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Tributary Free Beginner Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

Learn how to make a beginner crochet baby blanket with this easy free pattern and tutorial. You’ll be left with very few ends to weave in and a blanket that’s as soft as a baby’s…well, you know. Get the full free pattern below or purchase the ad-free, printable PDF here.

Learn how to make a beginner crochet baby blanket with this easy free pattern and tutorial. You'll be left with very few ends to weave in and a blanket that's as soft as a baby's...well, you know. Get the free pattern featuring Lion Brand Mandala Yarn and Baby Soft Boucle.
This beginner crochet baby blanket pattern is part of a collaboration with my friends at Lion Brand Yarn. This post contains affiliate links.

One of the best perks of this crochet blogger job is that I get a sneak peek at new yarns before they’re released to the public. And sometimes they’re even sent to my house for FREE! Can you even believe it? (If you think you’d like to start a crochet blog too, you can view my step-by-step tutorial here. It’ll likely take some time and lots of hard work before the free yarn starts raining down on you, which is why NOW is a great time to start!)

Super soft and cozy gender neutral crochet baby blanket pattern featuring Lion Brand Mandala and Baby Soft Boucle yarns. Free beginner granny stripe blanket tutorial + pattern.

The Perfect Yarn For Babies

A few months ago when I was visiting Lion Brand in NYC, I got my yarn-lovin’ paws on some skeins of a new yarn called Baby Soft Boucle and guys, this stuff is some serious kind of soft. It’s so fluffy and pillowy that it’s really what I imagine babies would crochet with if their little hands could manage.

The one tricky thing about yarn that’s as magical and fluffy as Baby Soft Boucle though is that it can make it harder to spot your crochet stitches. (Knitting is no problem!) When working several swatches in this yarn, my conclusion was that it was best used for a pattern that was worked into spaces rather than the stitches themselves. Enter the good ol’ granny stripes!

Free baby afghan pattern featuring Lion Brand Mandala Baby yarn and Baby Soft Boucle.

Mandala Yarn Makes Everything Better

I felt like the texture of Baby Soft Boucle is best appreciated with a little lower-loft contrast and luckily, Lion Brand just released a new line of Mandala yarn called Mandala Baby. It’s still a 100% acrylic, category 3 (DK weight) yarn with a whopping 590 yards per skein, making it a perfect affordable compliment to the Baby Soft Boucle. Even better, two strands of Mandala Baby (or the original Mandala) held together match the gauge of Baby Soft Boucle quite well.

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Learn how to many beginner crochet granny stitch baby blanket with this easy free pattern and tutorial. This easy and fast pattern uses Lion Brand Mandala cake yarn, so there are very few ends to weave in. Customize the colors for a boy, girl or make a gender neutral baby blanket.

Get All the Yarn You’ll Need In One Kit

This is a pattern that really benefits from having the brands of yarn used in the sample, so I’m thrilled that Lion Brand has put together a kit for us. This kit includes all the yarn you’ll need, plus a printed copy of the pattern. You can even order a different color of Mandala Baby if blues aren’t your thing. See all the color options here!

Why This Beginner Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern Is Perfect For You

Three reasons:

• The stitch is super easy and the thicker yarn makes it work up very quickly.

• The fluffy Baby Soft Boucle disguises mistakes beautifully.

• And because you don’t have to cut your yarn at the end of each row, there are very few ends to weave in when you’re finished!

Since this beginner crochet baby blanket pattern and tutorial is so easy, it makes a fantastic last-minute homemade baby shower gift or a great charity project. (See my list of wonderful yarn charities here.) Lion Brand Baby Soft Boucle and Mandala Baby both come in so many amazing colors, you can really make any version of a girl, boy or gender-neutral baby blanket your heart can dream up.

Let’s crochet this puppy!

Learn how to make a beginner crochet baby blanket with this easy free pattern and tutorial. This easy and fast pattern uses Lion Brand Mandala cake yarn, so there are very few ends to weave in. Customize the colors for a boy, girl or make a gender neutral granny stripe child's afghan.

Tributary Free Beginner Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern + Tutorial

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Explanation:
By combining luxuriously-textured Lion Brand Baby Soft Boucle yarn with your favorite shade of Mandala or Mandala Baby, you’ll create an extremely soft, machine washable and visually-stunning baby blanket in no time. Because the self-striping Mandala does most of the color work and you don’t need to cut your yarn at the end of each row, you’ll be left with very few ends to weave in and a blanket that’s as soft as a baby’s…well, you know. This pattern is quite easy and works up very quickly, making it great for last-minute baby shower gift or charity donation.

Supplies:
Buy a kit with all the yarn you’ll need, plus a printed copy of the pattern here.
COLOR A: Lion Brand Mandala Baby (Weight: 3/light –  590 yds, 5.3 oz)
Echo Lakes (#526-205) – 2 full skeins (approx. 300 g)
• COLOR B: Lion Brand Baby Soft Boucle (Weight: 5/bulky – 120 yds, 3.5 oz)
White (#918-100) – 4 skeins (approx. 370 g)
• Tapestry needle
• Size K (6.5 mm) crochet hook

Measurements:
35 x 35”

Gauge:
4 dc clusters + 3 sps = just over 4”

5.75 rows = 4”

While gauge is not critical to the execution of this pattern, getting it correct is what will ensure that 2 skeins of Mandala Baby create a square blanket.

Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
ch – chain
cluster – grouping of 2 or 3 double crochet stitches
dc – double crochet
rep – repeat
sl st – slip stitch
sp – space
st(s) – stitch(es)
tch – turning chain

MAIN BLANKET

Notes:
• Original Lion Brand Mandala or Lion Brand Cupcake yarn can be substituted for Mandala Baby in Color A.

• Two strands of Mandala Baby are held together throughout. Only one strand of Baby Soft Boucle is used at a time.

• Do not cut yarn at color changes. Instead carry it loosely up the side of the blanket. The final border will cover any carried yarn. Similarly, crochet over yarn tails whenever possible to avoid weaving them in.

• Ch 3 at beginning of a row always counts as a dc.

• To change colors between rows, complete the final yo of the last dc of the row with the new color. Pattern is written with the assumption that the last dc before a color change will be worked this way.If you’d like a different size blanket, chain a multiple of 3 and add 2 extra chains.

Foundation Row: With two strands held together of Color A, ch 89.

Row 1 (Color A): Sc in second ch from the hook and each sc to end. (88)

Row 2 (Color A): Ch 3, 2 dc in first sc, *sk 2 sc, 3 dc in next sc; rep from * until 3 sc remain, sk 2 sc, dc in last sc; turn.

Switch to one strand of Color B.

Row 3 (Color B): Ch 3, 2 dc in first sp, 3 dc in each sp between clusters to end of row, dc in top of tch; turn.

Work in pattern of 2 rows of Color A alternating with 2 rows of Color B to rep Row 3 (54) times until there are a total of 57 rows including Row 1 of single crochet. Row 57 should be worked in Color A.

Row 58 (Color A): Ch 1, sc in each dc to end of row.

Fasten off.

BORDER

Attach Color B anywhere around edge of blanket.

Border: Ch 1, sc in each sc st along top and bottom of blanket and sc evenly along sides, sl st to first sc of round to join. If sides ripple, decrease total number of sc along each side.

Fasten off and weave in ends. Give this super soft blanket to the softest baby you know (if you don’t decide to keep it for yourself!)

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Now that you’ve finished your Tributary Blanket, here are a few more modern crochet patterns for babies you might enjoy:

Modern free crochet patterns for babies and kids including a panda hooded blanket, a hexagon cardigan, a c2c deer afghan and a granny stripe afghan with tassels.

1. Good Morning Sunshine – free crochet granny stripe blanket with tassels

2. Be a Deer Afghan – free corner to corner crochet blanket pattern for kids or adults

3. XO Cardigan – free crochet hexagon sweater for kids (sizes newborn – 14)

4. Panda Hooded Blanket – easy crochet pattern for babies or kids

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19 Comments

  • Allyson
    May 12, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    Hello! I am wondering what the difference is between the Mandala Baby and regular Mandala – is it jus the colour choices or is there a different feel to the yarns?

    thanks!!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      May 14, 2018 at 9:50 pm

      It’s just the option of more colors! 🙂 So many of them are really pretty in both lines of yarn.

      Reply
  • Lora Kallio
    May 14, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    This is beautiful! If I were to do a longer length blanket, should I buy more yarn?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      May 14, 2018 at 9:41 pm

      Yes! You can use the stitch multiple in the pattern to make it wider as well.

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Kathleen
    May 20, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Hi! I just bought the crochet kit from Lion Brand and excited to get going. However, I’m still pretty new to crocheting and have a potentially obvious question. The pattern says to hold two strands of the Mandala Baby together, but when I do this the two strands are different colors. I’m using one strand from each skein and the colors are distributed differently for each skein. What am I doing wrong?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      June 11, 2018 at 10:13 pm

      You’ll want to start each skein with the same color held together. You may have to cut your skein in one place to do this so that they line up evenly. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Lori
    May 30, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    When using the two strands, should they rub with same color? My rooms start and end with different colors.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      June 11, 2018 at 10:12 pm

      Yes, if you want to mimic the look of the sample, start each skein with the same color. You may have to cut your skein in one place to do this. 🙂

      Reply
  • Allyson
    June 1, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Hello again – I have another question from a beginner 🙂 Do I understand correctly that you need to use two strands together of the Mandela yarn? In which case, do I need to match up the varigatied colours at the start so the two balls of yarn match up? Does my question make sense? Many thanks!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      June 6, 2018 at 8:29 pm

      Hey Allyson,

      You are indeed holding two strands of Mandala together and it is a good idea to have the colors start at a similar place if you want to replicate the look of the sample. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Janet
    June 8, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Are the measurements really 5′ x 35″? This seems long.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      June 11, 2018 at 10:11 pm

      Oh my goodness–NO! Ooops! Somehow the 3 got deleted. It’s 35×35″. 🙂

      Sorry about that!

      Reply
  • Lisa Alexander
    July 14, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    I absolutely love this pattern! I make baby blankets for Project Linus and am always in search of a new pattern so I was delighted to find yours as I already had these yarns in my “ stash “. I am not on my third one!!! The two yarns make lovely blanket.

    Thank you for searching your gift. Many blessings to you!

    Reply
    • Jess
      July 19, 2018 at 2:45 pm

      That is so nice to hear that you make blankets for Project Linus. What a special cause! And even better that you already had some of the yarn! Thank you for your kind words, and the work that you do to help kiddos!

      Reply
  • Clarissa
    August 9, 2018 at 10:06 am

    Hi, I’m from Brazil and I’m in love with your blog! Since speaking English is not my strong side 😂 I have some questions regarding abbreviations.
    Waht does it mean:
    Sc
    Sk
    Thanks and sorry if this is too annoying to ask… 😕

    Reply
    • Jess
      August 14, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      Hi Clarissa! That is a great question.

      SC = single crochet
      SK = skip

      So if the directions say, “sk 2 sc, dc in last sc.” That would mean, “skip 2 single crochets, double crochet in last single crochet.”
      Hope that helps!

      Reply
  • Arlene Palickee
    August 13, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    wish u had a video

    Reply
  • Heather
    September 14, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    I’ve been crocheting for a while but in truth I’m still a beginner when it comes to reading a pattern vs step by step photos or a video. I love this pattern and the mix of textures but I’m still having trouble following how you are switching between the color and the white. Are you cutting the white in between the rows and weaving it in or are you carrying it on like the color? I wish you had a video tutorial showing that switch.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 17, 2018 at 5:29 pm

      Hey Heather,

      You actually don’t need to cut the yarn at all. Instead you can leave it attached and pick up up next time that color is needed. (It’ll carry along the side of the blanket and then you’ll cover those carries with the border.)

      If you’ve never switched colors before, take a look at this pattern. There’s a video tutorial where I show exactly how to switch colors at the end of a row. Hope that’s helpful!

      Jess

      Reply

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