Corner-to-corner crochet is a technique that has been around for some time. It has grown in popularity and people are using it to make blankets with images of things that are important to them. Although this is a great technique to use in making blankets you can use it to make so much more. Let’s step out of the corner-to-corner comfort zone as we take a look at Box Stitch Crochet by Corinne Freeman.
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What is Corner-to-Corner Crochet:
Corner-to-corner crochet is a technique used to make a square or rectangle. Because of this it is most commonly used to make blankets.
Unlike traditional techniques, corner-to-corner crochet starts in the corner as you might have guessed. Starting with one block, made up of multiple stitches, you will increase your block count on an angle until you reach the widest part of your project. At this point you will either stay at the same width or you will begin to decrease for the second half of your project.
While you work you will be creating blocks as you build your project. These sets of blocks make this technique ideal for graphgans. Each block can be a different color and when it is all put together you will have a beautiful pixelated graphed photo in your crochet.
Although we typically see this technique used for blankets the Box Stitch shows us that blankets aren’t the only beautiful things to make with this technique.
Inside Box Stitch Crochet:
Inside the book you will find 17 beautiful corner-to-corner crochet patterns. Along with the patterns you will find a section with a photo tutorial of how to work the stitches. Here you will walk through making your first box and then how to increase and decrease to get to the size in the pattern.
The patterns in the book include shawls, cowls, shrugs and even a dress and skirt. I noticed in the book that most, not all but most, of the yarns selected were a variegated yarn. Since these patterns are not done in the graphgan fashion the color change of the yarn really makes the texture stand out.
It is interesting how the simple change in placement of your boxes will turn the piece into something brand new. Many of the projects in the book are made from squares or rectangles and then create the piece based on where you sew things together.
The Under the Sea Motif Shawl is a perfect example of taking the squares that you make in corner-to-corner crochet and turn them into a larger project by connecting them with other stitches.
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Corner-to-Corner Crochet Resources:
If you have never tried corner-to-corner crochet before but think that this sounds like something you would enjoy be sure to check out my tutorial videos on my YouTube channel for more help. There is also a collection of FREE patterns to get started with on the Red Heart website.
- How to work corner-to-corner crochet with half double crochet stitches
- Corner-to-Corner Crochet YouTube Playlist