MINI ROLL-UP CHECKERBOARD

Ever wished you could play checkers wherever you go?  Carry this mini board in your purse or backpack and play with pennies and nickels! 

MATERIALS

w South West Trading Co. Bamboo
   one skein - red
w Any dk weight wool/acrylic/etc
   one skein - black
   (or use Bamboo in black)


w crochet hook F

abbreviations:
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
sts = stitches
* = repeat between *'s

INSTRUCTIONS
NOTE: work the color changes by carrying the dropped color along the top of the crochet stitches from the previous row, working them into the crochet as if you were starting a new color.

start: with crochet hook F and red yarn, ch 41

row 1: work 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each of next 3, *switch to black, 1 sc in each of next 5, switch to red, 1 sc in each of next 5*, switch to black, 1 sc in each of next 4, 1 sc in turning ch, ch 1, turn  (you now have 5 sc in each color)

rows 2 & 4: 1 sc in each of next 4, *switch to red, 1 sc in each of next 5, switch to black, 1 sc in each of next 5*, switch to red, 1 sc in each of next 4, 1 sc in turning ch, ch 1, turn

rows 3 & 5: 1 sc in each of next 4, *switch to black, 1 sc in each of next 5, switch to red, 1 sc in each of next 5*, switch to black, 1 sc in each of next 4, 1 sc in turning ch, ch 1, turn

you now have 8 squares across, 4 black and 4 red.  for the next 5 rows work the colors opposite to form a checkerboard pattern.  repeat these groups until you have a total of 8 squares vertically.

MAKE A TIE: chain a long length of sts to create a tie.

 

About yarn choices: this checkerboard looks great with contrasting types of yarn.  Choose a yarn that is kinda fuzzy for the black sections and a linen type for the red.  It adds a more interesting look and feel to the board, and helps keep the faux checkers on their respective squares  ;-)

This pattern is in the new 2006 "Crochet Pattern A Day Calendar"
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Also available at Barnes and Noble and other fine book stores.
copyright 2005 - kpixie

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