Hey everyone! Welcome to Day 1 of the Solar System CAL. For all the details, you can read more here. For those of you who already know how to work a c2c, this day will be very simple for you! For those who are new to c2c (corner to corner), this day will only be slightly less simple as you take a few minutes and learn how to c2c.
I designed the squares in the CAL to get gradually less simple so you can learn as you go. Today is the most simple, and makes up the corners of the afghan. There will be no color changes, so it’s perfect for learning.
I thought about doing a photo tutorial, but it’s just weird to try and learn without seeing it in action. I made a short video, watch it below:
How to read a C2C pattern:
The pattern for a C2C is written differently than most crochet patterns. The pattern indicates how many squares of each color to work. Technically, you can work the pattern with the graph only, but the written numbers and letters are quite helpful.
First, the pattern will indicate the abbreviations for each color:
Then, the written pattern would follow. This is how a C2C written pattern would read: (keep in mind, the rows going diagonally, starting at the bottom left.
3. 1R, 1B, 1R
From here you would be halfway done, and make your decreases.
I will explain in greater detail on day 2 when we are adding a second color. For now, focus on learning the C2C technique!
Find the patterns here:
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Hello. Planning to make one for my nephew. Beautifully explaned. Very easy to understand. Thanks a lot for this.
Thank you! You are welcome!
HI Bethany, I am finally working on your Solar System CAL. Your instructions state the squares should be 16 x 16. Is that rows or inches? Thanks for help & the free pattern!
Sorry for the confusion! It’s 16 x 16 blocks/rows.
Thank you for the clarification. I thought it would be rows. My square is coming out at 12in. so I’m good. :)
I may have missed something in the pattern, does it say somewhere how big the finished squares should be? Also, what should I do if my squares are different sizes, can I make them work?
Where can I get the patterns so I can download them ty you can send them to my email
You can buy the download here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/solar-system-blanket-3
Or you can get the patterns free on my blog.
First time trying c2c, you have great direction in the video, thanks for that.
But my square only measures 11 in. Will this matter or before I get to far do I use a bigger hook and see if it turns out larger?
That is fine! Your finished size will be slightly smaller, but if you are okay with that, then you don’t need to start over :)
I’m new to the C2C, so I have a couple questions. First off I noticed that on day 2 it says to single crochet around…do I need to do this for the day 1 square too? And also how do you sew in all the tails when you change colors? Thank you for your time!
Whoops! Yes sc around each square in the CAL. You would weave them in the same way you would weave tails in on any project. Back and forth into the same color to hide the stitching.
Hi… do you have a method for sc around the squares or a video link u could share? I’ve seen several different methods and want to make sure I am flowing what u did since i already have the yarn and do t want to run out.
This is a gorgeous pattern, thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much!
I may be missing it. Is there a posted schedule of when the patterns are being released?
There is no schedule! I am playing it by ear. I was going to have day 2 go live yesterday but everyone said they needed more time ;)
I learned to c2c a little different, so my squares are bigger than yours but still fun. Will there be graphs for the other squares?
Yes there will be!
Thanks for making this awesome cal available! This is my first time following along and doing a corner to corner. So excited! I’m already done with two of my squares. Your instructions are great! Looking forward to the future installments.
Thank you for your kind words, I am so happy you like it!