You can make this Quick & Easy Crochet Baby Blanket in just a few days using Bernat Blanket Yarn!
When I found out my best friend Aleisha was having a baby boy, I knew I had to make something for the baby. I was so happy (and still am) with how soft and cozy the yarn from the Santa Hat Crochet Blanket felt, that I had no choice but to use the same yarn type again for this Quick & Easy Crochet Baby Blanket.
She was definitely using specific colors for his nursery but I didn’t want to make his blanket in those colors, I wanted the blanket to be more neutral so he could use it for the long haul. Having three kids of my own, I knew that she would end up changing out his room theme eventually and she did, lol. The soft, neutral colors of this blanket go with most nursery color schemes and will still work great for him as he grows.
Bernat’s Blanket Yarn is so easy to work with and I’m in love with how fast the blankets come together. This one only took me a day and a half to complete! Yep, that fast. In fact, this blanket would also be great for when you are short on time to make a baby gift. Sometimes procrastination gets the best of us, am I right?
Below, you’ll find the information you’ll need to make this blanket, but first, make sure to grab your pattern.
Once you purchase and download the PDF, you’ll get:
☆ A Convenient, Printer-friendly Pattern
☆ Traditional Crochet Abbreviations
☆ Information for Making Alternate Sizes
☆ A Very Helpful Crochet Chart
☆ Unabbreviated Instructions for Beginners
Simply click one of the green “Get Your Printable Pattern” buttons below
to purchase that PDF pattern. Now, let’s get started!
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Quick & Easy Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern
(Click the product links below to find your materials!)
- 6 Small Skeins Little Cosmos Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn
- 7 Small Skeins Vanilla Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn
- Size N 10.00mm Crochet Hook
Approximately 34″ x 44.5″ finished.
4 single crochet stitches = 2 inches wide.
2 single crochet rows = 1 inch tall.
Using the variegated yarn, chain 60, then one extra chain.
Row 1: Turn and single crochet into the second chain from the hook.
Single crochet into each chain for the entire row. You should have 60 stitches. (Be sure to count your stitches periodically to keep your edges straight.)
Row 2: Turn and chain 1, then single crochet into the second chain from the hook. Single crochet into each stitch for the entire row. Count and make sure you still have 60 stitches.
Rows 3 – 8: Repeat the single crochet rows for eight rows total. Each row should have 60 single crochet stitches.
Row 9: Join the vanilla or solid-colored yarn with the variegated yarn to start a new row. (To join in the second color, on the last single crochet stitch of the variegated yarn, finish the stitch by yarning over with the solid color and pulling it through before you make your chain one for the next row.)
Single crochet into each stitch across. You should have 60 stitches total.
Rows 10 – 12: Single crochet four rows total with the solid-colored yarn.
Rows 13 -80: Follow the stripe pattern for the remainder of the blanket. Stripe pattern: 8 rows with variegated yarn, 4 rows with solid yarn, repeat, for a total of 80 rows.
This will make seven variegated yarn stripes and six solid yarn stripes. The last row or stripe will be crocheted with the variegated yarn.
When you get to the end of the last row of variegated yarn, join the solid yarn and single crochet across the entire row.
In the last stitch of the row, single crochet three stitches into the same last stitch, making a corner.
Continue the single crochet down the side of the blanket. One single crochet goes into the end of each row.
At the end of that edge, single crochet three stitches into the last stitch like before, making a corner.
Repeat the single crochets all the way around the blanket with 3 single crochets in each corner.
Connect the last stitch to the first stitch with a slip stitch.
Chain one and without turning your blanket over, start the second row of single crochet that goes around the entire blanket. Remember to add 3 single crochets in each corner.
Repeat to make four border rows total. If your corners seem to be rolling up, try to make your corner stitches a little looser.
Once you’re done, tie off the ends and weave in any tails.
This baby blanket would also look gorgeous in other colorways, of course. While this Little Cosmos yarn is pretty neutral, it still leans a little more towards a boy. For a true neutral, you could use Little Sandcastles with the same vanilla color I used.
If you’re making one for a little girl, you have several different options, but my favorite is the Little Petunias yarn.
But really, if you click through to any of those colors, you’ll see a huge variety of choices for boys, girls, and neutral.
Quick & Easy Crochet Baby Blanket Tips
If you end up making this afghan using alternate colors of this Bernat Baby Blanket yarn, let me know down in the comments which colors you used. I’m super curious (and nosey, lol.)
It’s always helpful to have a crochet blanket size chart on hand. Well, I created a custom chart just for you! Sign up for my free newsletter and get yours today!
Since Bernat Blanket is so thick and fluffy, all of your crochet stitches will be oversized from what you may be used to seeing with your crochet projects.
These oversized stitches will make it far, far easier to see where to place your crochet hook. No reading glasses are required, lol.
The variegated (multiple colored) yarns create very pretty patterns or color pools.
The different colors on the yarn follow a certain pattern, though, so when you join a new skein of yarn, make sure the yarn is flowing in the same direction as the previous skein, i.e. tan/ cream/ blue versus blue/ cream/ tan.
When you join in your accent color skein of yarn, you can either cut the variegated yarn, creating a tail, or you can carry it up the side. Check out my Linen Stitch Crochet Blanket for great tips on carrying yarn up the sides.
I like to make my crochet stripe blocks in a variety of widths to give the blanket more interest, but you could easily alter this pattern and crochet every stripe block the same width. It’s really a matter of preference.
This Quick & Easy Crochet Baby Blanket is truly quick and easy to make! With the combination of this Bernat Blanket yarn and the single crochet stitch, this blanket is a dream to work on and perfect for beginner crocheters. But it can also be a relaxing change of pace for more advanced crocheters as well.
This block and row design would look great with other color combos of course and not just the baby colors used here. And I don’t mean just more baby-centric colors either. Picture those gorgeous creamy white throw blankets you see all over social media, you can make one for yourself just using one color of blanket yarn and adapting the pattern.
Or say you’re a huge fan of a sports team or want to support certain organizations with their signature colors, Bernat makes this blanket yarn in a wide variety of colors you could use. You’d be surprised!
The basic format of this blanket pattern makes it super easily adaptable. In fact, you could just add a few more chains to your original row to widen it some plus add some more sections, and make yourself a nice lap blanket with just a few more skeins of yarn.
The printable pattern definitely has all of those details for you. I’ve had several readers contact me telling me they’ve done this exact thing. Make it to suit your needs! Click on the green “Printable Pattern” button to grab yours!
Love this Bernat Blanket Yarn Baby Blanket and want more ideas on how to use this super fluffy variegated yarn? Try these links below as well!
- Quick Berry Stitch Crochet Blanket
- One-Weekend Half Double Crochet Blanket
- Warm & Cozy Camo Look Crochet Blanket
- And to see ALL of my projects I’ve made with this yarn: Bernat Blanket Yarn Projects
24 thoughts on “Quick & Easy Crochet Baby Blanket”
What I find frustrating is that the “Quick and Easy Baby Blanket” shows that you give it as a “free pattern” it is written at the top of the last picture of the finished blanket. However, you are charging for it? I know it is a simple pattern.
Hi Pattie, you likely saw an old pin of this blanket from a few years ago, before I started selling patterns. The basic instructions are still available for free right in the article, but like many other websites that offer free crochet patterns, I sell a printable, ad-free, image-free, version, often with more information, like a crochet chart or additional sizes for that low $3 price.
How do you know your variegated yarn is flowing in the same direction? Is it the color you start with?
Hi Michele, it depends on the type of variegated yarn. I’ve noticed two types. The first type has a repeating pattern of A B C D, A B C D, A B C D. When joining this type, just make sure to pick up where the previous skein left off. So if skein one ends on C, skein 2 should start on D. You wouldn’t want to go from A B C D to D C B A. Is this law, lol? Nope, not even remotely. I have OCD and obsess over dumb things like this. The other type I’ve seen repeated the same base color every other change and goes A B A C, A B A C. You can use the yarn in either direction, but when you join a new skein just make sure you pick up the pattern where the first skein left off. So if skein one ends on C, make sure skein 2 starts on A then B, not A then C. (The letters A B C D represent different colors in the variegated yarn. Some have three colors, some have four, possibly more.) If this all sounds like gobbledegook and you don’t suffer from OCD like me, lol, just make your blanket however the yarn comes off the skein and it will be gorgeous. Done is about a million times better than perfect.
Hi Marie…just found this baby blanket pattern and am excited to get the yarn and start making it for a baby boy’s arrival in January! 🥰 I am do impressed that you reply to those who contact you with questions and comments! I have asked questions of ladies who post and share their patterns and don’t hear back from them! I think it’s rude, but then there are kind people like you and I so appreciate it! Thanks for sharing and caring!
How do you make this blanket in a larger size?
Djthomas34@comcast.net I d like different sized yarn sizes too thank you.
Hello, I’ve only made this blanket using Bernat blanket yarn so I don’t know the measurements for other yarn sizes. You can easily follow the same basic pattern and stitch types and then add more base chains and stitches per row and block. Just use a tape measure and stitch markers to know when to stop your chains and rows.
I’m just starting this blanket but already have decided to do more. I’m not normally a blanket person, choosing to do small projects most of the time but I was hired to make 3 for a woman who is expecting 3 new great grandbabies this month. I wish I had seen this pattern for the first two, it would have been so much quicker.
I’ve made pillows, scarves and mittens with this yarn and everyone raves about the softness. If I could make dolls out of it I would.
Hello Marie. I am just finishing this blanket for my niece’s baby shower but I did it in medium gray and a dusty blue. I love the bernat blanket yarn. I am a slow crocheter and this yarn works up super fast. Thank you for sharing.
That sounds really pretty, Tammi! I’m so happy you got some use out of my “pattern.” I haven’t touched anything but blanket yarn since making this baby blanket, lol.
How big is a small skein of yarn?
Don’t know how many things of yarn to buy.
Hi, the small skeins are 3.5 oz. I’ve only seen them in stores at Walmart and Tuesday Morning. I usually calculate 3 small skeins to equal one of the big ones when I’m planning out my blankets.
Love this pattern…it can be changed up anyway you want. I didn’t want mine 44 inches, so did 6 repeats of the 8 rows & 5 of the 4 rows. Also did one of 12 rows of each of the two colors for total of 60 rows. Sometimes on the border’s corner, I do 2 SC in two SC stitches, instead of 3 SC in one SC stitch. Love the Bernat Blanket yarn…hope Bernat never stops making this yarn.
That makes me so happy to hear, Lynn! I know what you mean about it being easily adaptable. I’ve made several so far and each one is a little different. I also agree about the blanket yarn. It’s honestly all I use anymore. You should try some of their self striping blanket yarn, too. The first time using it, I hated it, but once I figured out the deal with using it, I’m happy with the color combos.
I like the self-striping yarn, but our Joann’s doesn’t carry it any longer…although, you can get it on-line.
Lynn, I got the yarn for this baby blanket at Walmart. It came in those smaller sized skeins. It’s also just a solid cream and then a beige and cream variegated yarn.
I love this pattern! Have already made it once and am about to make a second. I do have one question. Do you make the three stitches on the corners each time you go around with the border? I only did it the first time around on my first blanket, and I noticed that the corners roll a little bit.
I’m so happy to hear that, Debbie. I’ve made a few of them, too. I just bought a bunch more blanket yarn today, lol. I’m hooked. Yes, to the three stitches on each corner, I need to go back and make sure I note that in the tutorial. I use that same border pattern on just about every blanket I make because I like it to have a clean egde.
What is the size of this blanket?
The finished size is 34”x44.5” but because it’s just a single crochet throughout, it’d be super easy to adjust the size.
Hi Marie, I have to tell you that I pinned the Quick and Easy Crochet Baby Blanket and from my board, it has been pinned many, many times. Looks like there a lot of gals out there who like it a lot.
Aww, thank you, Bonnie! I hope people make one. Aleisha says she and her little baby both love using it.