A collection of the best free crochet baby blanket patterns to make for newborns and toddlers. You’ll find a variety of adorable blanket patterns that you can crochet for baby boys and baby girls.
A handmade baby blanket is a cherished family heirloom that is sure to be loved for a long time. Snuggly crochet baby blankets are the perfect things to make for newborn babies or baby shower gifts.
Adorable Crochet Baby Blanket Patterns
I’ve collected my favorite free, easy crochet baby blanket patterns in the list below, all chosen with the beginner in mind. Each of these patterns has detailed instructions and plenty of photos to guide you through each step, from start to finish.
These patterns aren’t just for crochet newbies, though! Intermediate and experienced crocheters will love these patterns to make quick baby gifts and charity projects.
This collection of crochet blankets has something for everyone, so I’m sure to find your new go-to pattern!
How to Crochet a Baby Blanket
A small blanket is the perfect beginner project to practice your new crochet skills. Here are the basic steps to making a crochet baby blanket:
Gather supplies, including yarn and a crochet hook.
Make a slip knot and the first foundation row of chain stitches.
Make the first row, following the pattern.
Continue crocheting rows of stitches until the blanket is as big as you like.
Finish the baby blanket by cutting the yarn, pulling it through the last loop, and weaving in the ends. Optionally, add a blanket border.
Best Yarn for Baby Blankets
You can use all sorts of yarn to make crochet baby blankets, as long as it’s soft and washable! Here are some options:
If you are a beginner, I recommend a soft worsted-weight yarn with a smooth texture. Choose light colors, so it’s easier to see your stitches. And remember, crochet baby blankets made with thinner yarn will take longer to complete than baby blankets made with thicker, bulky-weight yarn.
How many skeins of yarn do you need to crochet a blanket?
The amount of yarn you need to crochet a baby blanket will vary based on the pattern and the yarn itself. In most cases, you’ll need three or four skeins of yarn to make a baby blanket. Be sure to read your particular pattern or yarn label for more information.
Best Crochet Stitches for Baby Blankets
Here are some crochet stitches are well-suited to baby blankets.
Plain rows of single crochet or double crochet will make a close, dense fabric that’s great for blankets. Add interest with stripes of color.
Moss stitch, also called granite or linen stitch, creates a fabric with a woven appearance and a beautiful drape.
V-stitch creates a fabric that’s a little lighter and open, so it’s great for warm-weather baby blankets.
Waffle stitch makes a textured fabric that stitches up into a thick, warm baby blanket.
The shell stitch is one of the classic crochet stitches that works up into a pretty, feminine texture.
Crochet Baby Blanket Sizes
Baby blanket sizes can vary a lot! Cuddly “lovey” blankets will be much smaller than crib blankets, for example.
Here are some commonly suggested sizes. If you are unsure what size to make, you can always ask the intended recipient or consult your written pattern.
12″ by 12″
14″ by 28″
18″ by 20″
28″ by 34″
30″ by 36″
36″ by 40″
36″ by 48″
40″ by 60″
How wide should a baby blanket be?
Preemie baby blankets measure 18-20″ wide, newborn baby blankets measure 30-36″ wide, and toddler blankets measure 40″ wide. You can even make larger throw blankets to decorate the nursery.
How many chains do you need for a crochet baby blanket?
The number of chains you need for a baby blanket depends on how wide you want the baby blanket to be and your gauge (i.e., stitches per inch). For example, if you are crocheting with super-bulky yarn, you may have a gauge of 6 stitches per 4″. If you want your baby blanket to be 36″ wide, you’ll want to start with a chain of 54 stitches, plus your turning chain/s.
How long should a baby blanket be?
On average, baby blankets range from 36″ to 48″ long. That said, you can make a bigger blanket by crocheting more rows.
Crochet Baby Blankets
A collection of the best free crochet baby blanket patterns to make for newborns and toddlers. You'll find various adorable blanket patterns that you can crochet for baby boys and baby girls.
This simple baby blanket made from rows of single crochet is a great opportunity to practice basic crochet stitches. And in the end, this pattern will teach you how to make an elegant baby blanket in any colorway you choose.
This simple blanket combines the basic double crochet stitch with bold, colorful stripes to create a beautiful modern baby blanket. Use as many - or as few - yarn colors as you like to create your unique design.
Here is a sweet gender-neutral blanket crocheted in a simple Ripple stitch. Soft puff stitches add lots of texture and interest to this monochromatic afghan. You can add or subtract pattern repeats to make it larger or smaller.
This pattern uses self-striping yarn in a unique way to create a modern, color-blocked baby blanket. The blanket is worked in one piece: one triangle is worked first, and then a second triangle is worked along one edge of the first.
Note: The pattern called for discontinued Cupcake Yarn, but you can easily substitute Mandala Baby yarn.
For a more subtle look, try this pattern for a monochromatic baby blanket with a textured diamond pattern. It's made with super soft baby velvet yarn, which can be a little tricky to work with. If you are a beginner, you may want to substitute another similar weight yarn.
This pattern makes a beautiful and colorful crochet blanket that's always a big bit at baby showers. It uses a beginner-friendly stitch pattern called the blanket stitch to create a lightweight blanket that's perfect for warmer weather.
Here's another variation of a granny-square style blanket that's worked in rounds. It looks especially nice word up in self-striping or gradient yarn. But the pattern has enough texture and interest that it still looks beautiful when made in a solid yarn.
This colorful baby blanket uses a special "bean stitch" to create a beautiful and cozy texture. Make this pattern a variety of colors for a modern look, or crochet it in one solid color for a simple, elegant blanket.
Even though it may seem complicated, this crochet baby blanket is a lot easier to make than it looks. The stitch pattern is made up of basic single and double crochets that form a tiny checked pattern.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against having soft or loose items in an infant’s crib. This means babies shouldn’t sleep with baby blankets in the crib until they are at least 12-18 months old.
That said, handmade baby blankets are perfect for decorating the nursery until they get a little older. And, of course, baby blankets can be laid flat on the floor for tummy time.
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