Simple Baby Blanket – Free Crochet Pattern
This beautiful, easy, soft, fast, budget-friendly (uses only one skein) baby blanket is sure to become your go-to baby blanket crochet pattern. Perfect for when learning how to crochet a baby blanket or for a crochet baby shower gift.
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Simple Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern
While I was pregnant with my second daughter, I wanted to make a blanket that would be beautiful but also practical. I knew from experience that I didn’t want the spaces/holes (that most crochet blankets have) to be too big as my first daughter’s fingers would often get caught in them. As well, I wanted the blanket to be breathable, easy to make, quick, and affordable.
This Simple Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern has been absolutely wonderful and I’m excited to share the pattern!
About This Blanket
- It’s super soft and cuddly
- Lightweight and great for summertime or as an extra layer in the winter
- Easy to make – only requires knowledge of single crochet stitch and double crochet stitch (often called a Lemon Peel Stitch) and a slip stitch… perfect for a beginner learning how to crochet a baby blanket or an advanced crocheter!
- For the size I made, I used only one skein of the economical big ball size of Bernat Baby Sport (100% Acrylic 350g, 1148 meters/1256 yards).
- This yarn comes in pink, white and blue, perfect to make for a girl, boy or unisex/gender neutral.
- Plus, this yarn is washable and dryable!
- The pattern is customizable so you can make it any size you’d like.
- Options for the border to add decorative shells or a simple edging.
- Fast… it works up quickly.
- Looks beautiful on display in the nursery and of course, on a baby!
For step by step video instructions on how to crochet this Simple Baby Blanket, you can watch this video tutorial. Or scroll down for the written pattern.
1:00 – Foundation Row
1:31 – Row 1
2:53 – Row 2
4:45 – Row 3 and On
5:37 – Border – Row 1
11:07 – Border – Row 2
12:54 – Border – Rows 3, 4 & 5
14:02 – Adding Border Shells
Make Booties Too!
These Baby Booties go along great with this Simple Baby Blanket. The quick and easy free pattern for these Baby Booties is available in three sizes: newborn, 3-6 months and 6-12 months. Plus, there’s a full step by step video tutorial on how to make them!
About The Pattern
This Simple Baby Blanket crochet pattern is written in English for right-handed crochet using standard US crochet terminology. If you are more familiar with UK terminology, check out my US to UK Conversion Chart.
Basic – Very beginner friendly
The final blanket following this pattern and using the yarn listed below creates a blanket that is 39” (100 cm) x 47” (120 cm)
- One skein of the economical big ball size of Bernat Baby Sport (100% Acrylic, 12.3 oz / 350g, 1148 meters/1256 yards). This is a light (3) yarn. You can substitute with your favorite light (3) yarn. Light weight yarn is also referred to as DK or Light Worsted.
- Color I used (as seen in photos): Baby Pink
Crochet Hook Size: K/10.5 (6.5 mm)
Other Materials: scissors, yarn needle, measuring tape (optional)
- ch = chain
- sl st = slip stitch
- sc = single crochet
- dc = double crochet
- st = stitch
Speaking of abbreviations, check out my free Crochet Abbreviations List that you can save and refer to at anytime.
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BABY BLANKET BODY
Chain: 117 for a blanket that is 47” wide (or however long you would like to make it in multiples of 2 + 1)
Row 1: In the 2nd chain from hook, sc. In the next chain, dc. *In the next chain, sc. In the next chain, dc.* Repeat from * to * across entire row (116 sts). Ch 1 and turn.
Row 2: Sc into the 1st st (the top of the last dc you completed). Dc into the next stitch (the top of the sc from the previous row). *Sc into the next st. Dc into the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * across entire row (116 sts). Ch 1 and turn.
Row 3 and on: Repeat Row 2 until your rows measure around 35” or 89 cm (approximately 90 rows) or your desired length. Do not fasten off.
BABY BLANKET BORDER
Border Row 1: (Ensure that you have chained 1 and turned). Sc in each st across row. At the corner, sc three times into the corner stitch. Sc evenly down the side. At the corner, sc three times into corner st. Sc across the bottom. At the corner, sc three times into corner st. Sc evenly up the side. At the corner, sc three times into corner st. When back at your first sc stitch, join with a slip stitch. Chain 1 and turn work.
Border Rows 2, 3, 4 & 5: Sc around. At each corner, sc 3 times into the corner stitch (the middle of the three sc you did in the corner of the previous row). Do this at each corner. When you reach the place where you started, join with a slip stitch. Chain 1 and turn work.
You will now have 5 rows of single crochet stitches.
If you are not adding shells to the border, fasten off and weave in loose ends.
Adding Adding Shells to Border:
Ensure you have chained 1 and turned your work.
*Skip the next stitch, slip stitch into the next stitch, skip the next stitch, double crochet 5 times into the next stitch, skip the next stitch.*
Repeat from * to * across row.
At the corner stitch (the one in the middle of the last 3 single crochet stitches you made in the previous row) double crochet 7 times into the corner stitch.
Note: if you get close to the corner and see that you won’t be able to follow pattern exactly due to too many or too few stitches, simply back up and skip 2 stitches as you approach a corner. You may need to back up a number of shells to make it work.
To finish, after your final 7 dc stitches in the corner st, skip next st and sl st into next st. Fasten off, weave in loose ends and enjoy!
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