This free baby blanket crochet pattern has it all for your next crochet blanket project — a built in border, oodles of crochet texture, simple stitches combined to make it look like you slaved over a complicated pattern, and super unique stitch patterns on front and back sides.
This free crochet baby blanket pattern has all of this crochet goodness and more. Wait until you see how this blanket turns out!
Have you ever had difficulty trying to find where to place your post stitches? This is another reason this free crochet pattern is for you! You’re seriously going to find it so easy, and fun.
All of the posts worked with in the Nestlen pattern are on really tall stitches. They are raised up in the row (set between shorter stitches) and are really easy crochet because you don’t have to hunt for tiny single crochet stitches. And the stitches are truly simple–none of that crazy tunisian crochet here!
I also designed my Chrysalis Cowl and Small Delights Baby Blanket with similar post stitches. And I am thinking about making a crochet bag with them–so cute!
If you love crochet, but you’re tired of granny squares, but aren’t ready to tackle something so small as crochet hats, it’s easy to learn how to crochet a baby blanket with this fun, simple pattern.
And, if you want to make it with a little bauble, you could always make a few crochet flowers to pop on the edging. Or an octopus–octopuses are cool. Maybe a bow tie? LOL!
I’m thinking I need to make some bauble patterns now, you know, because that would be a lot of fun, right?!
Whatever you decide to decorate your crocheted blanket with, babies like to grasp onto something, so you can bet on that being their favorite part of this easy baby blanket crochet pattern. Of course, they are babies, so their favorite “part” of the blanket might just be that they have a blanket. LOL!
But what is really special is that you have made an heirloom item that the mom is going to love having today (whether that mom is you or a friend or your daughter–whatever) and the baby is going to grow up loving that gift, too. I mean, what is cooler than being able to pass-down a baby blanket to your child? Having one that someone who love d you made so you can pass it down, right?!
Seriously. This handmade baby blanket is an heirloom like that, just waiting to be made.
I can’t wait to make more for each of the kiddos in my life–and their kiddos when they grow up and make little babies, too! Imagine all the fun that will be had passing those blankets down from generation to generation. It’s like passing smiles, and couldn’t be more perfect.
If you’re ready to get hookin’ with this beautiful pattern for a baby blanket, get your yarn bowl loaded and let’s start chaining!
The free pattern is provided below including the size, materials, and notes. An ad-free PDF version of the Nestlen Blanket is also available for you to purchase, download, and print out.
Pattern information below!
What You Need for this Free Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern With Built-in Border
- Approximately 42 x 34 in (106 x 86 cm)
- Pattern is worked in multiples of 2 + 21 ( +21 includes: borders, final treble stitch and 2 turning stitches).
- The pattern is worked over 2 rows.
Approximately 1,150 yards heavy worsted or aran weight yarn. Drops Nepal wool and alpaca blend used for blanket pictured.
Crochet hook: Size J/10 (6.0 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
Gauge: Within body of pattern, 13 stitches and 2 ½ rows = 4 inches
Skill Level: Easy
Please take time to create a gauge sample before beginning work and adjust hook size as needed.
This blanket is worked flat.
Only light blocking if 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.
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.
Yarn over twice, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull through stitch (4 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through two loops on hook (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through two more loops on hook (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through final two loops on hook.
Back Post Half Double Crochet:
Yarn over, insert hook right to left behind the post from row below, yarn over and finish stitch as a half double crochet.
How to Make This Free Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern With Built-in Border
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. (99 stitches total and for each row hereafter.)
Rows 2 – 8:
Chain 2, half double crochet in each stitch of row, turn.
Chain 2, half double crochet in first 9 stitches of row, treble crochet in next stitch, half double crochet in next stitch, continue to alternate treble crochet and half double crochet stitches across row (finish with treble crochet) up to last nine stitches in row, half double crochet in last nine stitches of row, turn.
Row 9 Stitch Placement:
Chain 2, half double crochet in first 9 stitches of row, back post half double crochet (see Special Stitches Section for instructions) around treble stitch from row below, standard half double crochet in next stitch, continue to alternate back post half double crochet and standard half double crochet across row (finish with back post half double crochet) up to last nine stitches in row, half double crochet in last nine stitches of row, turn.
Row 10 back post half double crochet placement:
Row 10 half double crochet placement:
Rows 11 – 82:
Chain 2, alternate Rows 9 and 10 for indicated number of rows, turn.
Rows 83 – 90:
Chain 2, half double crochet in each stitch of row, turn.
Weave in ends.
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Esther McKinley says
Love your pattern. I hope you don’t mind, but I make blankets for NICU ward for preemies. With just one 6 ounce skein of Red Heart With Love yarn, I was able to complete a smaller 20″ x 20″ blanket for the little ones. I chained 59, worked 4 rows of half double crochet. Row 5 started with chain 2, 5 half double crochet, work like your row 9 to the final 5 stitches where 5 half double crochet, turn. Row 6 started with chain 2, 5 half double, work like your row 10 to the last 5 stitches, 5 half double crochet in those stitches. Continued alternating row 5 & 6 thru row 40. Then the last 4 rows were half double crochet.
Again thank you so much. Esther McKinley
Jean Lee says
Esther, I want to make 12” x 12”” and 16”x16” blankets to go with the Angel gowns and wraps. Can you give me instructions on those sizes. ASAP ! Thanks
I run a group of 39 sewers for Angel gowns in South Jersey and have people that want to crochet blankets.