How to C2C: Corner to Corner Basics

Corner to corner crochet is a hot topic in today’s crochet world. Used to make everything from accessories to home décor, this technique will both stretch beginner crocheters and challenge experienced crocheters. If you’re not familiar with the technique, check out the basics from the book Corner to Corner Crochet, excerpted below, to get a general idea of how it’s worked.

The corner to corner crochet technique (often abbreviated C2C) is worked exactly as it sounds—diagonally from one corner of a square or rectangle to the other. C2C employs a stitch called the diagonal box stitch and it can be worked using double crochet or half double crochet stitches. While using double crochet is faster, half double crochet allows for more detailed yarn “illustrations” because each tile is smaller. The projects in this book will call out which stitch to use.

How to Read a C2C Pattern

C2C patterns usually include some combination of a graph and/or written instructions. Each pixel in a graph represents one C2C “tile”. Each tile is typically made with three double crochet or half double crochet stitches. C2C blankets with designs in them are often called “graphghans”, because they are an afghan made from a graph.

The patterns in this book include both a graph as well as written line-by-line instructions. You may find it faster to work predominantly from the written pattern, but I recommend checking your completed progress against the graph every few rows so you can catch any mistakes sooner rather than later (I’ve learned this the hard way!).

Each project begins in the lower right corner of the graph, even for left-handed crocheters. You’ll increase by one tile per row until the longest row(s) of the pattern has been completed. At this point, you’ll begin decreasing by one tile per row until you’ve reached the final tile in the upper left corner of the graph.

Work diagonally.

Work diagonally.

Each written pattern contains a lot of helpful information:

Yarn Type and Yardage: Amount is overestimated so you can create multiple working bobbins in each color.

Stitch Type: Whether the pattern calls for using a half double crochet C2C stitch or a double crochet C2C stitch.

Color Key: Bridges the visual information in the graph with the written pattern. For simplicity, each color in the written pattern is called by the brand name color. Of course, feel free to change up the color palette of each project to suit your style.

Directional Arrows: Referencing these arrows in the written pattern can be helpful tracking your progress in the graph and knowing when to increase or decrease at the beginning of a row.

Row-by-Row Instructions: How many tiles of each color to crochet.

Difficulty Level: Know what you’re getting into.

How to begin and increase.

How to begin and increase.

“Once you learn the basics of how to C2C, I’m guessing you too might start to look at the world through pixelated lenses!” ~ Jess Coppom, author, Corner to Corner Crochet.

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Give C2C a try!