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Giant Crochet Checkers Game: Free Crochet Pattern

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Growing up my family owned a blanket-size checkers game. My siblings and I would play for hours and now I’m ready to pass on that tradition to my own children. What better way than with a giant Crochet Checkers Game pattern?!

Checker Board Crochet Pattern

Crochet Checkers Game

This blanket checkers game uses just TWO skeins of Red Heart Super Saver. Talk about an inexpensive project! My favorite. 😉

How to crochet a checkerboard

Giant Checkers Game crochet pattern

Materials:

Red Heart Super Saver yarn (approx. 700 yards total)
-one skein cherry red
-one skein black

If crocheting the checkers as well (pattern included below), you will need an additional skein of each color.

Crochet hook in size J/6mm

Gauge:

12 sts x 8 rows = 4” square (when carrying yarn per pattern)

Pattern Notes:

Change color in the last pull-through of the last (12th) stitch of each block.

Carry the yarn color you are not currently using by crocheting around it until you reach the next block, then change colors and carry that yarn color.

Each “block” of the checkerboard is 12 stitches wide and 8 rows tall.

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Finished Dimensions:

Approximately 35″ square

Picnic checkerboard crochet pattern

Checker Board Pattern:

Row 1: with black yarn Ch-97, hdc in 2nd ch from hook and next 11 sts. Switch to red yarn and complete the next 12 hdc sts working around the black yarn. Switch back to black yarn and complete the next 12 hdc sts working around the red yarn. Switch back to red and complete the sequence to the end of the row, ending with red. (96)

Rows 2 – 8: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end, changing yarn colors every 12 sts so the colors line up. (96)

Switch to start with a red square first.

Rows 9 – 16: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end, changing yarn colors every 12 sts so the colors line up. (96)

Switch to start with a red square first.

Rows 17 – 24: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end, changing yarn colors every 12 sts so the colors line up. (96)

Switch to start with a black square first.

Rows 25 – 32: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end, changing yarn colors every 12 sts so the colors line up. (96)

Switch to start with a red square first.

Rows 33 – 40: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end, changing yarn colors every 12 sts so the colors line up. (96)

Switch to start with a black square first.

Rows 41 – 48: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end, changing yarn colors every 12 sts so the colors line up. (96)

Switch to start with a red square first.

Rows 49 – 56: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end, changing yarn colors every 12 sts so the colors line up. (96)

Switch to start with a black square first.

Rows 57 – 64: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end, changing yarn colors every 12 sts so the colors line up. (96)

Fasten off the red, leave the black still attached to start border.

Border:

With black yarn (as black should be the last color carried) pull up a loop and ch-1. Sc in each row end (one stitch per hdc row edge and one stitch per hdc) around entire blanket, placing 3sc in each corner. Fasten off using Invisible Join and weave in all ends.

You will need to make a total of 24 checkers: 12 red and 12 black. For our checkers my husband took a wooden fence board and a 3″ hole saw drill bit and drilled out 24 circles. We then put a dab of wood filler in the hole and spray painted them and they work perfectly! If you would rather crochet the checkers instead of using wood, I have included a pattern below. Note that you will need an additional skein of each color if crocheting the checkers.

Checkers pattern:

Make 12 of each color…

Round 1: Magic Circle, ch-1, 10dc in circle. Join to top of first dc with sl st. (10)

Round 2: Ch-2, 2dc in each st around. Join to top of first dc with sl st. (20)

Round 3: Ch-2, * dc in next, 2dc in next * repeat between * * around. Fasten off with Invisible Join. (30)

That is it! Sometimes all it takes is a giant crochet checkers game for the kids to get along. For a little while, at least! Ha!

Giant Crochet Checkers Game

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12 Comments

  1. I am thinking you could do separate granny squares and connect them. Not Sure though if that would work alright. But may give it go.
      1. Thank you! I m right now getting the yarn!!!! This is going to be so fun to do and then so fun to play!! Thank you again!
  2. Ashlea I have been looking for a "Christmas in July" pattern to make for my grand kids and THIS IS IT! I even have the yarn in my stash. Thank you!
  3. Does anyone have any good ideas for keeping two checkers together when they get "kinged"? I'm afraid the tip checker would slide off with the wood checkers. Same with buttons etc.. Thank you
  4. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern, I think my grandchildren would love to have one of these for themselves, I also think this would make a great Christmas gift for those who loves the ole school board games, so, thank you
  5. I am using black and white yarn. Not sure I understand carry around? I crochet dropped color through each of next colors stitches. So the white looks like it has hash tags? Am I doing it correct? Thank You! Really can get a groove on this, its fun. Just not sure.
  6. Thanks so much for the pattern. I've had as much fun making them for family & friends, as I have had playing checkers!
  7. This is such a great idea. For the checkers, you could use large buttons, or make some from polymer clay.
  8. WOW!!!! WOW!!!! WOW!!!! WHAT A CUTE IDEA!!!! Gotta make this Thank you again, Ashlea ANOTHER AWESOME PATTERN