Whenever I find two shades of color in a yarn that will work for gingham, I buy them. That’s what happened for this blanket one day last fall as I happened to be walking the yarn aisle of Hobby Lobby. I’d never come across two shades of teal before in baby yarn.
Usually, I find only one shade of each in pastel colors. When that happens, then I use my combining the yarn technique in order to get the gingham look. But that day last fall was a lucky day!
Here are a few tips before you get started that will help you understand the pattern. Each block is 11 stitches wide, and 10 rows high. They are measuring roughly 2.5 inches square. But, please do a practice swatch and work with your own personal tension. Everyone crochets differently. The important thing is to make the blocks square.
This stitch pattern is essentially alternating SC and DC that are stacked on top of each other. So a SC stitch is always worked into the top of a SC, and the same for a DC always worked into the DC of the row below. Each row will begin and end with a SC. You will always chain one and turn.
You are crocheting OVER the yarn not in use. This works! It stays relatively hidden through your work, and the bits of color that do show through give the blanket more of the gingham feel.
Don’t worry if none of that made sense, there is a video tutorial you can watch at the end of this post.
You are going to want to keep one color to the front of your work and one to the back. When you are working with two strands of yarn at the same time, if you switch color without paying attention to having one color stay to the front and one to the back, the yarn will twist on you.
The best way for me to explain this to you is to have you watch the video below (you can also click here to watch on YouTube.)
Baby Bee Sweet Delight (60% acrylic & 40% polyamide, 4 oz/377 yds)
2 skeins Surf Baby (medium shade), 1 skein Teal Too (dark shade), 1 skein Angel (white)
Size H/5.00mm hook, scissors, tapestry needle
Finished size 32 in x 28 in
Single Crochet (SC): Insert your hook, yarn over (YO) and pull up a loop, YO, pull through two loops.
Double Crochet (DC): YO, insert your hook, pull up a loop, YO, pull through two loops, YO, pull through remaining two loops.
Chain 122 with the medium shade. (Pattern repeat is 11 plus 1. This means you can make any size you’d like, just make sure it’s a multiple of 11, then add 1.)
Row 1: SC in second chain from hook. *DC next stitch, SC in the next, repeat * for a total of 11 stitches. In the 11th stitch, which will be a SC, pull through just before finishing the stitch with dark shade of yarn. DC in next stitch bringing the medium shade along the work and crocheting over the yarn. *SC next stitch, DC in the next, repeat * for the next 11 stitches. Pull up the medium shade and change colors just before you finish the DC. Continue alternating the color changes every 11 stitches and continue working the pattern of alternating DC and SC. Your last stitch should be a SC. CH 1 and turn.
Row 2: Bring the dark shade around the end of your work and continue crocheting over this strand. Work your first SC into the SC you just made of the row below. Then, work a DC into the next DC. Continue this alternating pattern and before you finish the 11th stitch, pull up the lighter shade to change colors. Now work the next 11 stitches with the new color, switching back to the darker shade in the 11th stitch. Finish alternating colors to the end of the row, chain one and turn.
Rows 3 – 10: Continue switching colors every 11th stitch. Pull through the last stitch with the white color.
Row 11: Cut off the dark shade, leaving a long end to weave in later, about nine inches. Work your alternating SC and DC into the next 11 spaces with white and crocheting over the medium shade. At the 11th stitch, pull through with the medium shade. Now work the pattern across alternating white and medium shade. Continue for 9 more rows.
Repeat this pattern for the rest of the blanket.
Tip: You will use the medium shade throughout the entire blanket. You will only cut off the white or the darker shade. Please read this post of frequently asked questions if you need more help.
Weave in all the ends when you finish your blanket. Pull up a loop in any corner and work one SC. SC around the entire blanket, working 3 SC into each corner space and work one SC per stitch on the sides of the blanket. Finish the round by working the remaining 2 SC into the corner space, slip stitch to the starting SC, chain 2 and turn.
DC into the top of each SC around, working 1 DC, CH2, 1 DC into the center SC of each corner. Finish with 1 DC into the starting SC, Ch 2 and slip stitch into the top of the turning chain. CH 1 and turn.
SC into the top of each DC and work 3 SC around each chain 2 spaces in the corners. Join with first SC and tie off. Weave in remaining ends with tapestry needle.
I hope you’ve enjoyed making this blanket! It is one of my very favorites. Stay tuned for more, because I found some beautiful shades of yellow!
I’d love to be your crochet friend on Instagram or Facebook. Come and follow along. I share as I go, and always publish the pattern after the project is finished. I’m crocheting in hopes to be a grandma someday and these blankets are my expression of faith. It’s been so fun to have you all along with me on the journey.