35. I love these patterns. I have been doing them in the order they were posted. I am currently on the tree frog. Will you be posting the last 2 squares soon? I would like to have all 20 done before Christmas.

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  36. I love all of these patterns. I am working on the tree frog. I've done the other 16 previous ones. Will you be publishing the last two patterns soon? I would like to have all 20 done by Christmas.

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  37. I am currently working on the tree frog square. I have already done the 16 before it. I was just wondering if you are still going to publish numbers 19 and 20. I would like to get all 20 squares done before Christmas.

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    1. Hi,the 19.th block was published today! Check out the Koala C2C Square, linked in the post above.

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  38. Thank you for the 19th square. So hoping the 20th is ready soon! I'm making a blanket with all 20 squares for my son and his girlfriend and hope it can be a Christmas gift!

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    1. You're very welcome! All 20 squares are already up! Next week I will post the way I join them! Check back :)

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  39. Hi I love your patterns and I know my grandson will love it. Do you have instructions on how to put it together?

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    1. Hi,
      Next week I will post the way I join them! Check back the next days, please!:)

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