Modern Heirloom Baby Afghan

This is one of my favorite stitch patterns to use and it makes such a beautiful gift for an expecting mother. Recently, I learned how to make the linen stitch, which is also called the moss stitch, granite stitch, and the woven stitch. Once you learn the techniques, the crochet projects are endless. Today, though, we will be making the modern heirloom baby afghan and it is super easy.

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Video Tutorial Near Bottom of Post

Pink and Grey Baby Afghan

Impact of a Handmade Gift

This baby afghan has a modern look to it, but at the same time, is a beautiful blanket to pass on as an heirloom-if it lasts that long.

Quick story:

When I was first married, we had very little money. I remember only having enough money to purchase some yarn. Family had a little boy and little girl. I made each of them a baby afghan in a chevron pattern. (Looking back, they were a bit dismal looking, as the edges were not even, and the stitches were not uniform in size). However, that was my skill level at the time and I was proud to be able to give a gift at all. Our friends were very appreciative and that meant so much to me. After they were given as gifts, I did not think about them again. Many years later at their eldest’s graduation party, I was asked to come into his bedroom, so his mother could show me “So Soft,” which was now a scrap of an afghan square about 6 inches X 6 inches with very ragged edges. She had taken it out of his pillow case! Apparently, both children liked their baby afghans so much that they slept with them each night. They loved the softness of the afghan on top of them before their sheet went on. You just never know the impact of your handmade gift. ?

Hint: when completing the stitches used in this pattern, make sure to keep the chain one stitch the same size as the single crochet. This will ensure an even look throughout your beautiful project.

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Directions: Linen Stitch Modern Heirloom Baby Afghan

This baby girl’s afghan features a woven look and the color scheme uses baby pink as a base with simple modern stripes in dusty grey.

 

Size:

Approximately 26 inches X 26 inches

Hints to changing the size:

To make the blanket wider or narrower, increase or decrease by 2 stitches. This afghan uses even stitches. To make this longer or shorter, simply increase or decrease the number of rows. However, to keep the symmetrical look of the afghan, be sure to count out the rows and whatever you do on one end, you should repeat on the other end.

Starting a New Skein:

When starting a new skein, begin using the skein at the start of the row for best results.

Modern Heirloom Baby Afghan Crochet Pattern Printable

Changing color:

In the photos below, you will see that the new color is added by adding the yarn with the hook in the last two loops on the hook. Yarn over with the new color and pull through both loops on your hook. Then continue with the linen stitch.

 Changing colors in linen stitch

Securing the Yarn Tails

I would recommend securing the yarn tails by crocheting over them. This is a two-step process.

  1. Hold the yarn in front of the stitches of the previous row and when you insert your hook into the CH 1 SP, make sure to include the two strands of yarn. This secures the yarn under the SC. I do this for about 6 inches of the yarn tail, then I stop incorporating them and continue on with the linen stitch. See the photo tutorials below.

Adding new color and crocheting over the tails

  1. Notice below how the yarn tails in the pictures on the left are quite visible? After you have completed the row after the color change and are on the return row. It is time to pick up the yarn into the stitches of this row. If this was not done, the yarn would be very visible as it is on the left. Therefore, when making your SC, pick up the two strands of yarn again as you work along the row. It looks neat on the right with the yarn tails tucked up nicely into the stitches.

I have put brackets around the areas to help you see the areas.

Crocheting over yarn in linen stitch

Here is another photo to help you see the difference.

Crocheting over yarn in linen stitch 1

Stitches:

CH = Chain

SC = Single Crochet

SK = Skip Stitch

ST = Stitch

The * means that you should repeat all instructions between the *

Supplies:

2 Skeins Baby Pink Red Heart yarn approximately 728 yards

1 Skein Dusty Grey Red Heart yarn approximately 300 yards

Size H Crochet Hook

Yarn Needle to weave in the ends

Scissors

Pattern:

CH 126

Starting with the Baby Pink

Row 1: SC in 4th CH from hook, *ch 1, SK ST, SC in next ST. Repeat from * across, ending with a SC in last ST.

Rows 2-10: CH 2, SC in first CH-1 SP in previous row (Note: not in the stitch itself, but in the space that was created by the CH. To do this, insert your hook in the space, yarn over and pull through the yarn and complete your SC), *CH 1, Skip 1 ST, SC in next SP. Repeat from * to last CH where you end with a SC, turn.

Change to Dusty Grey

Rows 11-14: Repeat row 2

Change to Baby Pink

Rows 15-18: Repeat row 2

Change to Dusty Grey

Rows 19-20: Repeat row 2

Change to Baby Pink

Rows 21-22: Repeat row 2

Change to Dusty Grey

Rows 23-25: Repeat row 2

Change to Baby Pink

Rows 26-50: Repeat row 2

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Change to Dusty Grey

Rows 51-53: Repeat row 2

Change to Baby Pink

Rows 54-58: Repeat row 2

Change to Dusty Grey

Rows 59-60: Repeat row 2

Change to Baby Pink

Rows 61-65: Repeat row 2

Change to Dusty Grey

Rows 66-67: Repeat row 2

Change to Baby Pink

Rows 68-72: Repeat row 2

Change to Dusty Grey

Rows 73-75: Repeat row 2

Change to Baby Pink

Rows 76-101: Repeat row 2

Change to Dusty Grey

Rows 102-104: Repeat row 2

Change to Baby Pink

Rows 105-106: Repeat row 2

Change to Dusty Grey

Rows 107-108: Repeat row 2

Change to Baby Pink

Rows 109-112: Repeat row 2

Change to Dusty Grey

Rows 113-116: Repeat row 2

Change to Baby Pink

Rows 117-126: Repeat row 2

Weave in ends.

Video Tutorial on How to Crochet the Linen Stitch

How to Crochet the Linen Stitch

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This is one of my first video tutorials. I show you how to complete the stitch and change colors. If you liked the video, please give me a thumbs-up and add me to your viewing list. Thank you so much.

I hope that you have found this tutorial useful.

Here are a few additional views of the modern heirloom baby afghan completed.

Modern Heirloom Baby Afghan folded

Modern Heirloom Baby Afghan laying flat

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Modern Heirloom Baby Afghan Crochet Pattern Printable

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8 thoughts on “Modern Heirloom Baby Afghan”

  1. I love your pattern and your tutorial. You have made a very lovely baby blanket and I love the way you show how to change colors. I usually have yarn ends to weave in at the end of my project and I love your method so much better. I have decided to make a cuddle Afghan for myself so I added width and length. Love love love your instructions. Please continue to share! Thank you so much! Im excited to work on this and make a more.
    Many many thanks!
    Linda

    1. You are so kind! Thank you so much. It is kind people like you that make all of this work worth while. I truly enjoy creating, learning, and sharing. I am continuing to work on getting better at how to explain things, make better videos, etc. Again, thank you.
      Vicky

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