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How to Change Colors in Corner to Corner Crochet (C2C)

Modular yarn bobbin holder for corner-to-corner crochet (c2c)

If you’re wondering how to change colors in corner to corner crochet, this post is for you! Make picture afghans from charts (graphgans) using this simple technique.

How to change colors in c2c crochet to make graphgans from charts. Beginner step by step corner to corner crochet tutorial from Make & Do Crew.Earlier this week, I shared a tutorial on basic corner to corner (c2c) crochet stitches and how to read a c2c chart or graph. Of course, the corner to corner stitch can be used to create a solid colored design and it actually looks quite lovely and textured that way, but the real fun comes in “illustrating” pictures with many colors of yarn.

This free c2c crochet graph makes a graphic, modern, monochromatic snowflake. Crochet several for a bright, happy winter afghan or check out the rest of the Christmas corner-to-corner patterns to make a sampler afghan.Learning how to change colors in corner to corner crochet is easier than you might think. It’s minimizing the ends to weave in and keeping your yarn organized once you’ve attached several colors to your project that can get tricky. I have a few ideas on that, but first, let’s learn how to switch colors.

How to Change Colors In Corner To Corner Crochet

When your c2c chart or graph indicates that it’s time to switch colors, you will actually begin the color change in the last double crochet of the original colored tile. These photos illustrate how to change colors in corner to corner crochet, but there are additional written details below.

C2C Crochet Tutorial: How to change colors in corner to corner crochet.Step 1: Do not complete the last yarn over of your third double crochet
Step 2: Instead, yarn over with the new color to complete the double crochet
Step 3: Slip stitch to ch-3 turning chain of next tile and chain 3
Step 4: Work 3 double crochet in ch-3 turning chain as you usually would

It’s not necessary to cut your yarn after each color change. In fact, it’s best to keep it attached whenever possible in order to minimize the yarn tails you’ll need to weave in.

How to Keep Yarn Organized In C2C Crochet

Once you start adding multiple colors of yarn, you can quickly tangle yourself into a tizzy. I have tried many ways to keep my yarn organized with varying success. Sometimes I simple put each ball into a Ziploc bag and zip it as far closed as possible around the strand of yarn in use. This helps keep the balls from unraveling and getting messy, but it doesn’t do much to prevent the different colors from getting twisted.

The best success I’ve had is with using a yarn skein holder my dad made me for Christmas. I simply pop the skeins I’m using onto the modular dowels and it generally keeps things pretty well in order.

This modular yarn bobbin holder helps keep your skeins of yarn organized for corner to corner crochet (c2c) projects. MakeAndDoCrew.com1 Dog Woof has really helpful DIY bobbin holder tutorial if you feel inspired to make your own yarn organizing contraption. I’ve also used my kids’ wooden toy as a makeshift skein holder. 🙂

This free c2c crochet pinecone pattern makes a graphic, modern pillow or afghan square. Crochet several for cozy, rustic winter afghan or check out the rest of the Christmas corner-to-corner patterns to make a sampler afghan.

One of the most important tips to prevent yarn distress is simply to be aware of which direction you’re flipping your c2c project when you finish a row. So if you flip it right to left (like you’re turning the page of a book) the first time, flip it back from left to right for the next row. This will “unwind” any twisting that happened from the original flip over.

How to Minimize Ends to Weave In

One of the more tedious parts of corner to corner crochet can be the number of yarn ends there are to weave in. With a few simple tricks though, you can minimize yarn wrangling you’ll have to do at the end.

Below is a work in progress c2c project where you can see that I have a several different colors in action. Because I’m working larger sections of each color, I’ve just attached a bobbin or skein of each color that is needed in that row of the graph. That way I can just pick up the color and use it as I get to that point in the row.

How to change colors in c2c crochet to make graphgans from charts. Beginner step by step corner to corner crochet tutorial from Make & Do Crew.Working your graph like this (instead of for example, carrying the white color underneath the other colors) will help ensure that the back of your afghan looks as good as the front.

Sometimes you’ll find that the color you want is nearby, but not exactly right next to the tile you need to work. As you can see in the example below, I’m able to pull the linen color over to the right to work into the next navy tile below. While doing so, I crochet over the strand of linen yarn I pulled over to disguise it. This way I avoid cutting the linen color and creating a new end to weave in.

If you're wondering how to change colors in corner to corner crochet to make picture afghans from charts (graphgans), this post is for you! Above you can also see that I’m going to use the linen yarn to crochet over the navy yarn tail so it disappears and I don’t have to weave it in.

It’s a great idea to crochet over your tails whenever possible because it will significantly reduce the ends you’ll have to weave in. My rule of thumb is that if the tail color matches either the tiles below it or the tiles I’m creating above it, I can just work over the tail. But if for example, the tail was navy and the tiles below and above it were linen, I wouldn’t want to crochet over it because it wouldn’t disappear enough into the linen yarn.

The example below is another case when it would be A-OK to crochet right over the linen tail.

How to change colors in c2c crochet to make graphgans from charts. Beginner step by step corner to corner crochet tutorial from Make & Do Crew.

Additional C2C Resources

I hope that you know a little more about how to change colors in corner to corner crochet now (and that when you do, you don’t feel like you’re spinning yourself Charlotte’s Web of yarn!) Here are some helpful posts and places to learn more about the c2c crochet technique.

• VIDEO: How to Sew C2C Squares Together With the Mattress Stitch
Repeat Crafter Me:
Sarah’s got the market on corner to corner crochet cornered. (Pun intended!) She’s got an incredible collection of free c2c patterns on her blog as well as a full How to C2C Video Course available for purchase.

The Crochet Crowd: Mikey has a really clear way of explaining corner to corner crochet in his video tutorials that helped me a lot as I was getting started. 
1 Dog Woof: ChiWei has put all her c2c tutorials and tips on one super helpful page. She has several free c2c patterns as well. 

And now that you know what you’re doing with corner to corner crochet, here are some of my free patterns you might enjoy!

Nordic Crochet Super Scarf – free c2c pattern
This free Icelandic-inspired crochet pattern using a c2c technique to make intarsia crochet.Modern Christmas C2c Afghan
Make an heirloom your family can snuggle up with year after year with this free corner to corner crochet Christmas afghan pattern! These modern c2c Christmas graphs make perfect winter pillows too. Crocheted with Lion Brand Vanna's Choice yarn.

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7 Comments

  • Doni
    October 24, 2017 at 8:53 am

    I find that using hair clips to snap down my yarn works excwllwntly, especially when there are many colors that are being used.

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  • Melyna
    January 11, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    I can’t seem to get my squares to be “squares” the other colours go into my square. So they don’t look crisp. I just did an owl c2c and the main colour looks like it “seeped” into the eye (if that makes sense) and the flowers dont even look like they are attachedto the branches. Any suggestions as to what I may be doing wrong or how to fix that??
    Thanks!!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 13, 2018 at 4:10 pm

      Yes! I think I know exactly what you mean! I find that making the slip stitch a little extra tight when I first join the new color makes the transition a bit cleaner.

      Hope that helps you too!

      jess

      Reply
  • Charlotte Meyer
    June 24, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    When I was doing a tapestry crochet blanket for my son, I was working with as many as 8 balls of yarn at once. After trying many methods, I settled on cutting the toes off old socks to make bag. I rolled up each ball of yarn and put it in a bag, which I safety pinned to the back of my work. It worked like a charm! The only drawback was I couldn’t wind the balls too big because then they wouldn’t fit in the sock Picture here:
    https://cherokeecampfiregirl.deviantart.com/art/Tapestry-crochet-bags-257275871

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    • Jamie Shank
      July 6, 2018 at 12:11 pm

      Great idea, Charlotte!

      Reply
  • Luna L.
    July 7, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    This was so helpful! Thankyou!

    Reply

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