What’s a girl going to do!? when her friend is expecting and isn’t finding out if they are having a boy, or a girl until the very last moment… well if you are me then you need to have 2 baby blankets on hand.
This is baby afghan #1. I have decided this one will be for the baby if the baby is a boy. It will work perfectly for girls or boys though, just switch up the yarn colors to those the expectant parents prefer and crochet away. This project is easy to make and takes 627 yds of medium weight yarn and a 5 mm (H) crochet hook.
I chose to use my last 3 balls of Caron Baby Cakes yarn to make this baby blanket. I was able to buy some last fall before it ran out of stock at Michaels. I hope Caron releases more of this yarn soon because it is absolutely gorgeous to work with and the colors are perfect for babies! Not to mention it is super soft and machine washable and dryable.
I better get back to work and finish up baby blanket #2!! The baby is coming super soon!
I can’t wait to see the projects you crochet using this free baby crochet pattern. Please add your projects to Ravelry, share them with me on my Facebook page, or if you are on Instagram, share them there with the hashtag #oombawka
It is never recommended to leave baby alone with a blanket. Please take necessary precautions to keep baby safe.
- Yarn: Caron Baby Cakes. Medium Weight  Yarn. 3.5 oz / 100g ; 231 yds / 211 m. 82% acrylic and 18% nylon. Machine washable and dryable.
- Hook: 5 mm (H) Orange Osage Hook
- Finished Project Yardage: 9.5 oz / 271 g ; 627 yds / 572 m
- Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker (optional)
31.75 inches wide by 31 inches long
approximately 3.5 dc per inch and 2 rows per inch
You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute if your gauge is different, the finished size of your project will also be different.
US Terminology used
ch – chain
ch1sp – chain 1 space
ch2sp – chain 2 space
dc – double crochet
R – row
rem – remain
rep – repeat
sc – single crochet
sk – skip
st/sts – stitch/stitches
* – Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain of multiple instructions.
() – Repeat the instructions between the parentheses the number of times indicated.
 – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches
Helpful Video Tutorials
6 + 3 chs
- I recommend working into the back bump of the starting ch to provide more stretch/elasticity to your projects first row.
- The initial ch 3 counts as 1 dc.
- This project is worked with the Caron Baby Cakes as it comes out of the ball. I did not cut or color match up sections. I just worked it as it unwound. If you want to have precise color changes you can change colors where you wish. I recommend changing your colors on the last yarn over of a stitch. Check out this tutorial for help: Changing Colors on the Last Yarn Over
Beautiful Baby Boy Blanket Pattern Instructions
This blanket is worked back and forth in rows.
R1: Ch 93, 1 dc in the fourth ch from the hook (skipped 3 chs count as 1 dc) and in each of the next 4 chs. *Ch 1, sk 1 ch, 1 dc in each of the next 5 chs**. Rep from * to ** across until 7 chs rem. Ch 1, sk 1 ch, 1 dc in each of the last 6 chs. Turn. [77 dc, 14 ch1sp]
R2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the next dc, ch 2, sk 2 dc. *Ch 2, 3 dc in the next ch1sp, ch 2, sk 2 dc, 1 sc in the next dc**. Rep from * to ** across until 3 dc rem. Ch 2, sk 2 dc, 2 dc in the last dc. Turn. [62 dc, 30 ch2sp]
R3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in the next dc, 1 dc in the ch2sp, ch 1, 1 dc in the next ch2sp. *1 dc in each of the next 3 dc and 1 dc in the next ch2sp, ch 1, 1 dc in the next ch2sp**. Rep from * to ** across until 2 dc rem. 1 dc in each of the last 2 dc. Turn. [76 dc, 15 ch1sp]
R4: Ch 1, 1 sc in the first dc. *Ch 2, 3 dc in the next ch1sp, ch 2, sk the next 2 dc, 1 sc in the next dc**. Rep from * to ** across. Turn. [16 sc, 45 dc, 30 ch2sp]
R5: Ch 3, 1 dc in the next ch2sp, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc and 1 dc in the next ch2sp. *Ch 1, 1 dc in the next ch2sp, 1 dc in each of the next 3 dc and 1 dc in the next ch2sp**. Rep from * to ** across until 1 sc rem. 1 dc in the last sc. Turn. [77 dc, 14 ch1sp]
R6 – R57: Rep R2 to R5 in order. Do not turn after the final row. Do not finish off. Proceed to the Edging Rounds below.
Rotate your work to continue down the side edge of your project. The edging is worked in rounds around the outside edges of your project. You do not need to sl st to join at the end of the round unless indicated.
R1: Work 98 sc evenly down the side edge of the project (I worked 2 sc for each dc row end and 1 sc for each sc row end). At the corner, ch 2 and rotate to work along the bottom edge (the starting chain row). Work 90 sc evenly across to the next corner. Ch 2 and rotate your work to work up the other side edge of the project. Work 98 sc evenly up this side edge. At the corner, ch 2 and rotate your work to continue across the top edge. Work 90 sc evenly across to the final corner. Ch 2 and sl st to the first st of this round to join. [376 sc, 4 ch2sp]
R2: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc, ch 1), sk 1 sc. *1 dc in the next sc, ch 1, sk 1 sc**. Rep from * to ** across to the corner ch2sp. 4 dc in the corner ch2sp. Rep from * to ** across to the next ch2sp. 4 dc in the corner ch2sp. Rep from * to ** across to the next ch2sp. 4 dc in the corner ch2sp. Rep from * to ** across to the final corner ch2sp. 4 dc in the final corner ch2sp. [206 dc, 188 ch1sp]
R3: *1 sc in each dc and 1 sc in ch1sp across to the corner 4 dc. The corner is worked like this: 1 sc in each of the first 2 dc, 3 sc in the next dc (this is the 3rd dc in the corner), 1 sc in the last dc in the corner.** Rep from * to ** 3 more times. [400 sc]
R4: *1 sc in each sc across to the second sc in the corner 3 sc set (Note: I’m going to refer to this as the corner sc). Work 3 sc in the corner sc.** Rep from * to ** 3 more times. Finish off with an invisible join and weave in your ends. [412 sc]