Checkered Race Flag Crocheted Blanket
My 4 year old son loves everything from trains to racecars and especially the new Disney movie "Cars". He loves the outdoors and we spend a lot of time outside. I wanted to make a picnic blanket for us, and more importantly, for him. This pattern is my version of a checkered race flag. It is simply crocheted squares of alternating black and white, sewn together at the end. I used worsted weight yarn, doubled, on a 10mm crochet hook.
800 yards each of black and white super bulky yarn
(sample shown in Caron One Pound, 2 balls each of black and white, yarn doubled throughout)
10mm crochet hook
Gauge: one square = 12"
Square (make 17 black and 18 white):
ch4, slip stitch into first chain to form ring.
Round 1: ch3 (counts as dc), 2dc into ring, ch2, *3dc into ring, ch2*. Repeat from * 2 times more. Ch 2, slip stitch into top of ch3 at beginning of round.
Round 2: slip stitch into the first 2 dc's and in the first ch2 loop. Ch3, 2dc in ch2 space, ch2, work 3dc into same space. *ch1, work 3dc, ch2, 3dc into next ch2 loop*. Repeat from * 2 times more. Ch1, join with slip stitch into top of ch3 at beginning of round.
Round 3: Slip stitch into the first 2 dc's and into the first ch2 space. Ch3, 2dc into ch2 space, ch2, work 3dc into same space. Ch1, work 3dc into next ch1 space, ch1. *Work 3dc, ch2, 3dc into next ch2 space. Ch1, work 3dc into next ch1 space, ch1*. Repeat from * 2 more times. Join with slip stitch into top of ch3 at beginning of round.
Work the next 2 rounds exaclty the same but work the following into each ch1 space on each side of square: (ch1, 3dc, ch1).
After you have made 17 black and 18 white squares, line them up according to the photo above. Using the tapestry needle, sew the motifs together.
With black yarn, work one row of sc around entire perimeter of blanket, working 3 single crochets into each of the four corners. Fasten off.