Crochet Corner to Corner Afghan (C2C)


And welcome back to redheart.com as well as The Crochet Crowd. Today is about a hot trending project that people are
absolutely loving. This is the Corner to Corner Afghan. It is so simple it is fast
and it is fabulous. Let me tell you a little bit more about
it before we dive into this tutorial today. Now when looking at this we start off
and we have one little section I call them boxes. You can call them anything that
you want to call them but we have one box and then suddenly we start here and
then we move up and then we have two boxes and then we move up again and
suddenly we have three. So every time we go across we’re adding
one additional box to each of this in order to form this gorgeous 90 degree
angle. It is a Corner to Corner Afghan but that does not mean that your afghan
has to be a square. It can be rectangle. You can actually stop one particular
side from growing any further and continue to grow the other side to form
that perfect rectangular shape. So today you will notice that their
stitches going in this direction and then suddenly in the next line it goes
in the other direction and the next line is over. So it gives it a really
interesting effect and if you go up further you can kind of really see in
this color trending yarn here that you can see that it’s leaning over here this one is sunk down and then up and is
sinking down but just because of the way that we’re working with the stitches and
this is a feature that comes with this particular project. So let’s get started and we’re going to
work nice and slowly and get you off to doing another fabulous project.
Throughout this tutorial I’m going to be using Red Heart with Love and this is a
fabulous yarn. You can use any size yarn hook or yarn
in order to do this particular pattern. What I suggest though is turn the yarn label over look for the complementary hook size that there is asking for and then
you’re good to go. So in this project today we’re going to
work on getting you started. I’m going to show you how to change
colors as well so you don’t have any ugly knots within your project. As well as
I’m going to show you how to decrease and I’m going to show you a tip for making this either a square or a rectangle. So let’s get started, right now. To begin we’re just going to create a slipknot
and remember there are slower tutorials available on redheart.com as well as The
Crochet Crowd and how to do some of the basics of crochet. So don’t be afraid to go and look
that up. What we have here is that I need you to chain six. Remember that this knot never counts as
one so let’s begin to do that. So one, two, three, four, five, and six. So essentially we have our chain here
but this is also the base of our first block as well. Let’s move along to the
next step. So at this point I just need you to
double crochet fourth from the hook. So we just count back one, two, three, and
four. There we go and you should have two more
stitches left over after that so if you’re counting out. So let’s just do a
double crochet. Very good. And remember that the first chain counts
as a double crochet in the rules and that will come into play later on. So I
need you now to double crochet the final two stitches on this particular chain,
just like so. Now in the rules of crochet or what we’re normally used to is that
the bottom area here the flat area is the bottom of your afghan. But in this
particular one we are working on the corner so you got to remember that. So without further ado, let’s just turn
our project like this. OK so just look at it from this point of
view. OK. You get that? So now I want you to
change six again. So one, two, three, four, five, and six. So I’m having you hold it like this
because now this string here is actually the real point of this afghan. This over
here the chaining space here is where we want to play every time we’re moving in
the direction of coming across. So this chain is very important. So let
me explain how that’s going to work. Simply just keeping it looking like this. I need you to double crochet fourth from
the hook. Just like you started. So every time we
start a row we’re always going to do this chain six.
And then we’re always going to double crochet fourth from the hook. And it gets
really quickly quick once you know to look for that. So just continue. You have two more
chains to work in so just one double crochet in the last two chains before
you run into the bottom section like you have. So this is what you have so far. So what I need you to do is just take
this piece and fold it. Just kind of come up and remember this chain space right
here? I just need you to put your hook into
that space, grab the yarn, and pull it through. That’s a slip stitch. So essentially now
you have these stitches that appeared like that when we started but the way
that we just did it now is that it’s just pulled it over onto its side. We’re not finished this row now. So now
we’re going to chain up three: one, two, and three. And in that chaining space
that we’ve already slip stitched to, right down there, is where we’re going to put
three more double crochets. Just like so. So you can see that it’s starting to
take shape as your corner. Let’s turn our work again. So, this is the
rule, remember what I’ve already said, you always start off a row by chaining six:
one, two, three, four, five, and six. And now simply fourth chain from the hook… we simply double crochet. And we double
crochet with the total of three times because that chaining of of that first
chaining that we have counts as one. So you always have groups of four. OK so
there you go. So it’s simply now what we have to do,
this is the end, we just fold it up and just like the, what we did before, this is
the chain space that you have there. You just want to slip stitch, like there.
And now we chain up three: one, two, and three and we work in the same chain
space for three more double crochet. But we’re now getting bigger aren’t we? So what’s going to happen is that we’re
not ready for an edge yet we have to keep going across. So essentially we bring up this next
section this is [the front] the end chain here. We come into the end chain,
we slip stitch, you can really start to notice that the pattern here. We chain up three again: one, two, and
three and we come in for three more double crochets. And now we’re ready. So we now just
finished off this line. So you can see the 90 degree angle of the side of the
afghan is starting to take shape. The first corner you can say. Let’s turn
our work and remember it’s chaining of six: one, two, three, four, five, and six. OK and if you know the rules it’s now
double crochet fourth from the hook. Now you didn’t see me count that did you? And
the reason for it is that I’m currently working on this project and because of
that I can just, physically, just see it. So you want to do three more double
crochets in… [once you] three double crochets total I should say. So you have
your end chain right here and then your three double crochet and again we bring
it up and we, into this chain space, we slip stitch and then we chain up three
again: one, two, and three. So essentially, I was thinking to myself,
I’m working on the rows like this but essentially what we’re doing is we’re
working on the rows like it it’s actually a steps going up. And
there’s always going to be three double crochets into this chain space every
time you get a block. So essentially we now are ready for the next one so we
just slip stitch to the next chain area. And again chain three and then three double crochets. So at the end of this run I’m going to
show you how to change color. So let’s do that next. So let’s finish this off first. We come along to the final one. You can
really clearly see your edges and then, that was a slip stitch, and then chaining
up three and then three double crochets in. So, if you were to change color, this is
where you’ll do it at this point on the very final one. Let’s not finalize it. Let’s leave the
final stitch undone like this and so that there’s two left on the crochet
hook and let’s grab our next yarn in order to work with… I’m going to grab my next yarn. This
is the hot pink and I just form a slip knot. You don’t have to but I do it just for
my own peace of mind that I know it’s never going to fall apart. So I have a
slipknot ready and essentially what I would have done is grab this pink and
pull it through but I’m going to grab the new one here and pull it through
instead. And I’ve cut the pink off-camera, this
other pink, I’ve cut it and essentially I just want to turn my work at this point.
So now I’m using the new pink instead. So remember what we [did] I said we have
to chain up six: one, two, three, four, five, and six, and essentially we have to come
fourth on the hook. Now you can see that I haven’t touched
any of the stragglers yet because I don’t want you to, not yet. We’re not
ready for it. So we need to get this block done before
we move on to hide those stragglers into position so you don’t see any ugly knots
within your project. And remember it’s the three double crochets coming back
just like you see. So here is the stragglers at this point
and I want to grab them and I want to seal them into position. So here’s what we’re going to do. We’re
just going to grab (not) the single crochet the the chain and we’re going to do a
slip stitch. But what I want you to do is put the stragglers on top of the slip
stitch just like so. So they’re now on top and now let’s
slip it and what that’s going to do it’s going to trap those stitches
underneath of that slip stitch. So we’re starting the next block aren’t we? So I’m just keeping these stragglers in
the front so I can see them. So one, two, three, and keeping these
stragglers so that they’re in line with that whole stitching that the whole
chaining area underneath we’re just going to continue to trap
them in. Remember every block is going to have three double crochets after you
chain. So I’m [going to] now ready for the next
one, so the next block is over here I’m just going to do the slip stitch. And if
I have any more stragglers I’m just going to drag the stragglers so that
it’s on top of that as well. Trap it into position with the slip
stitch and then chain three again and then we’re just going to move and do three
more double crochets. So I would do that with the total of probably about two
blocks. Nothing using more than that. You don’t
really need to so, if you run out of the same color in the middle of the line you
can do the same procedure of just being able to join the colors so that you’ll
never see your stitches at all. So we’re just going to continue it along one, two, and three…
and below. So here is the deal: I’m going to finish
off this round here or this row so that it’s right in the center. But what if you
didn’t want an afghan that was square and what if you wanted a rectangle? So in the next portion of this video I’m
going to show you how to be able to change it so that you don’t have to
necessarily work this into a complete square. You can actually do a rectangular
shape instead. So stay with me right now. So here’s the deal: here’s where we are
right at this moment and if I was wanting to make this a complete square where I
would want to make sure that I’m going to end both of these from growing at the very
same time. So for example say I want this to be
more of a rectangular what I need to do is stop one side from growing so I won’t
let it go out any further but I’m going to start bringing it in on an angle. And I
allow one side to continue to grow and therefore you’ll end up with the
rectangular. So if you want to do a bedspread that or for a single bed or
anything like that you can still do this concept. All that will mean is that
you’re going to have a section with in the middle of your afghan that is all going
to be the same. And then as soon as you get to the length that you want on this
side you start saying okay that’s it so on the other side you start bringing it
in. And on this side you start bringing it and to make it smaller and hopefully
that makes sense for you. So let’s learn how to begin to decrease
the size of these. So I’m just finishing up a line like you normally would but
I’m not going to grow it anymore. So normally what I would have done is
slip stitched here and I would have chained three and continued so that I ended up
with a piece that comes out like this. But I don’t want that I want this now to
be the final before I grow anymore. So essentially I’m going to slip stitch
like I normally would but I’m not going to chain up three at this point I’m
simply now going to turn my work. This is now my new edge of my project. So
essentially all I’m just going to do is this: I’m going to follow the edge with a
slip stitch for one, two, and three [stitches.] I don’t want to go any more than that. I
want to maintain and keep this from being any kind of lopsided. So on the very final one that you just
have you simply now chain up your three at this point and working into the first
chain is three double crochets. So when you’re decreasing you don’t need
to worry about that six anymore you only worry about that six and the starting when
you’re increasing. And again, just working your way across like you normally would. So we slip stitch chain three and then three
double crochets into each one of the chain spaces that you have… like this. So a very easy concept to follow. This
could almost be a Barbie size thing. This is a hot trending project as I kind
of mentioned at the start of this video. And the reason for it is that
essentially what happens is that this end/side grows really quickly and then
you get to the middle size where it slows down but once you decided that
your you no longer want to grow it and you want to start growing smaller you’re
essentially doing less and less work by the time that you get to the end. And
that really ends up speeding along as you finish. So that’s really kind of a neat concept
as well. So for this side I don’t want… I have already ended on the other side. So essentially if I wanted this to be
square I would end this right here. Doing a slip stitch ah… here. And then slip it and then
continue to go up but I don’t want to do that. I can but I don’t want to because I
want to show you how to do a rectangle because I think more of you are wanting to do
that. So I would continue to grow this side by, you know, continuing to make as
if we are growing. Even though the other side isn’t. So you can kind of see we have a
complete square going on this side now and essentially we are now going to be
working our way up. So in this particular one now I want to
be able to bring it so that both sides are now collapsing at one time. So I’m
still going to change my three and go in three double crochets in [the chain three space.] I think most
of you will have got the concept of this particular point. I don’t want to
leave anybody behind so I’m just going to continue along. Just working my way across. So now
because we’re collapsing I’m going to get faster and faster because there’s
going to be left one less box for every time I go on a row. These make for really quick, super, and
really fabulous baby afghans too by the way. If you’re for looking for a project this
might be it. And so I’m on my very last one now
because I do not want to grow my afghan anymore. So just like I’ve been doing on
the other side I simply just stop, I slip stitch in, this
is my new corner, here, I turn my work and [we chain or sorry]
we slip stitch three times into the edge. One, just moving along, two, and three. Just moving our way up. See isn’t that cool? So we just got the one little box left. One,
two, and three [chains.] Three double crochets and then we just simply slip stitch. And then we are
completely done this particular project. We just cut our yarn and we just weave
in our ends. And if you are making a Barbie size bedspread for a while you’d
already be done. But you can see that this is a very easy and quick and really
quite a fun project to work on. So you can really see that the stitches kind of
turned sideways when we were working on it and it looks [the] identical on both
sides. So you’re a winner no matter how (laugh) and which way up this afghan is facing.
Until next time on behalf of redheart.com as well as The Crochet
Crowd thank you so much for joining me. And remember for more free patterns and
ideas please check out redheart.com as well as The Crochet Crowd. We’ll see you. Bye-bye.

100 thoughts on “Crochet Corner to Corner Afghan (C2C)

  • I have learned so many different patterns because of Mikey. No one seems to be able to break down patterns like him.

  • I love this pattern. Have started my blanket and taking forever to do. I love the way you teach and make really easy to follow and understand as I am a visual person. I will show my blanket when it is finished

  • Dealing with the teeny-weeny squares can be a bit clunky for me but 5 minutes into following these instructions and I can already see a corner to my little afghan. I honestly hate counting first-row chains. I really do.

    Thank you for this tutorial.

  • hello .for this coner to corner afghan how many foundation chain will I make and how many rows will be enough for baby blanket.                                                                                        thank you,

  • is there a way to make all the edges straight with no chain 3 on the vertical… like you get when you do the base and the height… how do you get it to look the same on the other 2 sides?

  • Once I get this one made I am going to make about 6 after ,so that it is ingrained in my mind,it is a blessing having this tutorial ,I am an old crocheter & I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks thank you ,a great way to use up small amounts of yarn I love the pattern

  • fab tutorial – I didn't even have to do a sampler to test this out – it was so clear I am just steaming ahead with it!!

  • Dear Mikey, I really loved your project. So, I tried it. I changed it a little but love the results. I made 4 C2C triangles then, crocheted them together with a single stitch. Fits my bed perfectly. Thanks for the project! Happy Hooking!

  • Mikey, I love your tutorials. I love sitting down with some hot tea before bed, and watching/listening to help me relax, than get working in the morning on the project! xoxo

  • LONG AGO I made afghans and a stocking with this stitch. I'm talking 1980s. I learned this from my mother-in-law. I haven't crocheted for around 25 years. Now I forgot how to do the stitch and your tutorial is fantastic. I'm definitely in need of a refresher course in crocheting. Thank you so much!

  • FYI everyone, I just watched a tutorial (I forget who by but will write it here if anyone asks later) where a lady used this pattern for a shawl. It's amazing and, since so many of these comments are confused about the decrease section, it eliminates the need to decrease. Awesome!

  • had trouble with this video, kept hanging up on me. I don't think he explains very clearly. The crochet crowd to me is not very good, found one a lot better. He talks to fast.

  • Did anyone happen to count the number of times the word essentially was said? It was distracting.
    The decrease was confusing though. Can you make a video for decrease in this one because it didn't make sense.

  • Ok,I have lion brand homespun 2 in green and 4 in homespun mixed color so my idea is 1 green 4 mixed 1 green. So does the decrease section take as much yarn as the increases?

  • To everyone who is having difficulty.., Do Mikey's CTC Dishcloth to practice on first. That's what I did and now I understand the concept totally.

  • Thank you so much for showing us this lovely stitch I will be making this for my new grandson. He will be born at the beginning of June exciting times on the way for my son and his wife 🌹

  • Mikey, could you direct me to a site that will give me details and visual directions on creating the magic circle for working in the round? Sorry to post this on a non related site. I am just having a real problem getting the hang of this circle and I follow you well.

  • Loved this tutorial for the corner to corner blanket. Great use for "extra" yarn you want to use up! I was hoping to post picture of stack of yarn to finished blanket. How does one do that?

  • I live in Germany. i visit your website and i find this yarn it's expensive for my moneybag. i pay in a store for 50g acrylic yarn 1,00 – 1,70 €, and 500g 8,00 €
    p.s. your ideas are nice. excuse my english. thx for your answer.

  • Thank you so much, I have wanted to learn this for awhile. You have a way of making everything you teach seem so easy.

  • On average, how many rows do you do for a king size blanket before you decrease? I am working on one and have 50 rows done so far. Just not sure when to start the decrease. I k ow everyone's​work is different, so I just wanted an average. Thank you so much. Love this pattern. It was so easy to learn.

  • wow. thanks for quick reply. I want to be adventurous and make a king size blanket. I think this will work.

  • when you're chaining 3 to start a new square, do you count that ch 3 as a dc, or is it ch 3, 3dc per square?

  • Thank you,  Michael.  I didn't think I would be able to do the c2c but you made learning it quite easy! I feel a lot more confident about it and I'm on my way to making my very first c2c afghan 🙂

  • is there a size chart how to measure befor decreasing i'm make a small blanket for a child to have a cover for 8 yr old

  • I don't know… I must be a complete idiot. I understand about the slip stitch, turn, 3 slip stitch when you start your decrease, but what about the next row? I have tried and tried and it just won't cooperate. Do you have another video which shows the next row? Thanks for your help.

  • I thought I would never learn this and with this video it seems like I have been doing it for years. Thank you

  • After you decreased on one side and continued to grow the other side…..I would have liked you to work back to the side you previously decreased so I could see how to continue the decreasing….

  • Thanks Mickey, I've just finished my first corner to corner blanket – new to crocheting started Sunday evening and finished it this evening (Tuesday). Your tutorials are brilliant thanks again.😁

  • this is so easy to follow! Thank you! I'm looking for a new pattern for an afghan! Now I'm gonna have to try this! Thank you Mikey!

  • Does anybody know the brand and color of the purple blanket that he was showing in the very beginning?

  • I am curious as to why you wrap your yarn a different way on your slipstitches and first loop of your dcs. It looks odd to me.

  • hi mike, I really like this blanket. and I really like the way you did it the way you were going rectangle of this blanket .but I Confused as to how to keep going .please show how to keep going .sorry for being so confused thank you diane mckebdry . you can get me at [email protected] thank you diane

  • hi mike , I can do corner to corner . butt you went to fast when doing the rectangle can you do it a bit slower please thank you Diane lord blessing to and family

  • Thank you. This is an excellent tutorial. I found a written one that was very confusing and I am really happy to have found this

  • Thank YOU…I have tried and tried to do a C2C and Failed each time…I gave up…Then I remembered You…You made it SO EASY…
    and I DID IT!!! I am So HAPPY…Thank You, Angie

  • love this tute Mikey! complete from start to finish..I can us this info for both square and rectangle!! WWWAAAHHHOOO! I have to add the colors made this so easy to see what you were doing ,,,SWEET!

  • Mike I wanted to just say that you are an excellent teacher. I have watched another video trying to learn this pattern. But, it just didn't make sense to me. I tried and tried but it never worked. So, thank you. I am making this for my grand-daughter using her School colors. I have subscribed and "liked" your video. Great job.

  • Another great lesson by Mikey, I have a pattern book from 2010 that has a C2C baby blanket in it, but I just could not grasp how to do it from the pictures they provided, but I have it now.

  • Does anyone know why the picture of the afghan is not usually the yarn that Mikey uses when he does the tutorial and is the yarn that is shown in the picture in the written instructions?

  • Thank you Mikey for showing an easy way to make my rectangular bed cover for my twin, queen and king size beds.
    Mikey, you are so easy to follow. God Bless You. Always watching your instructional videos and teaching. 😁

  • Hello mikey, loved your crochet afghan. I bought loose knitting yarn from the market and it is not mentioned which crochet hook should be used and the yarn i bought is not as thick as yours. could you please guide me which crochet hook size i should use.

  • Corner to Corner is my favorite "Goto" crochet stitch. Since Mikey show how easy it is, I use it for my crochet on vacation, airplane and waiting in the dentist office. Thank you Mikey.

  • I am doing a C2C Temperature Afghan. Just through April, the project is very large. Knowing that I have to do 365 rows, at what point should I begin to end one side for a rectangle?

  • I love this way of making a blanket. I finished my first one! Now I’m on to another. I love that my sides are straight. I normal give up when it’s growing or shrinking.

  • I found this confusing. Yes the pattern is easy to work but if you want a bedspread, do you begin the single sided decrease when Mike did or do you let it grow more? It would have been nice if there had been two examples for how to work the decrease on one side for a rectangular. Perhaps if I were more experienced this would have been better but this is not a good tutorial for beginners.

  • Does this mean that after you get the width u want, you then start decreasing just one side. The when you have the length you want, you decrease both sides?? I have yet to receive an answer to this question. I made what I thought was going to be an Afghan once but it ended up to be the size of a baby blanket😱

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