Friday, August 23, 2019

Kiwi C2C Blanket - FREE GRAPH

There are so many different kinds of fruit to choose from when designing this corner to corner fruit series. I thought that one of the cutest and unique fruits is the Kiwi. The lime green fruit and unique star shaped middle makes for a really fun design!





Here you can find the FREE graph for this C2C blanket:



(right click and select "save image as" to download it at full size)

*Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase an item through one of the links on this site, I may receive a small percentage of that sale at no additional cost to you. See my full disclosure policy.Thank you for helping support this blog!

With this graph, you can make it in the colors listed, or exchange one for another. You could do a completely different color scheme and I'm sure it would look awesome!

Materials needed to complete the blanket:
Gauge:
Gauge not essential, C2C Crochet a triangle 8 blocks high. If your triangle measures 5.5” tall, your project will end up being 45”x 55”.


Written Instructions:
If you are interested in receiving written out row-by-row color counts for this blanket, I have a PDF version for sale that include right handed and left handed versions.

Click here to purchase the PDF written out instructions!

I hope that you enjoy this pattern! Remember to tag me on Facebook or Instagram to show me your finished products!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

How to C2C Crochet - FREE resources

I've been selling c2c, or corner to corner patterns for over a year now. Everything started when I designed my first corner to corner blanket and listed the pattern on Etsy. I had a few sales rolling in, and then as the pattern got picked up by other websites, it started to skyrocket! I loved c2c blankets and decided then and there to expand my inventory of designs and have now (Aug 2019) published over 30 patterns available on my Etsy!
However, my C2C blanket patterns all assume that you have a basic knowledge of how c2c patterns are written. Occasionally, I get a private message from a buyer saying "I don't understand the pattern!" or "the pattern doesn't say what stitch is used!". And I wanted to have a central location to answer those questions and help those attempting some of my more difficult designs.


The first thing you should know...

Is that c2c is NOT difficult to learn!!! It is a simple technique that you apply color changes to make fancy designs. The technique is done by starting from one corner, working diagonally, and increases and decreases form the rectangle shape of the blanket.

Here are some fantastic resources to help you learn the technique:

These two videos (both by The Crochet Crowd) are fantastic resources covering most aspects of C2C




Here is a great video resource for changing colors:



Here is a great video for how to carry your yarn (Saves time weaving in 100's of tails at the end)



How to read the free graphs and paid written instructions:


Having trouble getting past the corner in the written pattern?

The way the patterns are written makes it difficult to place the "corner" text, since you could be creating the corner at the end of that row, or at the beginning of the row, depending on the direction of the specific row you are working on.
In general, I highly recommend you use the graph to help you see whether you are beginning the row with the corner, or ending the row with the corner.
HOWEVER, I have found that if the "corner" appears after an EVEN ROW NUMBER, the actual corner block was formed at the beginning of that EVEN row #. This means you will begin decreasing on that edge once you GET BACK to that same corner at the end of the next row.
If the "corner" appears after an ODD ROW NUMBER, the actual corner is formed at the end of THAT ROW, and you begin decreasing on that same corner immediately after you complete that ODD row #.

I know that might seem tricky, but I promise you can make it through if you follow the graph along with the written instructions.

Any other questions?

I hope that this resource guide has been helpful. If you think of other questions, please feel free to shoot me an email at LivingTheCraftLife (at) Gmail (dot) com or send me a DM on Instagram,  Facebook, or ETSY!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Custom Order - Crochet Chicken

Occasionally I'll post in my local Mom's group that I crochet, and I invite them to like my Instagram or join my facebook page. I post with the hope that I'll get more followers, not custom orders.
I find that custom orders can be tricky, if the client is very specific about what they want, color demands, or specific pattern requirements.... and usually they want to pay pennies for my time put into the project.
Well, last month I did my usual "check me out!" post and I got a private message with a custom order request. The request was simple, she wanted a crochet chicken to give as a gift. She shared a free pattern on Pinterest that she liked, and I quoted a fair price for the materials and time it would take to make it. At this point, I'm kind of holding my breath because I'm expecting hostile negotiations about to begin....But she gladly accepted my price and while I couldn't start right away, I was excited and happy to work on this project for her. And I think it turned out lovely!

*Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase an item through one of the links on this site, I may receive a small percentage of that sale at no additional cost to you. See my full disclosure policy.Thank you for helping support this blog!


I started out by working on the various appendages. They're smaller and work up faster. It's easier to squeeze in those pieces when I need a break from my other projects. I wanted to work up the body in one sitting, so the tension would be the same throughout the piece. So I started that one later.


I got all the pieces put together, and all that was left was the assembly!


I didn't want to stuff it the way it was with the fiber fill. The yarn we decided on (Lion Brand Hometown USA - White) was bulky so it left larger holes between stitches. I took some white fabric from my stash and sewed an insert in the appropriate shape, and put a little bead pouch at the bottom to help weigh it down. I was VERY PLEASED with the way it turned out!!!

Isn't she so cute! I probably should have made some little eggs to go with it! How cute would that have been?!

Happy Crocheting!

Monday, August 5, 2019

Watermelon C2C Blanket - FREE GRAPH

Its been a very, very busy summer, and I haven't been able to post these new designs as quickly as I  had wanted! But to follow up my yummy fruit theme, I've designed this super cute watermelon blanket for you!




Here you can find the FREE graph for this C2C blanket:


(right click and select "save image as" to download it at full size)

*Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase an item through one of the links on this site, I may receive a small percentage of that sale at no additional cost to you. See my full disclosure policy.Thank you for helping support this blog!

With this graph, you can make it in the colors listed, or exchange one for another. You could do a completely different color scheme and I'm sure it would look awesome!

Materials needed to complete the blanket:
Gauge:
Gauge not essential, C2C Crochet a triangle 8 blocks high. If your triangle measures 5.5” tall, your project will end up being 45”x 56”.


Written Instructions:
If you are interested in receiving written out row-by-row color counts for this blanket, I have a PDF version for sale that include right handed and left handed versions.

Click here to purchase the PDF written out instructions!

I hope that you enjoy this pattern! Remember to tag me on Facebook or Instagram to show me your finished products!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Citrus C2C Blanket - FREE GRAPH

Okay, so I'm starting out a new themed set of C2C patterns that are really going to make your heart happy: FRUITS! I just love eating fruits and veggies, and so I wanted to design some blankets that will make your fruit-loving heart happy!

I started with a Lemon design, because WHO DOESN'T LOVE LEMONADE. That was the first fruit tree we planted when we bought our home.



Then I quickly realized, well this pattern actually kills MULTIPLE BIRDS (or fruits) with ONE stone. ALL you have to do is change the colors a little bit and you get a LIME



And if you tweak the colors a little bit more, you get an ORANGE.


You can adjust the colors slightly and get a GRAPEFRUIT

And because you have so many different options, I named this blanket the Citrus Blanket!

Here you can get the FREE graph for this design:

 (right click and select "save image as" to download it at full size)
(right click and select "save image as" to download it at full size)

(right click and select "save image as" to download it at full size)



(right click and select "save image as" to download it at full size)

*Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase an item through one of the links on this site, I may receive a small percentage of that sale at no additional cost to you. See my full disclosure policy.Thank you for helping support this blog!

With this graph, you can make it in the colors listed, or exchange one for another. You could do a completely different color scheme and I'm sure it would look awesome!

Materials needed to complete the LEMON blanket:
Materials needed to complete the LIME blanket:
Materials needed to complete the ORANGE blanket:
Materials needed to complete the GRAPEFRUIT blanket:

Gauge:
Gauge not essential, C2C Crochet a triangle 8 blocks high. If your triangle measures 5.5” tall, your project will end up being 45”x 55”.


Written Instructions:
If you are interested in receiving written out row-by-row color counts for this blanket, I have a PDF version for sale that include right handed and left handed versions.

Click here to purchase the PDF written out instructions!

I hope that you enjoy this pattern! Remember to tag me on Facebook or Instagram to show me your finished products!

Monday, July 1, 2019

Sunshine C2C Blanket - FREE GRAPH

This lovely design is just full of bright happy SUNSHINE! I had to make a beautiful, neutral blanket that just radiated LOVE and BEAUTY. The sun is the perfect choice, as it gives us light and life, and expects nothing in return. I think that best illustrates what LOVE truly is. Now you can give this little ray of sunshine to your little sunbeam!




Here you can find the FREE graph for this C2C blanket:


(right click and select "save image as" to download it at full size)

*Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase an item through one of the links on this site, I may receive a small percentage of that sale at no additional cost to you. See my full disclosure policy.Thank you for helping support this blog!

With this graph, you can make it in the colors listed, or exchange one for another. You could do a completely different color scheme and I'm sure it would look awesome!

Materials needed to complete the blanket:
Gauge:
Gauge not essential, C2C Crochet a triangle 8 blocks high. If your triangle measures 5.5” tall, your project will end up being 43”x 56”.


Written Instructions:
If you are interested in receiving written out row-by-row color counts for this blanket, I have a PDF version for sale that include right handed and left handed versions.

Click here to purchase the PDF written out instructions!

I hope that you enjoy this pattern! Remember to tag me on Facebook or Instagram to show me your finished products!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Mermaid Scales C2C Blanket - FREE GRAPH

We are JUST coming out of a heat wave here in San Diego, and all I can think about is the beach! I felt like it was the perfect time to release this beautiful, bright, ocean-themed blanket! Mermaid Scales! You can make one of these for the mermaid lover in your life!




Here you can find the FREE graph for this C2C blanket:


(right click and select "save image as" to download it at full size)

*Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase an item through one of the links on this site, I may receive a small percentage of that sale at no additional cost to you. See my full disclosure policy.Thank you for helping support this blog!

With this graph, you can make it in the colors listed, or exchange one for another. You could do a completely different color scheme and I'm sure it would look awesome!

Materials needed to complete the blanket:
Gauge:
Gauge not essential, C2C Crochet a triangle 8 blocks high. If your triangle measures 5.5” tall, your project will end up being 44”x 55”.


Written Instructions:
If you are interested in receiving written out row-by-row color counts for this blanket, I have a PDF version for sale that include right handed and left handed versions.

Click here to purchase the PDF written out instructions!

I hope that you enjoy this pattern! Remember to tag me on Facebook or Instagram to show me your finished products!
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