How to crochet a C2C graph
Learn how to crochet a c2c graph with this video tutorial from Banana Moon Studio! I recently released a new C2C, or corner to corner crochet pattern called Purcell Pillow, and this video walks you through all the skills needed to crochet the front colorwork panel.
Maybe you aren’t making my pillow, but you are looking for a video to teach you how to work from a C2C graph, or to make a graphgan. No worries, this video is just what you need. I use a small graph that is a section of the graph for my Purcell Pillow and teach you how to crochet the C2C stitch, how to change colors, how to read the graph, how to turn the corners and begin decreasing, and how to finish your piece.
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What is C2C?
C2C stands for “corner to corner.” Its a way of crocheting from one corner of a piece to the other, instead of starting with a long chain along one side of the piece. Many stitches can be worked corner to corner. But a double crochet based stitch, very similar to a brick or a block stitch, has become popular and well-known as the C2C stitch. I’ll show you how to do it in the video below. If you are looking for written directions, you can find those as part of my Purcell Pillow pattern.
Many times C2C stitch projects include colorwork — pictures, words, or geometric designs created with different colors. These patterns usually include a graph or chart that has squares of different colors on it. These squares show you where to place the different colors as you crochet.
What will I need to know in order to crochet a C2C graph?
You will need to know how to crochet the basic stitch pattern and how to read the graph. In the C2C stitch, your rows are diagonal instead of horizontal or vertical. You will need to know how to change colors. You will also need to know how to turn the corners and begin decreasing. And lastly, you’ll need to know how to finish your piece.
My video below shows all of these skills using a very small graph. You can then take those skills, and apply them to larger graphs of all kinds.
One additional helpful skill for colorwork projects is knowing how to wind off a small amount of yarn into a center-pull mini-skein to use as bobbins. To learn this, see my tutorial here.
What materials will I need to crochet a C2C graph?
Just yarn and a crochet hook. If you are working from a pattern, I always suggest using the yarn and hook called for by the pattern. If you choose to substitute a different yarn, you should use one that is the same thickness, or “weight.” Use the the suggested crochet hook or one that allows you to match the designer’s gauge.
In the video below, and in my Purcell Pillow pattern, I used We Crochet Brava Worsted, which is 100% Premium Acrylic. You can purchase that yarn with my affiliate link here. If you are making the Purcell Pillow, you will need three skeins of Canary, or the main color of your choice and one skein of your contrast color (I used White). The yarn I used for this video and project was generously provided by We Crochet.
What patterns can I make once I learn how to crochet a C2C graph?
There are loads of crochet patterns available on Ravelry, Etsy, in books, and magazines, on blogs, and on yarn company websites.
I will share three of my own with you here.
Purcell Pillow, a geometric design, brightly colored throw pillow.
Chandler Cowl, a wearable and cozy cowl with a geometric design.
United C2C graph, a colorwork graph for a patriotic crochet piece.
And now, how to crochet a C2C graph
I’d love your feedback on this video! What did you learn? Did I leave something out? Is there something you need more help with?
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