Roundup: 10 Free Corner-to-Corner (C2C) Crochet Patterns

Roundup: 10 free corner-to-corner crochet patterns, curated by Underground Crafter | Corner-to-corner crochet, also known as c2c and the diagonal box stitch, is a fun way of crocheting projects. Check out these 10 free crochet patterns to get started or to find your next c2c project.On Fridays, I share a link blast on Twitter and Facebook to get you excited about crocheting all weekend! In keeping with the #FlashbackFriday meme, I’m sharing patterns that were first released at least 12 months ago.

Corner-to-corner crochet, also known as c2c or the diagonal box stitch, is a fun way of crocheting projects. Check out these 10 free crochet patterns to get started on your first — or your next — c2c project.

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Roundup: 10 free corner-to-corner crochet patterns, curated by Underground Crafter | Corner-to-corner crochet, also known as c2c and the diagonal box stitch, is a fun way of crocheting projects. Check out these 10 free crochet patterns to get started or to find your next c2c project.Diagonal Box Stitch Square (photo 5), free crochet pattern by @UCrafter (that’s me!): This pattern for a 6” (15 cm) square includes a video tutorial.

Diagonal Box Stitch Square, free 6" (15 cm) crochet pattern with video tutorial by Marie Segares @ucrafter. Part of the Mystery Lapghan CAL 2015 - 36 free crochet patterns for 6" squares!C2C Diamond Baby Blanket, free crochet pattern by @sweetsouthernstitches: This mesmerizing baby blanket is made from 16 squares.

Fortune’s Shawlette (photo 1), free crochet pattern by @mooglyblog: This lacy variation on the diagonal box stitch is transformed into a one-skein shawlette.


Vertical Stripes in Diagonal Box Stitch, free crochet pattern by B Pitard: This tutorial explains how to make vertical stripes using the diagonal box stitch.

C2C Basics Scarf (photo 2), free crochet pattern by @Mamas2hands: This rectangular scarf pattern includes a photo tutorial.

Cedar River Blanket, free crochet pattern by @katgold for @deramores: This blanket pattern is available in several sizes and is constructed from striped squares.

Rectangle Corner to Corner Granny Crochet Tutorial (photo 4), free crochet pattern by @bobwilson123: This video tutorial demonstrates how to crochet a rectangle corner to corner granny stitch.

Create and CraftC2C Chevron Baby Blanket, free crochet pattern by @TheCookieSnob: This chevron blanket is made from squares and includes links to several helpful tutorials.

Corner to Corner Granny Shawl (photo 3), free crochet pattern by Zooty Owl: This triangular shawl pattern is a great stash buster.

Gingerbread Man Pixel Square (photo 6), free crochet pattern by @RepeatCrafterMe: This pattern is a great introduction to using c2c graphs and includes links to helpful tutorials and several other Christmas-themed graphed squares.

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Knitting Pattern: Diagonal Purls Square

Anthology Blanket: Sampler Blanket 2016 Knit-a-Long, free #knitting pattern by Underground Crafter. For details, visit http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/anthologyThe Anthology Blanket is a sampler blanket that will be released throughout 2016 as a knit-a-long. For more details, including a schedule and links to all previously released posts, visit the Anthology Blanket home page.

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This is the twenty-sixth square in the Anthology Blanket Knit-a-Long. The Diagonal Purls Square is a traveling stitch pattern creating textured diagonal lines on a stockinette background.

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Diagonal Purls Square, free knitting pattern in Cascade 220 Superwash yarn by Underground Crafter | This traveling stitch pattern creates textured diagonal lines on a stockinette background. It's one of 30 free knitting patterns for 6" (15 cm) squares in the Anthology Blanket knit-a-long. Diagonal Purls 6″ (15 cm) Square

Knitting Pattern by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50US terms 504-medium 50This traveling stitch pattern creates textured diagonal lines on a stockinette background.

Finished Size

  • 6″ (15 cm) square.

Materials

  • Cascade 220 Superwash (100% superwash wool), or approximately 41 yds (37.5 m) in any medium weight yarn.
  • US Size 7/4.5 mm knitting needles, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • Completed square = 6″ (15 cm) in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BO – bind off
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • rep – repeat
  • RS – right (front) side
  • sl 1 – slip 1 st, knitwise
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Note

  • Pattern repeat is any multiple of 5 sts. Instructions include 4 st borders.

Pattern Instructions

  • CO 33 sts.

Border

  • Row 1: Knit to last st, p1.
  • Row 2: Sl 1, k to last st, p1.
  • Rows 3 & 4: Rep Row 2 twice.

Diagonal Purls Stitch pattern

  • Row 1: (RS) Sl 1, k3, *k4, p1; rep from * across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
  • Row 2: Sl 1, k3, *p1, k1, p3; rep from * across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
  • Row 3: Sl 1, k3, *k2, p1, k2; rep from * across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
  • Row 4: Sl 1, k3, *p3, k1, p1; rep from * across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
  • Row 5: Sl 1, k3, *p1, k4; rep from * across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
  • Row 6: Sl 1, k3, *k1, p4; rep from * across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
  • Row 7: Sl 1, k3, *k3, p1, k1; rep from * across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
  • Row 8: Sl 1, k3, *p2, k1, p2; rep from * across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
  • Row 9: Sl 1, k3, *k1, p1, k3; rep from * across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
  • Row 10: Sl 1, k3, *p4, k1; rep from * across to last 4 sts, k3, p1.
  • Rep Rows 1-10 until square measures approximately 5.5 in (14 cm), ending after any even row.

Border

  • Rows 1-4: Rep Border Row 2, 4 times.
  • BO in pattern for Border Row 2. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 3 times the width of square).
© 2016 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/anthology. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

If you’d like to chat with other knitters, stop by this thread on Ravelry. You can also share your progress and questions with me by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Google+ as +UndergroundCrafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, and Twitter as @ucrafter.

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8 Tips for Getting a Head Start on Winter Holiday Crafting | #Crochet #TipsTuesday

Like so many crocheters, knitters, and other crafters, I love to make handmade gifts for my friends and family for the winter holidays. I can express my creativity while making higher quality DIY gifts than I can usually afford to buy!

8 Tips for Getting a Head Start on Winter Holiday Crafting by Underground CrafterBut, let’s face it. Every winter, countless crafters get overwhelmed by making gifts for loved ones. Some of us go without sleep, others get repetitive stress injuries, and still more just became annoyed with the demands of handmade gift giving. If your air conditioner is still blasting, those holidays may seem pretty far off, but today I’m sharing 8 tips for getting a head start on your gifts to make the winter holidays a bit more pleasant for you — and your loved ones.

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Start early

Spoiler alert: If you start your holiday crafting as early in the year as possible, you’ll have more time and you’ll be able to work at a more leisurely pace. You can also choose to make more gifts, or larger, more intricate projects, for the people on your holiday list.

Be picky

Let’s face it. Not everyone appreciates handmade gifts. Other folks may not be fans of your favorite crafts. Trust me when I say that the holidays will be more fun for you (and for the recipient) if you focus your efforts on making gifts for those who will actually enjoy them. I call these folks “handmade-worthy” (or “crochet-worthy,” or “knit-worthy”) people.

As you think about all the people (and pets) you may consider making gifts for, narrow your list down to those who would actually appreciate a handmade gift! This may seem like a no brainer, but it’s the step most crafters forget.

Not sure who is handmade-worthy? Think about people who say kind things about your crafting, who are makers themselves, or who have worn and used previous handmade gifts.

Make a project list

Now that you’ve narrowed down your recipient list by removing those who aren’t “handmade-worthy,” make a list of the types of gifts you’d like to make for them.

Some crafters make variations of the same project for everyone on the list (like a favorite crochet scarf pattern in different yarns or colors) while others like to make a completely unique gift for each recipient. Remember that you should get to have fun while making gifts, so choose your projects accordingly.


Survey your existing supplies and your budget

I know I’m not the only one with craft supplies falling out of the closets! Go through your stash and compare it to your project list. (If your budget is tight or non-existent, you can choose to work backwards from your stash instead.)

If you have a holiday crafting budget, make a supply list based on the supplies you’re missing and your project plans.

Be realistic about your time frame

Overestimating the availability of time is the most common struggle crafters face when working on handmade holiday gifts. We’ve all done it! While we could theoretically make unlimited gifts if we had unlimited time, the reality is that as each week moves by, our holiday gift deadlines become narrower. (And, don’t forget you still need to eat, sleep, work, etc., so you don’t actually have 24 hours a day to craft.)

Be realistic about how long each project will take and consider revising your list based on the amount of time available.

Take frequent breaks

When short on time and facing crafting deadlines, it can be tempting to push yourself too far. But, be sure to take care of yourself. Take frequent breaks (every 30 to 90 minutes, depending on your craft and the intensity of your work) to stretch and rest your eyes/hands. This will help you avoid repetitive stress injuries.

Have a back up plan

Sometimes, even the best plans go awry. Have a backup in case you can’t finish your projects on time. This might mean putting aside money to purchase last minute gifts, or giving out project “gift certificates” or “I.O.U.” cards.

How to Start (and Stock) a Handmade Gift Closet, with free pattern roundup | #Crochet #TipsTuesday on Underground Crafter
Get 16+ free crochet pattern ideas and tips for starting (and stocking) a handmade gift closet in this post.

Get virtual support

You may find virtually working alongside other crafters on holiday gifts makes the entire process more fun and bearable! Look for holiday make-a-longs on your favorite social networks. For crocheters, here are two you may enjoy.

What are your favorite tips for holiday crafting?

P.S.: Several readers have asked about the project tied in green ribbon in the image for this post. It’s the Frosted Snowflake Cowl, one of many designs I’ve created for ILikeCrochet digital magazine. You can get more information about the pattern and subscribe to the magazine here.

Roundup: 12 Free Crochet Patterns for Child-Sized Blankets

Roundup: 12 free crochet patterns for child-sized blankets, curated by Underground Crafter | Whether you're looking for a back-to-school project, holiday gift, or a centerpiece for a room makeover, one of these child-sized blankets will do the trick! If you don't have any children on your list, these all make great throws for sitting under while watching tv, too.On Fridays, I share a link blast on Twitter and Facebook to get you excited about crocheting all weekend! In keeping with the #FlashbackFriday meme, I’m sharing patterns that were first released at least 12 months ago.

Whether you’re looking for a back-to-school project, holiday gift, or a centerpiece for a room makeover, one of these 12 free crochet patterns for child-sized blankets will do the trick! If you don’t have any children on your list, these all make great throws for sitting under while watching tv, too.

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Roundup: 12 free crochet patterns for child-sized blankets, curated by Underground Crafter | Whether you're looking for a back-to-school project, holiday gift, or a centerpiece for a room makeover, one of these child-sized blankets will do the trick! If you don't have any children on your list, these all make great throws for sitting under while watching tv, too.It’s a School Night Night Child’s Blanket (photo 8), free crochet pattern by @UCrafter (that’s me!): This striped blanket in Lion Brand Heartland is sized for donation to @ProjectNightx2, a charity that provides comfort packages to homeless children.

It's a School Night Night Child's Blanket, free crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter | Crochet an easy child's blanket to donate to Project Night Night, or to use at home. #charityShop for Lion Brand Heartland at your favorite retailer!

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It’s Great to Be a Grenadier Slanted Shell Afghan (photo 11), free crochet pattern by Eye Love Knots: This blanket is great for sharing your school spirit and can be easily customized with team colors.

Ombre Arrows Afghan (photo 10), free crochet pattern by @mooglyblog: This pattern in Red Heart with Love is available in 5 sizes and includes a link to a video tutorial to demonstrate the stitch pattern.

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Quick and Easy Chunky V-Stitch Afghan (photo 9), free crochet pattern by @RepeatCrafterMe: This striped lapghan uses 8 colors and is made with the classic v-stitch pattern.

Lacy Trellis Blanket (photo 7), free crochet pattern by Tw-in Stitches: This striped, lacy blanket is made with 6 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver and uses the double knot method (with link to video tutorial) so you won’t need to weave in ends.

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Circle Dance Afghan (photo 6), free crochet pattern by Pink Mambo: This blanket is made using six sizes of circle-within-a square block patterns. Read my interview with Carolyn from Pink Mambo and see a roundup of her patterns in this post.

Ogunquit Granny (photo 5), free crochet pattern by @anastaciaknits: This three-quarter granny square blanket is a great twist on the granny square that’s crocheted flat in rows. Read my interview with Anastacia and see a roundup of her patterns in this post.

Mile a Minute Celtic Weave Afghan (photo 3), free crochet pattern by @MeladoraCrochet: This blanket is crocheted in joined strips and includes video and photo tutorials.

The Elise (photo 4), free crochet pattern by @RescuedPaw: This bold and bright striped blanket in Loops & Threads Impeccable is a great gift for a special girl.

Fall Striped Afghan (photo 2), free crochet pattern by @crochetncrafts: This easy striped pattern is very beginner-friendly. Read my interview with Helena from CrochetN’Crafts and see a roundup of her patterns in this post.

Ruffle Blanket (photo 1), free crochet pattern by Mamachee: This textured blanket looks beautiful in one solid color yarn.

The Big Boy’s Blanket (photo 12), free crochet pattern by Free Crochet Patterns & Designs: This giant granny square blanket can be adjusted to your custom size.

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