This crochet baby blanket free pattern will make an adorable baby gift. The crochet blanket is squishy, chunky and comes with a cute optional teddy bear applique.
I am trying applique with Bernat Blanket yarn for the first time. What do you think? Should I design more blankets like these?
The stitches on this blanket are tightly packed resulting in a very warm and soft blanket. The bear applique is optional and the blanket would look lovely even without it.
This is another super quick crochet baby blanket free pattern. It wouldn’t take you more than 4.5 hours to work this up. You can also check out my 13 Baby Blanket Free Crochet Patterns that can be made in 3 to 6 hours.
Crochet Baby Blanket Free Pattern
1. Bernat Baby Blanket yarn in colors White and Shell Pink and Bernat Blanket yarn in color Pale Gray.
2. N/P(10mm) crochet hook for the blanket
3. 3.5 mm hook for making the eyes. Due to the nature of the yarn, I DON’T recommend safety eyes for babies as it might come out through the gaps in the stitch if not secured properly.
4. Small Amounts of beige color worsted weight yarn for sewing the teddy’s nose
5. Small Amounts of black worsted weight yarn for the bear’s eyes.
6. Tapestry needle to sew on the facial features and weave in the ends.
36 inches wide and 39 inches long
1 skein of each color. I used around 280 yards of the color Pale Gray, 220 yards of Shell Pink, and 250 Yards of White.
3 Repeats= 5 inches
The pattern is written in US terminology.
sc- single crochet
dc- double crochet
sl st- slip stitch
Crochet Blanket Pattern
With white color yarn, ch 67. You can chain any multiple of 3 + 1 if you wish to make your blanket wider.
1. At the end of each row, you will join the next color while working your last stitch. Start working your sc as usual and pull through the new color yarn when you have 2 loops left on your hook.
You can learn how to do this by watching a video here.
2. Every time you change colors, just drop the yarn to pick up later. The strands will be loosely carried along the side of your work. Once you add the border these will get hidden.
Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and across to end, turn. ——–66 sc
Note: When working the last sc of each of the following rounds, insert your hook into the last st, pull up a loop to the height of the current row and then pull through the new color.
Row 2: Ch 1 (counts as a sc), sk the next st, (sc, ch 1, dc) in next st, *[sk 2 sts, (sc, ch 1, dc) in next st], repeat from * to last 3 sts, sk the next 2 sts, 1 sc in last st while joining the color Shell Pink, turn.——21 Repeats
Row 3: Ch 1 (counts as a sc), sk the next dc, *(sc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 space, sk next 2 sts, repeat from * until you work (sc, ch 1, dc) in the last ch-1 space, sk the next st, 1 sc on top of turning ch while joining the next color Pale Gray, turn.
Repeat Row 3 changing colors ever row by picking up the dropped yarn. After you have completed 14 Rows in pale gray color yarn, join back the white yarn. Fasten off the pink color, but do not fasten off Pale gray yet.
Repeat Row 3 one more time with white and work the last row below.
Last Row: With white yarn, ch 2 ( counts as a hdc), 1 hdc in each st across to end. Join Pale gray while working the last hdc.
Border for Crochet Baby Blanket
The blanket border is worked with Pale Gray yarn.
Ch 1 at the corner, 2 sc in the point right after the corner, distribute sc sts all around the blanket taking care to work 2 sc on either side of each corner to help you turn the corners. When you reach back where you started and have one st left, 2 sc into the last st, sl st to the first sc, fasten off.
Bear Applique for Crochet Baby Blanket
This crochet baby blanket free pattern comes with an optional bear applique.
Round 1: With Pale Gray yarn, make a magic ring, ch 1( does not count as a st here and throughout) work 6 sc into the ring, close the ring and sl st to the first sc. Do not turn. —-6 sc
Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in the same st as ch1 and each st around, sl st to the first sc. Do not turn.———12 sc
Round 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in the same st as ch1, 1 sc in next st, *(2 sc in next, 1 sc in next), repeat from * to end of the round, sl st to the first sc. Do not turn——18 sc
Round 4: Ch 1, 2 sc in the same st as ch1, 1 sc in next 2 sts, *(2 sc in next, 1 sc in next 2 sts), repeat from * to end of the round, sl st to the first sc. Fasten off with an 18 inch tail for sewing.——24 sc
Round 1: With white color yarn, make a magic ring, ch 1, 4 sc in the ring, close the ring and sl st to the first sc. Do not turn.—–4 sc
Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in the same st as ch 1, 2 sc in next 2 sts, 1 sc in next, 2 sc in next, sl st to the turning ch, sl st to the next st, fasten off leaving a 12- inch tail for sewing.
Note: The ears are made flat and then cinched at the base to give them that curved shape.
Round 1: With Pale Gray yarn, make a magic ring, ch 1 and work 4sc into the ring, close the ring but DO NOT sl st to the first st, turn.
Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in the first st, 2 sc in remaining 3 sts, fasten off with a 12-inch tail.
Shaping the Ears
With the tail left, make a running stitch along the base, pull and cinch slightly, knot to secure. You will use the remaining tail to sew it onto the teddy’s head.
Adding the Mouth
Note: I used the backside of the circle for the teddy’s face as I found it was flatter.
First, place the white mouth at the base of the face and sew it down using the white tail left. You can make a running stitch going in and out of the stitches along the periphery.
Embroidering the Nose
First make a ‘V” at the top of the white mouth, fill it with yarn and then sew a vertical line below it to complete your teddy’s nose.
Adding the Ears
Position the ears behind the top of the head and use the tails on the ears to sew them on. Only a tiny bit of the ears should be under the face.
Adding the Eyes
I DO NOT recommend safety eyes for this project as I found that they don’t hold well on this type of yarn. You can use black yarn to sew straight lines for a sleeping bear or use the tiny round eyes pattern below.
Round Eyes Pattern(Make 2)
Leave 6-inch tail and with black worsted weight yarn, make a magic circle, use a 3.5mm hook and work 4 tight sc into the magic ring, close the ring, sl st to beginning ch-1, fasten off with a long tail.
Bring one of the tails to the opposite side of the other tail. Position the eyes on the bear’s face and pull the tails through either side of a stitch, knot to secure. Then use the remaining tail to sew the eyes even more securely. Knot a couple of times and trim the excess yarn leaving a 1-inch tail.
Adding the Applique to the Blanket
Now that all the facial features have been added, place the bear head on one of the corners of your blanket, use the tail left and sew it down using a running stitch. Do not sew down the top of the ears.
You can find more free blanket patterns on Allfreecrochetafghanpatterns.com.