Half Double Crochet Gingham Blanket

Hi friends! As I’m sure you’ve guessed by the picture above, I’m still making gingham blankets! And, honestly, I’ve lost count of how many, I think this is number 20 but don’t hold me to it. 

In this design, I’ve used all half double crochet. I’ve made the checks one and a half inches square I and think this looks like a classic gingham check. I really will look forward to seeing how many color variations you all come up with! 

If you are new to finding us and our gingham check blankets and want to see other color variations, come and join the Daisy Farm Crafters Group on Facebook. There are so many beautiful blankets to see made by crocheters from all over the world! Another great place to see variations is on Instagram under the hashtag #daisyfarmcrafts. 

Before I get to the pattern, I’d love to echo what Hannah, my oldest daughter wrote in her pattern she published yesterday, and for all the new followers that have found us. (Hello you! and welcome to the Farm!)

In a nutshell, we are a family of crocheters who love to share what we are making. We are not professional crocheters by any means, but crochet is a craft that has been passed down through our family and we hope that by writing all our patterns down we can keep passing on that tradition.  

Our blankets our filled with love and hope for future grandchildren to join our family, it’s the main reason why Daisy Farm exists, but we welcome you in and are so glad to have you make blankets along with us to gift to the special new babies that enter your life.

All our blankets do include a pattern repeat, so you can customize the blanket to the size you need. You will have to estimate the yarn amounts if you make it bigger than the pattern offered here. 

Read about us under the MENU heading ABOUT if you’d like to know more. All right, let’s get to the pattern! 

Stitches

Half Double Crochet (HDC): Yarn over, insert hook into designated stitch, yarn over and pull a loop back through, yarn over and pull through all three loops on the hook. 

Front Post Double Crochet (FPDC): Yarn over, insert your hook from front to back, and back around the front of the post (vertical bar of the stitch) to pop the post forward, yarn over and pull a loop back through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through remaining 2 loops.

Back Post Double Crochet (BPDC): Yarn over, insert your hook from back to front and to the back around the vertical bar of the stitch popping the post to the back of your work, yarn over and pull a loop back through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through remaining 2 loops.

If you need a visual on how to carry yarn and also a great tip on how to keep your yarn from twisting while making a gingham blanket, please watch this quick Youtube tutorial: 

Materials

Size 32 x 30 inches 

5 balls Patons Canadiana in Pale Gray Mix

2 balls Patons Canadiana in Black

2 balls Patons Canadiana in Aran

(Click on the highlighted yarn above for specifications)

Size H-5mm crochet hook, size G, 4mm hook 

Scissors

Tapestry needle

(A PDF of this pattern is available on Etsy.)

Pattern

Chain 116 in Black. (If you want to make this a larger blanket the pattern repeat is any odd number times 6, plus 2.) 

Row 1: HDC in the 3rd chain from the hook. HDC in each of the next 5 chains, joining the pale grey mix on the 6th HDC. (6 HDC made in black). HDC with pale grey mix in each of the next 6 chains, crocheting over the black tail and bringing it along with you laying it flat against the chain, pull through with black on the 6th HDC. Alternate across the row switching between black and pale grey mix every 6 chains. (Always pull through on the last step of the 6th stitch of each color change and always crochet over whichever color you aren’t using and carry it along the top of your work.) Chain 2 and turn. (Your last color block should be black.)

Rows 2 – 4: Bringing the pale grey mix around the end on the row, continue crocheting over the tail and HDC in each of the next 6 sts, then pull through with pale grey. Alternate the colors every 6 stitches as in row 1. Always chain 2 and turn. 

Rows 5 – 8: At the end of row 4, pull through with pale grey mix, leave off the black. (You may choose here to cut and weave the tail in later, or leave attached and carry the yarn up the side. The border will not completely cover the carried yarn up the side, so if that bothers you, it’s better if you cut the yarn and weave it in later.) HDC in each of the first 6 sts, joining the aran (cream) on the 6th stitch. HDC with aran into each of the next 6 stitches, working over the pale grey mix. Continue the row alternating every six stitches and laying the yarn not being used across the row and working over it. Chain 2 and turn. 

For the rest of the blanket, continue alternating colors every 4 rows. You will use the pale grey mix in the entire blanket, the black and aran can be cut after using them for 4 rows, or you may choose to carry up the side. (see italics above.)

Border

Round 1: Pull up a loop in any corner and chain 1. HDC into each stitch and HDC 3 times into each corner space. On the sides of the blanket work 6 HDC per 4 rows of color. (If it seems that this is fanning the sides of your blanket too much, try switching to a smaller hook size for the sides.)

Round 2: (if you needed to switch to a smaller hook for the first round, switch back to the hook you used to make the blanket.) Continuing in the same direction, ch 2 and work DC into each stitch around, working 3 DC into the corner st. (Middle the the 3 HDC of the row below.) Do not join and do not turn when round is complete.

Rounds 3 – 5: *Work FPDC around each of the next 2 DC, Work BPDC around each of the next 2 DC. Repeat from * to the corner DC. Work 3 regular DC into the corner st. (middle DC from the row below.) Then continue repeating from *. 

Tip: If the pairs of FPDC or BPDC end up uneven before you reach the corner DC, it’s okay, you’ll pick up the extra FPDC or BPDC on the next round. 

See picture below:

Thanks for coming by! And good luck on making your gingham blanket! 

xoxo, Tiffany

 

Yield: 32 x 30 inches baby blanket

Half Double Crochet Gingham Blanket

Half Double Crochet Gingham Blanket

Materials

  • 5 balls Patons Canadiana in Pale Gray Mix
  • 2 balls Patons Canadiana in Black
  • 2 balls Patons Canadiana in Aran
  • Size H-5mm crochet hook, size G, 4mm hook 
  • scissors
  • tapestry needle

Tools

  • Stitches: 
  • Half Double Crochet: (HDC) Yarn over, insert hook into designated stitch, yarn over and pull a loop back through, yarn over and pull through all three loops on the hook. 
  • Front Post Double Crochet: (FPDC) Yarn over, insert your hook from front to back, and back around the front of the post (vertical bar of the stitch) to pop the post forward, yarn over and pull a loop back through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through remaining 2 loops.
  • Back Post Double Crochet: (BPDC) Yarn over, insert your hook from back to front and to the back around the vertical bar of the stitch popping the post to the back of your work, yarn over and pull a loop back through, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through remaining 2 loops.

Instructions

Chain 116 in Black. (If you want to make this a larger blanket the pattern repeat is any odd number times 6 plus 2.) 

Row 1: HDC in the 3rd chain from the hook. HDC in each of the next 5 chains, joining the pale grey mix on the 6th HDC. (6 HDC made in black). HDC with pale grey mix in each of the next 6 chains, crocheting over the black tail and bringing it along with you laying it flat against the chain, pull through with black on the 6th hdc. Alternate across the row switching between black and pale grey mix every 6 chains. (Always pull through on the last step of the 6th stitch of each color change.) Chain 2 and turn. (Your last color block should be black.)

Row 2-4: Bringing the pale grey mix around the end on the row, continue crocheting over the tail and HDC in each of the next 6 sts, then pull through with pale grey. Alternate the colors every 6 stitches as in row 1. Always chain 2 and turn. 

Row 5-8: At the end of row 4, pull through with pale grey mix, leave off the black. (You may choose here to cut and weave the tail in later, or leave attached and carry the yarn up the side. The border will not completely cover the carried yarn up the side, so if that bothers you, it's better if you cut the yarn and weave it in later.) HDC in each of the first 6 sts, joining the aran (cream) on the 6th stitch. HDC with aran into each of the next 6 stitches, working over the pale grey mix. Continue the row alternating every six stitches and laying the yarn not being used across the row and working over it. Chain 2 and turn. 

For the rest of the blanket, continue alternating colors every 4 rows. You will use the pale grey mix in the entire blanket, the black and aran can be cut after using them for 4 rows, or you may choose to carry up the side. (see italics above.)

Border: 

Round 1: Pull up a loop in any corner and chain 1. HDC into each stitch and HDC 3 times into each corner space. On the sides of the blanket work 6 HDC per 4 rows of color. (If it seems that this is fanning the sides of your blanket too much, try switching to a smaller hook size for the sides.)

Round 2: (if you needed to switch to a smaller hook for the first round, switch back to the hook you used to make the blanket.) Continuing in the same direction, ch 2 and work DC into each stitch around, working 3 DC into the corner st. (Middle of the 3 HDC of the row below.) Do not join and do not turn when round is complete.

Round 3-5: *Work FPDC around each of the next 2 DC, Work BPDC around each of the next 2 DC. Repeat from * to the corner DC. Work 3 regular DC into the corner st. (middle DC from the row below.) Then continue repeating from *. 

Tip: If the pairs of FPDC or BPDC end up uneven before you reach the corner DC, it's okay, you'll pick up the extra FPDC or BPDC on the next round.