When my sister had her first baby, my mother purchased some cute fleece fabric and embellished it with a wonderful crocheted edging. This was her first grandchild, and it was certainly worthy of a lovely blanket! Since that time, my mother and I have crocheted countless baby blankets (and now she has 6 grandchildren). She inspired me to crochet my first baby blanket when my own daughter was born. At the time my daughter was born, I had no idea how to crochet. But I found this to be a great beginner crochet project. This is truly an easy crochet baby blanket pattern, and it creates a lovely blanket that my kids and my nephews all chose as their favorite blankets.
I did not know how to read all the abbreviations in a crochet pattern when I made my first blanket, so my Mom explained this beginner crochet baby blanket pattern to me, row by row. For your ease, I have written out the abbreviations in this pattern. If you have never picked up a crochet hook before, fear not, You should give this easy crochet baby blanket pattern a try! The blanket shown in this post was made for a friend’s new baby boy. I picked a simple pattern and put it on double faced minky fabric. The double faced minky is fuzzy and softer than fleece, but either fabric creates a great baby blanket. If your local fabric store doesn’t have what you want then I have also had luck cutting up blankets purchased at Target and using the sections to make baby blankets. This can often be a cheaper method of making a few blankets compared to heading to the fabric store!
- 1.5 yards of fleece fabric or double faced minky
- 1 skein of Red Heart Luster Sheen
- 1.8mm crochet hook
Prepare the Fabric:
1. Cut fabric to desired size. I used 34 inches by 42 inches.
2. Add a curve to all of the corners, using a template to cut rounded corners into the blanket. Cut a piece of paper 6 inches on a side. Fold in half through the corners (along the diagonal) making a triangle. Make a mark on the folded edge 3 inches down from one of the ends. Starting at this mark cut a large quarter circle ending at the next corner (not on the fold). When you start the cut you should be completely perpendicular to the fold. When you end your cut you should be cutting parallel to the paper edge, a 45 degree turn. Use this template to cut all four edges of the blanket.
Create the Edging:
3. Foundation Stitch: Make a slip stitch and put it over your crochet hook. Start with the right side of the fabric facing you. Starting anywhere along the edge is fine. *Pierce the fabric 1/2 inch from the edge. Make a single crochet around the blanket edge. Chain two stitches. * Repeat between the * and *, making each pierce through the blanket about 1/2 inch from the last. When you have nearly completed the circumference of the blanket, count your single crochet stitches. Adjust the distance between your last few repeats to make an even number around the blanket. Join your last chain stitch to the first single chain you made with a slip stitch.
4. Chain 3 stitches. Double crochet in next chain stitch. Chain 5. Double crochet in next chain two space. * Double crochet in next single crochet space and in next chain 2 space. Chain 5. Double crochet in next chain 2 space. * Repeat from * to * until your have gone all the way around the blanket. Join to the beginning of the round with a slip stitch at the top of the chain 3.
5. Slip stitch in next double crochet and in next chain. Chain 5. Skip next chain. Double crochet, chain 3, double crochet in the next chain. Chain 2. Skip next chain. Double crochet in next chain. Skip next 3 double crochets. *Double crochet in next chain. Chain 2. Skip next chain. Double crochet, chain 3, double crochet in next chain. Chain two. Skip next chain. Double crochet in next chain. Skip next 3 double crochet.* Repeat from * to * until end of round. Join to the beginning with a slip stitch to third chain in beginning.
6. Weave in ends and trim.
I know whoever the recipient of your blanket is will love it! The only issue for you now should be finding the time to make more! If you want to try out some other edging there are many great books of edgings available. Have fun finding your favorites!