Welcome to my new Crochet-Along for 2023! So many of you enjoyed the C2C Gnome CAL last year that I’ve had many requests for a new monthly project. This year will be all about Animal Squares!! These are simple crochet squares that are embellished with adorable animal faces! These squares work up quickly and won’t take you more than an hour or two. This project is extremely beginner friendly and will be less pressure (for me and you) so no need to rush or set aside multiple days in your busy schedule. You can start these anytime!
The first square is already done! It’s an adorable Polar Bear Square. YOU CAN FIND THE PATTERN + VIDEO TUTORIAL FOR THE POLAR BEAR SQUARE HERE.
Note: CAL stands for Crochet-A-Long (typically written crochet-along or just abbreviated to CAL)
How this CAL works:
Each month (January through December of 2023) I will post a new Crochet Animal Square. These won’t necessarily be holiday themed but many of them will be seasonal (for instance, the polar bear represents winter and has a cute little blue scarf on). A few animals are random because I like the colors and it fits with the overall design 🙂 At the end of the year, I will be stitching these all together to make a blanket! But they could also be turned into a pillow(s), a scarf, or any other creative way you’d like to use them.
Unlike last year, I won’t have these ready on the 1st of the month, but I do promise to have the patterns available within the first 15 days of each month. I will also have video tutorials to accompany each pattern where I walk you through each square. The videos will be available on my Repeat Crafter Me YOUTUBE Channel! Be sure to subscribe HERE.
Embellish to your liking! Don’t feel like you have to add all of the animal elements I provide to each square. For instance, maybe you want to leave off the scarf on the polar bear square. Or skip making the toe pads on the paws. There will be other little extra designs like that throughout the year. But also feel free to add your own flair to each square! I encourage you to make these as fun and festive as you want.
I am using colors from the Red Heart Super Saver line! This is my go-to yarn because it has so many different coordinating shades. It’s a worsted weight acrylic yarn that holds up and is readily available online and in most local craft stores. It doesn’t take much yarn to make these squares. Less than half a skein and some of the colors will repeat throughout. Don’t feel like you need to purchase new yarn, feel free to use what you have in your stash! But if you do purchase some yarn, you can browse the colors of Red Heart Yarn HERE on Yarnspirations.com.
The Backside of the Squares:
The backside of your squares will be messy. But we will cover this up and make them look finished and nice. One option is to make two of each square and stitch them together with the backs facing each other. Another option is to stitch on a fleece backing to the banket in the end. I have done this before with my Reindeer Blanket (SEE IT HERE). Have another idea on how to hide the backside and all those woven ends? Let me know in the comments!
Each square is approximately 7×7 so the finished blanket will be more of a lap size or baby blanket size. There will be 3 squares across and 4 squares down. I plan on thick borders! It’s going to be so cute!
Share your Square!
Be sure to share your finished squares on social media using #AnimalSquareCAL and by tagging @RepeatCrafterMe.
Alternate Animal Designs:
I don’t have plans to make more than one square for each month. I am trying to keep this project simple and manageable 🙂 BUT if all goes well, I will consider extending the project into next year and providing more squares!
If you missed the corner-to-corner crochet Gnome CAL last year, no worries! The patterns are still free right here on RepeatCrafterMe.com.
I’m not trying to give too much away but I am so excited about this project and have all the animals already sketched out! I use clip art and cartoon images to design most of my cute crochet projects like this one. I have the remaining months blurred out so there is some element of surprise but I’m sure you can already guess a few of them 🙂