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Baby Blanket Free Crochet Pattern | Emilio Blanket

The Emilio is an easy crochet baby blanket pattern that works up quickly in worsted weight yarn. Create stripes in baby’s nursery colors for a custom look, or a single color for this free crochet baby blanket pattern.

I love a solid fabric for crochet baby blankets. And these simple stitches come together to create just that.

This crochet blanket pattern is a one row repeat, so it’s nice and relaxing to make. The edges feature single crochet, double crochet and a crab stitch border.

Grey, cream and blue striped crochet baby blanket pattern on chair.
The stripes make for an easy stash buster crochet blanket!

The crab stitch border makes this a classic baby blanket crochet pattern. While this stitch may be new this free crochet baby blanket pattern is still for beginners.

To work the crab stitch you simply make a single crochet working in the reverse direction. So if we normally crochet right to left, for the crab stitch you work the sc from left to right.

Corner and crab stitch border on crochet blanket.
The crab stitch border gives this blanket a defining edge.

The yarn for this blanket

I love working with this Premier Everyday Anti-Pilling yarn. Pilling is when the little balls of fiber gather up. It’s virtually impossible to not have pilling on most yarn creations. But this yarn delivers on the anti-pilling promise!

The yarn weight for this baby blanket crochet pattern is a #4 medium worsted weight yarn. Most of us have plenty of #4 yarn on hand in our stash to use up.

Crochet baby blanket in grey, cream and blue stripes on wood floor.
This crochet blanket works up great in 7″ stripes.

The stitch

The best stitches for baby blankets create a snuggly drape, but do not create a lot of holes. While all crochet has some holes, I prefer closer together stitches for baby blankets.

The stitch pattern I chose for this blanket groups the stitches, so they’re close together. The easy stitches make a simple baby blanket pattern that’s quick to crochet and cute to gift!

The Size

The baby blanket in the picture finishes up, with the border, at 34″/86.4cm long x 30″/76.2cm wide. I include several size options for this crochet baby blanket pattern below, I you want to crochet a throw blanket, or even larger.

What’s the right size for a baby blanket? The nice thing about blankets, is they don’t have to be any exact size. But I include some common blanket sizes for you to choose from for baby and adults.

Striped grey, blue and cream crochet baby blanket on blue vintage chair.
The stitch texture with just a one row repeat on this blanket is fabulous!

How long does it take to crochet this baby blanket?

If you’re crocheting the smallest size (pictured here), then it only takes about 4 hours to crochet this baby blanket.

To crochet a larger size, it will obviously take longer. But the simplicity of this one makes it an easy and quick worsted weight blanket pattern.

How much does it cost to crochet this blanket?

I designed this baby blanket to be a stash buster blanket, so it’s great for using up single skeins of yarn and left overs. However, some of us may need to purchase yarn to make this baby blanket.

The Premier yarn I use and recommend, is an affordable acrylic yarn. Right now, it runs $4.49 on their website per ball. For the baby blanket size pictured, you’ll need 7 balls. So the cost is somewhere around $35.

Of course, this varies depending on where you buy, and if you’re able to get yarn on sale or with coupon code. And if you’re making a larger size, then your cost goes up accordingly.

Striped crochet blanket draped open on blue chair.
The neutrals and dark blue of this baby blanket come together so well in this stitch.

More Baby Blanket Patterns

The Piemonte is a square baby blanket pattern, crocheted center out. It’s made as a solid granny square with puff stitches at the corners.

If you love Bernat Softee Baby yarn then you should check out the Eileen crochet cotton blanket pattern.

A classic chevron baby blanket crochet pattern is always a popular choice, and works well for stripes too.

Check out more free crochet patterns for blankets here. These blanket crochet patterns include baby blankets, and a variety of other sizes too.

If you love stash busters, then you’ll enjoy these crochet patterns too.

Materials

  • 925 yd/846m of #4 medium worsted weight yarn; pictured in Premier Everyday Yarn Anti-Pilling* (100% acrylic, 3.5 oz/100 g, 180 yds/165m) colors: A snow white (1), B silver (2), C cream (1), D twilight blue (1), E steel (1), F chinchilla (1). See “Common Size + Yarn” below for yardage on other sizes.
  • 5.5mm US Size I-9 Hook, hook needed to meet gauge. I use my Furls Odyssey* here.
  • yarn needle
  • scissors
  • measuring tape

Notes

  1. Ch 1 at the beginning of a row does not count as a stitch.

Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)

Here are the stitches and abbreviations in the pattern instructions. You can click on any of these lengths for an in depth tutorial.

ch(s)-chain(s)

hdc-half double crochet

sc-single crochet

sk-skip the indicated stitch 

st(s)-stitch(es) 

rep-repeat

Skill Level

Easy

Gauge

4″/10cm x 4″/10cm = 14 sts x 10 rows in the pattern

Finished Size of this Baby Blanket

34″/86.4cm long x 30″/76.2cm wide

Stripes

To achieve the same stripes:

Rows 1-4 Color A. Then change colors every 22 rows, or 7″/17.8cm, as Color B, C, D, B. Finish with 4 rows in Color A.

This baby blanket pattern works well as a scrappy project. If you don’t quite have a full skein of yarn, through in some other colors in 4 row reps to add to your length.

Colors and striping are always up to you!

Color Changing Tip

On the last yarn over of the last stitch before the color change, drop the current color and pick up the new color. Yarn over in the new color and pull through. Turn, and continue working in the new color.

You can work over your ends to help with weaving in. I usually work over them and then weave in also to secure them.

Common Blanket Sizes + Yarn

To crochet a

Lovey – 12.75″/32.5cm x 12″/30.5cm you’ll need approximately 169yd/154m of yarn.

Baby – 30″/76.25cm x 34″/86.25cm you’ll need approximately 1122yd/1026m of yarn.

Receiving – 36.5″/92.75cm x 36″/91.5cm you’ll need approximately 1446yd/1322m of yarn.

Toddler – 39.75″/101cm x 52″/132cm you’ll need approximately 2274yd/2079m of yarn.

Sm Throw – 45″/114.25cm x 60″/152.5cm you’ll need approximately 2970yd/2715m of yarn.

Lg Throw – 54.75″/139cm x 60″/152.5cm you’ll need approximately 3614yd/3304m of yarn.

Twin – 66.75″/169.5cm x 90″/228.5cm you’ll need approximately 6609yd/6041m of yarn.

Full – 80.5″/204.5cm x 108″/274.25cm you’ll need approximately 9564yd/8742m of yarn.

Queen – 90.25″/229.25cm x 108″/274.25cm you’ll need approximately 10,721yd/9801m of yarn.

King – 108.5″/275.5cm x 108″/274.25cm you’ll need approximately 12,890yd/11783m of yarn.

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Video Tutorial

The Emilio has a full video tutorial which includes how to crochet the crab stitch border, plus tips on crocheting all borders. Watch it on my YouTube channel here.

Scroll down for the free baby blanket crochet pattern!

Grey, cream and blue striped crochet baby blanket pattern on chair.

Baby Blanket Free Crochet Pattern | Emilio Blanket

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 4 hours
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $20

The Emilio is an easy crochet baby blanket pattern that works up quickly in worsted weight yarn. Create stripes in nursery colors for a custom look, or crochet this free blanket pattern in a solid.

Materials

  • 925 yd/846m of #4 medium worsted weight yarn; pictured in Premier Everyday Yarn Anti-Pilling (100% acrylic, 3.5 oz/100 g, 180 yds/165m) colors: A snow white (1), B silver (2), C cream (1), D twilight blue (1), E steel (1), F chinchilla (1).

Tools

  • 5.5mm US Size I-9 Hook, hook needed to meet gauge
  • yarn needle
  • scissors
  • measuring tape

Instructions

In Color A, to crochet a

    1. Lovey Ch 44
    2. Baby (size pictured) Ch 104
    3. Receiving Ch 132
    4. Toddler Ch 144
    5. Sm Throw Ch 164
    6. Lg Throw Ch 200
    7. Twin Ch 244
    8. Full Ch 296
    9. Queen Ch 332
    10. King Ch 400
  1. Row 1. Sk first ch, sc in next ch, sk 1 ch, 2 hdc in next ch, *{sk 1 ch, 2 sc in next ch, sk 1 ch, 2 hdc in next ch} rep * across, turn. (99 sts)
  2. Row 2. Ch 1, sc in same st, sk next st, 2 hdc in next st, *{sk next st, 2 sc in next st, sk next st, 2 hdc in next st} rep * across, turn. (99 sts)
  3. Rep Row 2.
  4. Continue repeating Row 2. You always work into first st of each set, so you will place 2 hdc in the first sc of the set. And you will place 2 sc in the first hdc of the set. Each row will end in 2 hdc in the last stitch.
  5. To achieve the same stripesas the blanket pictured: Rows 1-4 Color A.
  6. Then change colors every 22 rows, or 7"/17.8cm, as Color B, C, D, B, and rep as needed for length.
  7. Finish with 4 rows in Color A.
  8. Longer lengths will continue changing colors every 7" as needed.

Border change to Color F. Adds 1"/2.5cm around.

  1. Ch 1, sc evenly around the blanket, placing a (sc, ch 1, sc) in each corner, sl st to the first sc. Cut yarn and join Color E.
  2. Ch 3, dc evenly around the blanket, placing a (dc, ch 1, dc) in each corner (the ch 1 from the last row), sl st to the first dc. Cut yarn and join Color F.
  3. Ch 1, start with a regular sc, then work the crab stitch (reverse single crochet) around the blanket, just placing 1 crab stitch per corner.
  4. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

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