Night-Night Baby Blanket

Wow, life sure has been crazy this past month! With the kids being home from school, and the added role of teacher to my daily task list, I haven’t had much time to myself to work on new patterns. My eleven year old daughter, Leanna, can complete her assignments without much direction – but my son Noah (who is in grade 2), requires a lot of my involvement with his school work. I am actually loving the extra time I have with the kids, so I don’t mind putting my crochet and knitting on hold a bit and stealing moments here and there to get some work done. This lockdown isn’t going to last forever, and I feel like it’s bringing us closer as a family. We’ve been playing board games almost daily, baking together, starting our own vegetable garden, and going for long walks – things we wouldn’t really have time for under normal circumstances.

That said, I did manage to come up with a new crochet baby blanket pattern (and even create a video tutorial)! The Night-Night Baby Blanket (shout out to Brenda Zielke, who suggested the name on Facebook) is created with two colours of yarn, and is worked entirely in the Herringbone Half Double Crochet Stitch (HHDC). This is an easy and fun pattern to distract yourself with during this stressful time in history – and will probably come in handy nine months from now due to the predicted coronavirus baby boom!


I have written out and posted the free pattern for the Night-Night Baby Blanket below on this page.

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Materials:

Here is what you will need to make this baby blanket:

Size:

Finished blanket measures:  31” wide X 45” long.

Gauge:

4.25 stitches, 3 rows = 1 Inch in Herringbone Half Double Crochet stitch.

Abbreviations:

CH Chain
SC Single Crochet
HHDC Herringbone Half Double Crochet: Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and draw through the stitch AND first loop on hook, yarn over, draw through remaining loops on hook.
A Colour A
B Colour B

Notes Before You Start:

This blanket is created using the Herringbone Half Double Crochet (HHDC) stitch and two colours/strands of yarn.  

  • All rows are worked with both strands of yarn to keep the gauge and tension consistent. 
  • Crochet over the yarn not in use when working each HHDC to prevent floats and make blanket reversible. 
  • Change colours mid-stitch:  Work the stitch before a colour change to its final yarn over and draw through. Switch to the new colour and then work the final yarn over and draw through in the new colour.  It is important to change colours like this because if you crochet the entire stitch in one colour and then switch, the first colour will carry over and the design will not look right.

I recommend that you watch my video tutorial:  How to Change Colours While Crocheting the Herringbone Half Double Crochet before you start:

Pattern:

With A, CH 132 (or a multiple of 10 plus 2). 

HHDC in 3rd chain from hook, while holding B at the back, and crocheting over B.  Every row is worked in HHDC with a CH2 at the end of the row for the turning chain.  Follow the colour scheme below for each row (you can follow the chart or the written directions). 

Written Directions:

Repeat the five rows of the colour scheme below until your blanket measures just over 44 inches.  Continue to Border and Finishing.

Row 1: *5A, 5B; repeat from * to end of row.

Row 2: *4B, 1A, 1B, 4A; repeat from * to end of row.

Row 3: *3A, 2B, 2A, 3B; repeat from * to end of row.

Row 4: *2B, 3A, 3B, 2A; repeat from * to end of row. Row 5: *1A, 4B, 4A, 1B; repeat from * to end of row.

Chart:

Each cell represents one HHDC and each row represents one row of crochet. 

When reading the colour chart, note that the odd numbered rows are the right side, and the even numbered rows are the wrong side.

  • Right side rows are to be read right to left
  • Wrong side rows are to be read left to right

Repeat the 10 rows of the colour chart until your blanket measures just over 44 inches.  Continue to Border and Finishing.

Border and Finishing:

Work around the border of the blanket evenly in single crochet.  Make sure that you work 3 SC in each corner of the border.   When you have completed two rounds, join to first SC with a slip stitch.  Fasten off and weave in the ends!


I hope you enjoyed this free pattern and I am so grateful for your support!  Don’t forget that you can purchase the ad-free PDF file.  Purchasing the PDF file helps support this website and allows me to continue to share my patterns and inspiration with you guys!   

Should you have any issues with the download, please email: [email protected] for assistance. 

You can Purchase the PDF file (which will be emailed to you automatically after purchase) for $4 USD through Ravelry or by clicking the button below. 


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