Hi there! It’s Hannah. I’m really excited to share this Even Squares blanket pattern because I love how it turned out! You may know that we have several patterns for different colors of gingham blankets, and I wanted to create something that used a similar technique but could feel fresh for a baby boy.
This blanket uses tapestry crochet, meaning on the color rows I crocheted over the yarn I wasn’t using and carried it behind my work so I could easily switch back and forth between colors. The full pattern details are below, but if you’ve never carried yarn before, here is a video to show you how!
Patons Canadiana (100% acrylic, 100 g/3.5 oz, 187 m/205 yds)
4 skeins Pale Gray Mix, 1 skein each White, Medium Teal, Teal Heather
Size H/5.00mm hook, tapestry needle, scissors
Finished size 30 in x 30 in
Single Crochet (SC): Insert your hook, yarn over (YO) and pull up a loop, YO and pull through two loops on hook.
Half Double Crochet (HDC): YO, insert your hook, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through three loops on hook.
Chain 103 in Gray. (Or multiply 6 by any odd number, then add 1 for the turning chain.)
Row 1: Starting in the second chain from the hook, work 1 SC in each chain. On the last stitch, pull through with Teal Heather, do not cut Gray.
Rows 2 – 7: In the first stitch from the hook, *with Teal Heather, work 1 SC. In the next stitch work 1 HDC, carrying the Gray behind you as you work. Continue alternating SC, HDC until you have 6 stitches worked. On the 6th stitch, (the last HDC), pull through with Gray before you finish the stitch. Now work the next 6 stitches in Gray, continuing to alternate SC, HDC, and carrying the Teal Heather behind you as you work. On the last HDC, pull through with Teal Heather. Repeat from * to the end of the row.
When you reach the end of the row, chain 1 and turn. You should end with a HDC in Teal Heather, and when you turn to the next row, wrap the gray yarn around the back of your work and continue to carry it behind.
Tip: Each row should start with a SC and end with a HDC, so you are always working a SC into a HDC of the row below and a HDC into a SC of the row below. Always chain 1 and turn at the end of each row.
At the end of row 7, pull through with Gray on the last stitch, and cut the Teal Heather, leaving a tail long enough to weave in later.
Rows 8 – 13: Work 6 rows of alternating SC and HDC in Gray.
At the end of row 13, pull through with Medium Teal, then chain one and turn and carry the gray yarn around the back of your work.
Rows 14 – 19: Repeat rows 2-7, using Medium Teal and Gray.
Rows 20 – 25: Repeat rows 8-13. On the last stitch of row 25, pull through with White, then chain one and turn and carry the gray yarn around the back of your work.
Rows 26 – 31: Repeat rows 2-7, using White and Gray.
Rows 32 – 37: Repeat rows 8 – 13. On the last stitch of row 37, pull through with Teal Heather.
Repeat rows 2 – 37 for the remainder of the blanket, until you reach your desired length and end with a row of white blocks. I ended up repeating the sequence two more times, so that I ended up with three sets of rows of color. When you reach your desired length, work 1 row of SC in gray to match row 1 on the other end of the blanket.
After I wove in my ends with a tapestry needle, I added a simple single crochet border around the edge. To do this, pull up a loop in any corner and chain 1. *Then SC around the entire blanket, working 3 SCs into each of the corners. When you reach the corner you started with, slip stitch into the corner and chain 1 and turn.
Repeat from * four more times, or until you reach your desired border thickness.
Thank you so much for coming to read this pattern, I hope you enjoy making this blanket! When you are finished, please come share a picture with us on Facebook or Instagram, we’d love to see!