Bunches of reasons. For starters, checkers go well with SO. MANY. THINGS. Not only that, you can style them to look traditional, contemporary, modern, minimalist, country style, or just about any other type of design style you might like. And also because they’re soooo simple, yet they’re usually more interesting than a plain, solid-colored design would be.
Free Checkered Patterns
To make this sweet baby blanket, you simply crochet a whole bunch of colorways of two different squares: a heart square and a checkered square. Then you whipstitch the squares together, add an ultra-simple single crochet edging, and you’re finished. This makes an impressive baby shower gift. Click here to get the free crochet baby blanket pattern.
To make this pouch, you simply crochet two rectangles of checkered fabric; then you stitch them together, and finish by adding a lining and a zipper.
I love making these to use as giftwrap. You can stuff them full of candies, crayons, small toys, jewelry, hair elastics, or cash. They make fun Christmas stocking stuffers or birthday gifts. Click here to get the free crochet pouch pattern.
If you like this checkered diamond pattern, you can use it to make just about any type of crochet project imaginable — perhaps a bedspread, blanket, pillow, table runner, curtain, placemat set or dishcloth. The pattern repeats seamlessly, so you can crochet pieces of this fabric that are as big or small as you like.
Here’s a perfect example of how versatile checkered patterns are. They can look Christmas-y if you pair them with simple pine trees and crochet them in Christmas colors. That’s the idea behind this tapestry crochet blanket pattern. Click here to get the free pattern.
This cushion matches the Christmas blanket pictured above. You can make either project as a standalone item, or make both so you can enjoy owning a matched set.
Checkered Crochet Square Patterns
I designed a whole bunch of different square patterns that all coordinate with each other. Many of them are checkered patterns. Some of them are other types of designs. The Christmas blanket and pillow pictured above are made using two of the squares in this series. Here’s a baby blanket I made using these squares:
Here are links to several of the checkered square patterns from these two blankets:
- Mini Checkered Crochet Square
- Three-Color Checkerboard Crochet Square (and the Christmas versions are here)
Knitting Books Featuring Checkered Patterns
Martin Storey’s Afghan Knits includes multiple sophisticated checkerboard designs. There’s a “Little Folk Pillow” plus matching baby blanket; there’s an “Icelandic Pillow” that incorporates interesting tile-type patterns into the checkerboard design; and there’s a “Sunset Pillow” that features striped circle motifs embedded into each square of the checkerboard. Here are a few pics of these patterns:
This book also includes a variety of other patterns including cable-knit blanket patterns and other contemporary style home decor items. You can see even more pics in my detailed book review of Martin Storey’s Afghan Knits.
This lovely book is both a knitting stitch dictionary and a pattern book. What I love most about it: you can mix and match the knitting stitch patterns with basic silhouettes for knitted sweaters and accessories to customize your own unique wardrobe pieces. If you have no idea how to combine various stitch patterns to create unique knitwear pieces, I think this book is going to be a really exciting find for you.
Check out one example of how you’ll learn to combine checkered patterns with other types of patterns:
Interesting, don’t you think?
This is one of my all-time favorite knitting books, and I think you’re going to LOVE IT too. Check out more details in my book review of The Big 3 Knitting Techniques.
There you have it: Our list of checkered patterns to crochet and knit. I hope you found lots of lovely checkered patterns you can use. Happy crocheting and knitting!
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This page was last updated on 1-9-2020.