I’m beyond thrilled to share this gingham crochet pattern with you! Previously I’ve made this blanket with Caron Simply Soft Brand yarn in pinks. I hunted around for some great purples, and I’ve found them at Hobby Lobby.
2 skeins of I Love this Yarn in orchid, 1 skein I Love this Yarn in amethyst, 1 skein I Love this Yarn in white.
Size J hook for the base chain, Size K hook for the rest of the work.
Approximate finish size of the gingham crochet blanket is 36 x 36.
Gauge: 10 sc = 3 inches. (each block of color measured 3 X 3) I feel like guage isn’t that important to this project but if you’d like to know what my tension was using the K size hook, this is what the measurement turned out to be. What is important is to do a sample and make sure you are not making this too tight. You do not want your blanket to turn into a rug. Because you are crocheting over a strand of yarn not in use, it will add to the thickness. So that is why I went up a hook size after I make the foundation chain.
*for a list of abbreviations go to bottom of page*
CH 111, (pattern repeat is 10 plus one), in white.
Switch to your K hook.
SC in the second CH from the hook and the next 9 chains, start the 10th SC, but before you finish, change colors and join the lighter purple, SC over the white strand of yarn as you go for the next 10 SC. However, again, before you finish the 10th SC, pull up the white yarn you’ve been carrying along to finish the stitch.
Repeat this across the whole length of the chain alternating colors every 10 SC.
Chain 1 and turn, carrying the yarn not in use around the corner, and begin again with your 10 SC.
Always change colors on the 10th SC.
After working 10 rows, cut the white color, leaving a long tail to weave in later, and work your ten SC with the light purple. (your rows should have started and ended with the white). After your 10th SC, work in the dark purple.
You are always working over the yarn not in use. If this is confusing, refer to the video clip below to get a glimpse of how easy this is to do.
And here is the finished gingham blanket! I added a simple shell border.
First, before starting the border, I wove in all my ends. Then, I joined in one of the corners, chained one then worked one SC into that space. Then I worked one SC into each space around the whole blanket, working 3 SC into each corner. When I returned to the starting chain, I work the final 2 SC, then slip stitched to the first, chained one, and then turned. I worked another row of all SC around the entire blanket again and did 3 SC into each corner.
I slip stitched again when I returned to the starting SC, chained one and turned. I worked one SC into that corner then skipped over two SC, worked 6 DC. Skip 2 again, work one SC, SK 2, work 6 DC. I worked this pattern around the entire blanket again. And, I did not add anything for the corners. I just kept the pattern going and it worked out perfectly. I joined at the end of the round to the first SC, and tied off.
Keep this tip in mind about gingham: Whatever three colors you choose to work with, there needs to be a light, medium, and dark. The medium color is used in every row. It alternates with the white, and then with the dark. That will ensure that you are making a gingham pattern. Any other variation will look like a checkerboard.
I’d love to answer any questions you might have about this blanket. I am usually on Instagram, but I have a Facebook page too! Or you can simply leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.