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A Checkers Game Afghan

Have fun with this afghan while keeping warm. A size H hook allows you to make this free crochet afghan pattern for those fun summer picnics. Both kids and adults will love playing checkers on this jumbo sized board. It's the perfect blanket to bring with you to the beach, or just enjoy a fun, family game night in the backyard. This crocheted afghan will definitely help create memories that will last a lifetime.

Intermediate

Crochet HookH/8 or 5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

MATERIALS:

  • Crochet Hook: Size 5 mm (U.S. H or 8) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn: Lily® Sugar’n Cream® (70.9 g / 2.5 oz)


BLANKET
Color A - #00095 Red 31½ oz [897 g]; 1525 yds [1382 m] or 13 balls
Color B - #00001 White 32 oz [911 g]; 1549 yds [1403 m] or 13 balls
Color C - #00009 Bright Navy 3¼ oz [87 g]; 148 yds [134 m] or 2 balls

COASTERS
Color B - #00001 White 3¼ oz [87 g]; 140 yds [134 m] or 2 balls
Color C - #00009 Bright Navy 3¼ oz [87 g]; 148 yds [134 m] or 2 balls

SIZE: Finished size: Approx 65 ins [165 cm] square.

GAUGE: 13 dc and 7 rows = 4 ins [10 cm].

Instructions:
BLANKET
Note: Ch 3 at beg of row counts as dc. To change color, work to last 2 loops on hook at end of row. With new color, draw through 2 loops on hook, then proceed.

Strip 1 (make 4):
With A, ch 30.
1st row: 1 dc in 4th ch from hook (counts as 2 dc). 1 dc in each ch to end of ch. Turn. 28 dc.
2nd row: Ch 3. Miss first dc. 1 dc in next dc. 1 dc in each dc to end of row. 1 dc in top of turning ch. Turn.
Rep 2nd row 12 times more.
Change to B and rep 2nd row 14 times more.
These 28 rows form pat.

Rep last 28 rows twice more.
Change to B and rep 2nd row 14 times more. Fasten off.

Strip 2 (make 4):
Rep as for Strip 1 substituting A for B and B for A.

FINISHING
Sew strips tog, alternating Strip 1 and Strip 2.

EDGING
Join C with sl st to bottom right corner of Blanket.
1st rnd: Ch 1. 3 sc in same st as last sl st. Work 1 rnd of sc around Blanket, working 3 sc in each corner, 2 sc in each dc sp along sides and 1 sc in each sp between each dc along top and bottom. Join with sl st in first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as last sl st. 3 sc in next sc (corner). Cont working sc around, having 3 sc in corners. Join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

COASTERS (playing pieces) (make 12 each in B and C)
Ch 6. Join with sl st to form ring.
1st rnd: Ch 1. 10 sc in ring. Join with sl st in first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as last sl st. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in next sc. Rep from * around, ending with 2 sc in last sc. Join with sl st in first sc. 15 sc.
3rd rnd: As 2nd rnd, ending with 1 sc in last sc. 22 sc.
4th rnd: As 2nd rnd. 33 sc.
5th rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as last sl st. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
6th rnd: As 3rd rnd. 49 sc. Fasten off.
 

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I have just got to make this. My grand kids visit often and I try to provide them activities that do not require the use of electricity. They are just learning to like to play the old traditional board games like checkers. I know they would enjoy this oversized version.

This is the perfect beach blanket. It can serve double duty. When not in use to sit on the kids as well as adults can enjoy a game of checkers. If you are really bold, try a game of chess on it. What could be used to be the game pieces?

THIS JUST ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL

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