I sometimes design printed fabrics, and just about every textile manufacturer I have worked for has some variation of a gingham check on their best-seller list. Since this classic design theme has such widespread appeal, I thought it would be nice to create a crocheted version of a traditional gingham check pattern.
While you'd normally think of a gingham as being a lightweight cotton or cotton blend fabric, I chose to crochet my new version in acrylic baby yarn.
I designed this baby blanket especially with baby boys in mind. If you change a detail or two -- the size, and / or the colors -- it could work well for people of all ages and both genders. When crocheted in the colors shown, and made in a crib size or twin size, the afghan could accompany the little boy well into childhood as he grows up. The choice is yours; I've included multiple sizes so that you can choose which one you think will work best for the recipient you have in mind.
Skill Level: Intermediate
To make the baby afghan as pictured, you'll need Bernat Softee baby yarn, or comparable baby yarn, in the following colors:
- Pale Blue
- Mint green
You can substitute other colors or brands of yarn.
Size H, or size needed to achieve the correct gaugeOther:
Tapestry Needle for stitching the squares together and weaving in your ends
One square = 10.5 inches
Receiving Blanket Size: This is the version pictured in the photo above. The blanket is 3 squares wide by 3 squares high. The receiving blanket is the smallest size; if you crochet squares measuring 10.5 inches each, your blanket will measure approximately 31.5 inches square before you add the edging. The edging you choose will affect the final measurement of the blanket.
Crib Size Blanket: The crib sized blanket is 3 squares wide by 5 squares long for a total of 15 squares. If your squares each measure 10.5 inches, your blanket will end up being approximately 31.5 inches wide by 52.5 inches long before you add the edging.
Twin Size Blanket: The twin size blanket is 6 squares wide by 8 squares long for a total of 48 squares. If your squares each measure 10.5 inches, the twin size blanket will measure approximately 63 inches wide by 84 inches high before you add the edging.
Other Sizes: Feel free to make this blanket in other sizes if you like. There are several ways you could change the size. One is to simply crochet more (or fewer) squares. The other is to work at a different gauge; you could use different yarn and / or a different crochet hook to achieve significantly different results.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:
Additional Relevant Pages to look at and / or Print Out:
- Blue and white checkerboard color chart
- White and mint green checkerboard color chart
- If you are making either the crib size or the twin size blanket, be sure to print out the appropriate placement diagram: crib size placement diagram; twin size placement diagram
- On this page, you can see a large photo of a bunch of the finished squares. I've also posted a large photo of the blue and white checkerboard afghan square -- no need to print these pages if you'd rather save the ink, but you might want to at least take a quick peek at them.
- Joining the afghan squares: There are several pages on this topic you might want to look at; I've posted a large close-up picture of the process for joining these squares together. I used whip stitch to do this. You might also want to review my article about how to join squares for further information.
Baby Afghan Instructions:
Receiving Blanket Sized Afghan: Make 5 of the blue and white squares; make 4 of the white and blue squares. Using whip stitch, or the seaming technique of your choice, sew the squares together to create the main body of the baby afghan. Refer to the photo above for placement; you'll alternate the squares, placing blue and white squares in each outer corner. When you are finished joining the squares, skip to the edging instructions below.
Crib Sized Afghan: Make 8 of the blue and white squares; make 7 of the white and green squares. Using whip stitch, or the seaming technique of your choice, sew the squares together to create the main body of the baby afghan. When you join your squares, refer to the crib-sized afghan placement diagram. You'll alternate the squares to form a checkerboard of checkerboards, as shown on the placement diagram. When you are finished joining the squares, skip to the edging instructions below.
Twin Sized Afghan: Make 24 of the blue and white squares; make 24 of the white and green squares. Using whip stitch, or the seaming technique of your choice, sew the squares together to create the main body of the baby afghan. When you join your squares, refer to the twin-sized afghan placement diagram. You'll alternate the squares to form a checkerboard of checkerboards, as shown on the placement diagram. Then add an edging as noted below, or the edging of your choice.
Baby Afghan Edging: I recommend using a simple edging to finish off this blanket, especially if you are making the blanket for a boy. For my project sample, I used a no-fuss single crochet edging around the outside of the blanket.
If you'd prefer a fancier edging, you're invited to choose one from the following pages: