Tasha Margette and Margaret Kavanagh
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Mini C2C is variation of traditional corner-to-corner (c2c) crochet. C2C is an easy way to create beautiful blankets using graphs. Mini C2C may seem intimidating at first, but don't let it scare you.

We can help you overcome your fears and learn to become a Mini C2C master! In this post we'll teach you:

  • How to do Mini C2C crochet
  • How to make a graph
  • Blanket sizing tools
  • C2C finishing techniques
Happily Hooked Logo C2C

This is a graph of our Happily Hooked logo in a C2C pattern. It's 25 x 27 squares.

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Mini C2C by Happily Hooked

Mini C2C is a great way to create picture projects in a more compact size. It uses a smaller stitch than the conventional C2C method.

How to Mini C2C

Mini C2C is just like regular C2C with a few tweaks to create smaller stitches. First, we will practice the stitch, then we will move on to creating a graph and sizing.

Mini C2C creates smaller squares and uses the half double crochet (hdc) instead of using the double crochet (dc) that regular C2C uses. This creates a tighter and smaller project with fewer holes. It's a great way to reduce the size of a project if you want to create, say, a purse, pillow, or even a dishcloth, rather than a full-size blanket. Although, you can certainly create a blanket with Mini C2C as well.

Abbreviations:

ch – chain
hdc – half double crochet
sl st – slip stitch
t-ch – turning chain

Steps:

ROW 1:
ch 4

Step 1 - Mini C2C

Step 1 – Ch 4.

hdc in 3rd ch from hook

Step 2 - Mini C2C

Step 2 – hdc in 3rd ch from hook.

hdc in 4th ch from hook (1st square created)

Step 3 - Mini C2C

Step 3 – hdc in 4th ch from hook.

Step 4 - Mini C2C

First square completed.

ROW 2:
ch 4

Step 5 - Mini C2C

Step 4 – ch 4.

hdc in 3rd ch from hook

Step 5 - Mini C2C

Step 5 – hdc in 3rd ch from hook.

hdc in 4th ch from hook

Step 6 - Mini C2C

Step 6 – hdc in 4th ch from hook.

sl st to ch 2 t-ch from Row 1

Step 7 - Mini C2C

Step 7 – sl st to ch 2 t-ch from Row 1.

ch 2

Step 9 - Mini C2C

Step 8 – ch 2.

2 hdc in same ch 2 sp (Row 2 complete)

Step 10 - Mini C2C

Step 9 – 2 hdc in same ch 2 sp.

ROW 2 complete.

ROWS 3 – until increase rows end: repeat steps of ROW 2.

Decreasing: Decreasing in Mini C2C is the equivalent of removing one tile each row until you get to the opposite corner from where you started.

  • Instead of ch 2, sl sp into each hdc.
  • Sl st into t-ch.
  • Create your next square as you normally would.

After you master the Mini C2C stitch increasing and decreasing, you can easily transition into reading and following graphs to create just about anything!

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How to Create a Crochet Graph

There are several ways to create a graph for a C2C project. You can do it manually by drawing it out, or try using one of the programs specifically designed for crafters.

Graphing Methods

  • Use graphing paper and pencil to create your design – this is a fast and easy way to do it if you don't have access to a computer or just like putting a pencil to paper.
  • Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets – this is an easy way to create a graph for free and you have the ability to easily number the columns and rows.
  • Graphing apps on your phone – this is also a convenient way to create a simple graph and many of the apps have full-color functionality too. Head over to your app store and search for “graphing.”
  • Graphing programs on your computer – these are great and there are a lot of them out there, some will actually provide a written pattern for C2C, which is amazing. (Check out Tasha's app review post on her website: 5 Best Graphing Programs For C2C (Corner To Corner) And Graphgans! ~MAK)

Below is an example of a graph featured on our blog called the Big Boy Blanket. These are perfect patterns for your Mini C2C skills, they are free, and available here, along with 11 other cute graphs.

Baby Boy Blanket Rocket

The Big Boy Blanket Rocket square by Happily Hooked Magazine

These designs were created with single crochet in mind, but Mini C2C works with any graph. The sizing will be different from single crochet to Mini C2C, but keep reading to find a great C2C blanket size calculator.

Mini C2C crochet patterns Big Boy Blankets Happily Hooked

These 12 adorable Big Boy Blanket squares are large and simple graphics that make perfect C2C projects. You can download them all in a single eBook by Happily Hooked!

Designing Tips

Although you may be tempted to take your favorite photograph and turn it into a graph to crochet (I'm thinking Jeff Goldblum on a blanket. What? Is that just me? ~MAK), hold on and consider our advice on your subject matter before you begin.

via GIPHY

  • Decide on your yarn weight first. This will make all the difference in how big your project will be.
  • Create a 5×5-inch swatch and set it aside, you will measure it when you use the fabulous C2C Blanket Size Calculator on Tasha's website! This handy dandy will tell you how big your finished item will be!
  • Decide what you want to graph. You can use your imagination and graph just about anything like your favorite sports team logo, a flower, the sun, candy, anything!
  • Keep it simple until you become more advanced with C2C
  • Clipart is great for creating a graph.
  • Account for adding a border into your final decision for sizing.

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Reading a C2C Graph

Let's talk about reading a graph, so you know what you're looking at while you're designing. Imagine looking at your project with the right side facing you. Then, lay an imaginary grid pattern over the entire image.

How to Read a Graph by Stardust Gold Crochet

Reading a Graph photo courtesy of Stardust Gold Crochet

When you C2C crochet, you start your work at the bottom-right corner and work up to the top-left corner, diagonally. Therefore, the rows and columns are numbered with the first square starting at the bottom-right corner.

Rows are numbered from bottom to top and columns are numbered from right to left.

Happily Hooked Logo C2C

Our Happily Hooked logo in a graph! When it comes to C2C, (or any graph for crochet) ROWS are numbered from bottom to top and COLUMNS are numbered from right to left.

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C2C Sizing:  How Big Will My Project Be?

Measuring tapeThis is perhaps the most asked question when it comes to C2C. The size of your finished project will vary depending on the weight of yarn you choose, your hook size, and the number of squares in the graph.

  • Create a 5×5-inch swatch (as mentioned above) using your chosen yarn and hook size in the mini C2C stitch.
  • Determine how many squares are in your graph (rows/columns).
  • Use a C2C calculator – head over to this calculator and follow the instructions.

Using this method should give you an idea of how big your project will be based on your personal crochet style.

Is it too small?

  • Increase your yarn weight.
  • Increase your hook size.
  • Adjust your graph by adding rows or columns to the outside edges.
  • Add a border.

Is it too big?

  • Decrease your yarn weight.
  • Decrease your hook size.
  • Adjust your graph by reducing the number of rows and columns.  This is easier said than done, as you may need to redesign the entire graph.

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Joining Your Mini C2C Squares

There are several ways you can join your finished squares. You can add a border, which neatens all the edges up and also adds a bit of width (which adds width to your entire project). Or, you can join them directly to one another without borders. It's completely up to you.

  • Adding a border to your squares is a great way to prepare them for joining them together.
  • Mattress Stitch – the Make & Do Crew has a great tutorial for this one.
  • Single Crochet – this is a great video on joining squares using a single crochet.
  • Sewing Together – here is a great video tutorial on sewing them together.

 

c2c-borders-photo-tutorial

Border for C2C photo courtesy of Make & Do Crew

I hope this mini C2C tutorial and tips help you overcome any anxiety you may have of graphing and C2C. Learning Mini C2C is a lot of fun. Once you get the hang of it, the creative possibilities are endless!

 

 

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Tasha Margette
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I gather inspiration for my designs from my love of retro, rainbows, classic, modern, boho, and more. I have very eclectic tastes and whatever inspires I go with!

I hope you enjoy them and thank you for your support in my crochet design journey.

Thank you all for your beautiful patterns and inspiration.

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I've been crocheting since my mother taught me as a little girl. I'm lucky to be working with Happily Hooked and I can't wait to share everything yarny and hooky with you! Yarn over, peeps! Yarn over!

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