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Crocheting a baby blanket

The baby blanket you crocheted yourself is very versatile. If you've done a particularly good job with the design, put it in the stroller as a cover blanket. This way, your crochet work is not only shown off beautifully, it also warms your baby. But a crocheted plaid is also useful in the bedroom in the cradle or in the baby cot. After all, even if it's so warm that the blanket seems unnecessary, you shouldn't let your little darling sleep uncovered. The little ones in particular can catch a cold very easily. To keep your little darling warm from below when crawling, you can spread the crocheted blanket for the baby on the floor. And if you make the plaid especially soft and cuddly, it will become a cuddly blanket for the little one.

Crocheting a simple baby blanket for beginners and advanced

Crocheting a pretty baby blanket does not necessarily require a lot of previous knowledge. Even as a beginner you can make a cute plaid for your baby yourself. If you choose a simple rectangle as the shape of your blanket and also do without difficult patterns and frequent color changes in the design, the baby blanket is the perfect entry-level project. In order for your crochet work to still look nice and colorful, you can choose a color gradient yarn. If you are a professional in the art of crochet, you can really let loose with the design of the baby plaid. On our portal you will find wonderful crochet patterns for baby blankets, which challenge you with unusual patterns or attractive, integrated pictures. On Crazy Patterns there is a baby blanket model for every proficiency level.

Blanket for babies – crochet patterns in English

Even those who have always paid close attention in foreign language lessons at school can't do much with crochet patterns in a different language. We don't learn technical terms related to crochet technique at school. And because many translation tools are not adapted to the handicraft vocabulary, it is often difficult to understand crochet patterns in a foreign language. With Crazy Patterns, however, there are no communication problems. Because all the patterns for crocheting a baby blanket can be found in English. Step by step you will be guided through the manual and need neither an interpreter nor a lexicon.

How do you crochet a baby blanket?

If you look at the patterns for crocheting a baby blanket in our general overview, you can immediately see whether it is a free tutorial or whether you have to pay for the manual. Once you have successfully completed the checkout process, the selected tutorial is immediately available for download. Once downloaded to your computer, you can download the pattern again and again without incurring any additional costs. However, it makes more sense to save your crochet tutorial for baby plaids on your computer. Then you can access all the important information offline. In addition to the individual steps that lead you to the finished crocheted blanket, the pattern also gives you interesting tips on the material. You will get a recommendation for the right needle size for your crochet hook and color suggestions are usually also included. Of course, you are not bound to the recommendations of the tutorial. If you decide on a different wool, you can find the appropriate needle size on the label of the yarn.

This material is needed for crocheting a baby blanket

Not every crochet pattern for baby blankets has the same requirements for materials and tools. Your accessories may vary depending on the pattern and design. Especially with the plaid for your baby you have to have special demands regarding the material. Make sure that your crochet yarn is soft, but not linting. It shouldn't be scratchy, should wash easily in the machine and be free of harmful substances. In addition to the wool for crocheting the baby blanket, you will also need a few additional aids and materials. In the following overview you can see what you will usually need in terms of tools and materials:

  • Crochet yarn(s) suitable for children in the colors of your choice.
  • Further materials, such as fun stickers to sew on.
  • Crochet hook in the size matching the respective crochet yarn.
  • A wool or darning needle for sewing the thread ends.
  • A pair of scissors to cut the threads.
  • Additional tools, such as a marker to indicate the beginning of your round.

As soon as you have put the required material together completely, you can start with your project.

Crocheting a baby blanket for boys

Of course, it is not necessary to design the baby blanket for boys differently from the plaid for girls. But if it is for example a gift for a birth, it will look more personal if the design of the blanket is adapted to the sex of the baby. For small world explorers, the color blue is perfect. You shouldn't choose a pattern that is too delicate. And if you want to create a great picture on the crochet blanket for little boys, the best thing to do is choose a car. A wild animal such as a lion or a bear also fits the baby blanket for boys that you crocheted yourself. And because dinosaurs never go out of fashion, you can also make a dinosaur blanket.

Crocheting a baby blanket for girls

In order for the blanket to show that it was designed for a little princess, you can choose a pink color to crochet the baby plaid for girls. The pattern on the blanket may include flowers or hearts. And if you want to add a cute picture, you might want to choose animals like bees, ladybirds or kittens for the crocheted blanket for little girls. A special fashion hype, of course, is the unicorn. The popular mythical creature makes itself especially good on the crocheted blanket for your little lady. And if the young woman is a bit older and can express her own wishes, she will probably choose a mermaid blanket for her cuddly blanket.

The right measurements for crocheted baby blankets

Of course, there are no "correct" measurements for a baby blanket in general. Depending on what you want to use the crocheted baby plaid for, you will have to adjust the size accordingly. If you want the blanket to warm a newborn baby in the stroller or crib, you may want it to be small. 65 centimeters by 70 centimeters are definitely big enough. If the crocheted blanket for the baby is also intended as a crawling blanket, it should be a little bigger. After all, your little darling wants to move around a bit while playing. And if the crocheted baby blanket is more of a cuddly blanket for toddlers, you should make it big enough so that your little darling can wrap him or herself comfortably in it.

Crocheting a baby blanket with a waffle stitch pattern

The waffle pattern is particularly suitable for a self-crocheted baby blanket. On the one hand, the design reinforces your baby blanket a bit, making it especially warm and durable. On the other hand, you don't use a lot more yarn, which also means that the crocheted baby blanket in the waffle stitch pattern isn't much heavier than a crocheted blanket in a simple double (UK: treble) or single (UK: double) stitch. Special crochet skills are not necessary for the waffle pattern. You should be able to crochet single (UK: double) and post double (UK: treble) crochet as well as single (UK: double) stitches and chain stitches. Front post double (UK: treble) stitches are not difficult, because when crocheting you simply don't insert the needle into the stitch, but around the stitch.

Crocheting a baby blanket with a shell stitch pattern

Especially a self-crocheted baby blanket for girls looks especially enchanting in the shell pattern. Even though the crochet work becomes thicker due to the shell design, the finished blanket is light, soft and delicate. If you also use pastel shades, the baby plaid looks even friendlier. The baby blanket crocheted in a shell pattern is perfect for crochet beginners. No knowledge is required except for chain stitches, single (UK: double) and double (UK: treble) stitches. The shells are produced automatically when you crochet several doubles (UK: trebles) together into one of the doubles (UK: trebles) of the previous row. In order to prevent your crochet blanket from getting wider with every row, you will of course have to skip some of the stitches in the previous row.

Crocheting a baby blanket from squares

When crocheting a baby blanket from squares, all your rectangles have to be even. The easiest way to do this is to make "Granny Squares". These are crochet squares that are completed in rounds starting from the center. The simple Granny Square consists of groups of double (UK: treble) and chain stitches. Since you start each round in the corner of a square, you must also be able to crochet slip stitches. For the beginning of your rectangle you should master the magic ring. A crocheted baby blanket made of squares can be extended by crocheting more Granny Squares on to it. This is very practical because it allows the blanket to grow with your little sweetheart.

Crochet techniques for baby blankets

Homemade crocheted baby blankets are wonderful projects for crochet beginners. But advanced crocheters can also prove their skills with unusual patterns on the baby blanket. Depending on which design you choose, you will have to master different techniques. However, a select few details are essential for any baby blanket you crochet yourself:

  • You must definitely be able to crochet chain stitches.
  • Single (UK: double) or double (UK: treble) stitches are also almost always needed.
  • And you will also only rarely manage without slip stitches.
  • Sometimes you should be able to make a thread ring (= magic circle).
  • And besides crocheting, it is essential that you can sew a thread.
  • Other crocheting techniques are usually not required, but are explained explicitly in the instructions should you need them.

If you are an absolute beginner in crocheting and you don't know what to do with the basics from the above overview, you can use our free crochet lexicon to teach yourself the most important skills for crocheting a baby blanket.

Tips and tricks when crocheting a baby blanket in our community

Even if the patterns for crocheting a baby blanket on our portal guide you in detail and step by step to your goal, it is possible that you do not understand something and therefore cannot proceed with your project. If it is a general question you are looking for a solution to, you can check out our help page. There we have compiled and answered numerous frequently asked questions for you. If it concerns a special problem, you are in good hands in our forum. When you start a call for help to the big crochet community, you will always find a helpful soul who will gladly help you with useful advice. You can also discover great tips and tricks for crocheting a baby blanket on our YouTube channel. And because the videos are always kept up to date, it's worth stopping by from time to time. If you have a great idea for the baby plaids crochet patterns yourself, we would be happy if you shared it with us in a creative post on our Facebook page.

Selling crochet patterns for baby blankets

You probably won't become a self-made millionaire with crochet patterns for baby blankets, but you can certainly earn some pocket money with your own designs. If you write down the details of your own baby blanket step by step in a coherent, simple text and then illustrate this text, you can post it on our website. It's up to you whether you want money for your pattern for crocheting a baby blanket or if you want to make it available to the users for free. In our guide to selling patterns, we explain how uploading works and what you have to take into account.

By the way, we are not just a pure crochet portal. If you are one of those passionate knitters, you will find many beautiful patterns in our knitting section. As a hobby DIYer you can find great ideas for crafting in the DIY section. And if you like tailoring, we recommend the sewing category with wonderful sewing tutorials. Feel free to scroll through it!