After a few hectic days of running errands and everyday tasks, I’ve finally had some time to craft. So I embarked on my first ever C2C project! C2C is great for graphgans (afghans made from one giant graph or multiple smaller ones). It gives a great personalized touch to blankets or pillows.
C2c or Corner to Corner is a super easy technique. Don’t be intimidated when you first look at it. Trust me, it really is easy. I watched a couple of Youtube videos that probably didn’t amount to more than 20 minutes and I figured it out on my first try! Here are some videos that I watched that really helped me out.
Basic C2C – She teaches you the basics of C2C in what I think is a very helpful manner. She explains how to get started, how to continue to increase, how to change color, and how to decrease. Really really helpful!
C2C pillow – This video shows you how to make a C2C pillow from start to finish and it is by my favorite guy, Mikey from The Crochet Crowd. He’s really super! He has a TON of videos on Youtube and is just super at explaining how to do things. He’s incredibly thorough and patient and you will be able to crochet anything after watching his videos!
Changing Colors C2C – This video teaches you how to change colors within a C2C graph. This is a huge thing if you’re going to follow a graph. If you’re just doing the straight C2C and only changing colors every now and then, just cut your yarn and weave in the ends.
So I had a couple of spare pillow forms laying around and decided to try and make a pillow. I found a heart graph from All Crafts Channel. Here’s the link. She was kind enough to make and share her graph. Now that being said, she does NOT explain how to make the graph which is a little frustrating but I figured it out after a few bumps and bruises. I was working along just as she had written out and looking at the graph and my design started not to look right. Well turns out I didn’t fully understand her “work in direction of arrows” instructions. Not to worry though, I quickly corrected my errors and from there it was smooth sailing!
She does have two videos of her working the graph, explaining how to do the basics like increase, decrease, and change color. She also explains a little bit on how to read the graph. So I will include those.
So after I figured out what I was going to make and how to do so, I started and finished it in two days! I got a little distracted with some more errand running and cleaning (With two little troublemaking kittens, it never seems to end!) I finished the heart in a few hours on the first day and then the second day the back which is just a single color came along even faster. I apologize for not taking pictures as I was working but it has been extremely rainy which means there isn’t any good natural lighting (It’s Monsoon Season here) and I was working late at night because it seems sometimes that’s the only time where it’s peaceful enough to craft.
So here’s a list of everything I used.
- 12 inch pillow form
- H or 5.0 mm hook
- 2 skeins of leftover yarn ( I want to take a minute here to explain something. I used two different colors but I needed to make them into bobbins or multiple balls of yarn so I could change colors without having to fasten off each time and having a million little ends to weave in. If you don’t understand what I’m talking about, please see the above listed videos where I included the video about changing colors and also the heart video itself, she explains changing colors as well.)
- Graph and pencil/pen
Alright, so here’s the final results!
So I hope you enjoyed my little heart project! Once I make it to the post office sometime this week and figure out how to ship my products in the most efficient and cost effective manner, my shop will be open and this little beauty will be available for sale!
Stay tuned for my next blog. I will be making a C2C Harry Potter pillow! This time I will try and take more pictures :).