Christmas Countdown – Free Corner to Corner Panels Pattern

We are so excited to present our “October blog Late November, oh my gosh, it’s already December” exclusive.  This design took a bit longer to work because we worked in panels, but the results are spectacular, and we couldn’t be happier with this throw. The design is a variation of the C2C technique featured in our November 2018 Blog Exclusive. Our November 2018 Blog Exclusive Series has been by far the most viewed and downloaded pattern of our Blog Exclusives. Just in the past year, it has been viewed over 3,000 times.  We recommend that you brush up on the C2C technique from that post and refresh your skills on how to change colors before you continue.

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Mid Century Modern Crochet

Mid Century Modern design led to bold color choices that you wouldn’t necessarily think to put together.  We made sure we selected bold colors for this design, but it would have done just as well in fun monochromatic or subtle pastel tones.  Take a look at our inspiration board on Pinterest. The period is known for bold graphic shapes and we instantly knew that the Mod Arrow lent beautifully to what we thought our adaptation of the C2C technique could offer.  Take a look at our October Blog Exclusive Pinterest board to see some of our inspiration for this design.

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Free Corner to Corner Crochet Pattern

We were absolutely correct, the Corner to Corner technique lent to the Mod Arrow design beautifully.  By working in panels, we were able to slightly alter the technique and the texture of the C2C pattern to make the Mod Arrows.  Follow the picture tutorial below and see how we achieved this look.

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How to Crochet the C2C Technique

Structure of the Corner to Corner (C2C) This is an excerpt from a previous blog. 

We start by examining how to begin a C2C Corner to Corner (C2C) afghan. C2C afghans are crocheted working in increasing rows on a diagonal. Each row increases by one block until the width size has been met.  In our case, we are working panels 6 blocks wide by 63 blocks long.  Once we have reached the first 6 blocks of our panel, we will maintain width but increase in length until we reach 63 blocks and have been met.  Next, we will decrease both width and length by one block per row until we finish the last block of the panel.   See how we begin below.

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How to Begin the C2C Technique

Using MC, ch 6.
Row 1: DC in 4th ch from hook (3 skipped ch count as ch-3 sp, now and throughout pattern), and dc in each of next 2 ch – Beg Block made. Row 1 is complete (first Block on graph)

1st row of C2C blanket

Start by chaining 6, then double crochet into the 4th chain from the hook.  The 3 chains you skipped count as a ch-3 sp that the next row will work into.  Next, double crochet into each of the next two chains.  This block, when finished, contains 3 double crochets and 3 chains for the ch-3 space.

Note:  The beginning block is what increases your rows.  When we begin the decreasing rows, we won’t make a beginning block.  

Second Row of C2C

Row 2: Ch 6, turn, (flip previous block so the ch 3-sp is at the top of work, see diagram below), dc in 4th ch from hook and each of next 2 ch, Beg Block of 2nd Row madeHold previous block close to last block made, and sl st in ch-3 sp (which is at top of block), ch 3, 3 dc in same sp – Block made. Row 2 is complete (next 2 diagonal blocks on graph).

Second row of C2C blanket

Chain 6, then turn your work by flipping it so that the chain 3 space is at the top of your work.  Double crochet in the 4th chain from your hook, again the 3 chains you skipped becomes a chain 3 space that the next row will work into.  Then double crochet into each of the next 2 stitches to complete your beginning block.

To make your next block, hold this block close to the last block you made in row one and slip stitch into the chain 3 space.  Next chain 3, once again, this becomes the chain 3 space that your next row will work into.  To finish this block, complete 3 double crochets in the same chain 3 space.  This also completes your second row.

Third Row of C2C

Row 3: Make Beg Block as in Row 2, sl st into ch-3 sp of next Block in Row 2, make Block, sl st into ch-3 sp of last Block in Row 2, make Block. Row 3 is complete (next 3 diagonal blocks on graph).

Row 4: Work a Beg Block, work 3 blocks. Row 4 is complete with 4 blocks (next 4 diagonal blocks on graph).

3rd row of c2c blanket

At this point, you should have a good handle as to how to crochet the row.  Start with a beginning block, you can refer to the directions in the first paragraph of Row 2 if you need help.  Slip stitch into the next chain 3 space and make another block.  Finally, slip stitch into the last chain 3 space and complete the last block of the row.  You should now have 3 blocks in row 3.

Decreasing in the C2C technique

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Make Your First Decrease – Row 44 in the Candy Cane Throw Pattern

Row: 44 Ch1, turn, sl st in each of next 3 dc of last block in previous row, make Block in same ch-3 sp continue working Blocks to end. (6 Blocks)

 

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Crocheting Panel C2C

This is where we alter the pattern.  Each panel is 6 blocks wide and 63 blocks long (9 blocks long pictured below).  To begin the next panel correctly, you will need to slip stitch back to the chain 3 space of the last block.

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Now we begin the next panel by making a beginning block and securing it with a slip stitch between the first two blocks on this side of the previous panel.

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As we are only building beginning blocks on odd rows, we need a chain space in which to make the first block of the next row.  Next, chain three and slip stitch into the space between the next two blocks.  Turn your work.

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Now that your work is turned, make your next block and slip stitch into the next blocks chain 3 space.  Continue with the C2C technique.

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Continue in this manner to finish the panel.  See more below.

 

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The textures change slightly from panel to panel.  When we designed this throw, we downsized our hook so the stitches were tighter and the texture is more evident.  If you like more drape in your afghans, feel free to adjust your hook, but it will use more yarn than listed in the shopping list.

Take a look at the finished afghan, the texture is subtle, but it certainly helps your eyes move across the afghans with the arrows.

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C2C Tips:

Shopping List:   We adjusted the shopping list from the original estimates published in October.  You may be able to finish this afghan with only 1 ball of Mary Maxim Starlette in the colors Russet and Azure, but, as it is so close we decided to error on the side of too much yarn rather than too little and added another ball to the shopping list.  You will need two balls of Starlette Dark Grey to finish.

Working the next panel:  As you progress with this project, it’s easy to work along the wrong side and not realize it.  You might find it helpful to place a marker on the right side of the throw when working on the next panel.  Make sure to double-check the direction you are working so you don’t need to rip out a bunch of stitches.

Make sure to download the Mod Arrows.  This pattern will stay on the blog indefinitely and will not be removed on January 31st.  We hope you enjoy making the Mod Arrow Throw as much as we had fun designing it.  Look forward to a video tutorial in January.

Stay Tuned

We are halfway through our count down and are so pleased that you have decided to share a part of your holiday season with us. We’ll have another featured guest tomorrow.  Thank you so much for sharing these articles on your social media pages. Stay tuned for more amazing patterns from Mary Maxim and other featured makers.

 

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