How to Crochet an Easy Baby Blanket
I have fallen head over heels for the crochet star stitch! This stitch is simple and looks amazing! It creates a super cozy and thick fabric which is perfect for this chunky easy blanket pattern! This crochet baby blanket free pattern turned out better than I could have hoped except that I wish I had more yarn to make it a full size blanket! So I made sure to give instructions for multiple sizes! If you are new to the craft this crochet blanket is perfect for beginners! Get started on this crochet blanket for a new little boy or girl today!
Design Story and Inspiration
I’ll be honest, I am terrible at estimating how much yarn I need to crochet a blanket and I wanted this to be full size blanket…good thing I have little ones! The crochet star stitch can be bit of a yarn eater, but it makes such an amazing texture I just can’t resist! The crochet start stitch is beautiful and may look challenging but once you get a few of these stunning stitches done this crochet blanket is definitely for beginners! Just focus on your stitch placement and I promise you can make this easy chunky blanket!
I am trying to use only stash yarn and be super intentional about my yarn purchases but I may have to splurge to make a full size blanket for myself…this blanket crochet pattern is just too cozy and I would love one for the fall. Imagine cuddling up with this chunky handmade blanket and a hot cup of coffee or tea when the weather gets chilly!
About the Yarn
Oh boy, I LOVE Mary Maxim Starlette! When I found out that they were adding a Chunky version to their line up I just had to have some! Totally necessary, really, it was! Anyways, this yarn is amazing. I have usesd the Starlette Worsted and the Starlette Variegated, both are fantastic 100% acrylic yarns! They come in stunning colors and are super soft!
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How to set up the stripes…
For this pattern I did not do a specific color repeat. The rule I followed was for each (sc, star st) repeat I did one color and never did the same color next to each other on this crocheted blanket pattern. So for example, if I did red and then cream that did not mean I had to do tan next, I might pick red again. The only thing I made sure of was that as I went I had the same number of rows per color so at the end I wouldn’t be left having to do two rows of the same color. I hope that makes sense, but for clarity see my photo below!
Gauge for this crochet blanket for beginners is 8 sc sts (or 4 star sts) x 4 rows in the pattern repeat. Making sure to check your gauge on this chunky crochet blanket is important for yardage purposes, you don’t want to be short yarn!
Stitch Descriptions and Abbreviations
- Chain Stitch – ch – yarn over, pull yarn through stitch on hook.
- Slip Stitch – Sl St – Insert hook into stitch or space, yarn over, pull yarn through both loops on hook.
- Single Crochet – sc – Insert hook into stitch or space, yarn over, pull up a loop, (2 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook.
- Half Double Crochet – hdc – Yarn over, insert hook into stitch or space, yarn over, pull up a loop, (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 3 loops on hook.
- Foundation Single Crochet – Fsc – Chain 2, insert hook into 2nd chain from hook, yarn over and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook) yarn over, draw through 1 loop, (2 loops on hook with 1 ch created), yarn over, draw through all loops (1 loop on hook, 1 foundation single crochet with chain at the bottom) *Insert hook to the bottom of the stitch you just made, it will look like the top or “V” of a stitch, yarn over, pull up 1 loop (2 loops on hook), yarn over, draw through 1 loop (2 loops on hook with 1 ch created), yarn over, draw through all loops;* repeat from * to * for desired amount of stitches.
- * Designates a repeat.
- Ch 1 And Ch 2 does not count as stitch.
- Skill Level: Easy
- Sizes: Baby (Toddler/Lapghan, Throw) – 22″ x 34″ (44″ x 34″, 44″ x 64″)
Crochet Blanket for Beginners Pattern Begins
Fsc 37 (75, 75) ch 2, turn.
Ch 2, turn, pick up 2 loops in the 2nd chain from the hook using the front and back of the chain, pick up a loop in the 1st sc, pick up a loop in the next 2-sc, (6 loops on hook) yarn over, pull through all loops, yarn over pull through one loop (eye of star created) *pick up a loop in the eye, pick up a loop in the last loop of the star, pick up a loop in the same stitch as the last loop of the previous star, pick up a loop in the next 2-sc, (6 loops on hook) yarn over, pull through all loops, yarn over, pull through one loop. Repeat from * to end, hdc in the same stitch as the last star.
Ch 1, turn, sc in hdc, sc in next eye, *2 sc in each next eye. Repeat from * to end, 1 sc in hdc. (37 (75, 75 sts)
Rows 4 – 43 (43, 85)
Repeat Rows 2 & 3.
If you need help with stitch placement check out my star stitch washcloth pattern where I used this same stitch and put in step by step photos!
I hope you loved making this pattern for a chunky crochet blanket! Which size did you make, baby, toddler/lapghan or throw? Let me know in the comments if you enjoyed this “How to Crochet an Easy Baby Blanket Pattern” or if you have any questions! I hope I can find the time to make another one of these start stitch crochet blankets in a throw size! Before you go make sure you are signed up for the Life and Yarn Newsletter so you never miss a new free pattern! If you haven’t already you should browse all of my other free patterns! Thanks for reading!
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