This chart accompanies a free crochet pattern for a gingham check baby blanket. If you would like to crochet the baby blanket, you'll also need the coordinating blue and white chart. You are welcome to use either of these charts for other purposes if you like; there are many ways they could be used in other crochet and needlework projects. The instructions given below will help if you plan to make the gingham check baby blanket.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Yarn: You'll need two contrasting yarn colors. If you want your squares to turn out the same size as mine did, I recommend using yarn that is a size 3 on the Craft Yarn Council's standard weight system. In my project sample, I used Bernat Softee baby yarn in mint, which is a pale green color, and white.
Crochet Hook: Size H, or size needed to obtain the correct gauge.
Other: tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Gauge and Finished Size Information:
1 square = 10.5" square.
It's fine if your squares do not turn out totally square, although it means that your blanket will not be exactly the same size stated in the pattern.
I recommend measuring your first square and then doing a quick bit of math to ensure you'll end up with a blanket in a useable size. Just multiply your square's width by the number of squares needed across (receiving blanket size = 3; crib size = 3; twin size = 6.) Then multiply your square's height by the number of squares needed down (receiving blanket size = 3; crib size = 5; twin size = 8). Those will be the approximate dimensions of the blanket before the edging is added; the edging will add a bit more onto the actual finished size of the blanket.
If your square turned out way too large or way too small, you'll probably want to try again with a different crochet hook.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:
Using white yarn, ch 46. Sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Follow the chart above to crochet the checkerboard pattern using the tapestry crochet technique. You'll want to carry your inactive yarn color so that you are crocheting over top of it as you go. I recommend carrying your green yarn from the very beginning. Then you can just pick it up when you need it. If you are not familiar with this technique, you may wish to take a look at my tapestry crochet tutorial to see pictures and step-by-step instructions for how to do it.
When you are finished working the chart, end off and weave in your ends.