Chequerboard Square – Week 23 of the 50 Stitches CAL

The chequerboard square needs you to carry a second strand of yarn, and switch between the 2 colours at regular intervals.

You use the same technique to create plaid patterns.

You can see how to make the Chequerboard stitch for any size project here

You can purchase the ad free, printable version of the pattern on Ravelry for just £2.40 which includes a weekly update with the next square

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-50-stitches-cal

This pattern is written in US terms, but the UK translation is below.

UK Translation

Single crochet (sc) =double crochet

Double Crochet (dc) = treble crochet

The Pattern

For this square you will need a 4mm hook

Start by Chaining 31

Row 1. In the 3rd chain from your hook (turning chain counts as a stitch) make a sc. Sc in next 2 stitches. Sc in the next stitch, but change colour in the final 2 loops.

Changing colour

After each colour change give both threads a tug to make sure they are nice and taught.

Carry the second strand at the bottom of the row

*Carry the second colour taught against the bottom of the row. Make 5sc over the top of the carried yarn, changing colour in the 5th sc* repeat across the row making sure to change colour in the top of the last stitch of the row.

There should be 6 sets of blocks alternating in colour. – 30 stitches

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Turn

Row 2. With the colour that you changed in the final stitch of row 1, make an alternate turning chain in the first stitch. Dc in the next 4 stitches, changing colour in the final 2 loops of the last dc.

Carry the second yarn thread taught against the bottom of the row and dc in the next 5 stitches, changing colour in the last dc. *Make 5 dc over the top of the carried yarn, changing colour in the 5th dc* Repeat between *and*

Do not change colours in the last dc of the row.

All your colours should be the opposite of row 1.

Turn

Row 3. With the same colour you ended row 2, make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch, and make a dc in the next 4 stitches, changing colour in the last dc. *Make 5 dc over the top of the carried yarn, changing colour in the 5th dc* Repeat between *and* change colour in the last stitch of the row

Turn

Row 4-13. Repeat rows 2 and 3.

Turn

Row 14. Chain 1 and sc in the 1st stitch. Sc in the next 4 stitches, changing colour in top of the last sc. 

Carry the second colour taught against the bottom of the row. *Make 5sc over the top of the carried yarn, changing colour in the 5th sc* repeat across the row

Tie off

The Border

Make a sc in each stitch across the top and bottom. In the sides, make 1sc in the side of rows 1 and 14, 3sc in the sides of row 2 and 13 and 2 sc in the side of all other rows.

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