Crochet Baby Blanket for Beginners
I remember when I wanted to crochet my first baby blanket. My oldest daughter was a newborn and I had in my head that I was going to crochet her this gorgeous heirloom that she would treasure forever. Spoiler alert: that didn’t happen the first time I tried.
As I searched for things like “Crochet Baby Blanket for Beginners,” I would stumble upon patterns that might as well have been written in hieroglyphics. I couldn’t understand them and I felt like I never would.
Can anyone else relate? I continued searching: easy baby blanket, baby blankets for absolute beginners, and so on. Maybe what I should have started with was “how to read a crochet pattern.”
Be that as it may, I plugged along and eventually with the help of YouTube and my mother-in-law, I caught on to crocheting and hit my groove.
Now, here I am 11 years later and it’s always my goal to create crochet patterns that are easy to follow, even if it’s your first crochet baby blanket. If you need help, I’m always just an email or Instagram message away.
This crochet baby blanket is perfect for beginners because the stitches are repetitive (but not boring, I promise)! You’ll probably make a couple stitches you’ve never made before, but don’t worry. I’ll walk you through it in this YouTube video.
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Are you ready to tackle your first (or 100th) crochet blanket pattern?
- J Crochet Hook (J/10/6mm)
- Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn! in Mid Green (2 Skeins), Soft Pink (1 skein), White (1 Skein)
- If your’e using a different brand of yarn, you’ll need approximately 720 yards of worsted weight yarn: 570 yards in the main color, 100 yards in the second color, and 50 yards in the third. See the end of the pattern for other brand options.
- Tapestry needle & scissors for weaving ends. Stitch markers (optional but helpful. Safety pins, small bits of yarn, etc. work just fine).
- Finished blanket measures approximately 30”x 33”
- This pattern is worked through both loops.
- The chain 2 at the beginning of each row will count as a stitch. I recommend marking the top chain in some way so that you don’t forget to work into the top of the turning chain at the end of each row. If you fail to work into the top of each turning chain, all of your ripples will be wonky.
- A dc2tog is the same thing as a dc decrease stitch.
- The first 8 minutes of this video will walk you through this pattern.
- Instructions for adjusting the size of this blanket are given at the end of this pattern.
Special Stitch: (explained in the video, too)
- dc2tog (double crochet two together): Yarn over, pull up a loop. Pull through the first two loops. Yarn over, insert hook into the net stitch and pull up a loop. Pull through the first two loops. Pull through the remaining 3 loops.
Here are the Crochet Baby Blanket for Beginners Instructions:
Using mid green, ch 100.
Row 1: dc in the third chain from the hook. Dc in the next 4 stitches. Dc2tog, dc 2 tog. Dc in the next 4 stitches. *Work 2 dc into the next 2 stitches. Dc in the next 4 stitches. Dc2tog, dc2tog. Dc in the next 4 stitches.* End with 2 dc in the last chain. Ch 2, turn.
Row 2: dc in the first st (your ch 2 and your first dc are worked in the same stitch) and in the next 4 stitches. dc2tog, dc2tog. Dc in the next 4 stitches. *Work 2 dc into the next 2 stitches. dc in the next 4 stitches. dc2tog, dc2tog. dc in the next 4 stitches.* End with 2 dc in the last stitch (this will be the top of your ch 2 from the previous round). Ch 2, turn.
NOTE: you will have 2 dc in the first and last stitch of each row (ch 2 counts as dc).
Continue repeating row 2 until you have 57 rows.
The stripe pattern is as follows.
Adjusting the size of this blanket is simple.
The chart below will help you adjust the size of the blanket. In order, to add an additional “peak,” you’ll need to add 14 stitches to your foundation chain. Once you determine your foundation length, the instructions for the rows will be exactly the same.
I encourage you to get creative and make this blanket in various sizes. From afghans to hand towels, you can make it as large or as small as you want.
I’d be thrilled if you’d share what you’re making on Instagram. Use the hashtag #daisycottagedesigns so I can see the beautiful projects you make using the Daisy Cottage Designs crochet patterns!