Vintage Chic Free Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

Crochet for Newborn Babies/ Free Patterns

For my first pattern of the year, I wanted to post something that I know you will love.  Baby blankets are so much fun to make.  Since there is no shaping required, you can just work the pattern and daydream or zone out.  For me, its like meditating.  If I’m feeling stressed out one of the best ways to calm myself down is to work an easy, repetitive pattern for half an hour.

If you are looking for a chic, yet classic baby blanket pattern you will love this one.  It has a bit of a vintage  look to it with the ruffled edging.  The blanket that I made for this post is very feminine, but you could use blue or green edging for a more masculine look.  If you find the edging too girly, a few rounds of single crochet would look perfect for a baby boy.

Free Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

 

Vintage Chic Free Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

What you will need

Here is what you will need to make this super soft and cozy baby blanket:

Measurements

This baby blanket measures 24.5″ X 33″

Special Stitches

Shell:  (1SC, CH2, 4DC) in same ch or stitch.

Pattern

Using your main colour, chain 102.

Row 1:  Shell in 2nd ch from hook; *skip 3 ch, shell in next ch; repeat from * to last 4 ch; skip 3 ch, 1SC in last ch; CH3, turn.

Row 2:  2DC in first sc; *shell in next ch2 space; repeat from * to last ch2 space; 1SC in last ch2 space; CH3, turn.

Row 3:  2 DC in first sc; *shell in next ch2 space; repeat from * to turning chain space; 1 SC in turning chain space; CH3, turn.

Repeat row 3 until your work measures approx 23 inches (or desired length).  At the end of the last row switch to your second colour, CH1, turn.

Edging:

Round 1:  Work around the border of the blanket evenly in single crochet.  Make sure that you do 3 SC in each corner of the border.  If you don’t know how to do a single crochet border, this wonderful article explains it in detail.  When you have completed one round, join to first sc with a slip stitch.

Note: The top of the blanket is a little bit confusing for the first round since there are shells and not a straight row to work off of.  For the top row of the border, what you need to do is: CH1 and switch to your new colour. Then, you do 3SC in the first sc. After that, do 1SC in each dc (each shell represents 4 stitches so you want to make 4 SC per shell). You will know you are doing it correctly because the top will start to straighten out. Once you reach the end of the row, do 3 SC in the top of the turning chain and continue to work around the border in single crochet.

Round 2: CH2, work (3 DC, 1 SC) in same stitch;  *skip 3 sc, work (4DC, 1 SC) in next sc; repeat from * all the way around the border of the blanket.  Join to beginning of the round with a slip stitch.

Fasten off and weave in all loose ends.

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40 Comments

  • Reply Diane M Futcher January 16, 2016 at 12:44 am

    Thx u for sharing your beautiful work for Free

  • Reply Susan February 2, 2016 at 5:40 am

    I have been looking everywhere for this pattern! I have the actual antique pram blanket laying over my chair!

    • Reply Nancy Rhines February 2, 2016 at 8:45 am

      How many stitches to the shell…..

      • Reply Nancy Rhines February 2, 2016 at 8:47 am

        How many stitches to the shell…..oops…..just read it again and saw the stiches….thanks…

  • Reply Alison February 10, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Hi

    I’m in England, in the rain ???? Is this pattern written in US stitches? I know they differ

    Beautiful blog by the way

    Alison x

    • Reply Alison February 11, 2016 at 10:23 am

      Hi
      Have worked out this is in US sizes, but I just can’t get it to work out for me ???? On the 2nd row do you always she’ll in the 2 chain spaces???
      Sorry

      • Reply Leelee February 11, 2016 at 3:07 pm

        Yes, I’m sorry there was a typo. I forgot to put the * before the repeat. I have updated row 2, so it is more clear now. Thanks for pointing it out!

    • Reply Leelee February 11, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      Thanks Alison, Yes it is written in US stitches 🙂

  • Reply Cierra February 18, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    This pattern is so pretty! Just curious as to how you did the very last row? Do you do any single crochets and slip stitches into the middle of the shell and then start your border with the next color? I know you gave a link as to how to do a sc border first but the top would be different then the bottom. I’m rather new at crocheting so it could be me not understanding the pattern.

    • Reply Leelee March 3, 2016 at 8:07 am

      No, you just single crochet in every stitch all the way around. It will even out as you go.

      • Reply Shelly April 23, 2016 at 3:46 am

        Hello! I was going to ask the same question as Cierra 🙂 When you say complete a sc in each stich all the way around, could you elaborate for us newbies? As Cierra said, the top is very different to the bottom and sides as its sitting open ready for another row, so what is meant by “each stich” for the different sides is throwing me a little. I’m also keen not to ruin my work which it looking lovely, with a dodgy uneven edge! 🙂 Does the SC happen in the ch3 on the sides and bottom, and then the ch2 on the top? Or in every ch all the way along the outside? So sorry if this is a silly question—thanks in advance for your help! 🙂 PS: I’ve scoured the link you have kindly provided which is wonderful, but as a newbie I am struggling to apply it to the shell stich (especially the top row) as the step-by-step is for a more basic crochet piece. Thanks so so much!

        • Reply Leelee April 23, 2016 at 2:25 pm

          Hi Shelly,

          For the top row of the border, what you need to do is Ch1 and switch to your new colour. Then, you do 3 sc in the first sc. After that, do one sc in each dc only (each shell represents 4 stitches so you want to make 4 SC per shell). You will know you are doing it correctly because the top will start to straighten out. Once you reach the end of the row, do 3 SC in the top of the turning chain.

        • Reply Lucille April 24, 2016 at 2:49 am

          I had the same exact problem. It took me two months to finish the edging as every time I picked it up I would get frustrated. I tried you tube but couldn’t apply it to this blanket. Finally, yesterday I picked it
          up again since I need it for a shower next weekend. I just started on the shell side and did a SC in every
          stitch. I made sure to count the stitches and spaced the same amount around each side. After I did the second row, it came out absolutely beautiful. No one knows but me that there a so many mistakes. I hope this helps you. The blanket was so easy and fun and then the edging was so difficult for me.

          • Leelee April 25, 2016 at 3:50 pm

            Thanks Lucille for your feedback. I am going to update the instructions to make it more clear how to crochet the top border. I’m glad that it worked out for you in the end.

  • Reply Lucille February 22, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    I just finished the blanket and it came out absolutely beautiful. I’m about to start the edging. Could you please explain simply how close I should do the single crochet around. I really don’t want to ruin the blanket by not doing the edging right.

    • Reply Leelee March 3, 2016 at 8:04 am

      Hi Lucille, I’m not sure what you mean by how close… I simply did a single crochet in each stitch all the way around. The pattern includes a link to an article that explains how to do a single crochet border too if you are unsure of how. Hope that helps!

      • Reply Lucille April 5, 2016 at 11:28 am

        Could you please tell me where the link is that explains how to do the border. I’m starting it now and am stumped

  • Reply Cynthia Woods March 5, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful blanket! I used Caron Simply Soft in white & soft pink. I am new to crochet and studied some similar border patterns for a few days. It’s precious! I think it is a perfect blanket for charity donations to hospitals for families when babies are born sleeping or in intensive care because it is soft, thick, and quick to make.

  • Reply Tina March 9, 2016 at 12:49 am

    Is there a multiple of stitches used in this pattern to enable it to be made larger? Thank you.

    • Reply Leelee April 5, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Hi Tina,

      You need to chain a multiple of 4 plus 2

  • Reply Jean March 9, 2016 at 11:37 am

    I have a new grandchild on the way, and this looks like the perfect pattern. It says “comfort worsted weight”. Is that 4 ply yarn, or baby yarn at 3 ply. Thanks in advance for your reply

    • Reply Leelee April 5, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Hi Jean, 4 ply yarn (worsted weight) yarn is required.

  • Reply Sarah March 24, 2016 at 3:13 am

    Hi there,
    Thankyou for this beautiful pattern! Undortunately, Im stuck on the second row understanding the instruction: shell in next ch2 space. Im unsure of where the ch2 space is? Could you provide maybe a visual description or a bit more detail here? Thankyou, its just me not able to read a pattern properly.

    • Reply Leelee April 5, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      Hi Sarah, when you make a shell you do the following: (1SC, CH2, 4DC). The chain 2 space is referring to the CH2 in the shell of the previous row. Hope that makes sense.

      • Reply Amy Wilson May 6, 2016 at 2:35 pm

        I am at the same place. After a few are done, It bumps up. I assume that is correct. I just want to make sure that it is correct to have it look like the Sydney opera house and have a hole that a finger could go through. The picture above looks solid so I am just making sure. Also, I assumed that the first sc (of the second row) is referring to the last thing you did in row one (other than chain 3). Love the look of this quilt! Just want to be sure I am doing it correctly.

        • Reply Leelee May 19, 2016 at 2:12 pm

          This blanket is quite solid, so you may be using a yarn that is not thick enough. You could go down a needle size to make it thicker or choose a slightly thicker yarn. The top row of this blanket will not be straight but when you work the border it will straighten out if you follow if the instructions in the post.
          Yes, you are correct. The first SC of the second row is referring to the last sc in the row below 🙂

  • Reply Rita March 29, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    I crocheted this blanket. I used 4 skeins and I already have the finished size. Should I continue using the 5th skein to make it bigger . Maybe for a crib.I am not sure what size that should be. I used the H hook.

    • Reply Leelee April 5, 2016 at 2:18 pm

      Hi Rita, You can continue if you would like it to be bigger or just start to finish it off. You may just crochet less tightly than I do.

  • Reply Ivonne April 2, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Hi Leelee, thanks for sharing this beautiful blanket pattern! If I want to make to make it slightly bigger, a multiple of how many + ? thanks for your help!

  • Reply Ivonne April 2, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Hi Leelee, thanks for sharing this beautiful blanket pattern! If I want to make it slightly bigger, a multiple of how many + ? thanks for your help!

    • Reply Leelee April 5, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      Hi Ivonne, You would need to do a multiple of 4 plus 2

  • Reply Shelly April 3, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Hi was wonder how to increase the size and how many chains there has to be? I was hoping to make it a little wider than 24.5″.

    • Reply Leelee April 5, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      Hi Shelly, You would need to chain a multiple of 4 plus 2.

  • Reply Lucille April 5, 2016 at 11:29 am

    where is the link to do the border

  • Reply Noelle Melton May 16, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    I’d like to make this blanket in an adult size, and was wondering how many chains should I should do to start the afghan. Is it double the 102 or is there an amount of multiples + an additional amount?

    • Reply Leelee May 18, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Hi Noelle, this stitch requires a multiple of 4 plus 2. Good luck with the blanket!

      • Reply Noelle June 9, 2017 at 12:58 pm

        Thank you! I’m starting it this weekend!

  • Reply Carla October 21, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Hi! Can you tell me the size of the finished blanket as written?
    Excited to get this started! Thank you!
    Carla

    • Reply Carla October 21, 2017 at 6:48 am

      Oops, read more closely and I see the measurements now! Ignore me! 🙂

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