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How Do I Crochet: Checkerboard Stitch

How do I crochet the checkerboard stitch? We're glad you asked, because it's a really neat stitch. You can use just one for a dishcloth or crochet the squares together for a really neat-looking afghan. Learn how to crochet the checkerboard stitch with this step-by-step guide.
 

  1. Start with a chain. Double crochet in the 3rd stitch from the hook, and in the next stitch.


     
  2. Chain 3.


     
  3. Skip the next 3 stitches. Double crochet in each of the next 3 stitches.


     
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 across the row. Always end with a double crochet in the last stitch.


     
  5. Chain 3 and turn.


     
  6. Make 2 double crochet in the chain 3 space of the previous row. (The chain 3 takes the place of the first double crochet.)


     
  7. Chain 3, make 3 double crochet in the chain 3 space of the previous row.


     
  8. Repeat step 6 across the row.


     
  9. Photo shows 3 rows of checkerboard stitch completed.


     
  10. One checkerboard square is shown on the right.


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Find this pattern and more in our How Do I Crochet? 13 Basic Crochet Stitches and Free Beginner Crochet Afghan Patterns eBook.
 

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I've never tried this stitch. This tutorial makes it easy.

how do i do borders

Okay folks. I've read several times where this stitch was recommended to use for dishclothes, but honestly can't see the usefulness with all those "holes". Comments, anyone?

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