Have you been wanting to learn how to do corner to corner crochet, but don’t know where to begin? Maybe you’ve seen graphs, squares, and hear lingo different than what you’re used to in crochet? Well, if you’ve had those questions, I am here to answer them with The Beginner’s Guide for How to Do C2C (corner to corner) Crochet! I’ll walk you through everything from how to make a corner to corner crochet square, how to do increase and decreases in c2c crochet, and how to do multiple rows. Let’s get started!
What is Corner to Corner Crochet?
Before we begin learning how to do corner to corner crochet, let’s start with the basic question: what is corner to corner crochet? Corner to corner, or C2C as it is abbreviated, is a crochet technique where you create squares made from the double or half double crochet stitch. With these squares, you move in diagonal rows, starting from the bottom right corner of your project and working your way to the top left.
Generally, C2C crochet is used for patterns like blankets or pillows that use c2c crochet graphs. However, you can use the technique to make everything from cardigans to hats! It’s a super versatile skill, that once you learn it you won’t be able to stop!
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What tools do you need to do Corner to Corner Crochet?
The great thing about corner to corner crochet is that you don’t need any special tools to do it! All you need is your crochet hook and your favorite yarn! Some of my favorite extra tools are using yarn bobbins for corner to corner patterns that have a lot of color changes. These help hold small amounts of yarn when you’re making your pattern.
What type of yarn do you use?
To do corner to corner crochet, you can use any weight of yarn that you’d like! Most often it is made with worsted weight yarn, because it can provide just the right amount of squares that you need to capture detail with your corner to corner projects. Just like other crochet patterns, the larger the weight of yarn the faster and less detailed it will be, and the smaller the weight of yarn the slower yet more detailed it will be. So it’s really up to you if you’re designing your own pattern! If you’re following along with a pattern, be sure to use the weight of yarn the designer suggests.
Common Corner to Corner Crochet Terms/Abbreviations
One last thing before we start: the common abbreviations and terms. You’ll know most of these already, because we just use the same terms for normal crochet. Here are some of the common ones:
- C2C = Corner to Corner Crochet
- Ch = chain
- Dc = double crochet
- Hdc = half double crochet
- Sl st = slip stitch
- St = stitch
So now that we know all of those things, let’s go ahead and get started on learning how to do it!
How to Do Corner to Corner Crochet Video Tutorial:
How to Do Corner to Corner Crochet Photo Tutorial:
1. Start your first C2C square by chaining 6 sts.
2. Starting in the 4th ch from the hook, dc 1, and dc 1 in the following two chains.
3. Once you finish the third stitch, you’ll have formed your first C2C square. Each C2C square is always made up of 3 stitches, whether it’s using double crochet or half double crochet depending on your pattern.
4. Once you finish your first square, it’s time to begin the 2nd row. Start by chaining 6, and flipping your square so the first stitches in the first one are away from you.
5. Then, like we did before, start in the 4th ch from the hook, and dc 3, one in each of the chains. To do a C2C crochet increase, you will always start the row with steps 4-5.
6. Once you have the 2nd square (the first of the 2nd row) done, it will look like this.
7. Join the two squares together by slip stitching through the top of the first double crochet from the first square.
8. To begin the next square in the second row, you’ll start by chaining 3. In C2C crochet, whenever a stitch is not an increase stitch/square at the start of the row, then you will start it with the chain 3.
9. Then you’ll work your 3 double crochet stitches into the ch 3 space from the 1st square you made.
10. After that square is finished, you’ve completed row 2. You’ll repeat steps 4-9 on your pattern until you’ve reached both corners, and will begin decreasing.
11. Once we start decreasing, instead of starting our row with chaining 6, we will do one slip stitch in each of the stitches you just finished in the previous row.
12. Then you begin your row like usual by chaining 3.
13. Then continue working your row as normal.
14. Once you finish your row, it’s time to join the square.
15. Join the squares as normal with a slip stitch. If your project is bigger, and you have more decrease rows to do, you’ll continue repeating steps 11-15 until your project is finished.
Tips for Corner to Corner Crochet
Now that you know how to corner to corner crochet, I have some great tips for you! While you’re first starting out with corner to corner crochet, you might run into a couple different mistakes or obstacles. Here are some of my top tips to help you when you’re first starting out:
- Make sure you do a gauge swatch before you start any project! By doing this, you’ll be able to make sure that your corner to corner project will be the same size as the pattern you’re making. Most patterns will tell you what the gauge should be, which in corner to corner crochet involves making a swatch that is a certain number of squares wide and tall. If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern right away, go up a hook size if you got too few, and go down a hook size if you got too many.
- If you are working with multiple colors, don’t carry your yarn more than 2 or 3 squares. This will make sure you don’t have any large pieces of yarn floating in the back of your project, or have the opposite color mixed in with the one you are currently using.
- If you are having trouble with large gaps between each square, try either starting the square with 2 chains instead of 3, and crocheting into the post of the first double crochet of the square in the previous row instead of the chain 3 space.
- Make sure to keep track of what row you are on when you are using a graph! It’s easy to lose track, so find your favorite way to mark that it is done so that you can remember easily.
My favorite C2C crochet patterns for you to try!
Now that you know how to do C2C crochet, here are some of my favorite free patterns I have on my blog that use that technique:
- C2C Plaid Bear Blanket (Free pattern)
- Roaring 20s Blanket (Free pattern)
- Starburst Quilt Block (Free pattern)
I hope this tutorial helped you learn how to do corner to corner crochet, and that you enjoy this whole new world of crochet that is open to you! I’ll be releasing some more fun C2C crochet tutorials here on my blog, so be sure to keep an eye out for those!