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I am so excited to finally show you my newest little monkey’s baby blanket!

At the time I’m writing up this blog post, I’m 38 weeks along (although when it gets published, Baby Henry will already be born). I can feel him kicking around inside and I get the feeling he’s just as anxious to be born as I am to hold him in my arms.

Henry's Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern | Free modern baby blanket crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

For Henry’s blanket, I chose one of my favorite yarns, Cascade Longwood. It has a beautiful stitch definition that I knew would be important in a textured blanket like this. This definitely turned out to be a heavy, warm blanket, perfect for draping over the carseat of a winter baby.

Henry's Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern | Free modern baby blanket crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

When I started the blanket, I knew that I wanted to use ribbing for the ends to give it a nice finished, modern look. I started out intending to do the entire body of the blanket in herringbone half double crochet, but once I got through the first color block, I couldn’t let go of the nagging feeling that it needed a little more interest. So on a whim, I switched to one of my other favorite stitches, the SC+HDC combo for the 2nd color block. I loved the contrast between the blocks (and how it allowed me to change stitches just when I started getting bored), so I went with it! You can see the different textures – ribbing, herringbone, and SC+HDC – in the photo below.

Henry's Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern | Free modern baby blanket crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

I think this blanket would make a gorgeous, modern statement for a boy or a girl, depending on the colors you pick.

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UPDATE: He’s here!


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To make Henry’s Baby Blanket for yourself, scroll down for the free pattern!

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Henry's Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern  |  Free modern baby blanket crochet pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet 

Henry's Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern


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Level: Easyish

Size: Blanket measures 30"x38". Adjustment instructions are given in Notes section.

Hook: H (5.0mm)

Yarn: I used about 1,330 yards of Cascade Longwood (from Jimmy Beans Wool), but any #4 worsted weight yarn will work. Here's my breakdown, and the colors as assigned in the pattern:

COLOR A (White): Cascade Longwood - 01 White (about 220 yards, or <2 skeins)
COLOR B (Navy): Cascade Longwood - 40 Midnight (about 370 yards, or almost 2 full skeins)
COLOR C (Gray): Cascade Longwood - 02 Frost Gray (about 370 yards, or almost 2 full skeins)
COLOR D (Green): Cascade Longwood - 18 Green Spruce - discontinued (about 370 yards, or almost 2 full skeins)

You’ll also need: Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Gauge: Not super important, but 14 rows of 16 HHDC = 4". 

Abbreviations Used:
   ST/STS (stitch/stitches)
   SL ST (slip stitch)
   SK (skip)
   CH (chain)
   SC (single crochet)
   HDC (half double crochet)
   SC+HDC (this just means to put a single crochet and a half double crochet in the same stitch)
   HHDC (herringbone half double crochet; see "special stitch" below)
   BLO (back loops only)

Special Stitch:
HHDC - Herringbone Half Double Crochet. Here's how you do it:

HHDC: Yarn over, insert hook into stitch. Yarn over, pull loop through stitch AND through first loop on hook (this is similar to a slip stitch motion). Two loops remain on hook. Yarn over and pull through both loops.

(If you need additional help, Moogly has an excellent video tutorial here. Please note that while her video considers the CH2 at the beginning of rows as a stitch, the pattern below does not.)

(1) This pattern is written in American Standard Terms.
(2) Starting CHs do not count as stitches.
(3) To adjust the width of your blanket, add or subtract rows from the first ribbing section of the pattern (just be sure to end up with an even number of ribs). To adjust the length of your blanket, you can add/subtract more blocks of color, or make each block taller/shorter. 
(4) Blanket is worked in one piece (except for color changes). In other words, the ribbing at the bottom is not created and sewn on separately.

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To begin: With COLOR A (white), CH9.

Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook and in each remaining CH. (8)

Row 2: CH1, turn. SC in BLO of each ST across. (8)

Rows 3-120 (or until ribbing measures about 30" long, but keep it an even number):  CH1, turn. SC in BLO of each ST across. (8)

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The body of the blanket is divided into 6 color blocks which alternate between blocks of Herringbone HDC and blocks of SC+HDC combos. Each color block is separated by a thin, 2-row block of white.

Body, Row 1: CH1, do not turn. SC evenly down the long edge of the ribbing, putting 1SC in each ribbing row (each peak and each valley). It is important to end with an even number of stitches in this row. (120)

Switch to COLOR B (navy), fasten off previous color.

Row 2: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (120)

Rows 3-18: CH1, turn. HHDC in each ST across. (120)

Row 19: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (120)

Switch to COLOR A (white), fasten off previous color.

Rows 20-21: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (120)

Switch to COLOR C (gray), fasten off previous color.

Row 22: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (120)

Rows 23-40: CH1, turn. HDC in 1st ST. (SK next ST, SC+HDC in next ST) across until 1 ST remains. SC in remaining ST. (120)

Row 41: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (120)

Switch to COLOR A (white), fasten off previous color.

Rows 42-43: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (120)

Switch to COLOR D (green), fasten off previous color.

Row 44: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (120)

Rows 45-60: CH1, turn. HHDC in each ST across. (120)

Row 61: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (120)

Switch to COLOR A (white), fasten off previous color.

Rows 62-63: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (120)

Switch to COLOR B (navy), fasten off previous color.

Row 64: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (120)

Rows 65-82: CH1, turn. HDC in 1st ST. (SK next ST, SC+HDC in next ST) across until 1 ST remains. SC in remaining ST. (120)

Row 83: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (120)


Switch to COLOR A (white), fasten off previous color.

Rows 84-85: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (120)


Switch to COLOR C (gray), fasten off previous color.

Row 86: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (120)

Rows 87-102: CH1, turn. HHDC in each ST across. (120)

Row 103: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (120)


Switch to COLOR A (white), fasten off previous color.

Rows 104-105: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (120)


Switch to COLOR D (green), fasten off previous color.

Row 106: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (120)

Rows 107-124: CH1, turn. HDC in 1st ST. (SK next ST, SC+HDC in next ST) across until 1 ST remains. SC in remaining ST. (120)

Row 125: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (120)


Switch to COLOR A (white), fasten off previous color.

Row 126: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (120)


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In this section, we will be creating the bottom ribbing by making vertical ribs and attaching them with slip stitches to the last row of the body as we go. We'll be referring to "Row 126" quite a bit; that's the last row of the body of the blanket we completed, and that's what the ribbing will be attaching to. 


Bottom Ribbing, Row 1: Turn work and SC in 2nd CH from hook and in each remaining CH. SL ST in the first SC of Row 126, then SL ST in the next SC of Row 126 as well. (8, plus the 2 SL STS along Row 126)

Row 2: CH1, turn. Skipping over the 2 SL STS you put in Row 126, SC in BLO of each of the 8 STS of the ribbing to create another row of ribbing. (8)

Row 3: CH1, turn. SC in BLO of each of the 8 STS of the ribbing to create another row of ribbing. SL ST in each of the next 2 STS of Row 126. (8, plus the 2 SL STS along Row 126)

Row 4: CH1, turn. Skipping over the 2 SL STS you put in Row 126, SC in BLO of each of the 8 STS of the ribbing to create another row of ribbing. (8)

Repeat Rows 3-4 all the way along Row 126. (You should end up with 120 rows of ribbing, which is the number of stitches in Row 126).

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: I’ve just given birth to my 3rd little monkey, a baby boy named Henry James, on 12/28/16. I may be slow at responding to messages and greatly appreciate your patience during this time of transition. I’m not disappearing, but I may not be able to help you as quickly as you need it. – Rebecca 🙂

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  • Richelle January 4, 2017, 8:35 pm

    I LOVE the new design! Congrats on your newest edition!

  • Connie January 4, 2017, 8:38 pm

    Congratulations!! Welcome baby Henry! He is cute as a button!!
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful pattern!

  • Nancy January 4, 2017, 8:38 pm

    Congratulations Rebecca you have a handsome new bundle of joy!!His blanket is gorgeous just all your other patterns!Thank you for sharing them!
    Sincerely Nancy

  • DebbieJohnson January 4, 2017, 8:40 pm

    Love your patterns and designs. Congratulations on your new baby boy.

  • Kathy January 4, 2017, 8:49 pm

    What a beautiful, beautiful baby!! Congrats to you and the rest of the family on the latest little monkey. Thanks also for this gorgeous pattern.

  • Patricia S January 4, 2017, 8:51 pm

    Congratulatons on your adorable baby boy! Please take it easy as you heal and enjoy lots of time with your little bundle. Thanks for the great baby blanket pattern, looking forward to making this one!

  • LindY G Sherrod January 4, 2017, 8:58 pm

    Congratulations, Henry is the cutest ever. I so love the way a baby snuggle feels and smells. Enjoy!

  • Ashlyn January 4, 2017, 8:59 pm

    Congrats on your baby boy! He’s precious! And him and my cousin share a name! Rest up! This pattern is gorgeous!

  • Candace January 4, 2017, 9:07 pm

    Beautiful blanket and congratulations on your new beautiful addition to your family!

  • Melanie Fiala January 4, 2017, 9:08 pm

    Congratulations on your wonderful Christmas gift. Glad you and he are doing well. He is precious.

  • Nicole Grant January 4, 2017, 9:12 pm

    Henry is beautiful! Welcome little one! Amazing adventures await. I wish you the speediest recovery and that you both enjoy this time getting to know each other.

    Love the blanket. Those are 2 of my favorite stitches as well. Can’t wait to try it.

  • Nicole January 4, 2017, 9:13 pm

    God bless you and you family on the new arrival of your baby boy, I had my third in March 2015 and we just love being a family of five. It will be busy, but you can do it … 😀

  • Minta January 4, 2017, 9:24 pm

    Congrats on a beautiful baby and blanket.

  • Rea January 4, 2017, 9:27 pm

    Congratulations on your new addition! He is super cute!!! And thank you for sharing your pattern with all of us.
    Blessing to you and your family in the new year!

  • Sandra Guillemette January 4, 2017, 9:27 pm

    What a blessing for the New Year a baby wow… It is okay just every once in a while let us know if you tried a new fiber blend of yarn or a new stitch little things keep us happy to. Take care of yourself and your growing family first we will keep. Oh just so you know this pattern is perfect for my almost 2 year old grandson so your timing is perfect this goes with a temperature afghan idea I am thinking of trying too.

  • Pat January 4, 2017, 9:41 pm

    Congratulations!! You received a wonderful late Christmas present. Enjoy all the cuddles and hugs with Henry.

  • Janet V Carey January 4, 2017, 9:43 pm

    Congratulations on the happy arrival of Henry! He’s beautiful! May you and your family enjoy this precious gift and blessing.

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  • Erica Maddox January 4, 2017, 10:04 pm

    Congratulations! Henry shares a birthday with my first granddaughter! Love those little ones!

  • Liz January 4, 2017, 10:15 pm

    Rebecca, congratulations on the safe arrival of your little monkey Henry. Thank you for sharing his blanket….I am off to buy yarn 🙂

  • Angie C. January 4, 2017, 10:24 pm

    Congratulations on your handsome baby boy. Glad all are happy and healthy.
    Thank you for another awesome free pattern. Beautiful work as always.
    Enjoy those cuddles.

  • Marlene January 4, 2017, 10:28 pm

    Congrats on the new little one. Hold, snuggle cuddle and love on that tiny one because you are right time goes so fast. Enjoy while you can. The blanket is beautiful and perfect for little boys.

  • Catherine McDonald January 4, 2017, 10:29 pm

    Congratulations on the safe birth of #3 Henry James. I’m a #3 so I know he’s going to be a handful. Thank you for his blanket pattern it’s lovely. God bless you and your family and enjoy that new smell of baby. Congratulations again and take your time we all understand.

  • Cecelia January 4, 2017, 10:30 pm

    Congratulations on your new son!!! Henry is adorable.. I wish you tons of time to just enjoy him and nurture him. These early days are so important. Rest up. Work will wait. I love his blanket! Beautiful design. I will make one. Thank you for all that you do. You are awesome.

  • Freda Hancock January 4, 2017, 10:33 pm

    Congratulations!!! He is adorable.

  • Janet Conkey January 4, 2017, 10:35 pm

    Congratulations to you and your family on your newest addition. Henry James is just precious! Thank you for the pattern. I love it.

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  • Maureen Chandler January 4, 2017, 10:41 pm

    Congratulations to you and your new little bundle of joy! Henry is a gorgeous baby and I’m sure you are tired and need to rest and enjoy your three children! All the very best to you and your family and I just wanted to say I am really enjoying your blog and your creative crochet items! Thanks so much for all you share!

  • Karen Bowers January 4, 2017, 10:49 pm

    That is one handsome little guy!1 He truly is a beautiful baby. The blanket is also very nice!! I look forward to making one! I will probably use the same colors!! thank you very much, and rest up!

  • Linda Wedgeworth January 4, 2017, 11:10 pm

    I love your blanket!
    Congratulations on you new baby boy, he is very very handsome.
    Enjoy your down time with him, it won’t last near as long as you want it too.

    Wishing you a year filled with giggles and love.

  • Jill Gillespie January 4, 2017, 11:21 pm

    Congrats on your precious little son. I can just imagine him wrapped in your handsome Henry’s Baby Blanket.

  • Jenni January 5, 2017, 12:03 am

    CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS!!!!!!! Many many blessings on little Henry and yourself and your whole family 😀

  • Renee' Baumiller January 5, 2017, 1:19 am

    Congratulations he’s beautiful!

  • Diana Dangas January 5, 2017, 1:26 am

    Congratulations on the new little man. He looks so sweet, and yes enjoy all the cuddle time you can they grow up so fast.

  • Ali Wilson January 5, 2017, 3:03 am

    Beautiful boy blanket and CONGRATS on the arrival of your new little man!

  • Vilma January 5, 2017, 3:19 am

    Congratulations on the birth of Henry💙
    Love your new blanket pattern, thank you.
    Enjoy all those baby cuddles 😍

  • Bernadette Grant January 5, 2017, 3:51 am

    Congratulations on your new little monkey – welcome Henry James. Enjoy your snuggle times with him xxx

  • Fiona Podmore January 5, 2017, 4:34 am

    Congratulations on the birth of your baby son and thank you for the pattern its lovely
    Western Australia

  • Julianne January 5, 2017, 5:05 am

    Lovey the new blankie!!! Congratulations on baby Henry! Cute as a button!!

  • Norah McPhee January 5, 2017, 5:58 am

    Good morning Rebecca and of course handsome baby Henry,
    This is a lovely blanket Rebecca and one that i am going to try out for my car and my grandson Harry who is 18months. It is ideal for days like today where looking out we are a frozen wonderland of frost, so this blanket will be ideal for when we are out and about to stop Jack Frost nipping at his wee body as he gets pushed in his pram. Thank you flower and enjoy the cuddles that this wee bundle of joy gives you and his siblings give,
    Norah (Scotland)

  • Debbie January 5, 2017, 6:09 am

    Congrats on your beautiful baby boy! He was born on my birthday day! So happy for you.

  • Jean Feid January 5, 2017, 6:34 am

    Congratulations Rebecca! Baby Henry is just as cute as ever. I am sure he will bring you much joy. My son did. Thank you for the baby blanket pattern. I can’t wait to make it.

  • Marje Hughes January 5, 2017, 7:02 am

    Rebecca, Many Congratulations to you all on the birth of your baby Henry James, he’s gorgeous!
    Your baby blanket is beautiful, I love the detail and as you planned, it isn’t too ‘girly’ but could still be used for girl or boy. Now I need to find a baby who needs a blanket 🙂

  • Judy Barrick January 5, 2017, 7:09 am

    Big Congratulations on Birth of your third son .Lovely news having a son.I have only one son who is 38 years old.Happy New Year to you and your family and thank you for crochet patterns which I enjoy receiving .
    Best Wishes for the New Year
    Judy Barrick
    From York ,North Yorhire England.

  • Bambi Hamilton January 5, 2017, 7:52 am

    Congratulations! Henry is just too darn cute! Beautiful blanket.

  • Debbie January 5, 2017, 9:28 am

    Love the blanket. You have a beautiful son, and yes they grow up TOO fast. I had 2 sons and a daughter and I miss the times when they were little. Even all 10 of my grandchildren are growing too fast.🤗 Enjoy

  • Lori McFarland January 5, 2017, 9:30 am

    Rebecca, congratulations on little Henry, he is truly a doll! Thanks so much for the wonderful pattern. We have a new addition at our work site, so I’ll be able to try it out for a June birth. Bless you both, Lori

  • Carol January 5, 2017, 9:42 am

    Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby boy Henry James!! He is beautiful and so is the blanket you made for him!!

    Sending hugs and kisses to Henry!!!

  • Carolyn January 5, 2017, 9:47 am

    Congratulations to you and your husband. May you all be healthy and happy.

  • Teresa Baker January 5, 2017, 9:57 am

    Congratulations on your new little monkey, Henry. He is beautiful!

    I really enjoy your designs and patterns – what a creative soul you are. Crochet is my addiction even though my job and other obligations get in the way.

    Another obstacle is finding the right yarn. We have a couple of very small yarn stores in my town so I usually order what I need (notice I said “need”, not “want”) online from LoveCrochet, Craftsy, Jimmy Beans, etc. However, that means I can’t feel the yarn or see the colors in person plus I have to wait on shipping. Are you aware of any suppliers that offer sample cards of yarns they offer?

    • Rebecca January 5, 2017, 3:37 pm

      I know that Lion Brand does, but I am not aware of any others. (Only because I haven’t checked, though… it’s very possible that many suppliers do!)

  • Gloria January 5, 2017, 11:47 am

    Blessings to sweet Henry and to his wonderful mom! Warmest congratulations to you. Enjoy every precious moment with him and thank you for this beautiful pattern. L love the many designs you share with us!

  • Jean January 5, 2017, 12:10 pm

    I want to congratulate you on your new “little one”. May God bless you both!

  • Deborah January 5, 2017, 12:32 pm

    A lovely blanket and beautiful little one. He is precious. Congratulations!

  • Jana January 5, 2017, 12:36 pm

    Congratulations on your sweet little blessing! The blanket is beautiful. I bought several skeins. Wishing you lots of love and rest! The blanket inspired me to try this yarn.

  • Gloria January 5, 2017, 12:38 pm

    I also made the slouch hat and scarf for my 14 year old granddaughter!
    She loved it ! It was a great pattern and now her younger sister wants one too, of course! Thank you for sharing that pattern.

  • Michelle January 5, 2017, 1:16 pm

    Congratulations on your new baby boy he is absolutely gorgeous. Enjoy your baby snuggles xx

  • Willow January 5, 2017, 1:42 pm

    Congratulations, Henry James is adorable!!! Take good care of the 2 of you and know that we will be here patiently waiting (and crocheting of course!)

  • Diane Simpkins January 5, 2017, 2:28 pm

    Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy. I’m expecting a great-granddaughter in May and I think this pattern would be equally lovely in pinks and white. Thanks for the pattern and God Bless.

  • Melodye January 5, 2017, 3:54 pm

    Congratulations on your sweet little boy!!! I love the name Henry James, such a strong name. I hope all is well with you both!! I also LOVE this pattern & am ready to start on one!! You have the most beautiful patterns! Thanks for sharing!

  • Micki Inglis January 5, 2017, 6:22 pm

    Congratulations on your new little guy. He is beautiful.

  • Pamela January 5, 2017, 6:31 pm

    What a handsome baby boy. Get those baby snuggles while you can; they grow so fast and there is nothing like them. Also, love the blanket you designed for him. It is definitely fitting for a baby boy and lovely too.

  • d January 5, 2017, 7:15 pm

    first of all he is soooo cute and second love the banket

  • FRANCES KAY HARRELLE January 5, 2017, 7:25 pm

    Just wanted to send congrats to you and yours, on the birth of your new Little Monkey Henry James, who is just adorable. Happy Birthday ! Henry James ! Best Wishes to all !

    Frances Kay Harrelle
    Brooklyn, Connecticut 06234

  • Tammy January 5, 2017, 11:21 pm

    Congratulations! Enjoy the time together with him.

  • Lana January 6, 2017, 12:54 am

    Rebecca, I never comment on most work I see on the Internet. However, I am totally in love with your beautiful blanket made for baby Henry! You have captured a work that is smart, says ‘today’, and also looks perfect for a baby boy. The colors selected compliment each other and I can’ t say enough about your work. Oh, and the stitches selected look awesome! Congratulations on the birth of your son!

  • Kiss Marianne January 6, 2017, 4:57 am

    Dear Rebecca, congratulation with all my heart for your 3. baby!!!
    I wish for you and all your family a good and peaceful year.
    With love


  • Nadine January 6, 2017, 1:39 pm

    Congratulations!!! He is absolutely adorable! He looks like a little doll…so perfect! The blanket is also very lovely! Leave the hook down and keep enjoying those cuddles…we’ll wait!

  • Elainebitt January 6, 2017, 2:28 pm

    Congratulations! May God bless you and your family!

  • Linda Palaza January 6, 2017, 5:46 pm

    Congradulations on the birth of Henry James! Love the name!! When you have a chance to breathe , do you know of a pattern for a girl’s or boys baby blanket that isn’t to heavy and not with a lot of holes in it. I usually make the bubble stitch which is beautiful …. but getting tired of the same stitch. Enjoy your cuddle time with Henry James.

    • Rebecca January 7, 2017, 11:39 am

      I think this one would work just fine, I would just use a lighter yarn (the yarn I used made for a heavy blanket and will probably end up being a car seat blanket more than a cuddle blanket). If I remade this for a cuddly blanket I would choose a baby soft yarn, or even go down to a light #3 yarn and adjust the finished measurements as needed. 🙂

  • Josie January 7, 2017, 4:21 am

    Congratulations and thank you so much for post Henry’s blanket pattern. Just going to start it in pinks for my grand daughter. Happy 2017

  • Christine Thomas January 7, 2017, 10:36 pm

    Love the pattern and the colors you chose. it is very pretty. this is a have to make for me.

  • Lenna Brown January 8, 2017, 3:03 pm

    This is a very nice pattern Congratulations

  • Tricia January 8, 2017, 6:34 pm

    Can I just say I absolutely love your work! I have tried several of your patterns, they are easy to follow and turn out beautifully. I can’t wait to try this blanket!

  • Frances January 9, 2017, 8:20 am

    I started this blanket today. I can’t wait to see it finished ! I love the pattern – it’s going to be my “go to” blanket pattern.

    Thanks soooo much for sharing the pattern !

  • Dot January 9, 2017, 2:44 pm

    What a beautiful blanket…love the colors!! Congratulations!! Welcome to the world Bany Henry 😉

  • Nancy January 11, 2017, 11:10 am

    Congrats on your beautiful new baby. I was wondering if you could recommend any brands of yarn from a store like Joanne’s or Michaels etc that would be comparable to the yarn you used. I cannot afford to order the type listed but I would like a nice yarn that would not pull or get fuzzy either. Thank you for your help. I just love your patterns.


    • Frances January 11, 2017, 11:30 am

      I can’t afford using Cascade yarn either. I’m using Red Heart With Love for my blanket – 50% complete and it looks great. the next time I make this blanket I’m going to try Red Heart Soft.
      Good Luck!

      • Nancy January 11, 2017, 3:05 pm

        Thank you Frances!

        • Rebecca January 12, 2017, 2:17 pm

          Those are good options (thank you Frances)! If you have a Hobby Lobby I would also recommend their store brand, I Love This Yarn, or Bernat’s Satin yarn is also a good choice for something lighter.

  • Mary Pierce January 11, 2017, 11:51 am

    I will try this we have another baby on the way. We want for this baby to have its own blanket like the rest. Congratulations!! He’s completely gorgeous.

  • Valerie Hart January 11, 2017, 11:35 pm

    What a beautiful baby blanket. Love those colors. Im going to try this pattern. Such a precious baby(Henry). Very cute. I love your patterns.

  • Bonnie January 13, 2017, 1:22 pm

    This blanket is adorable! I’m adding it to my list of projects to make. Enjoy snuggling your new monkey he looks like a sweetie.

  • Patty January 15, 2017, 2:42 pm

    Henry is so precious. Congratulations.

  • Jean January 15, 2017, 6:02 pm

    I just purchased the All Access Pass and would like to have this pattern – Henry’s Baby Blanket. When I add to cart it shows price of $1.99. What am I doing wrong?

  • Brenda Rooney January 15, 2017, 11:06 pm

    I have purchased your all access pass but can’t seem to be able to get a pattern with it. I am trying to get Henry’s baby blanket pattern. Thank you for any help.

    Congratulations on little Henry, he is such a cute little guy and I love this pattern

    • Rebecca January 16, 2017, 10:02 am

      Hello! You should’ve gotten a confirmation email (when you purchased) with instructions. Those instructions are:

      1. Go to http://members.littlemonkeyscrochet.com
      2. Click “Log In” and enter your username and password; complete the login process.
      3. Click “All Access Passholder Entry”, the aqua link at the top of the page.
      4. Scroll down past the message and click the link at the bottom of that message, “Continue to the All Access Passholder Area”.
      5. If you see a page that says “You have reached a page with exclusive content”, refresh the page.

      Once you’re in the All-Access Passholder area, you’ll see all of my patterns available for download. 🙂

  • Renea DeGrave Buscemi January 17, 2017, 11:32 am

    Just finished this beautiful blanket! Thanks for the great pattern that worked up very quickly. I used the same colours as yours, but plan on making two more – one in softer neutrals and the other with a more feminine spin. Hope the blanket is keeping baby Henry warm!

  • Paula Johnson January 17, 2017, 10:58 pm

    your blanket, or should I say, Henry’s blanket, is BEAUTIFUL! (And so is Henry… :-)) I love the colors and textures you’ve chosen. Thanks so much for sharing the pattern. I am planning to make my own (larger) version for my husband.

  • Amy January 17, 2017, 11:07 pm

    I’m having a hard time starting with row 23… I’ve tried it a few times and instead of ending up with 1st remaining I have 2… Do I skip a space between each hdc and each sc/hdc? Thanks

    • Rebecca January 24, 2017, 12:27 pm

      You skip a stitch before each SC+HDC combo.

  • Amy January 17, 2017, 11:44 pm

    I’m all set! Guess mom brain was in full effect tonight!! I love this pattern… And congrats on your baby.. We almost named our son Henry when he was born but went with max! Enjoy!

  • alejandra acosta January 18, 2017, 12:58 pm

    Muchas felicidades por estos 3 años y muchas gracias por compartir!!!

  • Ellen Friedman January 18, 2017, 3:00 pm

    Hi Rebecca! I love this pattern and have started on it! I’m curious if I’ve done something wrong. Did your blanket have a ripple to it as you were getting started? I’ve counted my stitches several times. The only thing I can think of is that the ribbing and the start of of HHDC is just different? Like maybe I crocheted the ribbing too tight and the HHDC too loose? Is this common and then it will even out as I go on or do I need to fix with wet blocking at the end? I’ve been trying to use the same tension on both stitches. Thank you,

    • Teri Holland January 19, 2017, 8:51 am

      I was concerned about some slight rippling also but it turned out great in the end. I did not block it.

    • Rebecca January 22, 2017, 2:01 pm

      You should be fine, but if you’re really concerned you can go up a hook size for the ribbing.

  • Karen Bowers January 18, 2017, 4:59 pm

    Just want to say that you did a good job!1 ha Henry is a most beautiful baby! He was also born on my husband 3rd daughter’s birthday! God Bless!!

  • Teri Holland January 19, 2017, 8:50 am

    Good Morning:
    I made Henry’s baby blanket in the Blue, Grey & White (I did not use a third color).
    The colors are the Detroit Lions colors. It is a shower gift for big Lions fans. I also made booties, hat and diaper cover to match. The blanket turned out beautiful. I love the pattern and will use it again. Thanks!

  • Carol Burnside January 24, 2017, 7:24 pm

    Congratulations on an awesome pattern and your beautiful baby boy. Thanks!

  • Lizzie January 28, 2017, 11:55 am

    Hi! I’m struggling with row 23. If I skip a stitch after each solo hdc and do only a sc in the last stitch, I end up with 119 stitches. Am I missing something? I can’t come up with any way to make 120 stitches without doing to sc+hdc in the last stitch.

    • Rebecca January 28, 2017, 9:21 pm

      When you say “after each solo hdc” that makes me wonder if you’re following the directions wrong, because there’s only one solo HDC (per row). Each row begins with an HDC, then you repeat the instructions in parentheses (skip a stitch, then SC+HDC in next) across until there’s one stitch left, then you end the row with a solo SC. Since the repeat in the parentheses covers two stitches, and there’s one solo stitch at the beginning and one at the end of the row, you should definitely be finishing with an even number of stitches. I hope that makes sense!

  • Ashley February 7, 2017, 12:18 pm

    Hello! I know you recently had a baby so dont worry if it takes a while to get back to me. But I was wondering if it is copyright if I copy it into a notebook. Also, wondering if the change of color has to be sewed on separately or if it’s possible to do an end of the row color change.

    Thank you!

    • Rebecca February 7, 2017, 1:06 pm

      You are welcome to copy it into a notebook (or print it) for personal use. Regarding the color changes, you definitely will want to change colors at the end of rows (this is indicated in the pattern). Crocheting the blocks separately and then sewing them together would be way too much work. 🙂

  • Tammie Lanners February 7, 2017, 7:12 pm

    I am fairly new to crocheting but made your other baby blanket a year ago. It appears my tension is tight as this one is curling (like a rainbow) on the bottom ribbing. Can I remove this and add later because I am well into the herringbone block. Help?? Love your patterns and congratulations!

    • Rebecca February 7, 2017, 8:09 pm

      Theoretically you could remove the ribbing section and then re-work it the same way you work the ribbing on the other end. Removing it won’t be quite as simple as frogging a project since you’re removing from the beginning and not the most recent rows, so be careful that the whole thing doesn’t start unraveling. Make sure your starting tail for the second color is secure.

  • martha lunsford February 8, 2017, 2:56 pm

    I just finished Henry’s blanket, it’s beautiful and the instructions were easy to follow. I had never made ribbing this way, I love it!!!!!

  • Jazmyne February 10, 2017, 5:13 pm

    Hi! Congratulations on Baby Henry!

    I’m such a fan of your patterns, and I can’t wait to try this one. Do you know of any common retail stores that may carry a brand of yarn that will me give the same effect as the brand you used? I tried Vanna’s Choice using another blanket pattern of yours, but I don’t think it showed the texture of the stitch very well. Any suggestions? I have Michael’s, JoAnn’s, and Hobby Lobby in my area.

    • Jazmyne February 10, 2017, 5:20 pm

      I found the answer, so never mind. I couldn’t get far enough through comments because my connection wasn’t so great.

  • martha lunsford February 17, 2017, 10:26 am

    I am trying to find some yarn, Vanna’s Choice Pea Green #170, it is discontinued but I need 3 skeins, can anybody help?

    • Rebecca February 19, 2017, 2:52 pm

      I don’t have any, sorry. I don’t think many other people read these comments. You might have better luck in a Facebook crochet group.

  • Susan Perkins March 4, 2017, 9:54 am

    I like your patterns a lot. I have managed to print them using cleanprint. This works in a similar way to printfriendly

  • Esther March 4, 2017, 3:20 pm

    Can I use either Vanna’s Choice yarn or Caron Simply Soft for this afghan?

    • Rebecca March 4, 2017, 8:13 pm

      You can use whatever you want 🙂 Just use a hook that gives the fabric a drapey, not stiff, feel. If you’re looking to get the exact dimensions, you’ll need to do a gauge check.

  • Brenda March 4, 2017, 3:33 pm


    I am loving this blanket and found it very easy to follow but now I am having trouble with the bottom ribbing. I am not sure if I am understanding it right but I did 9 chains at the end of row 126. Now I am trying to do the single crochets along and slip stitch but finding it hard to do and not looking right. Obviously I am doing something wrong. Thanks Brenda

    • Rebecca March 4, 2017, 8:10 pm

      Without seeing your work it’s hard to know what you’re doing wrong. You are welcome to email me a photo!

      • Brenda March 5, 2017, 9:44 am

        I will try and get a picture off to you but I am wondering if the 9 chains should be separate and then joined as I go or if the chains are done at the end of row 126 without disconnecting.


        • Rebecca March 6, 2017, 9:23 am

          Without disconnecting.

  • Tena Browne March 5, 2017, 5:02 pm

    Rebecca, I love the pattern and I am attempting to make it for an old family friend. (Her first grand son is due the first of April). I am having trouble understanding the bottom ribbing instructions. Can you help me out? Am I crocheting the ribbing separately and the attaching to the blanket?

  • Maxine Jepsen March 6, 2017, 12:12 pm

    Hello, I’m starting this pattern but top ribbing is curling quite a bit. I’m crocheting loosely. Does this happen until afew more rows are done ? It’s such a nice pattern. Thank you.

    • Rebecca March 6, 2017, 2:53 pm

      Mine curled a little, but the addition of the body of the blanket took care of it. If it’s curling a lot, it might be that you’re using too small of a hook for the yarn you chose. I would try a hook size larger for the ribbing section.

      • Maxine Jepsen March 6, 2017, 3:09 pm

        I’m thinking now that it will straighten out when body is started. Thanks so much for your reply. I’m using size 5 mm hook so should be ok.

  • Tammie Lanners March 6, 2017, 12:35 pm

    I ripped mine out and changed the ribbing to a hook two sizes larger. I am now starting on the body and not having the curling issue.

    • Maxine Jepsen March 6, 2017, 3:11 pm

      I though after that when I start the body it’ll straighten out but likely a bigger hook would help too. I’m using a 5 mm so should be big enough I hope. Thanks for your reply. I appreciate it.

    • Maxine Jepsen March 6, 2017, 3:14 pm

      Hi Tammie – I sent a reply to you also but don’t see it. I replied to Rebecca also. Thanks for your reply. I’ll see what it’s like once I start the body of it.

  • Tammie Lanners March 6, 2017, 4:47 pm

    I am new to crocheting so I know that curling can be an issue, but once I had most of the first color done, it was still curling. I then decided to rip and start over with the larger hook (2 sizes up) for the ribbing and then back to the required size for the body. I have no curling now. I had a friend who is a long time crocheter and she agreed. Best of luck! I LOVE this pattern. I made another pattern of hers in a baby blanket and it was awesome too!

  • Meme Smith March 7, 2017, 8:24 pm

    Love the colours and texture of the baby rug. Its nice making a rug yourself for the baby growing inside as I did it for my 3 children and each grandchild and more

  • Maxine Jepsen March 13, 2017, 12:31 am

    I’m wondering if anyone has an answer to this problem. When joining the navy yarn to the white ribbing & crocheting over the ends instead of weaving them in after, the white yarn end shows through the navy colored sc on the back side of the blanket. Is there any way to prevent this from happening other than to weave the white yarn end in. Thank you .

    • Rebecca March 13, 2017, 9:39 am

      I think if it’s doing that, then your best bet is to weave in. Honestly I don’t ever recommend the “crocheting over the ends” method; it’s not secure enough to hold up through multiple washings.

  • Kelly March 13, 2017, 10:43 am

    1ST a. very BIG Congrats on ur baby boy Henry last year . Three children for me was a blessing I lost 7 thru misscarriages. That was awful but I got 3 blessings of kids to enjoy. And their grown now n I miss it so very much. Love the blanket I’m sure it’s even more beautiful with Henry snuggled up in it too. Already started making things for the grandkids I don’t have nor have on the way. Lol lol lol . I like to be prepared at all times. Really I do so it makes sense . Ty for this blog I only hope I can figure it out without a tutorial since I seem to have a hard time without a video to be able to stop n go bk n pause. But Ima try this none the less. I do appreciate ur blog I just started to crochet n like a challenge so I ty ma’am for this blog and god bless to Henry n ur family ma’am.
    Sincerely Kelly Jo

  • Jenni March 15, 2017, 7:25 pm

    I made this blanket for my great-nephew, Tyson, who was just born in January. Everybody who sees the blankets compliments it! Awesome colors and awesome pattern!

  • Maxine Jepsen March 26, 2017, 6:38 pm

    Did anyone that made this blanket had trouble with the blocks being the same size ? For instance the navy one turned out much taller than the next color of gray so I had to undo it & crochet it alot looser. The stitch is much tighter than the navy pattern when you first start the blanket. It is very nice though to make.

  • Melini March 29, 2017, 9:36 am

    I purchased the pdf. Just wanted you to know some of the information is not in that version. I doesnt tell you what hook, how big, amount of yarn used, colors you used or the gauge. Not a big deal for me as I just came back here and copied it in. Its a loveley pattern and Henry is so perfect. Congrats.

    • Rebecca March 29, 2017, 3:04 pm

      That info is on page 2 of the PDF, in the left column. 🙂

  • Clare shroll March 29, 2017, 12:04 pm

    Hi please could you tell me what ply wool you used for this blanket I am making it in the UK version.

    Thank you


    • Rebecca April 1, 2017, 9:43 am

      According to the chart I looked up (because I don’t know much about yarn conversions between countries), a worsted #4 weight yarn is a 10-ply. Hope that’s right and that it helps 🙂

  • Maria Di Paolo March 30, 2017, 8:47 pm

    Hello Rebecca, Congrats on your new bundle of joy. I just started “Henry’s Blanket” and are at block 2 (grey), with the following stitch (Rows 23-40: CH1, turn. HDC in 1st ST. (SK next ST,+HDC in next ST) across until 1 ST remains. SC in remaining ST. (120). I noticed that when stitching the last single stitch, stitches amound to 119 and not 120. Is this correct? Help please.
    Many thanks – Maria

    • Rebecca March 31, 2017, 12:01 pm

      You should have an even number. The repeat (SK next ST, SC+HDC in next ST) covers 2 stitches each time you do it, so when you add the 1 HDC at the very beginning and the 1 SC at the very end, you should still have an even number of stitches.

  • Tanya allen April 1, 2017, 10:39 am

    I love this pattern but I am a little confused on how the bottom ribbing gets attached to row 126.

    • Rebecca April 9, 2017, 4:34 pm

      It doesn’t get attached at the end, you crochet it on as you go. That’s what the slip stitches are for.

  • Patty Rogers April 4, 2017, 10:23 am

    I needed a pattern for a boy’s baby shower next month; my helpful niece sent me this one. It is perfect! The contrasting colors are so handsome and rich, and the stitches you use are quite hearty and masculine. Lovely pattern! Lovely little Henry, too…guess he’s already 3-months old now! Thank you!

  • Sandy April 9, 2017, 10:53 am

    Rebecca, I love your patterns and have used several of them…all well written and the end products are awesome. However, I am struggling with Henry’s blanket. Seems that my herringbone blocks are a little wider that the other blocks and there is a little bit of wavy going on in those blocks and the edges are a little uneven. Any suggestions?

    • Rebecca April 9, 2017, 4:33 pm

      Your edges shouldn’t be uneven, so I’m not sure what to tell you there. As far as the width difference and waviness, it probably just means your tension is loosening with that particular stitch. To remedy it, I would just go down a hook size on that section. 🙂

  • deb April 12, 2017, 8:58 pm

    Saw this pattern at the best time. I have 2 new great nephews coming in May, and a great niece in June. Boys are done used grey and blue with a bright aqua. looked great. The girl will have grey, white with yellow and pink. thank you 4 pattern. and best wishes on your new addition to the family.

  • Michele April 21, 2017, 6:25 pm

    Hi, I am having a lot of trouble with rippling, or curling in the beginning of the blanket, going from the ribbing to the first few rows of the hhdc stitch, I even took it all apart, started completely over again.. using size 3 (sport weight yarn) and using originally a size 4.25mm hook, for all, so then I tried using size H hook for the ribbing, and then going back down to the size G (4.25mm) and I’m still having a major meltdown. It looks like a rainbow… curled, and has ripples.. will this work itself out? Should I continue? I really want to make this pattern, and I’m very frustrated. Please help

    • Rebecca April 27, 2017, 9:42 pm

      The ripples shouldn’t be there; that might be inconsistency in your tension. The ribbing as a whole will twist a bit until you add the rest of the blanket. If you’re concerned, going up a hook size or two is the best solution.