How to Crochet an Easy Baby Blanket Ideal for Beginners (Free Pattern and Tutorial)

Updated on December 2, 2015
How to crochet a baby blanket.
How to crochet a baby blanket.

You can crochet a baby blanket in Double Crochet (US terminology) or Treble Crochet (UK terminology). Recently, I had the pleasure of teaching someone how to crochet. After a few hiccups and many laughs, we have a new crocheter amongst the ever-growing number of people joining our community and taking up this hobby.

Whilst I was there in person it was easy to show her all the stages.

Now is in another country so I want to be able to help her from afar. So, to help keep her enthusiasm and momentum going I have put together a simple how-to page for making a lovely easy baby blanket.

We found a natural talent for the US Double Crochet (UK Treble Crochet) with beautiful tension and ease. So she felt confident that with practice she would like to make a baby blanket in Double Crochet (dc)

Remember that crochet is pretty much pushing the hook through the next stitch, working through it by looping (yarn over) and pulling through (pulling the yarn through the stitch).

Once this basic technique is mastered a lot of the stitches are just repeats of this method.

If when starting out you find a stitch you like just keep working on it. Once you have mastered a stitch, the rest seems to come much more easily.

In crochet here are three main stitches:

US Single Crochet (sc). Single crochet stitch term does not appear in UK crochet patterns, but equals a (dc).

US Double Crochet (dc) = UK Treble Crochet (trc).

My friend and I are both from the UK but for this blanket we will be using US crochet terminology

Please note: My friend was diagnosed with MS and has limited use of her right hand, so this is a specially-created page for those who also may find crocheting difficult and wish to still continue their much-loved craft.

She also believed herself to be left handed crocheter, however on trying several ways we ended up:

A. Needing a brandy

and

B. Realizing she is actually right-handed for crochet.

When you are learning how to crochet never give up. It is just repetition of the same couple of steps over and over. My very first blanket has more holes than a tea bag, but I am still very proud of it.

So lets get started.

Time required: Total time will vary

Difficulty: Easy

Cost: Cost of 5 x 100g of Baby Yarn (aran weight) and a 4.00mm or 5.00 mm hook

Materials:

  • 5 x 100 grams Redheart Soft Baby Steps

Tools:

  • Yarn
  • Hook - 4.00mm
  • Measuring tape
  • Needle to weave in loose ends
  • Ribbons to finish if you wish

Instructions:

1. This yarn from Redheart is what I used to make this baby blanket. It is gorgeous, soft and works up nicely.

2. For this project we are going to use the measurements (not gauge) to crochet an easy stroller/pram blanket which will be 30 inches by 35 inches.

3. Make a slipknot and chain until the work measures 30 inches.

For my blanket I had 110 chain (ch). Add 4(ch) = 114 (ch) to start.

The crochet pattern would go like this:

Ch 110 + ch4, turn

4. This video shows you exactly how to start the double crochet (dc) for your blanket. The blanket is made up of working double crochet across, then turn work and work back along row just worked until you reach 35 inches.

Then you will finish off.

5. (Understanding a crochet pattern)

The basic double crochet baby blanket pattern will read like this:

Ch110 + ch4 or (ch until work measures 30 inches)

Row 1: Insert hook at 4th chain from hook and create a dc, dc to end, turn (110 stitches)

Row 2: Ch3 (counts as 1st stitch throughout pattern) dc in each st to last st, turn

Row 3: Ch3, dc in each stitch to last st, turn

Row 4: Repeat row 3 until work measures 35 inches long

Fasten off and weave in ends

6. I finished off the blanket by simply single crocheting around the blanket. And to turn the corner work 3 single crochet in corner stitch. This helps your blanket edges lay flat and not curl up.

Here Are Some More of My Completed Blankets

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Learn the Star stitch and create a warm chunky blanket
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Did you find our instructions easy to follow? What could we do to make it even easier? I love helping people learn how to crochet and your feedback helps me!

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    © 2014 Lisa Auch

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        Margie 

        3 months ago

        I cannot find a pattern that can tell me how many stitches are needed to start a blanket for a double bed.

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        BerniceB61 

        5 months ago

        I love your pattern and your instructions, they are very clear and I so enjoyed your story of teaching your friend how to crochet. I must say, I am basically left handed, but since I didn't have a clue about how to crochet, I learned to do it right handed and have never regretted it! Thanks for sharing your blanket, I am about to embark on one as soon as I post this message.

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        Kate 

        7 months ago

        Your video was great and made it so easy to learn!!! THANK YOU ☺️

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        Lindalrf@hotmail.com 

        8 months ago

        Loved the double crochet video! I learned a lot!!!!

        Thanks for helping me learn how to do these very important steps and explaining every thing so well.

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        Rebecca 

        12 months ago

        Where's the Vedic....

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        Darlene Reidy 

        13 months ago

        Great video for beginners.

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        Joy 

        14 months ago

        How do I view video please?

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        Tricia 

        14 months ago

        I would love to see pictures of your edges. I know you stated that you do 3 ss in Rachel corner to help it lay flat, but is it in the same stitch? (Sorry, I am trying to teach myself)

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        Maria 

        16 months ago

        I am making a baby blanket with a puff stitch. When I checked on line it said to start with 150 single chains. The blanket to me now seems more like a crib blanket than receiving. How many single crochet stitches is typical butto start for a baby blanket?

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        Rashami 

        16 months ago

        It's simple yet gorgeous..

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        janet 

        17 months ago

        very good,slow and steady Just what i need

        thank you

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        Pat 

        19 months ago

        I have been watching a lot of tutorials lately and have recently learned the Virus Blanket. Now I am looking at this pattern and hope I can learn to make it. It is so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

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        Mary 

        19 months ago

        Thanks very much for sharing all this information. I'm starting my first project. Very helpful indeed.

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        Lisa 

        20 months ago

        I am having the most difficult time picking this up. I either make the stitches too tight or I can not find where to start the next row. I start with a nice square and the next thing I know is a triangle then I cant do anything else with it.

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        Stephanie 

        20 months ago

        My ends are not even. Do you have any videos shows how to do the end when you turn your work?

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        Julie 

        20 months ago

        Thankyou been looking for an easy pattern for so long.... very very well explained,, cant wait to start my blanket

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        Robin 

        20 months ago

        After I turn my work my double stitching is loose. How are you keep that from happening? I am teaching myself so I am unsure.

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        Chantal 

        21 months ago

        I would love to learn different patterns. I would like to crochet a baby blanket for my sister in law.. she's expecting in late June.

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        judy 

        3 years ago

        thank you very much you did it slow it was good .

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        Salimabegum57@gmail.com 

        3 years ago

        I like it

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        Lisa Auch 

        3 years ago from Scotland

        I am SO happy to hear this thanks for taking the time to let me know this page has helped you, and many congrats on the 2 NEW grandbabies!!! :)

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        mrs-ck 

        3 years ago

        Lisa, thank you so very much! this is the best video I have seen! I am handicapped and have not crocheted in 30 years! Because of your amazing video, I have rekindled my creative side! Now I have 2 new grandbabies to make things for! Thank you once again!

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        Lisa Auch 

        3 years ago from Scotland

        Hi Ruth when you chain 3 you will work your next stitch into the 4th chain from the hook......(Watch the video to see how to make sure you are working into the right stitch)

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        Ruth johnson 

        3 years ago

        I am new to crocheting. I am doing simple double crochet baby afghan. After ending row and turning, I chain 3 but can't tell where to begin on new row. My sides are uneven.

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        Sheila 

        4 years ago

        Easy to understand . Thank you

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