With this beginner-friendly pattern, you can easily create a Simple and Easy Crochet Blanket Pattern in 7-hours. A beautiful blanket for the new little ones in your life.
By using the double crochet stitch, it works up quickly and is perfect for throwing over a car seat or stroller. Plus, it makes for a perfect gift for any expecting mother, especially when made in her favorite color. Give the gift of coziness and comfort with this simple yet stylish pattern.
Best of all, this crochet pattern is completely free, making it accessible to anyone who wants to try their hand at crocheting. Get started on your cozy creation today.
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Do you need a quick baby shower gift?
This 7-Hour Crochet Soft Bassinet Blanket works up quick and is soft and comfy too. Just imagine a newborn snuggled in their bassinet sleeping soundly in something you lovingly made.
You will see photos using a solid color of mint green and pink blanket making this a great gift for a baby boy or baby girl.
Fast Easy Baby Blanket Crochet
Repeating Crochet Stitches
A wonderful project for both beginner and expert alike, this blanket has a repeating rhythm of basic crochet stitches. Once you get beyond the first row, this pattern works up very quickly without much counting.
The double crochet stitch is considered by many to work up the quickest. Since this pattern pairs the double crochet stitch with a soft bulky yarn, it works up super fast.
Note. I normally wouldn’t suggest a chunky yarn for this smaller size. However, the squishy and soft factor outweighs the bulkiness of this blanket. It will keep baby warm without being too heavy.
Another nice thing about this easy pattern is that along with the simple stitches, there are no color changes. Less yarn to weave in.
I purchased an entire box of this fluffy yarn that was on sale a few months ago. By box I mean about 20 skeins. Talk about a yarn haul. However, it was not until the yarn actually showed up that I fully understood what the yarn was like.
How Much Yarn to Crochet a Baby Blanket?
On average, a small to medium-sized baby blanket might require around 700 to 1500 yards of yarn if using worsted weight yarn. However, the amount of yarn you’ll need to crochet a baby blanket can vary widely depending on several factors, including the size of the blanket, the stitch pattern you’re using, the thickness of the yarn, and your crochet tension.
A typical 3.5 oz skein that has 220 yards and it will take 3-7 skeins to crochet a baby blanket.
Keep in mind that it’s always a good idea to buy slightly more yarn than you think you’ll need, just to be safe. It’s easier to return any unused skeins/balls than to run out of yarn mid-project and try to match the dye lot later, which can be challenging.
Best Yarn for Baby Blanket Crochet
When choosing yarn for crocheting an easy crochet baby blanket pattern, it’s important to consider factors like softness, durability, ease of care, and safety for sensitive baby skin. Here are some popular yarn options that are often recommended for baby blankets.
Cotton Yarn: Cotton is a great choice for baby blankets as it’s soft, breathable, and hypoallergenic. It’s also easy to care for and can be machine washed. Look for a soft, high-quality cotton yarn for the best results.
Acrylic Yarn: Acrylic yarn is known for being affordable, soft, and available in a wide variety of colors. It’s easy to care for and can be machine washed and dried. Look for acrylic yarns that have a soft hand feel.
Blend Yarns: Yarns that blend different fibers, such as cotton/acrylic or bamboo/cotton, can offer a balance of softness, durability, and breathability. These blends can combine the best qualities of each fiber.
Merino Wool: If you’re looking for warmth, merino wool is a soft and cozy option. However, be sure to choose superwash merino wool, which is machine washable, as regular wool can require special care.
Baby Yarn: Some yarn brands offer specific lines of yarn labeled as “baby yarn,” designed with baby projects in mind. These yarns are often soft, gentle, and safe for baby use.
Anti-Pilling Yarn: Yarn labeled as “anti-pilling” is designed to resist pilling (those little balls of fuzz that can form on the surface of the fabric). This can help your baby blanket look newer for longer.
Bamboo Yarn: Bamboo yarn is naturally hypoallergenic, making it a good choice for sensitive baby skin. It’s also breathable and has a luxurious sheen. Bamboo yarns are often blended with other fibers for added softness.
Organic Yarn: If you’re looking for an eco-friendly option, consider organic yarns made from natural fibers and produced using sustainable practices.
When choosing yarn, keep in mind that babies tend to be messy, so it’s a good idea to select a yarn that can withstand frequent washing and drying. Also, make sure that any yarn you choose is free from harmful chemicals and safe for babies.
What Yarn Weights are Best for a Baby Blanket?
When it comes to choosing yarn weights for a baby blanket, the best options are usually those that provide a balance between softness, comfort, durability, and ease of care. Here are some yarn weights commonly recommended for crocheting baby blankets:
- DK (Double Knitting) Weight Yarn (Light Worsted): DK weight yarn is a versatile choice for baby blankets. It’s slightly thicker than baby weight yarn but not as bulky as worsted weight. It provides a good balance between warmth and breathability, making it suitable for various climates. DK weight yarn creates a blanket that is cozy without being too heavy.
- Worsted Weight Yarn: Worsted weight yarn is a popular choice for baby blankets because it’s slightly thicker, providing warmth and comfort. It’s also widely available and comes in a variety of fiber options, including acrylic, cotton, and blends. Just make sure to choose a soft and gentle worsted weight yarn that is appropriate for baby skin.
- Sport Weight Yarn: Sport weight yarn is finer than DK weight but still creates a lightweight and delicate fabric. It’s a great option for creating intricate stitch patterns or lightweight blankets for warmer weather.
- Baby Weight Yarn: Some yarn brands offer yarn specifically labeled as “baby weight” yarn. These yarns are designed with babies in mind and are often soft, lightweight, and gentle on sensitive skin.
- Fingering Weight Yarn: Fingering weight yarn is very thin and creates a delicate fabric. While it’s not as commonly used for baby blankets due to its lightweight nature, it can be a good choice for lightweight, decorative blankets or heirloom projects.
When choosing a yarn weight, consider the climate of the area where the baby lives, as well as the season during which the blanket will be used. Thicker yarns provide more warmth, while lighter yarns offer breathability. Additionally, think about the desired drape and texture of the blanket.
This yarn Baby Soft Boucle is considered a 5 bulky. There are lots of little loops. It took me a few days of pondering how this yarn could be used.
I think this was a perfect way. Make a blanket!
As you can see in the photo below, the stitches are a bit hard to see. That is why the first row is the hardest, but after that, the blanket works up very quickly.
When crocheting the first row, I tugged a bit on the beginning chain stitches to see where to insert my crochet hook for the next set of stitches. Make sure that you have good lighting for this first row. Once this row is complete, it is easy to see right where to insert your hook as it is between to double crochet stitches.
Just look at the thick, fluffy results! So soft and cuddly.
A free crochet pattern that works up into an easy blanket for a new baby.
Tips on Working with Fluffy Yarn
The first tip is to feel your way through the yarn. Once you do a few rounds you should be able to get a feel for where your crochet hook needs to go to achieve the stitches as you learn the new yarn and hook tension.
Additionally, when first working with this yarn, it might be best to avoid dark colors. They are hard to see the stitches in anyway and the fluffy yarn, makes it even more difficult. Lastly, use a stitch that works with the yarn, not against it.
Bonus Crochet Patterns
I chose to change skeins of yarn at the end of a row rather than in the middle a row or wherever the yarn ran out. Therefore, there was enough yarn to make a SPA set too. Same stitches, just different beginning stitches and rows.
This would be lovely for gifting too. Bonus, it is a great way to use those leftover scraps of yarn.
Special Stitch Pattern Used
This pattern uses the Double Crochet V-Stitch. If you are not familiar with this stitch, no worries. The instructions are written below and there is a video tutorial here on how to work this stitch. If you are beginner, you can do this.
Here is a left hand crochet tutorial for the stitch.
Here is the right hand crochet tutorial for this stitch.
Adjusting the Size of this Crochet Blanket
The size of this baby blanket is 22″ X 25″, which is perfect for a basinet. To adjust the size of this blanket, chain an even number until you reach the width you want.
Work rows until your project is the length you want.
Best Size for Baby Blanket
The size chart shows the starting chain and number of rows for some common blanket sizes. However, these are general guidelines as baby blankets come in all shapes and sizes. From rectangles, squares, hexagons, stars, and circles. Here are some popular baby blanket sizes:
We have an entire blog post dedicated to Crochet Guidelines for Standard Bed and Blanket Sizes. However, I will cover the most common sizes for baby blankets.
- Lovey blanket 20 x 20 inches. Starting chain will be about 65-75 chain stitches. Plan on about 300 yards of yarn.
- Square Baby Blanket 31 X 31 inches. The beginning chain will be about 90-100 chain stitches. About 700 yards of yarn.
- Toddler Blanket or Lapghan 36 X 48 inches. Starting Chain is about 116-120 chain stitches. Plan on about 1,300 yards of yarn.
Directions: Simple and Easy Crochet Blanket Pattern in 7-hours
13 stitches per 4 inches.
The finished size is approximately 22 inches wide X 25 inches long.
Varying the Size
Make this crochet blanket wider or narrower by adding or subtracting stitches by 2. Add or reduce rows for altering the length.
- This blanket was designed without a border the crochet edges are clean and even.
- The pattern is written in US Terms.
- Turn after each row.
- While the yarn it the softest yarn for a snuggly baby blanket, you can use any yarn for this free pattern. However, by using a different weight yarn, you will change the size of the blanket and may need to adjust your starting chain and rows.
- The first row is a bit challenging to see the chain stitches to crochet into; however, if you tug gently, they become visible for you to complete your crochet stitches for row 1. After row 1, this pattern is extremely easy as you are not working into the stitches unless otherwise noted.
Size J Crochet Hook
CH = Chain
DC = Double Crochet
SK = Skip
ST = Stitch
In the 4th ST, complete 2 DC. [SK 1, 2 DC in next ST] Repeat across. End with a DC in last ST. Turn
CH 3, [2 DC between the previous row DCs] Repeat across. End with a DC in last ST. Turn
Repeat row 2.
Weave in the yarn ends and cut off the excess yarn.
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You can find Victoria crocheting, quilting, and creating recipes. She has cooked in restaurants for over 20 years, including many larger parties. She learned to crochet when she was just 11 years old and has been crocheting ever since; over 50 years now. Over 40 years ago, she loved her first class in sewing and continues to hone her skills in quilting. Many have enjoyed the handmade gifts over the years. In her professional career, she has worked in management in a wide variety of businesses including higher education as a dean of a division. All the while attending college part-time to achieve her doctorate in higher education with an emphasis in e-learning.