One free C2C crochet chart for an unforgettable creation: The Aloe Square
You can quickly begin crafting your own aloe plant in no time with this c2c crochet pattern free chart. It is designed to be a corner to corner square for the Plants with Yarn blanket CAL hosted by Erin from Juniper and Oakes.
Have you seen this blanket? It turned out so pretty! It is made using corner to corner. Each square is a different c2c pattern from a different designer. Can you guess which other one is mine?
If you are interested in purchasing the complete pattern e-book for this blanket then click the photo above. It contains the written and colour block instructions for all of the squares!
Inspiration behind the design
I actually signed up to this event in early December 2022. Before I knew it I had 3 c2c crochet pattern designs sketched and prototyped. Two of them are included in this event.
The first square in this event from me is this aloe plant. Why an aloe?
That is easy to answer.
Aloe plants have a special place in my heart.
When my Nana died over 10 years ago I inherited her aloe plants. She loved them! Despite Nana having had them for a few years before me I still have several of them to this day that are growing strong. Every time I look at them I have such fond memories of my Nana.
They are also quite symbolic of myself and my daughter. We both suffer from quite bad eczema. Aloe is supposed to help with that – although I tried (on the advice of a herbalist), and would not recommend, the drinking of it! Oh my, it tastes vile! After a few days I literally couldn’t even force myself to drink it anymore.
But aloe infused lotions can be so welcoming when we have flair ups!
I am pleased with how my c2c square turned out.
Construction of the design
It is a corner to corner (c2c) block which is 25 x 25 blocks in size. I created my version using the half double crochet method rather than double crochet. But you can use either depending on the size you are after creating.
As a c2c blanket square, this one is worked flat and you change colours as you go.
If you do not want to use it in an afghan it would make a super wall hanging for any plant lover. Or panels on a tote bag or table runner. You can use the chart below to make a mini version using tapestry crochet methods if you prefer. Let your imagination run wild with the possibilities!
Charts are also great because you can change the yarn weight and use an appropriate hook size without worrying that the item will not fit etc. It doesn’t need to fit as it is originally designed as a blanket square.
Note: If you use a smaller yarn weight and appropriate sized hook your project will be smaller so you may need more squares for a blanket etc. Equally if you use a bigger yarn weight and bigger hook your project will be larger.
NEW TO CORNER TO CORNER?
I have a free learn to corner to corner course . It has helped a lot of crocheters to master corner to corner. Together we look at reading the patterns, as well as how to do the stitch, increases and decreases and colour changes. I will show you how to work both squares and rectangles too. We also make a couple of free pattern projects together!
For my version of this crochet pattern I used paintbox simply aran yarn. The range of colour options in this yarn is phenomenal. As it happens, I had several of their greens in my stash and plenty of the cream with some grey form a previous project in my scrap bucket.
I really like it because it is 100% acrylic and is super easy to care for – you can machine wash and tumble dry this yarn! And it looks great for years!
So it was a no-brainer that I should use this yarn.
Get the PDF pattern!
You can find the ad-free PDF Pattern for this one in all of my shops:
The pattern specifics:
|· #4 weight yarn 4 colors
· 5mm hook
· Tapestry needle
· Blocking mats and pins (optional)
|As with most c2c crochet patterns, gauge does not matter as long as tension is consistent.|
Finished size once blocked is approximately 12” square depending on tension if using HDC
|This is corner to corner graph and is worked bottom right to top left on the right side.
To work out how much yarn you will need you will need to do a sample swatch with the stitch you intend to use (HDC or DC) and then measure how much yarn you used per stitch multiplying that by the number of stitches of that color and adding some for the tails to be worked in at the end.
Color charts with stitch totals are listed under the picture graph on the next page.
The free Chart for this c2c crochet pattern:
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The Plants with Yarn CAL
This event ran through June 2023 and is now over.
However, you can still purchase the inexpensive bundle that contains all of the charts and written instructions for each square plus the joining and border instructions. Or the charts are still free on the designer’s blog posts.