Learn how to crochet a baby blanket in this easy beginner tutorial. I'll walk you step-by-step through the process using the basic stitches of single crochet and half double crochet.
This yarn and hook combo creates a really snuggly draping fabric perfect for little ones. It washes really well and doesn't bobble due to the bamboo content of the yarn.
So grab your hook, yarn, and that important cup of tea, and crochet with me...
This pattern is written in US terminology
STITCHES & ABBREVIATIONS
CH - Chain
SC - Single Crochet
HDC - Half Double Crochet
For this pattern I used three balls of DK James C Brett Innocence in white, which has a lovely blend of 50% bamboo and 50% acrylic. You can get this from Wool Warehouse for £3.09 a ball.
I used a size 4.5 hook to give the blanket a nice drape.
To start you can either Chain 121 or create a row of 120 No Chain Foundation HDC. If you've never tried this stitch I promise it will change your life. Essential you're crocheting both the chain and the first row of Half Double Crochet at the same time...yes you heard that right!
I go through this technique in full in the blanket video below, alternatively you can just head over to my video dedicated to the No Chain Foundation Half Double Crochet here and then head back to the written pattern to carry on.
Row 1: If you chose to simple create a chain then you're second row will be a row of HDC starting in the second stitch from the hook. If you used the No Chain Foundation Half Double Crochet then you can skip this and head straight to Row 3.
Row 2: Chain 1, turn, place 1 HDC in the first stitch of the row. Skip next stitch and place a SC and HDC into the next stitch. Continue skipping a stitch and placing a SC and a HDC into the next stitch all the way until the end, placing 1 HDC in the very last stitch.
Row 3: Chain 1 and turn. Place 1 HDC in the first stitch of the row. Skip the next stitch and place 1 SC and 1 HDV into the next stitch. You'll easily see where this is as the groups of two stitches create a small space (the SC from the row below which sits over the skipped stitch) in between which makes a larger gap.
Row 4: Repeat Row 3 until you reach your desired length. I usually use 3 balls of yarn which gives me just over a metre in length.
Row 5: Chain 1, HDC in every stitch along, fasten off and weave in end.
Crochet and Tea
Note: If you think I might have made a mistake in the pattern I'd love to hear from you. Crochet is all about growth and sometimes we make mistakes. If you have any hints, tips or a suggested amend to the pattern please head to my contact page and let me know. I'd love to hear from you.