If you crochet I’m hoping that you’ve heard of the Corner to Corner (C2C) method of making throws, afghans and blankets. This is, in my opinion, the fastest (and most fun!) way to crochet a blanket. What I love the most about this method? Just when you get sick of increasing in size, it’s time to start decreasing. WOOT!
How to Crochet a Corner to Corner
Corner to Corner is made up of blocks, worked diagonally. These blocks sit on top of one another and create a beautiful effect. Use whatever crochet hook matches the label on your yarn. My favorite crochet hooks are the Clover Soft Touch, which you’ll see me use in all of my crochet tutorial videos, including this video tutorial today.
Each block on your C2C blanket will consist of three double crochets. Some crocheters like to work with a chain 6 for each C2C block, while others (like myself) like to work with a chain 5 for each block. I like to use 5 instead of 6 because it helps to keep the holes that will naturally occur in C2C blankets a bit smaller and make the blanket less “holey”.
Note that when you are on row two, you’ll have two blocks. When you reach row 11 you’ll have 11 blocks and when you reach row 27 you’ll have 27 blocks. All rows are worked diagonally, and you can choose to stop increasing one side before the other to turn your work into a rectangle instead of a square. Just stop increasing when you’re reached your desired size.
I like to use bobbins to keep my different yarn colors from knotting. Just clip and wind the yarn around as much as you can and use the clips to hold them in place. For a more detailed explanation of bobbins and how to use them and where to get them, visit this tutorial page.
I do recommend starting with a solid color before moving on to color changes and graphs, however. When you are ready for those, you can give my Power Rangers C2C graphs a try, and remember that I am always available for help in the Heart Hook Home Crochet Community group. 😀
Looking for written instructions instead? Keep reading, friend!
How to Crochet C2C (Corner to Corner) Video
Written instructions for Corner to Corner
To begin a Corner to Corner, you’ll start with a chain 5. Double crochet into the 3rd, 4th and 5th chains from your hook. This creates one “block” of 3 double crochets which makes up your first row.
To create your second row, chain 5 and double crochet into the 3rd, 4th and 5th chains from your hook (first block of this row completed and how you will always increase). Slip stitch into the top of the chain-space from the very first block and chain 2. To finish this block, crochet three double crochets into that same chain-space. Row two is now complete.
To create your third row, you’ll chain 5 to begin your increase, and double crochet into the 3rd, 4th and 5th chains from your hook (one block on this row completed). Slip stitch into the top of the chain-space of the last block from row two and chain 2. Now you’ll crochet three double crochets into that chain-space.
You will continue to increase until you get to the desired width of your project. Then keep doing your slip stitch, chain 2 and three double crochet in each chain space until you reach the end of the row.
When you are ready to begin decreasing, and at the end of the row, instead of chaining your 5 to start the new row, you’ll turn the work and slip stitch UP the side of that block (so that your hook is positioned near the chain-space to start the next block). Then, slip stitch into the chain-space where you would normally add a block and continue making blocks until you reach the other end of the blanket. If you would like to decrease one side only, simply stop increasing on that one side while still increasing on the other.
I hope you love this method of crocheting as much as I do!
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