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Nested Checkerboard Baby Afghan Square – Free Crochet Pattern


Boy-Friendly Crocheted Baby Afghan Square With Nested Checkerboard Design

Boy-Friendly Crocheted Baby Afghan Square With Nested Checkerboard Design

Click Here to Enlarge This Picture. Photo © Amy Solovay.

Project Overview:

Here we have a large crocheted baby afghan square worked in three different colors of acrylic yarn.

Creating a Baby Afghan From Crocheted Squares:

This square coordinates with several other designs which are intended to be alternated and used together for best results. To create a baby afghan using this design, you'll work multiple squares using single crochet stitch and the tapestry crochet technique. Then you'll join your squares together and add an edging of your choice to complete the project.

Ideas for Baby Afghans:

I've posted two different ideas for using this square in a finished baby afghan. To create either of these afghans, you'd need to combine this design with at least one other coordinating design in the same series.


Yarn Information:

For each baby afghan square, you’ll need three different colors of lightweight yarn. The yarn I used to make the sample is rated as a 3 on the yarn weight system used by the Craft Yarn Council. This is also known as "double knitting" weight or "light worsted" weight.

Yarns Used to Crochet My Sample Square:

Brand: Bernat Softee baby yarn

Colors used:

  • Color A: Pale blue – Corresponds to the darkest blue color on the chart
  • Color B: Baby denim marl – Corresponds to the medium blue color on the chart
  • Color C: White – Corresponds to the white blocks on the chart

This blue and white color combination is ideal for baby boys. If you'd rather create an afghan for baby girls, a quick color change is all you need to make it look more feminine.

Crochet Hook:

I / 9 / 5.50 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.

For Weaving in Ends: Tapestry needle


Finished Size:

Each finished baby afghan square measures approximately 11.25 inches square.


4 stitches and 4 rows = 1 inch.

You do not have to match my gauge exactly when you crochet this square. However, you do have to match your own gauge when you crochet more than one square; all your squares need to be the same size so that you can join them easily. To save time, be sure to check your gauge, and be sure to maintain a consistent gauge from one square to the next.

Color Changes:

See this tutorial for how to change colors in single crochet stitch. Keep in mind that your color changes will always take place starting with the last step of the stitch you work before you want the new color to appear.

Design Note:

While working the charted checkerboard design, you will have one active color and two inactive colors. Crochet overtop of both inactive colors; hold them horizontally, so that they are parallel to the last row you worked. When you form your next stitch, the inactive colors will be hiding inside of the stitch. (It's fine if they peek through a little bit.)

I created a tutorial illustrating a similar concept -- how to crochet over yarn ends. This is the same idea, with the only difference being that in this case you're working with long pieces rather than ends.

This creates a dense, warm fabric.

Free Chart:

Click here to get the nested checkerboard chart you'll need for crocheting this baby afghan square.

Afghan Square Instructions:

Using color A, ch 46. sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Begin working the nested checkerboard chart. One square on the chart = one single crochet stitch. To keep a consistent look throughout the project, you may wish to work overtop of both inactive colors starting at the very beginning of row 1. Work in sc, turning your work at the end of every row; use a turning chain of 1 stitch.

Starting with row 2, work through both loops of the stitches in the previous row.

When you've completed the chart, do not end off.

Edging for the Baby Afghan Square

Round 1: Using color A, work evenly spaced sl sts all the way around the square.

Cut the yarn, leaving a tail of yarn at least 6 inches long for weaving in. Then, remove your hook, and insert it from back to front through the next sl st. Grab the active loop and pull it through the stitch so that it will be on the back of the work. Then end off.

Weave in the ends carefully using a tapestry needle. Your work will be visible on the back of the square, so be as neat as you can.

Matching Checkerboard Afghan Squares

I've created some companion designs for this pattern. You're invited to visit the photo gallery featuring all the other designs.

See more checkerboard patterns for crocheting and knitting.

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