I will admit, I was a little daunted by the C2C stitch. Once I learned it though it quickly became one of my favorite stitches to do! It is a little yarn consuming but the stitching looks so cool (especially in that Red Heart Ombre pictured above 😎)!
When it comes to making a C2C pieces (don’t just think blankets, think table centerpieces, scarves, bags…) you can use any hook size and any yarn weight for the C2C stitch. If you’re planning a graphgan be sure to measure how big a square or “pixel” is when you start to crochet; you don’t want to end up with a 20 foot blanket! Or do you…
It also doesn’t matter which way you read a graph as you’re crocheting, just as long as you’re consistent the whole pattern through. It helps to print the graph and mark off rows as you complete them.
Let’s learn how to do the c2c stitch!
Starting and Increasing
Row 1 – Ch 6, dc in 4th ch from hook. Dc in next 2 ch. Turn.
Row 2 – Ch 6, dc in 4th ch from hook. Dc in next 2 ch. Sl st to last square of previous row (see first picture below). Ch 3, 3 dc in side of square. Turn.
Rows 3 on – Ch 6, dc in 4th ch from hook. Dc in next 2 ch. *Sl st to last square of previous row. Ch 3, 3 dc in side of square.* Repeat from * to * across. Turn.
Continue increasing as big as you want your piece to be! When you’re ready to decrease continue with the directions below.
Decreasing and Finishing
Sl st in the last 4 sts of the last row. *Ch 3, 3 dc in side of square. Sl st to next square* Repeat * to * across to last square, but don’t crochet in the last square (see picture). Turn
Continue until you have one square left; when you finish your last corner you can either add a border or fasten off and leave it the way it is. I think it looks good either way!
Making a Rectangle
If you want to make a rectangle, you just have to increase on one side while decreasing on the other, so once you’ve increased your piece as big as you want it to be follow the instructions below!
Sl st in the last 4 sts of the last row. *Ch 3, 3 dc in side of square. Sl st to next square* Repeat * to * across. Ch 3, 3 dc in last square. Turn.
Ch 6, dc in 4th ch from hook. Dc in next 2 ch. *Sl st to last square of previous row. Ch 3, 3 dc in side of square.* Repeat from * to * across to last square, sl st to last square. Turn.
Repeat the last two rows for as long as you want the rectangle to be, then decrease on both sides to finish it off. Be sure to keep track of which side you’re increasing on and which side you’re decreasing!