I have learned C2C about a year ago and totally fell in love with it. I used this technique for two parts of Spirits of Life CAL (next week the first part in C2C crochet will be released). I needed to join C2C panel with the body of the wrap, and I thought that join-as-you-go method is the best for this.
I made a small research and found a few tutorials on how to actually join-as-you-go in C2C. But many of them are describing how to join the squares. I thought what if I try to create a pattern with triangles and try to apply the same method. And it worked well. So I decided to make a video-tutorial and share it with you. Well, I am not saying it’s the first and only tutorial out there! It’s just mine, and with a certain pattern in mind.
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What does “join-as-you-go” mean? It means you don’t need to crochet around each element and then join them all into finished fabric. Instead, each new element is seamlessly added to the previous one. Very handy and saves lots of time!
Important to Know
I created a crochet decoration for a fabric pillow cover. And used leftovers of Soft Fun yarn* by Scheepjes in 8 shades (see color key below, with the chart). I was trying to think of the best way to explain how I did everything. And here are some important things I’ve come up with.
1. If you want to create a crocheted fabric with triangles, you should think of them as if they were squares. My pillow cover is built in rows with squares, and each of them consists of 2 triangles. So every square is started with one triangle and then when desired size is reached, the yarn is changed and the square is finished with second triangle, as you normally do in C2C.
2. Triangles “inside” each square are not the same size. For my pillow pattern I made them with 7 and 8 rows. But of course you can make them bigger (or smaller). And of course you can make your piece with any number of triangles (= in any size)!
3. It is important to understand how first several triangles are joined together in each row, and the rest of the row is just a repeat of what has been made already.
4. When you join new triangles, it is important to watch the direction of the stitches: they should not be placed in the same direction (see picture below).
Ideally wrong and right sides of closely situated blocks should also alternate. But sometimes it is not possible, and to be honest I don’t think is it absolutely necessary. In the end it doesn’t have any impact on the final look of the project. At least it’s not visible in my pillow.
How to Read the Chart
Please, note that this tutorial is not aimed to teach C2C crochet. If you have never tried it before, please, check information about C2C technique HERE and HERE (tutorials by One Dog Woof and It’s All In A Nutshell)
I’ve created the chart to show you layout of my colors. Please, read it in “rows of squares”, from bottom to top and from right to left. The order of triangles in every row is marked with numbers. The starting point of each triangle is marked with arrows. After Rows 1 and 2 are completed, the rest of the pattern is repeating of Row 2. When entire piece is finished, work the border around it.
Colour key in Soft Fun yarn* (given for Row 1):
Triangle 1 – shade 2624,
Triangle 2 – shade 2604,
Triangle 3 – shade 2613,
Triangle 4 – shade 2466,
Triangle 5 – shade 2531,
Triangle 6 – shade 2423,
Triangle 7 – shade 2611,
Triangle 8 – shade 2431.
Instead of explaining with words how I joined triangle together, I created a video tutorial for you. Hope it will be clear and helpful!
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