For block #14 of the 2019 Stash Busting Sampler Afghan Crochet Along (CAL) we are going to learn how to make the corner to corner (c2c) double crochet square. Did you know the c2c technique can be used on more than the popular block stitch? This versatile square is fun to make and there are endless ways to use it.
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This stitch is worked exactly like it sounds. We’ll start in one corner, increase until its the desired height and width and then decrease back to a point in the opposite corner.
The increasing and decreasing rows are worked over a 2 row repeat that alternate between 2 and 3 stitch increases or decreases. This creates a square shape.
I changed color at the half-way point but you can obviously change wherever you want. skinny stripes, wide stripes, half and half, just a few rows at the corner. The color possibilities for this pattern are endless and each has its own unique look.
I really want to try and use this square for a half square triangle quilt type of pattern (like this wall hanging). How fun would that be!!
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Let’s get started! Be sure to read over the notes section of the pattern for some helpful tips.
Materials and Pattern Information
#4/Worsted weight yarn (Red Heart Super Saver and Bernat Super Value used in sample)
5.5mm crochet hook
Needle to weave in ends
Gauge and Sizing
Gauge: 6 dc x 4 rows = 2 in
Work gauge swatch in rows of dc
Finished: 12 x 12
I use US Terminology
Dc: double crochet
Dc3tog: double crochet 3 stitches together, double crochet decrease
Dc2tog: double crochet 2 stitches together, double crochet decrease
Dc4tog: double crochet 4 stitches together
Sc: single crochet
Sl st: slip stitch
Ch 3 counts as dc
This square is worked diagonally starting in one corner, increasing to the widest point and then decreasing back to the opposite corner.
On decreasing rows ch 2 counts as part of the decrease. Do not work stitches in the turning chain on these rows.
You will alternate between 2 and 3 stitch increases each row. Even rows you will increase by 4 stitches and odd rows you will increase by 2 stitches.
The opposite is true for decreasing (even decreases by 2, odd decreases by 4)
To make this bigger or smaller add or decrease the number of increasing rows. (row 2 and 3).
If your last increase row is a row 3 your first decrease row should be a row 16. If your last increase row is a row 2, follow the pattern as written.
Change color wear ever you want, I changed after my last increase row.
C2C Double Crochet Square Pattern
Row 1, Ch 4, 4 dc in 4th ch from hook, turn. (5 dc)
Row 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in same st as ch 3, dc across until 1 st remains. 3 dc in last st. Turn (9 dc)
Row 3: Ch 3, Dc in same st as ch 3, dc across until 1 st remains, 2 dc in last. (11 dc)
Rows 4-14: repeat rows 2 and 3
Row 15: Ch 2, dc2tog (counts as dc3tog), dc across until 3 sts remain. Dc3tog over last 3 sts. Turn (41 sts)
Row 16: Ch 2, dc in next (counts as dc2tog), dc across until 2 sts remain (1 dc and 1 dc3tog). Dc2tog over last 2 sts. Turn. (39 sts)
Row 17-27: repeat rows 15 and 16.
Row 28: Ch 2, dc4tog. Do not turn, continue to border.
Sc evenly around placing 3 sc in each corner. Join to top of 1st sc with sl st. Repeat rounds as needed to get 12 in.