Updated: Aug 17
The first technique I am going to talk about is corner-to-corner.
I realise that this is currently a very popular technique and there are many how-to's and patterns available. Keeping that in mind I will give a brief overview and give you a link to the instructions I first used to learn this technique.
The basic concept as the name suggests is to start in one corner of the square or rectangle that you are making, work to the width that you are after (increasing), and either begin working to the next corner if you are making a square (decreasing) or work to the length you desire (increasing on one side and decreasing on the other side), and then work to the next corner if you are making a rectangle.
The crocheting is done with a block stitch and is usually worked with a double crochet, but can also be worked with a half double crochet. It is a popular technique for making pictures and text.
When it comes to making pictures and text I personally prefer to use the fair isle or tapestry techniques, but that is me.
I feel we need to work with techniques we prefer and feel comfortable with. That way we are more likely to crochet and I think crochet is good for us. However, we should still try new things, how else are we to find out what we like?
Now that we have had that bit of life according to Charlie, let's carry on.
When it comes to corner-to-corner for me I really like using it to make blankets, just like the picture above, made with wool that I spun and dyed. I make blankets of various sizes and find it a great way to use scraps and ends. I make a ball (like the one in the picture in the introduction to the techniques post) where I tie all my ends from weaving in and scraps that are left over and not much use for anything else.
If I am in the mood for a quick coaster then this is the technique I use. I make a small square and put a contrasting border around it with single crochet. It is simple but effective, and if you pick your colours right looks funky as well.
As promised here is the link to the instructions I used to learn this technique.
Thanks for reading and I look forward to chatting with you again soon. Charlie