Corner to Corner (C2C) Crochet Basics: How to Change Colors

hello and welcome to Nana’s crafty home
my name is Tonya today I am going to be doing a basic how to change colors in
corner to corner crochet so that you’re able to work color graphs with the
corner to corner technique like a pro I am including this graph we’re going to
be working this as a crochet dishcloth and this will give you a really good
idea on how to take this technique into other graphs so that you can work this
with any graph that you choose if you haven’t yet watched the video on my
basic corner to corner stitch tutorial and you’ve never worked this technique
before I do encourage you to stop this video go watch that and then come back
to this one if you are here to learn how to change colors and corner to corner
crochet and you want to follow along with me with this graph head on over to
the website via the link that I provide below and there is a printable graph for
you that you can print off and follow along with me as well today so one of
the big things that we’re going to talk about is how to carry your yarn on your
project not throughout your project but how do you manage those color changes
and there are several ways whatever you feel comfortable with to do that several
tools that you can use and I’m going to show you a few of them here today so
this is e generally these are yarn bobbins and basically you wrap your yarn
around this bobbin it’s plastic you can find these at craft stores I’ll have a
link on my blog post so that you can see these in person on the website these are
smaller they don’t hold as much yarn but these work perfect in my opinion for
smaller projects I generally gravitate
more towards smaller graphs not a lot of big projects I do have a few on my
website though and with bigger projects you may want bigger bobbins as these
will not hold as much yarn you can a lot of people like these clips this is just
a potato chip clip a snack chip holder and you can wrap yarn around this as
well and then the nice thing about these clips is then you can clip it to your
work and it will be out of your way this is a homemade one that I just whipped up
this morning out of some cardboard if you’re going to make your own bobbins I
do recommend that you use a cardboard or another stiff material so that it’s not
really flimsy when you put the yarn on there and it won’t fold and that type of
thing this is pretty sturdy and it’s gonna hold it nicely this is pretty
large this holds a lot of yarn you may not want something this big for a
smaller project like what we’re going to work today so you could certainly
customize this to any size you could even match it up get close to this size
of yarn Bob and maybe make it a little bit bigger if you’re making your own the
other thing I’m going to mention is that you’re going to want to include a little
notch in it and that little notch is going to help hold your yarn in place
that’s hanging off of your work and so when when you wrap it and then you’re
done wrapping and when you’re done using it and you’re dropping it you can stick
that yarn and the notch and it holds it in place so it doesn’t unravel while
you’re working with other colors and I’ll show you how all of this works as
we go through this project but I wanted to show you some of the common tools
that people use for color graph games in corner to corner crochet so as I
mentioned we’re going to be working that heart and I’m going to be using white
red or pink and gray to match with the graph and I’m going to be using cotton
so that I can make a dishcloth with this but you can use any kind of
yarn that you would like but if you are going to use make it a dishcloth than I
do recommend cotton for the yarn that you’re going to be using so the other
thing I’m going to mention if you are loading up one of your bobbins and you
know that you’re only going to be crocheting 3 blocks so each of these
blocks on this graph represent one block of corner to corner and if you’ve
watched my tutorial or you’ve worked with corner to corner before you know
one block represents three double crochets plus a chain three
so with this yarn and this hook one of these blocks
I need 26 inches of yarn to complete one block so I’ve measured and for 26 inches
of yarn that corresponds to 10 wraps on my bobbin so I know to do one block I
need to wrap the yarn around here ten times if I’m doing three blocks I need
to wrap 30 times around here then I don’t have a lot left over I don’t have
a lot of waste on my yarn if you’re doing a bigger project you’re really
just going to want to load up your bobbins and get as much yarn on there as
you can so that you’re not having as many ends to weave in so just a note and
you can certainly do that same math for yourself for any project that you’re
working so I would recommend that if you are starting a new project
and you are doing a new yarn wait and a new hook size and you want to know how
many wraps on whatever bobbin you’re going to be using go ahead and measure
so do one block and then measure how much yarn that used and then wrap that
amount around your bobbin and it will tell you how many times you need to wrap
around the bobbin to get one block worth of work I hope that makes sense for you
all right so we’re going to go ahead and get started on this graph and making our
square dishcloth in order to do that I’m going to be starting with the gray and
you can see here that the gray is a large portion of the beginning part of
this graph so I am NOT going to be adding the gray on the bobbin I’m going
to be working directly from the skein and you can choose to do that as well if
you have a large swath of your project that is going to be one color and you’re
not switching back and forth you don’t need to put everything on a bobbin so
I’m going to just be working on gray off the skein and then as I get up to the
white I’ll add these colors in on bobbins since I’ve already shown you in
a previous video how to work the general corner-to-corner technique I’m going to
go ahead and get started on the gray and when I come back I’m going to show you
how to add in your next color and how to put that on your bobbin and have it hang
off your work alright so I have worked seven rows of grey that is my last row
of nothing but gray as you can see by the corresponding graph here so I like
to tell people to you can pay attention to how where you’re at on your graph
where you’re at here with your work by counting how many blocks so when I count
these blocks one two three four five six seven and one
two three four five six seven in both directions I’ve completed my seventh row
and on my graph here you can see this is row seven working diagonally there’s all
of those Gray’s then I just worked now you may ask yourself the question okay
so we’re on row eight now and if we’re starting from here we would have one
block of gray and then we would have all of these whites before we get to this
last gray here so how do you know which direction that you’re working so when
you’re looking at your work this is my first block that I worked you can see my
tail that I left here the first block is the wrong side of the work so you can
see this is the back side of the double crochets from that first block this is
the right side so even though you may have your tail down here if you have
your work turned to this side to the side with the first block having the
front side of your double crochet showing you may think that you’re
working your graph for row eight from this direction but really we want to pay
attention this is the side this is our right side of our work and so really row
eight starts up here and that matters of course because if the colors were
different and they certainly could be we could be working our graph incorrectly
from where we are so just pay attention to where you are in your work and where
you’re at in the graph and you won’t have any issues so for row eight to
start we have one block of gray so I’m going to go ahead and do that one
block and then I’m going to bring in my white
and I’m going to show you two different ways to change colors so I’m going to
set that aside for right now I’m going to get white load it up on my bobbin and
I’m just gonna load load this up here just wrap it and again you can use any bobbin that
you would like and these little bobbins they can hold
quite a bit of yarn they’re small but they’re mighty getting quite a bit of
yarn on here all right so when you get to a place where you have enough on your
bobbin you’re going to cut that and I’m just gonna put that to the side I’m
going to bring this down so you can get a good look at what I’m doing in order
to change colors and like I just said there are two ways to change colors that
I’ve seen I use both ways just not all the time I’ll show you what happens with
both routes then you can make the choice as to which direction you would like to
go so there the first way is to do your block and when you’re getting ready to
change a color don’t finish your last double crochet don’t do your final yarn
over to pull through the last two loops leave those two loops on your hook and
then when you go to change your color bring in your new color and you finish
that double crochet with the new color then you go ahead and do your slip
stitch with the new color chain 3 as you
normally would and do your 3 double crochets in that chain 3 space so as you
can see what happened here by finishing out the double crochet with the new
color the slip stitch is now visible here with the white you can pull that
pretty tightly when you go to weave in that end you could also go ahead and
pull it tightly and work over that tail with that block of double crochet but
when you do that you are seeing that pull here in the back so I generally if
I’m working that technique I generally don’t work over the tail because I don’t
like that I like to hide it a little bit better than that so the other thing is
when you drop your other color before finishing the double crochet your tail
from that color is way down here and I don’t always like that because when I
pull that color back into my work you can see on the back of your work that
bit of tail depending on where you’re pulling it into so that’s the first way
that you can change and that is way a lot of people change colors and corner
to corner and I do that periodically myself I can do both techniques in the
same work just depends on how it looks to me at the time that I’m doing it
another the second way to change colors is to finish your last double crochet
with the same color as what you are working for that block and then when you
go to do the next block in the next color
drop your color that you’re working and then pull in your new color with the
slip stitch and now those two loops you see here are the gray to me they’re a
little less visible that color change then do your chain three and work your
three double crochets now when I do my color change this way I do go ahead and
work my three double crochets over that tail of the white so working those three
double crochets over that chain three space I’ve also worked it over that tail
once I’ve worked those three double crochets I leave that tail hanging I
don’t work over it any more to weave in that end I go in and manually weave that
end in once I’m done with my project and then I go on now some would say why
aren’t you carrying your gray because if you look at your graph I’m up here on
row eight we worked the one now I’m going to have one two three four five
six blocks of white and then a gray here at the bottom I am NOT going to carry my
gray through all six of those blocks because your work is going to have a
tendency to pucker if you were carrying your gray you would have to carry that
gray I’m gonna give you a visual here you would have to carry that gray
through all of these blocks so here’s your first block there would be two
three four five and six this would be your last block of white so I would have
to carry that gray up working around it here and then up here and then pulling
it up here and it’s really hard to judge how much length to give that to work
over it just has a tendency of pulling and puckering your work that is just not
attractive does not look professional I don’t carry my yarn very often and when
I do carry my yarn it is over short distances usually no more than two to
three blocks I would rather tuck in my ends later
weave it have a few more ends to weave in then have my work look unprofessional
by puckering and making those blocks look tight together so I am NOT going to
work over that gray I’m going to drop that white tail that I worked over and
I’m going to finish the rest of my white blocks by just continuing on with the
corner to corner technique and again I’m working off of this bobbin here so let’s
pull up a little bit so you can see I’m working off of this bobbin my gray yarn
is off to the side that I dropped and I’m just going to work all of these
white blocks and it’s going to be a total of six
white blocks okay so I have finished my sixth white block and according to my
graph after that white block my last one for row eight is a gray so I want to
change back to gray so I’m going to drop my white and before I drop my white I’m
just going to bring the yarn up close to my work and then put this in the notch
so that when it hangs off of my work it doesn’t unravel you can see here it’s
just going to hang off there some people like I said like those clips that they
can wrap yarn around and then that clip would just attach to your work and then
you would just pick it back up when you want it to use it particularly for big
blankets that you’re working on this option is the way to go I find it a
little bit awkward on smaller projects to have three or four of these big heavy
clips attached to my work but again that’s personal preference so I’ve
loaded up another bobbin with gray because now you can see according to my
graph I’m moving on to row nine and I’m going to be working two blocks here of
gray but you can see here I’ve got a lot of gray that I’ll be able to use that
bobbin for so I’ve loaded this up with gray and I’m going to pull it into my
work and I’m going to use the second technique that I showed you by finishing
that last double crochet with the white and then with the slip stitch I’m going
to be pulling in the gray all the way through and then I’m going to work that block
just as I normally would with my chain three and three double crochets and then
I’m going to move on to row nine and you can see here again I have two blocks of
gray that I’m going to be working at the beginning of this row so do my increase
and now for row nine here comes my pink so I’m not going to be picking up the
white I’m going to be working with pink so I want to bring in a bobbin loaded
with pink so I’ve loaded up a bobbin with my pink I’m ready to go ahead and
bring in my pink color and again I’ve finished the last double crochet and I’m
going to be changing over to my pink now I’m going to make a note here because
I’m following this graph and I can see row ten is going to use white again if I
leave my white hang off here I’m not going to be able to pull this easily
back up into my work for row ten I would probably need to go ahead cut this and
then bring it in again which would give me two more ends to weave in because I’m
looking ahead in my pattern and I can see where I’m going to be using certain
colors I can do some neat little tricks to help me not have as many ends to
weave in so when I bring in this pink with this slip stitch I’m going to pick
up this white and I’m going to carry it up put it over my hook and the other thing
I’m going to want to make sure that I do when I do that is make sure that this
has been pulled tightly down here so that way it’s not loose when I go to
tuck in that end and if I were to let this stay loose down here when I pull
this back up there’s no easy way to pull this nice and snug so I’m going to Snug
this up insert my hook into that chain three where I’m going to do that slip
stitch bring that white yarn up and around my hook then I’m going to bring
in my pink and complete my slip stitch and this may feel awkward at first when
you’re doing this because you’re working over so many strands of yarn but with
experience this will get easier then I’m going to do my chain three one two three
I’m going to want to go ahead and not work over that white I’m going to want
to drop that white and pick it up on my next row and I’m going to go ahead and
work over that tail of the pink when I’m working these three double crochets drop the tail to weave them later okay
so now that I’ve worked at one block of pink you can see here on the back I’ve
pulled that white up to where it’ll make it easy for me to use that for row ten
I’ve worked over that bit of tail which helps weave in that end I’m going to now
drop it and weave the rest of it in later and then I’m going to complete the
rest of the Pink’s so I’m going to have one two three four five Pink’s before I
have another block of white here so go ahead and complete those blocks of pink so I’ve completed those five blocks of
pink it’s now time to bring in my one block of white so I am going to drop my
pink and again I want to make sure that I bring that bobbin up to my work notch
it so that it hangs off and doesn’t unravel and get tangled up with any of
the other bobbins go ahead and do my slip stitch and bring in my white with
my new bobbin and work my three double crochets over
that tail of the white my next block is a gray so I’m going to drop my white and
again taking this little extra time at the color changes is going to make a
world of difference in the headache that your project may become if you have a
lot of bobbins hanging off the back if you just let these hang off and you
don’t cinch them up they’re going to get tangled up you’re going to have the same
problem you would have if you would have just used skeins of yarn so take that
extra minute the few seconds that it takes to just since your bobbins up so
they don’t become unraveled they don’t tangle with each other and it will be
very helpful so now I’m going to bring in so this is the gray that I dropped
when I started my first white and so when you’re bringing and pulling in a
color back into your work that’s already in your work make sure that you snug it
up so that way you don’t have any gaps in your work so just make sure that’s
nice and tight without puckering your work and then just slip stitch and pull
it in you only really want to do that to is if you are pulling it up against a
block of the same color so if this had been dropped down here and I had a white
block here so there were two white blocks together and I had dropped my
gray down here and I wanted that gray for this next block that I was working I
would not want to pull that up into our work because it would be too visible you
would see this gray yarn line in between two blocks of white so only pull up yarn
if it’s going to match one of the blocks on I
side of it and that’s a good it’s a good trick for you good tip so I’m going to
work this next block of gray and that completes row 9 so let’s take a
look at that so by completing row 9 and are here on our graph you can see my
bobbins and see look I neglected to follow my own advice and cinch up my
gray here so I have four bobbins going right now none of them are tangled up
with each other they’re hanging off of my work they’re ready for me to pick up
when I need for the next row I’m going to move on to row 10 the first the first
one is a grey block for row 10 so I’m just going to go ahead and do my
increase I’m already using gray so for row 10 it’s one block of gray so
go ahead and do your increase then my next block is white so I’m gonna
drop my gray you can see here my white is ready for me in the right spot so I’m
going to pull that in and when I pull that in you can see it is here this is
the block that I’m working here and this is where I’m slip stitching so I’m gonna
pull that yarn through for my slip stitch when I do that I want to make
sure that I’m pulling it snugly so that it’s pulling that work together but it’s
not puckering or pulling too tightly then I’m going to chain three and now
I’m going to be working over that yarn that I just pulled over to do the slip
stitch I’m going to be working over that as well as that chain three my next
block is a pink so I’m going to drop that white cinch it up here drop it off
my work and then pull in my pink and again this is one block over you can see
I’m going to be doing my slip stitch to the top of that chain three here it’s it
was dropped one block over so I’m going to be pulling it in to my work making
sure that this is pulled nice and snug to do that slip stitch through all of
that so then chain three and work over both
the chain three space as well as that pink that we pulled over and for row 10 I’m going to be working a
total of one two three four five pinks again so continue on working your pink after my fifth block of pink it’s now
time to do one white so I’m going to drop my pink cinch it up and pull in my
white and remember I had pulled that up into my work so it would be ready for
row ten so what I’m going to do here is I’m going to flip that over to the other
side do my slip stitch pull in that white chain three and work three double
crochets over that chain three space and the white that I pulled over I’m going
to drop my white and the last two blocks are my gray so I have my gray here I’m
going to pull it up because it’s down below my block so I’m going to be
pulling it up through my slip stitch so when I do my slip stitch make sure it’s
nice and snug and pull through for my slip stitch and chain three and then
complete the block and then my last block is gray so go
ahead and complete that okay so that is row ten and you can see how this is
taking shape I’m able to change colors I don’t have a lot of problems with my
yarn getting tangled up with each other I am making sure that my ends are being
tucked in as I’m working over those a little bit through that first block when
they’re being brought in and then dropping them to weave in later and
really just making sure that as you’re working and pulling in yarn that your
snugging that up nice so that those color changes are as invisible as
possible and you don’t have a lot of loose loops at your color changes so
that is a basic tutorial for color changes in a corner to corner graph Gann
I’m going to go ahead and complete working on this heart as you see it here
using that same technique throughout that I’ve shown you and when I come back
I will show you my completed graph my completed dishcloth as you can see here
i finished my graph I’ve replicated this paper graph into my heart dish cloth
using those changing colors techniques that I showed you earlier to finish your
dish cloth if you’re making this as a dish cloth I did go ahead and do one row
at Jane around the outside of my dishcloth a simple single crochet with
three single crochets place in each corner to help turn those corners I hope
you found this tutorial helpful for you today if you enjoy my tutorials please
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basics series we’ll be how to carry your yarn colors I
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16 thoughts on “Corner to Corner (C2C) Crochet Basics: How to Change Colors

  • I’m trying my best to do a TMNT baby blanket, is there a rule of thumb when it comes to what type of graph paper to print out whatever your making? At the moment a friend colored in the blocks on a graph paper that has smaller blocks

  • Hi Tonya I am a new subscriber and I was brought to your site bcuz you did a hat with this graphghan wanted to know if you have a tutorial for the heart hat I saw on share patterns site. Thank you. From Connecticut ♥️

  • Thank you!!! I just bought a pattern for a c2c graphghan that will only have 3 colors so it's nice to see a tutorial without a ton of colors.

  • Tonya I'm making a graph-ghan so when it says to maintain a row I'm I still to decrease on one side and not the other end of the row? I'm confused with my row instructions I have for my pattern. It says on rows 81 thru 100 to maintain…can you help with that. I'm stuck! Thank you!

  • Update – I took my excel file to the local print shop and they were able to print it out on a 34" x 26" paper from excel

    I'm a left handed crocheter, does this mean I'm starting with the bottom left corner rather than the bottom right corner?

  • Tonya, I have been working this dishcloth, however, I am stuck for sure. Row 13..when I get to the end I have 3 sections instead of two so I can't slip stitch and turn. Please help. Thank you.

  • of course I see a lot of graphgans that I like. I should start out small like this or a hat and work up to something larger. thanks for your c2c experience. I normally just plow ahead and make mistakes but I may rethink that this time.:)

  • So glad I stumbled across this video. I have been wanting to expand my crochet repertoire and have been wanting to do c2c graphghans. This video was so easy to follow! Thank you so much for the tutorial.

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