Lacy Baby Blanket – Free Crochet Pattern
When designing this lacy baby blanket crochet pattern, I wanted to create an elegant and intricate-looking blanket that would make an incredibly special gift for a new baby.
It would make a beautiful christening blanket in all white or as a heirloom baby blanket. You can make it in any color or use different colors throughout. You can make it for a baby girl or a baby boy or as a gender-neutral baby blanket.
The pattern creates a blanket that is 37” wide x 42” high (including the border), which is close to the average size of a crib size blanket. I can speak from experience with my two daughters that having a blanket this size is great for newborns as you can wrap them up with it and then it can grow with them in their crib until they are three or older.
Crochet Lace Pattern
Let’s talk about gaps/holes in crochet baby blankets (which crochet lace patterns have). Up until this point, all of the baby blankets that I have designed have been made without big gaps or large holes in them to avoid little fingers getting stuck.
However, after watching my two daughters with numerous different kids of crochet blankets, I’ve learned that there is only a short period of time when a baby doesn’t have the motor skills to remove their fingers from blanket holes. And a crochet lace blanket can be used for so many other purposes than for sleep during this time.
For my second daughter, I had a crochet lace blanket that I used to keep her snuggly and warm while feeding or in the stroller from newborn until she was one. Then at the age of one, she slept with the crochet lace blanket in her crib and is still sleeping with it at the age of almost three!
From my experience, crochet lace blanket patterns are absolutely fine and wonderful for babies and have been around for…well longer than my lifetime! Plus there is something truly special about a beautiful crochet lace pattern baby blanket.
More Crochet Baby Blanket Patterns
If you are looking for crochet blankets without any large gaps, check out some of my other free crochet baby blanket patterns (or keep scrolling down for the instructions for this blanket).
Free Easy Lacy Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern
This crochet lace blanket looks quite complicated but it is made using only simple stitches – single crochet, double crochet and chains. The pattern has a four row repeat and those four rows create a truly stunning design. The border adds to the elegance and compliments the blanket beautifully.
This pattern has a skill level of easy as it uses only basic stitches. There are step by step instructions including a detailed breakdown of the stitch count for each row to help you follow along as well as a full video tutorial, showing you from start to finish how to make this blanket.
About this Lace Crochet Blanket
- You can use any size 3 (DK or light worsted) yarn.
- The pattern includes step by step instructions on how to crochet the blanket and border as well as a full video tutorial.
- The pattern is completely customizable so you can easily adjust the width and height of the blanket.
- The shell blanket border compliments the blanket for a lovely finish.
- The blanket is completely reversible and looks beautiful on either side.
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Lacy Crochet Baby Blanket Video Tutorial
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Lacy Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern PDF
Start – 1:46
Row 1 – 2:30
Row 2 – 10:08
Row 3 – 16:56
Row 4 – 20:31
Row 5 – 23:40
Border Round 1 – 28:40
Border Round 2 – 35:00
Border Round 3 – 36:47
Border Round 4 – 38:10
Border Round 5 – 41:58
Border Round 6 – 44:49
Border Round 7 – 46:01
Lacy Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern Details
The pattern creates a blanket that is approx. 37” wide x 42” high (including the border).
4” x 4” = 14 dc and 8 rows (pattern for gauge: dc in each st across)
Yarn: Approx. 1448 yds / 1324 m of size 3 light/dk yarn.
I used 4 skeins of Bernat Softee Baby in the color: “Soft Red.” This yarn is size 3 light, 100% acrylic, 5 oz / 140 g. 362 yds / 331 m.
Crochet Hook Size: H/8 (5.00mm).
Other Materials: scissors, yarn needle and a measuring tape.
The pattern is written in English for right-handed crochet using US terminology. If you are more familiar with UK terminology, check out my US to UK Conversion Chart.
- ch = chain
- st = stitch
- sts = stitches
- sl st = slip stitch
- sc = single crochet
- dc = double crochet
- sk = skip
How to Adjust the Size
The pattern is made from the chain row up and the chain row determines the width. To make the width of the blanket bigger or smaller, adjust the number of starting chains in multiples of 8 + 4 (i.e. 84 as 80 can be divided evenly by 8 and then add 4). To make the height of the blanket bigger or smaller, make more or fewer rows.
- Always work into the 1st st (the st attached to the chain).
- Chains never count as sts.
- When working into the turning ch, work into the 3rd chain (the top/last one completed).
V-st = (dc, ch 1, dc) in the same st
Shell = 7 dc in the same st
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Lace Crochet Baby Blanket Instructions
Start: Chain 124 (for a blanket that is 37” wide or your desired width in multiples of 8 + 4).
Note about Row 1: after making a shell, the next chain can be quite small and hard to see. Ensure you are skipping 3 chains after a shell, which includes the next (very small chain).
Row 1: In the 4th ch from hook, make 3 dc in same ch. Sk the next 3 chains. V-st in the next ch. Sk the next 3 chains. *Shell in the next ch. Sk the next 3 chains. V-st in the next ch. Sk the next 3 chains.* Repeat from * to * across until there is 1 ch left. In last ch, 4 dc in same ch. (Stitch Count: 3 + (V-st x 15 = 30) + (Shell x 14 = 98) + 4 = 135 sts. Reminder: chains never count as sts).
Note after Row 1: the holes between stitches may seem extremely big. They tighten up as the pattern grows.
Row 2: Ch 3 and turn. In the 1st st, dc. In next st, dc. Sk the next 3 sts. V-st in the ch-1 space. Sk next 2 sts. *Dc in next 5 sts. Sk the next 2 sts. V-st in the ch-1 space. Sk next 2 sts.* Repeat from * to * across until there are 2 sts left. Dc in the next 2 sts. Dc in turning ch. (Stitch Count: 2 + (V-st x 15 = 30) + (5 dc x 14 = 70) + 3 = 105 sts).
Row 3: Ch 3 and turn. In the 1st st, dc. Sk the next 3 sts. In the ch-1 space, make a shell. Sk next 3 sts.
*V-st in the next st. Sk the next 3 sts. In the ch-1 space, make a shell. Sk the next 3 sts.* Repeat from * to * across. Make 2 dc in the turning ch. (Stitch Count: 1 + (Shell x 15 = 30) + (V-st x 14 = 28) + 2 = 136 sts).
Row 4: Ch 3 and turn. In the 1st st, dc. Sk the next 2 sts. Dc in the next 5 sts. Sk the next 2 sts. *V-st in ch-1 space. Sk the next 2 sts. Dc in the next 5 sts. Sk the next 2 sts.* Repeat from * to * across. Make 2 dc in the turning chain. (Stitch Count: 1 + (5 dc x 15 = 75) + (V-st x 14 = 28) + 2 = 106 sts).
Row 5: Ch 3 and turn. In the 1st st, make 3 dc in same st. Sk the next 3 sts. V-st in next st. Sk the next 3 sts. *In ch-1 space, make a shell. Sk the next 3 sts. V-st in next st. Sk the next 3 sts.* Repeat from * to * across. Make 4 dc in the turning ch. (Stitch Count: 1 + (V-st x 15 = 30) + (Shell x 14 = 98) + 4 = 135 sts).
Repeat Rows 2 – 5 until you are approx. 2.5” away from your desired height (if you are making the pattern exactly, that is approx. 33.5” or 69 rows)
When you are 2.5” away from your desired height and you have just finished your last Row 5, complete Rows 2, 3 and 4 – ending the blanket body after Row 4 (important!). After finishing the blanket body, do not fasten off.
For a blanket that is 42” high with the border, the finished blanket body is approx. 36” or 72 rows.
Baby Blanket Border Instructions
Border Round 1: Ch 1. Do not turn.
- SIDE: Working down the side, sc loosely and evenly down the side, working into the sts and turning chains. Make 3 sc in the corner st.
- BOTTOM: Working along the bottom, *sc in the next 9 chains. Sk the next ch.* Repeat from * to * across bottom until the corner st (after your last skipped ch before the corner, sc into any remaining sts). Make 3 sc in the corner st.
- SIDE: Working up the side, sc loosely and evenly up the side, working into the sts and turning chains. Make 3 sc in the corner st.
- TOP: Working across the top, sc in each st (do not sc in the chains). Do not make 3 sc in last corner. Sl st into the top of the 1st sc to join.
Border Round 2: Ch 1 and turn. Sc in each st around, making 3 sc in each corner st (work in all 4 corners from now on). Sl st into the top of the 1st sc made to join.
Border Rounds 3: Repeat Round 2.
Border Round 4: Ch 3. Do not turn. Dc in 1st st. Sk the next st. *V-st in next st. Sk the next st.* Repeat from * to * around except for the corners. At each corner st, make (V-st, ch 1, V-st) in the same corner st. After the last corner, you may have 1 or 2 sts left (either is ok). Sl st into top of ch 3 to join.
Note: if you can’t sk a st before a corner st, back up and sk 2 sts.
Border Round 5: Ch 3. Do not turn. Dc in the 1st ch-1 space (between the ch 3 and the dc from below). V-st in each ch-1 space around except for corners. At each corner ch-1 space, make (V-st, ch 1, V-st) in the same corner space. Sl st into the top of ch 3 to join.
Border Round 6: Repeat Border Round 5.
Border Round 7: Ch 1. Do not turn. In the space between the ch 3 and dc from below, sl st. *Make 8 dc in the next ch-1 space. Sk the next ch-1 space. Sl st into the next ch-1 space.* Repeat from * to * around except for corners. At each corner ch-1 space, make 10 dc in the same space. At the end of the round, sk the last ch-1 space (or sk the last 2 if needed). Sl st into the 1st sl st made to join.
Note: if you arrive at a corner and can’t follow the pattern, back up and don’t skip a ch-1 space after an ‘8 dc in the same space.’ You may need to back up several sts to make it work. Your goal is to approach each corner after finishing (in this order) A) 8 dc in the same space B) sk the next st C) sl st into the next st and then in the corner, 10 dc in the same space.
Fasten off and weave in all loose ends.
And now you have a new lace baby blanket!
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