C2C Crochet Rectangle Tutorial

Aug 26, 2021 | Tutorials

Learn how to make C2C Crochet in a rectangle with this complete photo and video corner to corner (c2c) crochet tutorial by Nana’s Crafty Home!

c2c rectangle crochet tutorial

I design a lot of c2c crochet patterns and one of the questions I get asked the most is “How do I make a c2c crochet project that is not a perfect square?”

Many of you may be familiar already with c2c crochet and have worked a standard square crochet pattern. However, if you have ever wondered how to work a rectangle instead – this tutorial is for you!

When you work a square in c2c crochet you will begin decreasing on the same row. This creates a square shape.

In order to create a rectangle shape in c2c crochet you will decrease on one side while continuing to increase on the other.

Why C2C crochet rectangle shapes?

Most commonly you will see this used for c2c crochet scarves – a scarf is typically only 7″ – 10″ wide and can be anywhere from 40″ – 80″ long. My Owl C2C Scarf and Unicorn C2C Scarf are great examples of this style.

Many of my c2c crochet blankets are also rectangles; the Koala C2C Blanket, Panda C2C Blanket, Night Before Christmas C2C Blanket, Penguin & Polar Bear Pals C2C Blanket, Sunflower Daze C2C Blanket and the Desert Sun Cactus C2C Blanket – all different sized rectangles!

This tutorial will show you how to make a c2c rectangle in “portrait” style & in “landscape” style.

Now your question might be, “Why in the world do I need to know how to create a landscape rectangle? Just turn a portrait blanket to the landscape view!” That works just fine if you are crocheting a rectangle with a single color, in bands of stripes or with self-striping yarn. However, if you are working a color work c2c color graph you may need to know how to work both a landscape & portrait rectangle shape depending on the design.

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This tutorial is geared to someone already familiar with c2c crochet. If you want to start at the beginning and learn c2c as a beginner to this technique, check out these tutorials:

Basic C2C tutorial
How to Read Graphs in C2C

If you scroll to the bottom of this post you will find graphs, written instructions and photos for creating rectangle shapes in c2c. I have a complete video tutorial for you as well. If you aren’t able to view the video on the blog you can also find it on my YouTube Channel.  Subscribe to my YouTube Channel to get notified whenever I post a new video.

C2C Crochet Rectangle Tutorial Video Marks:

C2C Rectangle Portrait: 4:30

C2C Rectangle Landscape: 9:03

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You may like the following free C2C patterns at Nana’s Crafty Home:

  1. Desert Cactus Sun C2C Blanket free crochet pattern
  2. Panda Bear C2C Blanket free crochet pattern
  3. Koala C2C Blanket free crochet pattern

C2C Crochet How to Make a Rectangle Shape Tutorial

C2C crochet Square Shape:

c2c crochet rectangle tutorial

You can see by the above graph that once you complete row 10 you will begin decreasing on both sides of your pattern. This creates a square shape and you are now decreasing on both sides through the remainder of your graph.

The written instructions for a square shape in c2c crochet would look like the following:

← Row 1 [RS]: Pink 1 (1 square)
→ Row 2 [WS]: Pink 2 (2 squares)
← Row 3 [RS]: Pink 3 (3 squares)
→ Row 4 [WS]: Pink 4 (4 squares)
← Row 5 [RS]: Pink 5 (5 squares)
→ Row 6 [WS]: Pink 6 (6 squares)
← Row 7 [RS]: Pink 7 (7 squares)
→ Row 8 [WS]: Pink 8 (8 squares)
← Row 9 [RS]: Pink 9 (9 squares)
→ Row 10 [WS]: Pink 10 (10 squares)

Corner (begin decreasing)

← Row 11 [RS]: Pink 9 (9 squares)
→ Row 12 [WS]: Pink 8 (8 squares)
← Row 13 [RS]: Pink 7 (7 squares)
→ Row 14 [WS]: Pink 6 (6 squares)
← Row 15 [RS]: Pink 5 (5 squares)
→ Row 16 [WS]: Pink 4 (4 squares)
← Row 17 [RS]: Pink 3 (3 squares)
→ Row 18 [WS]: Pink 2 (2 squares)
← Row 19 [RS]: Pink 1 (1 square)

In the written instructions for a square you will see the instructions for where to work your corner in one place only – the row you will begin decreasing on both sides of your pattern.

The first photo below shows work complete through row 10. The second photo shows row 11. You are now decreasing on both sides of your work.

c2c crochet create a rectangle tutorial

C2C Crochet Portrait Rectangle

The graph below will create a rectangle “portrait” shape. You can see that I will begin decreasing after row 10 on the left edge of my work, while continuing to increase on the top edge until I reach row 15.

C2C Crochet Rectangle tutorial

In a written pattern the above rectangle graph will look like the following:

← Row 1 [RS]: Pink 1 (1 square)
→ Row 2 [WS]: Pink 2 (2 squares)
← Row 3 [RS]: Pink 3 (3 squares)
→ Row 4 [WS]: Pink 4 (4 squares)
← Row 5 [RS]: Pink 5 (5 squares)
→ Row 6 [WS]: Pink 6 (6 squares)
← Row 7 [RS]: Pink 7 (7 squares)
→ Row 8 [WS]: Pink 8 (8 squares)
← Row 9 [RS]: Pink 9 (9 squares)
→ Row 10 [WS]: Pink 10 (10 squares)

Corner (begin decreasing)

← Row 11 [RS]: Pink 10 (10 squares)
→ Row 12 [WS]: Pink 10 (10 squares)
← Row 13 [RS]: Pink 10 (10 squares)
→ Row 14 [WS]: Pink 10 (10 squares)
← Row 15 [RS]: Pink 10 (10 squares)

Corner (begin decreasing)

→ Row 16 [WS]: Pink 9 (9 squares)
← Row 17 [RS]: Pink 8 (8 squares)
→ Row 18 [WS]: Pink 7 (7 squares)
← Row 19 [RS]: Pink 6 (6 squares)
→ Row 20 [WS]: Pink 5 (5 squares)
← Row 21 [RS]: Pink 4 (4 squares)
→ Row 22 [WS]: Pink 3 (3 squares)
← Row 23 [RS]: Pink 2 (2 squares)
→ Row 24 [WS]: Pink 1 (1 square)

You will notice that you see corner instructions in two different places in your pattern – after row 10 and after row 15. You will increase on both sides through row 10 and after row 10 will increase on one side only through row 15.

Learn how to crochet a c2c rectangle tutorial

C2C Crochet Landscape Rectangle

The graph below will create a rectangle “landscape” shape. You can see that I will begin decreasing after row 10 on the top edge of my work, while continuing to increase on the left edge until I reach row 15.

C2C Landscape Rectangle Tutorial

The landscape c2c rectangle written instructions will look like the following:

← Row 1 [RS]: Pink 1 (1 square)
→ Row 2 [WS]: Pink 2 (2 squares)
← Row 3 [RS]: Pink 3 (3 squares)
→ Row 4 [WS]: Pink 4 (4 squares)
← Row 5 [RS]: Pink 5 (5 squares)
→ Row 6 [WS]: Pink 6 (6 squares)
← Row 7 [RS]: Pink 7 (7 squares)
→ Row 8 [WS]: Pink 8 (8 squares)
← Row 9 [RS]: Pink 9 (9 squares)
→ Row 10 [WS]: Pink 10 (10 squares)

Corner (begin decreasing)

← Row 11 [RS]: Pink 10 (10 squares)
→ Row 12 [WS]: Pink 10 (10 squares)
← Row 13 [RS]: Pink 10 (10 squares)
→ Row 14 [WS]: Pink 10 (10 squares)
← Row 15 [RS]: Pink 10 (10 squares)

Corner (begin decreasing)

→ Row 16 [WS]: Pink 9 (9 squares)
← Row 17 [RS]: Pink 8 (8 squares)
→ Row 18 [WS]: Pink 7 (7 squares)
← Row 19 [RS]: Pink 6 (6 squares)
→ Row 20 [WS]: Pink 5 (5 squares)
← Row 21 [RS]: Pink 4 (4 squares)
→ Row 22 [WS]: Pink 3 (3 squares)
← Row 23 [RS]: Pink 2 (2 squares)
→ Row 24 [WS]: Pink 1 (1 square)

You will notice that you see corner instructions in two different places in your pattern – after row 10 and after row 15. You will increase on both sides through row 10 and after row 10 will increase on one side only through row 15. This is the same as the portrait shaped rectangle. However, the decreases are on the opposite sides of the graph from the “portrait” style.

Learn how to crochet a c2c rectangle tutorial
c2c rectangle crochet tutorial

I hope you now feel comfortable making c2c crochet rectangles! I can’t wait to see your creations – send me an email at nanascraftyhome@gmail.com or if you share on social media add #nanascraftyhome so I can see your work!

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