Meet the maker behind new crochet book Corner to Corner Crochet, Jess Coppom, best known for her fantastic blog MakeAndDoCrew. We asked Jess about how the book came to be and what it is about the C2C technique that makes it so exciting…
For those who haven’t heard of corner to corner crochet, what is it?
“If you’re unfamiliar with corner to corner crochet (often shorted C2C), it uses the diagonal box stitch to work back and forth from one diagonal corner of a project to another. This technique is the perfect way to create colourful, graphic designs that stitch up fast. If you’re worried about not being a crochet expert, don’t worry – the book covers all the basics.”
What inspired you to write this book?
“The inspiration for this book was born out of a desire to highlight the flexibility of C2C crochet: it’s far from only a medium to create character afghans! I publish a wide variety of modern crochet patterns – from garments to home décor – on my blog and I’m admittedly a ‘variety seeker’ type of person, so this focused collection was also a personal challenge that excited me. “
What projects can we find in the book?
“Because corner to corner crochet is often worked from a graph, it naturally lends itself to graphic, repeating patterns. I wanted to this to be a compilation of patterns that would feel at home in a modern magazine or catalogue, but not so trendy that they’ll be dated by the time you finish the last stitches. Classic rugs, tiles, woven baskets, cross stitch and clothing all became fodder for the designs in this book.”
“The Inverse Throw, for example, was inspired by timeless monochromatic tile patterns that can theoretically repeat forever. Similar to laying tiles, this blanket is worked in a series of rectangles and then seamed together for a finished project that would make M.C. Escher proud. It’s hard to find a similar fiber arts technique that allows you to create such varied striking patterns with ease.”
“A C2C rectangle can create so much more than blankets and afghans though, so you’ll find plenty of patterns in the book, like the Endless Sky Poncho, where a series of rectangles can become garments, hats and pillows. And if the idea of managing multiple skeins of yarn feels intimating, get started with any of the simple projects like the Sediment Poncho or Crested Butte Cowl that will let you practice basic stitches without much counting or changing colours.”