This week, I’m sharing a custom order I did recently for a matching pair of baby stroller blankets. This is the Aiza Stroller Blanket, and the pattern I used was simple and quick and to work up, but has so much texture and variety that no two blankets are exactly the same. If you’re looking for a last-minute gift idea or a simple, on-the-go crochet baby blanket pattern, this one is for you!
This set of baby blankets was a custom order and my favorite kind! The customer let me have full control over what I did with the blanket as long as there were 2 matching but slightly different blankets for her twin granddaughters.
So I chose a stitch that I’ve been loving lately and paired it with multicolored yarns that did all the work for me. I chose one ball of multi yarn and one ball of a solid color that was in the multi and I got 2 gorgeous blankets out of it!
For this baby blanket pattern, I wanted to make the names more obvious and put them right in the center. I made the baby blanket and then used a chain stitch to embroider the names, but only worked through HALF the thickness of the blanket so it shows on the front and not the back. I think it turned out really nice and clean!
To finish, I also made some tiny hearts from the colors of each blanket and added them to the opposite blanket so the sisters have a piece of each other.
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.
- 5.50mm crochet hook / I hook*
- #4 medium weight yarn – I used I Love this Yarn in Cranberry and Cobblestonia, and White and City Beat
- tapestry needle*
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- Skill level: Beginner
- Sizing: 20 x 25 inches
- Gauge: 3S X 4R per inch
Aiza Baby Blanket: Free Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern
Row 1: With your main color, chain 70 (or any multiple of 3+1). Turn and SC along the chain, starting with the 2nds chain from the hook. You should have 69 stitches.
Row 2: Chain 1, turn. (HDC, DC) into the first SC, *skip 2 spaces, (SC, HDC, DC) all into the next space. Repeat from * until the last stitch. SC into the last space to finish the row.
Rows 3-6: Repeat row 2 for 4 more rows in the main color.
Rows 7-12: Switch to the contrast color and work 6 rows in the pattern.
Rows 13-16: Switch to MC and work 4 rows in pattern.
Rows 17-22: Switch to CC and work 6 rows in pattern.
Rows 23-26: Switch to MC and work 4 rows in pattern.
Rows 27-32: Switch to CC and work 6 rows in pattern.
Rows 33-58: Switch to MC and work 26 rows in pattern.
Rows 59-84: Repeat rows 7-32 for the stripes on the second half of the blanket.
Rows 85-89: Switch to MC and work 5 rows in pattern.
Row 90: SC 1 row.
Add the Border
Attach a new piece of yarn in the contrast color and SC until the last space. Into the last space, work 3 SC into the same space and turn the blanket so you’re working down the side. SC all along the side until you get to the last space, work 3 SC into the corner, turn, and repeat all the way around the blanket. When you get back to where you started, work 2 SC into the space you worked the first stitch and BO. Weave in the ends and trim the excess yarn.
Embroidering the Names
For this blanket, the customer wanted her granddaughters’ names included on the blankets, so I tried a new technique to embroider them on one side without it showing on the back.
First, use a water-soluble marker to write out the names in the middle section of the blanket. You can freehand this, but it would be much easier to have a guideline.
Then, thread a tapestry needle with your yarn in the contrast color and bring the yarn up through the blanket from the back, leaving a few inches of tail yarn. To embroider the name, you can use any stitch you like, but I used a chain stitch and just followed the shape of my letters.
As you stitch, make sure to go through the middle of the blanket, cutting through the crocheted stitches, instead of going all the way to the back. This keeps the letters from showing up on the back of the blanket, but otherwise, it’s embroidering as usual. Weave the ends back through the letters themselves or the CC section to hide them. Trim the excess yarn and you’re all done!
These blankets were meant for twin girls, so I used some of my leftover yarn to include a tiny heart on each blanket from the yarn of her sister’s blanket. I used a 3.25mm hook and a length of yarn split into half the strands only and this pattern, without the last round.
And you’re all done!
I love how these baby blankets turned out and I hope you do too! This free crochet baby blanket is so versatile and you can make all kinds of fun combinations with it. Or, you can just use one color and make the blanket bigger for a fun crib-sized blanket!
Want to check out more baby blanket crochet patterns? I have all my patterns here, including the bobble blanket shown below!
See you soon 🙂
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