It’s been Fall for a while, but where I live, the leaves just changed and the winds are starting to get blustery. Every night, we have rain storms and I love this time of year. It’s cold, but not freezing. I get to cuddle up in blankets and the mood outside is perfect for diving into fantasy novels. This kind of weather is just right and that’s what the Rainy Days blanket makes me think of. This is my first corner to corner crochet blanket pattern and it couldn’t be easier to work up, so let’s dive in!
I actually made this blanket back in March, but I didn’t take any pictures until this weekend. I sort of forgot about it!
When I made this, it was the Spring and right around when my dad cranks up the air conditioning in his car. For years, I would be frozen in the passenger seat on our way to and from school. This year, my sister was complaining about the same thing, so I decided we needed a car blanket. As soon as I made this blanket, it went into the car before I thought to get pictures.
It’s been well-loved and used during that time, though 🙂
The beauty of this pattern is that the gradient in the Scarfie yarn does all the work and you don’t need to measure or even keep track of rows. This corner to corner crochet blanket pattern is perfect for beginners who just want something simple to practice on without all the bells and whistles of complicated charts.
I have a tutorial on how to C2C (video tutorial) right here if you want to check that out.
The full free pattern is written out below. For those who’d prefer to print the pattern and take it with you for on-the-go and to markup as you go, you can buy the inexpensive printable PDF from my Etsy and Ravelry shops. The PDF is formatted without ads or comments, so it’s easy to read.
- 4.50mm crochet hook
- #5 bulky weight yarn – I used 4 balls of Lion Brand Scarfie in Cream/Black
- Tapestry needle
- ch – chain
- SC – single crochet
- DC – double crochet
- sl – slip stitch
- Skill level: Beginner
- Sizing: 50×50 inches, but you can customize it easily
- Gauge: 3S x 1R per inch
Rainy Days Corner to Corner Crochet Blanket Pattern
Row 1: Make a slip knot and chain 5. YO and double crochet into the 3rd space from the hook and each space after. You’ll have 3 DCs and a chain 2.
Row 2: Once you finish the first block, you hook will be at the top left of the block. Rotate the piece so you have your hook at the bottom right again. Chain 5, and DC 3 starting from the 3rd space from the hook. Slip stitch to the chain 2 space of the last row to bring the blocks together. Chain 2 and work 3 DC into the chain-2 space of the last block.
Row 3: Rotate the work so your hook is in the bottom right corner. Chain 5, starting from the 3rd space from the hook, DC 3. Sl st to the top of the ch 2 space. *Ch 2, DC3 into the space, slip st to the top of the next space*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row.
Rows 4-50: Repeat row 3 until the blanket reaches the width that you want it to be, increasing by one block in each row. I continued until the last full row I could work with 2 balls of the Scarfie yarn. That came up to 50 rows for me.
Decreasing the blanket
Row 51: Turn the work so you’re at the bottom right corner. Slip stitch 3 times into each of the next 3 spaces to start the decrease rows. Then, continue working each block as normal: Ch 2, DC3 into the space, slip st to the top of the next space. Repeat until the end of the row.
Row 52-100: Repeat row 5 until you have only 1 block left, after decreasing one block from each row. This is going to be the same amount of rows as your increasing rows, so for me, it was another 2 balls of the Scarfie. After you work the last block, slip stitch to the last chain 2 space and bind off.
Now, we are going to make a nice smooth border to go around our corner to corner crochet blanket pattern. You can leave it as is, but I liked the finished look a solid color gave the blanket.
Attach a new piece of solid black yarn to the corner of the blanket (any corner) and work one round of SC, working into the spaces between stitches to add a border. Slip stitch to the first SC and bind off. Weave in loose ends and trim the excess yarn.
You’re all done!
I love this corner-to-corner crochet blanket pattern because it is so EASY. You can make it as large or as small as you like without changing the pattern at all. And once you know the basic C2C method, it’s so simple to work up.
The only thing about this blanket is that it does take a bit longer than you expect it to. I have no idea why, but building up the rows seems to take forever, but decreasing takes no time at all. Overall, I’m super happy with this blanket, and the fact that my sisters use it every day makes me even happier.
I hope you liked this! This C2C blanket pattern was one of my simpler designs. C2C blanket patterns like this are, in general, very simple since you aren’t doing any fancy stitches.
Because you’re working in squares, this technique is really great for making graphgans and playing with the designs. Down below are a few other designs I’ve made using C2C.
Related: C2C Heart Blanket Pattern
Related: Pascal Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern
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Beth McC -- Midwest Redhead
Saturday 14th of August 2021
I love the way you chose to use Ch 5s and Ch 2s in this pattern. I recently crocheted a wall hanging with 6 colors (so many yarn bobbins!), and the pattern recommended Ch5 and Ch 2, with 3DC blocks. I LOVE it... the gaps are all but invisible. The slight gaps with typical C2Cs were what made many projects unappealing to me. Also, my daughter requested a lap blanket with "no holes" for fingers and toes to get stuck in, and this technique makes C2C perfect. I will look for this ombre yarn -- I am weary of color changes! Thank you for providing this as a free pattern. I added it as a Favorite on Ravelry.
Friday 24th of January 2020
I can’t wait to get started on your rainy days C2C blanket. I have always wanted to make a C2C blanket but never could understand the directions. I read your pattern over and I seam to understand it clearly. Thank you so much for sharing.