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Crunch Stitch Crochet Baby Blanket

Whether you’re expecting a boy or a girl, this cozy and free baby blanket crochet pattern can be worked up for both genders. You have the option to make a striped baby blanket as shown or choose a solid color.

Either way, this crochet baby blanket is all you need to impress. It’s all you need in a handmade gift, but you can always add it to a gift basket with a cute stuffie or other items.

The soft and squishy texture makes this a nice floor blanket during playtime. It’s also nice and cozy to keep them warm in cold weather.

The free crochet pattern is mindless to work on, making it great to work on at the end of the day.

The Size

The pattern is given for a small baby blanket with only 30″ by 30″ square. However, in a multiple of two for the starting chains, you can easily adjust the width to any measurement that you want.

In terms of the length, simply do more rows, keeping in mind the striped sections. Each striped section is worked over 26 rows, with 30 rows before the first section and then another 30 rows after the second striped section. Any increase can be worked in the middle of the blanket between the two sections.

Use this crochet blanket size chart as a reference.

The Yarn

I used a light #3 baby yarn called Bernat Baby Sport. The yarn comes in big balls, making it economical if you crochet a lot for babies.

I worked with two balls and had quite a bit left over from each color. One was a partial, so it’s hard to say whether or not you could make this with just one ball if you were to choose just one color.

Tip: When choosing your yarn colors, make sure that they are the same thickness! Even though they are the same yarn sometimes the thickness can vary from one ball to the next. This was the case for me when I crocheted this blanket, the white yarn was a bit thicker and it shows! Maybe because it had been in my stash for a while, and possibly left the factory on a different day?

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The Stitch Pattern

The crunch stitch is worked simply with the slip stitch and the half double crochet. The slip stitch is worked into the half double crochet and vice versa.

The pattern is worked over two rows, with one row beginning and ending with the half double crochet, and then the next row begins and ends with the slip stitch.

It’s not only a beautiful texture on both sides, but it also creates a nice cozy baby blanket to keep the little ones warm.

Crunch Stitch

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Crunch Stitch Crochet Baby Blanket

Crochet this striped blanket in your favorite two baby colors, and to any size that you want.
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Materials

  • Yarn: Bernat Baby Sport (Light, #3; 100% acrylic; 350g/12.3oz; 1256yds/1148m) 1 ball of each color: CA = Baby Blue, CB = White.
  • Crochet Hook: G – 4.00mm
  • Tools: Measuring Tape, Scissors, Yarn Needle.

Measurements

  • Gauge: 18 sts = 4".
  • Finished Measurement: 30" by 30".

Abbreviations

Notes

  • This is a two-row repeat: The first row begins and ends with a half double crochet.
  • The next row begins and ends with a slip stitch.
  • Color changes are made at the last slip stitch of the previous row.
  • To Change Color: Wrap the new color over the hook and pull through to complete the slip stitch.
  • Fasten off the old color after each color change. Or, if you plan to add an edging, you can simply carry the yarn up and then crochet over the strands later to hide them.

Instructions

  • Ch 140. or any multiple of 2.
  • Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook, *sl st in next ch, hdc in next ch; rep from * across. Turn. [139 sts]
  • Row 2: Ch 1, sl st in first hdc, *hdc in next sl st, sl st in next hdc; rep from * across. Turn. [139 sts]
  • Row 3: Ch 1, hdc in first sl st, *sl st in next hdc, hdc in next sl st; rep from * across. Turn. [139 sts]
  • Rows 4-160: Rep rows 2 & 3 until you have reached a desired length.

Color Sequence

  • Rows 1-30: CA
  • Rows 31-32: CB
  • Rows 33-34: CA
  • Rows 35-38: CB
  • Rows 39-40: CA
  • Rows 41-46: CB
  • Rows 47-48: CA
  • Rows 49-52: CB
  • Rows 53-54: CA
  • Rows 55-56: CB
  • Rows 57-104: CA
  • Rows 105-106: CB
  • Rows 107-108: CA
  • Rows 109 -112: CB
  • Rows 113-114: CA
  • Rows 115-120: CB
  • Rows 121-122: CA
  • Rows 123-126: CB
  • Rows 127-128: CA
  • Rows 129-130: CB
  • Rows 131-160: CA

Optional Edging:

  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc evenly around working 3 sc in each corner. Join with a sl st in first sc. Fasten Off.

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