Year Of The Ox Granny Square


Hi everyone! It's an every year contribution I've been doing, to come up with a granny square that has the face of the current year's Chinese zodiac animal. So far I've made the chicken, the dog, the rat, and now the ox. And I've also enjoyed making other animal granny squares, such as the cat and the frog, and have a few in the making (a rabbit and other animals) that I'm going to post in the future.
The only hard part for me when designing these granny squares is to show as many face traits as possible, while keeping the square easy to make. I think I've nailed it this time. So enjoy making this cute ox as a granny square unit for a baby blanket perhaps, plus, you can totally change the colors to make it look like a cow.
Stay safe and healthy, and happy (belated) Chinese new year!

Skill Level: Intermediate



Materials: 
  • Yarn: any cotton yarn, one skein of the following colors: dark brown, light brown, yellow, and a yard (meter) of black and white. Suggestion: D.M.C Happy Cotton, 0.7 oz. (20 g), 47 yards (43 m).
  • Crochet hook, size US D 11 (3 mm).
  • Tapestry nnedle.


Measurements of the square: 6" x 6" (15 cm x 15 cm) approx.

Gauge22 sts x 12 round = 4"x 4" (10 cm x 10 cm) in double crochet.

Yardage: 40-42 yards (36-38 m).



Crochet terms (US):
  • ch: chain.
  • st: stitch.
  • sl st: slip stitch.
  • sc: single crochet.
  • hdc: half double crochet.
  • dc: double crochet.
  • tc: treble crochet. 


Instructions:

Granny square base:
Note: ch 1 and ch 3 at the beginning of rounds count as sc and dc respectively.

With the dark brown yarn, make a magic circle, work as follows:

Round 1: ch 1 into the magic ring, sc 7, sl st into the first ch. (8 sts).


Round 2: ch 1 and sc in first st, sc 2 in each st, sl st into the first ch. (16 sts).


Round 3: ch 3 and dc in the first st, dc in st, *dc 2 in st, dc in st, repeat from * to end, sl st into the third ch of first ch 3. (24 sts).

Round 4: repeat row 3. (36 sts).


Round 5: ch 3 and dc in the first st, dc in st twice, *dc 2 in st twice, 
dc in st twice, repeat from * to end, sl st in the third ch of first ch 3. (48 sts).

Round 6: 
ch 3 and dc in the first st, dc in st three times, *dc 2 in st twice, dc in st three times, repeat from * to end, sl st in the third ch of first ch 3. (60 sts). 

Cut off dark brown yarn and weave in loose ends. With yellow yarn make a knot and at the seventh st from the beginning of last round, work as follows:

Round 7: (ch 4, tr, ch 2, tr 2) in first st, *tr in st, dc in st twice, hdc in st 3 times, sc in st twice, hdc in st 3 times, dc in st twice, tr in st, (tr 2, ch 2, tr 2) in st, repeat from * 3 times, tr in st, dc in st twice, hdc in st 3 times, sc in st twice, hdc in st 3 times, dc in st twice, tr in st, sl st to forth ch of first ch4.

Round 8: ch 3 in first st, dc in st, *(dc, tr, ch 2, tr, dc) in ch 2 space, dc in st to next ch 2 space, repeat from * 3 times, (dc, tr, ch 2, tr, dc) in ch 2 space, dc in st to last st, sl st to third ch of first ch 3.

Rounds 9 and 10:  ch 3 in first st, dc in st to first ch 2 space, *(dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, dc in st to next ch 2 space, repeat from * 3 times, (dc 2, ch 2, dc 2) in ch 2 space, dc in st to last st, sl st to third ch of first ch 3.
 
Cut off yellow yarn and weave in loose ends.


 



The nostrils:
With light brown, ch 8:

Round 1: sc 5 in second ch from hook, sc in ch 5 times, sc 5 in last ch, sl st to first sc.

Round 2: ch 3 and dc in first st, dc 2 in st 4 times, tr in st 5 times, dc 2 in st 5 times, dc in st, hdc in st 3 times, dc in st, sl st to third ch of first ch 3. Leave 8"/ 20 cm for sewing the nostril in place and cut yarn.



Right ear:
With dark brown ch 12, hdc in third ch from hook, dc2tog, tr3tog, dc2tog, hdc2tog.  Leave 4"/10 cm for sewing the ear in place and cut yarn.

Left ear: 
With dark brown ch 7, hdc in third ch from hook, dc 2 in st, tr 3 in st, dc 2in st, hdc 2 in st.  Leave 4"/10 cm for sewing the ear in place and cut yarn.

Right horn:
With light brown ch 14, hdc 2 in second ch from hook, dc2tog 3 times, tr3tog twice.  Leave 4"/10 cm for sewing the horn in place and cut yarn.

Left horn: 
With dark brown ch 7, hdc 2 in second ch from hook, dc 2 in st 3 times, tr 3 in st twice.  Leave 4"/10 cm for sewing the horn in place and cut yarn.


Eye (make 2):
With black yarn make a magic circle, work as follows;
Round 1: sc 7, sl st to first sc,  Leave 4"/10 cm for sewing the eye in place and cut yarn.

Round 2: with white yarn and at any st, ch 1, sc 2 in next st, sc 2 in st twice, sl st in next st, cut yarn, weave in loose ends.

Nose Ring:
with yellow yarn make a simple I cord 5" (13 cm) long, and leave  4"/10 cm for sewing the two end together to make the ring cut yarn.

Sew the nostril, the two ears and the tow horns in place as shown in photo. Sew the two eyes in place, pull the I cord through the nose openings and make it a ring. weave in loose ends. 





Lastly, feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or find something confusing in the pattern.

Happy crocheting/knitting! follow me on Instagram @wiams_crafts and Twitter @wiamscrafts to see my upcoming projects.

Comments

  1. your links for the chicken & other animals from the past don't work

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    1. Hi Robert! thank you for letting me know. The links are fixed now.

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  2. your links for the chicken & other animals from the past don't work

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  3. Love this! What a.!marvelous job you did with this creation. Bravo! Bravo! Take a bow!! Encore!! Encore!!

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    1. Hi SharonG
      Thank you so much for your nice comment and certainly I will make more.

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  4. Great job!I love them all. Please continue to create and complete 12 chinese zodiac animals. It would be great to use 12 animals i
    into a blanket. TIA

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    1. Thank you and I will continue making the rest of the Chinese Zodiac, because I love animals :)
      Have a nice day.

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