A couple months ago, I was working on a stroller-sized baby blanket for someone, and I shared a little bit about it in my first WIP Wednesday post. I finished that blanket a long time ago, but I only recently saw the person it was meant for and gave it to her. Now that it’s done and delivered, I wanted to share the full pattern with you guys! The baby blanket itself is super simple and you can very easily make it bigger or smaller if you wish, but the really special part is the border. I created a pom-pom border all around the edging and this post will teach you how to make one too. So, let’s get started!
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Bobble Baby Blanket Pattern
- 3 skeins of Yarn Bee’s Soft Secret in Mist, Light Denim, Navy and White
- 5.00mm crochet hook
- Scissors and tapestry needle for finishing
- 1 yard of fleece
This blanket was made to be stroller-sized. It’s about 16 x 20 inches so that it’s small and easy to carry around but it will still cover the baby. You can easily change the size by working a longer/shorter starting chain and working more/fewer rows of each color. For help with any of the stitches (and more patterns), you can also get the free ebook, The Beginner’s Guide to Crochet!
1. With your first color (Mist), chain 61.
2. Turn and work 60 HDC, starting in the second chain from the hook.
3. *Ch 1, turn, and HDC all along the row.* Repeat this row for another 23 rows.
4. Switch to your second color (Light Denim). Work row 3 for another 24 rows.
5. Switch to your third color (Navy), and work row 3 for another 24 rows. Bind off and trim the excess yarn.
The pictures here show you the blanket with the border, which I’ll show you how to do next, but the basic body of the baby blanket is done!
For the border, I started off experimenting to see what I liked. So, I took pictures using a sample piece rather than on the actual blanket.
1. Starting at a corner of the blanket, attach your fourth color (White) and work one row of SC all around the blanket. At the corners, ch 1 before turning to keep a sharp corner.
2. Once you’ve complete one round of SC, chain 5 at the corner of the blanket.
3. Into the 2nd chain from the hook, work 1 HDC but only pull the yarn through the first two loops. You’ll have two loops remaining on the hook. Work 3 more HDC the same way, being sure to only pull through the first two loops each time.
4. You should now have 5 loops on the hook. YO, and pull through all 5 loops.
5. Slip stitch into the same space to finish off the bobble.
6. Slip stitch twice into the next two chain spaces.
7. SC into each of the next two SC spaces. Repeat steps 2-7 all around the blanket.
Weave in all the loose ends and trim off any excess yarn. For all of my blankets, I like to add fleece to make the baby blanket warmer and give it some weight. The moms I’ve made these for have all loved the addition of the fleece because it helps the baby blanket stay on the baby and the weight gives them a sense of security. So, I add fleece to all my blankets now.
Cut your fleece so that it is about half an inch larger than the blanket on all sides, minus the bobble border. Then sew the fleece to the crocheted blanket using a sewing machine, making sure to fold the extra half inch under as you go. This way, you get a clean edge.
And you’re all done!
As you can see, this baby blanket is SUPER simple to make. It’s done in back and forth rows and entirely in HDC. The main feature of this blanket is the bobble border, and although it’s a little more involved than the rest, it’s really easy to pick up. The little bobbles look so cool when the blanket is folded; they pile up on top of each other, and they’re great for kids. The baby this blanket is for loves holding onto things and pulling on them, so he’s going to be able to grab the bobbles, but because I worked them into the blanket, they won’t come loose.
I loved the bobbles enough that I made another blanket with the same edging. You might have seen sneak peeks of it on my Instagram (@shehlagrr) and on the Facebook page, but I’ll be posting the pattern in a few weeks!
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