Classic Gingham Crochet


Hi there, crocheters! My usual approach for this series of articles is to write about stitches, but today I would like to focus on something I would much rather call a technique. That’s because gingham crochet is not a stitch! It’s a way of creating color flow, which can be achieved in many different ways.

What is gingham?

Originally, gingham is a kind of woven fabric, made with two shades of yarn, which create a checkered pattern. The two kinds of yarns are organized in stripes, which are then woven in a way that make intersections between them look like there’s a third color. The overall look of gingham is very characteristic and can be translated into other mediums, such as crochet, knitting, or patchwork.

There are two possible sources of the name ‘gingham’ – one says that it originates from Malay word genggang, which means ‘ajar, separate’, and the other points to French town named Guingamp, after which the fabric could have taken the name.

That’s what we are going to explore today – how can you use this classic pattern to create modern crochet design? What is the anatomy of gingham technique? Let’s find out!

colorful gingham blankets

how do you know it’s gingham?

Gingham is often confused with plaid or check, but it’s definitely not the same! The easiest way to identify gingham pattern is to search for three colors – light, medium and dark. They are organized in such a way, that the medium color joins dark squares on the sides, top and bottom. Medium and dark colors are often two shades of the same hue.

There are many ways to create gingham crochet items, because you can use basic stitches or actually any solid stitches you’d like. You can go for advanced techniques, too, such as corner-to-corner.

Actually, every pattern that is made with squares can be used to create gingham pattern, because all you need to do is to assign the right colors in the right places.

How do I start?

To make your own gingham project, you can use any type of yarn and corresponding hook you want.
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Following tutorials is always the best way to start, but to make the most basic gingham pattern, you need to know a technique called tapestry crochet. This clever way of crochet allows you to change colors multiple times in one row. Below you can see the simplified process of changing the colors in gingham pattern.

How to Start and Change Colors in a Crochet Gingham Blanket

  • stills from YouTube video by Daisy Farm Crafts – source
You start with slip knot and foundation chain, counting the multiplication of chain stitches by the width of one square. Every pattern will tell you exactly how many stitches you should have, as well as what kind of stitches you should be using. There are many different variations, which I will write about more further in the article.
The trick is to crochet over the yarn you are not using, so that it stays hidden inside. This makes the front and back of the blanket look exactly the same.

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The best way to start is to see the full video by Daisy Farm Crafts on YouTube here, or check out post on how to crochet a gingham blanket on their blog here.

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In this part I would like to explain different approaches to gingham crochet and show them on fantastic examples. Crocheters all around the world love this classic pattern and come up with new ideas and color schemes every day, so be sure to check out their Instagram pages and blogs.

Read carefully for free crochet patterns and tutorials.

Classic Crochet Gingham Blankets

Crochet Herringbone Half Gingham Blanket by Daisy Farm Crafts

violet and white gingham crochet blanket

This basic gingham pattern is a perfect example of a beautiful use of colors. Two shades of violet work perfectly with white, creating feminine, but not overly girly palette. Daisy Farm Crafts is known for their fantastic use of simple stitches, and this project is no exception – it uses variation of half double crochet – easy, but powerful.

You can find this free crochet pattern here.

Gingham Blanket by Bilkis Kashem Begum
red and white crochet gingham blanket

Red and white always go nice together, especially here, with light pink accompanying the two. This blanket is made with single crochet stitches, which makes it dense and even. Frivolous petal border adds fun to this design, so try this combination if you want to achieve similar look!

To make similar project, take a look at Gingham Baby Blanket by Shannon Holding, which is available as free pattern.

Gingham Baby Blankets by CleverCrochetsbyMJ

crochet gingham baby blankets in green and violet

I often get inspired by nature, especially when it comes to color combinations! You can say that these two projects by MJ were inspired by flora – top one takes its green hues from spring grass, and bottom one pays homage to fragrant lilacs.

colorful gingham crochet blankets

Baby blanket in the top photo is a very interesting example of what happens when you don’t follow the rules 😉

In this project MJ chose three very different colors (including one multicolored yarn) and mixed their places – the lightest color is where the medium one should be. This version does follow the gingham pattern, but it’s just not visible!

Original Stitches in Gingham Crochet Blankets

Crochet Teal Gingham Blanket by Daisy Farm Crafts

teal gingham crochet blanket

You don’t have to use basic crochet stitches to create gingham pattern, so don’t worry if you want to be more playful! In fact, using structural stitches can be a great idea for baby blankets and winter accessories. This beautiful teal gingham blanket by Daisy Farm Crafts uses single crochet and double crochet that are stacked on top of each other, therefore creating unusual pattern.

You can find this free crochet pattern here.

Gingham Blankets by Made By Madeline

blue gingham blanket

Madeline used a free pattern for Crochet Teal Gingham Blanket to create her own vibrant blue version of this design. The stitches are nice and even, so this structural piece doesn’t even need a border!

peach gingham blanket

Colors you choose for the gingham pattern are crucial for the final effect! If you are wondering how could it look like in very delicate hues, take a look at this beauty made by Madeline. Soft peachy colors and white create a combination so soft, that it’s just perfect for a baby girl. Crab stitch on the edges is a beautiful and simple finishing touch!

C2C Crochet Gingham Blankets

C2C Gingham Blanket by Hanan Hannaway

C2C blue gingham blanket

As I’ve mentioned before, you can create gingham pattern without the use of tapestry crochet, but simply by joining squares in different colors! This lovely pattern uses C2C technique, which can be tricky, but is definitely worth the try. Hanan chose denim, blue and white to make her version of gingham blanket.

Use this fantastic and free Gingham Blanket C2C Join As You Go Tutorial to make similar blanket by yourself!

C2C Gingham Blanket by The Wiggly Stick

c2c blue gingham blanket

Shades of blue are definitely one of the beloved colors for gingham patterns, and this fantastic version by The Wiggly Stick is a great example of that. This project showcases what’s best in both of these techniques, because you can see endless possibilities of both C2C and gingham pattern.

Free Gingham Blanket C2C Join As You Go Tutorial will help you make your own blanket!

Using Two Yarns to Create Medium Color

Navy Gingham Crochet Blanket by Daisy Farm Crafts

navy gingham blanket

In original gingham, which is a woven fabric, medium color appears, because light and dark colors intersect each other. Did you know that you can use the same principle in crochet? Instead of choosing third color, just use two strands of yarn together!

You can find this free crochet pattern here.

Grey Gingham Blanket by Made By Madeline

grey gingham blanket

To achieve the effect of medium color, you can mix your lightest and darkest yarn together! Just unwind a little bit from both skeins, and work with two yarns at once, just like Madeline did. If you find it much heavier than other two, you can divide yarns into individual strands and cut its amount in half.

Check out free pattern for Red Gingham Blanket by Daisy Farm Crafts, because it uses the same technique of mixing colors.

Small Squares in Gingham Pattern

Rainbow Gingham Baby Blanket by Valarie Szura

colorful gingham blanket

  • photos by Valarie Szura from Ravelry

Who said that gingham squares should be big? Nobody! That’s why you should be afraid to try it in smaller scale, too. This fantastic design by Valarie not only features small gingham pattern, but also introduces rainbow colors for different parts of the pattern. Just see for yourself and get inspired!

This is a paid pattern available for purchase here. If you would like to try free pattern that uses small gingham squares, take a look at Spring Gingham Dishcloth by Megan Meyer, because you can use it to make a blanket, too!

Half Double Crochet Gingham Blanket Pattern by Daisy Farm Crafts

black and grey gingham blanket

If you are a fan of classics, or you are looking for a masculine design, this one may be interesting for you. Black, grey and white is the most basic color combo you can imagine, but guess what? It works great! Don’t reinvent the wheel when you are not inspired, and go for the most beautiful classics.

You can find this free crochet pattern here.

Herringbone DC Gingham Baby Blanket by Daisy Farm Crafts

teal gingham blanket

Feeling a little jiggly today? Herringbone stitch creates little zig-zags that will make your plain gingham pattern surprisingly fun. This example is a proof that you can try lots of different crochet stitches in gingham colors – just remember how the colors flow!

You can find this free crochet pattern here.

That’s all for today, but I’ll be back with much more inspiring projects and free patterns. Like, share and subscribe if you like what you see. Stay tuned!

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