I love playing with color when I crochet. Each time I’m working on a new crochet blanket pattern, one of the most fun decisions is what colors I’m going to choose. These colors aren’t my usual ones. I tend to gravitate towards bright and bold colors. As this blanket grew, this colors palette quickly became one of my favorites. I love the shades and think it would be just perfect for a gender neutral baby gift.
This is my take on a classic crochet look. I certainly didn’t develop the idea of double crochet rows followed by granny stripe rows. I’m just using my own stitch counts, color palette, and edging on what I would consider a traditional style.
This blanket works up quickly, and my tester said it was one of her favorites. The variation of stitches keeps it from being boring, and yet it’s repetitive enough to work on while you’re watching TV, listening to an audiobook, or visiting with friends. The classic picot edging gives this easy crochet blanket pattern a polished look and gives it a timeless feel.
I used Paintbox Yarns for my blanket in the following shades. The number of skeins used is shown in parentheses.
- paper white – shade 200 (2)
- stormy gray – shade 204 (1)
- granite gray – shade 206 (1)
- vintage pink – shade 255 (This is the ORANGE-y shade. It does NOT look pink at all to me) (1)
- washed teal – shade 232 (1)
Materials Needed for this Blanket Crochet Pattern
- I hook
- worsted weight yarn in 5 shades (As stated above, I use Paintbox Yarns)
- Tapestry Needle
- Pattern is worked through both loops
- Blanket size is approximately 33×40”
- I chained 104 for my blanket, but any chain length will work as long as it’s in multiples of 3+2 (So find a number that’s divisible by 3 and then add two chains for your foundation row)
- Ch 2 does count as a stitch.
Quick & Simple Stripe Blanket Crochet Pattern
Chain 104. (see above for multipe
Row 1: (washed teal) starting in the third ch from hook, work 1 dc into each stitch across. Ch 2, turn.
Row 2: Skip the first dc (since your ch 2 counts as a dc) and work 1 dc into each stitch across. Cut yarn and weave ends.
Row 3: (paper white) ch 2, work 1 dc into the same stitch. *skip 2 stitches, 3 dc into the next st* across. Repeat until 3 stitches remain. Skip 2 stitches, 2 dc into the last stitch, Ch 2, turn.
Row 4: Work 3 dc into the first space between the double crochet groups. Work 3 dcs in each space across. Dc in the top of the last stitch. Ch 2, turn.
Row 5: Skip the first dc (since your ch 2 counts as a dc) and work 1 dc into each remaining stitch across until 1 stitch remains. DO NOT work into the last stitch. Ch 2, turn.
Row 6: Skip the first dc (since your ch 2 counts as a dc) and work 1 dc into each remaining stitch across. Cut yarn and weave ends.
Rows 7 & 8: (vintage pink) Repeat rows 3 and 4 except cut yarn and weave ends at the end of row 8.
Rows 9 & 10: (granite gray) Repeat rows 5 and 6.
Rows 11 & 12: (stormy gray) Repeat rows 3 and 4 except cut yarn and weave ends at the end of row 12.
Repeat your color pattern until your blanket is the desired size. When your blanket has reached the size you like it, weave your ends.
If you want your blanket to look just like mine, I repeated the color sequence 6 times, and then finished with two rows of washed teal.
Now it’s time to add the border.
Rounds 1 & 2: (washed teal) sc evenly around the blanket working 3 sc into each corner. Cut yarn and weave ends after the second round.
Round 3: (paper white) This round will create your picot edging. Join your yarn on any corner of the blanket. Ch 1, sc in the same stitch and in the next 4 stitches, ch 4, sc in the same stitch. *sc in the next 5 stitches, ch 4, sc in the same stitch* around. Sl st to the top of the first sc to join.
Please note: people crochet along the rough sides of crochet blankets differently. If you have one or two spots on your blanket where you have 4 or 6 sc between your picots, it won’t matter!