Girly baby blankets aren’t something I make very often, but they are so pretty and they feel extra special. Maybe it’s because I tend towards greens and blues and yellows, so working with pinks and purples is different for me, or maybe it’s just because I’ve been making a lot of blankets for little boys lately. Either way, this Lila Blanket is a free crochet blanket pattern that’s definitely one of my absolute favorites and I hope you like her too!
This project was fun for a few reasons, but the main one is that I designed it with my sister and that’s always a blast for me. I show her every new idea and design to get her input before I finalize it, but when she’s the client and gifting a special blanket to someone else, I get to see how she thinks about colors and textures and patterns, and it’s fun to come up with something we both adore!
This free crochet blanket pattern is actually an adjusted version of another blanket I made a few years ago, called the Oasis Stroller Blanket. The stitch I used for that blanket was my sister’s favorite texture from all the examples I showed her, and although we had a few others we liked, she kept coming back to this design.
She also wanted to change the size of the blanket and make it a bit bigger, and have more color changes to use all the gorgeous pinks and purples in the Mighty Stitch line from Knit Picks. So because we changed a few things, I decided to write it up as a separate pattern, but you can also check out the original below.
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.
- 5.00mm crochet hook
- #4 worsted weight acrylic yarn – I used 2 skeins each of Knit Picks Mighty Stitch Worsted in Fairy Tale, Bubblegum, Blush, Wisteria, Mulberry, and Oyster
- 1.5 yards of fleece (optional)
- embroidery floss (optional)
- tearaway stabilizer (optional) – I used this stuff
- Rotary cutter with skip stitch blade (optional)
- tapestry needle
- Skill level: Beginner
- Sizing: 50 x 62 inches – You can resize it using the guide below!
- Gauge: 2S x 2R per inch
Lila Baby Blanket: Free Crochet Blanket Pattern
Row 1: With your main color (Oyster), chain 103. Turn and HDC in each space starting from the 2nd space from the hook (102).
Rows 2-3: Chain 1, turn, and HDC along for 2 rows.
Attach your first color. I started with Mulberry.
Row 4: Chain 1, *DC3tog in the first space, SC into the next*. Repeat across the row for 50 bobbles.
Row 5: Chain 1, SC across.
Rows 6-17: Repeat rows 4-5 so that you have 7 rows of bobbles.
Switch back to the main color.
Rows 18-19: HDC along for 2 rows (102).
Switch to your next color, Wisteria.
Repeat rows 4-17 to get your next block of bobbles. Continue in pattern until you have 9 stripes of bobbles in whatever colors you chose for your crochet baby blanket with 2 rows of HDC in your main colors between them.
Switch to the main color. HDC for 3 rows. Do not fasten off yet; we’ll use the same yarn to make the border.
I used the MC of oyster for 3 rows of HDC throughout the blanket but changed the stripe colors as I went. You can follow whatever color scheme you prefer but here is what I did.
My color scheme for this free crochet blanket pattern went like this:
- Fairy Tale
Continue using your main color and HDC for one more row.
When you get to the last space, work 3 HDC into that space, turn the work 90 degrees, and continue to HDC down the side of the baby blanket. You’ll be working into the spaces between the rows here. Then in the last space, work 3 HDC into that space, turn the work again and HDC along the bottom edge. Work 3 HDC into the last space, turn the work and HDC down the last side. HDC 2 into the first space you started with and BO. Weave in all the ends and trim the excess yarn.
The Fleece Lining
I like to line my crochet baby blankets with fleece. It makes them a little more weighted and the finish looks better to me. If you want, you can skip this part. t embroider a name on this one, but if you want instructions on how I do that for other blankets, you can get the tutorials in my Oasis blanket pattern here. The fleece attaching images are also from that pattern since it was the same process here.
First, cut your fleece to the size of your finished blanket, plus a half-inch more on all sides. Then, with a cutting mat under your fleece, use your rotary cutter and a skip stitch blade to perforate the fleece about a half-inch from the edge on all sides.
With the main color yarn that you used for the crochet baby blanket, create a slip knot and use your hook to bring it through a perforated space on the fleece. Slip stitch loosely into each space around the blanket to create a chain look on the embroidered side of the blanket.
Now, without cutting the yarn, line up the fleece and the crocheted blanket with the wrong sides together. Insert your hook under the slip stitch on the fleece and through the corresponding space on the blanket and SC. Continue working SC stitches evenly around the blanket to attach the fleece and give it a clean edge. Once you make your way around the blanket, BO. Weave in your ends and trim the excess yarn!
I love this method of attaching fleece to blankets. The clean edge gives it that professional finish I always try to achieve, and it’s much easier to do than some other methods I’ve tried. You can see how I’ve lined some other blankets below!
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And that’s all there is to it! I love how this crochet baby blanket turned out and how the colors made it feel so much different than the original. This makes me want to try making some of my other blankets with different colors to see how they’d look too! I always have a few color options before I settle on the one I design but maybe it’d be fun to give the others a try as well.
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