Corner to Corner (C2C) Crochet Stitch – How to and Free Patterns!
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Corner-to-corner crochet is an incredibly versatile stitch that can be used for many different project types. From blankets, to scarves, to pillows and anything else! Corner-to-corner crochet is one of the best ways to make graphs or to depict words or characters! This type of stitch is perfect for any visual learners. It is also an easy stitch to personalize and create your own patterns with.
The corner-to-corner (C2C) crocheting technique is executed exactly as its name suggests. C2C is worked diagonally from one corner of a square or rectangle to the other corner. This differs from the traditional crochet technique that is worked back and forth in rows. Designs are worked in a square or rectangle pattern.
Before you get started make sure to head over to the Knitpal storefront to grab some yarn! This will be perfect to practice your new skill on. Once you feel confident with the new stitch you can also pick out some yarn to create a new project with one of the Free Patterns listed at the end!
Basics of the Stitch
When creating a corner-to-corner piece you will actually be using the Diagonal Box Stitch. This can be worked in a double crochet or a half double crochet depending on the desired look. You will need to know how to both increase and decrease when using the box stitch for corner-to-corner patterns. You will either be increasing or decreasing at the start of each row of the pattern.
Increasing will be adding one pixel per row. This is generally the first half of the project.
1. Start by ch 6. In the 4th ch from hook dc. Dc in each of the next 2 chs. This is the first pixel of the graph:
Repeat from step 2 for the start of each new row. As the number of pixels in each row increases so will the number of step 3 for each additional pixel.
Decreasing will be eliminating one pixel per row. This will be done at the start of each row once the desired length is met. This is generally the second half of the project.1. To start decreasing at the start of a new row ch 1. Slst into the next 3 dc. Sltst into the ch-3 space of the previous row. This eliminates one pixel:
Corner-to-corner patterns are often depicted as a graph. Once you understand the basics of the stitch you can use the graph to create your project. Each diagonal box stitch will depict a single pixel that is within the graph. The graph can also help to visualize what the finished product will look like. Like this adorable little mushroom! Some patterns will also include line-by-line written instruction but this is not always the case.
When working through the pattern you would start at the lower right corner of the graph. You will continue to increase by one pixel a row until you have reached the longest row of the pattern. Once you have reached the desired width you will start decreasing by one pixel a row until you finish.
The odd-numbered rows will be worked on the RS right side (frontside) of the pattern and the even-number rows will be worked on the wrong side (backside) of the pattern. This is shown by the arrows in the picture.
Ch – chain
Dc – double crochet
Slst – slip stitch
Pixel – the individual grouping of the stitches that make up one block on the graph.
RS – right side. The front of the project. All odd numbered rows.
WS – wrong side. The back of the project. All even numbered rows.
Free Corner-to-Corner Patterns
Here are some fun and free corner-to-corner patterns to get you started!
Crochet C2C Silt Blanket Pattern has an easy color transition that are great for any beginner with the C2C stitch. Pattern by Maria’s Blue Crayon. Uses a size 6.0 mm crochet hook. The finished size is approximately 36 inches x 36 inches. Crochet C2C Silt Blanket Pattern
Cup of Cocoa C2C Crochet Graph can be used as a potholder or a washcloth. This is a perfect way to brighten up your kitchen. Pattern by Winding Road Crochet. Uses a size 4.0 mm crochet hook. Two sizes of the pattern are available. The finished size is approximately 8.5-9.5 inches x 8.5-9.5 inches depending on the size chosen. Cup of Cocoa C2C Crochet Graph
Caron Corner to Corner Pretty Florals Crochet Graphgan can help to bring the outside in during any season. Is an intermediate level pattern. Pattern by Yarnspirations. Uses a size 5.5 mm crochet hook. The finished size is approximately 43 inches x 52 inches. Caron Corner to Corner Pretty Florals Crochet Graphgan
Nordic Crochet Super Scarf Free Pattern is an amazing pattern that will keep you warm all winter long. Pattern by the Make Do Crew. Uses a size 5.5 mm crochet hook. The finished size is approximately 102 inches x 10.5 inches. Nordic Crochet Super Scarf Free Pattern
Get Ready to Corner to Corner!
Now that you know a new stitch it is time to try it out! Find a free pattern that you like best and get started. Happy crocheting!