Do you like the c2c stitch? Do you love the look of graphghans? Why not join the two techniques?
Instead of looking at your graph from left-right and then right to left, we will be following our graph from the corner stitch and moving up and down diagonally.
Here are the first few rows of our graph. As you can see we start with one block in the first row, and then move on to two blocks for the second row. Continue on this way until it is time for your first colour change.
First, you will make your block as per usual. (pic 1) Here, you will insert your hook in to the ch3 of the previous row, but this is where things can get a bit tricky. Instead of doing a sl st as you normally would, you will insert your hook into the ch 3 (Pic 2) This is where you will do your colour change. Yo with your second colour and sl st (Pic 3). Do your block stitch (Pic 4)
Work your graph as you normally would, following your graph diagonally up, and then back down.
Here is a close up of doing a colour change. Insert hook, yarn over and sl st with you colour change
Colour Changing in an Increase
You might reach a point in your graph where you will need to do a colour change on an increase instead of mid-row.
Work your last block on the row, but stop when there are 2 loops on your hook. (pic 1) Yo with your new colour (Pic 2) and pull through loop on the hook (pic 3) Chain 6 (pic 4) and complete the block stitch as you normally would (pic 5 &6)
Colour Change in a Decrease
As you would expect there may also be colour changes when you are decreasing as well. Now, I have seen some issues with decreasing without colour changes, so be sure to do a few monochrome practice squares to ensure you really have the c2c stitch mastered.
Picture one shows where we are going to start decreasing. Sl st in the next three stitches, ( pic 2) as you normally would when decreasing c2c. Be sure that you do this in the same colour as the last block! Then insert your hook into the ch3 of the previous row, as normal. This is where you will perform your colour change. Yo over with your second color (pic 3) Sl st. (pic 4) Your hook will now have the colour you want to work with. Continue with the c2c stitch (Pic 5)
And thats it!
Pretty simple, right? But the results are fabulous!!
Here is a throw and a pillow graph that I did. Bothare done in the c2c stitch. The graph was 60*60, so that is 60 blocks x 60 blocks instead of the usual 60*60 stitches.
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