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.
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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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.
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.
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
Big Twist in Light Rose (CA), Medium Rose (CB) and White (CC)
5 mm (H-8) hook
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.
Approximately 30 inches x 30 inches
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.
- 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.
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 4 – Repeat Row 2 with CA
Row 5 – Repeat 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 30 – Repeat 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 56 – Repeat 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.
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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