There’s still a nip in the air at this is the time of year, so it’s a perfect time to grab a cozy blanket and cuddle up on the couch with a good book. I was getting a bit bored of always making baby hats so I decided I needed a new project. When my daughter Noelle saw me looking at blanket ideas she begged me to make her a blanket. I knew Noelle would really enjoy and appreciate a blanket that I made just for her. So I formulated a plan and took Noelle to the store to pick out some yarn. She picked out this fun and colorful yarn by Bernat that’s super chunky and has great colors. I also picked up a size P/11.5mm crochet hook and went to town on my newest project.
This blanket was inspired by Melanie Ham’s “Easy Beginner Crochet Baby Blanket Tutorial” on YouTube. It’s the same basic crochet pattern but I’ve changed the size and added some detailing. Her original baby blanket pattern can be found here. I highly recommend Melanie’s video tutorial – it’s fabulous, especially for beginners.
This blanket is super easy and crochet’s up really quickly. I’m not a fast crocheter and it took me a little less than a week to finish it off. Noelle loved the finished blanket and uses it all the time now. It’s great because its cozy without being too warm. Noelle tends to get hot quickly so the loose weave in this blanket is perfect for her. I’ve used this blanket on occasion myself and it really is the best of both worlds. My finished blanket is 44″ x 55″ which is the perfect size for my daughter.
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Easy Cozy Crochet Blanket Pattern
- Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn – the number of balls you need depends on the size you make the blanket (I used 4 x 300 grams balls (255 yds) of peachy ombre colored yarn for my44″ x 55″ blanket).
- Crochet Hook – US P/11.5 mm.
Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, dc = double crochet (U.S.)
If you choose to make this blanket smaller or larger, for the initial chain, just be sure that the number of chains you use is divisible by 6. 42, 48, 54, 60, 66, 72. etc.
To join a new ball of yarn, tie the end if the yarn to the end of the 2nd ball and continue crocheting. Trim any ends that are sticking out.
- Make a slip stitch and chain 60 stitches together, keeping tension even through the chain.
- Not turning your work, count back 4 stitches from the hook and do 2 dc in the same spot, skip a chain, 2 dc and continue in the same manner along foundation chain until the end.
- Once you reach the end, 1 dc in the last chain.
- Ch 3 and turn.
- 1 dc in first chain, skip 1 ch, 2 dc and repeat until the end (the 2 dc should be in between the “v” stitches front the first row)
- Using the top chain on the end, place 1 dc. ch 3 and turn.
- Continue steps 5 and 6 until you’ve made the blanket as long as you’d like. I made my blanket 50 rows.
- Fasten off.
- When adding the fringe, cut the yarn to about double the length you want the fringe to be (mine were 8 inches each total length). Fold your yarn in half and take the side with the loop and push it through the gap on each side of the 2 dc along the border of your blanket. Then get the side with the loose ends of the yarn and pull them tightly through the loop to secure. Continue until both ends of your blanket have fringe across the entire width of the blanket.
Download the Easy Cozy Crochet Blanket pattern here.
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