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Free Crochet Pattern for a Checkerboard Afghan Square

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Christmas Checkerboard Chart -- Gold, Green, and Red
Christmas Checkerboard Chart -- Gold, Green, and Red

Christmas Checkerboard Chart -- Gold, Green, and Red

Chart and Crochet Pattern © Amy Solovay

This crocheted afghan square features a checkerboard design in three different colors. The free crochet pattern includes both written instructions and a color chart.

Project Photo: See a picture of the finished afghan square.

Materials:

Worsted weight yarn in 3 different colors. To crochet the sample square, I used Caron Simply Soft in the following colors:

  • Gold -- Autumn Maize = Color A (Main color)
  • Green -- Dark Sage = Color B
  • Red -- Autumn Red = Color C

Feel free to substitute other colors or brands of yarn.

Crochet Hook:

Size H / 8 - 5.0 mm

Other:

Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends

Finished Size:

The finished square measures 6.25 inches x 6.25 inches prior to adding the edging, and about 6.5 inches square afterwards.

Gauge:

4 sts = 1 inch

Matching this gauge isn't critical unless you have a need for each square to be exactly the same size as my sample. However, if you use more than one of these squares together in the same project, you do need to be certain that you match your own gauge when you crochet all the subsequent squares.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

Design Notes:

Crochet this square in single crochet stitch.

To form the checkerboard pattern, you'll need to know the tapestry crochet technique; you'll also need to know how to change colors in single crochet stitch. There are two colors in each row; when you're not using a color, you'll crochet overtop of that color until you need it again. Anticipate your color changes prior to working them; when you're ready to change colors, you'll need to stop short of completing the last stitch in the old color, pull through a loop of the new color, and then complete your stitch with the new color.

Between rows, ch 1 to use as a turning chain.

Project Instructions:

Using color B (green yarn,) ch 26.

Checkerboard Color Pattern:

Rows 1 - 5: Work 5 sts in color B (green,) 5 stitches in color A (gold,) 5 stitches in color B, 5 stitches in color A, 5 stitches in color B. (This gives you a total of 25 sc sts.)

Rows 6 - 10: Work 5 sts in color A (gold,) 5 stitches in color C (red,) 5 stitches in color A, 5 stitches in color C, 5 stitches in color A. (25 sc sts.)

Row 11 - 15: Repeat rows 1 - 5.

Row 16 - 20: Repeat rows 6 - 10.

Row 21 - 25: Repeat rows 1 - 5.

Edging

An edging is optional. For my sample square, I chose to work an edging in sl st. To work this edging, continue using the same color yarn (color B) to crochet a round of sl st all the way around the square; then change colors to color C and crochet another round of sl st, working into the back loops only.

If you'd rather choose a different edging, check out these free edging patterns.

Finishing the Square:

End off. Weave in ends. Block if desired.

Use this square in the craft project of your choice. I used mine in a patchwork Christmas afghan.

If you make multiple squares, you could whipstitch them together to create an afghan or pillow cover. If you plan to do that, I recommend mixing this pattern with some of the others available in my mix and match series of afghan squares.

If you crochet this design in cotton yarn, a single square could become a dishcloth. There are many possibilities for using this square in different ways.

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