Jack Skellington C2C Blanket Directions

I really have to call this a Set of Directions because pattern implies a step by step (row by row) instructions.

The original grid is one I found on Pinterest (it’s actually a friendship bracelet pattern). Please feel free to use these directions for your own personal use. Do not sell this set of directions. Please do not use my photos as demo for your work.

I’d love to see your work. Please link back here with your creations.

I’m sharing the details I used to work out the directions. If you’d like to make your own you’ll have to do some prep work.

Print the basic graph.

Draw your own lines/squares to add the appropriate width and length.

And count squares per “row”.

Stitches used:

dc = double chain   https://www.pinterest.com/pin/358528820326574382/

sc = single chain  (edge only)


I suggest that you watch these videos. They are how I discovered how to count the squares per row AND very importantly how to make a C2C (Corner to Corner) rectangle.

NOTES:

At time stamp 2:35 Counting Boxes

8:10 Writing your rows (amount of blocks per colour)

24:00 How to change colours

40:00 How to BEGIN your C2C

51:45 How to decrease as if a square

54:05 How to decrease RECTANGLE

 

More about C2C rectangle


Directions C2C Jack Skellington

Materials

Graph (see below)

Paper

Pencil

Ruler

Tapestry needle (weave in LOTS of ends)

5mm crochet hook (or one suited to your yarn)

approx 3 balls of BLACK Caron Simply Soft (6oz/170.1 g medium 4 yarn)

approx 8 balls of WHITE Caron Simply Soft (6 oz/170.1g medium 4 yarn)

Sorry I did not count the balls as I made this project!! This is a guess-stimate.

Dimensions 

Based on 1 square = approx 2 cm ( 1 inch )

1 square = 4 dc

 

Single bed (Cnd/US) 97cm wide by 191cm tall  {38inches wide x 75 inches tall}

36 squares wide (total)

74 squares tall (total)

plus border

BORDER

1 row of sc white

1 row of sc black

1 row of dc white

 

Preperation

1.Print Jack Skellington graph

2. Adhere printed graph onto larger sheet of paper

3. With ruler draw (extend) graph.   Make enough new boxes to complete bed sized blanket.

Original graph (# of original squares)

28 squares wide

51 squares tall

ADD / Draw with ruler

9 squares to each side to total 36 squares WIDE  ( 28 original squares + 18 added squares = 36 squares wide)

23 squares to bottom AND top of graph (tall) [ 51 original squares + 46 added squares = 74 squares tall]

Use ruler to draw additional boxes

4. Use a ruler to draw diagonal lines through boxes to visualize the C2C rows. (And help you count the number of squares per colour. * see above video) REMEMBER to note the alternating direct of each row.

5. {Optional} Write row by row your colour blocks.  {see video above @ minute 8:10}

 

Starting with white begin your Corner to Corner Jack Skellington blanket.

  1. Chain 6.
  2. Crochet the first corner block. Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in each of next 2 stitches.
  3. Begin the 2nd row. Turn and ch 6.
  4. Crochet 1st block of 2nd row. Repeat Step 2 to create the block.
  5. Create the 2nd block in the 2nd row. …
  6. Start crocheting the 3rd row.
  7. Continue following your graph / written block chart note colour of each block

NOTES

I used stitch markers to note which edge is my “bottom” and which edge is the starting side. In my photos, I count rows starting from left corner so I would be noting the left side of the blanket.

If this is your first C2C I suggest using some spare yarn to practice the stitch (follow along with above video) before starting this blanket.


This was written several months after I completed the blanket. Please comment below if you find any areas (in my directions) that need updating.

Related posts:

https://crochetstitchesandbutterflykisses.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/jack-skellington-c2c-blanket/

https://crochetstitchesandbutterflykisses.wordpress.com/2017/01/22/on-track-with-jack-skellington-blanket/

https://crochetstitchesandbutterflykisses.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/feeling-creative-inspiration/

 

 

 

Jack Skellington ~ C2C Blanket

Whew! I finished it in time! It took me most of my free time over the past 7 weeks. This Jack Skellington blanket is a gift for our son who is turning 16 very soon!

jack-skellyington-c2c-crochetstitchesbutterflykisses-1With the frequent colour changes I had a lot of ends to weave in. That got done as I worked the blanket simply because I couldn’t stand the mess!

I’m so glad that the inspiration to use the Corner to Corner pattern/stitch came to me because it was perfect for this project.  I don’t think I would have finished in time for my son’s birthday if I had done a traditional row by row pattern.  I wrote last month about making this pattern for the Jack blanket. For the edge; a straight stitch didn’t seem to go with the theme so I alternated between a single and a double stitch. It created a kind-of wonky, off beat edge.20170224_143902

Simply Soft by Caron was picked for the blanket because of the texture. I think if the texture wasn’t so important, I would have liked a ‘sturdier’ yarn for this big of a project.  Yet it is hard to feel any regret about my yarn choice. Caron’s Simply Soft is such a pleasure to hold for this many hours!

I’m often asked how long it takes to make.  I didn’t keep track of exactly how long it took me; I estimate that I was crocheting for around 70 hours. I also didn’t note how many balls of yarn I used!  (guess-timate 5 or 6 white and 2 or 3 black).  I do know that as with all my, blankets the spaces between the stitches are filled with love.

Directions can be found here.jack-skellyington-c2c-crochetstitchesbutterflykisses-3

Do I wait ’til his birthday to give it to him or shall I let him watch t.v. with it tonight?

nightmare-before-christmas

This blanket was inspired by Tim Burton’s movie.

On track with Jack Skellington blanket

Whew! I knew that I wanted to make a blanket for my son’s 16th, since I made a blanket for my daughter’s 16th. It’s been a creative challenge for me in many ways.

First finding a subject that spoke to who he is, what his interests are; took some time. He likes superheroes, their villains and ‘antiheroes’ but he found the patterns too ‘baby-ish’  He enjoys sports but again, none of the designs seemed right. At last, he decided that Jack Skellington would be a good theme. When I found a pattern it was a friendship bracelet design. Jack blanket attempt one

I toyed with a few ideas on how to turn the pattern into a bed sized blanket for a teenaged boy. At first, I thought I’d make a bunch of 2″ squares but the thought of sewing that many squares together was a bit overwhelming.  I then sat down and figured out how many double crochet stitches across / down would be needed so I could just go row by row (like a traditional blanket.)

I even had a start on the traditional style blanket before the holidays. However, I found some C2C blankets by RepeatAfterMe.com and I had my “ah-HA” moment. I watched a few videos, in particular, the how to make a Corner to Corner scarf by Crochet Crowd, were very helpful.

I printed the pixel pattern and added squares along the edges to make the pattern wide enough for a blanket. {It’s more of a long lap blanket.} The pattern I found didn’t have squares that are regular graph paper size so I had to draw the squares.  In the Crochet Crowd’s video, he talks about a website that will help you create patterns but that wouldn’t work for this design so….

C2C Pattern

C2C Pattern

Once this was done I could count the number of each colour squares in each diagonal row. I also noted up and down and where I would only be growing one side to create a rectangle vs the traditional C2C square.

I’m finally enjoying the journey for this blanket and feeling the pressure. I have just over a month to finish it before my not-so-little-man turns 16. I hope I’m as proud of this blanket as I am of him!

C2C Jack Skellington - in progress by Crochet Stitches and Butterfly Kisses

C2C Jack Skellington – in progress by Crochet Stitches and Butterfly Kisses

EDIT: Directions for the blanket can be found here.

I have to weave those ends every few rows because it looks so messy and confusing!

I have to weave those ends every few rows because it looks so messy and confusing!

Feeling creative inspiration

Like slipping into a warm bubbly bath and that “ahhhhh” feeling. I found inspiration for my son’s birthday blanket.

I had previously thought I’d do it row by row and even spent the time to figure out how many stitches for each row to make the pattern. While I’m proud of all the work I put in to figure this out… the project itself seemed so big.

While flipping through Pinterest I decided to look at some of the videos for the C2C / Corner to Corner blankets. And VOILA I found some inspiration.

I think the project size and the thought that the end product would look “ok” not ‘wow’ like my daughters (Doctor Who / birthday blanket) feed my procrastination.

beginning of Jack Pattern

start of Jack blanket

After seeing the cute ‘picture’ blankets on Pinterest I realised this is the look I want for my son’s Jack blanket.

Well I should go throw a load of laundry in, make a cup of tea and get started on my son’s birthday blanket.

 

 

Yarn and Coffee Share .. ends and beginings

If we were having coffee I’d be flipping through Pinterest and showing you some cute ideas that I’ve seen. Yep, always looking ahead. It’s rare that I completely finish a project before I start my next.  And this week is no exception.

20160814_104457 I’m not quite finished my fall sport-watching wrap but I’ve started my son’s blanket. I’m making a Jack Skellington blanket for his 16th.

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I have the yarn on my desk trying to prompt myself into making more maple leaves for Project Maple for Canada’s 150th . I love the colours; they’re perfect for these leaves; but the yarn is scratchy.

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It’s been a quiet week yarn wise.  I’ve been watching the Olympics and cheering for the Olympians. It’s just amazing that 4th is less than a blink in time from first. While I cheer for the Canadians a little louder, it’s awesome to see such dedication in motion from all the athletes.

What have you been doing while working on your yarn projects? Do you have your next project (or three) planned?

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Special thanks to Part-Time Monster’s #WeekendCoffeeShare for inspiring this Yarn & Coffee Share.