How to Crochet a Baby Blanket

By Jeri McBryde , last updated March 22, 2011

There is no baby gift that is as special as a homemade crochet blanket. Both baby and mother will cherish a crochet baby blanket, soft as a cloud. Not sure of the color of the nursery or sex of the child? A ripple pattern in multiple colors will be welcomed with pleasure. This easy ripple pattern assumes you have knowledge of basic crochet stitches. The stitches used are ch-chain, and sc-single crochet,

For the baby ripple blanket you will need a size G crochet hook and soft 4 ply worsted yarn. You can use a single color, variegated baby colors or stripes of several colors, as long as you have about 20 ounces of yarn total. Start with a foundation chain of 152 chains, Width of blanket is about 34 inches wide.

Row 1

First, start with 2 single crochets in the second chain from the hook. *Single crochet into the next 6 chains, then skip 2 chains, single crochet into each of the next 6 chains, put 3 single crochets into the next chain repeat from* 8 more times. Now single crochet in the next 6 chains, skip 2 chains, single crochet in the next 6 chains, put 2 single crochets in the last chain. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 2

Work in the back loop of each stitch you previously made. You start by putting 2 single crochets in the first single crochet, *single crochet in each of the next 6 single crochets, skip the next 2 single crochets, (bottom of the ripple) single crochet in the next 6 single crochets, put 3 single crochets in the next single crochet (which should be the middle of 3 single crochets on row 1, top of the ripple.) Repeat from * 8 more times. Then single crochet in the next 6 single crochets, skip the next 2 single crochets, single crochet in the next 6 single crochets, put 2 single crochets in the last single crochet. Chain 1 and turn.

Repeat row 2 until the blanket is finished. It should be 4 feet long or the desired length. If making a striped ripple blanket you can change colors after every row or even every fourth row. When complete, weave the ends of the yarn into the blanket.

Each crochet stitch made with love will wrap the baby in warmth.

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