If you’re like me, you’re always looking for new and exciting crochet techniques to try out. There’s mosaic, fair isle, Tunisian, tapestry and corner to corner crochet – to name just a few! My ‘to do’ queue is HUGE, filled with all sorts of tutorials and patterns to try! Can you relate?
In this post, we’re going to be talking about two popular crochet techniques that are up there with my favorites: regular crochet and corner-to-corner crochet. Both techniques have their own pros and cons!
There’s unique benefits and drawbacks to both, so it can be tough to decide which one to use for your next project. But fear not, because by the end of this post, you’ll have a clear understanding of the differences between them, and which one might be best for you!
What is Regular Crochet?
Regular crochet, also known as traditional crochet, is the most common crochet technique. It involves creating rows of stitches, mostly uses a shorter hook and working from right to left (or left to right, depending on your dominant hand).
Regular crochet projects can be both two and three dimensional, which means you can create a variety of shapes and designs. You can use different types of stitches, such as moss, cable or mesh stitch, to add texture and create unique patterns.
And the best part? Traditional style crochet is relatively easy to learn, making it a great technique for beginners to start with.
Start with a Simple Pattern
A traditional crochet project can be as simple or complicated as you want it to be. If you’re just starting out, you might want to try making a basic scarf or dishcloth using regular crochet.
These projects don’t require any adjusting of number of rows and can be completed using a single stitch type and yarn color. Later on you can move on to skipping stitches for a lacy texture or grouping stitches to create different effects.
One of the great things about regular crochet is its versatility. You can use a wide range of yarns and hooks to create different effects and textures. You can also experiment with different color combinations to make your projects truly unique.
Additionally, you don’t even need to follow a pattern! Free form crochet is growing in popularity all the time.
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced crocheter, regular crochet is a technique that is sure to delight and inspire you.
With its ease of use and endless possibilities, this traditional style of crochet is the perfect way to explore your creativity and create beautiful, one-of-a-kind items that you can cherish for years to come.
Fancy crocheting a hat? Find all of my popular crochet hat patterns here!
What is Corner-to-Corner Crochet?
Corner-to-corner crochet – often abbreviated to C2C or c2c – is sometimes called diagonal crochet or diagonal box stitch. This style of crochet is a relatively new technique that has gained popularity – especially in recent years.
C2C involves creating diagonal rows of stitches, working from the bottom right corner to the top left corner (or vice versa). C2C is often used to create graphgan-style projects, such as blankets and pillows with pictorial designs.
The name “graphgan” is a combination of the terms “graph” and “Afghan,” representing the flat (often rectangular) nature of a finished piece. These designs are created by working in a graph pattern, where each square on the graph corresponds to a particular stitch in the pattern.
By using different colors of yarn – and sometimes varying stitches – you can create beautiful designs that look like pixelated images.
One of the great things about corner to corner crochet is that it’s a relatively easy technique to learn. Once you understand the basic stitch pattern, you can quite simply create involved designs with multiple colors and shapes.
Just about any image can become a pixelated fiber painting! The picture reveals itself as you work from one corner and across. Plus, since you’re working on a diagonal, the finished product tends to be more dense and sturdier than the fabric of regular crochet.
The corner-to-corner crochet technique is great for crocheters who want to more easily include a picture into their projects. By using a graph pattern, you can create designs that look like photographs, cartoons or other images, making C2C perfect for creating personalized gifts for your loved ones.
Other C2C Projects
In addition to graphgans, C2C crochet can also be used to create other types of projects, such as shawls, homewares and even clothing. Although designers are getting even more creative as the craft grows in popularity!
As long as the finished item can be constructed from flat pieces, the initial fabrication can be as simple or intricate as you like.
Check out my range of c2c free crochet blanket patterns!
Comparison of Regular Crochet vs. Corner-to-Corner Crochet
|Pros and Cons||Regular Crochet||Corner-to-Corner Crochet|
|Pros||Easy to learn and master||Fast and efficient for larger projects|
|Versatile – can be used for a wide variety of projects||Great for graphgan-style projects with intricate designs|
|Can create intricate designs with the use of different stitch types and color changes||Creates a denser finished product|
|No pattern is required||Almost any image can become a pattern design|
|Only yarn and a hook will get you started!||Whole patterns can be carried out using only one stitch and still look totally interesting.|
|Smaller projects are easier to take with you on the go||Stripes are more exciting! You can easily add stripes on the diagonal.|
|Creating a swatch for desired size is not usually required|
|Cons||Can be time-consuming for larger projects||Can be more challenging to learn, especially for beginners|
|Not as well-suited for graphgan-style projects with intricate designs||Limited to creating diagonal rows and designs|
|Can create a more “gappy” finished product if not worked tightly enough||Can be less versatile for other types of projects|
|Can be harder to keep track of stitch count and pattern repeats in more complex patterns and larger projects||Requires a pattern to work from|
|Can create a looser or more delicate finished product that may not hold up as well to wear and tear||Needs a graph (from a computer/printer) and pen, as well as yarn and hook|
|Ability to ‘free form’ a piece||Stitch markers are often required for even the simplest patterns.|
|Usually requires a swatch to achieve the desired size||When working on a C2C project with multiple colors, keeping the yarn organized and untangled can be a challenge.|
Which Technique is Better for Beginners?
If you’re new to crochet, regular crochet is probably the best place to start. It’s one of the most straightforward crochet techniques, and there are countless beginner-friendly patterns and tutorials available online.
Regular crochet involves creating rows of stitches, which makes it easy to learn and to keep track of your progress. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can start to experiment with different stitch types and color changes to create more complex designs.
That being said, if you’re interested in working from a grid, creating graphgans or projects with intricate designs, corner-to-corner crochet may be more up your alley! Especially if you come from a background of crafts like cross-stitch or latch-hook, that also use grid charts.
While it can be a bit more challenging to learn, especially for those who are new to crochet, it allows for the creation of complex designs and images that can be challenging or impossible to achieve with regular crochet.
Additionally, corner-to-corner crochet is relatively fast and efficient for larger projects, so you can create impressive designs in less time.
If you’re new to c2c crochet be sure to check out my corner to corner course!
Consider Your Goals
Ultimately, the best crochet technique for you as a beginner will depend on your personal interests and goals. Keep in mind that different techniques can produce different visual effects and fabric texture, so it won’t take long for you to choose the one that you like best.
If you’re looking for a versatile technique that allows you to experiment with different patterns and colors, regular crochet may be the way to go. If you’re interested in creating graphgans or other pieces with involved designs, crochet corner to corner may be a better fit.
Regardless of which technique you choose, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the process of learning and creating. With time and practice, you’ll be able to create beautiful projects that showcase your creativity and skills.
Which Technique is Better for Advanced Crocheters?
If you’re an experienced crocheter looking for a new challenge, C2C might be the next perfect step for you. It requires a bit more skill and patience than regular crochet, but the finished products can be truly stunning.
Plus, C2C allows for more detailed picture designs, making it a great option for advanced crocheters who want to create more complex projects – or larger projects at speed.
One of the key advantages of C2C is its versatility when it comes to design. With a graph pattern, advanced crocheters can create complex images and designs that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with regular crochet.
Additionally, the diagonal construction of C2C projects creates a denser and sturdier finished product, which can be ideal for larger projects or items that will see frequent use.
Of course, that’s not to say that regular crochet doesn’t have its own benefits for advanced crocheters.
With years of experience, advanced crocheters can create truly distinctive and intricate designs with regular crochet, utilizing a wide range of stitch types and color changes to create stunning and complex projects. Often working freehand, from memory or by creating their own patterns!
Ultimately, the choice between traditional style crochet and C2C will depend on the outcome you wish to achieve as an advanced crocheter. Both techniques offer unique challenges and opportunities for creativity, so it’s up to you to decide which one is the best fit for your skills and preferences.
What Exactly is a Corner-to-Corner Graph?
C2C patterns are available in two formats: a graph and a written pattern. The graph is a grid that shows you which yarn colors to work in each tile, with each square representing one C2C tile.
This visual representation makes it easy to follow the pattern. However, written C2C patterns on their own are also available, which can be a bit trickier to understand without a visual.
Each corner-to-corner pattern has three types of C2C rows: increase, maintain, and decrease.
Increase rows are where the number of C2C tiles (or clusters) in a row increases by one, while decrease rows are where the number of tiles decreases by one. Maintain rows are where the number of tiles remains the same.
Once you understand these different types of rows, you can move on to reading and understanding written C2C patterns. Some patterns may be more detailed than others, but they will typically mark the increase, maintain, and decrease rows for you to know when to increase or decrease your tiles.
Regardless of the pattern, it’s important to mark your progress with stitch markers (and a pen on the graph) and keep track of the different rows to ensure that your finished product turns out as intended.
How to Decide which Technique to use for Your Next Project
When deciding which crochet technique to use for your next project, there are a few things to consider.
First, think about the type of project you want to create. Regular crochet is great for a wide variety of projects, while corner-to-corner is best for graphgan-style projects with more involved designs.
Second, consider your skill level. If you’re new to crochet, regular crochet is a great place to start. If you’re more experienced, C2C might be a fun challenge.
Finally, think about your personal preferences. Do you prefer working in rows or diagonals? Do you prefer denser or more open stitches – and finished fabric? These factors can all help you determine which technique is right for you.
Tips for Mastering either Technique
Practice makes perfect when it comes to mastering any crochet technique. The more you work on a particular skill, the more comfortable and confident you will become. This will allow you to work more efficiently and with better precision.
It’s important to set aside time to practice regularly, even if it’s just a few minutes a day. As you become more comfortable with whichever technique you choose, you can gradually increase the time you spend crafting. This will help you develop muscle memory and fine-tune your skills.
Check out my more recent blog post for my pro tips to Improve your C2C crochet skills!
Being creative is an important aspect of crochet, regardless of the technique you are using. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different stitch types and color changes, even if they’re not included in the pattern.
Play around! This will allow you to challenge yourself and create different and interesting designs that truly reflect your personal style. You may even discover new stitch combinations that become your go-to for future projects.
Embracing your creativity will also help you stay engaged and excited about crochet, making it a more enjoyable and fulfilling hobby.
Patience is key when it comes to mastering a new crochet technique. It can be frustrating when things don’t go as planned or when it takes longer than expected to see progress.
However, it’s important to remember that learning a new skill takes time and effort. Be patient with yourself and don’t give up if things don’t go smoothly at first.
With practice and persistence, you’ll start to see improvement and feel more confident in your abilities. It’s also important to celebrate small victories along the way, whether that’s mastering a new stitch or completing a small project.
My Motto: Be kind to yourself and the craft will be kind to you!
Crafting is a proven stress reliever, and science has shown that practicing a craft regularly can have significant benefits for your mental health.
Whether it’s knitting or crochet, painting, or any other craft, the act of creating something with your hands has a calming effect on the mind and can help reduce stress and anxiety levels.
Studies have shown that crafting can trigger the release of dopamine, a chemical in the brain that helps regulate mood and feelings of pleasure. So as an obsessed crocheter – no wonder I feel so good!
Crafting can also stimulate the brain and increase cognitive function, leading to improved memory and focus. So, not only is crafting a fun and relaxing activity, it can also have long-term benefits for your overall well-being. A win-win for sure!
In conclusion, whether you choose regular crochet or corner-to-corner crochet, the most important thing is to enjoy the process of creating. Both techniques have their own unique benefits and challenges, and the choice between them ultimately comes down to personal preference and project goals.
By practicing regularly and experimenting with different patterns, stitch types and color changes, you can develop your skills. This will help you create beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces that showcase your creativity and individuality.
So, grab your hooks and yarn, and let your imagination run wild! Remember, crafting is not only a fun hobby, but it can also have positive effects on your mental health and overall well-being.
What do you think after reading this article? Do you prefer to crochet in the more traditional way or is corner to corner crochet more your style?
If you’re a regular crocheter already, do you now think you’ll give C2C a try? I’d love to know! Reach out or tag me on the socials! @lovable_loops #lovableloops