Are you a visual learner, but perhaps don't like trying to keep up with video tutorials? You've found the right place! This page is my C2C Photo Tutorial: Part Four. The instructions on this page will help you with the Fallen Arrows Blanket CAL or any other C2C project you may be interested in making. So scroll down and watch as I take you step by step through adding a border to finish off your C2C crochet project!
- I am left handed and the photos are taken from that perspective. You can look at the photos in the mirror to "flip" them if that helps you.
- These photos illustrate crocheting a SC border and a Spike Stitch border around a C2C piece. This will allow you to finish your project and make nice, clean edges. You can find all of my other C2C crochet photo tutorials here.
- I use HDC C2C in this tutorial. Sometimes C2C is done in DC. Always make sure to reference your pattern!
When crocheting around a C2C piece, work 5 SC stitches per 2 squares of C2C. I typically work 2 stitches in the ch 2 spaces and 3 stitches into the tops of the HDC sts, but as long as you are spacing them out evenly, you can place the stitches wherever you want. For the Fallen Arrows Blanket, after you finish your last C2C square, you will start your SC border in the direction of your nearest corner. When you reach a corner, ch 2 and then continue to crochet along the next side.
You will notice that on the long side of the Fallen Arrows Blanket (and sample swatch) that there are an odd number of squares. If you plan on crocheting the Spike Stitch border (as pictured below) it is necessary that you crochet only 2 stitches into that extra square. If you plan on doing a plain SC border, the count is less important as long as you are consistent all the way around the piece.
To add more than one row of SC border, sl st to the first stitch of your round and then ch 1. Begin your second round of SC border. When you reach a ch 2 space at the corner, (sc, ch 2, sc) into that space.
After the ch 2 space, the first stitch of the next size is located where the arrow is pointing in the picture above. It is sometimes easy to miss this stitch, so make sure you don't skip it!
When you have completed your desired number of SC rounds (6 for the Fallen Arrows Blanket) slip stitch to your first stitch of your last round and tie off your yarn.
To make the spike stitch border, join your second color in a corner so that you are working along a short side of your project. SC, ch 2, SC in the new color.
SC 6 and then work a short spike stitch by placing your hook one row below where you normally would for your SC. Next, work a long spike stitch by inserting your hook 3 rows below where you normally would for your single crochet.
Crochet one more short spike and SC to finish the spike stitch repeat. Continue that repeat (SC, short spike, long spike, short spike, SC) the number of times designated by the pattern. After your last repeat, you will SC 5 to reach the next corner. SC, ch 2, SC in the ch 2 space of the corner.
Now you will be working on the long side of the piece. This will be exactly the same, but instead of 5 SC before and after the spike stitch repeats, there will be 6 SC (reference the pattern for the stitch counts). You will continue this spike stitch pattern around all sides of the blanket. When you reach the beginning of your spike stitch round, sl st to the first stitch and ch 1. SC around (still using your second color) one more time to finish your piece.
Phew! Now go snuggle up under your brand new, awesome blanket! You deserve a break :)