5 Hour Blanket, Free Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

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Who wouldn’t love making a free crochet baby blanket pattern that works up super fast and is super squishy to boot? I absolutely love quick projects, do you?


Free Crochet Baby Blanket pattern that works up in 5 Hours, #crochetblanket, #crochetbabyblanket, #crochetafghan


If are a lover of quick blankets, you can see my collection of 13 Crochet Baby Blanket Patterns than can be worked in 3-6 hours.














Using thick yarn and a quick stitch, you will be able to work this beauty up in under 5 hours. And no, this isn’t your regular Moss stitch. See that texture? I used extended single crochet stitches for this blanket and loved it.


For someone who thought crocheting a baby blanket was boring, I cannot believe I am on my sixth blanket already. I am quite enjoying the ride. 2019 is going to be the year of Afghans on my blog :). Of course, you will see other patterns too.


Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

You can work from the free pattern below or purchase an ad-free PDF for $2.99 here. You will receive a download link once you make payment and click “Return to Merchant”.


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  1. Super Bulky, Size 6 Chenille yarn. Bernat Blanket yarn in colors Dark Grey, Vintage White and Bernat Baby Blanket in color Shell Pink was used for the sample blanket.
  2. Size N/P(10mm) hook
  3. Size K(6.5 mm) hook to weave in the ends.


Finished Size

32 X 39 inches when laid flat.



1 skein each of the 3 colors. Each skein had 220 yards. I used almost all of the cream color and 170 yards of the grey and pink.


Stitch Abbreviations


ch space- chain space

sc-single crochet

esc- extended single crochet

beg ch- beginning chain


Stitch Explanations

Extended Single crochet (esc): Insert your hook into the next st and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through one loop, yarn over again and pull through the remaining 2 loops on hook.—–1 esc completed



5 esc sts= 5 inches


With the cream color yarn, Ch 60. You can ch any even number to increase the width of your blanket.


Row 1 ( work this row tight): 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. Turn.—-59 sc



Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as an esc+ ch 1), sk next st, esc in next, *(ch 1, sk next st, esc in next), repeat from * to end. Turn.——-30 esc


Note: At the end of Row 3, I found that working your last st into the beginning ch 1 gave a straighter edge compared to working into beg ch-2.


Row 3: Ch 2 ( counts as esc), esc in adjacent ch-space, *( ch 1, sk next esc, esc in the next ch-space), repeat from * until you work an esc in the ch-space under beg ch-3, esc on top of beg ch-1. Turn.—-31 esc


Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as esc+ ch 1), sk next st, 1 esc in next ch-space, *( ch 1, sk next st, 1 esc in next ch-space), repeat from * to last 2 sts (esc+beg ch), ch 1,  sk next esc, 1 esc on top of beginning ch-2,  join pink color yarn, fasten off the cream color. Turn.——-30 esc


Note: You will alternate between Rows 3 and 4 with color changes in between.


Row 5: Repeat Row 3 in color pink, join color grey at the end of the row, and fasten off the pink. Turn.


Row 6: Repeat Row 4 in color grey, join color cream at the end of the row and fasten off the grey. Turn.


Row 7: Repeat Row 3 in color cream, join color pink at the end of the row, and fasten off the cream. Turn.


Row 8: Repeat Row 4 in color pink, join color cream at the end of the row, and fasten off the pink. Turn.


Row 9- 23: Repeat Rows 3 and 4 alternately in color cream, join color pink at the end of Row 23, and fasten off the color cream. Turn.



1. If you want to adjust the length of your blanket, you can crochet more or fewer rows here, but remember to write the number of rows down for the remaining two panels.

2. My cream panel now measured approximately 9 1/2 inches from the top of the pink row.


Row 24-38: Repeat Rows 4 and 3 in color pink for the next 15 rows, join color grey at the end of Row 38, fasten off the color pink. Turn.


Row 39-53: Repeat Rows 3 and 4 in color grey for the next 15 rows, join color pink at the end of Row 53, fasten off the color grey. Turn.


Row 54: Repeat Row 4 in color pink, join color cream at the end of the row and fasten off the color pink. Turn.


Row 55: Repeat Row 3 in color cream, join grey at the end of the row and fasten off the color cream. Turn.


Row 56: Repeat Row 4 in color grey, join pink at the end of the row and fasten off the color grey. Turn.


R0w 57: Repeat Row 3 in color pink, join cream at the end of the row and fasten off the pink. Turn.


Row 58-60: Repeat Row 4, 3 and 4 again in color cream. Turn


Row 61: Continuing with cream color, ch 2 (counts as a hdc), 1 hdc in each ch and st across to end, fasten off.—-60 hdc


Note: The last Row is a hdc row and not a single crochet row like the first row because the hdc made it the same width as the first colorful panel.



Using the smaller hook, weave in all the tails left. Take care to weave in through the top part of your esc sts to avoid your tails showing through the gaps.


If you love making blankets, you might also like my 3 Hour Crochet Afghan and my Textured Crochet Afghan. 

This 5 Hour Baby Blanket pattern was featured on AllFreeCrochetAfghans.com.



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  1. Anne
    February 15, 2019 / 5:22 pm

    Love the stitch, can you tell me the multiply to make it larger? Thanks

    • Crochet_Dreamz
      February 15, 2019 / 5:42 pm

      Hi Anne, It is already mentioned at the beginning of the pattern. You can chain any even number.

  2. Sally
    February 16, 2019 / 2:55 pm

    Your blanket is beautiful. Thanks for the pattern 😃

  3. Joyce
    February 17, 2019 / 6:24 pm

    I just finished this blanket with blue instead of pink. So pretty. ThNks for sharing the pattern.

    • Shehnaaz
      February 17, 2019 / 6:28 pm

      Hi Joyce, I am so glad to hear that. I wish I could see your blanket.

      • Julie Dunbar
        September 10, 2020 / 3:22 pm

        Is there a way to print the pattern? Or am I overlooking it. I saw email, pin, tweet and Facebook.
        Love the pattern super easy to follow I am doing just one color. Hope to post when I am finished.

        • Shehnaaz
          September 11, 2020 / 5:57 pm

          There is a small fee for the pdf and you can find it in red color.

  4. Jamie
    February 20, 2019 / 11:20 pm

    I just made this with pink, cream, and yellow for my cousin’s little girl. Very cute! Thanks from sharing!

    • Shehnaaz
      February 21, 2019 / 2:30 pm

      Hi Jamie, I am so happy to hear you love how it turned out. Thank you for commenting. I love hearing from my readers.

  5. Cassie
    February 23, 2019 / 2:53 pm

    Is there a video?
    I’m feeling frustrated, on row two followed exactly and still have a spare stitch at the end! At the beginning of the row do I skip two stitches?

    • Shehnaaz
      February 23, 2019 / 3:05 pm

      At the beginning of Row 2, you skip the very first st and the next one. Hope that helps.

    • March 12, 2019 / 4:05 pm

      Is there a pattern I could get I do better with written instructions. I also want instructions for 3 hr. Afghan. What do I do to get these?

      • Shehnaaz
        March 13, 2019 / 11:45 am

        There are links to purchase the PDF included in the blog posts. Scroll a little beyond the blanket pictures at the top and you will find the link in red.

  6. Chris Garrett
    March 3, 2019 / 9:02 am

    This blanket is lovely. I’ve already made your 3 hour blanket for a new baby boy! Can’t wait to give it to him.

    One quick question…instead of using #6 bulky yarn, I’m thinking of trying this by using two or perhaps. Three strangers of yarn held together. What do you think?

    • Shehnaaz
      March 3, 2019 / 10:24 am

      Hi Chris, I am so glad to hear that. Yes, absolutely, you can try working with three strands of lighter weight yarn.

  7. Christine Flanagan
    March 11, 2019 / 3:24 pm

    I’m sort of new at crocheting after making many blankets for family and friends with plain stitching. I’ve fallen in love with this pattern and have all the yarn, but can’t figure out the different colors in the edging. My friend has a new granddaughter who is in U.K. And she is leaving April 2nd. Help. I want her to take this blanket with her.

    • Shehnaaz
      March 11, 2019 / 8:56 pm

      Hi Christine, try following the pattern and let me know which part you find hard.

  8. Sarah Bridges
    April 24, 2019 / 4:08 pm

    I am currently trying to follow the pattern, but am getting lost in two areas:
    1. At the end of row 3, it says to do an esc under the beginning ch3, and then add another esc at the top of veg ch1 – I cant figure out where to put this second esc.
    2. When I add the second esc where I think it should go, I end up with 31 esc in row 4 instead of 30 as it says, I’m not sure if I’m missing where I skip a stitch or if I’m confusing something.

    Any help on this would be great, I tried to just continue on the pattern how I thought and at the 16 row I somehow ended up with only 29 esc, so I know I’m doing something wrong I just can’t figure out where or how to fix it!

    • Shehnaaz
      April 25, 2019 / 8:00 am

      Hi Sarah, I think you might be missing a st somewhere. At the end of Row 3, you work your esc on top of the beginning ch of the previous row. Just go a little deeper for a straighter edge. In Row 4, make sure you skipped a st at the beginning.

      • Sarah
        April 26, 2019 / 9:48 pm

        So at the end of row 3 there are two esc?
        And I’m skipping the first esc and going into the next chain space, is that not correct?

        • Shehnaaz
          April 26, 2019 / 10:32 pm

          Your turning chain is on top of the first esc, then you skip the second esc and work esc into the next ch-space.

          • Sara
            April 29, 2019 / 12:33 pm

            Ok that makes sense I think!
            Sorry – I’m pretty new to crochet so I can get lost easily!
            Thank you!

  9. Erica Bargerstock
    May 12, 2019 / 2:29 pm

    I’m still really new with only using patterns. Please clarify how the last stitch in row 3. What do you mean by “esc on top of beg ch-1” .
    So, not the space but the actual ch-1?
    I get myself easily turned around. I appreciate any help.
    I love this pattern and can’t wait to make it for my granddaughter. Thank you.


    • Shehnaaz
      May 13, 2019 / 2:07 pm

      Hi Erica, yes, you are right.

  10. Betty
    July 27, 2019 / 3:19 pm

    I love this pattern , but have tried over and over and it never comes out correct. Always ends up curving , I am not a beginner but just don’t get it. I get the extended single crochet but the confusion comes at ends and beginning of the rows. Thanks anyway, I love the stitch, maybe I will figure something out.

    • Shehnaaz
      July 30, 2019 / 12:13 am

      Hi Betty, Is it likely that your gauge is tight? Did you try going up a hook size?

  11. Stacey Szlosek
    August 5, 2019 / 8:24 am

    Would this work with a size 4 yarn???

  12. Heidy
    September 26, 2019 / 11:48 am

    I am assuming since I am using a yarn that is already multi-colored that I still follow the pattern the same for each row? I just skip all of the parts where I change yarn color. This is my first attempt at making an afghan and I want to be sure I understand correctly. Thanks!

    • Shehnaaz
      October 2, 2019 / 4:28 pm

      Hi Heidy, yes, you are right.

      • Heidu
        October 22, 2019 / 4:22 pm

        Thank you!! I love this pattern. So simple!!

  13. October 31, 2019 / 3:53 pm

    Hello. I’m excited to make this pattern. I saw where you told someone they can add by chaining any even number. What happens to the pattern if you want to add rows?

    Sheila Wagner

    • Shehnaaz
      November 1, 2019 / 12:35 pm

      You will have to add the same number of rows to each of the middle three panels.

  14. Kim
    November 17, 2019 / 1:56 pm

    What size hook do you use?

    • Shehnaaz
      November 17, 2019 / 4:51 pm

      Hi Kim, it is already mentioned in the pattern. I used a 10mm hook.

      • Tammi
        December 2, 2020 / 5:14 am

        Under materials, it says hook N/P. Do I just pick one based on knowing if I crochet loose or tight? I didn’t see a hook change in the directions except for working in the ends… and that showed an even different hook size.

        • Shehnaaz
          December 10, 2020 / 7:00 pm

          An N/P is a 10mm hook and the size is written on the hook as N/P. It is just how the size is named.

  15. linda nowak
    January 2, 2020 / 9:09 pm

    im also confused at the end of rows. do u ch 1 before last esc at both ends of row 3 and 4?

    • Shehnaaz
      January 3, 2020 / 6:53 pm

      Please carefully follow the pattern. At end of Row 3, you will have 2 esc sts close together without a chain between them. However, at the end of Row 4, the pattern asks you to ch 1, sk 1 and then work an esc on top of the beginning ch. Makes sense?

  16. Sherry Miller
    March 29, 2020 / 2:59 pm

    I can’t wait to start this pattern. Your color choice, as well as the pattern, is absolutely beautiful.

  17. araceli bryand
    June 25, 2020 / 10:54 am

    I also love quick projects, can’t wait to try. Love making baby blankets because they are quick.

  18. Debi
    July 11, 2020 / 4:33 pm

    I have chained 60 and done row 1 but it doesn’t seem nearly wide enough. It is only about 24 inches.

    What am I doing wrong?

    • Shehnaaz
      July 18, 2020 / 10:36 am

      Make a small swatch and check your gauge first.

  19. Lori Berry
    September 5, 2020 / 6:27 pm

    I love this blanket! It was so easy and really didn’t take long to complete. I had never heard of an extended single crochet stitch so it was exciting to also get to try something new. Thanks for the pattern and the video tutorial. Very helpful.

  20. Rene Carey
    November 30, 2020 / 4:33 pm

    Can I add a border to this blanket

    • Shehnaaz
      December 10, 2020 / 7:00 pm

      Yes, why not?

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