CHECKERBOARD BABY BLANKET
INTERMEDIATE FINISHED MEASUREMENT
37 inches square, excluding Fringe
• Berroco Comfort medium ( worsted) weight nylon/ acrylic yarn ( 31/2 oz/ 210 yds/ 100g per ball): 7 balls each # 9732 primary yellow and
# 9813 multi brights • Size L/ 11/ 8mm crochet hook or size needed
to obtain gauge • Smaller crochet hook for Fringe • Tapestry needle
6 blocks = 61/2 inches measured across side edge
Hold 2 strands together throughout. Begin and end each row with 8- inch tails. Do not weave in these tails. Tails will be encased in each Fringe. Chain-3 at beginning of row or block does not count as first half double crochet unless otherwise stated. Join with slip stitch as indicated unless otherwise stated.
Increase block (inc block): Ch 6, dc in 4th ch from hook (beg 3 sk chs count as ch-3 sp) and in next 2 chs. Block: (Sl st, ch 3— see Pattern Notes, 3 dc) in indicated ch-3 sp. Decrease block (dec block): (Ch 3, 3 dc) in indicated ch-3 sp.
Row 1 (RS): With 2 strands (see Pattern Notes) of yellow and leaving an 8- inch tail (see Pattern Notes), inc block (see Special Stitches), leaving and beg with 8- inch tails, change color (see Stitch Guide) to multi brights in last dc, turn. (1 block)
Row 2 ( WS): Inc block, block (see Special Stitches) in beg ch-3 sp of previous row, leaving and beg with 8- inch tails, change color to yellow, turn. (2 blocks)
Row 3: Inc block, block in ch-3 sp of each block across, leaving and beg with 8- inch tails, change color to multi brights, turn. (3 blocks)
Rows 4–34: Rep row 3, changing color at end of each row. (34 blocks at end of row 34)
Row 35: Inc block, block in ch-3 sp of each block across. Leaving an 8- inch tail, fasten off. (35 blocks)
Row 36: With WS facing, join (see Pattern Notes) 2 strands of next color in ch-3 sp of first block, dec block (see Special Stitches) in same sp, block in ch-3 sp of each rem block across to last block, sl st in ch-3 sp of last block. Leaving an 8- inch tail, fasten off. (34 blocks)
Rows 37–70: Rep row 36, changing color in each row. (2 blocks at end of row 70)
Row 71: With RS facing, join 2 strands of yellow in ch-3 sp of first block, dec block in same sp, sl st in ch-3 sp of last block. Leaving an 8- inch tail, fasten off. (1 block)
Work Fringe in first and 3rd dc of each 3- dc group at end of rows. Do not work in beg ch sps. For each Fringe across edges, cut 3 16- inch strands of matching color. Fold strands in half to form a lp. With RS facing, insert smaller crochet hook from WS to RS through top of dc. Place fold on hook and draw fold through, forming a lp. Thread ends of strands through lp and catching matching beg or end tail in lp, pull to tighten. Rep to attach Fringe in first and 3rd dc of each 3- dc group around. For each Fringe in corner dc, cut as many strands of each color as needed to make an 8- strand Fringe with 4 strands of each color and join in same manner as other Fringe. Trim ends evenly.
This bright and colorful blanket will keep Baby warm and is a perfect size to spend time playing peekaboo!