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Martha’s Retro C2C Crochet Apron Pattern – geometric, vintage and fun

Who doesn’t need a retro C2C crochet apron to go about their work in? This fun geometric crochet pattern uses the C2C crochet method and a simple 2 panel construction to make just the thing for vintage lovers.

Simply switch the colours out and make a modern or a Christmas version if you prefer of course, it’s super easy to customise to suit.

The pattern is an easy level and uses colour work in the corner to corner crochet method which I love! I’ll show you how I neatly change colours in my crochet too to make sure you get nice crisp edges to your squares.

You can carry on reading to find the free pattern here in this blogpost or purchase an ad-free, printable PDF version of Martha’s corner to corner apron pattern in my pattern store to download and print. And if you’re anything like me with charts you’ll find it useful to tick the squares off as you go!

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About the Martha C2C Crochet Apron Pattern

I have long been a lover of the corner to corner crochet method which is a great technique that lets you work increasing and decreasing blocks diagonally.

You can keep them simple with a couple of colours or you can really go for it and use a whole host of colours as I have done here.

I was commissioned to design this retro crochet apron a few years ago for Simply Crochet and it was so much fun! I wanted the apron construction to be really simple to make the c2c pattern really shine. It also means that you can make the straps as long or as short as you like to tailor to your shape and size.

One thing I did think about was making a Christmas crochet apron for myself in more festive colours but using the same design – I think it would look fabulous!

Pattern Options

This C2C crochet pattern is a free crochet pattern in both UK and US terms on the blog for everyone to enjoy, just scroll down to find it.

There are a few ways you can access and enjoy this crochet pattern:

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Other Patterns You Might Enjoy

I love doing colour work just like in this apron! So before you get going with your apron, here are some more fun colourful crochet patterns you might enjoy and want to add to your list to make!

Yarn

To make the Martha Retro Apron I used Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran yarn.

It is a 100% cotton yarn at 85m/50g per ball. Here is breakdown of each colour you will need:

5 balls of Yarn E Blush Pink (654)

2 balls of Yarn A Coffee Bean (611)

1 ball of each:

Yarn B Rose Red (614)

Yarn C Lime Green (629)

Yarn D Mandarin Orange (618)

Yarn F Slate Green (627)

Yarn G Champagne White (603)

I would definitely recommend using a cotton yarn for this project rather than any other fibre. Some great alternative cotton yarns are Scheepjes Cahlista yarn (also 100% cotton Aran) and Dishie yarn by WeCrochet (100% cotton worsted weight).

The great thing about all three of these yarns is that they come in a huge selection of colours! You can have great fun choosing them.

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Tension and Sizing

One size fits all for this c2c crochet pattern: 96cm length, 56cm at widest point.

The straps are really easy to customise and as you’ll see from the images have plenty of ease in them to allow you to adjust it to fit nicely.

Tension : 6×6 c2c blocks measure 10x10cm.

Materials

Along with your yarn, you will need the following:

Glossary and Abbreviations

ch(s) – chain(s)

sp – space

ss – slip stitch

beg – beginning

sk – skip

BLO- back loop only

st(s) – stitch(es)

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

rep – repeat

yrh – yarn round hook

Crochet Stitches

The c2c apron pattern uses the following crochet stitches:

Standard UK Crochet TermStandard US Crochet Term
dc – double crochetsc – single crochet
tr – trebledc – double crochet
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Pattern Notes

The apron is made up of 2 panels, which are then joined together. The panels are constructed corner-to-corner, in blocks of (ch3, 3tr).

There are two charts which you will need to refer to for the colour changes.

On the charts, each square represents 1 c2c block. Read the charts from the bottom right-hand corner, where Row 1 is.

Each row is read diagonally, with even-numbered rows read from bottom left to top right and odd-numbered rows read from top right to bottom left. I have written out the first 3 rows with the colour changes for guidance.

Change colour in the yrh (yarn round hook) of the ss at the beginning of the new block.

Charts

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Video Tutorial – changing colour in c2c crochet

If you’ve ever tried c2c crochet with lots of colours you will know just how easy it is to get yourself in a tangle and how difficult it is to get neat colour changes with your yarn.

I have put together a little video of my tips and tricks to make sure that your colour blocks stay neat and sharp.

It will feel very strange to start with but I promise it will make all the difference to your finished apron. It will make the geometric crochet style really sing!

Watch my video tutorial >>> how to neatly change colour in c2c crochet patterns.

Copy of Copy of Retro C2C Crochet Apron Pattern Purchase pattern option

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Martha C2C Retro Apron Crochet Pattern

Standard UK Crochet Terms

Please scroll down for US terms if you would prefer them.

APRON

UPPER PANEL

Using Yarn E, ch6.

Row 1 (RS): Tr in fourth ch from hook, tr in next 2ch, turn. [1 c2c block]

Change to Yarn G.

Row 2 (WS): Ch6. tr in fourth ch from hook, tr in next 2ch, ss into ch-3 sp on next block, (ch3, 3tr) into same ch-3 sp, turn. [2 c2c blocks]

Change to Yarn E.

Row 3: Ch 6, tr in fourth ch from hook, tr in next 2 ch, change to Yarn G, *ss into ch-3 sp on next block, ch3, 3tr into same sp**, change to Yarn E; repeat from * to **, turn. [3 c2c blocks]

Continue following the pattern using the Upper Panel Chart on Page 3

Rows 4-15: Ch6, tr in fourth ch from hook, tr in next 2 ch, *ss into ch-3 sp on next block, ch3, 3tr into same ch-3 sp; rep from * across, turn. [15 c2c blocks]

Rows 16-29: Ss into next 3 sts, ss into ch-3 sp on previous block made, *ch3, 3tr into same sp, ss into next ch-3 sp, ss into ch-3 sp, turn,

Fasten off and weave in ends.

BORDER

With RS facing, join Yarn A into any st.

Round 1 Ch1, *(dc in each st to next ch-3 sp, 3dc in ch-3 sp) across to corner, ch1; repeat from * around ss to first dc to join. [180 sts]

Rounds 2-3: (Working in BLO), ch1, *dc in each st to ch-1 corner sp, (dc, ch1, dc) in corner sp; repeat from *around, ss to first dc to join. [196 sts]

Fasten off and weave in ends.

LOWER PANEL

Refer to the lower panel chart on page 5 for colour changes.

Using Yarn B, ch6.

Row 1 (RS): Tr in fourth ch from hook, tr in next 2 ch, turn. [1 c2c block]

Rows 2-29: Ch6, tr in fourth ch from hook, tr in next 2 ch, *ss into ch-3 sp; rep from *across, turn. [29 c2c blocks]

Row 30: Ss into next 3 sts, ss into ch-3 sp on previous block made, *ch3, 3tr into same sp, ss into next ch-3 sp across; repeat from * across, turn. [29 c2c blocks]

Rows 31-58: Ss into next 3 sts. ss into ch-3 sp on previous block made, *ch3, 3tr into same sp, ss into next ch-3 sp, ss into ch-3 sp, turn.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Repeat Rounds 1-3 of Border on the Lower Panel

JOIN PANELS

Place the Upper Panel above the Lower Panel and pin together, making sure there are 7 c2c blocks on the Lower Panel each side of the join. With WS facing, whipstitch the panels together using Yarn A.

WAIST STRAPS

With WS facing, join Yarn A into the top right corner of the Lower Panel.

Row 1 (WS): Ch1, dc in corner sp, dc in next 3 sts down side of Lower Panel, turn. [4 sts]

Row 2 (RS): Ch1, dc in each st across, turn. Repeat Row 2 until the strap measures 50cm.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

With RS facing join Yarn A into the top left-hand corner of the lower Panel.

Repeat the instructions above to make the second strap.

SHOULDER STRAPS

With RS facing, join Yarn A into the top tight corner of the Upper Panel.

Row 1 (RS): Ch1, dc in corner sp, dc in next 3 sts across top of Upper Panel, turn.

Row 2 (WS): Ch1, dc in each st across, turn. Repeat Row 2 until the Strap measures 45cm.

Fasten off leaving a long tail.

Sew the end of the Shoulder Strap to the top right corner of the Lower Panel making sure the Strap doesn’t twist. You can use the images as a guide.

With WS facing, join Yarn A into the top left corner of the Upper Panel. Repeat the instructions for the first Shoulder Strap

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Standard US Crochet Terms

APRON

UPPER PANEL

Using Yarn E, ch6.

Row 1 (RS): Dc in fourth ch from hook, dc in next 2ch, turn. [1 c2c block]

Change to Yarn G.

Row 2 (WS): Ch6. dc in fourth ch from hook, dc in next 2ch, ss into ch-3 sp on next block, (ch3, 3dc) into same ch-3 sp, turn. [2 c2c blocks]

Change to Yarn E.

Row 3: Ch 6, dc in fourth ch from hook, dc in next 2 ch, change to Yarn G, *ss into ch-3 sp on next block, ch3, 3dc into same sp**, change to Yarn E; repeat from * to **, turn. [3 c2c blocks]

Continue following the pattern using the Upper Panel Chart on Page 3

Rows 4-15: Ch6, dc in fourth ch from hook, dc in next 2 ch, *ss into ch-3 sp on next block, ch3, 3dc into same ch-3 sp; rep from * across, turn. [15 c2c blocks]

Rows 16-29: Ss into next 3 sts, ss into ch-3 sp on previous block made, *ch3, 3dc into same sp, ss into next ch-3 sp, ss into ch-3 sp, turn,

Fasten off and weave in ends.

BORDER

With RS facing, join Yarn A into any st.

Round 1 Ch1, *(sc in each st to next ch-3 sp, 3sc in ch-3 sp) across to corner, ch1; repeat from * around ss to first sc to join. [180 sts]

Rounds 2-3: (Working in BLO), ch1, *sc in each st to ch-1 corner sp, (sc, ch1, sc) in corner sp; repeat from *around, ss to first sc to join. [196 sts]

Fasten off and weave in ends.

LOWER PANEL

Refer to the lower panel chart on page 5 for colour changes.

Using Yarn B, ch6.

Row 1 (RS): Dc in fourth ch from hook, dc in next 2 ch, turn. [1 c2c block]

Rows 2-29: Ch6, dc in fourth ch from hook, dc in next 2 ch, *ss into ch-3 sp; rep from *across, turn. [29 c2c blocks]

Row 30: Ss into next 3 sts, ss into ch-3 sp on previous block made, *ch3, 3dc into same sp, ss into next ch-3 sp across; repeat from * across, turn. [29 c2c blocks]

Rows 31-58: Ss into next 3 sts. ss into ch-3 sp on previous block made, *ch3, 3 dc into same sp, ss into next ch-3 sp, ss into ch-3 sp, turn.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Repeat Rounds 1-3 of Border on the Lower Panel

JOIN PANELS

Place the Upper Panel above the Lower Panel and pin together, making sure there are 7 c2c blocks on the Lower Panel each side of the join. With WS facing, whipstitch the panels together using Yarn A.

WAIST STRAPS

With WS facing, join Yarn A into the top right corner of the Lower Panel.

Row 1 (WS): Ch1, sc in corner sp, sc in next 3 sts down side of Lower Panel, turn. [4 sts]

Row 2 (RS): Ch1, sc in each st across, turn. Repeat Row 2 until the strap measures 50cm.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

With RS facing join Yarn A into the top left-hand corner of the lower Panel.

Repeat the instructions above to make the second strap.

SHOULDER STRAPS

With RS facing, join Yarn A into the top tight corner of the Upper Panel.

Row 1 (RS): Ch1, sc in corner sp, sc in next 3 sts across top of Upper Panel, turn.

Row 2 (WS): Ch1, sc in each st across, turn. Repeat Row 2 until the Strap measures 45cm.

Fasteb off leaving a long tail.

Sew the end of the Shoulder Strap to the top right corner of the Lower Panel making sure the Strap doesn’t twist. You can use the images as a guide.

With WS facing, join Yarn A into the top left corner of the Upper Panel. Repeat the instructions for the first Shoulder Strap

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