Although I spend most of my crafting time knitting or crocheting, I’ve always been interested in other crafts as well. Even if I never find the time to pick up something like quilting, I love watching others make and teach how to quilt something. Lately, I’ve been really inspired by the way simple quilting shapes make a finished piece, so I want to give it a try with crochet. This is the Pascal baby blanket and the full free crochet blanket pattern is below!
The Pascal Baby Blanket is the perfect baby blanket pattern if you love having room to play around with the design! This pattern was inspired by quilts and how you can start with just a few simple triangles to make a ton of different designs when they all come together. This baby blanket pattern uses C2C squares to achieve the same thing. With this pattern, you can arrange the squares into any design you like and really create something of your own. Or you can work the blanket as one C2C square following the design I used! Either way, have fun.
C2C is another crochet technique I love but sometimes it feels like it takes so long to make a blanket in one piece. The increasing portion goes by so slowly while the decreasing half is really fast! So to make this blanket more like a quilt and to make the whole blanket faster for me, I made small squares with C2C that I seamed together.
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 / H hook*
- #3 DK weight yarn in 2-3 colors – I used Bernat Baby Coordinates in Dove Boy (2) and White (3), and some scrap gray for the border
- tapestry needle*
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- Skill level: Beginner
- Sizing: 38 x 38 inches
- Gauge: 1.5 blocks per inch
Pascal Baby Blanket: Free Crochet Blanket Pattern
Option 1: Individual Squares
I’ve explained how to C2C in the pattern here. If you need more help, check out the video tutorial here. If you already know how to C2C, follow the chart below to make 16 squares.
Row 1: Make a slip knot and chain 5 with the blue yarn. YO and double crochet into the 3rd space from the hook and each space after. That’s the first block done and it makes up that first corner.
Row 2: Chain 5 to start the next row and DC 3 starting from the 3rd space from the hook. With the two blocks stacked on top of each other, rotate the bottom one so that the ch 2 space lines up with where your hook is now. Slip stitch to the chain 2 space of the last row. This brings the two blocks together. Then chain 2 and work 3 DC into the chain 2 space to form the next block.
Rows 3-14: Chain 5, and DC 3 starting from the 3rd space from the hook. Rotate the work and sl st to the top of the ch 2 space of the last block. *Ch 2, DC3 into the chain 2 space, slip st to the top of the next block*. Repeat from * to * until the end of the row.
Row 15: Switch to the white yarn. Slip stitch 3 times into each of the next 3 spaces. Because you didn’t chain 5 and work the DCs, you didn’t add another block. Instead, you flattened that side to create the top edge of the piece. Work the rest of the row the same way you’ve been working this entire time. But instead of working the last block, your row ends when you slip stitch to the top of the last blue block.
Rows 16-27: Then, turn the work and repeat row 15 to decrease each row by one block until you’ve completed the square. Then bind off.
Make 16 squares in this way and then arrange them however you like.
Check out the chart below to see how my blanket is laid out. Then use a length of white yarn and whip stitch the rows together, then whip stitch the columns together to bring the blanket into one piece. Finally, weave in all the ends.
Option 2: One big square
Using the same C2C method, work the entire blanket in one piece using the chart provided. This is better for those that are slightly more advanced or just don’t want to deal with seaming the squares together!
If you choose to do it this way, be sure to attach new yarn where you need it instead of trying to carry the color to the next section. Carrying the yarn through too big of a section or pulling it too tightly can cause the shape to distort a little so try to keep an even tension as you go.
Once the blanket is in one piece and all the ends are woven in, attach gray yarn to any side and SC along the edge of the blanket. At the corner space, *SC 1, ch1, SC 1* into the same space, then turn and SC to the next corner. Repeat from * to * in each corner as you work around the blanket.
Work as many rounds of SC for the border as you like. I worked 4 rows for a narrow border on mine. Then bind off, weave in any loose ends and you’re done!
I love how this Pascal baby blanket turned out and it was fun to play around with some different layouts before I decided on this one, which is a classic quilt design. Since I chose to make mine with option 1, the individual squares, t did take some time to seam it all together but it was definitely faster than making the one big square for me. For some reason, I get really bored of it as I increase a big blanket but working in smaller squares helped a lot. I also have a few other crochet C2C blanket patterns you can check out below!
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