This last week, I started crocheting a chess set for my little brother, who is 16 and loves to play the game. I have been meaning to make it for him for quite some time, and finally resolved that this year I would start and finish it.
He loves red and blue, so those are the colours his chess set will be. So far, I have nearly 6 pawns finished as you will see in the picture to the left.
This will be my go-to project when I need to take a pause from designing my upcoming crochet barbie brides / bridesmaids / just-for-fun dress patterns.
What project(s) have you been meaning to do, and have set out to do this year? Share with me in the comments below...
My crochet chess set pattern is now available to purchase as an instant PDF download in Rebeckah's Treasures Crochet Pattern Store for only $15.00 USD.
Instructions include how to make each of the chess pieces pictured above, and how to make the chess board that converts into a bag. To go directly to the listing, see Crochet Chess Set Pattern.
Each piece is worked amigurumi style from bottom to top. The queens, bishops and pawns are worked continuously, whilst the king, castle/rook, and knight are not. The pawns have pennies for bases, while the rest of the pieces have nickels for bases.
The board is Tapestry Crochet, and it doubles as a drawstring bag to store the pieces. When I started, I was still uncertain how I wanted to go about crocheting the board. I knew that I wanted it to convert into a draw string bag, and I knew how big it needed to be. I played around with several ideas. Should I make granny squares and sew them together? Should I single crochet squares and sew them together? Or, should I use one of my favourite techniques and make it all one piece even though it takes lots of time to do? I finally decided that I would do my favourite technique even though it would take more time.
As you can see, it turned out great! And most important, my Pappa loves it! Though I think is more because I made it for him then anything else. Wink, wink. This is the first time I have made something for my Pappa that I can remember. So it made it even more special, or at least I think so.
Continue Reading to see more pictures of the chess pieces, and how to store it.
After seeing a crochet chess set online, I thought it would be a lot of fun to make one myself. So, I went searching for some free patterns. I couldn't find any that I like. So I resolved myself to make up my own.
Using this photo as a guide and as inspiration, I present to you what I came up with.
It took a little more than week to crochet these chess pieces. Each piece is worked continually from bottom to top. The exceptions are the King, the Knight and the Castle/Rook.
The pawns have pennies for bases, while the rest of the pieces have nickels for bases.
Below are different views of the Knight...
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