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Anyone who knows me knows that I have this thing for designing baby blankets. It’s something I used to be a bit shy about but I’m completely the opposite now. I’m so proud that I started off life as HanJan making and selling my blankets and then my designs and now I’m at the amazing stage that I can share them with you for free so that everyone can enjoy them as much as I do!

For me, baby blankets are the ultimate because they are super quick to make (I get bored/distracted easily), they don’t use that much yarn so you can treat yourself to some gorgeous stuff and whoever you give them to they will treasure them forever.

The Retro Baby Blanket is made in soft, washable yarn and fun retro colours, and this basketweave stitch blanket is a must for any new arrival.

Made from a central panel and a cute textured edging, the blanket grows in no time at all.

You can carry on reading to find the free pattern here in this blogpost or purchase an ad-free, printable PDF version of the Retro Blanket crochet pattern in my stores to download and print.


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crochet basketweave stitch blanket, retro baby blanket by Hannah Cross

The Blanket

The Retro Blanket is a beautifully simple take on the basketweave stitch with a textured border to give a pop of colour. It’s perfect for either boys or girls for the on trend gender-neutral look at the moment.

The Yarn

I used Scheepjes Merino Soft for the blanket as it’s the squishiest and most beautiful yarn for anything baby.

You will need:

Scheepjes – Merino Soft DK – 25% Microfibre, 50% Wool, 25% Acrylic, 50g/105m

5 balls – Da Vinci 606

1 ball each of  – Braque 607, Soutine 615, Van Gough 641, Renoir 624

Finding the right yarn for your projects can be tricky sometimes and depends on so many things like fibre content, yarn weight, budget, colour choices and more. I’ve put together a guide for the best yarn for crochet blankets to help you discover the things I’ve learnt over the years as both a designer and maker that help me choose the perfect one.


Along with the yarn you will also need:

A 6mm/J crochet hook



retro baby blanket crochet basketweave blanket free crochet pattern

Finished Size

The finished blanket measures 82cm by 94cm


15st and 11rows = 10cm by 10cm but is not essential for this project

Glossary/Abbreviations: Standard UK terms (Standard US terms)

ch(s) – chain(s)

sk – skip

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

FP – front post

BP – back post

rep – repeat

st(s) – stitches

ss – slip stitch

dc – double crochet (sc – single crochet)

htr – half treble (hdc – half double crochet)

tr – treble (dc – double crochet)

retro baby blanket free crochet pattern

The Pattern

Using standard UK terms –

Foundation chain: Using Da Vinci ch82 (multiple of 8 + 2)

Row 1: RS: tr in 4th ch from hook and each across [80]

Rows 2-4: ch2 *FPtr around each of the next 4, BPtr around each of the next 4, repeat from * to end.

Row 5-7: ch2 *BPtr around each of the next 4, FPtr around each of the next 4, repeat from * to end.

Rows 2-7 create the pattern.

Rows 8-67: Repeat the pattern.

Rows 68-70: Repeat Row 2.

Now continue in rounds around the edge of the centre panel.

free crochet baby blanket pattern


Round 1: Using Da Vinci ch1, 3dc in each corner st, dc in each st along edges, ss in 1st st to join, change to Braque

Work in BL only from now on.

Round 2: ch1, 2dc in each corner st, dc in each st along edges, ss in 1st to join

Round 3: ch1, htr in each st, ch1 at each corner

Round 4: ch1, 3dc in each ch1-corner sp, dc in each st along edges, ss in 1st to join

Rep rounds 2-4 three more times, working 1 rep in Soutine, 1 rep in Van Gough, 1 rep in Renoir.

Fasten off.

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The Retro Baby Blanket free basketweave stitch crochet blanket pattern from HanJan Crochet Hannah Cross

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