How to Corner to Corner (C2C) Crochet

how to corner to corner crochet

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In case you have yet to try the C2C, or Corner-to-Corner crochet technique, this will open up an entire new world for you. C2C works up so quickly once you get the hang of it, and I find it to be super relaxing as I don’t feel it requires as much counting and concentration necessarily. Obviously, you’ll still want to pay attention to how many stitches you’re placing and where. However, you don’t need an entire count of stitches in each row. Before we get started, this tutorial only focuses on SQUARE C2C. I will not be teaching C2C that deals with different lengths and widths in this specific tutorial. Now, let’s dive in and learn how to corner to corner (C2C) crochet!

A Quick Note to Get Started

  • For each new BLOCK, you’ll chain 3.
  • For each new ROW, you’ll turn and chain 6.

These two tips are important to remember, especially in the first couple of rows when you’re just learning. When I first learned the C2C technique, I was confused as to why I would chain 6 after the very first block, but then chain 3 after the 2nd block. I hadn’t quite figured out how the C2C worked. However, I finally realized that the first row only consisted of one block, so I was doing my turn and then a chain 6. I wanted to make sure this was clear in my tutorial. Now, I’m hoping I didn’t make it more confusing.

If you get confused on any of the written steps below, make sure to check out the photos that coordinate with them. If you’re still having trouble, you can see my tutorial video on my YouTube Channel. It’s also embedded at the bottom of this post.

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Materials Used for how to Corner to Corner (C2C) Crochet

crochet hook and yarn used for how to corner to corner (c2c) crochet

It’s just as simple as the picture shown above! All I used to create the photos and video for this tutorial is a 5.0 mm crochet hook and two different-colored yarns (both Caron Simply Soft.) I used two different colors to showcase which was the decreasing side and which was the increasing side.

Terms & Abbreviations to Know

  • Ch – Chain
  • DC – Double Crochet
  • Sl st – Slip Stitch

Steps for how to Corner to Corner (C2C) Crochet

For purposes of this tutorial, I’m going to use ROWS and STEPS in the instructions. Each row will have a set of steps to follow. The coordinating photos for each step will be underneath of the text.

Increasing the C2C

Row 1:

Step 1: Ch 6.

crochet hook, yarn, chain, stitch

Step 2: DC in the 4th chain from hook and in each of the last 2 chains.

double crochet, chain, crochet hook

Step 3: You’ll now have completed your first block. Turn your work.

c2c crochet, corner to corner crochet

Row 2:

Step 1: Ch 6.

crochet hook, crochet, new row, chain

Step 2: DC in the 4th chain from hook and in each of the last 2 chains.

how to corner to corner (c2c) crochet

Step 3: Sl st into the chain 3 space in the next block.

slip stitch, chain space, chain, crochet, crochet hook
slip stitch, chain, crochet

Step 4: Ch 3.

chain, slip stitch, crochet hook

Step 5: 3 DC in the chain 3 space.

2nd row c2c crochet

Step 6: At this point, you’ll be finished with your second row. Turn your work.

For Row 3 and up to your center point or decrease point, follow steps 1-5. Then, repeat steps 3-5 in each block to the end of the row. Don’t forget to turn your work at the end of each row.

For purposes of this tutorial, I went up to four rows in order to show the decrease side better. Here is what my four rows look like. I stopped before completing my last stitch so I could join a different color and show the decreasing side.

Decreasing the C2C

Once you get to your half-way point, or to the length and width which you’d like your project to be, you need to start going back down the other side. Therefore, you need to start decreasing. It might seem a bit tricky, but it’s not! Here are the steps:

Step 1: Sl st into the next 3 stitches.

slip stitch, c2c crochet, decreasing c2c

Step 2: Sl st into the ch 3 space.

Step 3: Chain 3.

slip stitch, chain, crochet hook

Step 4: 3 DC in the chain 3 space.

decreasing side

Repeat steps 2-4 across until you get to the last chain three space. Here, you will simply slip stitch into that last chain 3 space. You will not place any double crochet stitches in this chain 3 space. Then, turn your work and repeat the decrease steps until you get to the very end of your project. You will start to notice the square take shape as you work your decreases. Once you have finished, fasten off and carefully weave your ends.

slip stitch

Finished 4×4 C2C Square

crochet project

Now you know how to corner to corner (C2C) crochet, here are some fun things to make with this technique:

  • Graphghans
  • Wash Rags
  • Pillow Covers
  • Wall Hangings
  • Hats (Yes! You can make a hat with C2C!)
  • Rugs

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