I love custom order blankets and this one was no exception! When my customer asked me for a pink version of the Hudson Baby Blanket, I was so excited to make it – but this wasn’t just a pink version of that blanket. The original baby blanket crochet pattern was made up of 3 colors and I wrote that pattern to have those colors line up in a nice way. But this version is 4 colors and it actually changes up a lot of little details. It took me a little while to adapt that design for this free crochet blanket pattern, but I hope that makes it easier if you want to recreate it!
This is the Khadija Baby Blanket and I am so happy with the way it turned out. Let’s get right into it, shall we?
This baby blanket is made up of a bunch of hexagons and half hexagons that are crocheted separately and then seamed together. That does mean there that putting together the blanket at the end takes a bit of time, but the hexagons themselves can be whipped up really quickly.
Like I mentioned above, this blanket uses 4 colors of hexagons and half hexagons, unlike the original one that only used 3, so the counts are a little different and the final blanket is a bit bigger. I do have an image mocked up of the layout later in this post, and you can check out my guide below if you want to change the size of the blanket to suit your needs!
To add some weight and texture to this blanket, I also lined it with a textured fleece. If you’ve seen any of my blanket patterns, you know this is something I love doing because it makes the blankets cozier. For babies, that little bit of extra weight is comforting and helps them sleep better, so after rave reviews the first time I did, I add it to all my blankets. And I’ll explain how to do that as well. Finally, I finished off this dreamy pink and gold blanket with a fun bobble border that’s so fun and easy to do!
The full free pattern is written out below. For those who’d prefer to print the pattern and take it with you for on-the-go and to markup as you go, you can buy the inexpensive printable PDF from my Etsy and Ravelry shops. The PDF is formatted without ads or comments, so it’s easy to read.
- 8 skeins of #4 worsted weight yarn – I used Caron Simply Soft in Strawberry (2) and Gold (2), and Yarn Bee Soft Secret in White (2) and Flamingo (2)
- 2 yards of no-pill fleece
- 4.00mm crochet hook*
- tapestry needle
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- Skill level: Beginner/intermediate
- Sizing: 40 x 50 inches
- Gauge: 4S x 2R per inch
Khadija Baby Blanket: Free Crochet Blanket Pattern
For the hexagons and half hexagons, I’ve written out the full pattern below. I’ve also done another post that goes more into detail on how to crochet hexagons and there’s a video tutorial too.
Make 14 of these in each of the 4 colors.
The images below are in gray but it’s just to show how each would look!
Round 1: Start with a magic loop and secure it with a slip stitch. Chain 2 (count as DC). Work 1 DC into the magic loop. Chain 2 again. *DC 2, chain 2* five more times into the magic loop. You should have 6 sets of DC and 5 chain-2 spaces now. Slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 to finish the round. Then, pull the loop closed.
Round 2: Ch 2, DC. (DC, ch 2, DC) into the chain-2 space. *DC 2, [DC, ch2, DC]* repeat around and slip stitch to the top of the beginning ch 2.
Round 3: Chain 2, DC 2. (DC, ch 2, DC) into the chain-2 space. *DC 4, [DC, ch2, DC]* repeat around to the last ch-2 space. DC 1 and slip stitch to the top of the beginning ch 2. (6 DC per side).
Round 4: Chain 2, DC 3. (DC, ch 2, DC) into the chain-2 space. *DC 6, [DC, ch2, DC]* repeat around to the last ch-2 space. DC 2 and slip stitch to the top of the beginning ch 2. (8 DC per side).
Round 5: Chain 2, DC 4. (DC, ch 2, DC) into the chain-2 space. *DC 8, [DC, ch2, DC]* repeat around to the last ch-2 space. DC 3 and slip stitch to the top of the beginning ch 2. (10 DC per side).
Round 6: Chain 2, DC 5. (DC, ch 2, DC) into the chain-2 space. *DC 10, [DC, ch2, DC]* repeat around to the last ch-2 space. DC 4 and slip stitch to the top of the beginning ch 2. (12 DC per side).
Make 3 in Flamingo and 4 in Gold
Round 1: Start with a magic loop and secure it with a slip stitch. Chain 2 (count as DC). Work 1 DC. Ch 2, *DC 2, ch 2* twice more. Pull the tail ends to close the loop. You should have 3 sets of DC and 2 chain-2 spaces now.
Round 2: Chain 2, turn. *DC 2, then (DC, ch 2, DC) into the ch-2 space* twice. DC 2, increase. (4 DCs per side)
Round 3: Chain 2, turn. .*DC 4, then (DC, ch 2, DC) into the ch-2 space* twice. DC 3, increase. (6 DCs per side)
Round 4: Chain 2, turn. *DC 6, then (DC, ch 2, DC) into the ch-2 space* twice. DC 4, increase. (8 DCs per side)
Round 5: Chain 2, turn. *DC 8, then (DC, ch 2, DC) into the ch-2 space* twice. DC 5, increase. (10 DCs per side)
Round 6: Chain 2, turn. .*DC 10, then (DC, ch 2, DC) into the ch-2 space* twice. DC 6, increase. (12 DCs)
Seaming It All Together
Once you have all of the hexagons, it’s time to arrange them in the pattern you want and sew it all together. For my blanket, this is the pattern I followed.
ROW 1: Gold, Flamingo, White, Strawberry, Gold, Flamingo, White, Strawberry, Gold (half)
ROW 2: Flamingo (half), White, Strawberry, Gold, Flamingo, White, Strawberry, Gold, Flamingo
Repeat these rows 3 more times to finish, ending on a ROW 1. Then, thread your tapestry needle with a long length of yarn and use the invisible seam method to attach each hexagon to the one next to it. I did all of the short sides first so that I had long rows of hexagons, and then I went back and sewed the rows together. It’s sort of like piecing together a quilt.
It does take a while to do, but it’s easy and you just need to spend some time on it. I hate seaming, but the effect is so neat that I really do think it’s worth it! Weave in the tail ends.
Blocking, Adding Fleece, and the Border
For me, the best part of this free crochet blanket pattern (and most of the baby blankets I make) is the fleece lining. It adds weight to the blanket and stays on the baby when they move around, and it has a comforting presence. It also makes the blanket much softer and warmer. However, if you don’t want to add the fleece, you can go ahead and skip to the section on adding the border.
Before adding the fleece, lightly block the blanket so that all the hexagons are as they should be. They might have gotten a little out of shape if you sewed them too tightly together or a little unevenly. But a simple blocking will fix that and make sure that two of the edges are straight. I have blocking mats now that help me align the edge but if you don’t, a couple of towels works well too.
If you need help learning how to block items or a list of tools I like using for this, check out the post above all about blocking!
The Bobble Border
1. Chain 5 at the corner of the blanket.
2. 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.
3. You should now have 5 loops on the hook. YO, and pull through all 5 loops.
4. Slip stitch into the same space to finish off the bobble.
5. Slip stitch twice into the next two chain spaces.
6. SC into each of the next two SC spaces. Repeat steps 1-6 all around the blanket and bind off.
You can also see the step-by-step images for a bobble border like this in another blanket pattern I have on the blog. It’s a simple blanket with this same border technique. Just scroll down to see the pictures walking you through how to do the border.
Adding the fleece
For this blanket, I sewed the fleece onto the blanket with a sewing machine. You could also crochet the lining to the blanket using the same technique I used for the Hudson blanket, but this way was faster and gave a different finish.
On a large surface, lay out your fleece and smooth it out. Then, lay your blanket on top of it, matching up two of the edges. Smooth it out and make sure it all lines up. Using a pair of sharp scissors, cut the fleece to a little bigger than the size of the blanket. Make sure not to cut the yarn!
To attach the fleece, line up the fleece to the crocheted blanket with the wrong sides together. Fold in one inch around the fleece so the raw edge is trapped inside and use clips or pins to hold it in place. Work all the way around and then take it to the sewing machine. Work a zig-zag stitch with a long stitch length all the way around the blanket, making sure to go slowly and catch both layers as you go. If it’s bulky and the needle gets stuck, use the manual crank to slowly go through the layers!
And you’re done!
To finish this off, my customer asked to have the baby’s name embroidered in Arabic. So I embroidered it onto a separate piece of fabric and then cut as close to the lettering as I could without it coming loose, then I placed it on the fleece sides and went around the whole thing in a similar color to attach it. It wasn’t a 100% match but the customer and I were both happy with it!
This was a fun pattern to make and I hope you guys like this free crochet blanket pattern. I love how changing the colors and layout makes it a completely different design but it does change all the numbers quite a bit. I hope rewriting it like this takes out some of the math and makes it easier for you! It took me longer than I anticipated trying to figure out how the colors would lay.
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