This is the first time I’ve tried mixing up colors for a gingham blanket and I don’t think it will be my last!
I absolutely love how the colors still look good alternating with the grey. Usually, I use two shades of one color paired with a white or cream to create the gingham look, so I was curious to see if this would look okay.
I think you could make this with a lot of different colors, you don’t need to limit it to three, but for a baby size blanket, I wasn’t able to use the third color a second time.
Maybe in hindsight, I should have stuck to just two colors to avoid only one row of the dark teal? But in order to use more of the darker teal, I decided to use that color for the border.
I think that pulled the look together and I really love how it turned out.
And so did baby James!
If this is your first attempt at making this type of blanket, it might be helpful to read our post How to Crochet a Gingham Blanket. That will give you an overview of the concept behind carrying yarn.
If you need a video tutorial to show you how to carry yarn, and switch colors every ten stitches, check out the video for our Griddle Stitch Black Gingham Blanket below.
For a blanket size 32 x 32 inches approximately
Gauge: 3 inches = 10 sts and 8 rows (taken from blanket)
Patons Canadiana Yarn (100% acrylic, 100 g / 3.5 oz, 187 m / 205 yds, 4 weight) tap name of yarn to shop on Yarnspirations.com
3 skeins Pale Grey Mix, 2 skeins Winter White, 1 skein each of Fool’s Gold, Teal Heather and Medium Teal
Size I 5.5 mm hook (or size needed for your personal tension), tapestry needle, scissors
SINGLE CROCHET (SC): Insert your hook, yarn over (YO) and pull up a loop, YO and pull through two loops on hook.
DOUBLE CROCHET (DC): YO, insert your hook, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through two loops, YO and pull through remaining two loops.
Griddle Stitch: The alternating pattern of SC, DC is called Griddle Stitch (or, I’ve heard it called Lemon Peel Stitch). The beginning of each row always begins with a SC worked into the DC of the previous row. DC is worked into the SC of the previous row. Every row always ends with DC.
Half Double Crochet (HDC):YO, insert your hook, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through all three loops on hook
With Winter White, chain 111, (Pattern repeat is any odd number times 10 plus 1)
Row 1: In the second CH from the hook, work one SC. In the next stitch, work DC. Repeat alternating SC and DC across the next 8 stitches. Before finishing the tenth stitch, (which will be a DC) pull through with Pale Grey Mix. Do not cut Winter White, crochet over it as you work the next 10 sts of alternating SC and DC. Before you pull through on the tenth DC, drop Pale Grey Mix and pull Winter White through.
Now work the next 10 sts with Winter White and crocheting over Pale Grey Mix. Repeat changing colors every 10 sts 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 of the blanket to start the next row. (Your last block of color should be Winter White.)
Row 2 through 8: Begin in the first st with SC, (this is worked into the top of the DC of the previous row.) DC into the next st. Repeat alternating SC and DC across the next 8 stitches and change colors as explained in row 1.
Tip: gently give the yarn being carried a little tug before pulling up and crocheting with it. This will help it lay flat against the row. You will see the yarn being carried, but when the overall blanket is finished, it blends in and adds to the overall look.)
When you complete a block of colors 8 rows high, cut Winter White, 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 Winter White stitches. On the tenth stitch, join in a Color. Continue on as before with your alternating SC DC, always crocheting over the gray, and then pulling it up after ten stitches.
Rows 9-16: Continue the Griddle Stitch alternating a Color with Gray.
Rows 17-24: Use alternating Gray and Winter White as in rows 1-8.
Repeat rows 9-24: until you have 11 blocks of color in height (88 rows.) The order of colors for this blanket are Medium Teal, Fool’s Gold, Teal Heather, Medium Teal, Fool’s Gold.
Tie off and weave in the ends.
Round 1: With Teal Heather, pull up a loop anywhere on the side of the blanket. CH 1 and work HDC into that same space. Work 2 HDC at the end of a row, skip a row, work 2 HDC into the next row, work 3 HDC into each corner, HDC into each stitch on the bottom and top sides. Join with a SL ST to the first HDC of the round, CH 1 and turn.
Round 2: Work HDC into each HDC of the previous round, work 3 HDC into the center HDC of each corner. Join with a SL ST to the first HDC, CH 1 and turn.
Round 3: Work SC into each HDC of the previous round, 3 SC into the center HDC of each corner. Join with a SL ST to the first SC, CH 1 and turn.
Tie off and weave in the ends.
Thank you so much for stopping by! If you want to see other gingham blankets that we have made, try looking at this post 25 Gingham Blanket Patterns.
And, if you a fan of Patons Canadiana yarn like we are, try looking at this post called 18 Free Patterns made with Patons Canadiana for more ideas.
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