Baby blankets or an afghan is one of the easiest items to crochet for a new baby in your life. If you are just beginning to crochet and learning how to read a pattern there are several easy tutorials and crochet baby blanket patterns available.
Using any soft baby yarn and a standard crochet hook a baby blanket can be crocheted as a small square in single crochet, double crochet, half double crochet or treble crochet.
To start with if you are new to crochet or have never crocheted in the past begin by taking a look at the free tutorial Beginner’s Guide to Crochet where you will learn how to crochet. Another great resource is the free online videos produced by Leisure Arts where you can watch beginner videos on stitches and more.
Using a single crochet stitch or double crochet stitch is one of the easiest ways to crochet a baby blanket into a square.
The first step is to plan your blanket by deciding on how large or small you wish to crochet it. This will help you decide on how much yarn to will need to complete your project. Smaller sizes are nice for newborns but if you make it a little larger they can use the blanket as they grow.
· Receiving blanket - 36" x 36"
· Crib blanket - 36" x 54"
· Toddler blanket - 40" x 60"
Once you know the basics of crocheting you will need to purchase soft baby yarn and the correct crochet hook for the pattern you want to crochet. For a beginner choose a smoother yarn, this will make it easier to work with. A yarns weight will determine how large your stitches will be, and how the finished blanket will look and feel.
· Super Fine or Fingering weigh yarn is good for light and lacy blankets
· Fine or Sport Weight is good for light weight but cuddly blankets
· Light Worsted or Double knit yarn is good for we warm but still light blankets
· Worsted Weight Yarn is a bit heavier, but very easy to work with
Choose your hook by the using the correct hook for the pattern you are referring to or if you decide to make up your own blanket remember that for crochet hooks the higher the letter on the hook the larger the hook will be. The heavier your yarn is, more than likely the larger your crochet hook will be.
Begin by crocheting a chain approximately chain 50 stitches, turn and single crochet across the next row, chain 1, and single crochet. Continue the pattern until you reach your desired size normally around 34-40” square.
Here are two examples of free patterns that can easily be crocheted by a beginner:
Easy Whole Lot of Holes Baby Blanket Pattern – Make this one as large or small as you like by easily crocheting a square.
Simple Crochet Baby Afghan Pattern – Made using a larger hook – some knowledge of reading patterns required.
Another resource for how to crochet a baby blanket using a step-by-step guide if Wiki How which explains the entire how to crochet a baby blanket process in detail. They walk the user through the steps of choosing yarn, stitches and starting chains, and easy single crochet, double crochet, and granny square blankets to make.
A favorite baby blanket pattern is simple granny square baby blanket pattern where you can crochet a large granny square continuing around the granny square as you go. Keep making rounds. Repeat the third round over and over again until your blanket reaches the size you like. Here is a free pattern that you can download and print.
For more ideas and free baby blanket patterns check out these resources:
Free Video on How to Crochet a Basic Baby Blanket Pattern - A free video tutorial
Diagonal Crochet Squares Baby Blanket Pattern – Once you get the hang of crocheting this makes a beautiful blanket to crochet for baby.
Crochet Baby Blanket Patterns - A variety of blankets to crochet from easy to more advanced.
Baby Blankets and Afghans – Patterns to download for free from independent designers.
Free Easy to Crochet Baby Blanket Patterns – An Examiner How to article and free patterns
Beginner's Guide More Crochet Stitches & Easy Projects eBook – Download a book to teach yourself stitches.
Rainbow Crochet Pattern, Afghan, Jacket and Bootie Set ePattern – A popular baby pattern
Beginner Baby Blankets – Download Patterns
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