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Crochet Hooded Baby Blanket – Free Charity Pattern

Based on a large granny square, the "Granny Gives Back" crochet hooded blanket pattern makes an easy and inexpensive project to donate to children's charities. The oversized hood and playful tassels will give any kid a safe, warm place to escape to. Click for the free pattern using Lion Brand Pound of Love yarn!

This crochet hooded baby blanket pattern makes an easy and inexpensive project to crochet for children’s charities. The oversized hood and playful tassels will give any kid a safe, warm place to escape to. 

Based on a large granny square, the "Granny Gives Back" crochet hooded baby blanket pattern makes an easy and inexpensive project to donate to children's charities. The oversized hood and playful tassels will give any kid a safe, warm place to escape to. Click for the free pattern using Lion Brand Pound of Love yarn! This hooded baby blanket pattern is a collaboration with my friends at Lion Brand Yarn. This post contains affiliate links.

Cozy. Safe. Carefree. All babies and kids deserve to feel this way. So when Lion Brand Yarn invited me to join in their Yarn Heroes charity project, I knew a crochet hooded baby blanket would make a wonderful project for kids that need a little extra love or security in their lives.

Now let me introduce to you the maker behind this blanket…

Enter: Miss Make & Do! She’s a super hero! She’s a crocheter! She’s a slightly odd woman who wrapped herself in a pom pom rug and took hilarious photos with her husband and daughter “creative directing” the shoot.

Lion Brand Yarn and Make and Do Crew team up to crochet for charity with this free crochet hooded afghan pattern! #lionbrandyarnJessica Coppom from Make and Do Crew -- free crochet patternsDuring this season of thoughtfulness, Lion Brand is helping to encourage all knit and crochet lovers to use their creativity to help others with some charitable crafting. I’ve teamed up with 14 of my favorite crochet and knit bloggers for a month of benevolent stitching. We’ve got a whole lot of free patterns and free yarn for you in the coming weeks!

Lion Brand Yarn Heroes Charity CampaignLearn more about how Lion Brand is creating a more giving world by crafting for a good cause on LionBrand.com and see each Yarn Hero’s free pattern on Lion Brand’s blog, The Notebook.

In the coming weeks, I’ll share which charity I’ll be donating my hooded blanket to and tell you how you can contribute too. Plus, I’m going to have some free yarn coming at you next week!

In the mean time, feel free to get started on this quick and gratifying blanket pattern and use the hashtag #yarnheroes on social media so we can follow along!

Based on a large granny square, the "Granny Gives Back" crochet hooded baby afghan pattern makes an easy and inexpensive project to donate to children's charities. The oversized hood and playful tassels will give any kid a safe, warm place to escape to. Click for the free pattern using Lion Brand Pound of Love yarn!Based on a large granny square, the "Granny Gives Back" crochet hooded blanket pattern makes an easy and inexpensive project to donate to children's charities. The oversized hood and playful tassels will give any kid a safe, warm place to escape to. Click for the free pattern using Lion Brand Pound of Love yarn!My “Granny Gives Back” crochet hooded baby blanket pattern is based on a basic granny square with a modern twist–tassels! Well, these tassels or more like pom pom tassels (pom-sels?) because they’re pretty fluffy, but I think that they’re a fun accent for little fingers to play with.

The pattern included two sizes: newborn – 6 months and 6 months – child. The hood is intended to be oversized on both, but I wanted to give you a slightly less bulky option if the afghan you’re making is intended for a very young baby. The hooded blanket pictured is the 6 months – child size.

Based on a large granny square, the "Granny Gives Back" crochet hooded blanket pattern makes an easy and inexpensive project to donate to children's charities. The oversized hood and playful tassels will give any kid a safe, warm place to escape to. Click for the free pattern using Lion Brand Pound of Love yarn!Based on a large granny square, the "Granny Gives Back" crochet hooded blanket pattern makes an easy and inexpensive project to donate to children's charities. The oversized hood and playful tassels will give any kid a safe, warm place to escape to. Click for the free pattern using Lion Brand Pound of Love yarn!The entire afghan can be made with less than one skein of Lion Brand Pound of Love and one skein of Vanna’s Choice. My hope is that this makes it an economical gift for charity crocheting. Perhaps you’ll even make a few?! I know you all are a generous bunch! The blanket can be easily customized for a boy or girl or remain gender neutral based on the colors you choose.

And to make your charitable crocheting even more doable, Lion Brand is offering $5 off for every purchase at or above $20 until December 15th on LionBrand.com! Just use the code YARNHEROES2016 at checkout. Show your “moral fiber” and go big!

Based on a large granny square, the "Granny Gives Back" crochet hooded blanket pattern makes an easy and inexpensive project to donate to children's charities. The oversized hood and playful tassels will give any kid a safe, warm place to escape to. Click for the free pattern using Lion Brand Pound of Love yarn in Oxford Grey!Please do not publish or share this pattern as your own. You may make items to sell or donate with this pattern. In exchange, please link back to this post. View my policies for more info. Do NOT use my photos as your own sales photos. ­­Now go make something awesome!

“Granny Gives Back” Hooded Baby Blanket

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Finished Measurements:
Newborn – 6 months size: approx. 25 x 25 inches
6 months – child size: approx. 35 x 35 inches

Supplies:
So you can spend more time making blankets and less time shopping, this pattern contains affiliate links at no extra cost to you.
• (1) Lion Brand Pound of Love in Oxford Grey – approx. 850 yards (MC)
• (1) Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Rose Shocking – approx. 130 yards (BC)
• Tapestry needle
• Size J/10 [6.0 mm] crochet hook (I really like this affordable set!)
• 4 inch x 7 inch piece of cardboard
• Sharp scissors
• Stitch markers/safety pins

Gauge:
3 granny clusters + 3 spaces = 4 inches (horizontally)
4 granny rows + 3 spaces = 4 inches (vertically)

Abbreviations:
MC – main color
BC – border color
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stich
dc – double crochet
RS – right side
WS – wrong side
ch – chain
Approx. – approximately

Based on a large granny square, the "Granny Gives Back" crochet hooded blanket pattern makes an easy and inexpensive project to donate to children's charities. The oversized hood and playful tassels will give any kid a safe, warm place to escape to. Click for the free pattern using Lion Brand Pound of Love yarn (Oxford Grey) and Vanna's Choice (Rose Shocking).Blanket
(all sizes)

Notes:
Do not turn at end of rounds, but continue with RS always facing you.

Base ring: Using MC, ch 4 and join with a sl st to first ch to form a ring.

Round 1 (RS): Ch 5 (counts as 2-ch sp and 1 dc), [3 dc in ring, ch 2] 3 times, 2 dc in ring, join with a sl st to top of third ch from beginning of round.

Round 2: Sl st into first 2-ch sp, ch 5 (counts as 2-ch sp and 1 dc), [3 dc in same 2-ch sp], *ch 1, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next 2-ch sp, repeat from * twice more, ch 1, 2 dc in sl st from beginning of round, join with a sl st to top of third ch from beginning of round. 

Round 3: Sl st into first 2-ch sp, ch 5 (counts as 2-ch sp and 1 dc), [3 dc in same 2-ch sp], *[ch 1, 3 dc] in next 1-ch sp, ch 1, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in next 2-ch sp, repeat from * twice more, ch 1, 2 dc in sl st from beginning of round, join with a sl st to top of third ch from beginning of round.

Round 4: Sl st into first 2-ch sp, ch 5 (counts as 2-ch sp and 1 dc), [3 dc in same 2-ch sp], *[ch 1, 3 dc] in each 1-ch sp until next 2-ch corner, ch 1, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in this 2-ch sp, repeat from * twice more, ch 1, 2 dc in sl st from beginning of round, join with a sl st to top of third ch from beginning of round.

(Newborn – 6 months)
Repeat Round 4 until square measures 25 inches across (approx.. 21 rounds total). Fasten off.

(6 months – child)
Repeat Round 4 until square measures 35 inches across (approx. 29 rounds total). Fasten off.

Hood
(All sizes)

Note: The first and last granny clusters of each row should have four total stitches instead of three like the rest of the clusters.

Granny square triangle chart using double crochet stitchesBase ring: Using MC, ch 4 and join with a sl st to first ch to form a ring.

Row 1(RS): Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 3 dc in ring, ch 2, 4 dc in ring; turn.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 3 dc between first and second dc, ch 1, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in 2-ch sp, ch 1, 4 dc between last two dc; turn.

Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 3 dc between first and second dc, [ch 1, 3 dc] in next 1-ch sp, ch 1, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in 2-ch sp, [ch 1, 3 dc] in next 1-ch sp, ch 1, 4 dc between last two dc; turn.

Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 3 dc between first and second dc, [ch 1, 3 dc] in each 1-ch sp until corner, ch 1, [3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc] in 2-ch sp, [ch 1, 3 dc] in each 1-ch sp, ch 1, 4 dc between last two dc; turn.

(Newborn – 6 months)
Repeat Row 4 until hood measures 6 inches from initial round to top point (approx. 8 rows total).

(6 months – child)
Repeat Row 4 until hood measures 11 inches from initial round to top point (approx. 13 rows total).

 

Border

Notes:
While crocheting border, work over tails from fastening off blanket and hood to avoid weaving them in.

Based on a large granny square, the "Granny Gives Back" crochet hooded blanket pattern makes an easy and inexpensive project to donate to children's charities. The oversized hood and playful tassels will give any kid a safe, warm place to escape to. Click for the free pattern using Lion Brand Pound of Love yarn!With WS of blanket and WS of hood facing, line up one corner of the blanket with the hood. Use stitch markers or safety pins to secure pieces together. (See photo A.) Keep RS of hood facing you to work the border. Using BC, make a slip knot around your crochet hook, enter hook through 2-ch sp at top of hood, pull yarn through 2-ch sp and through slip knot to join yarn to hood.

Border Round: Ch 1, sc in each st including 1-ch sps. 2 sc in each 2-ch sps at corners. Join with a sl st to first sc of round. Fasten off.

Repeat slip knot process to attach yarn to bottom right corner of hood. 3 sc in each dc along bottom edge of hood. Join with a sl st to border on left side of hood. Fasten off.
 Based on a large granny square, the "Granny Gives Back" crochet hooded blanket pattern makes an easy and inexpensive project to donate to children's charities. The oversized hood and playful tassels will give any kid a safe, warm place to escape to. Click for the free granny square afghan pattern using Lion Brand Pound of Love yarn!

Finishing

To make a tassel:
Watch this :60 video see exactly how I made my tassels or read the written instructions below.

Using BC, lay a 15 inch piece of yarn parallel to the 7 inch edge of your cardboard piece. Working perpendicularly to that piece of yarn, wrap yarn around cardboard approx. 50 times. Tie the 15 inch piece of yarn around the 50 strands of yarn and secure with several knots. At opposite edge of cardboard from the gathered wrap, cut all fifty strands of yarn. Fold strands in half into a tassel, with gathered wrap at top. Approx. ½ inch below gathered wrap, wrap a new piece of yarn around the tassel and secure with several knots. Thread tapestry needle using what’s left of the original 15 inch length of yarn and sew tassel into 2-ch sp of blanket corner, taking care to wrap yarn through tassel and 2-ch space several times and securing well with a few knots. Make 4 tassels. Weave in any remaining ends.

Pop this cozy cloak on the nearest kid—you’ve just made their world a whole lot warmer, comfier and more yarn-tastic!

Based on a large granny square, the "Granny Gives Back" crochet hooded baby blanket pattern makes an easy and inexpensive project to donate to children's charities. The oversized hood and playful tassels will give any kid a safe, warm place to escape to. Click for the free pattern using Lion Brand Pound of Love yarn!Thanks so much to Lion Brand Yarn for providing the awesome yarn for this project. I’m so proud to be part of this generous and creative group of bloggers. Be sure to check out my fellow yarn heroes for more inspiration. 

Moogly • Mama In A Stitch • All About Ami • One Dog Woof • Sewrella • Delia Creates

Underground Crafter • Sh*t That I Knit • Kristy Glass • Two of Wands • Twinky Chan

A Crocheted Simplicity • Little Red Window • B-Hooked Crochet

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33 Comments

  • Melissa
    November 16, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    I was just saying last night at our Homeschool mom’s group meeting, that I’d like to make a blanket or lovey for the Foster Closet a couple of the mom’s are running. Something that’s never been used before that’s just the child’s no matter what!. I think I’ve found it. Thank you SO much for making this free.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      November 18, 2016 at 11:47 pm

      That is so wonderful, Melissa! And you make a great point about having something of their own. That aspect hadn’t occurred to me, but I think it could really make a child feel special. You should send a note to Lion Brand ([email protected]) and tell them your idea! They’re giving away lots of yarn to support people’s charity crocheting dreams this month. I’d love to see a pic if you do make the blanket. 🙂

      Happy crocheting (and donating!)

      Jess

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      • Melissa
        November 20, 2016 at 10:24 am

        I didn’t know they were doing that, I’ll send a message now, thank you!

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  • Connie Fisher
    November 19, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Thanks, Jess, for this adorable pattern. I do charitable crochet for a group in Livingston, Texas called Hook ‘n Needle. We make baby items for the local hospital nursery, and we also provided for foster care children as well as CPS children at Christmas time. It’s such a great way to share our abilities and gifts. I love this little hooded blanket pattern, and I will show it to our group to share. I think they will love it! thanks again.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      November 20, 2016 at 11:45 pm

      How wonderful, Connie! Those kids are so lucky to have a thoughtful group like yours making handmade things for them. I hope your group finds this pattern useful!

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Marge
    November 19, 2016 at 9:01 am

    I’m in! Thank you so much for asking me. I’m not very savvy on the computer, but would love to crochet some blankets for kids. What a nice idea. I am a retired great-grandma and love to crochet. But I do not go on Facebook or any of the other places. I do use e-mail.
    Marge

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      November 23, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      Hey Marge!

      If you’d like to send Lion Brand an email and tell them how you’d like to do some charity crocheting, they might choose you to receive $250 worth of free yarn for your charity projects! You can reach them at [email protected].

      Thanks for using your crocheting skills and creativity for such a good cause!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Margaret Coleman
    November 19, 2016 at 9:22 am

    It is so heart-warming to read about Yarn Heroes, like yourself. Do you know of any groups in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. I love to crochet and will be making your afghan and will be sharing your story.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      November 20, 2016 at 11:47 pm

      Hey Margaret,

      I am not familiar with any groups in your area, but I do know there are a lot of national charities looking for donations. I’m going to be giving my blanket to Project Linus and you can look for a local drop off point near you right here. Thank you so much for using your creativity to help others!

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Camille
    November 19, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    I found the pattern. Never t easy to find and follow with so many pop up ads, sorry to say. Whike aI appreciate very much this loose vely pattern and the charity work you do, I would be illing to pay for a pdf rather than deal with tryingvto navigate through so many pop-ups.

    Reply
  • Aimee
    November 20, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    This would be wonderful done in super hero colours also!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      November 20, 2016 at 11:54 pm

      That is such a great idea, Aimee! I kind of wish I would have thought of that before I crocheted mine! 😉

      If you make one in super hero colors, I’d really love to see it!

      Reply
  • Deborah Manocchio
    November 30, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    There is something wrong with your tassel video. It go to a Walmart sale for crockpots when I click on it.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 1, 2016 at 12:41 am

      Hey Deborah,

      Thank you so much for letting me know about the video issue. I think that you might have clicked on the ad that comes before the video, because I just saw the same crockpot ad. The bigger problem though is that for some reason the videos aren’t loading after the ad plays. I’ve sent an urgent message to the company that hosts my videos to find out what is going on. I’m so sorry for the inconvenience! I hope to get this sorted out asap!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Penny Bean
    December 1, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    I am an avid knitting but would love to try crocheting and this project seems like a wonderful reason to start! Tell me, is it a relatively beginner pattern? I am a quick study, but have never crocheted. Thanks for any input! Oh, and thank you for your charitable works, it matters!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 2, 2016 at 1:06 am

      Hey Penny!

      I think as a knitter, you’ll be able to get the hang of this blanket. I think it’s far easier to learn to crochet after you already know how to knit or visa versa. If you’d like, please feel free to use my instructor referral link to take my Modern Crochet 101 course for 99 cents: http://skl.sh/2aaucCf It should teach you all the basics of crochet (and you’ll make a super cute pair of mitts in the process!)

      In addition to what you’ll learn in this course, you’ll need to know the double crochet stitch to make this blanket, which can be learned from any Youtube video. (Check out Moogly’s videos. They’re great.)

      If you have any questions as you get started, please feel free to ask me! I love to help enable anyone learning a new yarn skill! 😉

      Jess

      Reply
  • Penny Bean
    December 1, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Weird, I posted earlier and it disappeared! I hope this is not a double posting. I mentioned that I am an avid knitter, but I would love to try my hand at crocheting. This looks like a lovely start, for a worthy cause. I am wondering if it could be a beginner crochet project. I am a quick study, perhaps you might have, or know of, a video or two that might help me get started? Thanks so much, and thank you for your charity work.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 2, 2016 at 1:08 am

      Hey Penny,

      I think your comment temporarily disappeared because I was in the middle of answering it and then got interrupted by my kids. 🙂

      Hope you’re all clear now!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Holly
    December 3, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    I would love to win this giveaway because I am currently making crochet Christmas presents for children that wouldn’t otherwise have anything to open Christmas morning. Everyone deserves something to open especially the little ones. This giveaway would help me supply more items.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 4, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      I totally agree, Holly! Thanks for your thoughtful response. Good luck in the giveaway!

      Reply
  • LOIS
    December 4, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    I have a very seriously ill little girl age 10 I’d like to make this granny hooded blanket for. but I would need a larger size for sure. dO YOU HAVE A ENLARGED PATTERN AVAILABLE?
    I SURE WOULD APPRECIATE IT.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 5, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      Hey Lois,

      How wonderful that you’d like to make something special for her. I think you could actually just continue the granny square until it’s the size you’d like and then do the same with the triangle hood. Both elements of the blanket are really customizable by just adding more rows and continuing in the same pattern.

      I hope that’s helpful! Let me know if it’s not clear enough and I’ll try to give you more details.

      Jess

      Reply
  • Andres
    December 7, 2016 at 1:21 am

    Wow!….Talkabout “walking the walk, rather than talking the talk!” I rarely comment on anything, but you and the rest of the “yarn heroes” totally inspire me! I believe it would be “crocheting the walk!” Lol Abdolutely LOVE everything I read and thank you for sharing your incredible talent, patterns, and darling pics!….Special place in heaven for you and all that participate in letting others know that about love and kindness…. we can make a difference, ONE STICH AT A TIME! These blankets and other. Omforting thigs just might be the thing that make a HUGE difference to those in need of comfort…Bravo!!!’m

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 7, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      Andres,

      Your comment made my day. I feel so lucky to have gotten to be part of the Yarn Heroes campaign. It’s been really inspiring to me to hear from so many readers who regularly make items for charity. There are so many real life yarn heroes out there!

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • RachaeL
    December 27, 2016 at 5:02 am

    I love this pattern and i have made 3 thus far thanks so much for this free pattern

    Reply
  • Brittany Bennett
    January 10, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Love the tassels on this blanket!!

    Reply
  • Barbie Becker
    November 11, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Do you think if I just kept adding rows I could make it large enough to fit a 10 year old? My granddaughter is 13 but tiny and wants a blanket to wrap up in to watch TV.

    Reply
  • PATRICIA KELLMANN
    February 19, 2018 at 11:31 am

    love this too bad you dont have opne for adult as tjey would use also innursing homes
    also for any person watching ytv etc if ya do email me great job

    Reply

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