Simple Baby Blanket – Free Crochet Pattern
This beautiful, soft, fast, budget-friendly (uses only one skein) easy crochet 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 baby shower gift.
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Easy Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern
While I was pregnant with my second daughter, I wanted to make an easy crochet baby 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!
The pattern creates a blanket that is 39″ wide x 47″ high but the size is completely customizable. I chose to make this blanket slightly larger than a standard newborn blanket so it can grow with my daughter. In my experience, the size was perfect for when she was a little baby and even now – she is two and still using it!
Wondering what size you should make your blanket? Check out this handy Crochet Blanket Sizes Chart.
About This Simple (and Easy!) Crochet Baby 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 easy baby blanket crochet pattern (free!) 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!
Free Crochet Baby Blanket Using Lightweight Yarn
If you have been searching for free crochet baby blanket patterns using lightweight yarn, you’ll love this free easy baby blanket crochet pattern. You can you use any size 3 yarn for this easy crochet blanket pattern. I used one skein of the economical big ball size of Bernat Baby Sport in Baby Pink but you can substitute with your favorite lightweight yarn. You will need approx. 1148 m / 1256 yds of any size 3 light / dk yarn.
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Simple Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern Details
This Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern: Easy. It is very beginner friendly.
If you are an absolute beginner, learn How to Crochet a Baby Blanket for Beginners.
Approx. 39” (100 cm) wide x 47” (120 cm) high (including the border)
Yarn: You will need approx. 1148 m / 1256 yds of any size 3 light / dk yarn. I used one skein of the economical big ball size of Bernat Baby Sport in Baby Pink. This yarn is Size 3, 100% Acrylic, 12.3 oz / 350g, 1148 m / 1256 yds.
Crochet Hook Size: K/10.5 (6.5 mm)
Other Materials: scissors, yarn needle, measuring tape (optional)
Can I Use a Different Yarn Weight or Type and Hook Size?
This pattern was designed and tested using size 3 yarn (which is a lightweight yarn and is called “light” or “dk”) and a K/10.5 (6.5 mm) hook. You are of course welcome to try different yarn weights / types and hook sizes but the overall look, feel and size of the blanket may be different. As well, the amount of yarn required may be different. For example, if you use worsted weight (size 4) yarn, your blanket may be heavier, the stitches may look different and the drape might not flow the same way as a blanket that was made with size 3 light yarn and a K hook.
- 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.
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.
- Chain 1 never counts as a stitch.
How to Adjust the Size
The blanket is worked from the long side up meaning your chain row will be the long side of the blanket and will determine the blanket’s height.
To adjust the height of the blanket, make less or more starting chains in multiples of 2 + 1. To adjust the width of the blanket, make less or more rows.
Please note: This pattern and all images associated with this pattern cannot be copied, shared, altered or sold on your own. You are welcome to sell the finished product but please include a link (if online) and reference jototheworld.com.
Easy Baby Blanket Video Tutorial
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.
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Simple / Easy Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern Instructions
Baby Blanket Body
Start: Chain 117 for a blanket that has a height of 47” (or however tall 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 Intructions
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 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 and weave in loose ends.
I hope you enjoyed making this easy baby blanket crochet pattern!
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