One of the sweetest gifts I ever received was my first crochet baby blanket. As I grew, I kept it close to me. I still have it packed away with other keepsakes.
When I became interested in crochet, I found a zillion free baby blanket patterns online. I wanted to try all of them. There were different crochet stitches and different techniques. The options are endless if you’re learning how to crochet a blanket. That’s why it makes such an amazing project.
If you’re looking for quick and easy afghan patterns, this list has 25 different ones you can choose from. With all the patterns for baby blankets floating around, I thought it might be helpful to have a list of the best ones.
This list will teach you how to make a double crochet stitch afghan or just make a simple afghan.
Learning how to crochet a baby blanket can be fun. And when you gift your crocheted blankets to someone special, it is so meaningful. Look through these 25 baby blankets and make a special gift for someone you love.
Simple Baby Blanket
With all the gorgeous afghans patterns available, we can’t forget to throw in a simple blanket pattern too. When you take a closer look at this stitch, you’ll see it’s just a basic crochet stitch. Not sure how to make a half-double crochet stitch? A half double crochet is made by yarning over once, inserting your hook into a stitch, yarning over and pulling through, then yarning over and pulling through all three loops left on your hook. It’s really that simple!
Addicting Baby Blanket
We all know crochet can be quite an addicting hobby, but there is no pattern out there more addicting than this one! The repetitive nature of this pattern makes it super easy to memorize and fun to work up, so you'll be zooming through stitches in no time. This particular pattern is written as a baby-sized afghan, but there are actually five different sizes to choose from once you click through, ranging from an afghan square all the way up to a king-sized afghan.
Via All Free Crochet
Easy Crochet Baby Blanket
When you first learn how to crochet a blanket, you want one that is quick and easy so you don't have to wait for weeks to see the results of your efforts. As far as crocheted baby afghans go, this one is a fast, easy project. It uses only two basic crochet stitches: single crochet and chain stitch. And using a larger-than-usual hook size gives added drape and helps the work to go a little faster than it would otherwise.
Shell Stitch Blanket
The crochet shell stitch is a beautiful stitch that has a number of variations. You could take any version of the shell stitch and work it in rows to make a lovely textured afghan of any size – in this case, a gorgeous baby blanket. But you also can go beyond that, combining yarn colors like these and working the shell stitch in unique ways, to make even more impressive crochet afghans.
Four Points Afghan
Each and every stitch of a handmade blanket expresses excitement and care. And what makes the process even more special is finding just the right yarn and design to represent all this love. The unique colors in this baby afghan help make this pattern more modern and if you decide to size the afghan up to make a toddler blankie, it will last for years to come.
Via Purl Soho
Done In A Day Blanket Pattern
This blanket is about as easy as it gets. As long as you can chain and know-how to make the double crochet stitch, you can whip up one of these afghans yourself. Feel free to change up the colors and customize them for either a boy or a girl to go with the nursery decor.
Ripple Stitch Baby Blanket
Are you on the search for a simple ripple stitch blanket pattern to add to your collection of free crochet patterns? Here’s a fun and simple afghan that works up quickly and produces stunning results.
Feather and Fan Blanket
Make your own beautiful Feather and Fan Blanket for the next bundle of joy in your life. Use the fabulous shell crochet stitch to give this blanket the beautiful round, sculpted stitch design. This pattern makes a beautiful lacy afghan that will be treasured for years to come.
Via Persia Lou
Striped Pattern with Matching Balls
Crochet can be worked in two ways: in rows or in rings. A flat item, such as a blanket, is created with rows of stitches worked in one direction, then turned and worked back. Spherical and round pieces, such as the ball, are made by crocheting rounds of stitches in a continuous circle; the work is never turned. These patterns from Martha Stewart are a matching set of a blanket pattern and fun crocheted balls for baby to work on their eye-hand coordination.
Via Martha Stewart
The blossom pattern is crocheted up using the easy blossom stitch. We love this stitch because it gives you a nice appearance on both sides of the fabric. It makes for a lovely blankie for little girls, but in the right colors, you could just as easily crochet this up for boys as well. It’s shown here in a solid color, but why not try it in pretty baby stripes or even a rainbow color. Babies love color, so the more you add the happier they will be.
Via Crochet’n Crafts
Essential Baby Blanket
This blanket has an interesting texture and beautiful crochet border that elevate it from an ordinary one to extraordinary. It is designed in bold stripes of color, but it can be customized to your taste. Adjust the stripes however you like or make it solid and let the texture shine through.
Via Pattern Paradise
Cozy Baby Blanket
Handmade crochet or knit blankets are the perfect gift. This easy afghan pattern is quick to work up. It's easy enough to adjust the size to make it larger if you’re looking for something a little larger.
Via Lee Lee Knits
Tributary Beginner Blanket Pattern
Learn how to make a beginner crochet blanket with this easy free pattern and tutorial. You’ll be left with very few ends to weave in and an afghan that’s as soft as a baby’s…well, you know. The stitch is super easy and the chunky yarn makes it work up very quickly. Since this beginner pattern is so easy, it makes a fantastic last-minute homemade baby shower gift or a great charity project.
Via Make and Do Crew
ZZZ’s Crochet Blanket
If you’re looking for a gorgeous afghan for an upcoming shower gift this zzz’s baby blanket is perfect. The body of the afghan is nothing more than row after row of single crochet stitches, only switching to the white yarn to create the wording and the heart.
Via 1 Dog Woof
Petal Stitch Blanket
This elegant and dainty blanket uses the petal stitch! We love the antique and classic look of this stitch. Paired with the perfect peach yarn the petal stitch really pops. Separating each color with grey and white works well to set them apart and give the illusion of beautiful little daisies. The stitch is made by crocheting into the tops of clusters, sometimes into chain spaces, finding single crochet spaces at the end of the rows sometimes, and other times finding the tops of turning chains. if you are ready to learn a few new things but have the basics mastered, jump in! This is a fun challenge with pretty results!
Sweet Ocean Breeze Blanket
Crochet blankets always make a great homemade gift idea for baby showers, so be sure to keep this free afghan pattern in mind. It's quick and easy to crochet and can be made to match any color nursery depending on the yarn you choose to use. This afghan measures 36 inches by 36 inches when it's complete and will be treasured for years to come.
Adeline Baby Blanket
Here’s a very sweet, lacy afghan perfect for beginners! It uses only basic stitches but comes out looking far more intricate. It’s easy to make and knowledge of the basic crochet stitches is all that’s required. This pattern includes repetitive stitch patterns and simple color changes.
Super Easy Blanket
It turns out that a simple single-crochet fabric creates one heck of a Super Easy Baby Blanket! It’s sturdy but not stiff, elegant but not precious, it’s soft enough for even the tenderest of babies! If you’re new to crochet, this afghan is a great opportunity to practice the most basic crochet stitches, and if you’re an old pro, then you’ll whip this beauty up in no time!
Via Purl Soho
Cozy Clusters Blanket Pattern
If you’re looking for a fun, quick project then you’ll love making this blanket. It’s designed to be crocheted with a large hook and bulky weight yarn to build up super fast for those of you who don’t have the patience for larger projects. An added bonus – this thick and soft afghan is sure to keep your little one cozy and warm in the cool winter months.
Via Lee Lee Knits
Cross My Heart Baby Blanket
The Cross My Heart Baby Blanket is a free crochet pattern for a soft and beautiful afghan! The repetitive pattern of the pineapple stitches ends up creating a raised Maltese Cross like design in the center!
Henry’s Baby Blanket
This sweet blanket has a beautiful stitch definition. It’s heavy, warm and perfect for draping over the car seat of a winter baby. This afghan would make a gorgeous, modern statement for a boy or a girl, depending on the colors you pick.
Everyday Baby Blanket
This fun and colorful baby blanket would make for a perfect shower gift! It’s a lightweight crochet blanket to go outside with. Something you can put over your little one or throw over the stroller to keep the sun from getting in their eyes.
Via Croyden Crochet
Chunky Crochet Afghan for Baby
This afghan is amazing. The extra thick yarn is fast to work up and makes it an extra cozy and warm afghan for baby! The thick and quick yarn is super bulky and is perfect for beginner crocheters looking for a quick project.
Via Skip To My Lou
Pebble Crochet Blanket
Bedtime is always better with a fairytale book and a handmade blanket. This beginner skill-level blanket is easy to make and can be crocheted up in as little as a day. The soft squishy yarn is chunky and luxurious. Swap out the colors and make this for a bouncing baby boy or to match any nursery decor.
Via A C Moore
Josephine Baby Blanket
Shell stitches in pink and gray bring modern appeal to this sweet blanket. Crochet patterns should be timeless and elegant, just like this one. Made with a shell stitch, this afghan has a unique look that suits any nursery.
Via Willow Yarns
Hudson Crochet Baby Blanket
Crocheting a baby blanket is similar to having a baby…it takes time to make and grow, but one look at the results and you fall in love and think it was totally worth it. It is so soft and squishy. And the dual-color strands add so much visual interest to this pattern. It’s understated and full of delicious texture.
These blanket patterns are unique and easy to make. You can make an expectant mother a blanket for her little one. Learning how to crochet a baby blanket is so important. And you can share this skill with so many people. Pick up your hook and make a keepsake for the ones you love today. You will be glad you did.
If you're looking for a couple more great crochet blanket patterns, look no further than these Dabbles and Babbles patterns: the Primrose Baby Blanket Pattern, the Star Stitch Baby Blanket, and the Cross-Over Block Stitch Crochet Blanket Pattern.