(free pattern below)
Sometimes, in order for my crochet gingham blankets to actually look more like gingham, I have to combine two skeins of yarn to come up with the medium color. It’s always a challenge to find two shades of yarn of the same color and I had been searching for the perfect picnic blue. I finally found it one day in the isles of JoAnns Craft Store.
I am using Bernat Blanket TINY yarn. It is a lot smaller weight than regular blanket yarn and I was attracted to that since I knew I would be combining two skeins together.
The result is a perfectly squishy and soft baby blanket. It feels like a puffy bathrobe. The only downside I found to working with this yarn was the ease in which it flowed through my fingers, it didn’t. It’s a slow yarn, I might say. I found that I was pulling more frequently to keep the tension just right. It sticks to itself if that makes any sense. I liked using a big plastic hook however, and the yarn did slide easily around it.
I used an extended half double crochet (XHDC) for this blanket to get the height of a double crochet, and the security of a chain stitch for the yarn that is being carried through.
Here is a Youtube clip illustrating the stitch:
As with all my blanket projects, I strongly suggest you do a practice swatch if you’ve never tried this technique. And if you are a beginner and never tried this technique, maybe try different yarn for your first gingham project. Then come and do this one. I just don’t want a beginner to get frustrated with the stickiness of this yarn.
4 skeins of Bernat Blanket Tiny yarn in White, 4 skeins in Dungarees
Size M hook, I suggest plastic to make the yarn work easier, but any M hook will do
Finished size 42×44, gauge not necessary, just make sure your tension is not so tight that it turns out like a mat. But not too loose that the yarn you are carrying through has a chance to pull out. Not too tight, not too loose, just right. Lol! (I recommend doing a practice swatch.)
Before you start, you need to prepare the yarn. Wind two skeins of the white together, two of the blue color and then wind together one of each color. And, wind about half of the extra skein of white and blue. You use about a ball and a half of the mixed color because it runs through the entire blanket.
The pattern repeat is 10 + 2. This means you may make a chain any multiple of 10 and then add 2 to any length of blanket you like. But for this blanket:
Chain 90 plus 2 in dungaree/blue (The two is the turning chain) (But it never counts as a stitch)
Work XHDC in the third chain from the hook and in the next 9 chains. Before you finish that last stitch, pull through and change color to mixed. Work the next 10 chains with the mixed color, crocheting over the blue and bringing it along with you. It goes through the work. Just before you pull through to complete the 10th XHDC, pull up the blue to change color, and continue for the next 10 chains with blue, working over the mixed. Repeat switching every 10 chains to the end. The last ten stitches will be in blue. Chain 2 and turn.
In case you are learning and seeing this type of crochet for the first time here is another youtube clip showing you how to carry the yarn.
Work the next 4 rows in the same manner as the first row, alternating the blue and mixed color yarn. At the end of the fifth row, leave a nine-inch tail of the blue, and cut it off to be woven in later. Pull through on the last stitch with the mixed color and chain 2 and turn. Work the first ten stitches in the mixed, then pull through with the white. Alternate the mixed and white for 5 rows.
Continue alternating the blocks of color always using the mixed color in every row. You are alternating the blue and white with the mixed. Make your blanket nine blocks high. I like working with odd numbers so that the beginning and ending rows match.
When you are finished with the last row, tie off and weave in all the ends. Choose any side of the blanket and pull up a loop in blue. Work a row of SC around the entire blanket, working 3SC into each corner and working 2 SC per xhdc on the sides. Slip Stitch to the first stitch and pull through with white. Chain 1 and turn.
Work the next three rows with white, always working 3 SC into each corner and working a slip stitch when you get back to the beginnning, chain 1 and turn. Tie off and weave in the ends.
I found that this blanket did not need blocking at all. It was soft and squishy and wonderful!
Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoy learning this gingham technique and get creative with your own colors! I also have patterns for pink, light pink, purple, red, grey and black and white gingham blankets! Click on the colors or find them all here!