Storybook Inspired Easy Crochet Baby Blanket

Once upon a time in a land full of yarn a crochet baby blanket was waiting to be made … Do you have a favorite picture book or photo album from your childhood? I do! I have a pretty little photo album from my mother that has gilded framing detail around the edge.

One day when I was browsing the bookshelf looking for a book to read the kiddos, I came across my mom’s photo album and spent a few moments reminiscing. I finally found a picture book, gathered up the kids, and had a great time reading to them. I just love the simple details of the photo album cover and knew I had to incorporate them into a blanket design. And the Story Book Baby Blanket pattern lived happily ever after.

The free pattern is provided below including the size, materials, and notes. An ad-free PDF version of the Story Book Baby Blanket is also available for you to purchase, download, and print out.

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Pattern information below!

Easy to crochet baby blanket
Size:

Approximately 41 x 29 in (104 x 73 cm)

Materials:

Approximately 1000 yards heavy worsted or aran weight yarn. Organic cotton used for blanket pictured.

Crochet hook: Size J/10 (6.0 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge

Tapestry needle

Gauge:

Within body of pattern, 12 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches

Skill Level: Easy

Free crochet baby blanket pattern to spruce up the nursery.

Pattern Notes

Please take time to create a gauge sample before beginning work and adjust hook size as needed.

This blanket is worked flat.

Wrong side is top or display side of blanket.

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.

Special Stitches

Single 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.

(Altered) Bean Stitch / Puff Stitch:

Insert hook in stitch, yarn over and pull through, yarn over, insert hook in same stitch, pull through, yarn over, pull through 4 loops on hook, chain 1 (to lock stitch). Skip 1 stitch immediately following bean stitch. This will equal 2 stitches in pattern.

 

Directions for Your Story Book Crochet Baby Blanket

Chain 97.
Simple blanket for DIY gift
Row 1:

Turn foundation chain over and single crochet in bottom loop of second stitch of foundation chain (see Special Stitches Section for instructions), continue single crochet stitch in each bottom loop of foundation chain, turn. (96 stitches total and for each row hereafter.)

Rows 2 – 3:

Chain 1, single crochet in each stitch of row, turn.

Row 4:

Chain 1, single crochet in first 3 stitches of row, altered bean stitch in next stitch (see Special Stitches Section for instruction), continue with altered bean stitch across row, single crochet in last 3 stitches of row, turn. (45 bean stitches total)

Row 5:

Chain 1, single crochet in first 2 stitches of row, altered bean stitch in next stitch, continue with altered bean stitch across row, single crochet in last 2 stitches of row, turn. (46 bean stitches total)

Rows 6 – 17:

Alternate Rows 4 – 5 for indicated number of rows.

Row 18:

Chain 1, single crochet in first 3 stitches of row, continue across row with 9 altered bean stitches, 54 single crochet, 9 more altered bean stitches and single crochet in last 3 stitches of row, turn.

Row 19:

Chain 1, single crochet in first 2 stitches of row, continue across row with 9 altered bean stitches, 56 single crochet, 9 more altered bean stitches and single crochet in last 2 stitches of row, turn.

Rows 20 – 23:

Alternate Rows 18 – 19 for indicated number of rows.

Row 24:

Chain 1, single crochet in first 3 stitches of row, continue across row with 9 altered bean stitches, 6 single crochet, 21 altered bean stitches, 6 single crochet, 9 more altered bean stitches and single crochet in last 3 stitches of row, turn.

Row 25:

Chain 1, single crochet in first 2 stitches of row, continue across row with 9 altered bean stitches, 6 single crochet, 22 altered bean stitches, 6 single crochet, 9 more altered bean stitches and single crochet in last 2 stitches of row, turn.

Row 26:

Chain 1, single crochet in first 3 stitches of row, continue across row with 9 altered bean stitches, 6 single crochet, 1 altered bean stitch, 38 single crochet, 1 altered bean stitch, 6 single crochet, 9 more altered bean stitches and single crochet in last 3 stitches of row, turn.

Row 27:

Chain 1, single crochet in first 2 stitches of row, continue across row with 9 altered bean stitches, 6 single crochet, 1 altered bean stitch, 40 single crochet, 1 altered bean stitch, 6 single crochet, 9 more altered bean stitches and single crochet in last 2 stitches of row, turn.

Rows 28 – 97:

Alternate Rows 26 – 27 for indicated number of rows.

Row 98:

Chain 1, single crochet in first 3 stitches of row, continue across row with 9 altered bean stitches, 6 single crochet, 21 altered bean stitches, 6 single crochet, 9 more altered bean stitches and single crochet in last 3 stitches of row, turn.

Row 99:

Chain 1, single crochet in first 2 stitches of row, continue across row with 9 altered bean stitches, 6 single crochet, 22 altered bean stitches, 6 single crochet, 9 more altered bean stitches and single crochet in last 2 stitches of row, turn.

Crochet the Story Book Blanket with just 2 easy stitches.

Row 100:

Chain 1, single crochet in first 3 stitches of row, continue across row with 9 altered bean stitches, 54 single crochet, 9 more altered bean stitches and single crochet in last 3 stitches of row, turn.

Row 101:

Chain 1, single crochet in first 2 stitches of row, continue across row with 9 altered bean stitches, 56 single crochet, 9 more altered bean stitches and single crochet in last 2 stitches of row, turn.

Rows 102 – 105:

Alternate Rows 100 – 101 for indicated number of rows.

Row 106:

Chain 1, single crochet in first 3 stitches of row, altered bean stitch in next stitch, continue with altered bean stitch across row, single crochet in last 3 stitches of row, turn. (45 bean stitches total)

Row 107:

Chain 1, single crochet in first 2 stitches of row, altered bean stitch in next stitch, continue with altered bean stitch across row, single crochet in last 2 stitches of row, turn. (46 bean stitches total)

Rows 108 – 119:

Alternate Rows 106 – 107 for indicated number of rows.

Rows 120 – 122:

Chain 1, single crochet in each stitch of row.

Fasten off.

Finishing:

Weave in ends.

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