Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Crochet checker stitch afghan patterns and ideas

Crocheting a blanket with squares without having to cut and join the yarn together is what I did in this current crochet afghan pattern. Using yarn colors of green and gold for a Green Bay Packers fan and a size M crochet hook.

For this pattern I used Caron Natura One Pound Yarn in Sunflower and Kelly Green. Beginning with a size M crochet hook my starting chain was about 150 to 160 single crochets. The remainder of the afghan was double crochet and I changed the yarn colors as I went along, crocheting over the existing yarn.
The basic pattern is yarning over the new color on the last stitch of the previous color to make the color change clean. Continue to switch colors back and forth every few stitches until the end of the row.
To complete this pattern I was inspired by the Checker Baby Blanket pattern found free on the blog. Also, the following video on changing colors for check stitch crochet is very helpful when crocheting check stitches. These will provide you with the basics on how to crochet your own check afghan pattern.
For more ideas on crocheting square blankets without having to cut the yarn and reattached try out these patterns:
Diagonal Crochet Squares Gingham Blanket – A free pattern featuring diagonal squares that is easy enough for a beginner to crochet.
Entrelac Crochet Blanket – Red Heart Yarns has a free pattern to make an Entrelac crochet blanket plus a helpful video is on the same page to watch to learn how to crochet these squares.
Dynamic DesignCrochet Afghans – 8 Dynamic crochet afghan patterns that feature worsted weight yarn. Patterns include Diagonal Stair Steps Afghan, Greek Key , Interlocked Stripes, Neutral Stripes , Ribbon Stripes, Shadow Stripes , Tile Afghan, and Interlocked Keys Afghan.
The Crocheted Afghans Book – This book has a few great crochet squares patterns in all there are 10 fun afghans to crochet. The book is currently discounted on Annies here or you can find it on Amazon .

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