Are you looking for an easy crochet blanket tutorial? Make a note, this easy crochet baby blanket pattern is free and suitable for beginners. Furthermore, this simple baby blanket tutorial utilizes only three basic crochet stitches: single crochet, double crochet, and half double crochet stitch (for the border).
What makes it a unique baby blanket crochet pattern?
- It is a one-skein project (perfect when you are in a hurry so you don’t have to weave in multiple ends and yarn tails).
- This very simple crochet blanket is a breeze to create with an easy-to-follow tutorial.
- An off-white (Antique White, to be precise) color of this crochet baby blanket allows it to match any nursery decor.
- For the reasons of its simplicity, neutral color, and beauty it can become a family heirloom piece.
- Also, it is reversible and makes a fun play blanket for baby’s sensory exercises and learning as soft bobbles can be pushed in and out and baby can learn to count.
- Finally, this easy crochet blanket pattern is FREE and a step-by-step tutorial makes it fast to crochet!
Whether you are a beginner or just looking for a new easy blanket tutorial, you may have some questions before choosing a DIY crochet project:
- How many yards of yarn does it take to crochet a blanket?
- What size crochet baby blanket can I make?
- How long does it take to make a crochet baby blanket?
- Is this an easy crochet blanket tutorial?
- How many chains do you need to start a baby blanket?
First of all, we are going to address all these questions in our step-by-step crochet baby blanket tutorial so it is absolutely clear and easy to follow. Consequently, you will be able to understand the basics of this easy tutorial so you can crochet numerous projects on your own.
How many yards of yarn does it take to crochet a blanket?
For this easy crochet blanket tutorial, we used Pound of Love® by Lyon Brand in Antique White which has 1,020 yards (932 meters). It is a classic yarn (weight: 4 Medium) which comes in many colors. Also, its economical size is perfect for an easy crochet blanket.
Most importantly, the yarn is machine-washable and machine-dryable which is crucial when you are caring for a baby. You definitely want to keep all your crocheted creations as clean as possible for the little munchkin.
If you have other yarn in mind for your project, just make sure you have enough skeins to finish. Consequently, your total yardage should be approximately the same (~1050 yards). Almost certainly err on the side of caution. Therefore, it is better to have a little more yarn than not enough to finish your project.
You can always use extra yarn for a small cute crochet project, as baby booties, for example.
What size crochet baby blanket can I make?
There are standard sizes for baby blankets that help guide you in the right direction. For example, the standard receiving blanket size is 40 x 40 inches.
Let’s be practical – you would be wise to use every inch (or almost every inch) of your yarn for this easy crochet blanket. Our finished size for this crochet baby blanket is 36″ x 40″ but it took slightly more than 1 pound of yarn. Luckily, there was a little leftover yarn from a different project to finish the border.
Above all, you want your crochet baby blanket to be perfect. But keep in mind, there won’t be a person standing with the measuring tape at the baby shower to check the precise size of your gift.
Consequently, we will specify how many chains you would need for this easy crochet baby blanket tutorial.
How long does it take to make a crochet baby blanket?
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned crafter, your speed can vary greatly. As a result, you would be able to crochet this easy bobble stitch baby blanket in a few weekends (or a week), depending on how many hours during the day you have available to work on the project.
We recommend checking our BOBBLE CROCHET STITCH STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL (so easy, it can be labeled ‘for dummies’) so you can practice on a swatch first and get your stitches and gauge right.
After mastering the bobble stitch, this easy crochet blanket tutorial will be a breeze to follow.
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Is this an easy crochet blanket tutorial?
Yes, it is an easy crochet blanket tutorial as it uses only two basic crochet stitches: single crochet and double crochet.
The only difference is that bobble stitch is formed by five double crochet stitches finished together. If this concept is new to you, check out our step-by-step Bobble Stitch Tutorial first.
Are you ready to make it? Let’s start with our easy Caroline crochet baby blanket tutorial.
Materials you will need:
- 1 skein of Pound of Love® Yarn in Antique White
- Crochet hook – I used size D 3.25 mm (though J-10 6mm crochet hook is recommended for this yarn). Feel free to make a practice swatch and decide which hooks feels right for you and your particular desired gauge for this project.
34″ x 34″
Stitches and abbreviations:
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
bo – bobble (5dctog – 5 double crochet together)
hdc – half double crochet (used in this crochet baby blanket for the border)
The fabric created in this pattern is reversible. To achieve the desired polka dot effect, you would need to place a bobble stitch (5dctog) in between 2 bobbles of the previous bobble row. In order to do so, your stitch count between the bobble has to be an odd number (7, 9, or 11, etc).
Consequently, the alternating bobble will be exactly in the middle between the other two bobbles – with 5 sc stitches on each side.
Therefore, if you plan on modifying the pattern and would have an even number of stitches between the bobbles, your polka dot pattern will be slightly off.
Consequently, check out this helpful diagram to fully understand to nuts and bolts of the bobble stitch.
Row 1: sc into 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch across the row (119 sc).
Row 2: ch1, sc in each sc across the row (119 sc)
Rows 3-9: repeat row 2.
Row 10: (BOBBLE ROW): ch 1, 11 sc, * bo, 11 sc * repeat between * * to the end of the row. (Helpful tip: make sure you are not chaining 1 after the bobble stitch as it will add to your stitch count and throw off your pattern. Just tighten all 5 dc stitches together so a nice bobble is formed and then make sc into the next stitch. This is the only row where you need to pay attention and count your stitches!)
Need to learn crochet bobble stitch? Check our step-by-step tutorial.
Row 11-19: ch 1, sc across the row (119 sc).
Row 20: (Alt BOBBLE ROW – for polka-dot effect) ch 1, 5 sc, 1 bo, * 11 sc, 1 bo * repeat between * * to the end of the row. The last stitches are 5 sc.
Keep alternating sc rows and bobble rows until you have 17 bobble rows.
To put it in plain English, you will need to pay any attention only when you are crocheting BOBBLE rows (11 sc, 1 bo). Crochet 9 sc rows in between – easy! For the alternating bobble rows, start with 5 sc, 1 bo, 11 sc, 1 bo and finish with 5 single crochet stitches. This way your bobbles will be in a perfect polka dot pattern.
Finish the blanket with 9 sc rows.
Most importantly, to prevent fabric from curling, create a border by crocheting 2 rows of half double crochet stitches around the whole blanket.
Border: ch2, then hdc (half double crochet) into every stitch around the blanket with 3 hdc stitches into the same stitch in the corner. Slip stitch into the turning ch 2 at the end.
Repeat the same for the second row of the border.
Certainly, to put finishing touches on your project, weave in the ends.
Wash your blanket on cold/delicate (or hand-wash) settings and dry it flat or in the dryer at a low-temperature setting.
Your crochet blanket is ready to be presented to the baby and cherished for years to come.
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