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Who knew that making crochet look like a gingham pattern could be so simple? Trust me, once you get a hang of carrying the yarn through your work, and working with two colors at once, this gingham blanket is a breeze!
Previously, I have made a pink gingham and a purple gingham blanket using all single crochet. You can look under the menu heading “Baby Blankets” to find them if you’d like an even easier pattern. I wanted this black and cream blanket to have more texture so I used the griddle stitch, which is alternating SC and DC.
Caron Simply Soft (6 oz/170.1 g approx 315 yards, medium 4 weight)
2 skeins in heathered gray, 1 skein in off white, 1 skein in black
A size “I” hook and a size “J” hook
Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.
Finished size: approximately 36 x 34 inches
Gauge isn’t necessary, just make sure you are not crocheting too tightly. Since you are always working over a strand of yarn, it will be a bit thicker so you don’t want this turning into a rug. I always suggest you work a small sample before starting in on the whole blanket for the best results. Also, feel free to adjust your hook size.
*for a list of abbreviations, look at the end of this post.*
Chain 111. (Pattern repeat is 10 + 1 if you’d like to make yours bigger) with black.
In the second CH from the hook, work one SC. In the next stitch, work a DC. Alternate SC and DC in the next 8 stitches for a total of ten. However, before finishing the tenth stitch, (which will be a DC) join the gray. Here is where you will be crocheting over the strand of black. It will run through the work. Continue alternating SC and DC, and before you pull through on the tenth DC, drop the gray and pull through with the black.
Repeat changing colors across the entire row. Keep in mind that you will always be changing colors on a DC. When you get to the end of the row, CH one and turn. Bring the gray yarn around the side and make sure you are working over the yarn. Start this row with a SC. You will be working into the top of the last DC you made from the row below. Begin alternating the stitches as before.
When you complete a block of ten rows high, cut the black yarn, leaving a nine-inch tail to be woven in later. Pull the gray color through, CH one and turn. Work alternating SC, DC with the gray into the top of the black stitches. On the tenth stitch, join in the off white. Continue on as before with your alternating SC DC, always crocheting over the gray, and then pulling it up after ten stitches.
When you complete another block of ten rows, cut the off white, leaving a nine-inch tail, join in the black and continue with your gingham pattern, alternating the colors for a total of nine blocks high. Or more if you wish! It’s up to you. I started with a row of black and gray and finished with a row of black and gray to make it look finished and even.
For the border, after you have woven in all the ends, choose a corner and pull up a loop, SC in that stitch and each stitch around, using 3 SC into each corner. Slip Stitch to join, CH 1 and turn. Alternate 2 DC into one stitch, then 1 SC into the next all the way around the blanket, slip stitch to join at the end of the round. fasten off and weave in the remaining ends.
Still confused? Check out this little clip: