Crochet Baby Blanket Simple Memories

by Doroteja

This is a crochet pattern for my easy beginner-friendly baby blanket – Simple Memories. Find out what inspired me to design this pattern, what yarn did I choose, and learn all the tricks on how to create a perfect baby blanket. You can find the FREE instruction/pattern for the baby blanket below.

Long Time In The Making

I’ve first started working on this crochet blanket probably a year ago. There was a time when I was obsessed with making baby blankets. I was even considering opening a second Croby shop where I would offer finished items, mostly blankets. While I am still working on that idea (need more blankets), I finally finished the pattern. Baby steps or rather said baby blankets, am I right?

Looks complicated yet very simple

The stitch pattern I was using doesn’t look like your ordinary crochet. If you look at it, you would probably say it’s knit and not crochet. But here we are, talking about how interesting and versatile crochet stitch patterns could be.

As you will see in the video tutorial and the written instructions below, there are only two rows. Only two! Isn’t this great? And the best thing about this pattern is that from row two on, you don’t need to count your stitches anymore. Instead, you will use a chain space for each cluster stitch you produce. That makes the entire process way easier and more enjoyable.

The edging – not my cup of tea!

No problem at all. The decorative edging is optional. You can skip it if you want. However, I would not recommend skipping the “invisible” in the pattern called Basic Edging part. That part is an important element of the blanket’s structure, and by removing it, the blanket might look too stretchy, shapeless, and potentially cheap.

Video Tutorial

Watch the video and follow the step by step tutorial to learn how to make this adorable crochet baby blanket from start to finish. Please consider subscribing to my YouTube channel that you can find HERE and turn on post notification so you won’t miss any of my future videos.

Materials

Materials - Blanket by Croby Patterns

YARN: 10 skeins of Drops Paris 100% cotton yarn in color Rust (65) and one skein of Yarn And Colors Must-Have in color Ecru (003). A great substitution for Drops Paris Yarn is Yarn And Color Epic Yarn. You can shop for more colors here.

Using the yarn directly from the skein is perfectly fine. if you do that, do yourself and start with the yarn end that is hiding on the inside, the center of the skein. It’s a little harder to find, but definitely worth it. The yarn will stay in its place and will not bounce around as you go.

I go one step further and I create beautiful yarn cakes using ball winder.

CROCHET HOOK: 5.0 mm crochet hook for the blanket and 3.5 mm crochet hook for the edging or the size needed to obtain the gauge. You can find the hook I am using in the tutorial HERE.

YOU WILL ALSO NEED: a bunch of stitch markers, a tapestry needle and a pair of scissors.

Gauge

Gauge - Crochet Blanket by Croby Patterns

GAUGE:  Work 7 stitches and 5 rows in HDC using a 5.0 mm crochet hook and an Aran weight yarn to measure 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 inches).

*The final gauge was made with 5.0 mm crochet hook.

When you find a new crochet project that you would like to make, you usually want to start ASAP. We all do. But please take some time and check the gauge. It might save your project!

Checking the gauge is a crucial step in the process of making a new crochet/knit garment. It will help you achieve the right size of your finished item. Learn how to check your gauge here.

Stitches and Abbreviations

  •  Sst/sts – stitch/stitches
  •  ch – chain
  • ss – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • dc – double crochet

Special Techniques

TEXTURED STITCH

The whole blanket is a repeat of a very simple sequence of stitches.

Those stitches are two double crochet sts (dc), 2 chains (ch) and one slip stitch (ss).

WORK AROUND THE CH-SPACE

This technique is showing us how to work around the ch-space instead of into the stitch from the row below.

It’s pretty simple, work all the stitches around the chain. This is even easier than finding the right stitch.

Pattern Notes

  • Sizes: The pattern is written in 7 different sizes.
    • lovey (30.5 x 30.5 cm or 12 x 12 inch) – PDF only!
    • baby (66 x 84 cm or 26 x 32.5 inch) – FREE below!
    • receiving (102 x 102 cm or 40 x 40 inch) – PDF only!
    • toddler (107 x 132 cm or 42.5 x 52 inch) – PDF only!
    • twin (150 x 116 cm or 59 x 45.6 inch) – PDF only!
    • king (244 x 228 cm or 96 x 89.7 inches) – PDF only!
  • How to read a pattern: Not sure how? Learn here.
  • The pattern is written in US crochet terms.
  • Skill level: Medium

PDF Pattern

The PDF crochet pattern is a great solution for those who prefer to work offline, need additional sizes of the pattern or just want to support my work. This beautifully designed PDF pattern can be found in shops on Etsy, Ravelry, and Love Crafts.

* This PDF instructions include a bunch of additional sizes. The fee compensates for the ad revenue I would make if you had to visit the site to access the instructions.

Instructions

Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern – Vintage Chic

The pattern for crochet baby blanket is written in two simple steps:

  • blanket
  • basic edging
  • decorative edging.

Please, read the instructions carefully. Don’t skip any parts of the pattern and make sure you are not accidentally losing or adding additional stitches to the pattern. That might affect the final look of your design.

BLANKET

Take the yarn in MC (RUST) and 5.5 mm crochet hook and create a foundation chain made of 88 chains.

Work in rows. After each row create a turning chain (given in the pattern!) and turn your work.

Row 1: Start in the 3rd ch from the hook. Work 1 dc into the first one. Repeat {skip 2 sts, create 2 dc, ch 2 and ss into the same st} 28 times. Work 1 dc into the last one. = 86 sts.

Row 2: Ch 1. Start in the same. Hdc 1. Repeat {work 2 dc, ch 2 and ss around the ch 2-space from the row below} 28 times. Work 1 hdc into the very last st of the row. = 86 sts.

Repeat row two 84 more times.

Do not cut the yarn just yet!

BASIC EDGING

Chain 1 and turn the row one last time. Work sc sts evenly across.

TIP: I usually work 1 sc into the first stitch of the row. 1 sc into the chain-2 space. 1 sc into each of two dc sts from the row below.

Chain 1 and turn the row one last time. Work 1 sc into each stitch across, 85 in total.

Work 2 sc, 2 ch, 2 sc into the last one (corner).

Repeat that for all 4 sides of the blanket. 

Work 1 sc into every row and every chain of the foundation chain. 

Work 2 sc, 2 ch, 2 sc into every corner to make then nice and sharp. 

Finish the round in the very first st of the round (also last row) of the blanket. Create 2 sc sts, 2 chains and 1 sc into the same st.

Join the round with a slip stitch.

Cut the yarn and fasten off.

DECORATIVE EDGING

Take the yarn in a CC (beige) and 5.0 mm crochet hook. 

Round 1: Start anywhere on the edging except the corners. Work 1 ss into each sc st from the row below (edging). Add 1 chain between the slip stitches in the corners to make the corners nice and sharp.

Work your last slip stitch of the round into the base of the very first one to join the round.

Cut the yarn and fasten off.

Take the yarn in a CC (beige) and 3.5 mm crochet hook. 

Round 2: Attach the yarn in one of the corners with ch 1. Work 1 hdc, 2 dc, 1 ch, 2 dc, and 1 hdc into the ch-1 space from the corner – row below.

Skip 1. Create 1 hdc into the next one.

Repeat {2 dc, 1 ch, 2 dc into the same st, skip 2, hdc 1, skip 2} all the way to the next corner.

Finish the side with hdc 1, skip 1 instead of hdc 1, skip 2.

*I always skip only 1 stitch on each side of the corner, between the corner and a hdc st.

Continue with the corner and repeat the process for all 4 sides of the blanket.

When you reach your first corner again. Join the rest of the round with that corner with a simple slip stitch. And your blanket si complete.

Cut the yarn ends and weave them in between the stitches and you are all done!

DID YOU TRY OUT THIS PATTERN?
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