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13+ Easy and Stylish Checkered Crochet Patterns

I’ve rounded up my favourite checkered crochet patterns.

The checkered pattern has not only made a comeback but it’s here to stay!

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It’s not known for sure when the checkerboard started being used in man-made objects but we do know that weavers have a long history of using the checkerboard pattern.

For me the checkerboard pattern takes me right back to when I was first introduced to Ska music.  Used as a symbol of the Ska scene it was on album covers as well as in the fashion we wore.

More recently, I’ve seen Abby O’Brien wear the checker pattern in Series 5 of Chesapeake Shores. And in Netflix’s dark fairy tale, Nightbooks, there’s one scene where we get to see that Alex is wearing checkered pumps.

What is the checkerboard pattern?

The checker is a pattern of stripes with crossed horizontal and vertical lines which form squares. Typically the checker pattern contains two colours where a single checker (a single square within the check pattern) is surrounded on all four sides by a checker of a different colour.  Think chess board and you’ve got it.

graph detailing a checkerboard pattern
Checkerboard graph for my crochet knot bag

The crochet stitch for the checkerboard pattern is easy. 

If you can crochet basic stitches you’ll have no problem crocheting the checkerboard pattern.

If this is your first time crocheting with the checkered pattern, a great place to start is this free tutorial from Dream a Little Bigger.

This is also a great resource if you haven’t changed colours in your crochet projects before.

If you’re a visual learner you’ll love the photos to guide you in this crochet tutorial.

Have fun!

Pinterest Pin stylish check pattern crochet projects showing a checkered rug, checkered tote bag, check pattern Afghan and checkerboard gameboard

Stylish Checkered Crochet Patterns

Patterns available in this collection:

You’ll find a crochet checkerboard pattern for a bucket hat in this collection.

Whether you’re looking for a check pattern crochet project for yourself or to gift, I hope you enjoy crafting with these stylish crochet patterns.

1. Checkerboard Placemats Crochet Pattern

A corner of a dining table with a check pattern crochet placemat on the table and a hot drink in a white cup

This checkered crochet pattern is fabulous for practicing the technique on a smaller project.

The finished size of each placemat measures approximately 35cm/14in to 47cm/18in.

The checkerboard crochet placemat is a free crochet pattern and available instantly as a downloadable PDF.

You’ll need Aran/Worsted yarn in cotton and a 4.5mm crochet hook to complete this project.

An easy way to add the checker pattern to your home décor, you’ll feel proud of this finished checkerboard crochet project and be eager to show off your new talents 🙂

Tip:  try this beginner crochet pattern before you move on to other projects.

Wall hangings are another way to spruce up your home, browse these free crochet patterns for ideas and inspiration.

2. Checkerboard Granny Square

crochet check pattern granny square in golden brown and white
Crochet For You

Once you’re feeling ok with the checkerboard crochet stitch, move on to using the stitch for making a granny square

You’ll be able to experience the crochet stitch on a smaller scale, become even more confident with each granny square you make and decide on the size of your blanket.   

You could also use the granny squares to make a cushion cover

Use this brilliant step-by-step tutorial (scroll down the page) for how to join your granny squares together to make a cushion cover.

This free crochet pattern uses Aran/Worsted yarn and a 5.5mm crochet hook.

Best gifts for crocheters? Get inspired with my gift guide

3. Checkerboard Basket Crochet Pattern

crochet check pattern basket in green, red, blue, yellow and purple
Stitching Stone Design/LoveCrafts

This crochet pattern has instructions and photos for making this colourful checkerboard basket.

While rated as intermediate, if you’re an advanced beginner with some experience you should be able to follow the detailed instructions provided. 

If this is your first colour work project, this crochet project is a good place to start.

The checkerboard basket measures approximately 7″ x 4.5″ x 5.5″

Perfect for many occasions, this check pattern basket makes a great gift basket or a basket to hold a potted plant or an arrangement of flowers.

Create your own colour palette and have fun working up this gorgeous checkerboard crochet basket!

Tip: 1 skein each of 5 colours can make several baskets. Treat yourself to hand dyed yarn and switch the colours around. Use the basket for different purposes around your home or keep one for you and gift the rest.

4. Checkered Crochet Bag Pattern

crocheted checkered bag in navy and white hands off a hook on a white door
Jera’s Jamboree

My free crochet pattern is worked in rows with no decreases and is suitable for confident beginners.

Inspired by the Japenese Knot, this checkered bag looks stylish and elegant.

Yarn weight: DK (200g)

Measurements: 32cm (12.5 inches) width x 46cm (18 inches) long handle height

A great first crochet project!

5. Crochet Checkered Tote Bag Pattern

crochet checkered tote bag in blue and white
Photo Credit: Nastja Crochets

This bestselling crochet checkered bag pattern is similar to mine but the handles are different.

You’ll have access to a video tutorial and PDF instructions.

The pattern is easy to follow but if you’re a beginner at crochet you will highly likely need the video tutorial.

I love that shop owner Anastasiia has taken note of reviews and updated her pattern.   It shows she’s taking excellent care of her customers.

6. Crochet Ribbed Checker Beanie Hat

two women face away wearing checkerboard beanie hats
Hay Hay Crochet

The checkerboard beanie hat is a great introduction to this pattern.

Crocheted in mostly half double crochet (UK half treble), your hat will work up in no time!

Supplies needed:

  • Aran/Worsted weight yarn (92 grams)
  • 5mm crochet hook
  • stitch markers (optional)
  • scissors
  • yarn needle

Measurements: 8.5 inches tall x 17.5 inches wide (material stretches)

Following the video alongside the tutorial will guarantee your success.

Crochet Tip: use stitch markers at the end of rows to keep your edges straight.

7. Mens Checkered Scarf Crochet Pattern

This video tutorial will show you how to crochet a checkered scarf step-by-step.

Yarn weight: Aran/Worsted (250g)

The recommended yarn, Loops & Threads Impeccable, is discontinue. You’ll find a list of substitutions on YarnSub.

Scarf length: 140cm

Mens checkered crochet scarf styled on a mannequin

8. Checkerboard Crochet Shawl Pattern

white young women wearing a white tshirt and jeans with a check pattern crochet shawl wrapped round her shoulders
Knot Yourself Out/LoveCrafts

This easy crochet shawl pattern is suitable for beginners.

Written in US terms, the check pattern shawl is crocheted in aran/worsted yarn.

Alternating crochet stitches of double crochet and double crochet with chain spaces completes this checkered crochet pattern. 

There’s lots of photos to guide you.

Finished size: approximately 26 x 60”

Unique and eye-catching, you’ll have everyone asking where your shawl came from!

9. Portable Crochet Checkerboard Pattern Game Board

crochet checkerboard game.  Squares in grey and cream with black and red crochet game pieces
Winding Road Crochet

This free crochet pattern is great practice for learning the checkerboard crochet pattern on a larger project. 

You’ll be working towards a finished project that you’ll be able to use and enjoy with family and friends.

Looking for a quick and easy crochet gift? This is perfect!

The board is designed to be portable. The addition of a button, turns this game board into into its own carry case.  Inspired!

If you prefer to work from a PDF, this pattern is available to buy on Etsy.

10. Mitered Checkerboard Afghan Crochet Pattern

Armchair with a mitered check square Afghan in grey and mustard draped over the back and seat

You will need a basic understanding of crochet tension, know how to work the single and reverse single crochet and be comfortable seaming with the whip stitch for this free checkerboard crochet blanket pattern.

Included with the pattern is full video crochet tutorial demonstrating the mitered square and how to assemble the Afghan. 

There is also a colour and assembly diagram which shows you which colours go where.

This finished Afghan measures approximately 48.5” ( 123 cm) x 64.5” (163 cm)

Worked in chunky yarn, there are 12 rows in each mitred square and you will need a total of 192 squares. 

If you’re looking for a quick crochet project, it’s not this one! 

Take your time and savour every stitch!

11. Checkerboard Crochet Blanket Pattern

This video tutorial will take you through crocheting a Tunisian crochet checkered blanket for a baby (although you can make a blanket any size).

Worked with a standard crochet hook, you’ll be using Tunisian Simple Stitch.

I think the check pattern looks stunning using the velvet yarn in this blanket.

For a baby blanket you’ll need 120g of velvet yarn.

12. Checkered Crochet Cardigan Pattern

women is wearing a cropped checkered crochet cardigan in lime green and white
Lindsey Boutique

This crochet checkerboard pattern is aimed at an intermediate level however, I think it would also be suitable if you were confident at easy level projects and you’re ready for a challenge.

Crochet stitches in this project:

  • dc = double crochet (UK treble crochet)
  • sc = single crochet (UK double crochet)
  • slst(s) = slip stitch(es)
  • dc2tog = double crochet 2 together (UK treble crochet 2 together)
  • blo single crochet- blo sc= back loop
    single crochet (UK back loop only double crochet)

Supplies needed:

  • Paintbox Simply Aran (5 balls of each colour)
  • 4 mm hook
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors

13. Red Heart Crochet Checkered Rug

crochet checkered rug in blue and white yarn

Co-ordinate your placemats and blanket with this classic crochet checkered rug.

This pattern works up with two strands of Aran/Worsted cotton yarn held together.  The recommended yarn is discontinued but you can use any cotton yarn of the same weight.

You’ll create two strips which are then joined together.

A border of single (US)/double (UK) crochet stitch brings it all together.

This checkerboard rug crochet project measures approximately 24 x 31” without the fringe.

Tip: Add the fringe for a boho look or leave it off for classic, clean lines.

14. Checkered Crochet Vest

A woman is wearing a black and white checkered vest

I like this checker pattern for a couple of reasons – the checker design is created using the intarsia technique (no carrying yarn across the rows so it doesn’t add bulk to the vest) and also the crochet stitches are worked between stitches (not in the top loops) creating a more open fabric. I imagine the vest is lovely and lightweight.

Written for sizes XS to 5X, this garment is worked in 2 pieces and then seamed together.

Download the PDF for free on the numbered link above.

I hope you’ve found inspiration and ideas for how to use the checkered pattern.

Happy crocheting!

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