Rising Star Baby Blanket

This light weight and gorgeous crochet star baby blanket is a lovely gift for any expecting mother. The Rising Star Crochet baby blanket is a gorgeous take on the 12 point star crochet blankets. Using any color pallet you like, this free crochet baby blanket pattern is perfect for anyone creating a blanket for a little one looking to enter the world.

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Crochet Star Baby Blanket

There is something so lovely about a crochet star baby blanket – especially when it has 12 points! This type of blanket may look intimidating for those who haven’t worked one yet, but not to worry – it’s easier than you think!

The first few rounds are “set up” rounds, so you’ll start creating the lovely chain spaces that create the points. After that, it is essentially a repeat of rounds except you’ll continue increasing so the blanket ends up flat. You’ve got this!

This image shows the crochet star baby blanket laying flat, at an angle, to show all of the peaks and valleys created while crocheting.

If you’d like a PDF of this pattern, which includes a picture tutorial, full definition of stitch counts and step by step for the first several rounds written out (not in short hand abbreviations), you can grab one on either my Ravelry or my Etsy shop by clicking the buttons below.

If you haven’t worked a star baby blanket before, I would highly recommend this PDF as it offers a lot of additional help that you may need.

SKILL LEVEL

Intermediate (although tested by a beginner, so beginners certainly CAN make this blanket if they want to).

MATERIALS & TOOLS

You can use any light (3) weight yarn you prefer. I used three colors, each skein I purchased was 4 oz or 340 yards.

You can, of course, use a medium (4) weight or higher, but it will create a larger blanket.

This baby blanket is created with three separate colors. You can alter these as necessary to create a gender specific baby blanket or to match the mothers nursery.

You will need three colors for this blanket. With light (3) yarn, you will need:

Color 1: Approximately 272 yards or 3.2 oz.
Color 2: Approximately 370 yards or nearly the full skein with minimal scraps.
Color 3: Approximately 323 yards or 3.8 oz.

You will also need a 4 mm hook, scissors, a tapestry needle and stitch markers (if you prefer them)

GAUGE

20 double crochet x 11 rows is approximately 4” by 4”.

FINISHED SIZE

In diameter: Approximately 34 inches

NOTES

  • This pattern is written in US terms.
  • Chain 2 always counts as a double crochet.
    • You will always slip stitch to the top of the chain 2 to close the round.
  • This pattern uses chain 2 to start the round instead of chain 3.
    • This is a preference as it hides the seam better. If you prefer to chain 3 to start your round, feel free to do so.
  • Pattern calls for the use of a magic circle to begin. If you prefer to start with the chaining method, you are welcome to. Chain 4, slip stitch to first chain made and work into that circle for R1.
  • Keep your “shell” stitches in mind at each point of the star. The pattern will reference which shell to complete in each point for the round, but make sure you are following if it is a large or small shell so that the blanket lays properly.

HOW TO READ STITCH COUNT

This crochet star baby blanket pattern has a stitch count. Yay! But I want to ensure that you understand the stitch count moving forward.

EXAMPLE: (336 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 14 dc on each slope)

This means that there are 336 double crochet total in the round and 12 chain 2 spaces total in the round. “14 dc on each slope” refers to how many double crochet are on the “slope” of each point, which makes it easier to ensure you have the correct stitch count.

WHAT IS THE SLOPE?

Infographic of this crochet star baby blanket pattern, explaining what the peaks and valleys mean in the written pattern.

The “Slope” is defined as any area of solid double crochet. So, this can be between the chain 2 space and the skip 2 space, or vice versa. See the picture above.

In the stitch count, you will see the FULL stitch count, how many ch 2 spaces you have and, for example, “14 dc on each slope”. This means that you will have 14 double crochet stitches between each chain 2 space and skip two space, and between each skip two space and chain two space.

ABBREVIATIONS

  • Mc – magic circle
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Dc – double crochet
  • Ch – chain
  • Sl st – slip stitch
  • St – stitch
  • C1 – Color 1
  • C2 – Color 2
  • C3 – Color 3
  • Spc(s) – Space(s)
  • Sk – skip (sk 1 = skip 1 stitch)
  • FO – finish off
  • SPECIAL STITCHES
    • sc2tog – single crochet 2 together
    • Large Shell – 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc in ch 2 space
    • Small Shell – 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc in ch 2 space

SPECIAL STITCHES

Sc2tog – Single crochet 2 together. To sc2tog, [insert hook into next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop]. Repeat inside brackets one more time. You should have 3 loops on hook. Yarn over, pull through all 3.

Large Shell – When the pattern states to work a large shell in the chain 2 space, you will: place 2 double crochet, chain 2 and place 2 more double crochet in the same chain 2 space.

Small Shell – When the pattern states to work a small shell in the chain 2 space, you will: place 1 double crochet, chain 2 and place 1 more double crochet in the same chain 2 space.

How to Make This Crochet Star Baby Blanket

With C1,

R1 – In magic circle, ch 2, work 11 dc. Pull tail to tighten, sl st to top of ch 2 to close. (12 dc)

R2 – ch 2, dc in same st, place 2 dc in each st around, sl st to top of ch 2 to close. (24)

R3 – ch 2, [sk 1 st, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st] Repeat around until 1 st and st with ch 2 remains. Sk 1 st, dc in same st as chains, ch 1. Sl st to top of ch 2 to close. (12 V’s | 24 dc, 12 ch 1 spcs)

R4 – sl st into ch 1 spc. Ch 2, (1 dc, ch 2, 2dc) in same ch 1 spc. Work large shell in each ch 1 spc around, sl st to top of ch 2 to close. (48 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs)

R5 – sl st into next st, ch 2 [work large shell in ch 2 spc, dc in next st, sk 2 sts, dc next] Repeat around, ending with skip 2 sts. Join. (72 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 3 dc on each slope)

Change from C1 to C2 in the last st of R5. Trim C1.

R6 – sl st to next st, ch 2, dc in next st [work small shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc in next 2 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc in next 2 sts] Repeat around, ending with skip 2 sts. Join. (72 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 3 dc on each slope)

R7 – sl st to next st, ch 2. Dc in next st, [work large shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc next 2 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc next 2 sts] Repeat around, end with skip 2 sts. Join. (96 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 4 dc on each slope)

R8 – Sl st to next st, ch 2. Dc next 2 sts, [work large shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc next 3 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc next 3 sts] Repeat around, end with skip 2 sts. Join. (120 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 5 dc on each slope)

R9 – sl st to next st, ch 2. Dc next 3 sts [work small shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc next 4 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc next 4 sts] Repeat around, end with skip 2 sts. Join. (120 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 5 dc on each slope)

R10 – sl st to next st, ch 2. 1 dc next 3 sts [work large shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc next 4 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc next 4 sts] Repeat around, end with skip 2 sts. Join. (144 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 6 dc on each slope)

Change from C2 to C3 in last st of R10. Trim C2.

R11 – sl st to next st, ch 2. 1 dc next 4 sts [work large shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc next 5 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc next 5 sts] Repeat around, end with skip 2 sts. Join. (168 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 7 dc on each slope)

R12 – sl st to next st, ch 2. 1 dc next 5 sts [work small shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc next 6 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc next 6 sts] Repeat around, end with skip 2. Join. (168 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 7 dc on each slope)

R13 – sl st to next st, ch 2. 1 dc next 5 sts [work large shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc next 6 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc next 6 sts] Repeat around, end with skip 2. Join. (192 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 8 dc on each slope)

R14 – sl st to next st, ch 2. 1 dc next 6 sts [work large shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc next 7 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc next 7 sts] Repeat around, end with skip 2. Join. (216 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 9 dc on each slope)

R15 – sl st to next st, ch 2. 1 dc next 7 sts [work small shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc next 8 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc next 8 sts] Repeat around, end with skip 2. Join. (216 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 9 dc on each slope)

Change from C3 to C1 in last st of R15. Trim C3.

R16 – sl st to next st, ch 2. 1 dc next 7 sts [work large shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc next 8 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc next 8 sts] Repeat around, end with skip 2. Join. (240 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 10 dc on each slope)

R17 – sl st to next st, ch 2. 1 dc next 8 sts [work large shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc next 9 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc next 9 sts] Repeat around, end with skip 2. Join. (264 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 11 dc on each slope)

R18 – sl st to next st, ch 2. 1 dc next 9 sts [work small shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc next 10 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc next 10 sts] Repeat around, end with skip 2. Join. (264 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 11 dc on each slope)

R19 – sl st to next st, ch 2. 1 dc next 9 sts [work large shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc next 10 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc next 10 sts] Repeat around, end with skip 2. Join. (288 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 12 dc on each slope)

R20 – sl st to next st, ch 2. 1 dc next 10 sts [work large shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc next 11 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc next 11 sts] Repeat around, end with skip 2. Join. (312 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 13 dc on each sope)

R21 – sl st to next st, ch 2. 1 dc next 11 sts [work small shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc next 12 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc next 12 sts] Repeat around, end with skip 2. Join. (312 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 13 dc on each slope)

R22 – sl st to next st, ch 2. 1 dc next 11 sts [work large shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc next 12 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc next 12 sts] Repeat around, end with skip 2. Join. (336 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 14 dc on each slope)

Change from C1 to C2 in last st of R22. Trim C1.

R23 – sl st to next st, ch 2. 1 dc next 12 sts [work large shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc next 13 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc next 13 sts] Repeat around, end with skip 2. Join. (360 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 15 dc on each slope)

R24 – sl st to next st, ch 2. 1 dc next 13 sts [work small shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc next 14 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc next 14 sts] Repeat around, end with skip 2. Join. (360 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 15 dc on each slope)

R25 – sl st to next st, ch 2. 1 dc next 13 sts [work large shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc next 14 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc next 14 sts] Repeat around, end with skip 2. Join. (384 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 16 dc on each slope)

R26 – sl st to next st, ch 2. 1 dc next 14 sts [work large shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc next 15 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc next 15 sts] Repeat around, end with skip 2. Join. (408 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 17 dc on each slope)

R27 – sl st to next st, ch 2. 1 dc next 15 sts [work small shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc next 15 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc next 15 sts] Repeat around, end with skip 2. Join. (408 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 17 dc on each slope)

R28 – sl st to next st, ch 2. 1 dc next 15 sts [work large shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc next 16 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc next 16  sts] Repeat around, end with skip 2. Join. (432 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 18 dc on each slope)

R29 – sl st to next st, ch 2. 1 dc next 16 sts [work large shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc next 17 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc next 17  sts] Repeat around, end with skip 2. Join. (456 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 19 dc on each slope)

Change from C2 to C3 in last st of R29. Trim C2.

R30 – sl st to next st, ch 2. 1 dc next 17 sts [work small shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc next 18 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc next 18 sts] Repeat around, end with skip 2. Join. (456 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 19 dc on each slope)

R31 – sl st to next st, ch 2. 1 dc next 17 sts [work large shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc next 18 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc next 18 sts] Repeat around, end with skip 2. Join. (480 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 20 dc on each slope)

R32 – sl st to next st, ch 2. 1 dc next 18 sts [work large shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc next 19 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc next 19 sts] Repeat around, end with skip 2. Join. (504 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 21 dc on each slope)

R33 – sl st to next st, ch 2. 1 dc next 19 sts [work small shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc next 20 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc next 20 sts] Repeat around, end with skip 2. Join. (504 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 21 dc on each slope)

R34 – sl st to next st, ch 2. 1 dc next 19 sts [work large shell in ch 2 spc, 1 dc next 20 sts, sk 2 sts, 1 dc next 20 sts] Repeat around, end with skip 2. Join. (528 dc, 12 ch 2 spcs, 22 dc on each slope)

Change from C3 to C1 in last st of R34. Trim C3.

R35 – sl st to next st, ch 1. Sc in same space and next 20 sts [place 3 sc in ch 2 spc, 1 sc next 21 sts, sc2tog, 1 sc next 21 sts] Repeat around, end with sc2tog. Join. (552 stitches total, 540 sc, 45 sc between each sc2tog, 12 sc2tog)

Fo, weave ends. Your baby blanket is complete!

If you’d prefer to continue making your baby blanket larger, you can continue working increasing rounds instead of working R34 and R35. Continue on as you have been, being sure to work large shells for 2 rounds and a small shell for one round to ensure the blanket lays flat. Start with two rounds with large shells, and your third round will be small shells.

If you’re happy with the size as is, you’re all done. I hope you enjoy.

Isn’t it amazing how in only thirty-five rounds, we’ve created this gorgeous crochet star baby blanket? This lovely keepsake was so much fun to design and so much fun to crochet.

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