If you’re a beginner to corner to corner crochet, you’ve come to the right place. In this crochet tutorial, you’ll learn all the basics to get started with c2c crochet and how to work the corner to corner crochet stitch.
Corner to corner crochet is quickly easily one of my favorite stitch patterns. It’s a quick and gorgeous way to work up all different kinds of items such as coasters, wall hangings, scarves, blankets and more.
You can work c2c crochet in one color for a beautifully textured item or use multiple colors to create any kind of variety of patterns.
Corner to corner crochet is especially good for beginners who are looking to bring more texture into their work as it creates a gorgeous texture.
The best part of corner to corner crochet in a color pattern, even for a beginner, is if you can make a grid, you can create a pattern. I’ve made quite a few, from single color to utilizing six different colors to create a Nightmare Before Christmas blanket for a child.
Once you get started using the corner to corner crochet stitch pattern, it is seriously hard to stop. I’ve created grids on napkins at restaurants when an idea randomly struck me, on grid paper, and in Photoshop. I’ve also known people to use excel to create a grid. Your options are limitless!
If you’ve never worked corner to corner crochet before, you’re probably thinking Okay, Shannon, we get that you love it but how do I do it?
Don’t worry, I’ve got you!
I’ve created this c2c crochet tutorial specifically for beginners and I’ve included grids for three c2c coasters for you to practice on.
These three grids in increasing difficulty to not only get you started, but also to help you start creating color work with corner to corner crochet and gain confidence for bigger, more complicated work.
I would recommend a beginner, after finishing this crochet tutorial, to start with the coaster that is one color to get used to working the corner to corner crochet stitch before moving on to the grids that have more than one color.
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Corner to Corner Crochet Tutorial
dc = double crochet
In this tutorial, any time I refer to a “block”, I am referring to the smaller c2c crochet squares that are made up of a chain 3 space and 3 dcs.
For this example, I’m going to show how to create a 3×3 square.
This will show you both how to “increase” and “decrease”.
Increase and decrease in c2c crochet is different than your standard increase and decrease. Every row you work that isn’t a decrease is technically an increase and will add length and width to your work.
I’ve created the tutorial and grids in squares because I feel they are the easiest to learn for a beginner.
However, you can create scarves or other rectangle items with grids, as well. The only difference with a rectangle is you’ll end up working an increase on one side and a decrease on the other.
C2C Crochet: Increase
Chain 6. Place 1 dc in 4th chain from hook.
Place 1 dc in the next 2 chains. You will now have 4 stitches total (3 worked dc’s and 1 chain 3 that counts as a dc). This is one completed block and one row completed.
Chain 6. This starts your second row.
Place 1 dc in 4th chain from hook and 1 dc in next 2 chain. This completes your first block of second row.
Flip your block so it is facing opposite of the block in the first row.
Move the working block 90 degrees counter clockwise and slip stitch to the chain 3 space in the block of the first row. This completes your first block of your second row.
After putting a slip stitch into the chain 3 space, chain 3. This will start your second block of row two and will be your chain 3 space for the next row.
Place 3 dc in same chain 3 space you slip stitched into. This completes your second “row”.
Chain 6 to start a new row.
We will now follow the same steps as above to do another row. With your chain 6 worked, dc in 4th chain from hook. Place 1 dc in next 2 chains. Flip the block to face opposite from the rest of your work just like step 5. This turns your work. Slip stitch to chain 3 space.
Chain 3 to start new block and place 3 additional dc’s in chain 3 space. Slip stitch to the next blocks chain 3 space.
Chain 3 to start new block.
Finish your last block of row three by placing 3 dc in the chain 3 space. Row 3 complete!
This concludes the “increase” portion of the tutorial.
You can continue working from here as many rows as you wish following the steps above until you get to your desired length and height. For the purpose of this tutorial, follow the steps below to learn how to corner to corner crochet decrease.
To c2c decrease, you’ll slip stitch into each of the 3 dc’s from the previous block instead of chaining 6.
After completing the 3 slip stitches, slip stitch into the chain 3 space at the top of the block.
Chain 3 and place 3 dc’s into the chain 3 space and slip stitch to the next blocks chain 3 space.
Chain 3 to start new block and place 3 additional dc’s into the chain 3 space. Slip stitch to the chain 3 space on next block.
Chain 3 and turn your work. With your work turned, your work should look like the step 16 picture. Place 3 dc’s in the chain 3 space to finish last block.
Step 17: Slip stitch to the chain 3 space in the next block.
And you’re done! With a 3×3 block, anyway.
To place a border on your work, place 1 sc in the top of each dc and 2 sc in the chain 3 spaces around. In my completed pictures at the top of this post, I’ve done two rounds of single crochets for the border.
For the solid colored block, I chose a different color for a little pop but you can use any color you prefer.
Beginner C2C Crochet: Grid
Finally, we’ll learn how to read a corner to corner crochet grid.
Now that you know how to work the corner to corner crochet stitch, it’s time to learn how to read a grid so you can work a c2c crochet pattern. Knowing how to read a grid is especially helpful for a beginner.
Here is an example of a corner to corner crochet grid.
You can see above that I’ve added slightly transparent white arrows, “increase” on two sides and “decrease” on two sides. I’ve also included a black arrow and “start”. I’ve added two colors into this grid so you have an example of when you’ll change colors.
Most c2c crochet grids are read from the bottom right corner and on. You can read a grid from the left corner if you prefer, the image when you’re finished will look the same.
To follow a grid, you would create your first block in the darker green color where the black arrow with “start” is pointing. You’d then follow the first white arrow with dark green in your second row and create two blocks.
*If you were to change color here, you’d finish your last stitch with light green and chain 6 with that light green, continuing on with that color.
You would continue following this corner to corner pattern following the white lines all the way through the increasing portion. You will create as many blocks in the row as the grid shows.
I want to bring your attention to the top right square on the grid, now. This will be your last increase with this pattern. Now, to the bottom left square on the grid. This is where you’ll begin decreasing.
You will follow the tutorial from Step 14 on to continue with your C2C decrease.
Corner to Corner Pattern: Grid for Coasters
You’ve now created your first beginner corner to corner crochet project! Or you came here for the grids for the adorable coasters. Either way, congratulations! Now you can move on to some more intricate Corner to Corner designs, like my Lovely Bee C2C Baby Blanket!
Corner to corner is seriously one of my favorite stitches because there really is no limit and projects work up quickly. You can stay as simple or get as complicated as you like. Go as far as your imagination will take you!
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