Friday, April 6, 2012

faux knit crochet baby blanket {free pattern}

When we put most of our stuff in storage for a year, I was already pregnant, which means I knew I would need the white baby blanket I crocheted for my other boys' blessings. So why did I put it in a box that is now in the depths of our storage unit 1800 miles away? I blame pregnant brain--it's a real thing. Who's with me? Oh well, it just gave me an excuse to crochet a new and improved blessing day afghan for my newest baby boy. It's so warm and cozy I have a hard time not using it for myself! Here you'll find the pattern for a super quick and easy baby afghan that is great for boys or girls. Even better, it's a great way to practice the "looks like knit" crochet stitch, which can take some time to perfect (it's all in the tension, baby). 

P.S. This makes a great photo prop for baby photographers!

"Faux Knit" Baby Afghan Pattern
*Approx. 430 yards Super Bulky yarn - I used 5 skeins of Bernat's Baby Blanket yarn in White (I found it at Walmart for less than $3 a skein!)
*Size P/10mm crochet hook (these are usually plastic--mine is made by Boye)

Stitches used: Chain (ch), single crochet (sc), slip stitch (sl st) in back loops only (blo) (watch my video tutorial for this stitch.)


Ch 71.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn.

Rows 2 - 70: Sl st in blo in 1st ch from hk and in each st across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 71: Sc in blo in 1st ch from hk and in each st across. Fasten off.

Notes: Be sure to keep stitches loose and even. The pattern stitch is easily worked too tight. Be sure to block your blanket for best results. (Blocking tutorial here!) Approximate size is 35" x 35". Easily make it bigger by adding more chains in the beginning and adding rows until it looks square.

I think he likes it!

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20 Responses to “faux knit crochet baby blanket {free pattern}”

Lauren said...

Love how this looks! Can you believe I've been crocheting for 10 years and JUST heard about blocking. Can't wait to see how you do it. :)

Laura said...

Such an adorable baby boy! The blanket is nice, too!

Our Seven Dwarfs said...

Are you holding two strands at once? It liked like.that in the video, but I didn't see that in the directions. Thanks for the free pattern!

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MommaWard said...

I will be rummaging through my yarn stash to try this pattern for myself. Thank you! That last pic of sweet little baby made me smile!

cortney said...

Mandy---He is sooo adorable!

Sandy said...

Thanks for sharing this pattern. I have never seen one where the majority of the blanket is completed with slip stitches before, so I definitely want to give this a try! I too was wondering if you need to hold two strands of yarn at once.

Linda said...

I wish I crocheted, love the blanket and the baby is adorable.

Little Birdie Secrets said...

No, I am not holding two strands together for this pattern. It's just one big, fat, chunky yarn. The video does show two strands held together (it was made to show another project).

Thanks for the baby love--he is a darling, isn't he? I'm in love. :)

Karin Marie said...

Awaw what a handsome little man! I'm still a newbie at crocheting but this looks easy and the results are amazingly cute & beautiful! :)

Unknown said...

I would love to crochet this for my best friend who is having her first baby this Fall - do you think this would be easy enough for a first-time crochet-er to do this?

Amy said...

I was reviewing your disclaimers and I see that your patterns and ideas are not to be sold, reproduced, etc.; however, can you please clarify if finished products from your pattern(s)can be sold if also linked to your website and credited back to you? Thank you for sharing your pattern with the world!

Unknown said...

I just need some clarification on the pattern. Am I reading it right that all I do for rows 2-70 is a slip stitch in BLO? Can you also let me know the answer for Amy's question? A very Adorable baby!
Thanks for the help!

Little Birdie Secrets said...

Amy, YES! I am happy to have you sell finished products with credit/link included! Thank you so much for asking.

Jean, yes, the rest of the pattern is just slip stitching in the back loops only all the way across with a ch1, turn at the end! Easy peasy!

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Betty said...

New at this what does HK mean. Thank you for the pattern

Little Birdie Secrets said...

Hi Betty! Hk is just an abbreviation for hook. :) ~mandy

rugbycircus said...

Are you on Ravelry? I made a blanket for a friend from this pattern, and I keep track of all my projects through Ravelry. I linked to your blog post, but I couldn't find you on there. Just checking. Thanks for sharing this fun pattern. It is beautiful and so fast, that I'm making two more to send to a new nephew and a cousin's surprise baby girl.xo - Lex

forgetmenot said...

This is exactly what I wanted! I've made knit look before but had to cut the thread at the end of each row, working only in one direction , as in the Navajo afghan.
Thank you little Birdie!

Ellen said...

This is just the pattern I'm looking for to do some Project Linus blankets. It's fast, simple, and will make a substantial fabric. But it also looks like it could be done in a lighter weight yarn for a more "refined" finished product. Guess I'll have to do at least one of each! Thank goodness for all of these snow-days so I have an excuse to not budge from my favorite crocheting chair. Thank you for sharing.

Unknown said...

I'm new at this, but think I can follow this pattern to make one for my grandbaby who will be here in Sept. Do you have instructions for adding an edge? I was thinking 2 or 3 rows of perhaps different colors. THANKS!!

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