I have a friend, who sells stuff that she sews through facebook, and she’s REALLY good! I was blessed to have her precious daughter as one of my students last school year, and received a couple of her products as gifts. I’ve also purchased some of her products to give to my own children’s teachers as gifts, and I have not been disappointed. Seriously, go check out her work on Purple Pineapple Pizzaz, you will not regret it!
Anyways, when I was perusing pinterest a couple weeks ago in preparing for the new year, I came across this adorable pineapple banner, and I just knew I had to make a purple one for her! However, I immediately had a problem with it: I have never attempted C2C crochet before (corner to corner). So, this post is my personal opinion about C2C just as much as it is a review of this particular pattern!
So, while I was in the car for 14 hours traveling back home after the holidays, I grabbed my yarn, my hook, and my computer, and I learned this new crochet technique. Now that I’ve given the finished product to my friend, I can show you guys the picture and talk about my experience a little bit. I mean, I did not want to give away the surprise, did I?
If you’ve never done corner 2 corner crochet before, I actually recommend it. It’s fairly simple, but does require a bit of thought and concentration. I did not have access to a printer (I was out of town during the Christmas/new year time), which made it a bit more difficult for me. So, print out your graph pattern, and mark off your rows as you go, and indicate which direction you are going with little arrows. It can easily get confusing. There were a couple of times that I had to rip out 3-4 rows when I got off, and for something that really *looks* straight forward and easy, that was frustrating for me.
I didn’t like that I couldn’t “carry the yarn” with me and had to have so many different little balls of yarn floating around. If you aren’t extra careful, you could easily end up with a very tangly mess, and I was just playing with two different colors. More color changes would mean more tails to weave in, and we all know how much no one enjoys that! I actually ended up snipping the yarn at every color change and then knotting the pieces together on the back. I know it’s a big no-no in crochet, but for something like this that will be hanging with a very clear back and obvious front, I think it’s ok.
There wasn’t any explanation about how to achieve the pointed look at the bottom of the banner. Since I am a designer, and I can easily see stitches and patterns and predict the craft a little bit, I could figure it out with minimal frogging. BUT, I also know from experience, that a LOT of very talented crochet artists have difficulty visualizing these things without written instructions. So, that’s a negative for this particular pattern.
I did not use the recommended yarn or hook size. I used red heart super saver (my favorite!), red heart ombre, and a size g hook. So, not huge differences from what the pattern suggests, and my end result is quite large. It’s actually much larger than I would have preferred…but oh well. I still really like how it turned out.
Overall, I enjoyed the process, I might attempt some C2C crochet in the future, depending on what patterns/graphs are already in existence, but I’m not going to be designing any of my own patterns based off of this technique. There are some really cool patterns already out there, and I know a lot of people really like how simple it is.
So, do you LOVE C2C, or are you like me and just “meh” about it? Leave me a comment and let me know!