Compilation of 40 free crochet baby blanket patterns for you to make
Arrival of a new baby is such a joyous occasion. It is extra special for crocheters when they gift a beautiful crochet baby blanket.
The little bundle of joy brightening up every day. Whether you are expecting a baby or have just had a baby, you want to wrap them in the best.
New baby is double exciting if you crochet or knit! We love making a crochet baby blanket we poured our heart into.
We can gift to the precious new baby to show them how much they are already loved.
The great thing about crocheted baby blanket is the fact you can completely customise it to match the pram or nursery decor.
I have put together a collection of 40 adorable crochet baby blanket patterns that are available free on the blogs.
What is the best stitch for a baby blanket?
The best stitch you can use for a baby blanket varies for a few reasons.
A crochet stitch with minimal gaps and holes is recommended to use for baby blanket makes. This is mainly due to the risk of the little fingers getting caught and tangled in the gaps.
However, you have to take into consideration the climate the baby is going to live in. For hot climates I would recommend open stitches that allow air circulation so the baby does not overheat.
Lacy stitches like V stitch, granny stitch, filet crochet blankets are a great choice.
Another great thing to remember for crochet baby blanket used in hotter climates is to use cotton, linen or bamboo fibres. This allows for a light and airy blanket.
The other advantage of more open stitches is that if for any reason the blanket gets pulled over the baby’s face, there will be plenty of air.
However, from experience I can say, that blankets are mostly used in the daytime when you never leave your baby unattended.
If you live in a cold climate, a crochet baby blanket with no holes and gaps is what you need. Opting for warm fibres like wool blends, chenille or faux fur yarn will make the baby blanket extra cosy.
Crochet stitches that create solid fabric are Tunisian Crochet stitches, linked crochet stitches and ripple stitch variations.
What is the best size for a crochet baby blanket?
I personally preferred a smaller crochet baby blanket. A size that fitted nicely on the pram or lightly draped over baby’s legs (only) in the car seat were my favourites.
I know babies can grow quickly out of these smaller sizes, however they can always use them as snuggle or lovey blankets afterwards.
And you will have another reason to crochet more baby blankets, so it is a win-win situation!
If you live in a colder climate you could make the bigger sizes and fold them over a couple of times for extra warmth.
This way you would have a crochet baby blanket that would definitely grow with the baby.
As you can see below, I have included a handy crochet baby blanket size chart. This is to give you a quick idea if you are making one as a gift.
How do you crochet a baby blanket for beginners?
Crocheting a baby blanket can be really simple. If you want to crochet one without a pattern, you can do so really easily.
There are many ways to crochet a blanket – from the middle in rounds as a square, rectangle, circle and even a six pointed star. You can crochet different shaped motifs and join them together.
However, if you are a crochet beginner, I think the best way is to keep things super simple. You can crochet a baby blanket simply in rows across the shorter side.
Keep repeating the rows until your blanket is long enough.
Here is a quick guide:
- pick a pretty crochet stitch you like – there are lots of stitches and tutorials you can find online
- choose suitable yarn – as I mentioned above, take the climate into consideration and choose something soft for baby’s skin. However, you want the yarn to be low maintenance and machine washable, as it will be washed quite a few times.
- make note of the multiples for the chosen stitch – this will help you when you need to work out the starting chain
- choose a suitable baby blanket size from the chart above
- make a foundation chain – using your stitch multiples, start chaining until your starting chain is as wide as the size of the blanket you have chosen to make
- work up length by repeating rows – until you have a blanket that is long enough
- add a border – you can also add a simple border by working all the way around the blanket. However, adding fringe or tassels can be just as fancy!
How many skeins do you need to crochet a baby blanket?
This entirely depends on the finished size of a blanket and the stitch you will choose.
I have made a chart with estimated quantities when I designed my Cottage Blanket.
For this blanket I use chunky yarn and crossed double crochet stitch. You can see the quantities I have calculated based on these choices.
Granny stitch blankets seem to be a popular choice as they are almost iconic when it comes to crochet. They are also beginner friendly so it is a popular choice for a new baby blanket.
As the granny stitch is a cluster of three double crochet stitches, it should use a similar quantity to the crossed double crochet stitch blanket.
That means you can use those quantities as a starting point. If you’re unsure, always buy an extra ball. This is to ensure that you will have yarn from the same dye lot.
That way there will not be any tone differences in the same shade of yarn you purchase.
40 Free Crochet Baby Blanket Patterns
Here is a collection of 40 adorable crochet baby blanket patterns for you to enjoy. It includes blankets for baby boys, girls and gender neutral blankets too.
1. Sea Ripple Crochet Baby Blanket
Easy and free tutorial on on how to crochet a ripple baby blanket. The crochet baby blanket pattern uses beginner stitches to create a ripple effect. Check out How To Crochet A Ripple Baby Blanket – free pattern here on the blog.
2. Cottage Crochet Blanket
Easy and Cosy Crochet Cottage Blanket- free pattern is a great stashbusting project. The blanket is made up of 6 different colour sections and each section uses 1 ball of this gorgeous yarn.
3. Woven Crochet Blanket
Woven Crochet Baby Blanket uses crochet to achieve a woven look crochet blanket. I used moss stitch an strands of yarn woven through to achieve the effect.
4. Cleo’s Cloud Baby Blanket
This is a blanket with a vintage and heirloom feel but with a nod to the modern approach to crochet. CLICK HERE for the pattern.
5. Abrielle Baby Blanket
The Abrielle Baby Blanket combines classic knit-look and textured crochet stitch patterns for an heirloom quality baby blanket with a beautiful drape. FOLLOW THIS LINK for the pattern.
6. Double Waffle Crochet Blanket
This blanket turned out so soft and squishy with a beautiful spongy texture. Check out the pattern ON THIS BLOG.
7. Lisa Blanket
It is a really easy, beginner-friendly crochet pattern, and the yarn does all the talking. Super quick project that works up in just a few hours. Find the pattern HERE.
8. Lacy Shells Blanket
You can make a light and airy baby blanket that is suitable for Summer but also for keeping a small baby cosy and swaddled. FOLLOW THIS LINK for the free crochet baby blanket pattern.
9. Paragon Plaid Blanket
This beginner friendly crochet plaid blanket pattern is easy, modern and a great way to learn about crochet colourwork. Perfect for using up your stash, get the pattern HERE.
10. Vintage Baby
It is a very classic pattern, made from a simple Granny Square to begin with, before finishing it off with a shell stitch border. FOLLOW THIS LINK for the free pattern.
11. Filet Crochet Blanket
The lacy baby crochet blanket pattern fits perfectly between a thick and light baby blanket and is also gender-neutral. Get the free pattern ON THIS BLOG.
This blanket uses open lace stitch that lets air move through and not overheat. Get this lightweight and breezy blanket pattern HERE.
13. Broomstick Lace Blanket For Babies
It is a beautiful crochet pattern with a textured design. The stitching is fun to make as you use a knitting needle and a crochet hook in basic single crochet and double crochet stitches. Check out the pattern by FOLLOWING THIS LINK.
It is soft, easy-care, and includes stripes of texture made with post-stitch ribbing. This comfy blanket is stitched from the center-out with increases in the corner chain spaces. Find the pattern ON THIS WEBSITE.
15. Herringbone Chevron Blanket
This lovely blanket uses herringbone double crochet stitch in ripple effect and sports weight yarn for a light baby crochet blanket. Get the free pattern HERE.
16. Sarah Blanket
The Sarah Blanket is a beautiful, vintage style crochet baby blanket that uses a simple stitch combination to create a stunning result! CLICK HERE for the free pattern.
17. Rainbow Squares
The Rainbow Squares Crochet Baby Blanket will add a sweet, cozy, slightly boho vibe to your baby’s nursery! Take a look at the free crochet baby blanket pattern ON THIS BLOG.
18. Easy Ombre
Crochet a quick and easy gift with this free crochet pattern for the Easy Ombre Baby Blanket. Uses only 2 skeins of yarn. Take a look at the pattern ON THIS WEBSITE.
19. Crochet Cluster Baby Blanket
This is a beautifully textured crochet baby blanket, find the free crochet pattern ON THIS BLOG.
20. Crochet V shell
The perfect gift for any new parent, this beautiful blanket which can be used for cots, cribs, strollers or prams. Get the pattern HERE.
21. Aina Blanket
Beautiful crochet blanket that is full of texture but not full of holes and gaps. CLICK HERE for the free pattern.
22. Corner To Corner Granny Blanket
This easy Granny C2C blanket pattern creates a cosy and snuggly crochet baby blanket! It’s created using the granny stitch with corner to corner crochet technique. FOLLOW THIS LINK for the pattern.
23. Raspberries and Cream Ripple
This blanket would be a great baby shower gift, or as part of your nursery. The size makes it great for changing baby’s diaper, tummy time and cuddling. Find the pattern ON THIS WEBSITE.
24. Baby Boy Crochet Blanket
It’s accessible for beginner crocheters and great for using up different yarns in your stash. The pattern is available ON THE BLOG.
25. The Chloe Blanket
It is so feminine and lovely for the new baby girl in your life. It is really easy to make…the pattern is very easy to memorize and the resulting blanket is so pretty! Find it HERE.
26. Puff Hearts Crochet Baby Blanket
The pattern creates a beautiful, modern, textured crochet baby blanket. This beautiful repeating hearts pattern is made with puff stitches. Access the pattern BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK.
27. Farmhouse Style Granny Square Throw
Crochet a granny square baby blanket for that special new addition to the family. Choose rustic colors and get the pattern at THIS LINK.
28. Finley Throw
This blanket uses only two basic stitches and works up fast! The pattern is worked in a simple repeat of one row of single crochets and then a row of alternating half double crochets and single crochets. Access the pattern BY CLICKING HERE.
29. Sandy Shores Baby Blanket
This gender neutral crochet baby blanket could be the perfect baby shower gift. The textured stripes within the main body of this blanket are created using 2 different stitches worked in the back loop only. Find the pattern ON THIS WEBPAGE.
30. All Bobbled Up Crochet Blanket
The Velvet yarn was perfect for this project and it made the coziest baby blanket for a new baby arrival. Follow THIS LINK for the blanket pattern.
31. Bobble Stripe Blanket
This cute make is colorful, but not standard pink, modern and fun and textured. You can find the free pattern online, FOLLOW THIS LINK.
32. Bella Blanket
This lovely throw is sized approximate to a stroller or receiving blanket, with room for many colour palettes for girls, boys or surprises! CLICK HERE for the free pattern.
33. Tunisian Crochet Blanket
Perfect for beginners, this Tunisian crochet pattern will lay the foundations for working the loveliest and least curling stitch patterns in Tunisian crochet, the honeycomb stitch. Click HERE for the pattern and turoial.
34. Sea Baby Crochet Blanket
The sand & sea is relaxing and exactly what most of us need from time to time. Make this cute baby throw to remind you of beach all year round. Find the pattern ON THIS WEBSITE.
35. Alessio Crochet Baby Blanket
The textured rows are placed evenly throughout an easy double crochet blanket. To really customize this baby blanket a few stripes in the stitch pattern are highlighted in your chosen color. Find the pattern HERE.
36. Brierly Blanket
The Brierley Preemie Blanket is designed with the Herringbone stitch to achieve a great fabric while still having some texture and and a gorgeous look. Access the pattern BY CLICKING HERE.
37. Bee Granny Square Blanket
When a good old granny square meets a bee, the result is this sweet Bumble Bee Baby Blanket! Check out this fun and cute baby throw pattern HERE.
38. Pineapple Of My Eye Baby Crochet Blanket
The pattern uses self striping cake which makes this pattern super easy to work up and with just 2 cakes you get this lovely beauty. CLICK HERE for the free pattern.
39. Shell Stitch Blanket
This shell stitch blanket crochet pattern is not like the usual shell blankets you see around. The shell stitch worked on the round in this blanket, in a rectangular shape, gives it an interesting and versatile design. Follow THIS LINK for the pattern.
40. Mitred Blanket
The Mitered Tulips Blanket is a fun and beautiful baby blanket, it uses the crochet mitered square method with puff stitches to create tulip-like flowers. Find it ON THIS SITE.
I hope you enjoyed these crochet baby blanket patterns for beginners. I have more free crochet patterns and tutorials that you might enjoy right here on the blog.
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