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Most of you may already know that my family is huge and I love making baby blankets for all the new additions. A few months ago, I found out another cousin was expecting and I went right to work thinking about the blanket I would make her. Then, just a few weeks before she was due, we found out she was having twins!! She knew all along, but instead of making her one blanket, I made her a stroller-sized crochet baby blanket for each baby and embroidered their names onto them. Here is the Oasis Blanket, a fun blanket pattern that’s perfect for moms on the go.
My cousin can keep a secret. Not only did she not tell anyone that she was expecting twins, she never mentioned a gender either. So I went for gender-neutral colors and used a bobbly stitch that would work no matter what colors you choose. Plus, this crochet baby blanket pattern is a great stash buster. You can use any yarn you have and create a different color bobble row to use up your scraps! For mine, I went with blues and greens. I had several different shades and only about a skein and a half of each so it worked out.
This blanket is also the first real embroidery that I’ve done! I’ve shown you guys pictures before of my sampler and a project I started, but I never finished those. I’ve been adding names to my baby blankets for years (like in the Rameez Blanket), but I’ve always used those iron-on embroidered letters. This time, I embroidered the names directly onto the fleece in colors that matched the blanket. It turned out so much better than I hoped it would!
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 Brava in Tranquil, Marina, and Asphalt Heather.
- #4 worsted weight acrylic yarn for the main color – I used 1 skein of Hobby Lobby’s I Love this Yarn in Metallic Ivory
- 1 yard 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: 30 x 36 inches – You can resize it using the guide below!
- Gauge: 2S x 2R per inch
Oasis Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern
Row 1: With your main color, chain 75. Turn and HDC in each space starting from the 2nd space from the hook (74).
Rows 2-3: Chain 1, turn and HDC along for 2 rows.
Attach your first color.
Row 4: Chain 1, *DC3tog in the first space, SC into the next*. Repeat across the row for 36 bobbles.
Row 5: Chain 1, SC across.
Rows 6-13: Repeat rows 4-5 so that you have 5 rows of bobbles.
Switch to main color.
Rows 14-15: HDC along for 2 rows (74).
Switch to your next color.
Repeat rows 4-15 to get your next block of bobbles. Continue in pattern until you have 7 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.
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.
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. This is also where I explain how I embroidered on the names!
The Embroidered Name
First, cut your fleece to the size of your finished blanket, plus a half-inch more on all sides. Decide where you want the name to be embroidered and print out the name in the font and size you want. Fleece likes to pull and stretch, so to keep the tension even as I embroider, I used the tearaway stabilizer. I haven’t been embroidering very long so there may be a better way to do this but this is what I found easiest.
Trace the name backward onto a piece of tearaway stabilizer (because it will be on the back and show up flipped when you embroider). Remove the backing and stick the stabilizer to the back of the fleece where you want the name to go. Hoop that part of your fleece, being careful not to pull it too tightly. Now just fill in the name with your embroidery floss using whatever stitches you want! I used a satin stitch to fill the letters in and then a different color and a backstitch border.
Attaching the Fleece
Once you’re done, tear away the extra stabilizer and unhoop the fleece. My pictures are of two different blankets but the steps are the same! 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 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 how my blankets turned out, although they were a little bit more work with the embroidery and attaching the fleece, it was worth it. The clean edges and the names give it that professional finish I always try to achieve, and my cousin adored them when she saw them!
I made these in a small stroller size but you can adjust this blanket super easily. Just start with an odd number of chains to get the blanket size you want and work the pattern until it’s big enough.
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