This crochet blanket for beginners is a super easy pattern that can be worked up in just 4.5 hours.
This is a great baby blanket as it has no holes in it and has a beautiful texture that is deceptively simple to work. When you change colors you don’t fasten off but just carry the yarn along the side. This leaves very few tails to weave in.
I ran out of cream yarn before I could complete the blanket. Since I am on self-quarantine since last Friday, I did not want to go out to buy it. So I made a kind of a half blanket, lol! Does it show in the pictures?
How to Crochet Blanket for Beginners
1. Super Bulky size 6 yarn in 3 colors. I used Bernat Blanket in color Merlot and Bernat Blanket Baby in colors Coral Blossom and Vanilla.
2. An N/P (10mm) crochet hook.
3. Yarn needle with a big eye to weave in the tails. A smaller hook like a K(6.5mm) will also work.
37 inches wide and 38 inches long.
One skein in each color. I used around 160 yards of the Merlot and Coral and almost all of the skein of the Vanilla color. Each skein of Bernat Blanket is 220 yards.
The pattern is written in US terms.
sl st- slip stitch
sc- single crochet
3 Repeats= 4 inches
Crochet Blanket Pattern
With the Coral color, ch 54 loosely. If you want to make your blanket wider, you can chain any even number to start.
1. You change colors every row for this pattern. To avoid leaving too many tails, you don’t fasten off the previous color when you join the new one, but just drop it to pick up later. The yarn strands can be carried along the sides and be hidden under the border.
2. To join a new color while working the last sc of the row, start working your sc as usual and when you have 2 loops left on your hook, pull through the new color.
Row 1: (sc, ch 2, sc)in the 2nd ch from hook ( skipped ch counts as 1 sc), *[sk next ch, (sc, ch 2, sc) into the next ch], repeat from * to end and join the next color Merlot while working the last sc of the row, turn.———27 repeats
1. For all the following rows, every time you work your last sc, insert your hook into the ch or st specified, pull up a loop to the height of your current row and then pull the new color through the 2 loops on your hook. This will give a straight edge to your blanket.
2. To find your ch-2 spaces, just stick your hook under the peaks formed by the stitch pattern. See pic 1 above.
Row 2: DO NOT ch 1, directly work (sc, ch 2, sc) in the first ch-2 space, (sc, ch 2, sc)in each ch-2 space until one ch-2 space is left, (sc, ch 2) in the last ch-2 space, 1 sc in the beginning ch while joining the color Vanilla, turn.—27 repeats
Note: The single crochet at the end of a row will be a vertical stitch that seems to have a knot at the base as shown in pic 2 above. If you have trouble locating this sc, place a marker in the first sc of each row. See the pic above, you have to look along the side of your blanket to see the st.
Row 3: DO NOT ch 1, directly work (sc, ch 2, sc) in first ch-2 space, (sc, ch 2, sc)in each ch-2 space until one ch-2 space is left, (sc, ch 2) in the last ch-2 space, 1 sc in the last sc while joining back the color Coral, turn.——–27 repeats
Keep repeating Row 3 changing colors every row until you have a total of 45 rows and you end in a Vanilla color row. Do not fasten off.
Border for Crochet Blanket
Note: When you work along the sides of the blanket, work your sts around the yarn strands carried along the sides to conceal them.
Continue with your Vanilla color yarn and work sc sts along the row ends as shown in pic 3 above. I worked 2 sts for each row end. If you find it makes your blanket edge wavy, reduce it to 5 sts per 3 rows.
When you reach the foundation row side, work (sc, ch2, sc) under each repeat as shown in the pictures. Do not miss the first repeat as it will look smaller and obscured after working sc sts on the side.
Once you complete working along the foundation chain side, start working sc sts up along the second side of the blanket. Fasten off at the next corner where the last row starts.
Finishing the Blanket
Weave in any tails left.
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