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Making a Corner to Corner Crochet Baby Blanket

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Posted on February 28, 2022 by Kate Wilson
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Not much intimidates me when it comes to trying new craft projects, but I’ll admit: I was intimidated by the corner to corner crochet for a long time. When you first see it, it seems a little daunting: instead of working side to side, you work diagonally. At first glance, the little boxes of crochet that make up the pattern seem more intricate than they really are. Luckily, I have a best friend who also crochets and was willing to break it down for me a couple of years ago (thank you, Sammi!). And do you know what? It was easier than I thought it would be. It’s now my go-to pattern for making baby blankets because I absolutely love how it looks, especially with self-striping yarn. If you’ve felt intimidated by it, too, or you’re simply curious how to do corner to corner (C2C) crochet, then I’m hoping you’ll find this tutorial helpful.

Corner to corner crochet is exactly how it sounds; working diagonally, you make little sections of double crochet stitches, increasing as you go. Once your project has reached the width and height that you want, you begin to decrease the number of sections, getting smaller with each row, until you reach the end. For the blanket we’re working on today, it’s essentially like this:

You start with one section – one of the corners of your blanket – and work your way up, adding one section per row. Row 1 is one section, row 2 is 2, etc. As you increase, your work becomes sort of a wide Isosceles triangle (two equal sides). Once you reach the point where you begin to decrease, you’ll start having one less section per row. For instance, if I started decreasing after making 42 rows, my first row of decreasing would be 41 sections. The closer you get to the finish, the more your project begins to resemble a square.

More about C2C Crochet

C2C Graphs

One of the incredibly cool things about corner to corner crochet is that you can use it to make a graphghan – a graph afghan blanket.

Following the pattern in the graph and changing your yarn colors at the right time as you work corner to corner produces a picture of sorts on your crocheted C2C piece. You can go simple, like the heart chart above, or you can go with more complicated graphghans, like this chart:

Whew! Can you imagine weaving in all those ends? That would take forever! Some crocheters carry their yarn colors with them as they crochet, crocheting their new color around the previous one. This uses more yarn, but it lessens the amount of ends you’d have to weave in, especially if you’re doing a detailed graphghan like this one. (Sidenote: I am intimidated by this graph, for sure)

C2C Rectangles

As you might have noticed, you don’t have to make a square shape when you’re working on a corner to corner pattern. I’ve used C2C to make scarves before, and they work up super quickly. How does it work when your shape is a rectangle? You increase until you get to the width of the scarf that you want, and then you increase on one side only to get to the length that you want. Once you’ve done that, you decrease on both sides until you finish the last section.

Crochet is amazing, isn’t it? Don’t even get me started on mosaic crochet! That’s something that’s beyond my skillset so far, but it’s so pretty. (Psst…if you want to know what mosaic crochet is, click here for a great explanation)

Before you start any major projects, though, let’s get the basics down first. Follow along with me to learn how to make a corner to corner (c2c) baby blanket!

Corner to Corner Baby Blanket Pattern

You’ll Need…

  • 5 mm crochet hook
  • Lion Brand Mandala Yarn in Spirit, 1 skein
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle

Notes:

One skein of Lion Brand Mandala Yarn will make a baby blanket that is about 26 inches by 26 inches, depending on the tightness of your stitches. If you’d like a bigger blanket, use two skeins, and increase until the width and height reach the size that you’d like, then begin to decrease. I use a 5mm hook simply because it’s my favorite size to use with this yarn, but you can use a smaller hook for smaller sections, or a bigger hook for bigger sections. Just be aware that they’ll take more (or less) yarn to get to the decrease point since the size of the sections will change.

Abbreviations:

ch – chain
dc – double crochet
sl st – slip stitch

Directions:

Increase:

  1. Ch 6
  2. In the 4th ch from the hook, dc in that ch and each ch across (5th ch from hook and 6th ch from hook).
  3. Turn work, and ch 6
  4. Dc in the 4th chain from the hook, and each chain after, making another “section” of 3 dc.
  5. Sl st to the ch space on the first section (the turning chain)
  6. Ch 3, and work 3 dc into the turning ch
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 for a total of 41 rows, including the first row of 1 section.

Decrease:

  1. Turn work, and sl st in the first 3 dc. Sl st in the turning ch spot.
  2. Ch 3, 3 dc in turning ch
  3. Sl st into next turning ch
  4. Continue as usual throughout the rest of the row with ch 3 and 3 dc.
  5. Repeat steps 8-11 for a total of 82 rows overall, or 41 rows of decrease. Tie yarn off and weave in ends.

Edge (optional):

  1. For a simple edge, dc around the outside edge of the blanket before tying off yarn and weaving in your ends.

I really enjoy using C2C to make baby blankets (and scarves). It seems tedious at first, but it works up rather quickly and is easy to follow along with once you’ve got the hang of it.

What do you think? Have you made a C2C blanket before? Let me know in the comments!


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