This simple crochet baby blanket is designed using 2 stitches. A textured stitch for the stripe part and Moss stitch for the middle.
Since it has been raining almost every day here, I am having a tough time photographing my crochet projects. I face the same problem every winter and sadly it is the time I design the most patterns.
Pictures of this blanket were taken using an artificial lighting kit, so the texture hasn’t been captured well. The lilac color shows up more bluish than it actually is.
I almost gave up on posting this pattern today because I didn’t like how the photographs turned out but decided to go ahead and publish it anyway.
Simple Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern
1. Bernat Baby Blanket yarn in colors Baby Lilac and Vanilla. It is a size 6 super bulky chenille yarn.
2. An N/P(10mm) crochet hook.
3. Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.
32-1/2 inches wide and 40 inches long. You can easily adjust the width of the blanket.
1 skein of the color Baby Lilac and a little more than 1 skein of the color Vanilla. Each skein is 220 yards.
The pattern is written in US crochet terms.
sc- single crochet
sl st- slip stitch
hdc- half double crochet
sc2tog: It is a sc decrease. To work a sc2tog for this pattern, insert your hook into the next ch and pull up a loop, insert your hook into the next st and pull up a loop, YO and pull through all the 3 loops on your hook.
1. For the most part, you will be changing colors only every 2 rows. You will not fasten off at every color change unless specified but just drop the yarn to pick up later. The yarn will be carried loosely along the side of your work and will get hidden once you add the border.
2. To join a new color while working the last hdc of a row, start working you hdc as usual, but when you have 3 loops left on your hook, YO the new color and pull through to complete the hdc st.
3. The last hdc of every row is worked NOT into the top of beginning ch-2, but into the beginning ch-1. This will give a straighter edge. To work a hdc into the beginning ch-1, YO, insert your hook into the ch and pull up a loop to the height of your current row, then YO and pull through all the 3 loops.
With Lilac color yarn, ch 57. You can chain any odd number to start.
Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each st across to end, turn. ——56 sc
Row 2: Ch 2(counts as a hdc), sc2tog across next 2 sts, *(ch 1, sc2tog across next 2 sts), repeat from * until 1 st is left, ch 1, 1 hdc in last st while joining the cream color yarn, drop the Lilac color to pick up later, turn. ——27 repeats
Note: In the next row, while inserting your hook into the chain to work your sc2tog, go under both the loops of the chain and not into the ch-space. When you make a foundation chain, you might have noticed that your chain has 2 loops on top and a bump at the back. You are inserting your hook between the 2 loops and the back bump.
Keeping a finger behind the chain will give you more control to do this. You can also go under just 1 loop of the chain but going under both the loops will add a little bit more texture to your work.
Row 3: Ch 2(counts as a hdc), sc2tog across next ch and the next st, *(ch 1, sc2tog across next ch and the next st), repeat from * until just the beginning ch-2 is left, 1 hdc on top of beginning ch-1, turn.——-27 repeats
Row 4: Repeat Row 3 in cream color and join Lilac color yarn while working the last st of the row, drop the cream color to pick up later.
Keep repeating Row 3 changing colors every 2 rows until you have a total of 9 stripes and you end in a Lilac stripe.
Note: In the next row, we will add 3 increases. This will ensure that your work doesn’t shrink from the chains used in the Moss stitch for the middle panels. If you are someone who chains tight, feel free to add more increases but keep them odd. For example, you can add 3, 5, or 7 increases evenly distributed.
Row 19: With the cream color joined, ch 1(does not count as a st), 1 sc in same st as ch 1, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 25 sts, 2 sc in next, 1 sc in each st across to last 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in last st, turn.—-59 sts
Row 20: Ch 1(does not count as a st), 1 sc in first st, *(ch 1, sk next st, 1 sc in next) repeat from * to end. —-30 sc +29 chs
Row 21: Ch 1(does not count as a st), 1 sc in first st, 1 sc in next ch-1 space, *(ch 1, sk next st, 1 sc in next ch-1 space) repeat from * to last sc, 1 sc in the last sc, turn.——31 sc+ 28 chs
Row 22: Ch 1, (does not count as a st), 1 sc in first st, *(ch 1, sk next st, 1 sc in next ch-1 space) repeat from * to last 2 sts, ch 1, sk next st, 1 sc in last st, turn.———30 sc +29 chs
Note: To join a new color while working your last sc, insert your hook into the last st and pull up a loop, YO the new color and pull through the 2 loops on your hook to complete your sc.
Repeat Row 2 and 3 until you have a total of 9 rows in this stripe including the first sc row. When you work your last sc of the 9th row, join the Lilac color yarn. Fasten off the cream color.
Rows 28 to 36: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 to complete 9 rows in Lilac, join the cream color at the end of the 9th row. Fasten off the Lilac.
Rows 37 to 44: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 to complete 8 rows in Cream color.
Row 45: Continuing with cream color, ch 1, 1 sc in same st, sc2tog across next 2 sts, 1 sc in next 24 sts, sc2tog across next 2 sts, 1 sc in each st across to last 3 sts, sc2tog in next 2 sts, 1 sc in last st while joining the Lilac color yarn, turn. Do not fasten off the Cream color this time. ——-56 sts
Row 46:Ch 2(counts as a hdc), sc2tog across next 2 sts, *(ch 1, sc2tog across next 2 sts), repeat from * until 1 st is left, ch 1, 1 hdc in last st, turn. ——27 repeats
Row 47: Ch 2(counts as a hdc), sc2tog across next ch and the next st, *(ch 1, sc2tog across next ch and the next st), repeat from * until just the beginning ch-2 is left, 1 hdc on top of beginning ch-1 while joining back the Cream color yarn, turn.——-27 repeats
Keep repeating Row 47 changing color every 2 rows until you have a total of 8 stripes in this section and you end in a cream stripe. Join Lilac color at the end of the 8th stripe.
Row 62: Repeat Row 47 with the Lilac color joined.
Note: Even if we started with a sc row we will end with a hdc row as that will help both our beginning and ending stripes to be the same height.
Row 63: Ch 1( does not count as a st), 1 hdc in first st, 1 hdc in each ch and st across to end. Fasten off.
This blanket has a simple border of 1 round of single crochet stitches. Work the border on the right side of your blanket(the pretty side).
Sl st to the corner near the foundation chain side, distribute sc sts along the side of the blanket taking care to work around the yarn tails carried along the sides. When you reach the top corner, 3 sc in the corner, 1 sc in each st across along the top of the blanket, 3 sc in next corner, distribute sc sts evenly along the second side of the blanket until you reach the corner near the foundation chain.
3 sc in the corner, work 1 sc under each of the free loops of the foundation chain, but instead of going under just one loop, go under the point where 2 loops are overlapping. This will make sure no holes are left. Work 3 sc in the last corner, sl st to the first sc.
Weave any tails left into the same color stripe. Enjoy!
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