I just learned an awesome crochet technique, thanks to the new book Corner to Corner Crochet - 15 Contemporary C2C Projects by Jess Coppom. Corner to corner crochet (generally referred to as “C2C” crochet) is a simple technique where you do just that: Begin your project at one corner, working towards the opposite corner to finish. Corner to corner crocheted fabric is made up of many little “tiles”, which fit together to create a textured fabric that almost looks like basketweave. This easy to learn technique can be used in a variety of applications – from afghan squares to dish cloths, cowls, sweaters, and even hats!
C2C crochet can be a super fun way to approach colorwork. In Corner to Corner Crochet - 15 Contemporary C2C Projects, Coppom begins with a clear explanation of what this technique is, how to follow a C2C pattern, and how to read a graph, or color chart. This lesson includes plenty of helpful photos to keep you on the right track. Coppom goes on to show you how to change colors and manage multiple stands of yarn at a time – and there’s even a segment that shows you how to weave in your ends!
With just these easy to follow instructions, you’re ready to create your own cozy C2C projects. And I must admit, I want to make more than one of the 15 modern, eye-catching patterns featured in this lovely book.
The Faded Arrows Throw is a great project for practicing those C2C color changes, with the colorwork just being along the top and bottom borders. Use bulky weight yarn and a large hook for the full sized version as shown, or choose worsted weight yarn and a smaller hook for a baby-sized throw.
Size: 41.5″ x 50″, not including tassels.
Hook: Size K crochet hook
Yarn: Bulky weight yarn such as Ella Rae Chunky Merino Superwash Yarn, Lamb's Pride Bulky Yarn or Baby Alpaca Grande by Plymouth Yarn
Main Color: 2,219 yards
Contrast Color: 634 yards (less if you decide not to add tassels)
I want one of these in every color!!! The Inverse Throw is made up of nine rectangles, each worked separately then sewn together. Make more or fewer tiles to customize the size of your own eye-catching blanket.
Size: 52″ x 62″
Hook: Size P crochet hook
Yarn: Super bulky yarn such as Ushya Yarn by Mirasol or Malabrigo Rasta Yarn
Color A: 848 yards
Color B: 848 yards
And I’m already picturing this rug in front of my kitchen sink, or maybe next to my side of the bed…
The On the Plus Side rug would look good in any room – just add the right colors! This project uses super bulky yarn and crochets up fast with little finishing required.
ON THE PLUS SIDE
Size: 25.25″ x 17.5″
Hook: Size Q crochet hook
Yarn: Super bulky yarn such as Halcyon Yarn Rug Wool
Main Color: 298 yards
Contrast Color: 149 yards
The Brushstrokes scarf uses gradient or self striping yarn for effortlessly colorful results. With or without tassels, this triangular scarf would look just as good in a solid color. The sample shown uses two strands of medium weight yarn (such as Malabrigo Rios Superwash Wool Yarn or Kureyon by Noro Yarn) held together, or you could use a single strand of a bulky weight yarn to achieve a comparable gauge.
Size: 53″ x 26″ excluding tassels
Hook: Size K crochet hook
Yarn: Worsted to Aran weight yarn such as Malabrigo Rios Superwash Wool Yarn, Noro Tennen Yarn, or Plymouth Encore Worsted Yarn
1,180 yards for body of scarf, 590 yards for tassels. Yarn is held doubled throughout.
|Malabrigo Rios Superwash Wool Yarn|
|Kureyon by Noro Yarn|
|Noro Tennen Yarn|
|Plymouth Encore Worsted Yarn|
The Endless Sky Poncho shows off tidy geometric patterns that come so naturally to C2C crochet. The simple shape of this piece is easy to wear and fits with just about anything, making it a perfect go-to outer layer.
ENDLESS SKY PONCHO
Size: Fits women’s 34-40 (42-50)” bust
Hook: Size J crochet hook
Yarn: Heavy worsted to Aran weight yarn such as Lamb's Pride Worsted Yarn or Malabrigo Merino Worsted Wool Yarn
Main Color (shown in white): 960 (1,560) yards
Color A (light pink): 120 (120) yards
Color B (light blue): 120 (120) yards
Color C (red): 120 (240) yards
Color D (navy): 360 (480) yards
The above projects are just a few of my favorites from Corner to Corner Crochet - 15 Contemporary C2C Projects. This wonderful book is part instruction manual and part pattern book, as well as being great source of inspiration. Crocheters of all levels are sure to love this fun book of ideas!