The hardest part about making this crochet pink gingham blanket is shopping for the yarn. I’m serious! You’ll need to find two colors that are in the same family but separated by a few shades. And sometimes when you hold the skeins together, you still won’t believe the colors will work. I experimented with Caron Simply Soft in light pink and strawberry and I feel like I have a good representation of pink gingham! So if you’re not sure about which yarn to choose, start with Caron in these three exact shades.
The written pattern is below, but I also have a video tutorial if you are more a visual learner:
Caron Simply Soft (100% acrylic, 170 g/6 oz, 288 m/315 yds)
3 skeins each White, Soft Pink and Strawberry
Size H/5.00mm hook, size J/6.00mm hook, tapestry needle, scissors
Finished size 36 in x 36 in
Single Crochet (SC): Insert your hook, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through two loops on hook.
Chain a multiple of 10 plus 1. If you use this yarn, 130 base chains is approximately 36 inches wide. (It does depend on your own tension, are you tight? or loose?) But also, either do 130 +1, or 110 +1, (not 120 or 140) chains. Each block is ten wide and I like to have the starting color the same as the ending color.
Make the base chain in white and with a smaller size hook (H). (Chain 130 +1 or 110 +1,) whatever you choose.)
Row 1: Change hook size to (J), SC into the second chain from the hook and work 1 SC into each of the next 9 chains for a total of 10 SC. When you get to the tenth SC, do not finish the last step of the stitch, instead, add in and pull through with soft pink. Work 1 SC into each of the next 10 chains with pink. While doing this, crochet over the White yarn not in use and bring it along with you laying it along the row of chains as you work. Be sure and keep it somewhat taut. Change back to white in the tenth stitch and SC with white for the next 10 spaces carrying the pink yarn not in use along with you. Continue alternating the colors every ten stitches.
Rows 2 – 10: At the end of the row, CH 1 and turn, carrying the yarn not in use around the end and continue to crochet over it until needed again. Continue switching colors every 10 stitches, making squares or blocks of white and soft pink.
Rows 11 – 20: At the end of your tenth row, cut off the white, work the first 10 stitches with Soft Pink, on the tenth stitch, pull through with Strawberry. Continue as before alternating the colors every 10 stitches. Soft Pink should be worked into the White SC and Strawberry should be worked into Soft pink on row 11. Always Ch 1 and turn after each row.
Repeat rows 2 – 20 until you have 130 rows. Tie off and weave in all ends before you begin the border.
If you like the border I did, here is the pattern for that. I experimented around until I found something that reminded me of eyelet lace.
Round 1: First, I changed J hook size back to H. When I am only working with one strand of yarn, this is the size I prefer with the Caron yarn. SC into each stitch around the entire blanket, working 3 SC into each corner.
Round 2: Continuing on in the same direction, SC in the next stitch. *chain 5, slip stitch around the post of the SC you just made making a loop. SC into the next 4 stitches*. Repeat from * all the way around. if you happen to be SC-ing around a corner, put 2 SC into the corner SC. Slip stitch to join the round.
Round 3: Continuing on in the same direction, *6 SC into the circle of chains. Skip over the next SC, SC into the next 2 stitches, skip the next SC.* Continue repeating *around the whole blanket.
Round 4: Continuing on in the same direction, SC into each and every stitch. Slip stitch when you get to the stitch you started with and fasten off.
Weave in the ends.
I hope you are successful with your gingham blanket! There needs to be more crocheted gingham blankets in this world, and only hands can make them. Did you know that? A machine can not replicate this blanket. To me, that is why crochet is important and when well done, can become a family heirloom.
If you have any questions about this pink gingham crochet blanket, please see my Crochet Gingham Blanket Frequently Asked Questions post. And when you finish your project, please share and tag me on Instagram or Facebook! I’d love to see!