How To Corner To Corner Crochet (C2C) For Beginners


In this blog post, you will learn everything about how to corner-to-corner crochet (C2C) for beginners.

You will also see a written pattern and a video tutorial showing you how to crochet corner to corner and a free crochet pattern for a dishcloth. 

Scroll down to view the free pattern and video tutorial with detailed instructions on my YouTube channel.

How To Corner To Corner Crochet (C2C) For Beginners

Free Corner To Corner Crochet Dishcloth Pattern

To make a corner-to-corner (C2C) crochet dishcloth, you can follow these steps:

Time needed: 1 day, 1 hour and 10 minutes

How To Crochet A Corner To Corner C2C Dishcloth

  1. Materials:

    Cotton yarn: Choose a cotton yarn suitable for dishcloths, as it is absorbent and durable.
    Crochet hook: Select an appropriate hook size for your chosen yarn.
    Scissors: To cut the yarn tails.
    Yarn Needle: To weave in loose ends.

  2. Abbreviations

    ch – Chain
    Cont – Continue
    ch3-sp – Chain three space
    dc – double crochet
    Patt – Pattern
    Rep – Repeat
    RS – Right side
    Sp – Space
    Sl-St – Slip stitch
    St(s) – Stitch(es)
    WS – Wrong side

  3. Chain and first square:

    Step 1: Start by making a slip knot and chaining 6 stitches.
    Double crochet (DC) into the 4th chain from the hook and into each of the next 2 chains.
    This completes your first square.

  4. Increasing rows:

    Step 2: ch 6, 1dc in 4th ch from hook and in each of next 2ch, turn, make 1 sl-st in ch3-sp of the previous box, ch3, 3dc in same ch3-sp. (2 boxes made).
    Step 3: ch6, 1dc in 4th ch from hook and in each of the next 2ch, turn, *1 sl-st in ch3-sp of the last box, ch 3, 3dc in same ch3-sp* rep from * to * to end of the row.

  5. Continuing rows:

    Step 4: Rep step 3 until work is the desired size (for the dishcloth around 8 inches), then continue with step 5.corner to corner crochet pattern

  6. Decreasing rows:

    To decrease and finish your dishcloth, you’ll work the same steps as before but in reverse order.
    Step 5 (Decrease): ch3, 1sl-st in each of 3dc and in ch3-sp of last box made on the previous row, *ch3, 3dc in same ch3-sp, 1 sl-st in ch3-sp of next box on the previous row; rep from * across.
    Step 6: Rep step 5 until work is square.
    Fasten off and weave in any loose ends.

  7. Finishing touches:

    Block your dishcloth if desired. Blocking helps even out the stitches and gives a neater appearance.
    Trim any excess yarn or weave in any remaining loose ends.
    Remember to choose a cotton yarn suitable for dishcloths, as it is easy to care for and withstands frequent use and washing. 
    Enjoy making your C2C crochet dishcloth!c2c crochet pattern

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How Do You Make A C2C Crochet Dishcloth?

A dishcloth is an excellent beginner project for makers of any skill level, as it is a small rectangle you can easily crochet.   

You can use basic crochet stitches like single crochet, double crochet, and half double crochet stitches or try out more complicated designs.

It’s a great way to practice new techniques and stitches without committing to a big project.

C2C crochet is perfect for dishcloths; you can see the design created in the diagonal rows. 

You can make yours in a solid color or in self-striping yarn to create a unique design; a new color pops up in every few stripes. 

They are reusable and eco-friendly, and it’s a great idea to make a set for you or for a friend as a housewarming gift; another great idea is to make a set with different colors.

Plus, they are great stush-busting crochet projects to use up your leftover yarns, as they are little squares around 8-10 inches and don’t require much yarn. 

corner to corner crochet

How To Crochet Corner to Corner – Everything You Need To Know

Corner-to-corner crochet is a popular technique that creates a textured, diagonal design. 

It’s a great project for beginners because it uses basic stitches and can be easily customized. 

c2c crochet example

What does c2c mean in crochet? 

In crochet, “c2c” stands for “corner-to-corner,” which is a popular and versatile technique used to create textured and visually appealing projects.

The C2C pattern involves working diagonally from one corner of a project to another, typically in a square or rectangular shape.

This technique uses small, interconnected blocks or tiles, often represented by clusters of double crochet stitches.

As crafters progress, the project expands in both width and height, forming a diagonal pattern.

C2C is valued for its simplicity and adaptability, allowing crocheters to create intricate designs, pictures, or geometric patterns while mastering basic stitches.

This approach is favored for blankets, afghans, and graph-ghan projects, offering a creative and engaging way to produce beautiful and personalized crochet items.

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How big should a C2C blanket be?

The size of a corner-to-corner (C2C)  blanket can vary depending on your personal preference and the intended use of the blanket.

Here are some general guidelines for different sizes:

  1. Baby Blanket: Typical baby blankets can range from 30 inches by 30 inches (76 cm by 76 cm) to 36 inches by 36 inches (91 cm by 91 cm).
  2. Lapghan: A crochet corner-to-corner afghan for your lap is a smaller blanket designed to cover your legs or provide warmth while sitting. The size can range from 36 inches by 48 inches (91 cm by 122 cm) to 40 inches by 60 inches (102 cm by 152 cm).
  3. Throw Blanket: A throw blanket is versatile and can be used on a couch or bed. The size can range from 50 inches by 60 inches (127 cm by 152 cm) to 60 inches by 70 inches (152 cm by 178 cm).
  4. Twin Size Blanket: A twin-size c 2 cblanket is suitable for a single bed and typically measures around 66 inches by 90 inches (168 cm by 229 cm).
  5. Full/Queen Size Blanket: For a larger blanket to fit a full or queen-size bed, the dimensions can be around 90 inches by 90 inches (229 cm by 229 cm) or larger.
  6. King Size Blanket: A king-size blanket is the largest option, measuring around 108 inches by 90 inches (274 cm by 229 cm) or larger.

These measurements are approximate and can be adjusted to your preferences. 

Remember that the size of your C2Cblanket will also depend on its weight, crochet hook size, and the number of squares or rows you choose to crochet.

It’s always a good idea to plan and measure your balance as you work to ensure it meets your desired size.

Learn everything about crochet blankets and how much yarn you need in this post – Crochet Blanket Sizes And How Much Yarn (+ Chart) 

corner to corner crochet dishcloth

How many rows for a C2C baby blanket?

The number of rows for a corner-to-corner (C2C) baby blanket can vary depending on the desired size, yarn weight, and crochet hook size. 

However, a common range for the number of rows in a C2C baby blanket is typically between 40 to 60 rows.

To determine the exact number of rows for your corner-to-corner crochet  blanket, you can consider the following factors:

  1. Size: Determine the desired dimensions of your crochet baby blanket. A typical baby blanket size ranges from 30 inches by 30 inches (76 cm by 76 cm) to 36 inches by 36 inches (91 cm by 91 cm). Remember that the number of rows needed will depend on your chosen stitch pattern, yarn weight, and crochet hook size.
  2. Gauge: Crochet a swatch using your chosen yarn and hook to determine your stitch gauge. Measure how many rows you achieve in a given measurement, such as 4 inches (10 cm). Use this gauge to calculate the number of rows needed for your desired blanket size.
  3. Stitch Pattern: The number of rows may vary depending on the stitch pattern you choose for your baby blanket. Some stitch patterns may require more rows to achieve the desired size, while others may require fewer rows.
  4. Crochet Border: Consider if you plan to add a border to your baby blanket. The number of rows for the main body of the blanket may need to be adjusted to accommodate the desired border size.

Once you have determined your preferred size, gauge, stitch pattern, and border, you can calculate the approximate number of rows needed for your C2C baby blanket. 

However, it’s always a good idea to crochet a swatch and measure to ensure that the blanket reaches your desired size. 

c2c crochet and hook

Do C2C blankets have to be square?

No, corner-to-corner (C2C) blankets do not have to be square. 

While square blankets are a common choice for C2C projects due to the diagonal nature of the technique, you can modify the dimensions and shape of your C2C blanket according to your preference.

Here are a few ways to create non-square C2C blankets:

  1. Rectangular Shape: To make a rectangular C2C blanket, you can adjust the number of increasing and decreasing rows. For example, if you want a wider blanket, you can increase the number of increasing rows and decrease it accordingly. This will result in a rectangular shape instead of a square.
  2. Triangular Shape: You can also create C2C blankets with a triangular shape. Start with a small number of chains for the foundation and increase the number of squares in each row until you reach the desired width. Then, decrease the number of squares in each row to taper off into a point.
  3. Hexagonal or Octagonal Shape: You can create C2C blankets in hexagonal or octagonal shapes with some modifications. You can achieve these shapes by adjusting the number of increasing and decreasing rows in specific patterns.

Remember, when altering the shape of a C2C blanket, it’s essential to consider the stitch count and maintain symmetry to achieve the desired shape.

C2C crochet provides flexibility, allowing you to create blankets in various shapes, sizes, and designs. 

Feel free to experiment and let your creativity guide you in customizing your C2C blanket to suit your preferences.

corner to corner crochet sample

Does C2C use a lot of yarn?

The amount of yarn used in a corner-to-corner (C2C) crochet project can vary depending on the size of the project, the yarn weight, and the crochet hook size. 

However, C2C tends to use a relatively large amount of yarn compared to other crochet techniques.

Here are a few factors that can influence yarn usage in a C2C project:

  1. Size of the project: The larger the size of the C2C project, the more yarn it will require. For example, a baby blanket will use less yarn compared to a full-size corner-to-corner Afghan or a large blanket.
  2. Yarn weight: Different yarn weights have varying yardage per gram or ounce. Bulky or chunky yarns tend to be thicker and require fewer stitches, thus using less yarn overall. On the other hand, lightweight or fine yarns will require more stitches and, consequently, more yarn.
  3. Crochet hook size: The crochet hook size you use can also affect yarn usage. If you use a larger hook, the stitches will be looser and require more yarn than if you use a smaller hook with tighter stitches.
  4. Pattern or design complexity: Intricate patterns or designs with color changes, motifs, or intricate details may require more yarn due to the added stitches and color transitions.

To estimate the amount of yarn needed for your specific C2C project, it’s recommended to consult the pattern you’re using. 

Most C2C crochet patterns provide an estimate of the required yarn or give instructions on calculating the yarn needed based on the stitch count and desired size.

Also, remember that having more yarn than needed is always better than running out mid-project. 

It’s a good idea to purchase a bit of extra yarn to ensure you have enough to complete your project and account for any swatching or border additions.

Making a small sample swatch with your chosen yarn and hook is always a good practice to estimate the yarn cons. 

c2c crochet starting boxes

Crochet Lessons

Take a look at the crochet lessons for posts with written instructions and video tutorials that are perfect for newer crocheters. Most posts also will include a step-by-step photo tutorial. 

Tutorials include how to hold a crochet hook, how to create a chain, crochet UK and US terms and abbreviations, and how to crochet the basic crochet stitches like single crochet stitches, double crochet stitches, and the treble crochet stitches. 

And if you need more video tutorials, check out my YouTube channel here Handy Little Me – YouTube. 

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More Crochet Dishcloth Patterns

c2c crochet example

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Happy Crocheting!

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