How to Crochet an Easy Baby Blanket Ideal for Beginners (Free Pattern and Tutorial)
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
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
Cost: Cost of 5 x 100g of Baby Yarn (aran weight) and a 4.00mm or 5.00 mm hook
- 5 x 100 grams Redheart Soft Baby Steps
- Hook - 4.00mm
- Measuring tape
- Needle to weave in loose ends
- Ribbons to finish if you wish
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 BlanketsClick thumbnail to view full-size
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!
© 2014 Lisa Auch