If there’s one thing I adore, it’s a crochet checkerboard pattern. I’ve designed so many different variations on the checkerboard that it’s getting hard to keep them all straight. This one you see pictured stands out because it’s the smallest one I’ve ever designed. I’ve found that this one has a whole bunch of different possible uses.
I designed this afghan square with the intention of using it along with multiple other afghan squares of the same size. I’ve crocheted multiple blankets using the squares in this series, and I have ideas for making bunches more of them. I invite you to fire up your imagination and think of the possibilities for all the things you could make with these squares, too. Perhaps you’re planning on crocheting projects like placemats, pillows, afghans, and these squares would be ideal for those types of projects or just about anything else that can be made up of squares.
This particular square is a fantastic little filler that can be alternated with larger designs instead of using solid-colored squares. Check out an example in this Valentine’s Day themed afghan featuring a heart square:
If you want to crochet a blanket like this one, you can use free patterns to do it. Here are some links to the different patterns and design elements you need:
- Click here to get the free crochet pattern for the heart square.
- Click here to get the free crochet pattern for the mini checkerboard square.
- Click here to get the easy scalloped shell edging pattern.
- I recommend using Cascade 220 yarn to crochet this blanket.
Just to give you even more inspiration, here’s a picture of another way I’ve used this particular design. In this blanket, the mini checkerboard is one of many other afghan squares. I call this the “Pattern Sampler Afghan”.
This is my pattern sampler afghan — The free crochet pattern for this blanket is available online.
So there you have a couple of examples of ways this checkerboard square could be used in different crochet projects. What will you do with it? There are zillions more possibilities beyond just these…I hope you’ll have fun coming up with even more ideas.