Free Crochet Pattern: Easy Nautical Baby Blanket

nautical baby blanket crochet pattern

While I love intricate stitches and complicated patterns, sometimes it’s nice to return to the basics and make a simple, relaxing baby blanket. This baby blanket is super simple to make and works up very quickly. Its subtle stripes and bold anchor make it the perfect addition to any nautical nursery. 
I made this blanket using 100% cotton yarn. Living in Florida, using worsted acrylic yarn in the summer months just doesn’t make sense – the poor baby would be sweltering. Cotton yarn also has a beautiful drape! Continue reading for the materials and the pattern!

– J Crochet Hook
– Lily Sugar’n Cream Yarn, Soft Ecru
Lily Sugar’n Cream Yarn, White
Spinrite Lily Sugar’n Cream Yarn, Country Red
Anchor crochet pattern
Pattern Notes:
– This pattern is worked through the back loop only (BLO). If your’e unfamiliar with this method, check out these instructions.
– Ch 2 counts as the first stitch of each row.
– This blanket measures approximately 30×25 inches. It can be easily adjusted by change the number of chains you begin with.
nautical baby blanket free crochet pattern

Working with Soft Ecru, chain 102.
Row 1: dc in the third stitch from hook and in each stitch across. Ch 2, turn. (100)
Row 2: The ch 2 counts as the first dc so you will skip the first stitch and dc in the second stitch and in each stitch across. Remember, you’re working in the back loop only. Ch 2, turn. (100)
Row 3: dc in each stitch across. Ch 2, turn. (100)
Row 4-5: dc in each stitch across. Ch 2, turn. (100).
Row 6: dc in each stitch across. Cut yarn and weave ends. Join your next yarn color with a slip stitch. Ch 2, turn. (100)

Continue double crocheting back and forth and changing colors after every six rows. I used 8 colors and repeated the pattern twice for a total of 48 rows.

When you have finished your stripes, use soft ecru and sc evenly around the entire blanket. Be sure to work 3 sc into each of the blanket’s corners.

When you’ve finished your blanket, head over to this post and make the anchor. Attach it to the bottom right corner of your blanket and you’re all done!

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  1. It is lovely and I really like the applique, thanks for sharing it with us :-)

  2. I have never made a blanket out of cotton. How does it wear and wash? I assume it will shrink.

  3. As usual you give us a beautiful pattern! Thank you so much Lauren. And I love when you say 'free' pattern that it actually is free. I post them all on pinterest and make a note of that!! Thanks again!!

  4. Very pretty. I've never tried a blanket in cotton before. Interesting.

  5. Hi, I just want to be sure, just one skein of white, and on skein of ecru? The larger skein of 200 yards (4oz) each? Thanks!