Strawberry Baby Blanket

If you’re looking for a crochet baby blanket that uses different colors to create a ton of personality, you will love the Strawberry Shortcake baby blanket. This block stitch baby blanket is easy to get started, works up fairly quickly and is easy to customize. Add some fun to your standard double crochet baby blanket with this free crochet pattern.

Double Crochet Baby Blanket by The Loophole Fox
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Block Stitch Baby Blanket

I love creating baby blankets. Usually, I end up making a baby blanket for an expecting mother. However, I can’t keep my love of baby blankets down to just when a new set of expecting parents come along, so I often end up donating baby blankets to charities or other people in need.

When I went shopping for yarn a few months ago, I couldn’t not pick up these rose colored yarns by Big Twist. I didn’t have a plan for them yet but I knew I had to have them. I played around with a few stitch patterns before I landed on the block stitch.

This block stitch baby blanket brings so much personality to double crochet baby blankets. The block stitch creates a beautiful drape and I can’t say enough about Big Twist yarn. The Light Rose (light pink that I used as my main color) is so soft and… floaty. I can’t think of another way to describe it. It’s a lovely yarn to work with and touch.

The block stitch pattern can be worked in one color or several colors. A block stitch baby blanket worked in any amount of colors is going to be absolutely gorgeous. For this pattern, I decided on three colors.

I used light pink for the “main” portion for an over all cohesive design. I also used white and Medium Pink (the darker pink) for the areas in between to give a pop of color.

If you’re looking to bring some personality to your double crochet baby blanket patterns, the block stitch baby blanket is a great way to do it.

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Block Stitch Crochet Baby Blanket by The Loophole Fox

While this pattern is created in pinks and may look like it is only a free crochet baby girl blanket pattern, you can easily customize it to be a baby boy baby blanket or have a rainbow of colors.

I will tell you one thing. You’re going to have a ton of ends to weave in. There is just no way around it. I tried to find ways to carry the yarn but I found that it either made this crochet baby blanket look bulky, the yarn showed through, or otherwise just didn’t sit right. I opted to trim the yarn after every row. This did leave a lot of ends to weave in, but it created an over all more finished look.

I also opted to tie my ends together before weaving them in. These ties will help keep the yarn together even more and are not noticeable.

I had so much fun deciding on borders for this block stitch baby blanket. The colors screamed “Strawberry!” at me and I had originally decided to do a scallop border to mimic whipped cream. However, I found I didn’t like this quite as much and ended up using the crab stitch instead. This gave the border a whimsical and swirled look, which I felt still kept with the “Strawberry” theme.

SKILL LEVEL

Advanced Beginner (Beginner Friendly) – This baby blanket only requires knowledge of how to chain, single crochet and double crochet. There is a photo tutorial included to help you through. It is most important to watch your stitch count when creating chain spaces. Otherwise, the pattern is fairly straight forward and quick.

MATERIALS

Medium (4) worsted weight yarn in three colors.

Color A: 10 oz/ 283 g/ 640 yards
Color B: 1.8 oz/ 52 g/ 112 yards.
Color C: 3.3 oz/ 94 g/176 yards

Yarn Used
Big Twist in Light Rose (CA), Medium Rose (CB) and White (CC)

TOOLS

5 mm (H-8) hook
Tapestry needle
Scissors

GAUGE

6 blocks x 12 rows = 4 inches x 4 inches.

Chain 19 and follow the written pattern to achieve gauge. If your gauge is off a bit, not to worry. If it’s off a lot, you might change hook size.

FINISHED SIZE

Approximately 30 inches x 30 inches

ABBREVIATIONS

In US terms;

  • Ch – Chain
  • Sc – Single Crochet
  • Dc – Double Crochet
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • Sl st – Slip Stitch
  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • […] – Repeats are listed inside brackets 
  • (…) – Stitch count at end of rows.

NOTES

  • Chain 1 at the beginning of a single crochet row never counts as a stitch. Always place your first single crochet in the same stitch. 
  • Chain 3 at the beginning of a double crochet row does count as a stitch.
  • This baby blanket is worked in a multiple of 3+1. If you would like to change the size of the baby blanket, you can increase or decrease the size by adding or removing 3 chains on the starting row.
  • Because we switch color every row on this baby blanket, there will be a ton of ends if you cut them. You can travel the yarn up the side, but it may be noticeable. I opted to trim the yarn every row and weave in my ends at the end of each “crochet session”.
  • Change color by finishing the last stitch of the row with the new color on the final yarn over, pull through of the stitch.
  • For simplicity, this pattern will be written for the first few rows and then will simply state to repeat a row in a specific color.
Pink Crochet Baby Blanket by The Loophole Fox

How to Crochet this Block Stitch Baby Blanket

With White, Ch 154

With CC, Chain 154.

Row 1 – Sc second ch from hook. 1 sc next ch. [ch 2, sk 2 chs, 1 sc next]. Repeat across until 1 ch remains. Place 1 sc in last ch. (53 sc, 50 ch 2 spaces)

Finish last stitch with CA. Finish off CC.

Row 2 – Ch 3, turn. In each ch 2 spc across the row, work 3 dc. 2 sts remain. Skip 1, 1 dc last st. (50 sets of 3 dc, 2 dc (152 dc total))

Finish last stitch with CB. Finish off CA.

*Special note – Make sure you do not work a chain between the sets of 3 dc. All dc’s of this row are worked into chain spaces, except for the final dc which is placed in the last sc of the previous row.

Row 3 – Ch 1, turn. Place 1 sc in first stitch. 1 sc in space between final dc and set of 3 dc of previous row. [ch 2, skip the dc set, place 1 sc in space between sets of 3 dc]. Repeat across the row to the end, place 1 sc in top of ch 3. (53 sc, 50 ch 2 spaces)

Finish last st with CA. Finish off CB.

The rest of this baby blanket is worked by repeating Row 2 and Row 3 in sequence, following a color pattern. 

For simplicity, the rest of this pattern will list the instructions as “Repeat X Row with Color Abbreviation”. 

For example: “Row 4 – Repeat Row 2 with CA”. This means that for Row 4, you will repeat the written instructions for Row 2 with Color A. You will notice that Row 5 says to work the row with CC. So, on the last stitch of Row 4, you will want to change color from CA to CC.

Row 4Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 5Repeat Row 3 with CC
Row 6
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 7
Repeat Row 3 with CB
Row 8
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 9
Repeat Row 3 with CC
Row 10
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 11
Repeat Row 3 with CB
Row 12
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 13
Repeat Row 3 with CC
Row 14
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 15
Repeat Row 3 with CB
Row 16
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 17
Repeat Row 3 with CC
Row 18
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 19
Repeat Row 3 with CB
Row 20
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 21
Repeat Row 3 with CC
Row 22
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 23
Repeat Row 3 with CB
Row 24
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 25
Repeat Row 3 with CC
Row 26
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 27
Repeat Row 3 with CB
Row 28
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 29
Repeat Row 3 with CC 

Row 30Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 31
Repeat Row 3 with CB
Row 32
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 33
Repeat Row 3 with CC
Row 34
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 35
Repeat Row 3 with CB
Row 36
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 37
Repeat Row 3 with CC
Row 38
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 39
Repeat Row 3 with CB
Row 40
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 41
Repeat Row 3 with CC
Row 42
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 43
Repeat Row 3 with CB
Row 44
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 45
Repeat Row 3 with CC
Row 46
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 47
Repeat Row 3 with CB
Row 48
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 49
Repeat Row 3 with CC
Row 50
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 51
Repeat Row 3 with CB
Row 52
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 53
Repeat Row 3 with CC
Row 54
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 55
Repeat Row 3 with CB

Row 56Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 57
Repeat Row 3 with CC
Row 58
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 59
Repeat Row 3 with CB
Row 60
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 61
Repeat Row 3 with CC
Row 62
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 63
Repeat Row 3 with CB
Row 64
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 65
Repeat Row 3 with CC
Row 66
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 67
Repeat Row 3 with CB
Row 68
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 69
Repeat Row 3 with CC
Row 70
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 71
Repeat Row 3 with CB
Row 72
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 73
Repeat Row 3 with CC
Row 74
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 75
Repeat Row 3 with CB
Row 76
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 77
Repeat Row 3 with CC
Row 78
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 79
Repeat Row 3 with CB
Row 80
Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 81
Repeat Row 3 with CC

Finish off yarn and weave in all ends to prepare for the border.

BORDER

Round 1: With CA, Join yarn in the right hand corner stitch of your last row and place 1sc in the same stitch. Then, work 1 sc in each stitch and 2 sc in each ch 2 space. 

At the corner,ch 2 and turn 90 degrees to work down the length of the blanket. Place 1 sc in the side of each sc and 2 sc in the side of each dc down the length. Ch 2, and turn 90 degrees to work across the starting chains.

Continue working across the bottom and up the side as written previously. At the end of the last side, ch 2 and sl st into your first sc.

Round 2: Ch 1 and sc in the same stitch. Place 1 sc in each stitch around the blanket. When you reach the ch 2 space at each corner, place 3 sc in the ch 2 spc. At the end of this round,slst to close, finish off CA and join CC.

Round 3: For the border of this blanket, I decided to use the Crab Stitch (or reverse single crochet). You can over course work whatever kind of border you would like.

The Crab Stitch is worked the same as a single crochet, but it is worked in the reverse direction. So, if you are right handed, you will work to the right. If you are left handed, you will work to the left.

This can feel “wrong” and like it isn’t working properly. Work a few stitches and you will see the “spiral” start forming.

For Round 3, we place 1 Crab Stitch (reverse single crochet) in each stitch around. At the end, slip stitch to the first stitch to close, finish off and weave ends. You’re all done! 

Heart Hook Home has a great tutorial on how to work this stitch, if you’d like to review that before giving the border a go.

I hope you love this block stitch baby blanket as much as I do.

Doesn’t it remind you of strawberry shortcake? I’m going to need to head to the store to get some!

I love how this stitch pattern brings some personality to standard double crochet baby blankets. It is always so much fun to mix things up.

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