So this week, we'll be discussing the sizing and shape from your C2C project. Once I can hold a hook again and get back to work on my afghan(hammer, cheap screwdriver and speed work with an unpadded F hook have left me unable to hold a hook right this moment), I'll get the color change technique up and running.
So there are 3 types of "blocks" you can do with your C2C.
1. Increase- Chain 6, turn and put a DC in the 4th, 5th, and 6th chain from the hook.2. Decrease- Slip stitch across the top of the most recently completed block, Ch 3, 3 DC in the same space
3. Interior- Ch 3, 3 DC in same space, slip stitch into next space.
So those are pretty simple, correct? We've already done our basics. Now you want to make it to the proper size.
First off, the basic shape is a square. You simply do increases on both ends until a flat side is the size you want it to be, like so:
Please note that 1, the picture is sideways(I still haven't figured out how to fix orientation on here yet) and 2, I always put the tail where I started on the left hand side closet to me when I measure. That is just my personal preference. As you work on your C2C, you noticed the characteristic triangle shape, with 2 straight sides and the wavy working edge. You can measure on either flat side for our purposes.
For a Square shape, once one of your straight edges has reached the size you want it to be, you simply decrease on both sides until you are done.
Now comes the more difficult rectangle. Now, you're going to pick a straight edge to be the bottom(A). So when you get to that corner, you're going to do a decrease block with the slip stitch up the recently completed box, and work interior blocks until you get to the other side. On that side(B), you're going to do an increase block, then turn and continue back towards the bottom corner. Complete as many rows as it takes, taking care to increase on the same side as you did previously, and decrease on the same side(C-though I didn't put it on my sketch). So then you have your bottom edge, and a side edge. Once your side edge on the increase side is the size you want it to be, you will switch to doing a decrease on both sides.
I've prepared (embarrassingly) simple sketches showing the progress of a rectangle C2C.
Remember, Side A is the BOTTOM edge. It is the size I want it to be. Let's call them 1" blocks, so it's 4". So every time I get to the end of a row on side C(again, that'd be the right side of the sketch, D will be the top of our project), I will DECREASE- which adds no more blocks along side A.
So once I get back to side B, I'm going to INCREASE which makes my project start to take a rectangle shape.
And again, I will Decrease on side C, and Increase on side B.
Now, side B is my desired 6" tall.
So now I decrease on both sides(C and D).
And finally, I've reached the corner again. And it's a rectangle! Practice with a scarf, or if you have a tablet, you can make a quick practice tablet holder by making side A just as wide as your tablet, and side B twice as long, then fold it in half and sc or slip stitch the sides together.
^That's my kindle sleeve, made with a sport weight yarn and G hook.
Thanks for reading :) And have a happy hooking day!