This pattern originally appeared in Petite Purls Magazine , spring 2010
This checkers game board carpet was inspired by my children’s’ desire to go inside the games they are playing, since they were very young they used to sit on the books , jump into the games boxes so I thought – a board this big – that allow 2 or even 3 children to sit on it comfortably, may bring a lot of joyful moments. The carpet is heavy ( about 7 to 8 kilos ) so it does not slip easily, making it safer for children, on the same time the tricot yarn makes it flexible enough to allow a child to roll inside and hide. The playing options of this item are innumerous, as far as your child’s imagination goes.
Will make children of all ages very happy
Width: 46 inches; Each Panel = 11.5 inches wide x 46 inches long
Length: 46 inches
Recycled T-shirt Yarn, made from used t-shirts, or remnants of cotton-tricot fabric
(It is difficult to measure yardage so quantity will be given in weight only)
Off-White: approximately 8.8 pounds, cut to 1 inch wide strips
Light Blue: approximately 8.8 pounds, cut to 1 inch wide strips
Pink: approximately .5 pound, cut to 0.5 inch wide strips
Purple: approximately .5 pound, cut to 0.5 inch wide strips
You can learn how to make your own T-shirt yarn in this tutorial video.
Recommended needle sizes
US #19/15 mm knitting needles
US #L/8 mm crochet hook
6.25 sts and 12.5 rows = 4 inches. Exact gauge is not important in this project.
Carpet is worked in 4 panels that are joined in the end. This is due to the size and weight of the knitted item.
Garter stitch, knitting with big needles, dc (crochet)
CARPET PANEL (make 4)
With knitting needles and MC, cast on 9 sts, change to CC and cast on 9 more sts on the same needle, using the intarsia technique work as follows:
Row 2: K9 with MC, k9 with CC, changing yarn at back of work.
Rows 3-18: Repeat Rows 1 and 2, 8 times at end of last row, break both yarns.
Row 19: K9 with MC, k9 with CC, changing yarn at back of work.
Row 20: K9 with CC, k9 with MC, changing yarn at back of work.
Rows 21-36: Repeat Rows 19 and 20, 8 times; at end of last row, break both yarns.
Repeat Rows 1-36, 6 times. This will complete the panel, which consists of 2 columns and 8 rows of colored squares.
Bind off all sts knitwise.
Using crochet hook and slim yarn (pink), ch 7; join with slip st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), [dc in ring, ch 1] 11 times; join with slip st third ch of beg ch 4; fasten off.
Crochet 12 Tokens in each color for the checkers game, and a few more just in case
Turn work to wrong side
Weave in all ends.
Lay the panels next to one another , cut 3 pieces of t-shirt yarn, each about 90 inches long, using the crochet hook join the panels one to the other with the “corset join” method.
Lay the panels with WS facing you, take the scrap yarn and use a crochet hook to weave the yarn through the back loops that are closest to the side of each panel, crossing the yarn from one side to the other – this is very similar to lacing a corset, after several inches pull the yarn (as you would pull the lace of the corset) to make the join tight and continue with this method to the end. Tie firmly at the end.
Please Note: If you would like to wash the carpet in the washing machine, you can easily unravel the Corset Join, wash, then rejoin the panels together.