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Doesn’t it seem like it’s the season for baby showers? I love going to those fun events and getting ready to welcome new life. Whenever I have time, I love to make a homemade gift. Whether it’s a baby blanket or a crocheted “lovey,” it makes me feel like it’s something a child might treasure forever.

I’m super excited to be sharing this adorable and EASY crocheted baby blanket pattern with you today. I’m talking so easy that you could learn to crochet today and tomorrow and start making this blanket this weekend. You only have to know how to chain and double crochet. If you want to do the cute scalloped border, toss in single and half double crochet and you’ll be on your way to having an adorable and handmade baby blanket that looks like it was difficult to make.

Ready to get started? Here’s what you’ll need.
Supplies:
-8 skeins of Lily Sugar ‘n’ Cream yarn (they’re approximately 2.5 oz balls and 100% cotton) or any
other 100% cotton yarn
-I crochet hook (I prefer Boye)
-Tapestry needle
-Scissors

Abbreviations:
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
sl st – slip stitch

Pattern Notes:
-This pattern is worked in the back loop only. Click here if you’re unfamiliar with this method.
-The chain two at the end of each row counts as the first stitch in the following row.
-Be sure to work a double crochet into the turning chain. If you have a tendency to miss this, place a stitch marker or safety pin in the top of the turning chain on each row.
-If you’d like to use the same colors I did, they’re as follows: yellow, orange, robin’s egg, hot pink, red, mod pink, lime, bright white, and bright navy)
-The size of this blanket could easily be adjusted by starting with a different number of starting chains.
-This blanket measures approximately 30″x39″ and the stripes are vertical.

Directions:
Working with your first color, chain 131.
Row 1: dc in the third stitch from hook and in each stitch across. Ch 2, turn. (130)
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. (130)
Row 3: Double crochet in each stitch across. Cut yarn and weave ends. Join your next yarn color with a slip stitch. Ch 2, turn. (130)
Row 4-5: dc in each stitch across. Ch 2, turn. (130).
Row 6: Double crochet in each stitch across. Cut yarn and weave ends. Join your next yarn color with a slip stitch. Ch 2, turn. (130)

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

When you have finished your stripes, pick your favorite color and hdc evenly around the entire blanket. You will need to work 3 stitches in each corner.

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