Crochet Pattern For Baby Blanket For Beginners

This beginner-friendly baby blanket is a great way to practice double crochet stitches. It’s also the perfect project to use up any leftover yarn you have lying around the house!

Supplies:

You’ll need the following supplies to make this blanket:

  • Yarn of your choice (I used 100% cotton)
  • Crochet hook, size H/5mm
  • Scissors or a snipping tool like Fiskars Craft Shears (if you’re planning on cutting your yarn)
  • Sewing needle or crochet hook to sew in ends

1 skein Bernat baby blanket yarn

  • 1 skein Bernat baby blanket yarn

You can use any yarn you like, as long as it is a worsted weight. The Bernat baby blanket yarn is a good choice because it is soft and comes in a wide range of colors.

H crochet hook

In order to choose the correct hook size, you must first know how to measure it. Hooks are measured by their diameter (the diameter of the hook). The larger the hook’s diameter, the larger it will be. For example, a size G crochet hook is approximately 7mm in diameter and measures about 26 cm long. A size H crochet hook measures about 8mm in diameter and measures about 28 cm long.

The pros of using a hook too large are that you will use less time on your project because there will be fewer stitches per inch than if you were using an appropriate sized hook. The cons are that your work will be stiffer with fewer drapeable qualities due to being tighter than normal stitches should be made with this type of material (cotton yarn).

With crocheting in general, never ever force yourself into making your stitches tight or loose! It might seem tempting because they’ll look better at first glance but once they’re washed they’ll lose all their shape; instead use smaller needles (crochet hooks) until you get used to doing this technique without any stress on them whatsoever!

Scissors

  • Use a pair of sharp and easy-to-hold scissors.
  • Use a pair of scissors that are comfortable to use.
  • Use a pair of scissors that are easy to clean, if possible.

Tapestry needle

A tapestry needle is used to weave in ends. A tapestry needle has a blunt tip and is large enough to fit through any size yarn, so you can use it for every project. The eye of the needle is large enough for yarn to pass through easily and with less friction than other types of needles, which makes it easier for you when sewing pieces together or weaving in ends.

Gauge: 8 stitches x 7 rows = 4 inches in double crochet

Gauge: 8 stitches x 7 rows = 4 inches in double crochet

Gauge refers to the number of stitches and rows you get per inch. If your gauge is off, your project may end up looking too big or too small!

To measure your gauge, use a ruler to count how many stitches are in 1 inch. Then do the same for rows.

Finished size: 24 inches by 35 inches

Finished size: 24 inches by 35 inches

Measurements are approximate, as the baby will grow and use this blanket for many years. Gauge is 8 stitches x 7 rows = 4 inches in double crochet using a H hook.

Easy Beginner Crochet Patterns For Baby Blankets

Materials:

  • Hook Size: J/10 (6.00 mm) Crochet Hook
  • 2 skeins of Premier Basix in the shade Blush or Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn in the shade Soft Pink
  • If you’d like to use a different brand of yarn, you’ll need just over 700 yards of worsted weight yarn.
  • Tapestry Needle & Scissors
  • The print-friendly pattern is available here.

Pattern Notes:

  • As written, this blanket measures approximately 30 inches square. Instructions are given for adjusting the size of the blanket at the end of the pattern. 
  • You will not work into the turning chains unless otherwise noted.
  • This blanket was designed without a border to keep the lines clean and modern, but I’ve included an optional picot border below. 
  • The Premier Basix yarn is not the softest yarn, but I really liked the color. I washed the blanket using the delicate cycle and dried it on low with a dryer sheet and the blanket is now very soft. Soft Pink from Hobby Lobby is the softer option. 
  • Gauge: 13 stitches and 8 rows in 4 inches.
  • You can find the video tutorial here.                            
Simple crochet blanket on couch

Blanket Instructions

(Video Tutorial available here)

Chain 100. (see the chart below if you’d like to make a blanket larger than the baby blanket size)

Row 1: dc in the third ch and in each ch across (99 dc stitches including the ch 2). Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: dc in the first stitch (don’t skip a stitch because your ch 1 does not count as a stitch) and in the next two stitches. *ch 1, skip a stitch, dc in the next three stitches* across (You will have 75 double crochets and 24 ch 1 spaces at the end of this row). Ch 1, turn.

Note: In row 2, you will work into the top of the ch 2 at the end of the row. In subsequent rows, you’ll just work into the last “real” dc at the end of each row. 

Row 3: dc in the first stitch and in each stitch and ch 1 space across (99 ddc stitches). Ch 1, turn. 

Repeat rows 2 and 3 for a total of 57 rows.

crochet blanket with floral books

Optional Border (not pictured):

Round 1: Single crochet evenly around the entire blanket. Work *3 sc* in each corner. Sl st to the top of the first single crochet stitch to join. 

You should have about 99 stitches on the “unfinished” sides of the blanket because it’s square. 

Cut yarn and weave ends.

If you’d like a picot border, proceed to round 2. 

Round 2: You’ll now be working a picot edging in white. 

Join white yarn. *sc in 3 stitches, ch 3, hdc in the first ch* around. 

If you’ve never done a picot border before, more detailed are given below.

Join white yarn using a slip stitch. 

Step 1: sc in 3 stitches

Step 2: chain 3 and hdc in the first chain (This is the first chain that you made, not the one closest to the hook.)

Step 3: Skip the next stitch

Repeat steps 1-3 all the way around the blanket. Sl st to the top of the first stitch to join. Cut yarn and weave ends.

Note: I like to have a picot in each corner so I fiddle with the stitches between picots to make that happen. I used to be really upset if the spaces weren’t exact, but I’ve come to realize that once the blanket is finished, you won’t notice an extra sc here or there between picots! 

White beads and simple pink crochet baby blanket

Adjusting the Size of this Crochet Blanket

To adjust the size of this blanket, chain a multiple of 4 until you reach the width you want. 

Work until your project is the length you want. 

The size chart shows the starting chain and number of rows for some common blanket sizes.

What is the best crochet stitch for a baby blanket?

You can never go wrong using the basic crochet stitches! While single crochet stitches are beautiful, it can be tedious to make a blanket using such a short stitch. Consider using the double crochet stitch or some sort of cluster stitch. 

closeup of crochet baby blanket

How do you crochet a baby blanket fast?

There are two secrets: make smaller blankets and use taller stitches

Earlier this year I conducted a poll. I was happy to find that many moms enjoy receiving small blankets even more than larger blankets. They’re easy to transport and pack. 

If you are short on time, make the smallest size baby blanket you can (my patterns are usually written in several sizes). 

Using taller stitches will also help you crochet blankets more quickly. When you’re in a hurry, consider using double crochet stitches with a more open pattern to complete blankets faster.

woman's hand and crochet baby blanket

What size should I crochet a baby blanket?

Baby blankets come in all shapes and sizes – rectangles and squares; even hexagons and circles. Here are some popular baby blanket sizes:

  • Lovey – 15-20 inches square
  • Baby Blanket – 30-35 inches square
  • Stroller Blanket – 30×36 inches 
  • Crib Blanket – 40×60 inches
  • Toddler Blanket – 36×48 inches

What are some easy baby blanket crochet patterns?

There are so many great free crochet baby blanket patterns! 

If you’re unfamiliar with Daisy Farm Crafts, I recommend checking out their baby blankets. They’re beautiful and very popular. 

I also have lots of free baby blanket patterns to choose from that are quick and easy to make. 

simple crochet blanket over metal basket

Conclusion

This is a great beginner project, and it can be completed in a single evening. If you’re looking for something new to do tonight, why not give it a try?

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