Today’s pattern is super quick and easy, and it’s perfect for a last-minute baby shower gift. A couple of months ago, my cousin had a baby girl and I wanted to give her something but I didn’t have the time I usually take for a baby blanket. I wanted to make something soft and squishy that the baby would snuggle with and something that my cousin could easily wash and take care of. So I decided to go with a C2C Heart Blanket using a super thick yarn and a big hook, and I’m so in love with the results!
The best thing about working in C2C is that once you learn how to do it, you can make anything just by changing the colors and creating a picture out of the blocks. For this C2C Heart Blanket, I used a 22×22 grid to make a big red heart on a white background. I have a full tutorial on how to work C2C so if you need a bit more detail and a video tutorial, check out the post below.
I used Bernat’s Blanket yarn to make this C2C heart blanket and my big 12.00mm crochet hook so it worked up very quickly. You can also switch out the yarn and the hook if you want to use something else, but keep in mind it will change the finished size of the blanket.
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.
- #6 super bulky yarn – I used Bernat Blanket yarn in red (2) and white (2)
- 12.00mm crochet hook
- 10.00mm crochet hook
- Jumbo tapestry needle
- ch – chain
- SC – single crochet
- DC – double crochet
- HDC – half double crochet
- sl – slip stitch
- Skill level: Beginner
- Sizing: 35 x 35 inches
- Gauge: 1.5S x 1.5R per inch
C2C Heart Blanket Pattern
Start with white yarn and the larger hook. First, I’ll explain how to work the increasing rows, then the decreasing rows and then the color sequence for this pattern. If you already understand how to work a C2C pattern, you can skip to the color sequence, but keep in mind I’m using HDC stitches instead of the typical DC here.
Row 1: Chain 4. YO and HDC into the 2nd space from the hook and each space after. You’ll have 3 HDCs for your first block. Some people prefer to use DC stitches for C2C patterns, but I like how the HDC works with this yarn better. It makes the overall blanket less holey. That’s the first block done and it makes up that first corner.
Row 2: Rotate the piece so you have your hook at the bottom right again. Every row starts in this position so you’ll always come back to the bottom right. Chain 4, and HDC 3 starting from the 2nd space from the hook. This is the first block of this row. Slip stitch to the chain space of the last row. This brings the two blocks together and connects them. Chain 1, and work 3 HDC into the top of the block. That’s block 2 of row 2.
For each of the next increasing rows, you’ll simply repeat row 2 across following the color sequence laid out below. Once you’re halfway done with the C2C heart blanket pattern, we’ll switch to the decreasing rows.
Turn the work so you’re at the bottom right corner. Slip stitch 3 times into each of the next 3 spaces. Because you didn’t chain 4 and work the HDCs, you didn’t add another block and instead, you flattened that side.
Now, it’s business as usual. Ch 1, HDC 3 into the nxt block, slip st to the top of the next. Repeat this until the end of the row. Then, rotate the work to start the next row the same way, by flattening the side instead of creating a new block. Repeating rows 1 and 2 here will decrease each row by one block until you only have 1 block left.
Chart and Pattern
Okay now that you know how to C2C, let’s get into how to actually create the heart pattern for this blanket!
Row 1-12: Use white for all the blocks.
Row 13: 2W,9R, 2W
Row 14: 1W, 11R, 2W
Row 15: 3W, 11R, 1W
Row 16: 1W, 12R, 3W
Row 17: 4W, 12R, 1W
Row 18: 1W, 13R, 4W
Row 19: 5W, 12R, 2W
Row 20: 2W, 13R, 5W
Row 21: 6W, 12R, 3W
Row 22: 3W, 13R, 6W
Begin Decrease Rows
Row 23: 6W, 12R, 3W
Row 24: 2W, 13R, 5W
Row 25: 5W, 12R, 2W
Row 26: 2W, 12R, 4W
Row 27: 4W, 11R, 2W
Row 28: 2W, 11R, 3W
Row 29: 3W, 8R, 4W
Row 30: 4W, 8R, 2W
Row 31: 2W, 8R, 3W
Row 32: 3W, 7R, 2W
Row 33: 1W, 8R, 2W
Row 34: 2W, 7R, 1W
Row 35: 1W, 6R, 2W
Row 36: 2W, 5R, 1W
Row 37: 1W, 4R, 2W
Rows 38-43: All white. after you finish the last block, bind off and weave in the end.
You can finish your C2C Heart blanket here if you want or even just add big pom poms or tassels to the corners to finish it off, but I decided to go with a crab stitch border. It creates a kind of cord look that I liked and it’s super easy to do.
Using a 10.00mm crochet hook and the red yarn, make a slip knot and pull it through the last stitch on one side. We’ll be working from left to right so you’re working backward but don’t worry, it’s not as confusing as you’d think.
Then, chain 1, then insert your hook into the PREVIOUS space (moving to the right) and SC normally. Continue to SC down the row. At the corner, work 2 SC into the corner space, turn and continue crab stitching down the next side. When you’ve gone all the way around, bind off and weave in the end. Here’s a video so you see how it looks:
And you’re done with the C2C heart blanekt!
Finish up by weaving in any loose ends and trimming the excess yarn. I love how this blanket turned out and it was really fun to make something so quick and easy. I love working in C2C, but it does take a lot of time if you use medium-weight yarn so I never really did too many projects using it before.
But with this Bernat blanket yarn, it was done in about a day and made an awesome gift. Another one of my cousins made the outfit shown in the picture below and we coordinated the set to match.
Once you get into working patterns in C2C, you kind of just want to use it all the time! It’s a fun and easy way to work up a blanket, but you can really get creative and make other things too. I have a few other blanket ideas down below if you want to try them out, along with another super quick, thick blanket pattern!
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Sunday 18th of December 2022
Love this! Exactly what I want to make for my grandsons. C2C is easy for me though I am not experienced with patterns/color changing yarn. Did you cut the yarn to change to the other color? Then weave the ends in at the finish?
Beth McC -- Midwest Redhead
Saturday 14th of August 2021
That's the best heart shape I've seen crocheted in many years of crocheting. Many just look awkward to me. I may try this pattern in DK with my 4.0 hook as a wall hanging for my granddaughter. I do not enjoy working with bulky yarns. I like the idea of using HDC and am eager to see how it turns out. Thank you so much for sharing this free pattern!
Sunday 2nd of February 2020
i made this in blue and white and loved it! How would you make this pattern larger for a little bit larger baby blanket?
Tuesday 25th of February 2020
How pretty! The easiest way to make is a little bigger would be to go up a hook size. I originally made this blanket with a 15mm hook and it turned out great. I switched to a 12mm for the second one just because I liked that smaller size.
Tuesday 3rd of September 2019
I love the look of the blanket but i am not familiar with the stitch you are using, and the whole working from left to right is throwing me for a loop. Can this be adjusted for thinner types of yarn and smaller hooks???
Saturday 7th of September 2019
Hi JoAnn, thanks for the comment! It's called corner to corner (c2c) crochet and it does seem a little tricky, but it's easy once you get the hang of it. I learned from Jess at Make and Do Crew and her tutorial is the best: https://makeanddocrew.com/how-to-corner-to-corner-crochet-c2c-for-beginners/
I hope that helps!