Colorful C2C Border

You know when you finish a blanket, not because you think it’s big enough, but because you know you don’t have enough yarn left to do another row and do a border? Yeah? Well that’s the situation I was in when I did my patchwork C2C blanket with leftover yarn. There was just a tiny bit left of each of the five colors, so I designed a small colorful border that incorporated the colors and style of the blanket. Here’s the free pattern:

Change color every round.

Round 1: Join in any corner with a sl st, ch3, sl st in same corner, *[ch3, sk 3 st, sl st bet c2c groups] across the side, ch3, (sl st, ch3, sl st) in corner, repeat from * 3 more Xs, omitting last corner, sl st to 1st sl st, break yarn

Round 2: Join in any corner with standing sc, (sc, ch 2, 2sc) in same corner, *3sc in each ch3 sp across the side, (2sc, ch2, 2sc) in corner, rep from * 3 more Xs, omitting last corner, sl st to standing sc, break yarn

Round 3: Join in any corner with sl st, ch3, sl st in same corner, *ch3, sk 2 st, sl st bet groups of sc, (ch3, sl st bet sc groups) across the side, ch3, sk last 2 sc, (sl st, ch3, sl st) in corner, rep from * 3 more Xs, omitting last corner, sl st to 1st sl st, break yarn

Round 4: same as Round 2, except in the corners just do 3sc

Round 5: Join anywhere with *sl st, (ch1, sk st, sl st in back loop of next sc, ch1, sl st in same back loop again, ch 1, sk st, rep from * all the way around.

Note: I got the pattern and tutorial for the patchwork c2c blanket without the border from https://www.thepatchworkheart.co.uk/2018/06/c2c-jayg-corner-to-corner-join-as-you.html, and it’s very well done!

Sea to C Blanket

It’s been such a beautiful summer so far and so when I visited ACMoore to see what yarns were on sale, these Premier Yarn cakes in blues and greens caught my eye. I used corner to corner crochet or c2c, which at its simplest, is very easy to do and a beginner can get the hang of it very quickly. There are tons of tutorials online to teach you how to do it. Basically you are making little blocks of double crochets connected to each other with slip stitches. You work in diagonal rows increasing in the beginning and then decreasing in the end. C2c is also great for advanced crocheters, though, because it can be used to make a graph with any number of colors. In my “Sea 2 C” blanket I just used the one kind of color changing yarn and whenever I came to the end of a cake, I joined the next cake with the Magic Knot so there were almost no ends to weave in. It worked up super fast and I think it’s really pretty. For the border I did a simple shell stitch for three rounds, that I thought looked like waves and then finished with one round of Persian stitch. I used just about all of the eight cakes of yarn that I bought and “Sea 2 C” measures about 6’ by 4’.