Make this quick crochet baby blanket pattern for boys or girls--in either case, you can have it done in less than a weekend! Get the free pattern below or purchase the ad-free, printable PDF here.
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This easy granny stitch ripple blanket is a real joy to make as it uses simple melodic stitches and extremely smooth yarn. A combination of modern colors and soft, machine washable yarns make this blanket a perfect unisex crochet baby shower gift.
Read all the yarn and inspiration details below or scroll down for the free pattern.
The Pattern Inspiration
A while back I was trying to figure out how to use Lion Brand's Baby Soft Boucle yarn in a fast crochet baby blanket without dealing with some of the typical frustrations a boucle yarn can pose. I came up with the idea of using a granny stitch because it eliminates the need to search for your stitches in a fuzzy yarn. (See more of our free crochet patterns that use the granny stitch here!)
The Tributary Blanket pattern (pictured above) was born and my mom stitched it up beautifully. I know you have loved it too because I'm often tagged in stunning variations of the pattern on Instagram.
Just like the Tributary Blanket, the granny stitch in this pattern makes it really easy to work with Baby Soft Boucle. Paired with Lion Brand's Feels Like Butta, this quick crochet baby blanket pattern is so effortless to work up. In fact, can be made in a weekend with very little concentration or hubbub.
The Skills You'll Need To Crochet This Quick Blanket
Since this quick crochet baby blanket uses a granny ripple stitch, you'll be working almost entirely in double crochet. This helps this pattern move along swiftly. Once the basic ripple repeat is established, you won't need to do any counting.
Can I substitute yarns?
In between the time this pattern was designed and crocheted and when the pattern was set to publish, the Baby Soft Boucle yarn was sadly discontinued. Such a bummer!
Luckily, Lion Brand still has some so you can order a complete kit with all the yarn and a copy of the pattern from Lion Brand here. You also might be able to find it at certain retailers or online. (Get Baby Soft Boucle from Amazon, from Joann and from Herrschners. )
If you would like to substitute a different yarn for the Baby Soft Boucle stripes, I suggest looking for anything that has nice texture and is approximately a category 4 or 5 yarn. The granny stitch accommodates some variation in yarn thickness.
Two yarns that would work beautifully as substitutes are Lion Brand Homespun and Go For Faux. Both are really soft and will add a textured stripe of coziness throughout the blanket. Another yarn that I haven't used, but is similar to Baby Soft Boucle is Bernat Pipsqueak. You can also always check out YarnSub.com to see what suggested yarns are available in your area.
If nothing else, simply use a third color of Feels Like Butta (or whatever yarn you're using for the main blanket) and all will be good!
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The Stitch Chart Short Cut
This quick crochet baby blanket pattern is one of those funny crochet projects where the pattern lingo is so much more complicated than the actual stitches themselves.
If you're new to pattern reading or just prefer to learn visually, I think you'll find the bonus stitch chart in the ad-free, printable PDF really helpful. It's essentially a visual "map" that shows you exactly where to put your stitches and how to work the pattern repeat. You can grab the inexpensive PDF here.
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Done in a Weekend Quick Crochet Baby Blanket - Free Pattern
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By combining luxuriously-textured boucle yarn with a chenille-like, easy-working yarn, you’ll create an extremely soft, machine washable baby blanket in no time. Get creative with your color palette to satisfy both baby girls, baby boys and their (likely more opinionated!) parents.
This fast crochet baby blanket pattern is quite easy and works up in a weekend, making it great for a last-minute baby shower gift or charity donation.
Purchase a kit that contains all the yarn you need + a printed copy of the pattern here.
• Lion Brand Feels Like Butta (Weight: 4/medium - 218 yds, 3.5 oz)
- Color A: Pale Grey (#215-149) – 5 skeins (approx. 500 g)
- Color B: Orange (#215-133) – 3 skeins (approx. 300 g)
• Lion Brand Baby Soft Boucle (Weight: 4/bulky - 120 yds, 3.5 oz)
- Color C: White (#918-100) – 4 skeins (approx. 400 g)
Note: Since pattern was written, Baby Soft Boucle has been discontinued. You can substitute Lion Brand Homespun, Lion Brand Go For Faux or Bernat Pipsqueak instead or simply use a third color of Feels Like Butta.
• Tapestry needle
• Size L (8.00 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
• Stitch markers or safety pins
• Stitch markers or safety pins
33 x 39”
5 clusters x 4.5 rows = 4”
Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
ch – chain
cluster - a set of 3 dc
ch-3sp – space created by 3 chains
dc – double crochet
dc3tog - double crochet 3 together
rep – repeat
RS – right side
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
st(s) – stitch(es)
WS – wrong side
MAIN BLANKET PATTERN
• To modify the width of your blanket, work a multiple of 36 + 1, then add 12 for the foundation chain. (Doing so will change the amount of yarn you need.)
• Ch 3 counts as 1 dc throughout.
• Work these instructions while following along with the “Stripe Pattern” section that follows.
• Important: Rows in colors A and B are worked holding two strands together. Rows worked in color C are worked using a single strand. (If substituting a third color the same yarn as used for A and B, simply hold two strands together.)
Foundation Row: Ch 121.
Row 1 (RS): Sc in second ch from hook, sc in each ch to end; turn. (120)
Row 2 (WS): Ch 3, sk first 3 sc, [3 dc in next sc, sk next 2 sc] 3 times, [3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next sc, *[sk next 2 sc, 3 dc, in next sc] twice, sk next 2 sc, dc3tog in next sc, sk next 4 sc, dc3tog in next sc, [sk next 2 sc, 3 dc in next sc] twice, sk next 2 sc, [3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next sc; from from * to last 12 sc, sk next 2 sc, [3 dc in next sc, sk next 2 sc] 3 times, 1 dc in last sc; turn. (40 clusters + 2 dc)
Row 3 (RS): Ch 3, sk sp between tch and next cluster, 3 dc in each of next 3 sps, [3dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next ch-3sp, *3 dc in each of next 2 sps, dc3tog in next sp, sk sp between dc3tog clusters, dc3tog in next sp, 3 dc in each of next 2 sps, [3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] in next ch-3sp; rep from * to last 4 sps, 3 dc in each of next 3 sps, 1 dc in sp between last cluster and tch; turn.
Rows 4-45: Rep Row 3 following row-by-row color instructions below.
Row 46: Ch 1, sc at the following frequency:
1 sc in each dc
1 sc in each dc3tog cluster
3 sc in each ch-3sp
1 sc in each sp between clusters
Note: Frequency of stitches is less important than that the row lays nicely, so adjust as needed.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
See note above for important information about how many strands to hold together.
Rows 1-5: Color A
Rows 6-7: Color B
Rows 8-9: Color C
Rows 10-13: Color A
Rows 14-15: Color B
Rows 16-17: Color C
Rows 18-21: Color A
Rows 22-23: Color B
Rows 24-25: Color C
Rows 26-29: Color A
Rows 30-31: Color B
Rows 32-33: Color C
Rows 34-37: Color A
Rows 38-39: Color B
Rows 40-41: Color C
Rows 42-46: Color A
Wrap your favorite baby up in the coziest hand-stitched blanket they ever did feel!
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