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.