Sweetest Baby Blanket

It’s a baby crazy time for our extended family, with one set of twins recently arrived and another on the way! So as you can imagine, I have baby things on the brain again. The set that were just born are a boy and a girl, so I wanted to make them a pair of blankets that were soft, cozy, and coordinate well together without being exactly the same. The result was the Sweetest Baby Blanket!

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The Sweetest Baby Blanket is a simple but exciting twist on the granny square. Each square as written measures about 4.25″, so for a small baby blanket I went with a 6 x 6 blanket. If you want to make a larger blanket, just add more squares!

Sweetest Baby Blanket - free pattern with photo tutorial! #crochet

Sweetest Baby Blanket

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  • US – I, 5.5mm hook
  • Worsted weight yarn, in 4 colors (I Love This Cotton in White, Pistache, Aqua, Turquoise, and Pink shown)
  • Yarn amounts for 36 squares: Color A – 100 yds; Color B: 180 yds; Color C: 250 yds; Color D: 350 yds, plus additional amount for seaming and border if desired.
  • Video tutorials for all stitches and techniques used are available on the Tutorials Page.

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Round 1: (Using Color A) Make a magic circle. Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), and working into the ring dc 2. *Ch 2, dc 3 into the ring. Repeat from * 3 times. Ch 2, break yarn and use seamless join to finish off, joining to the top of the ch 3. Weave in ends for this round.

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Round 2: (Using Color B) Insert the hook around the rightmost dc in any set of 3 from Round 1, as if to make a back post stitch (as seen above). Pick up yarn pulling it around post as if to make a back post stitch, and ch 3. Bpdc around next 2 sts. [Dc 2, ch 2, dc 2] in ch sp. *Bpdc around next 3 sts, then [dc 2, ch 2, dc 2] in ch sp. Repeat from * 3 times. Break yarn and seamless join to top of ch 3. Weave in ends for this round.Sweetest Baby Blanket - free pattern with photo tutorial! #crochetThe Sweetest Baby Blanket! Free pattern, totally customizable, perfect for boys and girls! Get the pattern at mooglyblog.com #crochet

Round 3: (Using Color C) Insert the hook around the rightmost dc in any set of 7 from Round 2, as if to make a back post stitch. Pick up yarn pulling it around post as if to make a back post stitch, and ch 3. Bpdc around next 6 sts. [Dc 2, ch 2, dc 2] in ch sp. *Bpdc around next 7 sts, then [dc 2, ch 2, dc 2] in ch sp. Repeat from * 3 times. Break yarn and seamless join to top of ch 3. Weave in ends for this round.Sweetest Baby Blanket - free pattern with photo tutorial! #crochetSweetest Baby Blanket - free pattern with photo tutorial! #crochet

Round 4: (Using Color D) Insert the hook around the rightmost dc in any set of 11 from Round 3, as if to make a back post stitch. Pick up yarn pulling it around post as if to make a back post stitch, and ch 3. Bpdc around next 10 sts. [Dc 2, ch 2, dc 2] in ch sp. *Bpdc around next 11 sts, then [dc 2, ch 2, dc 2] in ch sp. Repeat from * 3 times. Break yarn and seamless join to top of dc – NOT the ch 3, as seen below. This ensures an even “V” count on each side of the square, important for most joining methods.  Weave in ends for this round.Sweetest Baby Blanket - free pattern with photo tutorial! #crochetSweetest Baby Blanket - free pattern with photo tutorial! #crochet

Finishing:
To attach the squares to each other, I held the RS of two squares together, and using Color D, sl st through the outside loops of both, so that the sl sts show up on the WS of the blanket. You can see a nice tutorial of this technique on Attic24. Of course, feel free to use whatever joining method you prefer! For an edging, I did a row of sc and a row of simple dc 5 shells. For the boy’s version, I’ll likely use a row of dc – I’ll post a picture as soon as it’s done! There are hundreds of edgings available, so use the one you like best!Sweetest Baby Blanket - free pattern with photo tutorial! #crochet

I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I have! It looks just as good in brights as in pastels, and is perfect for both boys and girls. Change it up by making each square different or using a different joining method – it’s up to you to make it your own!

 

Sweetest Baby Blanket - free pattern with photo tutorial! #crochet

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  1. 4

    Lisa Herrera says

    I don’t like granny squares. To much work sewing them together. I like one continuous pattern. They are beautiful though. If I had the patience.

  2. 14

    Barbara Webb says

    This is the first time on your blog. I love this blanket. I have been looking for a pattern to use some of my extra balls. This will be perfect. I am going to make it out of a baby yarn thickness. Thanks again, great work! W/B signing up for newsletter.

  3. 16

    cyndy says

    I have been looking at your patterns and I have to say they are the best. All the different things all look good.
    I will be back.
    Thank you for all the enjoyment I got from looking at it.

  4. 20

    Carol says

    I am making this blanket but I find that my squares are not laying flat. The sides seem to squeeze in. I tried using a bigger hook. I tried having the hole in the center be a little more open. I tried doing 2 rows of plain double crochet around the square. I still can’t get them to lay flat. What am I doing wrong. I’d like to make this blanket, but I don’t want to get all of the squares done and have the lines not be straight . especially the outer edge.

    • 21

      moogly says

      Carol, the sides of the squares to tend to pull in a bit, but blocking each square before joining them should straighten them out! The method of blocking just depends on what yarn you are using.

  5. 23

    Coy says

    I cannot get the pattern to download. Can you email it to me as attachment. I’m not very good on the computer. I do better with my crochet hooks!

    • 24

      moogly says

      Hi Coy! There isn’t really a download option for my patterns, but if you use the green Print Friendly button at the bottom of the pattern you can get a printable copy! :)

  6. 27

    Mary Arnevik says

    Hi – This is a lovely blanket! Would you please tell me the brand on yarn you used and the names of the colors? Thanks!

  7. 33

    says

    I am in love with the blanket! I think I need to make an adult version of this. I am obsessed with blankets. Thank you so much for the tutorial!

  8. 36

    Heidi Urness says

    IM having trouble with this pattern my squares brake in the white what am i doing wrong can you please help me i really love this pattern.

        • 39

          Tamara Kelly says

          If you’re starting with the magic circle, you may want to leave a longer tail if it’s pulling out. If it’s just loosening up, try pulling the hole closed tightly and then weave in the end securely. I hope that helps!

  9. 45

    Brandie Woods says

    I love this pattern dearly and would love to make it. I have one question I am using a variegated yarn and would like to make one continuous square. How can I do that without having to cut each row off? Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks

    • 46

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Brandi! To finish Round 1 I would slip stitch to the top of the ch 3 that started the round, and then to start Round 2, yo and work a bpdc right around the top of the same st (the ch 3). Then work as directed and repeat at the end/beginning of each round. You’ll want to pull the sts of that first bpdc up nice and high to make sure it’s as tall as the other sts, but it should work.

  10. 48

    Melanie says

    I love this blanket! I’m going to make it for my niece who is due in December. She is having a boy. What colors did you use for the boy blanket?

  11. 56

    Heidi urness says

    Hi I’m still working on mine I’ve got 3 afghans started for Xmas presents ill let you know when I’m done:)

  12. 58

    Grace says

    (Worsted weight yarn, in 4 colors (I Love This Cotton in White, Pistache, Aqua, Turquoise, and Pink shown)
    Yarn amounts for 36 squares: Color A – 100 yds; Color B: 180 yds; Color C: 250 yds; Color D: 350 yds, plus additional amount for seaming and border if desired.)

    Hi I was just checking yardage and I notice there are only 4 yarn amounts, but 5 colours in the picture. Which colour correlates to which letter, and how much yarn is needed for the 5th colour?
    Thanks so much.
    Grace

    • 59

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Grace! I’m afraid there are only 4 colors in each square. The Turquoise was only used in the blues “boys” sample square while the Pink was only used in the finished blanket.

      • 66

        Kathy L says

        I was talking about actually making the magic circle. The tutorial says after wrapping 2x around finger, you make a single crochet about 6 times unless you need to make double crochets. Not sure if it matters for this pattern. I got the part about double crocheting in the middle of the circle . Thanks..Kathy

        • 67

          Tamara Kelly says

          For the magic circle tutorial I was just demonstrating working sts into it – they could be sc, dc trc, whatever the pattern calls for. In this case work the dc sts right into the circle, no sc sts required. :)

          • 68

            Kathy L says

            Thanks!! :) One last question!! I am making this for a boy and was wondering what you would suggest doing for the edging.

          • 69

            Tamara Kelly says

            For boys I like Triangle Edging or a row of sc or dc followed by a row of crab stitch (reverse single crochet). There are tutorials for both here on moogly on the tutorials page!

  13. 70

    Kayla says

    Hi, in the image of the finished blanket the corner that is laying on top of the rest of the blanket looks flat while the ones under have raised looking parts. Is the flat the back side?

    I also saw your advice for making it in one color yarn rather than switching, would that also have the raised effect though you aren’t changing yarns each round?

    Thanks, love the look of this!!

    • 71

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Kayla! The flat is the back side. The raised effect comes from the post stitches, so it should work with just one color too. :)

    • 73

      Tamara Kelly says

      Absolutely! :D Just add more rows in the pattern – after making the first few rows I think you’ll see how easy it is. :) And I think the end result would be fantastic!

  14. 74

    Joyce Jados says

    I just finished making this for our new granddaughter, giving it to her for Christmas. It is more beautiful than the pictures! Thank you for sharing this pattern!

  15. 76

    Ali says

    Thank you for this pattern, I just finished it tonight. It looks so sweet and will be a lovely gift for my new nephew arriving at the end of the month!

  16. 78

    Janet Ragusa says

    Beautiful pattern. I’m new to crocheting and the nice clear photos make it easy for me to follow the pattern. I can’t wait to make this blanket.

  17. 80

    says

    This is a beautiful blanket. I would love to make it for my year old great granddaughter, but the instructions are rather difficult to read with advertisements printed over them. Could you tell me how to print the pattern without the advertisements? Or maybe it would be easier to just email me the pattern . Thank your for your attention in this matter….. Jacie

    • 81

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Jacie! Thank you! Use the green Print Friendly button at the bottom of the post and you’ll get a copy to print without any ads. :)

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