Easy Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern (Perfect For Beginners)
Learn how to make an easy crochet baby blanket with this beginner-friendly pattern! This free crochet pattern makes it simple to create blankets for the new babies in your life.
Do you need a quick baby shower gift? This free pattern uses the double crochet stitch so it works up quickly and is perfect for throwing over the car seat or stroller. Make it in the favorite color of the mom-to-be for the perfect gift.
This easy blanket only uses 2 skeins of yarn and a few basic stitches. You can use any type of yarn you want, as long as it’s worsted weight. I love using a high quality acrylic yarn or a 100% cotton yarn for blankets (check out the best yarns for crocheted blankets).
Ready to make this beautiful blanket? Grab your favorite crochet hooks and let’s get started.
If you’re not ready to make this blanket:
- Text the link to a friend who crochets! It’s fun to work on the same pattern together.
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Easy Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern (aka The Picket Fence Baby Blanket)
- Hook Size: J/10 (6.00 mm) Crochet Hook
- 2 skeins of Premier Basix in the shade Blush or Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn in the shade Soft Pink
- If you’d like to use a different brand of yarn, you’ll need just over 700 yards of worsted weight yarn.
- Tapestry Needle & Scissors
- The print-friendly pattern is available here.
- As written, this blanket measures approximately 30 inches square. Instructions are given for adjusting the size of the blanket at the end of the pattern.
- You will not work into the turning chains unless otherwise noted.
- This blanket was designed without a border to keep the lines clean and modern, but I’ve included an optional picot border below.
- The Premier Basix yarn is not the softest yarn, but I really liked the color. I washed the blanket using the delicate cycle and dried it on low with a dryer sheet and the blanket is now very soft. Soft Pink from Hobby Lobby is the softer option.
- Gauge: 13 stitches and 8 rows in 4 inches.
- You can find the video tutorial here.
(Video Tutorial available here)
Chain 100. (see the chart below if you’d like to make a blanket larger than the baby blanket size)
Row 1: dc in the third ch and in each ch across (99 dc stitches including the ch 2). Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: dc in the first stitch (don’t skip a stitch because your ch 1 does not count as a stitch) and in the next two stitches. *ch 1, skip a stitch, dc in the next three stitches* across (You will have 75 double crochets and 24 ch 1 spaces at the end of this row). Ch 1, turn.
Note: In row 2, you will work into the top of the ch 2 at the end of the row. In subsequent rows, you’ll just work into the last “real” dc at the end of each row.
Row 3: dc in the first stitch and in each stitch and ch 1 space across (99 ddc stitches). Ch 1, turn.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 for a total of 57 rows.
Optional Border (not pictured):
Round 1: Single crochet evenly around the entire blanket. Work *3 sc* in each corner. Sl st to the top of the first single crochet stitch to join.
You should have about 99 stitches on the “unfinished” sides of the blanket because it’s square.
Cut yarn and weave ends.
If you’d like a picot border, proceed to round 2.
Round 2: You’ll now be working a picot edging in white.
Join white yarn. *sc in 3 stitches, ch 3, hdc in the first ch* around.
If you’ve never done a picot border before, more detailed are given below.
Join white yarn using a slip stitch.
Step 1: sc in 3 stitches
Step 2: chain 3 and hdc in the first chain (This is the first chain that you made, not the one closest to the hook.)
Step 3: Skip the next stitch
Repeat steps 1-3 all the way around the blanket. Sl st to the top of the first stitch to join. Cut yarn and weave ends.
Note: I like to have a picot in each corner so I fiddle with the stitches between picots to make that happen. I used to be really upset if the spaces weren’t exact, but I’ve come to realize that once the blanket is finished, you won’t notice an extra sc here or there between picots!
Adjusting the Size of this Crochet Blanket
To adjust the size of this blanket, chain a multiple of 4 until you reach the width you want.
Work until your project is the length you want.
The size chart shows the starting chain and number of rows for some common blanket sizes.
What is the best crochet stitch for a baby blanket?
You can never go wrong using the basic crochet stitches! While single crochet stitches are beautiful, it can be tedious to make a blanket using such a short stitch. Consider using the double crochet stitch or some sort of cluster stitch.
How do you crochet a baby blanket fast?
There are two secrets: make smaller blankets and use taller stitches.
Earlier this year I conducted a poll. I was happy to find that many moms enjoy receiving small blankets even more than larger blankets. They’re easy to transport and pack.
If you are short on time, make the smallest size baby blanket you can (my patterns are usually written in several sizes).
Using taller stitches will also help you crochet blankets more quickly. When you’re in a hurry, consider using double crochet stitches with a more open pattern to complete blankets faster.
What size should I crochet a baby blanket?
Baby blankets come in all shapes and sizes – rectangles and squares; even hexagons and circles. Here are some popular baby blanket sizes:
- Lovey – 15-20 inches square
- Baby Blanket – 30-35 inches square
- Stroller Blanket – 30×36 inches
- Crib Blanket – 40×60 inches
- Toddler Blanket – 36×48 inches
What are some easy baby blanket crochet patterns?
There are so many great free crochet baby blanket patterns!
If you’re unfamiliar with Daisy Farm Crafts, I recommend checking out their baby blankets. They’re beautiful and very popular.
I also have lots of free baby blanket patterns to choose from that are quick and easy to make.
- 3 Hour Crochet Blanket – use bulky weight yarn and a large hook to make a baby blanket in no time!
- Simple Stripes Baby Blanket – simple stitches create a beautiful texture on this fun baby blanket.
- Modern Crochet Baby Blanket – this open stitch is extra quick!
- Classic Ripple Blanket – whether you call it a chevron or a ripple, this blanket is a classic!
Please Share Your Work!
If you used this free pattern to make the perfect baby blanket, I’d love it if you’d tag me in a photo on Instagram or my Facebook page. I love seeing your beautiful creations!
Please note: You’re more than welcome to sell items that you make using this pattern on Etsy, at craft fairs, or anywhere else you might sell your items – just be sure to take your own photos!
I think I want to add a wavy edge to this blanket- have you ever created one of those? Starting a sample tomorrow!
Hmm. Do you mean a shell stitch border?
Jennifer Fatzinger says
How do you calculate how many skeins to get for a larger blanket with the yards?
I figure out how much yarn it takes for a certain area, then I use a ratio to figure out approximate yardage for larger blankets. 🙂
As always, a beautiful pattern. Thanks
Linda Orwig says
What is the blue yarn used for the second version of the Easy Crochet baby blanket. Love this simple pattern.
It’s Hobby Lobby I love This Yarn in the shade Oasis Beat. 🙂
Hello I am doing your easy chevron crochet blanket and I can’t get the skip 2 to line up can you help me please thanks
I would like to see the complete tutorial of the crochet baby blanket. This is the first time I want to start knitting for baby who is coming soon….,🙂🙂
I loved making this and wondered if you had a pattern in same design but for a Baby cardigan?
Love your ideas!!
Thank you for this lovely pattern. I’m making it in Bernat fleece finer which is a 5 weight yarn for our grandbaby due in December.
Connie Dietz says
Beautiful easy fast blanket. I usually get bored with blankets but I like this ones thank you for sharing. I am using red heart now. Have pink one to do yet and a white one with silver thru like a christening blanket. Think I made use same pattern
I am only ending up with 98 DC, what am I doing wrong?
Are you counting the ch 2 as a stitch on the first row? You’ll have 98 dc and a ch 2 which counts as a dc.