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Cardinal in the Window

The cardinal is well-known as the “Christmas bird” since it has lovely red feathers and brings warmth and beauty to the wintry snow. This crochet cardinal square will not only bring beauty and warmth to your home, but also hope and holiday cheer!

Kristen Ridinger

What you will need


:  I used I Love This Yarn in Red, [Size 4 (Medium), 100% Acrylic, 7 oz, 355 yds]

Yarn Bee Mini Makers in Gold, [Size 4 (Medium), 100% Acrylic, 1.05 oz, 65 yds]

Red Heart with Love in Evergreen, [Size 4 (Medium), 100% Acrylic, 7 oz, 370 yds]

Hook(s): US Size 5mm/ H-8

Yarn needle


Let's talk fiber!

If you need to substitute with an other yarn and are not sure what to look for here are some tips...

What you will look for between labels

Is the weight the same?

Are the fibers similar, such as Acrylic, wool, alpaca, nylon, etc.?

Is the gauge similar or close enough to make it work?

Are the recommended hook sizes the same?

Another piece of information you can look for is the number of wpi (wraps per inch). This information is not always available so me be more difficult to compare.

Do you know these stitches and abbreviations?

  • MC- magic circle
  • ST- stitches CH- Chain SC- single crochet
  • HDC- half double crochet
  • DC- double crochet
  • SS- slip stitch
  • YO- yarn over
  • FO- finish off
  • Special Stitches
  • INC- increase
  • DEC- decrease
  • TRI- treble crochet increase
  • CrDC- crossed double crochet.
  • DrDC- dropped double crochet.

Gauge and measurements.

5 sc rounds = 1” or 2.54cm W- 8” H- 8”

Other things you should know before starting...

  • Chain at beginning of round DOES NOT count as a stitch unless otherwise stated.
  • Color changes are indicated by the abbreviations for each color located next to each yarn in the “Yarn Used” section.
  • Use the color changing method you prefer most. If color changing is new to you there are many tutorials on YouTube.
  • Stitch totals for each row are found between ( ).
  • The main part of the square is worked in the round to make a circle. It is then worked into a square.
  • You will work this square continuously in the round. There is NO flipping the work from the “right side” to a “wrong side.”

Want even more?

Get the entire pattern bundle for this CAL at a major discount here! Each day you will be able to download the next square in this series!

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