Learn how to crochet an easy baby blanket with my free crochet pattern!
If you’re more of a visual learner, you might be interested to know that this pattern also comes with a VIDEO tutorial… just scroll down to view it.
This blanket is a favourite of mine. It’s an easy pattern to work up. And as it’s a 1-row repeat it’s nice and relaxing too. I don’t know about you but I find that there’s definitely joy in repetition!
This pattern incorporates the piqué stitch, which is made up from the special cluster stitch – a combination of a double and half double crochet all worked into the same stitch.
This stitch creates the most wonderful texture and it’s not difficult to do… just see how easy it is in the photo tutorial below!
The piqué stitch is reversible, making it a great choice for baby blankets.
SWEET LITTLE BABY SET
Is there a new arrival in the family? Or maybe you need a special gift for a baby shower?
All the designs in this collection are quick and easy to work up, and are a lovely way to welcome little ones to the first days of their lives.
To make this easy crochet baby blanket I used Deramores Studio Aran Acrylic.
I really enjoy working with this yarn: it’s so soft, has great stitch definition and it’s anti-pilling technology means that you can routinely throw it in the washing machine safe in the knowledge that it will emerge looking just as good as the first day that you made it.
This yarn is truly great to work with – you’ll not be disappointed, I’m sure!
As for the crochet hook, I decided to go up a hook size and used a J (6mm) hook instead of the recommended H (5mm) hook.
By using a larger size of crochet hook it not only works up faster but it creates the most gorgeous drape also.
CROCHET AN EASY BABY BLANKET: FREE PATTERN
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Basic (see details of project levels at the Craft Yarn Council).
- Yarn: Category #4 / worsted / aran / 12 ply yarn. I used 4 balls of Deramores Studio Aran Acrylic, 180 yds / 3.5oz (165m / 100g) (if you don’t want to add pom poms you will only need 3 balls).
- Crochet hook: J (6mm)
- Yarn needle (the bent tip makes sewing and weaving in ends much easier)
- Scissors (super sharp… and pretty)
- Pom Pom Maker (this one is very easy to use and sturdy)
GAUGE / TENSION
8 stitches and 8 rows = 4″ (10cm) in special cluster (SPcl)
Width: 24″ (61cm)
Length: 28″ (71cm)
STITCHES & ABBREVIATIONS (US CROCHET TERMS)
ch(s) – chain(s)
hdc – half double crochet: Yarn over (yo), insert hook into stitch, yo, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). Yo, pull through all 3 loops. 1 half double crochet completed.
sl st – slip stitch: Insert hook into stitch, yarn over (yo), pull up a loop, you will have 2 loops on your hook. Pull the first loop through the second loop. 1 slip stitch completed.
st(s) – stitch(es)
Turn: Turn your work clockwise or anti-clockwise. It doesn’t matter as long as you are consistent for a neater edge.
* to * – Repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed.
( ) – Sets of stitches to be worked as many times as directed.
[ ] – The total number of stitches at the end of a row.
SpCL – special cluster. 1 double crochet and 1 half double crochet worked together as follows (photo tutorial below): yarn over (yo), insert hook into stitch, yo, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through first 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yo, insert hook into same stitch, yo, pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), yo, pull through all 4 loops. 1 special cluster completed.
Step 1. Yarn over (yo) hook and insert hook into the next stitch:
Step 2. Yo and pull up a loop. 3 loops on your hook:
Step 3. Yo and pull through first 2 loops. 2 loops on your hook:
Step 4. Yo and insert hook into the same st:
Step 5. Yo and pull up a loop. 4 loops on your hook:
Step 6. Yo and pull through all 4 loops. Special cluster stitch complete.
- US crochet terms used throughout.
- This blanket can be made in any size: To begin, chain any number of stitches (add 3 for foundation chain).
- 1-row pattern repeat (repeat row 2).
- The ch3 made at the beginning of each row counts as the first stitch of the row.
- At the end of rows, your last stitch should be worked into the top of the ch3 from the previous row.
- This pattern is reversible.
Chain 47 (work chain loosely)
Row 1. SPcl in 4th ch from hook (skipped 3 chs count as your 1st st), SPcl in each ch to last ch, 1hdc in last ch, TURN [ch3, 43 SPcl, 1hdc].
Row 2. Ch3 (counts as your 1st st here and throughout), SPcl in next 43 sts, 1hdc in top of ch3, TURN [ch3, 43 SPcl, 1hdc].
Repeat row 2 until you have a total of 47 rows.
Side 1. Ch1 (does not count as your 1st st here and throughout), 3hdc in corner st, *2hdc in next row end, 1hdc in next row end*, repeat from * to * until last row on this side of blanket, work 2hdc in last row end.
Side 2. 3hdc in corner st, *2hdc in next st, 1hdc in next st*, repeat from * to * until last st on this side of blanket, work 1hdc in last st.
Side 3. 3hdc in corner st, *1hdc in next row end, 2hdc in next row end*, repeat from * to * until last row on this side of blanket, work 1hdc in last row end.
Side 4. 3hdc in corner st, *2hdc in next st, 1hdc in next st*, repeat from * to * until end of this side of blanket, sl st to 1st hdc to join round.
Round 2. Ch1, 3hdc in same st, 1hdc in each st around, working 3hdc in centre hdc of each 3-hdc corner, sl st to 1st hdc to join.
Cut yarn, fasten off and weave in ends.
Using your 2.5 inch (6cm) pom pom maker, make 4 pom poms.
Attach one pom pom in each corner.
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