Are you looking for a special and heartfelt gift for a new arrival? A handmade crochet baby blanket is a perfect choice! With a few simple stitches and some cozy yarn, you can create a beautiful and practical blanket that will be cherished for years to come.
What You Will Need
5 balls of baby yarn in your desired color(s)
Crochet hook (size H/8-5.00 mm works well for baby blankets)
Step 1: Foundation Chain
Begin by creating a foundation chain of any length you desire, keeping in mind that a typical baby blanket measures approximately 30 x 36 inches. A good starting point for your foundation chain would be around 90-100 chains. Make sure to keep your tension relaxed so that the blanket will lay flat and not curl.
Step 2: First Row
Once you have your foundation chain, double crochet in the fourth chain from the hook. Double crochet in each chain across the row.
Step 3: Second Row and Beyond
Chain three and turn your work. Double crochet in each stitch across the row. Repeat this row until your blanket is the desired length, changing colors as desired.
Step 4: Edging
Once you have reached the desired length for your baby blanket, it's time to add the edging. For a simple yet beautiful edging, you can crochet a single crochet stitch around the entire perimeter of the blanket. To create the corners, make 3 single crochet stitches in each corner stitch.
Step 5: Finishing Touches
Cut your yarn, leaving a tail of about 6 inches. Use a yarn needle to weave in the ends and tidy up any loose threads.
A crocheted baby blanket is a thoughtful and practical gift that will be appreciated for years to come. With these simple instructions and a little bit of practice, you can create a beautiful and cozy blanket that will be treasured by both baby and parents.