This C2C Christmas light bulb graph is the fourth of nine free crochet patterns in my modern C2C Christmas afghan series. As an alternative to making the entire Christmas sampler, you can make this pattern into a festive pillow cover or crochet a series of these lightbulbs in different colors for an afghan.
Woohoo! Four of nine squares are finished! If you’ve missed my other corner-to-corner modern Christmas squares, you can find them here:
WEEK 1: C2C RUDOLF THE REINDEER
WEEK 2: C2C CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
WEEK 3: C2C MODERN CHRISTMAS TREE
WEEK 4: C2C CHRISTMAS LIGHT BULB
WEEK 5: C2C WINTER MITTEN
WEEK 6: C2C SNOWFLAKE
WEEK 7: C2C PINECONE
WEEK 8: C2C STOCKING
WEEK 9: C2C WREATH
Something I’ve really enjoyed about this project is that each square is just about the right amount of crocheting to get done in the evenings over the course of one week. I have had to hustle a few times to get the square done in time to post it for you, but generally speaking, the one-C2C-square-a-week strategy seems to be working really well.
Plus, that means that in about a month, I’ll be ready to sew these puppies together!
This corner-to-corner Christmas light was one of my least favorite illustrations when I was designing all the graphs. Now that it’s off the graph paper and onto the yarn though, I have to say that I love it. It’s simple and contemporary and feels so iconic for Christmas.
It’s just so fun to see these graphs come to life as you crochet. (Except in the case of this lightbulb, where I decided to change the pattern a bit WHILE I was in the middle of the block, which meant some considerable frogging. It’s all for the best though because I’m really happy with the result.)
Despite the frogging, this corner-to-corner graph is the easiest one yet to whip up. The reason? Because the entire lightbulb is worked along the bias of the squares, there’s very little counting you have to do in each row.
I didn’t realize this as I was designing it because this has been my very first C2C project, but I’m pretty lucky it ended up this way because it makes the block significantly easier to crochet.
IMPORTANT NOTE: I’m using half double crochet stitches for my C2C squares instead of the usual double crochet stitches, so when I’m adding a box or square at the beginning of a new row, I’m chaining 5 instead of the usual 6 chains. Then I work my first hdc of that box into the third chain from the hook. At the beginning of each box (after the slip stitch), I use 2 chains instead of the usual 3 you’d use with a double crochet C2C project. This has allowed me to maintain a lot of visual detail in the graphs, yet hopefully end up with an afghan that’s not too massive to snuggle under on the couch. (Each square should end up about 15×15″ when you use half double crochets.)
Download the free corner to corner Christmas Light Bulb graph!
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• Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice: 1 skein (or maybe slightly more) of “Linen,”a partial skein of “Scarlett” and “Cranberry” and small amounts of “Raspberry,” “Silver Grey” and “Charcoal Grey”
• size 4.5/G mm hook (I really like this affordable set of hooks.)
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You may make items to sell with this pattern. In exchange, I ask that you link back to me into two places — one link to my homepage (MakeAndDoCrew.com) and one link to this post page. Do not use my photos as your own sales photos. Do not distribute this pattern as your own. View my policies for more info. All clear? Alright, let’s make something awesome!
Happy crocheting, friends!
DON'T MISS THE NEXT FREE XMAS C2C PATTERN!
I'd love to send you the other free Christmas C2C patterns in this afghan series! You in?