This cozy & comfy baby afghan pattern is so quick to make. Easy Crochet Pattern great for a beginner. Baby blanket is just the right size too.
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Crochet Afghan Great for Gifting at Baby Showers
I made a number of these afghans for so many baby boys that were born last year. You might be wondering why I didn’t use a baby blue yarn. I wanted to make something that the family could use for years to come that would look nice draped over the end of a chair or couch. Not that a baby blue is not a beautiful choice, it just seems to be dated once the baby is a toddler and I think people tend to pack them away versus keep using them throughout their house.
Two different color choices
I made this in Red Heart Grey Heather and Red Heart Antique and another one in Red Heart Grey Heather and Red Heart Real Teal. I like them both and when I let people choose one or the other, it was even on the one that people chose. So, I don’t think you could go wrong with either one.
This same pattern can also be used as a very nice lap afghan for someone to use at work, lounging around the house, or even someone that might be wheel chair bound. Often people just need a bit of a coverup to take the chill off and this afghan pattern can do just the trick.
If you are going on a road trip, this is also a great size to take in the car with you. Small enough to fit in the trunk without taking up much room. Nice to have as an added layer of warmth.
Lastly, I could see this size afghan used as a travel blanket on an air plane, bus, or other form of transportation. No matter how you use it, you will look great using it.
Baby Blanket with Repetitive Pattern
When crocheting, I love to have patterns that are repetitive. This allows me to watch television without having to count. With this pattern, once the first few foundational rows are worked, it becomes very easy to crochet and not pay much attention to what you are doing. These kinds of patterns are very relaxing for me to make and I hope for you too.
Directions: Cozy & Comfy Baby Afghan Pattern
To increase or decrease the size of the blanket, it is worked in multiples of 4 plus 1. That means that this starting chain of 137 is 4 X 34 = 136 + 1 = 137. This will change the width, if you want to change the length, just reduce the number of rows.
Red Heart Grey Heather Yarn 1 jumbo skein plus part of another skein. Approximately 1,116 yards
Yarns used on the outside edge:
Red Heart Antique Yarn 1 skein. Approximately 244 yards
Red Heart Real Teal Yarn 1 skein, Approximately 244 yards.
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
DC – Double Crochet
SP = space
ST = stitch
Row 1: In the second CH from the hook, work a SC. *CH 3, skip 3 SP, SC in next CH* repeat from * until the end of the row.
Row 2: CH 3 *work 3 DC in the CH 3 SP from the previous row. CH 1* repeat from the * until the end of the row. Then work 1 SC in the turning chain.
Row 3: *CH 3, skip 3 SP, SC in next ST* repeat from * until the end of the row.
Row 4: CH 3 and turn. *work 3 DC in the CH 3 SP from the previous row. CH 1* repeat from the * until the end of the row. Then work 1 SC in the turning chain.
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until the afghan is as long as you would like it. I went 34 rows of squares. So it was a square. Make sure to end with the row that is a CH 3, Skip 3 SP, SC in next ST. This will provide the spaces for the boarder color.
Here is a close-up of the stitches to help you understand the pattern better…just in case I am not as clear as I think I am.
This beautiful baby blanket was a fun pattern to make and this stitch is so lovely with so many possibilities..
Photo Tutorial for the Stitches
Joining Contrasting Color
There are many ways to join yarn. This is the one that I chose for this project. In the last stitch, I make the loop a bit bigger so I can put the colored yarn through and tie a square knot (left over right, right over left). Then slide the knot from the colored yarn down close to where the yarn stitch.
Complete two boarder rows. Attach new color:
Row 1: Start with CH 3 *work 3 DC in the CH 3 SP from the previous row. CH 1* repeat from the * Until you have done this around all four sides of the afghan. Corner Note: for the corners complete this pattern 3 times. See the picture below. This helps ease the pattern around the corners without turning up. It still tends to turn up a bit, but it is not too much.
Row 2: same as row 1, except I did not work extra in the corners. I just worked the normal spaces that were there to work.
Here is a closer look at the boarder.
Once you have completed the crochet work, weave in the ends. Cut off the excess yarn.
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