Corner to Corner (C2C) Basics:  5 Tips to Carrying Yarn Colors

Corner to Corner (C2C) Basics: 5 Tips to Carrying Yarn Colors

hello and welcome to Nana’s crafty home
my name is Tonya today’s tutorial is going to show you how to carry yarn
colors in corner to corner this is the third in my series of videos if you have
never done the corner to corner crochet technique I suggest that you stop this
video now and go check out my two previous videos I have one for a basic
corner to corner stitch tutorial I have that in both photo and video form and
then my second video is how to change colors in corner to corner so we’re
building on that knowledge today and I’m showing you some tips and tricks in how
to carry colors to minimize the weaving in of ends at the end so I’ve gone ahead
and worked a portion of this corner to corner here so that we have something to
work with and I’m going to have basically five main tips today on how to
carry yarn in and how that should look my first tip is going to be that you
only want to carry colors if they’re going to be carried against a pixel
block of the same color so I’m going to be pulling in my pink color now and I’m
going to work the next two blocks of my graph in pink but the block after those
two blocks is going to be gray so I’m gonna want to carry that gray color over
those two blocks and you can carry your colors forward and back and later on
I’ll show you how to carry your color backwards but here I’m going to be
carrying that gray forward two blocks I’m going to take that gray and I’m
gonna snug it up not too tightly but we want to make sure that there’s not a lot
of loose in this loop here because as we’re
carrying it I’m not going to be able to tighten that up later so you’re gonna
want to put that over your hook and hold that into place as you’re pulling in
your new color when you pull in your new color you’re gonna work your slip stitch
over that gray so that you can carry it easily I’m able to carry that gray
because I’m working it against I’m carrying it against blocks of the same
color so it will be invisible so I’m going to work that first block first
pixel and I’m working over top of that yarn that I’m carrying I’m carrying that
gray and then for the second block I’m going to be carrying that gray as well
when I do that and I work my slip stitch up here at the top you’re going to be
carrying that gray up along side of this block here so your yarn is going to lay
along that side as you pull it up you don’t want to pull it too tightly
because you don’t want to pucker your work but you do want it to be snug so
that it is not hanging loose I don’t have a big gap in my yarn back here and
you can see there is my yarn carry but because I’m carrying it against a gray
block it is invisible so I’m gonna work that second pink over top of my gray
yarn carry and when I finish that second block of
pink I want to pull in my gray to work it for the next block and this is where
I’m going to want to make sure that that yarn carry is snug but not too tight
because if you pull it too tightly look what happens you’re gonna pull all your
work and pucker it all up and don’t want to do that I want to make sure that it’s
nice and loose in there but still invisible not gaping so I’m gonna drop
my pink now let’s say the block after this one so I mean I’m coming in with
grey on this one but let’s say I had pink for my last block and I thought I’m
gonna carry that pink I want to carry that pink up there what’s going to
happen so I’m going to put that pink over top of my hook and when I do my
slip stitch joint I’m going to work over that carry and then do my chain three
and work my block over top of that yarn carry just like I did before carrying
the pink this breaks the rule that we talked about earlier of only carrying
yarn if it’s going to be touching a block of the same color so I’m carrying
my pink but both of these blocks are gray so you can see that pink and where
it’s going to be most especially noticeable is when I pull it up to work
that next block because I said that last block was going to be pink that’s why
I’m carrying it so I’m gonna pull it up with that slip stitch and look what
happens you can really see that pink color and the other thing is is that
this is the wrong side of my work here this is the right side of my work and so
think of how visible that would be in my finished product not professional at all
definitely not a look I’m going for so it would not be a good idea to carry
that color sted you would want to drop the pink
once you’ve worked that stuff a second block pick up your gray work the block
and gray and then you would want to bring in a yarn bobbin with pink or if
it were just that one box that we were working just work your one box in pink
and then cut and be done but definitely don’t carry that pink up to work that
last box in pink so we’ve talked about carrying colors forward we’ve talked
about only carrying over two to three blocks and we’ve also talked about the
importance of carrying colors if they’re going to be carried against blocks of
the same color the next thing we’re going to discuss is carrying yarn
backwards so in order to carry yarn backwards and basically what that means
is I’ve worked this first block in gray and my next two blocks are going to be
pink so I had dropped my pink back here and I want to pull it back into my work
and carry the pink over those two blocks which I can do because that pink is
going to be carried over these two blocks both of these blocks are going to
be pink blocks and so that pink is going to be disguised in the carry because I’m
working pink over them if this block were pink and this block were gray I
would not want to carry that pink back because it would be visible right here
we would be able to see that yarn carry when I worked that second gray box here
but because these next two are pink boxes I can go ahead and bring that yarn
back and then work over it and this is where practice is going to make
perfect overtime as you work this technique as you practice with this
you’re going to get much more comfortable with pulling yarn backwards
because it is a little trickier than pulling it forward and the reason being
is you have to have enough slack in your yarn in order to not bunch or pucker
your work and yet not have it too loose to where you have gaps in your yarn and
you can see aren’t poking out of your work so there’s a couple different
things and tricks I can give you here so I’m wanting to pull this back so I’m
going to pull this through on my slip stitch and you can see here how easy it
would be to not pull enough yarn because this yarn carry has to be worked over
this is where I’m going to work a block so it has to be carried over here then
it’s going to run alongside of this block here and then it’s going to be
worked over with this block here so in order to make sure that I have enough
yarn especially at the beginning when you’re not used to doing this you can
lay this flat or just kind of pull after you’ve done your slip stitch kind of
just see where that yarn is going to fall so I’ve got enough yarn to go over
here it’s going to come along here and it’s going to run along here I might
pull just the tiniest bit more to give it a little more yarn and so it looks
pretty good to me and again that’s gonna come a lot easier
when you’ve done this a few times you’re gonna get a feel for how much yarn
you’re going to need for the blocks that you’re working ahead you’re going to go
ahead and work over that carry just like you did going forward but now it’s being
pulled back when you do your slip stitch you’re going to work your slip stitch
over top of that underneath that carry so that yarn is on
top of your slip stitch and then do your chain 3 and then work your last block
just as you normally would and over that yarn carry if you are just starting out
with this technique at this point look at your work
lay it down make sure that this is not puckered make sure that this is not
tight looking in any way that this just looks it’s lying flat it looks
professional it’s not pulling my work tremendously so I gave this enough yarn
and that yarn carry is going to be invisible so that is how you carry yarn
backward the last tip I’m going to give you with carrying yarn in corner to
corner and changing colors in corner to corner is weaving in your ends don’t
weave your ends in too soon I know that a lot of people like to weave in as they
go so they don’t have a lot of ends to weave in and this technique when you’re
doing color graph cans has a tendency of having a lot of ends to weave in and
especially with larger projects a lot of people just like to weave in as they go
that is great because then you don’t have that hanging over your head for
your project what I do recommend however is to not weave your ends in too soon I
would only go back a couple of rows and work back I would leave the ends for the
last two rows and then work them back that way and the reason being is if
you’ve made a mistake in your graph gaen and sometimes we don’t catch them the
very next row sometimes it’s a couple rows before we figure it out we’ve made
a mistake in our graph it makes it easier to rip out and go back the other
thing is is that if you weave it in and you’re trying to work over those ends
you might be working and in a little bit tightly which can
then cause puckering of your work again so just don’t weave them in too soon go
ahead and work a couple rows ahead and then come back and and weave in the ends
from prior to those previous two rows I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial
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any questions please give me a shout out I’m happy to help in any way I do have a
new video that is going to be coming out that will teach you how to read graphs
in corner to corner as well as written row by row instructions as always thank
you so much for being here with me today take care everyone bye-bye


  • Dawn Orcutt

    February 12, 2019

    Thank you so much this is perfect timing. I'm going to be doing a corner to corner with the Addison's disease ribbon in the center. So this is very helpful thank you very much

  • Vanessa Bryce

    April 7, 2019

    Another great video to help with changing colors in c2c!

  • scoobydoo9088

    June 24, 2019

    This tutorial is very helpful thank you very much for sharing. New subscriber here glad I found your channel I came across it by chance and I'm so glad I did. Thanks 😊

  • Annie Delgado

    October 13, 2019

    Great video! Thank you!


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