The c2c crochet describes a design technique and a stitch pattern in crochet that works as its name implies. You must also know that c2c is the common abbreviation for corner to corner crochet. You can use the term c2c interchangeably for the design style and the stitch pattern. The c2c stitch pattern always uses the c2c design technique, while the c2c design technique can use any stitch pattern you want.
You can create fun and interesting projects such as geometric patterns, stripes, and pictures on crochet with c2c crochet.
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What’s c2c in crochet?
The c2c crochet is a design technique where you crochet a square or a rectangle starting from one corner increasing each row with one tile as you go. You work your stitches in a diagonal way. When you have reached the longest length of diagonal that your pattern needs, you can start decreasing the rows one tile at a time to reach the corner.
The c2c crochet stitch pattern is working your crochet pattern using US double crochets in a diagonal pattern. You make the stitch pattern using three double crochets (UK treble crochet) on a chain, creating a tile. Stack these tiles on the diagonal, working back and forth in rows to build the shape.
How do you crochet a c2c for beginners?
Crocheting using the c2c technique may look intimidating because you do not crochet in horizontal rows. But like Tunisian crochet, this technique is easier than it seems. You will notice that almost all c2c crochet projects are either square or rectangle. To crochet a c2c square or triangle, you must know how to increase and decrease diagonally. Below are some guides and tips on how to do the c2c crochet.
C2C Crochet Increase
All corner to corner crochet projects begins with increasing rows. You add one tile for every diagonal row until you reach the desired length, and then you start decreasing.
- Start crocheting a chain of 6 stitches. Double crochet into the 4th chain from the hook, then double crochet in the next two chains. You have made your first row and the first small square.
- For the 2nd row, chain 6, double crochet into the 4th chain from the hook, then double crochet in the next two chains. Slip stitch into the turning chain to join. Chain 3, then make three double crochets on the turning chain. You have created your 2nd diagonal row.
- For rows three and beyond, repeat steps in number 2. You must note that you are adding one small square for every diagonal row you make.
C2C Crochet Decrease
Decreasing on c2c crochet means removing one tile for every row you are crocheting. You start to decrease when you have reached the widest or tallest dimension in your pattern.
- Slip stitch into each double crochet. Then, slip stitch into the turning chain.
- Chain 3, then make three double crochets on the turning chain.
- Slip stitch into the next turning chain, proceed as usual with chain three, then three double crochets. You will notice that a flat edge will develop to the right of your fabric as you decrease one tile for every row.
How do you change colors in crochet c2c?
Like with any crochet stitches, you will always create a lovely, textured fabric using c2c crochet stitch in solid-colored yarn. But the fun and challenge begin when you add more colors to your project. You can create geometric patterns, images, and stripes when you use various colors on your c2c crochet. Here are a few steps to follow in switching to a different yarn color.
- When your c2c chart tells you that it is time to switch colors, do not complete the last yarn over of your third double crochet. Instead, yarn over with the new yarn color to complete the double crochet.
- Slip stitch to turning chain of the next tile, then chain 3 using the new yarn color.
- Make three double crochets on the turning chain to complete a tile.
Note: You do not have to cut your yarn after every color change to cut the yarn tails you have to weave in. As much as possible, keep the balls of yarn attached so you can pick them up when needed. When working with many colors on your project, you might get into a tangled frenzy. You can avoid this by using a skein holder to hold your yarn skeins when not in use.
How to read a c2c crochet pattern?
Corner to corner crochet technique is a beautiful crochet method which allows you to make various designs. You can create graphics, words, characters, or logos on a c2c crochet.
Work your C2C charts from the bottom right corner to the top left corner. Number your squares from right to left and from bottom to top. You increase each row by one tile from the bottom right corner until you finish the chart’s longest row. At this point, you decrease your diagonal rows by one tile until you reach the top left corner.
When working on a rectangle graph, you will get to the most length of diagonal tiles that your pattern needs. That is when you have to increase at the beginning of every row and then, decrease at the beginning of the next row. This procedure keeps the total number of tiles per row equal.
Some c2c crochet projects have graphs and written instructions that can tell you details like the number of tiles to make of each color in a given row. Written instructions are big help in making your c2c crochet because they lower the number of times you have to count the number of tiles on the graph.
Once finished with a diagonal row, mark or highlight it to know how further along you are in your graph. Another way to check if you are on the right track is to count your tiles. You can save a lot of time and irritation by ensuring you worked the correct number of tiles in each row.
Does c2c crochet have to be square?
Corner to corner crochet is also versatile in that it does not always have to be square. You can also create rectangle c2c projects like scarves and blankets. Creating a rectangle c2c project is likewise easy to learn as a square c2c project. Here’s how:
- Use the c2c stitch to crochet as you would with a square, then stop when you have reached the number of tiles you want for the shorter side of your rectangle.
- Then, for the next rows, you have to alternate the increases and decreases per row. Make sure that you are always in the same direction when increasing or decreasing. This technique keeps the number of tiles per row the same.
- When you have reached the rectangle’s length; you want to decrease the diagonal rows as you would with a square.