Once you have mastered the basic C2C stitch, the next step is to delve into the world of graphgans.
You can create wonderful blankets and these really can be of any picture you like. Here at The Crafty Co we design charts and we have a huge library of free ones that you can download here
The beauty of these free charts is they are 25 by 25 square and fit in with lots of other designers graphs. They can be used as a single chart to create cushion panels or you can join lots together for a blanket. You decide how big you want it. Although we are sure that once you get the graphgan bug, there will be no stopping you.
This means that you have the choice to mix and match any design you fancy.
We personally work in UK Half Trebles when working with C2C charts.
Instead of working 3 chains up when we link the stitches, we only do 2 chains. On the increase stitch where 6 stitches are worked, we only do 5. This means that there are smaller spaces creating a tighter weave. The choice, however, is entirely yours. Whatever you decide to do, make sure that you do all the squares the same method or they will not line up when stitching together. Also please note that working in UK trebles will give you a larger square.
We have written the instructions, row by row with the colour changes, as well as creating a chart:
We like to mark each row off when we use the written instructions and have coloured the rows in alternate colours for ease of use.
You will see on the chart that there are numbers around the edge.
Odd numbers on the right and top and even numbers on the bottom and left.
These indicate where the start of your row is so that you can keep track and follow with ease.
Remember, you are working on the diagonal.
For odd rows, you are are going down and to the left and even rows, up and to the right.
Again we like to mark off as we go along and we use the chart twice once printed off.
We mark a horizontal line going one way for one square and then mark it the other way for the second square (this saves ink and paper).
For the colour changes, if the same colour is to be used in the next row, we carry the yarn when we reach that square. It does need to be the square next to the previous row as you don’t want visible strands through your project. If the same colour is further than one square a new length should be used.
Working with different colours does mean that you will have a huge amount of ends.
We sew the ends as we go, a few rows at a time so that we are not left with 100’s at the end.
When sewing in the ends, make sure that you secure them before you weave them in.
You don’t want all your effort to unravel when the blanket is washed.
To make the square, you simply follow the chart or written instructions for the colours changes. This also helps when you get to the decrease part, as it will make sure you have the right amount of stitches.
If you are making a cushion, how about making two different ones so that you can turn the cushion over for a new look.
If you need any help or advice with any of this, then please contact us and we will be happy to help.
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