A C2C crochet tutorial
The Corner to Corner, or C2C, stitch has become very popular, so I thought a C2C crochet tutorial might be helpful! When working in C2C you are making squares or rectangles. People often make charts or graphs to show colorwork patterns that can be accomplished with C2C, though you can use the corner to corner stitch all in one color if you like. In fact, that might be really pretty in a striping yarn like Lion Brand Yarn Just My Stripe.
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As you crochet in C2C you’ll want to learn how to begin your project, how to change colors, how to increase, how to decrease or turn corners, and how to finish your corner to corner project.
Where to find C2C graphs
There are many variations of colorwork patterns available in this technique. In fact, the sky’s the limit! People use C2C to create pictures, words, and geometric designs. But if you are going to do some type of colorwork pattern, you’ll either want to purchase or use a free graph, or make your own.
I make my C2C graphs in MS Excel. Make all your boxes the same size and then use the fill tool to fill the boxes with color. Tinker with your color placement until you have achieved the look that you want. Set your print area to include your whole graph, and then you can print it.
If you are looking for a C2C graph to buy or obtain free, I have three patterns that may interest you.
How do you start C2C crochet?
You begin your C2C project at the bottom right corner of the project and of the graph. My video below shows how this is done, but if written words work better for you, then read on.
You’ll start by looking at the color of the box at the bottom right corner of your graph. Use that color and make a slip knot, place it on your hook, and then chain 6. You will then skip the 3 chains closest to your hook, and double crochet in the last 3 chains. I like to turn my chain over and crochet in the bottom ridge loop. It makes the bottom edge of my stitches look nicer. These 3 double crochet (dc) stitches and the chain 3 make up what we call the first tile. Each box on the graph represents one tile.
As you work your graph, your rows travel diagonally across your graph. If your row begins on the righthand side of your graph, it will end on the bottom edge of it. If your row begins on the bottom edge, it will end on the righthand side.
How do you increase in C2C?
When you finish your first tile, that’s the end of row 1. Turn your work. Your next row needs to have 2 tiles instead of 1, so you need to increase. To increase, and begin row 2, chain 6, and again, skip the 3 chains closest to your hook, work in the bottom ridge loops, and double crochet (dc) in the last 3 chains (chs). Then insert your hook between the chain 3 and first double crochet of the first tile you made, and work a slip stitch. You’ve now increased, and finished the first tile of row 2.
To work the second tile of row 2, chain 3, and double crochet 3 times around the chain 3 loop of the first tile. That’s the end of row 2!
Then you’ll turn, and continue working each row just like row 2, but you’ll find that in each successive row, you will have to work one more tile in order to have straight edges along two sides. You’ll be making a triangle with one jagged edge and two straight edges.
How do you change colors when crocheting C2C?
Again, if the video will help you, watch it below, but read on if written words are your jam.
You’ll be using your graph to know where to change colors. As you move diagonally across your graph, if one box is gray, and the next one is blue, you will need to change colors at the very end of the gray box.
To change colors, work your first tile up until you have two loops left of the third double crochet (dc) stitch. When those two loops are left, place a loop of the next color over the end of your hook and pull that through the two loops. Then work your slip stitch in the new color and begin the next tile.
If this is the first time you are using this new color, make sure that your loop has a 4-6 inch tail for weaving in later and leave it on the wrong side of your piece. If you’ve used this color before, leave a strand across the wrong side of your piece that is loose enough to not pull your piece out of shape.
How to decrease in C2C
At some point, you will need to turn the corners of your C2C project and start making your rows smaller.
When you are ready to turn the corner, you will not chain 6 to begin your row. Instead, slip stitch across the side of the last tile from the previous row. One slip stitch in each double crochet (dc) and one more in between the dc and the chain 3. Then you will chain 3 and dc 3 times around the chain 3 of the previous tile to make the first tile of this new row. Then continue as you did with all the other rows.
To see how this is done, you can watch the video below.
How do you finish a C2C crochet project?
When you’ve work the one tile of the very last row, I suggest you slip stitch across the edge of that tile just as if you were starting another row, just so that it looks consistent with your previous rows. Then fasten off and weave in your ends as with any other project.
Okay! Ready for the Free C2C crochet tutorial video now? Here it is!
Would you like the mini graph, or chart, that I used in this video? Here you go!
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