Rudolph the red-nose reindeer, had a very shiny nose! Remember when I said the Snowman square was my favorite? Well I think I have a new favorite! Rudolph and his bright red nose has now joined the Crochet Christmas Character Afghan! He is square number 8 of 9 Christmas themed C2C crochet squares and when they are all finished, I will stitch them together into one large afghan! As I finish each square, I will post the graph and reveal the next character/image in the blanket. Feel free to work along with me!
If you are just joining in you can find the other squares through links below:
I am using the corner-to-corner (C2C) technique. You can see my first C2C graphgan HERE that has a how-to video. But I am told that most people have success learning how to make a C2C afghan by following THIS VIDEO DEMONSTRATION by The Crochet Crowd.
Each pixel graph in my blanket is 25×25 pixel squares. I used a size F (3.75mm) hook and worsted weight yarn. For this particular square I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Mustard Yellow (for the background), Toffee (for the main head color), Honey (for face and ear accents), Scarlett Red (for the nose and mouth), Black (for eyes and mouth outline), White (for the nose shine), and Chocolate (for the antlers – but you could also use black). For each of these squares you will need about two skeins of the background color and possibly two of any color that makes up the main image (like white for Santa). Otherwise you will need only one skein of the other colors.
VERY IMPORTANT: Instead of the traditional C2C method of using DC’s and chain 3’s to make each pixel, I used HDC’s and only chained 2 (and chained 5 instead 6 on the increase stitches). This allowed me to have a smaller overall afghan square, measuring approximately 15×15 inches. You can absolutely use the traditional method but your square will be much larger and your overall afghan will be much larger as well once you sew them all together. As is, my finished blanket will be big enough for a twin size bed… possibly even larger!
You do not have to use the C2C method either! You can take this graph and make a standard SC graphgan. This will produce nice small squares (think 25 single crochets wide and tall) that will be perfect for a standard size blanket. You could also make Pixel Granny Squares and use the graphs I post to create separate character blankets. There is also the Bobble Stitch method as well! So many ways to use these graphs!
CLICK HERE to download the Rudolph Graph!
(I left the background blank to save you some ink!)
Several crocheters and generous followers of RCM have been taking these pixel graphs and writing out the color changes as they make their squares. I will add the written pattern for these color changes as they are shared with me!
Written pattern for the color changes by fellow crocheter and RCM follower, Claudia Melgar! Thanks Claudia!
Row 1 to 7 all Mustard Yellow (M)
Row 8 – 3M 2T 3M
Row 9 – 2M 4T 3M
Row 10 – 3M 5T 2M
Row 11 – 1M 7T 3M
Row 12 – 4M 3T 3H 1T 1M
Row 13 – 1M 1T 4H 3T 4M
Row 14 – 4M 3T 5H 1T 1M
Row 15 – 1M 1T 1H 2B 2H 4T 4M
Row 16 – 4M 2T 1B 1T 2H 1B 1R 1B 1H 1T 1M
Row 17 – 1M 1T 1H 1B 1R 1B 2H 1T 2B 1T 2M 2H 1M
Row 18 – 1M 4H 2T 1B 2T 2H 1B 1R 2H 2M
Row 19 – 2M 1T 1H 3B 1H 10T 1M
Row 20 – 2M 8T 2R 1B 1H 1B 2H 1T 2M
Row 21 – 2M 2T 4H 3R 6T 4M
Row 22 – 5M 6T 1W 2R 4H 1T 3M
Row 23 – 3M 2T 3H 1T 1R 1W 1R 4T 7M
Row 24 – 7M 5T 3R 1T 2H 3T 3M
Row 25 – 4M 6T 2R 5T 1M 2C 5M
///////////// START DECREASE //////////////
Row 26 – 5M 3C 13T 3M
Row 27 – 3M 4T 1B 7T 3C 5M
Row 28 – 3M 4C 7T 2B 3T 3M
Row 29 – 3M 3T 1B 7T 2M 2C 3M
Row 30 – 2M 2C 3M 9T 4M
Row 31 – 4M 8T 4M 2C 1M
Row 32 – 7M 7T 4M
Row 33 – 5M 4T 1C 7M
Row 34 – 6M 2C 3T 1H 4M
Row 35 – 4M 2T 2M 1C 6M
Row 36 – 5M 2C 1M 2T 1H 3M
Row 37 – 2M 1H 2T 1M 3C 4M
Row 38 – 3M 3C 2M 1T 1H 2M
Row 39 – 1M 1H 1T 2M 1C 1M 2C 2M
Row 40 – 2M 2C 3M 1T 1H 1M
Row 41 – 1M 1T 5M 1C 1M
Row 42 to 49 all Mustard Yellow (M)
Hope you are enjoying this Christmas Crochet-Along! Stay tuned for square #9- the last square!
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