How to Crochet C2C or Corner to Corner

Last Updated on February 19, 2020 by Courtney Flinn

The Corner to Corner technique, although very trendy, is a technique that has been around for ages.  Crocheted items worked in the corner to corner technique are often sought after for their beautiful textures and their beautiful simplicity.  This series teaches how to crochet C2C or the Corner to Corner technique.

As we proceed with this tutorial we recommend that you download the Candy Cane Throw pattern and have it handy as you follow along.  This tutorial is written for the first time crocheter.  We start by showing the pattern and the pictorial step by step below it.  Finally, we write out the steps as if we were beside a beginner and were teaching them how to read the pattern.  To review your stitches before you begin, look at the following videos located on our Youtube Channel: Chain, Slip Stitch, Single Crochet, Double Crochet and changing colors. 

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Follow the shopping list.  You will need 3 Cardinal, 3 White, and 2 Grass Green skeins, in Mary Maxim Starlette Yarn.  To add a bit of sparkle use 3 Ruby, 3 White, and 2 Emerald in  Starlette Sparkle Yarn.  You can also choose any three colors to create a beautiful throw for any season.

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Structure of the Corner to Corner (C2C)

Corner to Corner (C2C) afghans are crocheted working in increasing rows on a diagonal Each row increases by one block until the width size has been met, then maintaining width but increasing length until the length size has been met, and finally decreasing both width and length by one block per row until one block remains.

assembly diagram

To make your first C2C beginning block:

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 chBeg 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 by count as a ch-3 sp and where 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 above), dc in 4th ch from hook and each of next 2 ch, Beg Block of 2nd Row made. Hold 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 spBlock 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 and where 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 two 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.


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Click here for Part 2 of this series.  Next week we will demonstrate how to decrease your stitches and will feature video tutorials on the C2C technique.  Make sure you subscribe to our blog, we have some wonderful sales coming up that you won’t want to miss. Don’t miss our December Blog Exclusive Free Pattern.  We are also featuring some amazing collaborations with talented makers on blog posts like the  Argyle Sparkle Throw Review and the Sledding Snowman kit review.

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7 thoughts on “How to Crochet C2C or Corner to Corner”

  1. When will C2C, Part 2 be available? Have you decided to wait until Christmas Countdown is done? I’m almost to the width of my blanket, and ready to maintain width, then start decreasing.

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