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Baby Blanket - Free Crochet Pattern

Looking for a simple, cute blanket pattern for a special occasion? We found this simple beginner’s crochet baby blanket and loved the end result – the texture, the simple stitch design, and the colors. This blanket would make an excellent gift at a baby shower, or to use for a photo shoot, christening, dedication, a first birthday present, or as the blanket in which the baby is carried home from the hospital.

In order to make one of these baby blankets, you’ll need to know only the following stitches: chain (ch), half double crochet (hdc), slip stitch (sl st), and single crochet (sc). These four crochet stitches are common enough in many patterns that most crocheters will already be familiar with them. Even if you’re just beginning, this stitches are easy enough that you can master in this project.

You’ll also need to gather up the following materials from your craft stash or local craft store:

  • 3 large skeins of blanket yarn (the pattern recommends using something like Bernat’s blanket yarn)
  • 1 skein accent yarn (you’ll want to make sure that whatever yarn you use is the same thickness as your blanket yarn)
  • Size “P” crochet hook, though this will vary depending on how tight the crochet stitches are and what yarn you use – you may want to go up to a size “Q”
  • Tapestry needle
  • A pair of scissors

You’ll primarily be using the half double crochet stitch for this blanket, then move to the single crochet when you start crocheting the border. You’ll need the tapestry needle to weave in the ends of the blanket. If you want a more elaborate border, you could try a picot or ruffle look, or thread ribbon throughout. You can also tie in the blanket to a color scheme, such as the baby’s nursery or baby shower theme.

If you want to try this free pattern, you can find it, a photo tutorial, and a video tutorial here. You can also find other baby blanket patterns like this one on our site.

Rainbow Beanie - Free Crochet Pattern

Ever wanted to make something that looked fancy but in reality was really pretty easy? We’ve got just the pattern for you. This rainbow beanie uses variegated yarn to get the look of a more complicated hat while sticking with simpler crochet stitches. This would be an excellent hat to wear at Pride, or you could switch up the colors for a patriotic or holiday-esque take. Purple, orange, and black would work for a Halloween hat, etc.

You’ll need to know the following stitches in order to make this beanie: chain (ch), ch2 (chain 2), back loop only (blo), double crochet (dc), slip stitch (sl st), fasten off (fo). The majority of the hat is constructed using the double crochet stitch in the back loops of the previous row. This creates the striping effect without too much effort on your part. At the top of the hat, you’ll need to leave a tail to pull through the top in order to cinch it. After that, you can add a pom pom if you wish, or a tassel, or even a few twisty yarn curls.

Gather up the following materials to make one of these beanies:

  • Worsted weight yarn (the pattern uses Red Heart Super Saver Stripes in Retro Stripes, though of course you aren’t limited in color choice)
  • Depending on the size, you’ll need either a size “H” (todderl), “I” (child), or “J” (teen/adult) crochet hook
  • A pair of scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Pom maker (optional – there are other ways to make pom-poms, or you can forego the pom-pom entirely)

This beanie is a great excuse to make yourself a beanie, but it can also be a great present to a friend or family member, especially if you live in a cold climate or if the person you’re gifting it to is moving to a colder area. It can be sent to soldiers, given to young adults going to college, or to cancer patients.

If you want to make one of these bright colored beanies, you can find the free written instructions on Ravelry as a PDF download.

Rainbow Beanie - Free Crochet Pattern

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