How is it already November and how is it possible that this Penguin is the second to last square in our Animal Square CAL?! This year sure flew by! Stitch up this precious penguin and get ready for lots of tutorials at the beginning of December that show the final square and how to piece together the blanket!
Each month (January through December of 2023) I will post a new Crochet Animal Square. 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 you can add more or less embellishments. Customize to your liking!
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.
Keep in mind that I am making 2 of each square so I can place them back-to-back to make our finished blanket reversible.
– Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Black (main square), Gold, and White.
Shop Red Heart Super Saver Yarn HERE on Yarnspirations.com
– Size H Crochet Hook
– Optional: Two 12 or 15mm black safety eyes (or stitch on smiling eyes)
I purchased the 15mm black safety eyes HERE on Amazon
– Tapestry Needle
First let’s make the Square:
With black color yarn
Chain 21, SC in second chain from hook and the rest of the way down chain, chain 1, turn
Row 2-23: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn
now continue making a SC in the 3 sides (2 Chains in each corner)
join in gold yarn, fasten off black, SC in each stitch all the way around 4 sides making 2 SC in each corner.
with white yarn
Chain 17, SC in second chain from hook and the rest of the way down chain, chain 1, turn (16 SC)
Row 2: SC Decrease, SC in next 12, SC Decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 3: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn (14 SC)
Row 4: SC Decrease, SC in next 10, SC Decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 5: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn (12 SC)
Row 6: SC Decrease, SC in next 8, SC Decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 7: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn (10 SC)
Row 8: SC Decrease, SC in next 6, SC Decrease, chain 1, turn
Row 9: SC in each stitch across, chain 1, turn (8 SC)
Row 10: SC Decrease, SC in next 4, SC Decrease, chain 1, turn
continue to SC along all edges making 2 SC in each corner.
join, fasten off leaving long tail.
Eyes (make 2):
with white yarn
Magic Ring, chain 1 and make 2 SC + HDC + 3 DC + HDC + 2 SC + HDC + 3 DC + HDC, join to first SC, chain 1 (14 sts)
Round 2: 2 SC in first, SC in next, repeat around, join, chain 1 (21 SC)
Round 3: SC in each stitch around, join, fasten off leaving long tail. (21 SC)
Place safety eye just right of the center magic ring.
with gold yarn
Chain 4, SC in second chain from hook, HDC in next, DC in last,
continue to SC along top edge of DC and SC in each stitch around making 2 SC in each of the 3 corners.
Fasten off leaving long tail.
Stitch on face so its overlapping the bottom of the eyes and top of body.
If you aren’t comfortable with the safety eyes, feel free to stitch them on!
Find the links to ALL the Animal Squares HERE and be sure to use hashtag #AnimalSquareCAL on social media!
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