Want to see what I mean? Check out some of these amazing crocheted pieces created by fellow crochet artists using the c2c technique. For lack of a better system, the images are organized alphabetically by creator, so be sure to check them all out for a full dose of crochet inspiration! Most of these wonderful ladies have their own crochet pages or websites, so be sure to click on their picture to link to their pages (or copy and paste the written URL) and show them some crochet love!
Now that you're feeling inspired, let's try it out! C2c can be done with a variety of stitches, but is most commonly done with the diagonal box stitch. I'm going to walk you step-by-step through the process of increasing and decreasing the number of box stitches so that you can get started on your own c2c projects. And if you follow along with this post, you can make your very own c2c washcloth! Fancy, right? I'm using a size H (5.00mm) crochet hook and worsted weight cotton yarn for mine.
Now we're going to start decreasing, which is where a lot of people seem to get lost, but I promise you can do it! It's a cinch once you know what you're doing.
Congratulations! If you've made it this far, you now know how to make a diagonal box stitch! Give yourself a hand while I go find the party hats.
- Change up your hook size to get the look you want. If you want tighter stitches with less of a visible gap between them, go down a size; if you just want something quick try moving up one
- When changing colors on a decreasing row, wait until after you finish your initial slip stitches to change colors so that color changes are less obvious
- Blocking is your friend! C2c projects have a tendency to get wobbly when they're larger, so don't be afraid to block 'em
- The tiny boxes created by the stitch make awesome "pixels" in a picture graph; try copying a perler bead pattern (or make up your own graph) by changing colors as needed to make a crocheted picture
- When creating a rectangular shape, use a stitch marker (or two) to keep track of which side you're decreasing on and which side should keep increasing
- Having trouble decreasing? Instead of slip stitching across the top of the first box, try chaining 3 and joining it in the chain 3 space. Then continue making boxes as normal. This will also give you a cleaner edge. (Submitted by Melanie D'Souza)
- Crochet Corner-to-Corner Throw by Red Heart
- Baby Diamonds Blanket by Red Heart
- Diagonal Scarf by Red Heart
- C2C Optical Illusion Blanket by Trish Smith
- Crochet Boot Cuffs by The Crochet Crowd
- Corner to Corner Scarf by The Crochet Crowd
- Stained Glass Windows Blanket by Julie Romano
- Snug as a Bug C2C Sweater by Mandy Robinson
- C2C Christmas Stocking by Mandy Robinson
- C2C Coffee Cozy by Aquanetta Ferguson
- Spring into Summer Blanket by Felted Button
What c2c projects do you have your eye on? Do you have any helpful c2c hints you'd like to add? What did you think of the tutorial? You can reach me in the comments section below or on Twitter, Facebook, Ravelry, Pinterest, Instagram, or by email. Happy hooking!