A few months ago I realized that, even though I have published nearly 70 free crochet patterns, I haven't published a single baby blanket. That's crazy because I have made SO MANY in my years crocheting. So when I picked up Red Heart Soft Essentials at Michaels and I felt how snuggly soft it was, I decided that the time had come! Keep reading for the free crochet pattern :)
This baby blanket uses a variation of the bean stitch called the mini-bean or baby bean stitch to produce all that yummy texture you see there! And guess what? I have a video tutorial to get you started with this project if you need it!
This stitch simply requires a foundation chain of an even number so really you can adjust the size to be whatever you want it to be. I think this would be a rather stunning throw blanket as well :)
This stitch pattern is definitely interesting enough that it could be made in a solid color, but I decided to use three colors because I am a sucker for that minty green and grey combo! The pattern below indicates my random stripe color changes, so you will be able to replicate the look if you'd like to. You can also make your own random stripes or even regular-old-evenly-spaced stripes if that's more your style ;)
And if you are like me, you may have a lot of baby blankets to make in your near future! For more ideas and inspiration you can check out Allfreecrochet.com to find more free patterns. You can find some of my patterns published on there as well ;)
Red Heart Soft Essentials (I used 3 skeins of 'Minty', 2 skeins of 'Charcoal' and 2 skeins of 'Greyhound')-as a side note this yarn is a bulky yarn and has 131 yards per skein, so if you decide on a different yarn, plan accordingly :)
7.0mm crochet hook (I used Clover Amour)
SC: single crochet
BB: baby bean stitch
Baby bean stitch: insert hook into stitch, YO, pull up a loop, YO, insert hook into same stitch, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through all 4 loops on your hook.
6 BB sts x 8 rows = 4" square
approx. 36" x 36"
For help with the baby bean stitch (BB), check the special stitch description and/or watch the video tutorial above
To adjust the width of this blanket, add or subtract from the foundation chain in increments of 2. For example, addition or subtraction of 6 chain stitches will add or subtract approx. 2" of width.
To adjust the length of this blanket, add or subtract the number of rows. For example, addition or subtraction of 4 rows will add or subtract approx. 2" of length.
chain stitches at the beginning of a row do not count as a stitch
Color A = Minty; Color B = Charcoal; Color C = Greyhound
Row 1 (color A): BB in second ch from the hook, ch 1, skip 1, *BB, ch 1, skip 1, repeat from * across. (46 BB sts). Turn
Row 2 (color A): ch 1, *BB, ch 1, skip 1, repeat from * across (46 BB sts). Turn
**All of the subsequent rows will be worked just like Row 2. From this point on, I will only indicate the color changes that I used for my random striping**
Row 3: Color A
Row 4-5: Color B
Row 6-12: Color A
Row 13: Color C
Row 14-16: Color A
Row 17-22: Color B
Row 23-24: Color C
Row 25-27: Color A
Row 28-29: Color B
Row 30-33: Color A
Row 34-41: Color C
Row 42-43: Color A
Row 44-47: Color B
Row 48-49: Color C
Row 50-60: Color A
Row 61-62: Color C
Row 63-67: Color B
Row 68-69: Color C
Row 70-72: Color A
Edging (color C): SC around the edge, working a SC, ch 1, SC into each corner of the blanket. Attach to the first SC with a slip stitch. Tie off and weave in all ends.
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