the wavy c2c story
I have a crochet confession to make.
I have never crocheted corner to corner. Never ever.
This is somewhat outrageous given how much I love crochet, how much everyone else loves crocheting from one corner of a blanket to the other, and the sheer volume of c2c you see around - it is hellishly popular y’know.
So when I saw this pattern from Sany who is @brightbag on instagram, I was completely blown away and realised that I finally, after many years of denial, wanted to try c2c.
I have to admit that I found it completely intimidating but nevertheless, I still knew I had to give it a go because whilst I’m quite happy to sit in my warm and snuggly comfort zone with my nice cup of tea and a packet of Digestive biscuits, every now and then I get the urge to step outside and give something completely new a go. It’s a wonderful and also frustratingly scary feeling to do something you have never done before and it had been a long, long while since I had done so. It was time.
The first struggle was choosing what colours to go for. I wanted my wavyc2c to have the optical illusion, like Sany’s version shown here, you don’t have to, there are lots of different versions you can make and I highly suggest checking out the #wavyc2c hashtag on instagram first to see which you prefer. I spent ages (like ages) trying to figure out the best colours to use and helpfully the pattern comes with a printable sheet for you to test colours out on as well as a online version that uses google sheets, this gives you the chance to test your colours before you start, which is a godsend, right?
I finally decided that some light greens would look nice with my peachy colour palette for this year and so, after much huffing and puffing, I was ready to begin. You are given the first ten rows of the pattern, written out in full and this bit was fairly easy especially if you know the principal of corner to corner crocheting.
After the first ten rows you are given the formula to continue plus a chart that you can consult but I have to confess that I couldn’t quite figure it out. The instructions are clear and easy to understand but I just couldn’t wrap my head around them, I just couldn’t. Plenty of other people can though so I think I might be the exception rather than the rule. Crikey, this is embarrassing.
Maybe because I’ve got a lot of other things going on right now or maybe because my brain doesn’t work in that mathematical, ordered way, but I just did not get it. I think it’s one of those things that requires a lightbulb moment, all of a sudden you will get it (or not in my case), and I think once you get it, you can carry on with aplomb and make your wavy c2c blanket as big and as jazzy as you like.
Well the pattern comes with a sample chart which works out around 30-something rows, and it gives you all the stitches to create a small swatch. So, to save my head from further embarrassing hard work, I used that chart to create a small sample. And I love it. I want to make another. And I will, one day, when I’ve got a big of head space to think about it a bit more.
The wavyc2c pattern is by Sanita Brensone and you can buy the pattern on Ravelry. Whilst I haven’t used the pattern to it’s full potential, you are certainly given everything you need to do so; you get lots of different charts and plenty of detailed information. I would recommend the pattern if you love corner to corner crochet and especially if you have one of those mathematical minds that sees how things work instantly and can calculate stitches pretty much as you are going along.
It was lovely, if a little intimidating, to try something new after such a long time and I shall definitely be giving it another go again soon. Mosaic crochet anyone?