Cute Gingham Afghan

Crocheting is very therapeutic for me...especially when you make an afghan like this.  225 granny squares... LOL!!! But the end result is pretty dang cute. I love gingham.  I always liked it because you could match gingham to just about anything.  The same goes with polka dots... So much for my thoughts on gingham. LOL! The original pattern for this quilt was for a baby afghan (3 rounds) for each granny square.  I decided to make it a full size afghan (4 rounds) for each granny square.  By increasing it from three rounds to four rounds makes the job pretty easy.  I used regular worsted yarn for the original afghan. 
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Cute  Baby Gingham Afghan
I made this a full size quilt made out of many granny squares.  Remember those?  The measurement is 14 granny squares X 16 granny squares, or approximately 56"X64", but you can make it any size that you like. Remember I added to make it a regular size afghan.
Cute Gingham Afghan
Instructions:
Materials: 
4 skeins Light Blue
3 skeins Medium Blue
3 skeins White
Size H crochet hook or size required for gauge)
Gauge:  
One granny square  = approx. 4"
Instructions:
Make 113 squares with Light Blue , 56 Squares with Medium Blue, and 56 squares of White. Total granny squares 225

Chain 4, join with a sl st to form a ring.
RND 1: (right side): Ch 3, 2 dc in ring; *ch 2, 3 dc in ring; rep from* twice more; ch 2, join with a cl st in top of beg ch-3.
RND 2: Sl st in each of next 2 dc and into ch-2 corner sp; ch 3, work (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp; * work 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 corner sp; rep from *twice more, join with a sl st in top of beg ch-3. 
RND 3: Sl st in each of next 2 dc and into ch-2 corner sp; ch 3, work 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp; ch 2, work 3 dc in next chain 2 space; ch 2, work 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 corner sp; repeat around granny square, join with a sl st in top of beg ch-3.
Arrangement chart
Assembling:
Position granny squares as per arrangement chart above (14 granny squares wide by 16 granny squares long) 56"X64" finished.  I single crocheted around the whole afghan in white to finish it off.

The pattern I used for this afghan said to connect each granny square by stitching them together with an overcast stitch in outer loops only.  I found it easier to slip stitch each square with a crochet hook. It gave more definition to each square.  There's also many other ways of connecting each square.  I found different ways on Pinterest, where else...LOL!
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I also collect "Pins" on lots of different subjects that interest me and I might use in the future. I'm sure everyone does this by now. I have lots of great pins. You can visit my "Sewing Board" and "Crochet Board" on Pinterest for more great ideas....

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Here are a few "pins" from Pinterest that relate to my post.
Snow Day Hat
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My son wrote this for his son when he was just a little guy...
Grandma's Blanket
Each night I cover you
With grandma’s blanket
And I wonder how long
It took her to make it
And I bet she was thinking
Of you the whole time
And how warm it would keep you
On your way to dreamland

-Mike Hoffy to his son Emmett
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Well, another post updated. Have fun with the pattern for the gingham afghan. It was fun to make and is so very warm...
Always remember..."Life's short, eat dessert first!"...words to live by!
 

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