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How to Crochet Blanket for Beginners, 4.5 Hour Blanket

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This crochet blanket for beginners is a super easy pattern that can be worked up in just 4.5 hours.


Finished crochet blanket in burgundy, pink and cream colors




Close up of textured stitch of the blanket



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?



Stitch looks bumpy on a closer look


Finished blanket in burgundy, pink, and cream on the back of a chair



How to Crochet Blanket for Beginners

You can work from the free pattern below or purchase an ad-free PDF for $3.99 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 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.



Finished Size

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.



Stitch Abbreviations

The pattern is written in US terms.

ch- chain

sl st- slip stitch

sc- single crochet

st- stitch





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.



Pattern Notes

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.




1. Ch 2 spaces will be under the peaks


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





2. The single crochet at the end of a row will be a vertical stitch that seems to have a knot at the base


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.



3. Work sc sts along the row edges.


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.




4. Work a single crochet, ch 2 and sc under each repeat




5. Shows the border completed on the foundation chain side.


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.


You might also like my 4 Hour Crochet Blanket and my 5 Hour Crochet Blanket patterns.


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How to Crochet Blanket for Beginners


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Cathy Jackson

Monday 19th of October 2020

I watched your video of the 3 hour blanket today. I have not picked up a crochet hook in 30 years! You have inspired me! Your directions were easy to follow and the video was so clear. You are a wonderful instructor! Getting up the nerve to go out, purchase yarn and get going!!! Thank you so much!


Saturday 24th of October 2020

Hi Cathy, I am so honored to hear that. Welcome back to the wonderful world of crochet.

Paula D.

Sunday 20th of September 2020

Love this pattern and the colors your chose! I have size 4 bulky yarn that I would love to use for this pattern. What size hook would you recommend? Thank you!


Sunday 20th of September 2020

I would try a hook that is 2-3 sizes bigger than the one recommended on the yarn label.


Tuesday 21st of July 2020

I absolutely love all of your blanket patterns 🥰 Especially the ones using Bernat Blanket yarn They are not only beautiful but they’re easy to make . Your tutorials are easy to follow and understand and your color choices are simply gorgeous! You are very creative! Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful crochet patterns with us🥰❤️

Angela Murphy

Friday 20th of March 2020

Thank you for making your patterns available! I love the variety of stitches and the clear instructions. I’ve lived through crises before and I can tell you that they pass! Those who get through the tough times are those who refuse to live in fear and care for others! Keep smiling and know that whatever project you’re working on will make someone happy!


Friday 20th of March 2020

Hi Angela, what a beautiful way to look at life. Keep spreading your positivity and stay safe.


Friday 20th of March 2020

What a beautiful blanket!! And a really beautiful stitch, with great directions!! With no holes, I can make a pet blanket from my stash. I have some Red Heart Super Saver, I’ll just do a swatch to see what size I need. Thank you for sharing your creativity with the rest of us!!


Friday 20th of March 2020

You are very welcome, Be. I am glad you like it.