Leaping Stripes and Blocks Blanket


Tamara Kelly


There are brand new babies in the extended family, and that means a new crochet blanket pattern! So I gathered together soft cotton and a beautiful overlapping blocks pattern to create the Leaping Stripes and Blocks Blanket. The colors seem to move up and down the blanket in a fun zigzag pattern, and the overlapping boxes create a yummy rhythmic pattern to crochet. One row just leaps over the other – and I love the way it looks!

The Leaping Stripes and Blocks Blankets that I made up are preemie sized, to fit our new arrivals – about 20″ x 20″. This is also the perfect size for adding an amigurumi head to make a sweet crochet lovie! If you like the pattern but want it bigger, I’ve included sizing information for making a standard baby blanket, afghan, and queen size blanket as well! So be sure to check the sizing info for the specifics, and then follow the generalized instructions below. I’ve included a photo tutorial that starts with a chain of just 18 – but it’s enough to show how the stitch pattern comes together.

Materials List

  • US – I, 5.5mm hook
  • Worsted weight yarn, equal amounts in 2 or more colors – for amounts see below

Finished Size

Sizes: (yardage totals approximate)
Preemie/Lovie (20″ x 20″) – Ch 70; 64 rows; 420 yds
Baby Blanket (36″ x 36″) – Ch 130; 116 rows; 1350 yds
Afghan/Throw (48″ x 68″) – Ch 174; 216 rows; 3350 yds
Queen Blanket (90″ x 100″) – Ch 326; 320 rows; 9250 yds


The blankets I made use 3 colors each. With this number I was able to carry the colors up along one side of the blanket, and cover them with the border. If you use more than 3 colors, you’ll probably want to cut and weave in the ends after each row (which may use a bit more yarn).

The Pattern

For the full instructions and photo tutorial, visit Moogly’s Leaping Blocks and Stripes Blanket Pattern today! Thanks so much!

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