Want to crochet a blanket, or some other type of project that’s made out of squares? If so, this mini checkered crochet square is a fantastic design to have in your pattern stash. Great news: you can download the pattern and chart in PDF format, for FREE, here on our website. Not only that, you’ll find plenty of other matching patterns to go along with this square — so you can plan out a well-matched blanket or project easily.
Pictured above, I’ve crocheted the square in white, red and pink yarn, to go with a red, white and pink crochet heart square I made to celebrate Valentine’s Day. However, this design is certainly not just a Valentine craft project; it is much more versatile than that.
Needlework Techniques You Will Need for Making This Square:
1. Tapestry Crochet:You’ll need to know how to carry unused yarns inside your stitches, and how to work mid-row color changes; this technique is known as “tapestry crochet.” If you haven’t already learned this technique, take a look at these instructions.
If you do check out this tutorial, please be advised that About.com staff has edited the page and also changed their website layout design since I originally published the instructions for them. These changes have garbled the tutorial in some small but aggravating ways, which I am sincerely sorry about. I am unable to edit that page to fix the problems with it. Overall I think it is still useable and helpful, but I do apologize for the minor oddities that are now present.
2. Surface Crochet Slip Stitches: You’ll also need to know how to work surface crochet slip stitches. If you haven’t yet learned how to do that, click here for instructions.
How to Crochet the Square:
Chain 26 to begin. Then work the corresponding chart in 3 colors using the tapestry crochet technique, following the chart for color changes. One square on the chart = 1 single crochet stitch. When it’s time to change colors, be sure to do so by working up to the last step of the last stitch before the color change, then completing the stitch with the new color.
Coordinating Crochet Edgings:
It can be tricky to pair up the perfect combination of crochet squares and crochet edgings. Sometimes the proportions aren’t quite right, and you probably don’t figure that out until after you’ve spent a lot of time crocheting the edging — only to find that it’s not what you wanted. Most aggravatingly, the math doesn’t always work out quite right.
For this particular pattern, I’ve had fantastic success using the simple shell edging pattern you see pictured above. I’ve found the math to be compatible in most cases, and the proportions generally look good together too. I can’t guarantee your success with this combination because everyone’s crochet is a little different, and also because your success will depend quite a bit on the colors, textures and fibers you choose to work with. However, the odds are better than average that you’ll have favorable results with this pairing of square motif and edging.
Download the Free Crochet Pattern
- Find a list of coordinating squares that match this one in the pattern sampler series of free square patterns.
- Pattern Sampler Crochet Afghan: Check out a blanket made from another colorway of the mini checkered square, plus bunches of other coordinating squares in this series.
- Angled Stripes Crochet Square: Here’s a free pattern for another coordinating square in this series.
- Squares to Knit and Crochet: Find a whole bunch more fantastic patterns for knitting and crocheting squares.
About the Author: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer with a background in textile design. She has been crocheting and making crafts since childhood, and knitting since she was a teenager. Her work also appears at AmySolovay.com, ArtsWithCrafts.com and Crochet-Books.com. Amy sends out a free knitting and crochet newsletter so interested crafters can easily keep up with her new patterns and tutorials. If you’re already an Instagram user, Amy also invites you to follow her on Instagram.
This page was last updated on 1-23-2020.