One of the best handmade gifts you can give expecting parents is a crocheted baby blanket! There are hundreds of crochet baby blanket patterns out there, but we like this free pattern because of its textured stitch, easy construction and customization possibilities!
If you are new to crocheting, a baby blanket is a very practical project for you to try out! For this particular tutorial, I'll be using a self-striping baby yarn and a stitch consisting of double crochets and chains. Sounds pretty simple, right?
Before we proceed to the tutorial, I do want to caution that if you plan to donate your baby blanket to hospitals or other organizations, please contact them first about their specifications. Some hospitals may have size, color and fiber requirements.
I used Lion Brand's Ice Cream yarn in Lemon Meringue . It's a perfect gender-neutral color. This yarn is self-striping, so a lot of the work is done for you to create this easy, pretty crochet baby blanket!
Of course, you may use any yarn of your choice! I suggest choosing a baby yarn, as they tend to be softer and also washable (which is a big must!).
Again, if you are donating, you will want to check with the organization or hospital of what sizes they accept or if you know a particular friend prefers larger blankets for their babies, you will want to adjust as needed!
Free easy crochet baby blanket pattern
36" x 36"
Step 1: Crochet a starting chain
Start by chaining in multiples of 3 until your chain measures 36". If you're making a larger blanket, keep chaining until the chain is the desired width.
The easiest way to do this is to repeatedly count "1, 2, 3" as you chain. The actual number of the whole chain is not important, as long as it's a multiple of 3.
Step 2: Crochet the first row of V stitches
Count 4 chains from your hook and make a double crochet into that 4th chain.
Chain 1 and double crochet into the next chain.
Skip one chain and double crochet into the next chain.
Chain 1 and double crochet into next chain.
Continue this pattern (ch 1, dc into next ch, sk 1 ch and dc into next chain) until you get to the last chain in the row. Double crochet into the last chain.
Step 3: Work the second row
Turn your work and chain up 3. For this second row, you'll work into the chain 1 spaces from the previous row.
Work the following stitches in the first chain 1 space from the previous row: double crochet, chain 1, double crochet.
Continue to work that pattern (dc, ch 1, dc) into the chain 1 space from the previous row until you get to the last stitch.
Make a double crochet into the last stitch.
Step 4: Repeat to build your baby blanket
Repeat Step 3 until the blanket reaches the desired height. For my blanket, I kept crocheting rows until it was 36" long.
Step 5: Add a border
Once the body of the blanket is complete, you can finish it off with a border. Rotate your work 90 degrees clockwise and begin to work on the edge.
Make 2 double crochets into the space at the end of each row.
When you get to the corner, make 3 double crochets. Along the top and bottom edge, double crochet into each stitch across.
Fasten off your work and you're good to go! If you need some guidance on weaving in your ends, find 8 tips for weaving in ends here !
I hope you enjoyed learning how to make this baby blanket, and perhaps even learned a new stitch that you can carry on to other projects!