How to Read C2C Charts & Written Patterns

Hello, and welcome to Pixel Crochet! All patterns on this website are written for the corner-to-corner (C2C) block stitch. If you are new to C2C crochet, this tutorial explains how to read C2C charts, as well as written C2C patterns.

 

How to Read a C2C Crochet Chart

C2C patterns are typically written following a graph chart from the bottom right corner and working left diagonally.

Each square of the chart represents one block (CH 3, 3 DC) of the pattern.

Row 1 is worked from right to left: crochet 1 block purple.

Row 2 is worked from left to right: crochet 2 blocks purple.

Row 3 is worked from right to left: crochet 1 block purple,
1 block blue, 1 block purple.

Continue reading the chart back and forth in diagonal rows, crocheting blocks of color as indicated on the chart. Work increases until you reach the widest part of the chart, then continue crocheting back and forth working decrease rows until you are back to one color block in the last row.

 

How to Read a Written C2C Pattern

Below are two examples of written instructions for C2C patterns.

        

On the first set of instructions each color is spelled out, followed by a number indicating how many blocks of that color to work. On the other set, instead of words we have colored boxes, each with a number inside the box representing how many blocks of that color to work.

On both sets of instructions there are arrows ( ↙ , ↗ ) signaling the direction of every row, and you will also see Right Side (RS) and Wrong Side (WS) beside the row number, indicating which side of the work is facing you.  At the top of each pattern is the total number of blocks for each color, which is useful for calculating how many yards of each yarn color will be needed to complete the project.

 

Rectangle C2C Charts

Crocheting a rectangle in the C2C stitch is a bit different from a square. On a C2C square, once you reach the corner or mid-point of the pattern, you start decreasing on both ends of each row. However, on a rectangle, when you reach the first corner of the pattern there is going to be a series of rows that are non-increase rows. In the graph chart below, I’ve highlighted the non-increase rows of the pattern.

 

Rows 2 and 3 are increase rows, but on row 4 and 5, the block count remains the same. This is achieved by decreasing on one side of the work and increasing on the other side. In the example above on Row 4, we increase at the beginning of the row and decrease at the end of the row. On row 5, we decrease at the beginning of the row and increase at the end of the row.

I will always give clear instructions for decreasing in my patterns, but in other patterns you may see the following instructions when reaching the first non-increase row:

“Corner: Start decreasing on WS”

This means you will start working non-increase rows when the Wrong Side of the work is facing you, however, you will need to refer to the chart to determine which end of the row will have increases and which end will have decreases. When you reach the next corner of the pattern you will again be instructed to start decreasing on RS or WS, but that simply means you will no longer be increasing at all and decreasing on both ends of the rows.

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