How to: C2C Crochet Charts - The Crafty Co

Good afternoon to all from The Crafty Co

I would just like to say a huge thank you to all you lovely Crafters that have taken the time to comment about the charts I have designed for the 25 square C2C blocks.  I have seen so many beautiful designs, and there is going to be lots of Christmas snuggles under some stunning creations. I for one am looking forward to our tradition of watching Elf on the telly this year and I will be joined by my original blanket.  The fab thing with these is that no two are going to be the same.

My charts are 25 by 25 square and these fit in with lots of other designers graphs, so that you have the choice to mix and match any design you fancy.

For those of you that are new to C2C, below is a fab tutorial that can be found on you tube.

There are others available to watch, but this lady is very clear with her instructions and explains increase and decrease.

I personally work in UK Half Trebles when working with C2C charts, and instead of working 3 chains up when I link the stitches, I only do 2 chains and on the increase stitch where 6 stitches are worked, I only do 5.  This means that I have smaller spaces creating a tighter weave.  The choice however, is entirely yours, but whatever you decide to do, make sure that you do all the squares the same method or they will not line up when stitching together. Also please note that working in UK trebles will give you a much larger square

I have written the instruction, row by row with the colour changes, as well as creating a chart.

I like to mark each row off when I use the written instructions and have coloured the rows in alternate colours for ease of use.  

You will see on the chart that there are numbers around the edge. 

Odd numbers on the right and top and even numbers on the bottom and left. These indicate where the start of your row is so that you can keep track and follow with ease, and remember, you are working on the diagonal.
For odd rows, you are are going down and to the left and even rows, up and to the right.
Again I like to mark off as I'm going along and I use my chart twice once printed off. 
I mark a horizontal line going one way for one square and then mark it the other way for the second square (this saves ink and paper).


C2C Poinsettia square - The Crafty Co

Good afternoon from a wet and windy day here at The Crafty Co. I can't think of a better 

way to spend it, sitting in the warm, working on a C2C square. I have recently found a 
wonderful blogger, who has created the most stunning Christmas Afghan. You can find her 
There are some amazing squares, that I am frantically working through in time for 
Christmas, but I wanted 12 so I have designed a couple of my own to finish the project.
One of my most vivid memories at Christmas, is seeing a Poinsettia sitting on my nan's 
table. I fell in love with this beautiful flower, and now continue this tradition in my own home 
for the duration of the festive period.  A fellow crafter also suggested a square with a 
Poinsettia and this was my inspiration for creating the square below


Dog bandana project - The Crafty Co

When you're approached by a Dog Shelter to make bandana's for dogs that need re-homing who could say no? Or more to the point, who would want to? 

Using Cushions to Personalise Your Home - The Crafty Co

Nothing says cosy like a whole bunch of personalised stuff.  For a home to really feel like yours, it needs to be filled with what you love, and having items that are completely unique to you is one of the best ways to achieve this.


How to: crochet flowers & leaves - The Crafty Co

Crochet Flowers on Granny Squares

Who doesn't love the the look of the traditional Granny square.  They are so versatile and very quick and easy to make.
We also love flowers and although they are great as a stand alone embellishment, they look fabulous added on to cushions or pillows.  The down side to this is it takes time and effort to sew them on, so we can up a nifty idea on working the two together.

At the Crafty Co, we like to make all the flowers at once, adding the back chains at the same time, but not the leaves or granny squares.  This means we will always have a stash, and can then decide if we  want to add leaves or squares once we have decided what to make

The reason the chains are added at the same time is we are already working with the yarn, and it saves having to rejoin yarn later

There are 9 tutorials, from working the magic ring and first round, right through to adding the leaves and working the granny square.


Flower Crochet Tutorial - The Crafty Co

Flower and Granny Square Tutorial

Flowers are a wonderful embellishment in the crochet world and look fantastic on cushions and blankets.  As pretty as they are, it can be very time consuming sewing them to your projects, so here at The Crafty Co, we have designed a pattern for a pretty flower and a tutorial to attach your flowers to a granny square. With easy to follow instructions, you will be creating beautiful projects in no time.
 Once you have made your flower, you can continue to add a granny square around it.  It's up to you then to add as many or as few rounds as you like.   

Why not make several and join them together to make a cushion panel.  You could either make two panels so the back and front are the same, or make the back plain so you can have two cushion designs for the price of one.


They make great blankets too, you could make a whole blanket with flower squares or dot them randomly in the blanket.

Here is a panel with a single flower in the middle and we have made it into a cool tote bag,

There really is no limit to how versatile these little gems are

In these tutorials, you will notice that we are using a huge hook compared to the weight of my yarn.  This is purely so you guys can hopefully see the stitches clearer.  We are using a DK yarn and would normally use a 4mm or maybe even a 3.5mm hook

1st Round - To begin, use the magic ring method and work 8 double crochets into the centre of the ring. Close the ring with a slip stitch into the first double crochet worked

For the next round,  think of it as creating a basket to put the petals in.  We only need 5 petals in the first set, but we need to be prepared for future rounds which will each have 8 petals, so this is why we start with 8 double crochets in the first round

2nd Round - Work a 3 chain (this counts as a half treble and a 1 chain), We now need to work the sequence (1 half treble, 1 chain) into the remaining 7 stitches in this round, finishing on the 1 chain.  To close the round work a slip stitch in the 2nd stitch of the 3 chain worked at the beginning.

3rd Round - As we only need 5 petals in this round, we do not need to work our petal sequence in every space as 5 into 8 simply doesn't go.  As you will see in the video above, we work our petals as even as we can in the 8 spaces. Personally, I like to do the 5th petal in the last remaining space, so that I can easily work the slip stitch that closes the round. My 5 petals are worked in the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 8th spaces.  Remember the sequence for each of the petals in this round are (1dc, 1ch, 2tr, 1ch, 1dc)

4th Round - In this round we need to work another basket for the next round of petals.  In the next and subsequent round of petals we will have 8 in each round, so we need to create 8 spaces.

Work a one chain and turn your work around so that you have the wrong side facing you. We will use the half treble stems from the 2nd round and work behind them with our treble stitches. To start, we need to get the yarn at the back of our work so we do a slip stitch behind the half treble stem directly below.  Next, work a 5 chain (this will count as a treble and a 2 chain) which is the sequence for this round.  Work a treble behind the next stem and then do a 2 chain.  Keep doing this sequence (1tr, 2ch) for the remaining 6 half treble stems, ending on a 2 chain and close the round with a slip stitch into the 3rd chain of the 5 chain worked at the beginning 

We now have our basket to work our next round of petals in.  

5th Round - Work a 1 chain and turn your flower so that you have the right side facing you. For this round we work into each of the 8 spaces we created in the last round and the sequence for each petal is (1dc, 1ch, 3tr, 1ch, 1dc) repeat this 8 times into each space. Close the round with a slip stitch into the 1st petal space of this round

6th Round - Work a 1 chain and turn your flower, so you have the wrong side facing you. As in previous basket round do a slip stitch into the stem directly below your yarn. The next round creates another basket, but we start with a 6 chain this time, as we will have more stitches worked in each space.  Working the extra stitch allows for this and will make the petal sit nice and flat. So work a 6 chain (this counts as a treble and 3 chain) Work this sequence (1tr, 3ch) behind each of the remaining 7 stems ending on a 3 chain.  Close the round with a slip stitch into the 3rd stitch of the 6 chain worked at the beginning of the round

7th - Round - For the final round of petals, the sequence is slightly different in the fact that the middle stitch of the petal is a double treble.  This gives it a bit more height in the centre and changes the look of the petal.  Work a 1 chain and turn your flower so that you have the right side facing you and work the following sequence into each of the 8 spaces in this round (1dc, 1ch, 2tr, 1dtr, 2tr, 1ch, 1dc) and as usual complete the round by slip stitching into the 1st petal space 

How to: Up cycled books - The Crafty Co

It's hard to believe, but half term is fast approaching.  These super cute book animals would make a fab project for a cold or rainy afternoon, and you will end up with a really useful note or pen holder that will be admired by all

These are not suitable for small children, due to small parts

If you fancy having a go at making one, below is a step-by step picture tutorial

How to: seamless joining - The Crafty Co

For years, when joining my yarn I would knot the two ends together tightly, and hope that when the knot had been worked past, it would fall in the right place and not show too much.  It never really did and even after the ends had been sewn in, it would show slightly.

I then came up with the solution to do the opposite and work with a really loose knot.  The results were amazing and you too can achieve this effect as below


How to: crochet in Rounds - The Crafty Co


Crocheting in rounds can be a bit daunting and people always ask me, why does their circle curl up or turn into a funny shape

This can be due to a couple of things - If you find that it doesn't look round, it's just a case of making sure your increase doesn't always fall in the same place on each round

For work that is curling, it could be your tension, but is more than likely to be that you haven't got the right amount of increases in the round

As a rule, I personally like to work in rounds that increase by 6 each time. I find it gives me a nice flat circle and is easy to work out the increases

I always use a stitch marker, then if the doorbell or the phone rings, I can just unpick back to the marker and won't have to start again. Also, my logic for working in rounds, means I always work the round in six segments so when I get back to the stitch marker I know I am back to the start


Up-cycled Jars - The Crafty Co

Hi all

Brrrr it's so cold out there - you'll find me tucked away in my crafty corner, and today it's all about up-cycling.
As you know I have a bit of an obsession with not throwing away things that I think can be used for something else, especially jars and pots.  I was lucky enough to be given some very tasty biscuits for Christmas and although they are long gone, I just couldn't throw the tube away.
It is such a useful size (although I would argue that ALL empty tubes and jars are the right size for something) that I just had to give it a makeover


How to: crochet jar covers - The Crafty Co

I absolutely hate throwing things away and am always looking for ways to upcycle everyday objects that would otherwise be heading for the bin

I have an obsession with saving glass jars and using them to keep all sorts in - pens, hooks, knitting needles, stationary and lots more things - tall jars are great as vases and cost next to nothing to make. They are really boring to look at bare so I make them jackets using jute (garden twine) to make them look very chic

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