How to Crochet a Baby Blanket: Tutorial & Free Patterns
Handmade gifts have special meaning, so when someone you know is expecting, you may wonder what type of gift you can make. Hats and booties both work up quickly, but the baby will outgrow these in what seems to be the amount of time it took to work them or less! So, what could you create that would hold more lasting value? How about a baby blanket? Your friend or family member will absolutely love such a thoughtful gift, and a baby blanket is something that most children will hold dear well into their adulthood.
Crocheting an entire blanket may seem like a daunting task at first, but don’t worry. Creating a baby blanket isn’t nearly as difficult as you may expect. We’ve created this tutorial together for a simple and easy crocheted baby blanket that crocheters of any skill level can complete.
Basic Baby Blanket Instructions
Our simple baby blanket is made up entirely of single, half double and double crochet stitches. These are the basic stitches of crochet, making this the perfect baby blanket for beginners. The size we’ve chosen is about the standard width, but a slight bit shorter lengthwise so if you’d like to make it longer, we’ll be sure to tell you how.
Getting Started: Materials
Yarn: About 1500 to 1750 yd [1372 to 1600 m] worsted weight yarn in the desired color. Suggestions: Red Heart Soft, Lion Brand Pound of Love, Premier Yarns Everyday Serenity Soft.
Hook: Size H/8 (5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
Notions: Yarn needle.
Gauge 10 sts and 5 rows = 3″ in dc. Notes: What is gauge and why is it important? Gauge is the number of stitches and rows you should have in a given measurement. It is important because if you don’t meet this standard your project will not be the correct size and you may not have enough yarn.
Single crochet (sc): *Insert hook in chain (ch) or stitch (st), yarn over (yo) and pull up loop (lp) (Figure 1), yo, draw through both lps on hook (Figure 2); repeat (rep) from *.
Watch the video from beginning to 1:54 for the single crochet stitch guide portion:
Half double crochet (hdc): *Yo, insert hook in next st, yo, pull lp through (3 lps on hook), yo, draw through all lps on hook; rep from *.
Double crochet (dc): *Yo, insert hook in next st, yo, pull up lp (3 lps on hook, (yo, draw through 2 lps) 2 times; rep from *.
Baby Blanket Pattern
Scarf Chain (ch):
Watch the video from beginning to 1:02 for the since crochet stitch guide portion:
Row 1: Single crochet (sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining (rem) ch across, turn—26 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.
Rows 3–4: Ch 2 (counts as first half double crochet), skip (sk) stitch (st) under ch 2, half double crochet (hdc) (see Stitch Guide) in each rem st across, turn.
Row 5: Ch 3 (counts as first double crochet), sk st under ch 3, double crochet (dc) (see Stitch Guide) in each rem st across, turn.
Next rows: Rep Row 5 until your blanket measures about 383/4″.
Next 2 rows: Rep Rows 3–4.
Last 2 rows: Rep Row 2.
After completing last row, ch 1, draw up long lp and pull tight. Cut yarn between chain and remainder of yarn. Draw remaining length through. *Using yarn needle, thread length and weave through stitches working away from you and back toward you, making stitches as unnoticeable as possible. Cut close to afghan and weave in rem end. * Rep between (bet) * with length from the beginning (beg) of afghan.
Once your skill level is a little bit higher and you’d like to challenge yourself, try out the patterns included in the free Chain Reaction Afghan Project e-book. The 20 crochet squares in this book can be combined in many different ways to create many kinds of different blankets. You can choose one crochet square pattern and repeat it, or mix and match several different square patterns for an interesting look. Each pattern will create a 12-inch by 12-inch square. Create as many as you’d like and then sew them together to make a finished blanket.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a complete blanket, check out the following beginner-friendly baby blanket patterns:
No matter what you create, we’re sure your handmade gift will be something both the parent and child will be sure to treasure for years to come!
Now that you have an assortment of different free baby blanket crochet patterns to choose from, take a look at our selection of yarn to find the perfect material for your blanket. Look through our crochet tools and supplies to find crochet hooks and other tools that will help you complete your project. You can also browse our selection of crochet patterns to find more baby blanket patterns and other crochet projects.