I love baby blanket patterns that are self-striping and and made with bulky yarn. Often the need for a baby blanket comes up when you are invited to a baby shower last minute, and you need a quick project to work up. The Dreamy Waves Baby Blanket is THAT project :) Made with a simple, two-row repeat and bulky, self-striping yarn; you don't need to worry about picking a color scheme or even about changing colors while you work. Keep reading for the free baby blanket pattern.
As many of you know already, I am due with our second baby (and first baby boy) at the beginning of April. So of course I had to design a few pieces just for him :) My personal preference for baby blankets is bulky yarn because it's so soft and snuggly and it works up so quickly. I also prefer no large gaping holes (because I find that little fingers and toes tend to get stuck in them). So I designed this pattern to work up quickly and still incorporate some beautiful, subtle texture without leaving those gaps.
The best part about this project is that it can really be made in any size, so if you want to make it into a larger throw or an afghan just see my notes below about adjusting the size. You can also make it with whatever yarn you want (baby, worsted, bulky, etc). Again, you will just need to adjust the length of your starting chain to your desired size. After you make yours, remember to share photos in my Facebook community group or on Instagram with #leftinknots. I love seeing your work!
Abbreviations (written in U.S. terms):
- st/sts: stitch/stitches
- ch: chain
- FLO: front loop only
- SC: single crochet
- DC: double crochet
6 sts x 6 rows = 2" square in SC
- Length = 32"
- Width = 32"
- ch 1 st at the beginning of a row DOES NOT count as a stitch
- ch 2 at the beginning of a row DOES count as a stitch
- If the edges of your blanket are curling or wavy when crocheting the border, you can absolutely adjust the number of stitches worked along the “raw” edge of the blanket. Just be sure to keep them consistent.
- To adjust the width of this project, your started chain can be any length as long as it is a multiple of 8 + 5 additional ch sts. To adjust the length just keep adding rows until you are happy with the size ;)
Row 1: SC in the second ch from the hook, SC in the next 3 sts, *DC in 4 sts, SC in 4 sts, repeat from * across (92) Turn.
Row 2: ch 2 (this counts as a st), FLO DC in the next 3 sts, * FLO SC in 4 sts, FLO DC in 4 sts, repeat from * across (92) Turn.
Row 3: ch 1, FLO SC in first 4 sts, *FLO DC in 4 sts, FLO SC in 4 sts, repeat from * across (92) Turn.
Row 4-53: Repeat Row 2 on even rows and Row 3 on odd rows. Continue to border instructions.
Completing the Border
Round 1: ch 1, SC evenly along each edge of the border and ch 2 to “turn” each corner. Each edge of the blanket pictured has 92 sts (not including ch sts) in Round 1. Attach to the first st of the round with a sl st.
Rounds 2-4: ch 1, SC evenly around the blanket. (SC, ch 2, SC) into each ch 2 corner from the previous round. Your stitch count along each edge of the blanket should increase by 2 sts per round. Attach to the first st of the round with a sl st.
After completing Round 4 of the border (or whichever round you choose to stop at) tie off yarn and weave in all ends.
If you want a more colorful self-striping baby blanket, check out my Unicorn Stripes Baby Blanket! It's also a free pattern.
Now the legal stuff...You may sell items made from this pattern, but please credit me as the original designer. Also, please do not share the written pattern in print or electronically. The photos on this webpage belong to Megan Meyer of Left in Knots and may not be used for product sales/product listings. You may share a link back to my blog if you would like someone else to see or work with this pattern. Thank you for your cooperation and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me!
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