Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Crochet Corner to Corner Blanket

Hello friends, Hope the week has started well for you.

First, I have a question for you. Do you have any favorite crochet teacher whom you follow on the internet?

Actually I follow a lot of crochet "gurus". I am a self taught crocheter and for many years i.e. until I discovered the joys of internet, books were my teachers. But now with the internet, there is an explosion of information on any topic under the sun, including Crochet. So while there are tons of free patterns available, there are also crochet videos galore, to learn any crochet technique  you want to - Entrelac, Tunisian, bobble stitch, crocodile stitch, ripples, or even crochet bags, blankets, hats, scarves and what have you!

One of my favorite crochet gurus is Mikey of The Crochet Crowd. Last year I made my very first Ripple Blanket (also my very first large project!) by participating in an Afghan challenge. According to Mikey the corner to corner crochet technique was "hot trending", so I decided to give it a try.

crochet crowd corner to corner throw

What do you think? Isn't it lovely?!! What is unique about this technique is that it starts out as a triangle and then you can modify the size as you crochet along. Which means you can make it a square or rectangle and even decide the size after you have started crocheting it.

Here is a link to Mikey's video for the corner to corner technique where he explains it in great detail.

I had not decided on a size for the blanket as I was hoping to get the two opposite corners to match each other. So two corners have the variegated yarn...

crochet crowd corner to corner throw

And since I had started with a blue triangle I was praying that I should be able to get blue again in the last corner.

crochet crowd corner to corner throw

I am sure that there must be a way to calculate and get precisely matching corners, but for now I am very happy with the results.

Crochet Corner to corner afghan

The yarn I used was "Fine" or yarn weight 2 and with a 3.5 mm hook, I was afraid that it will take me ages to complete the blanket. But this pattern is so simple and easy that once you get the hang of it you can do it while chatting with friends, watching TV, or even when waiting at the doctor's or the bus stop. Yes...it is that easy! Believe me you don't even have to look down at it.

So if you have never tried this technique, give it a go with this free pattern from Redheart.com. Redheart also has tons of other free patterns for any crochet item imaginable, so browse around while you are there.

If you don't have time to try an whole afghan, no problem, try your hand at the crochet corner to corner technique with this video for a C to C scarf. You will be amazed that such an easy technique can produce such beautiful results.

red heart corner to corner throw

I have to weave in the ends!!  :(

Do you think it needs an edging? Maybe you could suggest an edging pattern.

Crochet Corner to corner afghan

And before I sign off, a reminder about the pattern giveaway on my blog which is open till Saturday 28th June.

On my telly: Homeland. What about you?

10 comments:

  1. So glad you are posting again. Bought your pattern for cuffed scarf that you are giving away. I would love to send a photo of mine. I went crazy on different yarn and got a completely different look. The pattern was well-written and accurate.
    Now this corner to corner blanket! You find the nicest patterns. Could you just give approximate size of yours? I want to make sure to make mine at least as large as yours looks.
    Thanks for your inspiration,
    Boo

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  2. Thank you for your purchase, Boo. Very sweet of you. I would love to see your photos. I will give the exact size of the blanket in another post as soon as I finish adding an edging to the blanket. I am thinking of an edging in plain blue. Do you think that will look nice?

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  3. Hi Sangeetha, this is very beautiful. I haven't tried corner to corner yet.... I'm definitely going to try it when I'm done with the shawls....:)
    I do check out Mikey's tutorials but I am better off with written pattern. That way I can go at my own speed. I lack patience listening to or watching the demonstration lol.....

    I'm glued to the world cup footie....:)

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  4. Hi Sangeetha, I love your blanket and the colour's you have used. I have made corner to corner blankets in knitting but as yet not in crochet, it's another thing on my to do list. I think it would look good with an edging in any of the colours in the blanket, I'm looking forward to seeing it finished. I have just checked my pinterest and I have got this actual pattern pinned to do! Have a great day. :)

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  5. A beautiful blanket indeed !!! Love the colors you choose...
    Have a great day !
    Anna

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  6. beautifulll !! Lovelt color combinations !

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  7. Love the blanket ,and the pattern is so unique too .

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  8. Hi Sangeetha !!!

    Love the blanket very much. Hopefully I will also give it a try sooon........... Thanks for sharing !!!!

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  9. This is so pretty! I love blue.

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  10. Lovely blanket Sangeetha!! :) I liked the colors too!! You have used the variegated yarn very cleverly . I have never seen this brand of yarn.
    I have this stitch on my list from a long time but then I have so many and I keep on adding new. Kya-kya aur kitna karenge.....time he nahi hey :(

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