Corner-to-Corner (C2C) crocheting is a technique that works rows on a diagonal, usually changing out colors according to a chart or graph. These patterns will always come with the graph if there is a shape design in the middle of it. However, some C2C patterns are more basic and feature one stitch and color, rendering the need for a graph useless.
Crochet patterns utilizing the C2C method are unique and look different from patterns worked up in standard rows. The diagonal look not only gives it a non-standard look and feel, but also allows you to take advantage of color changes and detailed patterns in a unique and fun way.
Learn more about C2C crochet and graphgans below!
What is Corner to Corner (C2C) Crochet?
The C2C crochet stitch is a pretty basic concept. As the steps below describe, you follow along with a grid-like pattern in a diagonal row. You consistently increase your way through the pattern, until you reach the middle, at which point you decrease at the same rate until the end. This is commonly done starting from the lower-right corner, finally finishing at the top-left corner.
- The blocks of crochet are slip stitched to three — chain spaces from the previous row.
- The increases are made until the width that is wanted is obtained.
- After this, the project is decreased back down.
Where Do The C2C Graphs Come From?
This is a good question. No one manually uses a ruler to draw a grid, then individually assigns each cell with a stitch and color. I use an online tool called StitchFiddle to help take away some harder aspects of creating a C2C pattern. With this tool, you upload an image, then adjust each cell with the click of a mouse to alter its stitch and/or color.
However, getting the colors and stitches right is only half the battle. To get the size right, I use my C2C blanket calculator. This ensures that my number of cells combined with my gauge creates a blanket of the correct size.
The term “graphgan” refers to a blanket – or afghan – that is crocheted using the corner-to-corner method. Since C2C technique uses a graph, and it is being used to make an afghan, the marriage of these two terms created a new one: Graphgan.
This fun term is actually found spelled a number of different ways across the web. Graphigan, Graphghan and Graphgan all are the same thing.
Anyway, now that you know where this term came from and what it means, let’s move on to finding some fun graphgan crochet patterns.
My Recent C2C Graphgan Patterns
Recently I created two patterns using the corner-to-corner method, and I am (pun intended) hooked. I love this method, but the key is keeping track of where you are in the grid. I print the image of the graph, then mark each cell off with a pencil/pen/marker as I get it done. The sheet becomes a real mess towards the end, but it is essential at keeping me on track. Without it, I’d never be able to correctly create the shape inside.
In this square C2C baby blanket, I use the chain and double crochet stitches along with only three colors to create a fun Halloween-themed blanket. This pattern uses medium weight yarn to help quickly speed this blanket’s creation along.
Other Free C2C Graphgan Patterns
We’ve scoured the web and search some of our favorite crochet designers to find other awesome (and free!) C2C graphigan or blanket patterns.
Designer: Stardust Gold Crochet
This amazing graphgan pattern comes in three different sizes using medium #4 weight yarn. It is worked up using only a single crochet or Tunisian crochet simple stitch, so the only part that is complex here is keeping track of what part of the grid you are on!
Designer: Repeat Crafter Me
This teddy bear blanket uses the bulky Bernat Blanket Big Ball and Brights yarns to combine into this adorable graphgan. A video tutorial is available for this free pattern as well.
More Crochet Afghans + Blankets You May Like
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- Modern Square Blanket Pattern
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- Textured Puff Stitch Crochet Blanket Pattern
- Corner to Corner Heart Blanket for Baby
- Warm Up America Crochet Rectangle #2
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