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Want to learn a crochet stitch that works up quickly and is more interesting than straight rows of stitches?
The corner to corner stitch, abbreviated C2C, fits that description. Made entirely of double crochet (dc) and slip stitches, the C2C stitch is so named because it’s worked diagonally from corner to corner.
To do the C2C stitch, start with chain 6, then dc in the last 3 chains from the hook. This makes the first row, and the first square. The second row starts with chain 6, then dc in the last 3 chains from the hook, just like the first row. Then, to create the unique construction of the C2C stitch, flip the first row/square so that the chain-3 on the side is now on top! Next, slip stitch into the chain-3, then chain 3 and do 3 dc in the same chain-3. The subsequent rows are similar to the second. Keep adding diagonal rows until the piece matches the dimensions you want. Then, start decreasing to close the rectangle shape.
To decrease, start by turning without a chain, and slip stitch in each of the 3 dc you just crocheted, and in the chain-3 space. Then, chain 3 and do 3 dc in the same chain-3 space. Slip stitch in the chain-3 on top of the next square, then chain 3 and do 3 dc in the same space. Continue making the steps until you’ve reached the next to last square. Slip stitch in the chain-3 on top of the last square, and stop there. The remaining rows are made the same way, until you end with the final square in the opposite corner from where you started.
The C2C stitch creates interlocking squares with stitches that face different directions, like a basketweave pattern. As a result, you can assign colors to each square to create an image. The C2C stitch is commonly used to make graphgans, but also looks great in a solid color or in stripes.
Watch this video to learn how to crochet the Corner to Corner stitch:
Put this stitch into practice with these patterns: