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!