Month: October 2017

A- apple, B- broccoli, C- carrot and D- dewberry graphs corner to corner blanket

A- apple, B- broccoli, C- carrot and D- dewberry graphs corner to corner blanket

A- apple, B- broccoli, C- carrot and D- dewberry graphs corner to corner blanket

Lets start with the first graphs of our fisrt 4 letters from the English alphabet – A, B, C, D ...
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Corner to corner ( c2c ) alphabet blanket CAL

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Lets start with the first graphs of our fisrt 4 letters from the English alphabet – A, B, C, D . For the letter C there are 2 graphs one is for carrot and one for cherry. You can use whatever you wish.

  • A- Apple – I chose that fruit because it is known in each country and it is loved by most of the kids. It will be a good choice with which your kid can associate the letter “ A ”. You can make it in different background and instead of red you can make it with green or yellow color depends on you and on your yarn stash.

Yarn used – I used Stylecraft Special dk and Paintbox Simply Dk yarns- I will give you each color I used in each square.

Apple –

Stylecraft Special DK

Color no 1003- aster – ( blue )background

Color no 1712 – lime

Color no 1054 – walnut

Paintbox Simply Dk

Color no 114- – pillar red

 

  • B – Broccoli – this vegetable is maybe the most used in the cartoons and the most accurate for letter B .

Yarns used –

Paintbox Simply DK

Color no 129 – grass green

 

Stylecraft Special DK –

Color no 1712 – lime

Color no 1241 – Fondant

 

  • C – Carrot – Most known and recognizable with its bright orange color, full of vitamins.

Stylecraft Special DK

Color no- 1068 – Turquoise

Paintbox Simply DK

Color no 129 – grass green

Color no 117 – mandarin orange

 

C – Cherry- the most delicious fruit in early Summer and the end of Spring. I used to wear them as earing when I was a kid when two cherries were in one .

Stylecraft Special DK

Color no- 1068 – Turquoise

Color no 1054 – walnut

 

Paintbox Simply DK

Color no 129 – grass green

Color no 114- – pillar red

 

 

 

D – Dewberry –  Like all the berries this one is one of most delicious.

Yarns used

Paintbox Simply DK

Color no 129 – grass green

Color no 117 – mandarin orange

Color no 148 – dark aubergine ( You can use dark blue instead of that color )

 

 

 

 

 

Corner to corner ( c2c ) alphabet blanket CAL

Corner to corner ( c2c ) alphabet blanket CAL

HOW TO READ THE GRAPHIC – WHERE TO START, HOW TO KEEP TRACK OF YOUR WORK.

When we use corner to corner we work in diagonal rows. Usually we start from bottom right corner and work through up left corner . When you start your work and make your first 2 rows put a stitch marker on your Right side – RS so when you work you won’t make mistake which row you are crocheting.

If you don’t put a stitch a marker to indicate which side is the Right side facing you you can make a mistake and start your row from up instead of down bottom part . For example if you are crocheting row 6 you can see in the picture bellow with the graph that you must start from  right side crocheting downward not from bottom left side crocheting upward.

There are two ways of instruction for the c2c – corner to corner crochet technique .

1st way –  Graphic instruction with graphical picture chart . If you use that way you will count the box of the graph and change the color depending on the colors in your graph.

2nd way – written instruction – here the instructions are written. Colors of the blocks are written as how many block you should make with different colors . For example Row 5: 2B , 2, 1B – here it means that you should make 2 blocks with brown color yarn, then switch to white and make 2 blocks, switch to brown color and make 1 block .

If you prefer to use 1st method with printed chart it will be very easier for you if you strikethrough your finished rows as it is shown in the graph picture bellow so you will keep track of your rows. Just remember which side is your front side that is right side facing you as when we make the eyes of the fruits and vegetables it won’t be reversible . At the beginning when I made the first two squares I made mistakes few times when I used that method. But I guess that if I had the written instructions it would have been easier to make the squares as you don’t need to count because somebody have already made that for you J .

See How to change colors and how to make the  letters, eyes and mouth here.

How to change color in corner to corner crochet technique.

When you use corner to corner crochet for your project you will see that the items made with it are reversible. To keep them reversible we must change colors using change color technique.  If you wish you can carry the yarn as you crochet but then the blanket will not be reversible any longer.

Change color-

  1. When you make your last double crochet stitch before you sl.st in tch do not complete last yo of dc
  2. Instead yo with new color, pull through the loops.
  3. st in tch, ch 3
  4. Complete as usual

Sometimes you will need to finish one row with color A, and then immediately start the next with color B , when you work in your increase colors you must change colors before the last yo of your last dc as was shown in the pictures above.

When you need that color change you should make it as shown in the picture bellow :

HOW TO JOIN C2C CROCHET SQUARES

In this project i am making 28 different corner to corner squares that we will join after we finish them . It is the best way as the project is really big and when we work with small squares it is easier because each square is made using 3-4 different colors of yarn which is more easy to work with otherwise the yarn can tangle and it is very annoying.

When we complete our squares we will join them with sl.st in back loops of both squares  but first we will make border of squares with white yarn and then join them all together .

Border of c2c squares ( white yarn )-:

Row 1 : Insert your hook in any of the corners 1 st ( I inserted mine in up left corner ), pull a loop and make sc 1, ch 2, sc 1 all in the same st that we have inserted our hook.- this will form our corner

Ch 2, skip 1 block and make sc 1 in the space between the two blocks, repeat all around till you get to the corner – in the corner make again sc 1, ch 2, sc 1 , join with sl.st in 1st sc st.

Row 2 : Ch 3, dc 1, ch 2, dc 2 in the corner ch-2 sp , make 2 dc in each of next ch-2 sp, in the corner make 2 dc , ch 2, dc 2 to form the corner .

HOW TO MAKE EYES AND LETTERS .

We will use embroidery basic chain stitch to make the letters and lines that gives the fruit and vegetables more realistic look . I used this in some of my vegetables as iceberg lettuce for example . In the graph the lines that you should make are colored with dark colors . For example iceberg lettuce square .

How to make basic embroidery chain stitch – Insert the needle from point A to point B as you see there is a circle formed and the needle is inside the circle now pull the needle and insert it in the point B and pull it from point C .

Make the mouth of each fruit or vegetable using the same method you can make it as big as you wish in different shape – crying, smiling, wondering .

I made some of the eyes separately and then sew them on the fruits just because I forgot to make them when I was crocheting the fruit as I haven’t  made  the graphs before I start the blanket . I made the graphs as I crochet. At the end I realized that it is easier to make the eyes separately and then sew them on the fruits as you do not need to cut the yarn and attach the black yarn to make the black block of c2c which is going to be your eye. Actually it is easier and I think more esthetic  if you sew them .

Here is how to make the eyes :

1st way to make the eyes  –  White part – Start with magic ring, secure with slip knot , ch2 and make 10 dc into the ring, join with sl.st in 2nd ch of beg ch-2.

Black part – Start with magic ring and make 7 sc into the ring , join with sl.st in 1st st .

Sew the black part onto the white and then make sparkle with the white color yarn .

2nd way to make the eye – Start with black color yarn

Rd 1:  Make magic ring and 6 sc into it.

Rd 2: Switch to white color yarn – ch2, hdc in base of initial ch 2, 2 hdc in each st around , join with sl.st in 2nd ch of beg ch-2.

There are 1 post for each 4 letters – which are our 1 row of the ABC blanket that will be available each week . You can see the first 4 letter’s graphs – which are A- apple , B- broccoli, C- carrot and cherry, D- dewberry and dragon fruit – here .

The basic steps of c2c ( increase , decrease ) you can find here.

How to become advanced in c2c Crochet Basic Techniques even if you are absolute begginer

How to become advanced in c2c Crochet Basic Techniques even if you are absolute begginer

Corner to corner ( c2c ) – ABC blanket tutorial .

Basic essential to c2c crochet technique.

Corner to Corner crochet technique was a technique that I wanted to try since I saw Sarah’s from Repeat crafter me beautiful lamb c2c blanket . She has really amazing designs with c2c technique.

There are several blankets that are stunning and you should definitely check them out :

  1. Christmas blanket of Sarah from Repeat crafter me
  2. Christmas blanket of Jess from Make & Do Crew
  3. Solar system c2c blanket of Bethany from Whistle and Ivy
  4. Zodiacs c2c blanket of Chi Wei from One dog woof. 

 

When I saw these blankets I thought that it would be nice if I can make a blanket that has its own theme and ta da dah I designed my ABC- fruits and vegetables blanket. I chose the ABC theme as I have a 5-years-old daughter which is going to be pre-school next year. This blanket can make learning the alphabet funnier. I must admit that while making that blanket I have learned so much new information and new kinds of fruits and vegetables.

Here in Bulgaria, Europe we don’t have all the fruits as people in USA , Australia and other countries. I learned names of different fruits that I know but never needed to use while speaking English – such as quince, fig , dewberry . While searching and choosing the fruits and vegetables which I will use in the blanket I found and learned new kinds of them. I haven’t heart for dragon fruit, jack fruit, ugly fruit.

I used most common known fruits and vegetables that are known in almost everywhere around the globe such as – tomatoes, grape, lemon, carrot and etc. That’s why I will post 2 graphs for some of the letters so you will be able to choose which to use.

Let’s begin.

HOW TO INCREASE AND DECREASE IN C2C TECHNIQUE – The basic of c2c crochet technique

In c2c crochet technique we always start with increasing the rows till the desired length and then start to decrease. As I made my blanket design using 28 squares each for the 26 letters from the English alphabet and 2 blank made with solid color. We will increase till the 18 row and then we will start to decrease. If you wish to make a different shape such as rectangle using that technique you will have to increase by 1 side and decrease from the other side . I don’t have a rectangle design yet but you can check  Make & Do Crew “ Nordic super scarf “ here – https://makeanddocrew.com/nordic-crochet-super-scarf-pattern/ .

C2c technique is very simple and when you learn how to make the fisrt 2 rows you will know how to make your own c2c blanket or pillow cover or whatever you wish.

In c2c we work in diagonal rows . In each row we will have different number of blocks that are the same as your row count. For example in 1 row we have  1 block, in 2 row we have 2 blocks, in 3 row we have 3 blocks.

Row 1:

  1. Start with slip knot and ch 6 .
  2. Make 1 dc in 4th ch from hook.
  3. Make dc in next 2 sts. Turn .

We have the first block made.

Continue to row 2 .

  1. Ch 6,
  2. Turn, 1 dc in 4th ch from hook
  3. 1dc in next 2 sts

This is 1st block of row 2.

  1. Insert the hook in the space between the tch and dc and join with sl.st.
  2. Ch3, 1dc in 4th ch from hook , 1dc in next 2 sts.

Row 3 and beyond :

Repeat  steps 4- 8 .

Start with ch 6, turn, dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next 2 sts, sl.st in tch , * ch 3, 3 dc in tch , sl.st in tch * rep 2 times- as you see in row 3 we have 3 blocks.When you work using c2c technique we increase till we reach the tallest side of our graph. In my ABC blanket squares we will increase till row 18 .

HOW TO DECREASE IN CORNER TO CORNER CROCHET TECHNIQUE

When you make your last increase row. You should start decreasing

–  to decrease we will turn our work and

  1. make sl.st in each of 3 sts of the block that we just have made in the prev rd.
  2. st in tch
  3. Ch 3
  4. Dc 3 in tch, sl.st in next tch to join , continue as usual with, ch3, dc 3 . 

How to read the graphics and how to change colors you can find here.

 




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