Join us for the Checkerboard Textures Throw Crochet Along!


Checkerboard Textures Throw

Welcome! We hope you join us in the Checkerboard Textures Throw Crochet Along! Beginning on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 and every two weeks after for the next few months we’ll post a new crocheted square pattern along with tips and pictures to help you learn the stitch. Crochet the squares along with us, and by the end you’ll have a completed afghan! Share your progress and ask questions on Facebook and Twitter. For every new square, we’ll select a winner for a prize package. 

Checkerboard Textures Throw Prize Pack

Afghan design

Ten textured squares and ten granny squares make up the afghan. After you make all twenty squares, we have a border pattern for the entire afghan. You can put your squares together in a different order than we did or alter the pattern so you only have textured squares and no granny squares, for example. This is your afghan, so personalize it! At the end of the crochet-along we’ll post the complete afghan pattern.

Supplies Needed

  • RED HEART® Soft®: 13 balls 9440 Light Grey Heather (or color of your choice)
  • Susan Bates Crochet Hooks: 4mm [US G-6] (for Granny Squares) and 3.75mm [US F-5] (for all other Squares)
  • Stitch markers (optional), yarn needle




The Crochet Along has begun, but you can follow along the blog posts.

Cross-Stitched Square
Granny Square
Back Loops Square
Front Post Treble Crochet Square
Popcorn Square
Raised Crochet Treble Square
Front Post Double Crochet Square
Back Loop & Front Loop Square
Front Post Double Crochet around Single Crochet Square
Shells with Front and Back Post Stitches Square
Double Crochet & Slip Stitch Square

16 thoughts on “Join us for the Checkerboard Textures Throw Crochet Along!

    • redheart Post author

      Hi Susan, Thanks for your question! This CAL is over so all of the material is already up on the site for you to use. Search LW4132 on the website to get the patterns, and search LW4132 on the blog for the blog entries with step-by-step pictures and tips for each square.

  1. Anonymous

    I want to make 24 squares (not 20) of the checkerboard textures throw using Red Heart Comfort yarn; can you please tell me if 3 balls will be enough, including the border.

    • redheart Post author

      Hi, No, 3 balls of Comfort will not be enough for the original afghan, let alone a larger one. The original afghan is 13 balls of Soft in a solid color, which is 13 balls x 256 yds = 3328 yds. One ball of Comfort is 867 yds (in a solid), so 3 balls x 867 yds = 2601 yds. As you can see, the total yardage from 3 balls of Comfort (2601 yds) is less than the total yardage of the original afghan (3328 yds).

  2. Lorna Duck

    I don’t see the border pattern. Love the afghan pattern and being able to see the tutorials for each square. Beautiful job and well done and easy to understand. You have a great site. Thanks for doing this afghan. I’m sure border pattern is there. I just haven’t found it.

  3. Momzie

    Hello- I believe there is an error on the pattern. For square #3, front post treble crochet (fptr), in Row 4, in the first brackets, It states to DC IN THE NEXT 2 DC. After looking at the blog, I believe it should be SC. I just want to verify. Please and thank you.

  4. Melissa

    I have never used a crochet pattern before. How do I know if my square (I am currently doing the cross -stitch square) is large enough? I already completed the 10 granny squares. Should the width of the cross-stitch square and the granny square be the same?

    How do I correct the problem if they are not the same? It looks like the cross-stitch square is going to be one round smaller than the granny square.

    I did follow the instructions and use a G hook for the granny square and an F hook for the cross-stitch square.

    • redheart Post author

      Hi Wendy, Thank you for your question. No, we do not have a Dutch version of this pattern.

  5. Heather

    How many squares would you get from one ball of yarn? I’m considering using a couple of colors, and am trying to work out how many balls of each color I’d need.

    • redheart Post author

      Hi Heather, Thank you for your question! Using the grey, you will get about 2 squares per ball. The grey is a heathered color, so it has less yardage than the solid colors.

  6. Nancy

    Hi! Thank you so much for this pattern! I fell in love with it and decided to make it for my 20 yr old son. I use the grey for the pattern squares and red for the granny squares. However, I don’t understand why we need to use a bigger crochet for the granny. The granny seemed bigger so I stiched two grey and two red together and it’s wonky. What is the reasoning for using a bigger crochet for the granny squares?

    • redheart Post author

      Hi Nancy, Thank you for your question! The designer used a larger size for the granny squares compared to the textured squares. You should use the size hook that gets you the gauge listed in the pattern. The hooks are not set in stone – we give the hook size the designer used as a starting point, but you may need to use a smaller hook or a larger hook to get the gauge. The squares should be the same size.

      For additional pattern questions, please contact our Consumer Services team at or (800) 648-1479 for assistance.

  7. Colinda

    Kan iemand mij helpen aan de vertaling in het nederlands?

    • redheart Post author

      Sorry, we hebben niet onze patronen in het Nederlands te hebben.

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