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Free crochet baby blanket pattern
A gentle rainbow of dreamy colors accent this free crochet baby blanket pattern.
If you make the small size it can be a great stash buster needing only 65 yards (less than one ounce) of color yarn.
This pattern is worked to minimize ends to weave in by working the main body color all the way through without cutting. The body uses the crochet block stitch bordered by a special stitch section that makes up the body of the blanket.
I have made this blanket in cotton so give as a stroller option to cover baby without increasing warmth in addition to heat from the sun. This is nice for families that live in a warm climate or a baby that will be in a stroller in the summer months.
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Pattern is suited for a comfortable beginner and works up quickly. Easy repeats suited to binge watching Netflix or to take on the go.
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As shown in cradle size approximately 20″ x 32″ – Size 1
Size 2- 30″ x 36″
Size 3 – for a crib or throw 40″ x 64″
4″ = 16 sts x 16 rows
- Category 4 yarn (I am using cotton) in a main color 1 (white) 335 (400, 700) yards plus 65 (85, 140) yards of each stripe color
- 5.5 mm crochet hook. Use 5 mm if your yarn is on the thin side
- tapestry needle
Size 1: 335 yards main color, 65 yards each rainbow color
Size 2: 400 yards main color, 80 yards each rainbow color
Size 3: 700 yards main color, 140 yards each rainbow color
Allow more yarn if adding fringe or tassels
ch 118 (142, 235)
second chain from hook, sc across row.
Row 2-3: Ch 1 sc across. 117 (141, 234) sts
Row 4: Ch 2, turn (does not count as stitch). Work DESC stitch across (yarn over, insert hook in the next st, pull up a loop, yarn over, insert hook in the same st 2 rows down, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through all loops) . Dc in the last st.
Row 5: Ch 1 sc across. drop main color back. do not cut yarn
Row 6: Bring in color 2 (refer to color chart). ch 2, dc across 117 (141, 234) sts. Put stitch marker in open loop at end of row 6.
Row 7: Go back to beginning of row where main color was dropped. Bring it up between ch 2 and first dc. Work a sc. *ch 2, skip 3 dc and sc between 3rd and 4th dc*. Repeat * to* til 3 dc remain. Sc in top of last dc. Move stitch marker to this open stitch.
Row 8. Pick up color 2, ch 2. Work three dc into all ch 2 spaces. Put stitch marker into open ch and go back to start of row.
Row 9: Repeat row 7.
Row 10: Repeat row 8. Cut yarn at end of row. For size 2 blanket, work an additional repeat of row 7 & 8.
Row 11: Repeat row 7 working two sc INTO the ch 2 spaces as you sc across.
12- 13: ch 1 and sc across.
Row 14: Work row 4, the DESC row.
Row 15: Ch 1, sc across.
Row 16: Bring up color 3 and work color stripe row sequence (rows 6-10). For Size 2, work an additional color stripe row.
For size 1: Repeat rows 11-15 section between three row color stripe sequence to total 6 color sections. Finish with a section of rows 11- 15 . Then work side border.
For size 2: Repeat rows 11-15 section between four row color stripe sequence to total 7 color sections. Finish with a section of border rows 11- 15 . Then work side border.
For size 3: Repeat rows 11-15 section between three row color stripe sequence to total 12 color sections. Finish with a section of border rows 11-15. Then work side border.
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At the end of the last section (row 15) ch 1 and work 3 sts into corner and turn to work down side. You will not work around the blanket, just on the color sides that are unfinished. Evenly work sc along to other end. Ch 1 turn and work a second row of single crochet. Repeat on other side.
Fringe or tassels are optional. Not recommended for baby blankets but for the larger sizes for older children and adults consider matching fringe to each color row, corner only tassels.