A handmade baby blanket is a tremendous expression of love for the little bub, as well as for their parents! And one of these baby blanket crochet patterns is the perfect thing for the occasion. The blanket you create could become a well-worn best friend (like Linus had in the Peanuts comic). Or it could become a treasured heirloom that the baby in question someday hands down to their child. 

Perhaps you have many months of warning that the baby is on the way, or maybe it’s a matter of days. No matter! Some of these patterns come together very quickly if you are crocheting a last-minute gift, while others are the perfect labour of love to work on over a period of months.

Free Baby Blanket Crochet Patterns

Scrappy Corner to Corner Baby Blanket

The thriftiest baby blanket around is the Scrappy Corner to Corner Baby Blanket by Cintia Gonzales. You know that bag you have that’s full of bits of DK and/or worsted weight yarn that you’ve never found a use for? It’s their time to shine!  You won’t have to deal with a lot of yarn ends – this uses a great invisible yarn joining technique to create a Magic Yarn Ball. Never done it? Now is your chance to learn! If you don’t have scraps, you could also use Hedgehog Fibres Merino DK.

When the Ocean Meets the Pram

When the Ocean Meets the Pram by MelissaFleur Hughes combines colour and texture to create the sense of different waves moving on the sea. The different textures will make this a favourite for young children to explore. Urth Yarns Spiral Grain Sport will provide very interesting colour changes that will emphasise the transformations within this blanket.

6 Day Viral Kid Blanket

With some dedication, the 6 Day Viral Kid Blanket by Betty McKnit can be made in six days. But it’s probably best to leave a couple of weeks for it. If you’ve crocheted a few things, this is a great chance to bring your skills to the next level. You will get to practise making a swatch, colour changing, camel stitch, and more. Urth Yarns Harvest DK has a great colour palette for this project as well as nice stitch definition.

Baby Sea Turtle Blanket

Made by Mandy combines blankets and amigurumi in the Baby Sea Turtle Blanket, which uses Kristin Jacobs’ free Baby Sea Turtle amigurumi pattern for the turtles. (You could also use her Sea Turtle Applique pattern.) She does not include a crochet starfish pattern, but there are many free ones available. This pattern lends itself well to the colours available in Wool and the Gang’s Shiny Happy Cotton yarn.

Crochet Baby Blanket Kit

WATG | Daydream blanket

Wool and the Gang Daydream Blanket Kit

Six colours make a rainbow, or a stream of soft pastels, or an ombré effect! This crochet kit is suitable for absolute beginners and the right size for a baby’s cot, and being made from Shiny Happy Cotton it is great for working on when the weather is warmer.

WATG | Antonio Blanket

Wool and the Gang Antonio Blanket Kit

This is an easy level crochet kit, designed with three tones of Shiny Happy Cotton, and ideal for a baby’s cot or stroller! And being cotton, the Antonio Blanket is great for working on during spring and summer.

WATG | Here Comes The Sun

Wool and the Gang Here Comes the Sun Kit

 The crocheted suns in the Here Comes the Sun intermediate crochet kit are definitely cute enough for a cot blanket. And the boho style will make the child who has it the trendiest baby around!

Paid Baby Blanket Crochet Patterns

Call the Midwife in Rounds

If you are looking for a classic, lacy, gauzy baby blanket to drape over the newborn, the Call the Midwife in Rounds crochet baby blanket pattern by Karen Dodd has a lovely, delicate beauty. At 78 x 78cm, this is on the large side, which makes it perfect to drape over a stroller or double up. Because of its size, it can also be used for several years. Anzula Wash My Lace has the excellent stitch definition needed for this pattern, plus the machine washability that one would want for anything that comes in frequent contact with a baby.

Flower Ripple Blanket

Another lacy blanket, which is a bit more substantial, is the Flower Ripple Blanket by Shelley Cottom. The title is very descriptive: this has a flower at the centre, which ripples that transform into a star shape. It has many different stitches creating many different textures for little hands to touch. If you are someone who is past the beginner stage and looking to learn more crochet techniques, this is a great project to take on! And if you like it, there are provisions in the pattern to enlarge it for an adult. This could look truly remarkable made with a colour gradient such as the Urth Yarns Merino Gradient Set.

Elmore Blanket

Elmore Blanket

Exercise your Tunisian crochet skills making the deceptively simple Elmore Blanket by Toni Lipsey. It has a simple stitch body and a honeycomb stitch border and is dense enough to be nice and warm if it’s made with the right yarn. You can make a budget-friendly version using Broadway Merino DK, which will show off those stitches. Or go extra-soft and luxe (but still machine washable) with Zealana Rimu DK.

Little Lily Baby Blanket

The Little Lily Baby Blanket by Haak Maar Raak is a challenge, and the results are worth the effort! It uses many different syles of stitches to create the squares, which are combined to make a lovely colour-changing blanket. The original design uses part of a specific yarn colour pack and discards the rest. You can make the colourways your own (and not have to discard any yarn) when you use DMC Happy Cotton.

The Archie Baby Blanket

You want something simple, with no seaming, no colour changing and minimal ends to weave in. But it still has to be cute! The Archie Baby Blanket filet crochet pattern by Owl B. Hooked uses filet crochet to create (you guessed it) an adorable repeating owl pattern. Use Broadway NZ Merino DK for a baby-soft blanket.

C2C Silt Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern

C2C Silt Blanket

The C2C Silt Blanket by Maria’s Blue Crayon is constructed corner to corner using a silt stitch. It has a lovely texture and is fairly simple to make. The pattern is for a 91cm square blanket, but has options for enlarging it and making it rectangular. It would be lovely in Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, which also offers many colour options for the stripes.

Storytime Swaddle

A cozy blanket for parent and baby, the Storytime Swaddle by The Firefly Hook is the picture of quiet luxury. It’s designed for the ever-so-soft Malabrigo Mechita yarn. The size of the blanket is adaptable, so you can make one perfect for a newborn’s crib – and then make a larger one that they can use once they’ve grown a bit!

Simple Baby Blanket

Salena Baca has made a crochet baby blanket pattern you’ll use over and over again with the Simple Baby Blanket. The name is deceiving; this pattern actually scales up from the bassinet to a king-sized bed! It’s textured, seamless, reversible and can be worked in one colour or in stripes. You’ll get to learn Sc2Tog if you’ve never done it before. This would be fantastic crocheted in Wool and the Gang’s Shiny Happy Cotton yarn.

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