Free Pattern | Superbly Simple Baby Blanket

What’s a crochet designer to do when they are having a baby – design a new blanket pattern of course! So without further ado I’d like to introduce my new free pattern to you; the Superbly Simple Baby Blanket. The great thing about this blanket is that it works up quickly and looks more complicated than it actually is!  This baby blanket is a great for beginning crocheters to use for their very first crocheted afghans.

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Worked in double knit this lightweight blanket is easy to memorise making it a perfect pattern for relaxing hooky time! However you may use any yarn type and hook size of your choice with this pattern (it’s that simple) so no need to worry about meeting a specific gauge.

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Make it a baby sized blanket, as shown, or go as big as you like by simply adding more rounds! The addition of a simple border finishes off the blanket nicely.  

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For my blanket I used Stylecraft Special DK from my stash, which is lovely and soft, in white, lemon and grey – great unisex colours when you aren’t sure if it’s a boy or girl (which we didn’t). There are so many options for how you could arrange colours on this blanket and it would also make a fab stash buster for using up odds and ends. 

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This pattern is definitely my new favourite go-to blanket for new babies or a last minute baby shower gift. 

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Little Miss certainly loves her blanket.

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Pattern:

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Yarn: Weight #3; 4 x 100 g / 1200 m / 1300 yards 

Hook: 4 mm / US size G

Gauge:  6 tr/dc sts or 2 clusters = 1.5 inches / 3.8 cm

Establishing the correct gauge is not critical to this pattern. Pattern will work in other yarns though gauge/size will be different.

Size: 36 x 36 inches / 91.4 x 91.4 cm

Make it a baby  sized blanket, as shown, or go as big as you like by simply adding more rounds!

Abbreviations:

  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp = space
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch(s) = chain  
  • dc/sc = UK double crochet / US single            crochet
  • tr/dc = UK treble / US double crochet
  • Cl = 3 tr/dc
  • V-St= 1 tr/dc, ch 1, 1 tr/dc
  • [ ] = work pattern in brackets into 1 st

Stitch Guidance:

  • Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and draw through all loops.
  • Double Crochet/Single Crochet (dc/sc): Insert hook in st indicated and draw up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over, draw through both loops on hook.
  • UK Treble / US Double Crochet (tr/dc): Yarn over, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (three loops on hook), yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops on hook.

Pattern:

Rnd 1: With YARN A, Ch 4, sl st to form a ring, sl st into the ring, ch 3 (counts as first tr/dc), 2 tr/dc into the ring, ch 3, * 3 tr/dc into the ring, ch 3*, repeat from * to * twice more, sl st to top of ch 3 to join, then sl st to the nearest ch 3 corner (12 sts + 4 x 3 ch sps)

Rnd 2:  [1 dc/sc in to the ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc/sc into the same sp], * ch 3, [1dc/sc, ch 3, 1 dc/sc] into the next ch 3 sp * repeat from * to * twice, ch 3, sl st to top of beginning dc/sc to join, sl st to the next ch 3 sp (8 sts, + 8 x 3 ch sps)

Rnd 3: [Ch 4 (counts as first tr/dc + ch), 1 tr/dc ch 3, 1 V-St into the ch 3 sp], * 1 V-St, in the next ch 3 sp [1 V-St, ch 3, 1 V St] into the next ch 3 sp * repeat from * to * twice, 1 V-St in the last ch sp, sl st to the 3rd ch of the beginning ch 4 to join, sl st to the next ch 3 sp  (12 V-Sts + 4 x 3 ch sps)

Rnd 4: [Ch 3 (counts as first tr/dc), 2 tr/dc , ch 3, 1 Cl into the ch 3 sp], * 1 Cl between each of the 2 V-Sts of row 3 (there should be TWO Cl in-between each corner), [1 Cl, ch 3, 1 Cl] on the next ch 3 sp * repeat from * to * twice, 1 Cl between each of the 2 V-Sts of row 3, sl st to top of ch 3 to join, then sl st to the nearest ch 3 corner (16 Cls + 4 x 3 ch sps)

Rnd 5: [1 dc/sc in to the ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc/sc into the same sp], * ch 3, 1 dc/sc between each of the 2 Cl’s of row 4 (there should be THREE ch 3 + dc/sc in-between each corner), [1 dc/sc, ch 3, 1 dc/sc] on the next ch 3 sp * repeat from * to * twice, 1 dc/sc between each of the 2 Cl’s of row 4, sl st to top of the first dc/sc to join, then sl st into the ch 3 sp (20 dc/sc + 20 x 3 ch sps)

Note: Rnds 3 – 5 make up the repeats of this  pattern. You will just increase either the number of V-Sts (rnd 3) or Cl (rnd 4), chs (rnd 5) in-between each corner.

Continue working rows until you have worked 47 rows in total.

For the blanket shown in the photos I worked the following colour change repeats; YARN A: 9 rows, YARN B: 9 rows, YARN C: 6 rows

Edging:

Begin edging in any sp between Cls; * [dc/sc, ch 3, 2 tr/dc] into same sp * repeat from * to * in each sp around the edge and in each corner.

41 thoughts on “Free Pattern | Superbly Simple Baby Blanket

  1. Thankyou for this pattern. Im going to do it the same colour as its three colours i wouldnt of thought of and it looks amazing. Great work. And very much appreciated …ta

  2. Sorry 1st post expressed my frustration. I understand how to crochet row 5 but am having trouble adding row 3 in on top of it. Novice at instructions.

    • Hi Mary,
      Sorry for the delayed response. If you have worked to row 5 then you have already worked row 3, 4 and 5 which make up the pattern – so you just need to do what you did for those rows again. Is that what you were struggling with or have I misunderstood?
      Kind regards Heather

  3. Hello, and thank you for sharing this lovely pattern! Unfortunately I’m having some trouble understanding it. When it says “[1 dc/sc in to the ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc/sc into the same sp],” I’m not sure what you mean by the ch 3 sp. I can’t get past round 1. Can you help me understand it better? Thank you in advance!

    • Hi Charlotte,
      Sorry for the delayed response. If you have finished with a sl st to your nearest ch 3 corner then you are at the ch 3 sp. You would then work the beginning of rnd 2 indicated in brackets [e.g. 1 dc/sc in to the ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc/sc] into the same sp. This all helps to make the next corner of your blanket (on rnd 2) and make the blanket square. Hope this helps! I hope you will also share a photo of your work when you’ve finished, I’d love to see!
      Kind regards Heather

  4. Help I do t understand the meaning of the brackets. Do you work everything in the same space or stich

    • Hi Bernice, yes [ ] = work pattern in brackets into 1 st or sp. For example in rnd 2 you would work [1 dc/sc in to the ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc/sc into the same sp] all into the corner space. This all helps to make the next corner of your blanket (on rnd 2) and make the blanket square. Hope this helps! I hope you will also share a photo of your work when you’ve finished, I’d love to see! Kind regards Heather

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  6. Hi, I wonder if you can help me please I have completed up to round five but when I donround three again I am getting confused with the [ ] instruction. Do you do that in just one of the chain three spaces? In which case as you go round would it need to be in the middle of the row. Sorry, I hope I am making sense.
    Many thanks.
    Norma

      • Thanks I sorted it and am progressing well with it now, nearly completed. It’s looking lovely. I am making it in cream, mustard and grey. A bit unusual for a baby but don’t know the sex and friends say it looks good. Thanks for the pattern.

  7. Hello, I am trying to find the pattern for the Leafy boughs shawl. Please tell me where I can get it.

  8. Love this! It’s gorgeous!! I’m going to start working on one for my #10 grandchild due in a few months. I’m very new to crochet and find YouTube to be a great teacher. Do you do videos of your pattern? TIA

  9. I’m sure it’s there somewhere, but how many skeins of each color do I need to make the Superbly Simple Baby Blanket?
    Susan Martin

    • Hi Susan, Unfortunately I only counted the total amount I used for the blanket but if I had to estimate on how much you need of each colour I would say I used 100g of the grey and 150g of the yellow and white. I think I really need to make another!

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