Designed by Laurinda Reddig of ReCrochetions
Stitches Used: single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc)
Three Double Crochet Shell (3-dc shell): Work 3 dc in one stitch or space.
Working in Chain 2 Space (ch-2 sp): Rather than inserting your hook into the top of the next stitch, you will insert your hook inside the space created by each ch 1 in the previous row, where indicated.
Pattern:This pattern is now exclusively available in the ReCrochetions Presents: Rowan’s Learn to Crochet Sampler Afghan Book. Available in Right and Left-handed Editions (see links -->). The book also contains 4 more simple baby blanket patterns and a newborn hat, and 30 complete step-by-step tutorial.
Pattern Reading Tip: All stitches within [squared brackets] should be worked in the same stitch or space.
Notes: I love the look and feel of the Crosshatch stitch. I have made entire baby afghans using this stitch, and it is farely easy for beginners once they understand where the stitches should go. A few of the beginning crocheters who made several afghans for our first donation in 2009 tried this pattern after they got tired of plain double crochets.
This week I am continuing working with the cotton yarn. As a variation of the basic pattern, I am changing the color for the edging after I finish the square. Because the cotton squares come out a bit smaller, I am working 2 rows of edging in a solid color around each square. This is the first blanket where I am using a multicolored yarn for some of the squares, and the colors turn out really neat looking with some of the patterns, including the Crosshatch. Give it a try with a multicolor or "ombre" yarn!