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My First Baby Blanket (Free Pattern)

My First Baby Blanket

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Would you believe I’ve never made a baby blanket before?

I mean, I’ve tried. I’ve started them. I’ve tried to stick with it. I’ve given up more than a few times.

It’s not because they’re hard to make; you can find baby blanket patterns for any skill level. They’re just so… big. And I’ve mentioned before that I have an incredibly short attention span. I can’t even finish a dishcloth without starting another project. My workspace is covered in half-finished items. (And by “workspace”, I am referring to the 6′ chest freezer in my dining room. I don’t know what’s weirder, the fact that my workspace is a chest freezer in my dining room, or the fact that I even have a chest freezer in my dining room. But whatever.)

But, I’m also much quicker with crochet than I was before. As with anything, we get better the more we practice, right? And, even more importantly… my friends are having BABIES! Over the next few months, there will be a few new tiny bundles of joy for me to hold and love on and crochet for. So, with winter over (that’s according to the calendar, not the inch of snow I can see from my window right now), it’s time to set aside my crazy love of scarves and start focusing on all things baby. Starting with some blankets!

This first one is simple and soft, but makes a modern statement with its bold colors and ridged lines. If you can do a double crochet, you can make this blanket, and you’ll be the talk of the baby shower!

A note for the experienced crocheter: This pattern is simply rows of DCs worked in back loops only, with an edging of 1 row each of SC and DC (4 to a corner). I have included all of my color changes in the pattern below, but the detailed nature of that pattern might drive you nuts. I’ve included a “shortcut” version below the pattern that you might prefer if you are sticking to my color choices. I even color-coded it for you, because I’m nerdy like that.

I used 2 beautiful colors from Bernat Satin for this project. You can purchase it here! 

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My First Baby Blanket

Hook: I (5.50mm)
Yarn: Soft worsted weight. I used a few different brands, which you have to be careful doing, because not all worsted weight yarn is the same (especially when you're dealing with baby yarn). But these worked out fine for me:

  • Color A: White (Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn)  Approx. 210 yards
  • Color B: Soft Fern (Bernat Satin - affiliate link) Approx. 140 yards
  • Color C: Lagoon (Bernat Satin - affiliate link) Approx. 140 yards
  • Color D: Strawberry (Caron Simply Soft) Approx. 140 yards
  • Color E: Grey Mist (Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn) Approx. 70 yards

Difficulty: Beginner-Easy
Finished Size: Approx. 26"x30"

Notes:

  • Ch 2 does NOT count as starting DC.
  • I'm writing the pattern according to my color changes, but you can plan out the blanket any way you want. It's just row after row of DCs in back loops only. Be creative!
  • This blanket is worked in BACK LOOPS ONLY after the first row. I don't put this on each and every row's instructions.
  • I've been asked how I get such straight edges. My trick is that when I Ch2 at the beginning of a new row, I make my first DC in the NEXT stitch. Then at the end of the row, when it seems like I'm out of stitches but need to make one more, I make it in the Ch 2 knot from the previous row. This technique provides a nice straight edge. I promise I'll do a photo tutorial soon. ;)

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With Color A,

Row 1: FDC 94.
(FDC = Foundationless Double Crochet. I swear by this method and I have an awesome tutorial here. It's faster and easier than chaining the first row. If you don't feel like learning it right now, you can also complete this row by chaining 96, then DC in 3rd ch from hook and DC across.)

Switch to Color B.
The rest of this blanket, until you get to the edging, is worked in the BACK LOOPS ONLY.

Rows 2-6: Ch 2. 1 DC in next St and in each St across (94 DC)

Switch to Color A

Row 7: Ch 2. 1 DC in next St and in each St across (94 DC)

Switch to Color E

Row 8: Ch 2. 1 DC in next St and in each St across (94 DC)

Switch to Color A

Row 9: Ch 2. 1 DC in next St and in each St across (94 DC)

Switch to Color C

Rows 10-14: Ch 2. 1 DC in next St and in each St across (94 DC)

Switch to Color A

Row 15: Ch 2. 1 DC in next St and in each St across (94 DC)

Switch to Color E

Row 16: Ch 2. 1 DC in next St and in each St across (94 DC)

Switch to Color A

Row 17: Ch 2. 1 DC in next St and in each St across (94 DC)

Switch to Color D

Rows 18-22: Ch 2. 1 DC in next St and in each St across (94 DC)

Switch to Color A

Row 23: Ch 2. 1 DC in next St and in each St across (94 DC)

Switch to Color E

Row 24: Ch 2. 1 DC in next St and in each St across (94 DC)

Switch to Color A

Row 25: Ch 2. 1 DC in next St and in each St across (94 DC)

Rows 26-47: Repeat rows 2-23

EDGING:
With Color A (which you should have ended on in row 47),

Ch 1. SC evenly around the entire blanket, using 3 SC in each corner. Ch 2. 1 DC in each SC around, using 4 DC in each corner. Fasten off. Weave in all ends.


Baby Blanket (Color Change Shortcut Pattern)

The rows are worked in the following colors:

  1. White
  2. Soft Fern
  3. Soft Fern
  4. Soft Fern
  5. Soft Fern
  6. Soft Fern
  7. White
  8. Grey Mist
  9. White
  10. Lagoon
  11. Lagoon
  12. Lagoon
  13. Lagoon
  14. Lagoon
  15. White
  16. Grey Mist
  17. White
  18. Strawberry
  19. Strawberry
  20. Strawberry
  21. Strawberry
  22. Strawberry
  23. White
  24. Grey Mist
  25. White
  26. Soft Fern
  27. Soft Fern
  28. Soft Fern
  29. Soft Fern
  30. Soft Fern
  31. White
  32. Grey Mist
  33. White
  34. Lagoon
  35. Lagoon
  36. Lagoon
  37. Lagoon
  38. Lagoon
  39. White
  40. Grey Mist
  41. White
  42. Strawberry
  43. Strawberry
  44. Strawberry
  45. Strawberry
  46. Strawberry
  47. White

Pattern Permissions

This is a FREE pattern, and by using it, you’re agreeing to the following legally-protected conditions.

You’re welcome to sell what you make with it; for online listings, please link back to my blog using something like this:

Pattern by
Little Monkeys Crochet
littlemonkeyscrochet.com

Here are the “do nots”:

  • Do not resell the pattern, altered or in its original form.
  • Do not copy and paste the pattern onto your own blog, in a Facebook group, or anywhere else. Simply link to this page instead. Anything beyond this is copyright theft. You are welcome to copy/paste it into a document for printing, for personal use only.
  • Do not pull any of my photos from this site (or any of my other sites) to promote yourself or your crochet business on your own blog, Facebook page, or anywhere else. The exception to this is if you want to share my article link(s) on your own blog; in this case, you are welcome to take one photo per post for use on your site as long as it is accompanied by a direct link back to my post and does not include any portion of the pattern itself.
  • Do not post a translation of the pattern anywhere – this is copyright theft. If you would like to help make a translation available, I am happy to publish it on my blog with a link to your blog or Crochet-related Facebook page.
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  • Nicole March 27, 2014, 11:50 am

    I love it Rebecca! Another great pattern – love the simple pattern at the end too, I work much better that way. 🙂

    • Rebecca March 28, 2014, 8:58 am

      Thanks Nicole! Yeah, as I was typing out the pattern I was thinking, this is getting ridiculous, for such a basic pattern 🙂 I’m glad you found the shortcut pattern helpful!

  • Bambi March 29, 2014, 3:17 am

    Made this baby blanket today, Friday March 28, 2014…. Love the simplicity of the pattern and a fabulous finished product! Will be one of my go to patterns for sure!

    • Rebecca March 29, 2014, 2:32 pm

      I saw it on Ravelry, it looks SO good! I LOVE the colors you chose. Beautiful!

  • monique March 30, 2014, 11:20 pm

    How many skeins of each color did u use? Love the pattern! Thanks so much!!

    • Rebecca March 31, 2014, 9:01 am

      Thanks Monique! I’ve been meaning to get the blanket out and do some math, so I finally did it today. You can see my exact yardage on the pattern now. The short answer is, you won’t need more than 1 skein of each color IF you’re using the same brands I do. If you use a smaller skein of white (for instance, Bernat Satin’s white only has 200 yards), you may need a couple of skeins for that. Hope that helps!

  • Lise April 4, 2014, 5:46 pm

    Hi there, I love this pattern! What gorgeous colours! Just one question, what do you mean by “Then at the end of the row, when it seems like I’m out of stitches but need to make one more, I make it in the Ch 2 knot from the previous row.” What is the chain 2 KNOT? Do you mean the second chain stitch?

    Thanks so much!

    • Rebecca April 5, 2014, 10:28 am

      Yes! That’s a better way to say it. I think of it as a knot because I feel like I have to kind of jam my hook through to get through it. But technically it’s the second chain stitch. 😉

  • Mary Lou April 14, 2014, 8:17 pm

    What approximate size is the finished blanket?

    • Rebecca April 15, 2014, 9:41 am

      Approximately 26″x30″. I’ll add that above! Thanks!

  • Belinda Seal April 14, 2014, 9:20 pm

    How do you stop from one color and go to the next?

    • Rebecca April 15, 2014, 9:42 am

      I can tell you where I make the change – I do it after the last DC of the row, before the Ch2. If you haven’t changed colors before and need more detailed instructions, I would look up “changing colors in crochet” on Pinterest or Google. There are a lot of great tutorials out there! 🙂

  • Susan Ireland April 22, 2014, 12:50 am

    Is there a tutorial on how to “work the back loops only”? I’ve never heard of this?

    • Rebecca April 22, 2014, 7:55 am

      I don’t have a tutorial, but it’s pretty simple. With typical stitches, you insert your hook under the top 2 loops of the stitch (the “V”) to make a new stitch, right? Well, for Back Loop Only, you’ll only insert the hook into the loop that is furthest from you, or the “back loop”.

      When you do this, it will feel like you are pulling the yarn too loose, but as you go it will tighten itself back up again. It gives the rows a 3-D effect because every other row will be raised up a bit. I hope that helps!

      • Susan Ireland April 24, 2014, 12:17 am

        Yes! I totally get it now. Can’t wait to try this. Love the effect and the color scheme of your blanket. Thank you.

        • Jeanette August 17, 2014, 5:37 pm

          I finished the foundation chain. By back loops only, when I start my second row, I will ds in the spaces between the ds’ s in the foundation row, is that right?

          • Rebecca August 19, 2014, 9:44 am

            Jeanette, when you look at the top of the stitches, you’ll see a “V” made up of two loops. Normally you’d insert your hook under both loops, but for this project, you’re only inserting your hook under the one furthest from you (BLO).

  • Joy Harvey May 6, 2014, 10:50 pm

    Thanks Rebecca, I have an old Lion Brand pattern for something similiar in the one that I have ( they used Baby Jamie Yarn) they do back loops in every other row, and it is done in single chain. Thanks for the tips on yours my staarting rowes when changing the colors are not lined up.

    • Rebecca May 7, 2014, 2:02 pm

      You’re welcome, Joy! I hope you are able to figure out getting the rows lined up!

  • Cindy May 14, 2014, 1:02 pm

    To join a new color without knots I use this method. Work the last stitch in the row until you have two loops on hook, pull new color thru & continue with turning chains with the new color. When you turn work 6 or 7 stitches over the ends. No knots, no weaving in ends. I have used this method for years & have never had a blanket come loose. Hope this helps someone.

  • Sharon May 17, 2014, 9:56 pm

    Question: after you turn and chain 2 in the “next stitch” is this second stitch? I assumed 1st stitch but then I complete my 94 dc without going into the chain knot at the end. (I double checked my count) When you dc into the chain knot do you still use the back loop or just into that opening?

    • Rebecca June 6, 2014, 11:14 am

      Hi Sharon! I thought I replied to this but I guess I didn’t! I hope you were able to figure it out. I start in the stitch after the Ch, so the second stitch, instead of putting it in the same st as the Ch. This is how I keep my edges straight. And I DC into the loop of the chain knot. I hope that helps!

  • Sam May 27, 2014, 4:07 pm

    Have you seen the new Free Craftsy Class on some of the techniques mentioned above? Looks like it could be quite useful, have just signed up for it now! 🙂

  • Rebecca June 6, 2014, 11:19 am

    I haven’t! I took a quick look, are you talking about the “Demystifying Colorwork” class?

  • Cassandra June 15, 2014, 1:56 am

    Rebecca,

    I am currently doing this pattern for my cousins baby shower. I have done many blankets. My question is, I used your fdc technique, and it threw off the pickup for when you finish row 6 and are supposed to pick up white for 7, it’s at the wrong end. How can I fix that?

    • Rebecca June 17, 2014, 10:30 am

      I’m not sure what the issue would be. You won’t want to carry over yarn from non-adjoined rows, because you’d be carrying it quite far. So if you are cutting the yarn after each color section, it shouldn’t matter which side of the blanket you attach the next color. Unless maybe I’m not understanding your question?

      • Cassandra June 17, 2014, 4:29 pm

        Thank you for getting back… That answers the question. I was just reading where it would say switch and it never really talked about if you tied off the rows or carried. I agree carrying the yarn through so I could pick up at rows end is wasting yarn.

  • Ucantremember September 8, 2014, 7:29 pm

    Hi Rebecca, I love your patterns and you are very generous to share with us. Thanks! Your site name gives me the irrestistible urge to share the following story with you:

    I worked in an office call center. My coworker stepped around the corner and told me my children were on line 6, so I picked up line 6 and happily said, ” Hello, monkey”. Just then my coworker popped back around the corner to correct herself that the kids were on line 1. Line 6 had a woman that was absolutely livid about being called a monkey. I apologized profusely and she ended up laughing at the idea that anyone would call their children monkeys, but my job was on the line for that nerve-racked moment.

    • Rebecca September 17, 2014, 6:04 pm

      How funny!! I can just picture someone trying to explain something like that 😀

  • LaTrece October 9, 2014, 10:12 pm

    is the white, the i love yarn sports weight by hobby lobby?

    • Rebecca November 2, 2014, 3:37 pm

      Nope, just regular worsted of the same brand 🙂

  • Laura Weir December 2, 2014, 5:02 pm

    FANTASTIC JOB!!!! LOVE COLORS!!!!!!!

    • Rebecca December 5, 2014, 6:23 pm

      Thanks!

  • Diane Simpkins January 4, 2015, 11:37 am

    I love this baby blanket. I need to make one for my cousin in England who is expecting and this is perfect. I’m like you, too. I like to do small things that won’t take long to do, but I have several mos. to work on this so I think I can get it done. Thanks for the great blanket.

    • Rebecca January 6, 2015, 8:32 pm

      You’re welcome! 🙂

  • June Adamson March 29, 2015, 4:51 am

    Thank you!!! I love the foundationless double crochet and wish I had found it years ago (I am 64). My mother in law was an avid crocheter, helped me to fine tune my techniques and she would have loved it too. I will share this technique with my friends; we crochet (and knit) in Kent, England for the local special baby unit. All our yarn is donated by kind people and we put love into every stitch. X

  • Heather April 12, 2015, 1:53 pm

    Your colours are beautiful, a well written crisp pattern, I love it.

  • Charlotte Nickens April 13, 2015, 1:06 pm

    I’m very new to crochet but my friend is pregnant and I want to make her baby girl something special from me. Thanks for the pattern. I’m grateful I have the time to make it before she will really need it.

  • Kerry Dean April 14, 2015, 4:52 pm

    Just finished making this for my nephews baby. It looks so awesome. Thank you for posting your pattern.

  • Claire April 16, 2015, 10:46 am

    Oh, my gosh, when I read what you said about not being able to finish a dishcloth without starting another project, I laughed out loud. Me to a tee. LOL I thank you for this pattern – I collect them. Whether I will ever get around to making it is a question, but I appreciate your sharing.

  • Jennie neale May 2, 2015, 10:28 am

    I’m just about to start this blanket but is the terminology used in USA or Uk terms as the differ slightly. Thanks

    • Rebecca May 2, 2015, 11:11 am

      US. One of these days I’ll get around to updating all my old patterns with complete information 🙂

  • Augusta May 5, 2015, 1:59 pm

    When starting the FDC–I get the first step but then trying to make the 2nd DC you say to put the hook through the loop. I’m not sure what you mean. I tried putting it into the same 3rd away from hook space but I got a circle not a line

    • Rebecca May 11, 2015, 8:14 pm

      Are you talking about the FDC tutorial? There’s a photo in the tutorial that highlights which loop I’m talking about.

  • Elena May 9, 2015, 6:21 am

    Love the way you write that and I could totally relate to the half finished crafts around the house. You must have been talking about me 🙂 That said I will try the blanket today and hope I can finish it before the child turns 18.

    • Rebecca May 11, 2015, 8:13 pm

      😀

  • caroline belanger May 12, 2015, 3:29 pm

    thank you—-i have four great nieces expecting this year–so a new easy pattern will be awesome

  • Cathy May 12, 2015, 8:00 pm

    i have a friend who just had a baby I’ll make this for her

  • Andee Magerus May 15, 2015, 11:18 am

    I would love to see a tutorial on your straight edges. Counting and stitch markers still give me wavy edges. Love the web site.

  • carol ann kruse May 16, 2015, 10:40 pm

    I’m trying to make this blanket what yarn could I substitute for the hobby lobby yarn?

    • Rebecca June 9, 2015, 10:01 am

      Any worsted weight yarn on the lighter side should work fine 🙂

  • Cheri September 17, 2015, 12:27 pm

    Thank you for understandable instructions! I have never done the chainless method and your instructions and illustrations were very easy to follow. I have been making baby blankets for Warm Up America and for Palliative care babies and can’t wait to make one with this pattern.

  • Nicole Lancaster January 16, 2016, 4:50 pm

    I love this blanket. It’s a simple easy pattern to follow and the blanket is colorful but not to overpowering.

  • Elaine Jackson January 21, 2016, 5:09 am

    This is a very easy pattern to follow. Thank you for sharing it. I have a difficult time reading instructions and I find your instructions are very easy to read. I have been crocheting a long time, and as I get older things are not quite so easy for me. I really appreciate your comments and instructions. Thank you again.

    Elaine

  • Sharon January 21, 2016, 5:32 pm

    Thank you for sharing your pattern.

  • Pam Wesselink January 31, 2016, 5:01 pm

    Can you tell me the stitch gauge? My daughter is making this lovely blanket and she is living in a different state. Thanks so much for the pattern!!!

  • Shannon May 2, 2016, 3:48 pm

    I am working on my second baby blanket since February. I just found out a neighbor is now pregnant. I’m going to give this pattern a try except I will change strawberry cream to lemon chiffon like color. They already know it is a boy!
    Thank you for posting

  • Janet June 9, 2016, 4:23 pm

    I am an experienced crocheter of 60 plus years. There have been many times when a simple quick pattern such as you baby blanket is just what I need. Thank you for giving it to us.
    Janet

  • Jennifer Ann Watson July 14, 2016, 2:28 pm

    I decided to use your pattern to make my little girl due in November blanket. I ordered yarn Organic Cotton Yarn from Yarn Baby http://www.yarnbaby.biz. Can’t wait to get started on this project!!

  • Angela November 1, 2016, 7:13 pm

    Take heart! I just thought you should know……
    I also have a 6ft chest freezer in my dining room…..
    Yes, it also becomes my workspace!
    I think we are both short on space!
    Currently my freezer is covered with folded washing, which will need to be put away if I am going to get anything out for dinner!