This free pattern for a corner to corner crochet reindeer graph is perfect as part of a Christmas afghan, but also works great on its own as a festive pillow square.
Can we all agree it's complete insanity to share a Christmas post in the beginning of August? Okay, great.
Now I'm going to share a Christmas post in the beginning of August.
The thing is, I'm SO excited about this project! And if you have any interest in making it with me, we need to get started now so we can enjoy it all December long.
I first learned about C2C (corner to corner) crochet when I saw Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me's Christmas afghan last year. You know when you see a creative idea and you just mull it over for months and months, almost subconsciously? That's what happened when I saw her incredible pattern.
I had never done C2C crochet before, but I immediately saw so much potential in how you can create graphs (picture patterns) of literally anything you want "illustrate." It's essentially like paint by number with yarn.
I knew I wanted to make my own C2C Christmas afghan pattern to create something my family could look forward to getting out year after year, but I was intimidated to try the corner to corner technique. I'm happy to report it's really pretty easy! I watched this video by The Crochet Crowd as well as checked out all of 1 Dog Woof's extensive corner to corner crochet resources and I was off and running.
Perhaps the best discovery though was of a site called Stitch Fiddle where you can design your own C2C graphs for free! I now have all nine squares of my C2C Christmas afghan planned and I'll be sharing one a week in case you want to work along with me.
The guiding principle I used when designing each graph was that I wanted the "graphgan" to feel festive, but remain contemporary and minimalist in the illustration design. The colors of each square are mostly monochromatic, which I think keeps the blocks looking modern. I can't wait to see how they all work up!
And each week I'll share any C2C tips I've figured out along the way. Since this is my first corner to corner crochet project, I definitely made a couple mistakes and had to tear out some rows. Can you see the subtle difference in how the top portion of Rudolph's right antler is off by one square from the left antler? Wah wah wah. Had to tear that part out.
The biggest thing I learned this week was how to carry the yarn color I wasn't using under the stitches of the other color so as to eliminate having so many ends to weave in. 1 Dog Woof has a great video explaining how she does it. I found that on this reindeer pattern, I was able to save myself a lot of cutting by using this technique in the area around the antlers when I was switching from the linen color to brown very frequently. (See how the linen yarn is tucked "inside" the brown stitch in the photos below?)
Even if you're not ready to commit to crocheting an entire Christmas blanket, I think this Rudolph square would make an adorable and festive pillow. You could just make an identical size C2C square in a solid color for the back and crochet them together like I did in my "I Heart You" pillow. Or wouldn't it look awesome with a plaid flannel backing? This square is about 15x15", so a 14x14" pillow form would work perfectly.
IMPORTANT NOTE: I'm using half double crochet stitches for my C2C squares instead of the usual double crochet stitches. 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.
More Free Christmas Crochet Patterns
From tree ornaments to c2c crochet patterns to adorable elf hats with ears, we've got you covered with many more crochet patterns for Christmas. We also have loads of quick gifts to crochet and gift ideas for crocheters to add to your own list (hint!)
See more free Christmas crochet patterns →
Download the free corner to corner crochet reindeer graph!
UPDATE: Here are the additional patterns that have been added in this series:
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
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• Lion Brand Vanna's Choice: 2 skeins of "Linen" and a partial skein of "Barley" and a partial skein of "Chocolate". You'll also need a very small amount of "Scarlet" and "Cranberry" for the nose.
• size G/4.5 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!
If you know of any great C2C crochet tutorials, let me know. I can't wait to learn more!