Crochet Baby Blankets

Introduction to Crochet Baby Blankets

Here is a collection of some simple patterns for easy and crochet baby blankets. These unique baby blanket crochet patterns are easy to follow and with the right yarn can create a very cute baby blanket.

Crocheting a handmade blanket is a wonderful way to welcome a new baby and they also make a priceless keepsake. Because everyone needs blankets and they don't necessarily have to be a specific size to fit a baby, crochet baby blankets make a great gift choice for baby showers.

Want to customize some of these cute baby blanket patterns? I have a library of 45 Crochet Stitches that you can use to customize your baby blankets and other patterns, Check them out here to find your new favorite crochet stitches and put a little personal touch to your projects.

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Crochet Baby Blankets FAQs

What are the Different Types of Baby Blankets?

Lovey: One of the most popular blankets for babies is the lovey. They are normally 10 to 12 inches in size and are either square or circular. Loveys are great and work wonders at relaxing babies when they need comfort. Try out my Amigurumi class here to get some good ideas for some character loveys! Check it out here free for 2 days.

Security: The purpose of a security blanket is the same as that of a lovey, except that it is usually bigger. When they most need comfort, like during moments of separation anxiety or when it's time to go back to sleep, babies and toddlers frequently reach for their security blanket.

Preemie: These blankets are for premature babies (preemies). If you're searching for a charity crochet project, consider making these blankets for the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) in your area. The skin of a premature baby is still quite delicate, so be sure to pick an extra soft yarn that won't irritate it.

Car seat: A car seat blanket is used, as the name implies, to keep your kid warm and comfortable when traveling by car. It’s not safe for little ones to wear their coats when strapped into a car seat so having a blanket for that purpose is helpful.

Pushchair/Stroller: The greatest way to keep your kid warm and comfortable while they are in their pushchair, buggy, or stroller is with a blanket made to fit.

Receiving: The act of wrapping a newborn infant before handing them to the mother who is “receiving” them gave rise to the name of this kind of blanket. This blanket's size is quite versatile and may be used for many different purposes, like a play mat, a nursing cover-up, and a blanket for a stroller or pushchair, to name a few.

How Big Should a Baby Blanket Be?

Depending on the baby's age or the intended use of the blanket, there are many different sizes available for baby blankets. For instance, lovey blankets, which are mostly used for cuddling and hugging, are going to be smaller than crib blankets, which are made to fit the crib.

To get you started, below are some sizes for crochet baby blankets that are frequently recommended, although you may easily alter the size however you choose. It's also best to check the pattern you are using if you are still unsure what size to make.

Lovey12” x 12”30 cm x 30 cm
Bassinet14” x 28”36 cm x 70 cm
Preemie18” x 20”45 cm x 50 cm
Receiving28” x 34”70 cm x 85 cm
Stroller30” x 36”75 cm x 90cm
Baby36” x 40”90 cm x 100 cm
Crib36” x 48”90 cm x 120 cm
Toddler40” x 60”100 cm x 152 cm

What is the Best Yarn for Baby Blankets?

Baby blankets can be made using a huge variety of yarn types. Just make sure they are gentle on the skin, washable, and soft! It's generally a good idea to inquire about the recipient's preference if you have the chance to do so.

There are so many different kinds of yarn available. Here are a few excellent choices for finding the perfect choice of yarn for your baby blanket.

Acrylic Yarn

Acrylic yarns are simple to wash and will maintain their excellent appearance after laundering, making them a great option for crocheting baby blankets. Before choosing an acrylic yarn, give it a touch test to see which ones are softer than others or more suited to your liking.

Recommended acrylic yarns:

Cotton Yarn

Cotton yarns are a fantastic option for summer blankets because they tend to be lighter in weight. They produce a breathable fabric that is also easy to clean.

Recommended cotton yarns:

Chenille Yarn/Velvet Yarn

Because chenille yarns are so soft, they add added warmth and coziness to your blanket. As they come in thicker yarn weight, blankets made with this kind of yarn will work up very quickly.

Suggested chenille or velvet yarns:

Tip: If you’re a beginner, we advise beginning with medium/worsted weight yarn. These yarns are easy to work with and make it easy to see your stitches. Also, it is important to remember that thinner yarn takes longer to work up than thicker, bulkier yarn.

How Much Yarn is Needed to Crochet a Baby Blanket?

Typically, it takes three or four skeins of yarn to make a baby blanket. Your baby blanket's size, pattern, and amount of yarn in each skein will all have a significant impact on how many skeins you'll need. 

The pattern you are working from will tell you how much yarn you need.

Is It Safe For a Baby to Sleep with a Blanket?

Some of the most common gifts given at baby showers are baby blankets and other crib-related products. And given that you've been keeping these blankets in storage while you awaited the arrival of the baby, you might be eager to finally place them in the crib.

However, if done too soon, adding a blanket or any other soft bedding could endanger the baby because blankets are a suffocation hazard. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises keeping soft objects and loose bedding out of the sleeping space for at least the first 12 months.

Blankets can be used when the baby is awake, and they can be placed flat on the floor for tummy time.

Additionally, you may want to check that the stitches on the blanket you create are quite solid and that the holes are large enough to prevent the baby's fingers and toes from getting tangled in them, whatever the age of the recipient.

Best Stitches for Baby Blankets

Depending on the style you want, you can crochet a baby blanket using any type of stitch you like. There are various stitches used in this collection of patterns.

If you wish to make your own baby blanket, here are a few of our favorite stitches:

Single Crochet (sc)

The dense fabric produced by rows of single crochet is ideal for blankets. This will reduce the likelihood of your piece having large gaps or accidental holes.

Half Double Crochet (hdc)

For beginners, half double crochet stitches are simple to learn. Although it's a little less dense than single crochet, this fundamental stitch is excellent for producing tight and dense fabric as well, which is suitable for baby blankets.

Double Crochet (dc)

In addition to producing dense fabric, double crochet also builds up more quickly than the aforementioned stitches. Although it is not as dense as the sc and hdc stitches, it is still a fantastic stitch to use for baby blankets.

Moss Stitch

The moss stitch, often referred to as the granite stitch or linen stitch, has a lot of texture but is really simple and quick to stitch.

V Stitch

This stitch works well to produce a lightweight fabric that’s quick and easy to stitch. It’s a great choice for blankets that will be used in the summer.

The Ultimate Crochet Stitch Library has 45 crochet stitches with video instructions so you can be sure to stitch them right the first time if you're looking for even more stitch patterns to experiment with.

Useful Tools to Make a Baby Blanket

  • Crochet hook:  Without a hook, you can't crochet, so good hooks are indeed a necessity. Use the size hook suggested in the pattern. If you want to make sure your blanket comes out the same size as the one in the pattern, make a gauge swatch and adjust your hook size as needed.
  • Scissor: When crocheting, it's a good idea to keep a pair of scissors close by for snipping yarn ends.
  • Tapestry needles: You'll need to weave in the ends of your yarn tails when you're finished, and having tapestry needles on hand will make the process simpler and faster.
  • Tape measure: You can keep track of your measurements and ensure that you are getting the right dimensions for the intended wearer by using a good tape measure.
  • Project bag: A reliable project bag can keep your crocheting secure everywhere you go if you're a crocheter on the go. (It also helps at home if you have curious pets!)

30+ Easy Free Crochet Baby Blanket Patterns

Here is a selection of free and easy patterns for crochet baby blankets that you can use. The majority of these patterns contain repeating row patterns and use just the basic crochet stitches.

Are you ready to choose a pattern for a baby blanket to try? Have fun stitching!

Easy Crochet Baby Blanket Patterns for Beginners

These easy baby blanket patterns are perfect for new crocheters because they use simple repeating patterns built on basic stitches you probably already know or can learn quickly.

Simple Crochet Baby Blanket

Simple Crochet Baby Blanket

Designer: Daisy Farm Crafts
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Cascade 220

This sweet blanket is simple, fast, and an amazing blanket to make for any new little one. All you need to know for this free crochet pattern is how to half double crochet, and you're good to go!

Pink Crochet Baby Blanket

Easy Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

Designer: Daisy Cottage Designs
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Premier Yarns Basix 

Do you need a baby shower gift? Then you’re in luck! In this free crochet blanket pattern, double crochet stitch is used making it simple and quick to finish. Create it in a parent's favorite color or to fit the nursery.

Finley Crochet Baby Blanket on a chair

Finley Crochet Baby Blanket

Designer: Easy Crochet
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Heartland 

Because it only requires two fundamental crochet stitches and comes together quickly, the Finley blanket is ideal for anyone just learning the craft. This pattern is also fantastic because it comes in four different sizes!

Caron Easy Peasy Crochet Baby Blanket

Caron Easy Peasy Crochet Baby Blanket

Designer: Yarnspirations
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Caron Simply Soft

By stitching in simple rows of granny-square-style clusters, you can quickly and easily make this crochet blanket. Enjoy crocheting this simple rhythmic pattern while you watch TV or even while chatting with friends.

Camden Crochet Baby Blanket on a chair

Camden Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern

Designer: Cream of the Crop Crochet
Yarn weight: (6) Super bulky
Suggested yarn: Bernat Blanket

Looking for your next baby blanket pattern? Check out this chunky baby blanket that's perfect for tummy time! It will work up quickly because of the chunky weight yarn, and that cozy yarn is ideal for keeping the baby warm or protecting them from the floor during tummy time.

The Barclay Crochet Baby Blanket

The Barclay Baby Blanket

Designer: Maisie and Ruth
Yarn weight: (5) Bulky
Suggested yarn: Knit Picks Brava Bulky

Check out one of the easiest crochet baby blanket patterns out there! It has a one-row repeat and uses chunky yarn that works super quick. This pattern also includes photos and a video tutorial to help you along.

hands with a hook and a crochet yarn

The Essentials Baby Blanket

Designer: Tiffany Hansen
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Mandala

Here's a video tutorial pattern for another super easy crochet baby blanket that you'll absolutely love! This blanket is a solid pattern with a soft, cozy texture for rocking a baby to sleep. It uses single crochet and half double crochet stitches.

Easy One Stitch Repeat Crochet Blanket

Easy One Stitch Repeat Crochet Blanket

Designer: Jewels & Jones
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand LB Collection Mako Cotton

This beginner-friendly crochet blanket adds a nice modern touch to any nursery. It uses an easy stitch pattern that is just a one-stitch repeat so you can relax and make this blanket while watching TV!

Crochet Blanket with Texture

Easy Crochet Blanket with Texture

Designer: Daisy Cottage Designs
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Bernat Super Value

Here's an easy crochet blanket that's quick to make, looks beautiful, and has great texture. It uses simple stitches so you'll have a finished blanket in no time. Add stripes or keep it a solid color if you want it to be even simpler.

Caron One Skein Baby Blanket

Caron One Skein Baby Blanket

Designer: Yarnspirations
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Caron One Pound

This easy baby blanket crochet pattern can be made with just one skein of yarn! Whether you're making it for a boy or girl, for donation, or for keeps, there are many colors to choose from the suggested yarn. And if you need a little help, there's a video tutorial to guide you through.

The Moss Stitch Crochet Baby Blanket beside a stuffed toy

Moss Stitch Baby Blanket

Designer: Jo to the World Creations
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Pound of Love

The Moss Stitch Baby Blanket is another free and easy crochet pattern that is very quick to make. This crochet blanket is perfect for any gender and you can customize the blanket size completely. It makes use of a lovely and simple stitch that is super beginner friendly as well!

The Simple Crochet Baby Blanket next to a teddy bear

Simple Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern

Designer: Jo to the World
Yarn weight: (2) Sport
Suggested yarn: Bernat Baby Sport

You will undoubtedly love this lovely, soft, quick, inexpensive (uses just one skein), and easy pattern. It’s perfect for a baby shower gift or when learning how to crochet a baby blanket. It might even be your new go-to baby blanket crochet pattern!

Easy Done-in-a-Day Crochet Baby Blanket

Easy Done-in-a-Day Crochet Baby Blanket

Designer: Dabbles and Babbles
Yarn weight: (5) Bulky
Suggested yarn: Caron Chunky Cakes

This done in a day beginner-friendly blanket is as easy to make just as its name implies! This thick baby blanket is simple to make using only chains (ch) and double crochets (dc). If you want to match the blanket to the baby's gender or the nursery design, you can alter the colors and make it your own.

Colorful Crochet Baby Blanket

Easy Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

Designer: Crochet Leaf
Yarn weight: (2) Sport
Suggested yarn: Schachenmayr Baby Smiles

This easy baby blanket is very straightforward and beginner-friendly. It’s a one-row repeat pattern that only uses double crochet and single crochet stitches for the edging. If you’re looking for a quick last minute gift, you’ll definitely finish the project in no time!

Crochet Cross Over Block Stitch Blanket

Cross Over Block Stitch Crochet Pattern

Designer: Dabbles and Babbles 
Yarn weight: (5) Bulky
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Hue + Me

Not only is this sweet crochet baby blanket adorable, but it's also super easy and quick to make. Make this blanket a future heirloom or keepsake that'll be forever treasured throughout the years.

Easy Crochet Baby Blanket Patterns with Fun Details

Whether it be texture, stripes, or other colorwork, these designs for crochet baby blankets aren’t any more difficult than the others we’ve shared, but they do have that little extra something that makes them super fun to stitch and gift. 

A girl wrapped with the Crochet Hooded Baby Blanket

Crochet Hooded Baby Blanket

Designer: Make & Do Crew
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Pound of Love & Vanna’s Choice

This hooded crochet baby blanket is a simple and affordable project for children's charities. Any child would love this warm and cozy blanket that has an oversized hood and fun tassels.

The Get Some Zzz’s Crochet Baby Blanket

Get Some Zzz’s Crochet Baby Blanket

Designer: One Dog Woof
Yarn weight: (6) Super bulky
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Hometown

Here’s a cute crochet baby blanket that’ll look great in any modern nursery. The “Zzzs” is crocheted by following a graph to know where to place each stitch to form the letters and the heart. The rest of the blanket is made with rows of single crochets.

Twinkle Twinkle Crochet Baby Blanket

Twinkle Twinkle Baby Blanket

Designer: Simple Things Crochet
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Basic Stitch

The appliqué stars elevate this easy granny square blanket to a special level. The stars stand out against the simple background thanks to the way these colors complement one another. You can create as many stars as you like and freely distribute them however you like.

Baby Bumps Crochet Blanket

Baby Bumps Crochet Blanket Pattern

Designer: Dabbles and Babbles
Yarn weight: (5) Bulky
Suggested yarn: Cascade 128

Here's another great easy crochet baby blanket that's the perfect gift for an upcoming baby shower or holiday. With fun texture and bumps for a baby's hands to explore, any baby would definitely enjoy the sensory experience this blanket gives.

Spring to Life Crochet Baby Blanket

Spring to Life Crochet Baby Blanket

Designer: Ned and Mimi
Yarn weight: (5) Bulky
Suggested yarn: Knit Picks Brava Bulky

Here's another quick and easy crochet baby blanket in case you're in need of a last-minute baby shower gift! If you put your mind to it, you could even finish it in a day. It's that easy!

Timeless Teal Chevron Crochet Blanket

Timeless Teal Chevron Blanket

Designer: The Loopy Lamb
Yarn weight: (6) Super bulky
Suggested yarn: Bernat Blanket Stripes 

An excellent chevron blanket has a timeless, classic feel about it. This blanket is large enough to be used as an afghan and is so soft and toasty that it is perfect to lay the baby on for tummy time. This one will be useful long beyond the baby stage.

The Primrose Crochet Baby Blanket on a couch

Primrose Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern

Designer: Dabble and Babbles
Yarn weight: (5) Bulky
Suggested yarn: Cascade 128

This design creates a nice repeating subtle texture using basic crochet stitches. It's also super simple to change the color of the stripes in this crochet pattern to your preference.

Crochet Rainbow Baby Blanket

Crochet Rainbow Baby Blanket

Designer: One Little Hook
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Truboo

Check out this lovely crochet rainbow baby blanket that would look great in any nursery! The finished fabric also has a nice texture and if you need a little visual guide, there are step-by-step photo instructions to help.

Crochet Berry and Mesh Baby Blanket

Crochet Berry and Mesh Baby Blanket

Designer: Daisy Farm Crafts
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Lion Brand Jeans

This crochet baby blanket pattern uses a couple of simple stitches to create this great textured fabric. Finish off the blanket with a ribbed crochet border to add a nice and polished look.

The Fast and Easy Beginner Crochet Blanket

Fast and Easy Beginner Blanket

Designer: Sirin’s Crochet
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Caron Simply Soft

If you're looking for a cozy and easy blanket for your baby, this free pattern is perfect for you. This pattern only uses a few variations on basic stitches so it's perfect for the beginner crocheter.

A crochet blanket on a chair

Easy Blanket Crochet Pattern

Designer: Daisy Cottage Designs
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Red Heart Comfort

Here's another blanket that works up quickly, if you're looking for a quick project to whip up for a last-minute gift or for an upcoming baby shower. The stitches are pretty repetitive so you can even work on it while watching TV if you like.

Crochet Petals Baby Blanket

Petals Baby Blanket

Designer: Amanda Crochets
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Caron Baby Cakes

The Petals Baby Blanket is made using self-striping yarn so you don't have to worry about switching colors midway and weaving in ends when you’re done! You can also easily customize the size of the blanket to your desired width and length. 

Crochet Baby Boy Blanket

Crochet Baby Boy Blanket

Designer: Crochet Dreamz
Yarn weight: (5) Bulky
Suggested yarn: Bernat Baby Blanket

It takes very little time to complete this cozy blanket, making it a great project for beginners. Make a silky soft finished fabric with the suggested yarn to keep your child warm and comfortable.

The Something New Baby Blanket

Something New Baby Blanket

Designer: The Loophole Fox
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Caron Cotton Cakes

When a new family member arrives, there must be a blanket made specifically for them. This double-crossed stitch baby blanket pattern is fun to make and sure to be cherished by parents and babies.

Crochet Country Blue Stripes Baby Blanket

Crochet Country Blue Stripes Baby Blanket

Designer: Daisy Farm Crafts
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Caron Simply Soft

This crochet baby blanket pattern is a colorful piece that's perfect for your little one. It's modern, and cozy, and makes a perfect gift for a baby girl or boy. You will need to know how to work half double crochet clusters as well as double crochets for the main part of the blanket. 

V-Stitch Crochet Blanket

V-Stitch Blanket Pattern

Designer: Daisy Cottage Designs
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Caron Baby Cakes

Here's a fun crochet baby blanket for you to try out! It uses the simple V-stitch and a two-row repeat which is quick to work up making this a fast and easy project for you to make. 

Need a Little Bit of Help in Mastering the Fundamentals of Crochet?

Check out the Crochet Fundamentals workshop if you need extra assistance learning to crochet. It is a collection of expertly produced video tutorials that will guide you through all the basics of crocheting and give you practice so you can confidently master your abilities.

These classes will help give you the confidence you need to begin and finish your next crochet project stress-free and ensure your finished project looks just like the pictures!

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