Modern Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

Modern Baby Blanket – Free Crochet Pattern


Learn how to make this sweet, subtle and very easy modern crochet baby blanket. With detailed instructions and a full video tutorial, it’s a great blanket pattern for beginners or experienced crocheters.


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About this Modern Baby Blanket

Today’s world is highly focused on speed and convenience. Yet, we still cherish beautiful aesthetics and handmade creations.

This Modern Baby Blanket is a perfect project for our modern world as it is quick and easy to make while not sacrificing the wonderful joy of gifting something beautiful and uniquely crafted for a beloved little one.

Made with only basic crochet stitches (single crochet and double crochet stitches), it’s a wonderful first blanket project for beginners or experienced crocheters looking for a relaxing blanket pattern.

Modern Crochet Blanket Pattern

This gorgeous blanket has an excellent drape. It’s soft, cozy and snuggly while also being lightweight and breathable.

It has a very subtle design and a minimalistic look that is still stunning. Its simplicity makes it a great choice for a blanket for a baby girl or baby boy or to make as a gender-neutral baby shower gift.

Whether this blanket is from a grandmother’s labor of love, a friend’s thoughtful baby shower gift or a parent’s DIY project filled with anticipation for the little one’s arrival, this blanket is sure to become a cherished keepsake. Each stitch will be made with heartfelt emotions and warm wishes for the baby’s well-being.

Modern Crochet Blanket Pattern

I loved making this baby blanket so much that I may make it again as a full-size throw for my living room! If you want to make it as a larger blanket, instructions for adjusting the size are included in the pattern.


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Pattern Details

Skill Level

Easy – Very Beginner-Friendly

Size

The pattern creates a baby blanket that is approx. 33” x 33” (approx. 30” x 30” without the border). Instructions for adjusting the size are included in the pattern.

Materials

Yarn: Approx. 1,000 yds of any size 3 (light) yarn. I used Snuggly Wuggly by Loops & Threads in the color “Violet.” This yarn is size 3 (light) and 100% acrylic. A skein is 446 yds / 408 m and 5 oz / 141 g. I used two and a half skeins: 800 yds (250 g) for the blanket body and 190 yds (60 g) for the border.

Crochet Hook Size: K/10.5 (6.50 mm).

Other Materials: Yarn needle, scissors and a measuring tape. 

Modern Crochet Blanket

Terminology

This pattern is written for right-handed crochet using standard US terminology. If you’re more familiar with UK terms, here’s my US to UK Conversion Chart

Abbreviations

  • ch = chain
  • st = stitch
  • sts = stitches 
  • sk = skip 
  • sl st = slip stitch 
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet 

Gauge

4” x 4” = 12 sts and 9 rows following the pattern. 

Pattern Notes

  • Chains never count as stitches. 
  • The blanket is made from the chain row up. The number of starting chains determines the width and the number of rows determines the height. To adjust the width, make fewer or more starting chains in multiples of 2 (an even number). To adjust the height, make fewer or more rows. 
Modern Crochet Baby Blanket

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Written Instructions

Blanket Body

Start: Chain 94.

For Row 1 (only) work into the back ridge loops. 

Where to crochet in the chain

Row 1: In the second ch from hook, sc. Sc in each ch across. (93 sts). 

Row 2: Ch 2 and turn. In the first st (the st attached to the chains), dc. Dc in each st across. (93 sts. Reminder: chains never count as sts).

Row 3: Ch 1 and turn. In the first st (the st attached to the ch), (sc, dc) in the same st. *Sk the next st. In the next st, (sc, dc) in the same st.* Repeat from * to * across until there are 2 sts left. Sk the next st. In the last st, sc. (93 sts). 

Row 3

Row 4 and on: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 consecutively until the height of your blanket is 0.5” away from matching the width (for me, that was 29.5” high) if you want a square blanket or 0.5” away from your desired height. Then repeat Row 2 to finish the blanket body (meaning that the last row of the blanket body should be a repeat of Row 2). I made 66 rows in total. After reaching your desired height, do not fasten off. Begin the blanket border. 

Modern Crochet Baby Blanket

Blanket Border

Ensure you have just finished a repeat of Row 2.

Border Round 1: Ch 1. Do not turn.

SIDE (DOWN) – Working down the side, sc evenly down, working into the sts at the end of each row (not into spaces). 

Need help with where to work into? When working into a dc st at the end of a row, work 1 sc into the top of that dc st and 1 sc into the bottom. When working into a sc/ch-1, make 1 sc. Exact stitch placement and stitch count are not important. The goal is to have evenly-spaced sc sts down (and up) the side. 

BOTTOM – In the first ch across the bottom, make 3 sc in the same ch (first corner made). Sc in each ch across the bottom until there is 1 ch left. In the last ch, make 3 sc in the same ch (second corner made). 

SIDE (UP) – Working up the side, sc evenly up, working into the sts at the end of the row, not into spaces (same as the other side).

TOP – In the first st across the top, make 3 sc in the same st (third corner made). Sc in each st across the top until there is 1 st left. In the last st, make 3 sc in the same st (fourth corner made).

Sl st into the top of the first sc made in the round to join.

Border Round 2: Ch 1 and turn. Sk the first st (the st attached to the ch). Sc in each st around except at the corners. At each corner (the middle of the 3 sc sts made in the previous round), make 3 sc in the same st. Sl st into the top of the first sc made in the round to join.

Border Rounds 3, 4 & 5: Repeat Border Round 2. 

Border Round 6: Ch 1 and turn. Sk the first st (the st attached to the ch). In the next st, (sc, dc) in the same st. *Sk the next st. In the next st, (sc, dc) in the same st.* Repeat from * to * around. (Nothing special happens at the corners. If you find your corners are curling, you can not skip a st as you work around the corners). 

Your last st in the round should be a (sc, dc) in the last st. If you don’t have the right number of sts to make that work, don’t skip a stitch before the last st. If you find that too bulky, you can make only a sc st or only a dc st in that last st. 

Sl st into the top of the first sc made in the round to join. 

Fasten off and weave in all loose ends. 

Modern Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

And now you have a new modern crochet blanket!


FAQs

How Many Chains Are Required to Make the Blanket a Different Size?

Making 94 starting chains creates a blanket that is approx. 30” wide without the border (33” wide with the border). You can adjust the width by making fewer or more starting chains in multiples of 2 (an even number). To adjust the height, make fewer or more rows.

I wish I could tell you the exact amount of chains that are needed to make the blanket in various sizes but I’ve only designed the blanket in the size listed in the pattern. 

As a guideline: 93 sts = 30“ wide, which means there are approx. 3.1 stitches in an inch. You can take the width you want your blanket to be (in inches) and multiply it by 3.1 (for example, if you want your blanket to be approx. 100” wide, 100 x 3.1 = 310). That should give you a rough estimate of how many stitches you will need in a row for your desired width. Remember: you need an even number of starting chains. If after multiplying, you have an odd number, add 1 to make it an even number. (This is a rough estimate and has not been tested but should give you a width that is close to what you want it to be). 


Does it Look the Same on Both Sides?

The blanket looks slightly different on each side:

Front and Back

Can I Use a Different Yarn Weight or Hook Size?

This pattern was designed using size 3 (light) yarn and a K/10.5 (6.50 mm) hook. You are of course welcome to try different yarn weights as well as hook sizes but the overall look, feel and size of the blanket as well as the amount of yarn required may be different. 

As much as I wish I could help, I can’t recommend a hook size for a different yarn weight or tell you how much yarn you will need since I’ve only designed this pattern using size 3 (light) yarn and a K/10.5 (6.50 mm) hook.  



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