If you’re looking for an easy beginner crochet project, this free crochet ribbed baby blanket pattern is for you! The post stitches make such pretty crochet ribbing detail and texture for this blanket that you’ll love.
And, don’t worry about working a border for this pattern — I kept it really easy with the border built right in. Solid and simple half double crochet stitches at the beginning and end of each row create a plain base for the texture of the post stitch ribs to pop right out in the design.
There are so many gorgeous crochet patterns available today that feature crochet cables. But, cable stitches can look intimidating and require some practice. The good news is … advanced crochet cables are based upon variations of post stitches used in this free crochet pattern.
By the time you have completed this blanket, you will have so much more confidence to tackle a beginner crochet cable project (no tunisian crochet here!). Because it’s worked differently than granny squares, you do have a lot of repeat rows, but none of them are single crochet, so it works-up fast. And the ribbed stitch looks so cool when you’re done, you’ll want to make a crochet hat, crochet bag and top them all with crochet flowers! LOL!
This blanket is sized to make a baby blanket or toddler sleep mat, but the multiples are included to increase it to a throw size for your couch or even a coverlet for a bed.
If you love crochet and are looking for additional patterns to practice your post stitch work, check out the Sugar Maple Cowl and Sugar Maple Scarf. No matter what time of year, we can always make cozy crochet pieces for wrapping up in winter.
The free pattern is provided below including the size, materials, and notes. An ad-free PDF version of the Berry Hedge Baby Blanket pattern is also available for you to purchase, download, and print out.
Pattern information below!
What You Need to Make this Free Crochet Ribbed Baby Blanket Pattern
- Approximately 40 x 31 in (102 x 79 cm)
- Pattern is worked in multiples of 12 + 8.
- The pattern is worked over 2 rows.
Approximately 1,200 yards heavy worsted or aran weight yarn. Drops Nepal wool and alpaca blend used for blanket pictured, but any soft worsted weight yarn is perfect for this crochet baby blanket as long as you can make a gauge swatch to match.
Crochet hook: Size J/10 (6 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
In alternating half double crochet and double crochet post stitches,13 stitches and 10 rows = 4 inches
Skill Level: Easy
Please take time to create a gauge sample before beginning work.
This blanket is worked flat.
Blocking is not necessary for this piece.
The yarn used for this blanket contains natural fiber and requires special laundering. Please read yarn labels and follow directions to maintain the life of your crochet work.
Ribbed Crochet Blanket Special Stitches
Half Double Crochet in Back Bar (Bottom Loop) of Foundation Chain:
Turn your foundation chain over and crochet in the row of single “bumps” or loops created on the bottom when you made the chain.
Front Post double crochet:
Yarn over, insert hook right to left behind the double crochet post from row below, yarn over and finish stitch as a double crochet.
Back Post double crochet:
Yarn over, insert hook right to left in front of the double crochet post from row below, yarn over and finish stitch as a double crochet, no slip stitch.
How to Make this Crochet Ribbed Baby Blanket
Turn foundation chain over and half double crochet in bottom loop of third stitch of foundation chain (see Special Stitches Section for instructions), continue half double crochet stitch in each bottom loop of foundation chain, turn. (90 stitches total and for each row hereafter.)
Rows 2 – 12:
Chain 2, half double crochet in each stitch of row, turn.
*Chain 2, standard half double crochet in first six stitches of row, front post double crochet in next six stitches, continue to alternate six half double crochet stitches with six front post double crochet across row (ending the pattern with standard half double crochets), turn.
Chain 2, standard half double crochet in first six stitches of row, back post double crochet in next six stitches, continue to alternate six half double crochet stitches with six back post double crochet across row (ending the pattern with standard half double crochets), turn.
Rows 15 – 86:
Repeat from * for indicated number of rows, turn.
Row 87 – 98:
Chain 2, half double crochet in each stitch of row.
Weave in ends.