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The Seaside Blanket – Free Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern


I’m not sure if you’ve picked up on it yet but baby blankets are still my favourite thing to crochet. I love that the possibilities are endless, that they don’t always take as long as you think and that they’ll be cherished forever. Our little boy has a massive stash of precious blankets that have been made for him and we take at least one everywhere we go. So here’s another free and super easy baby blanket crochet pattern for you to enjoy and make again and again in whatever colours take your fancy.

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the seaside blanket free baby blanket crochet pattern by HanJan Crochet

The Blanket

The Seaside Blanket is a must to celebrate any new arrival or to size up and treat yourself to. The twisting of squares creates a beautiful centre panel texture like the waves of the sea and and the pops of colour around the border are just perfect to remind you of deck chairs, sand and ice cream!

Construction

The magic of this blanket is the texture you get from all the little square motifs. They are all exactly the same but then to join them you just simply rotate each one as you join so that the pattern detail is facing a different way each time. It’s a really easy way to achieve a huge amount of texture and interest without having to do anything too complicated!

The deep border of the blanket is then worked in rounds after you join the centre squares and uses a combination of sc/dc in back loops and in the centre (waistcoat stitch) too.

the seaside blanket free crochet baby blanket pattern

Yarn

For the blanket I chose to use Drops Merino Extra Fine which is just amazing for showing stitch definition and is perfect for a blanket with a lovely drape to it. You will need the following amounts and colours:

Drops – Merino Extra Fine 100% wool 50g/105m

6 balls of Greyish Green (15)

1 ball each of Light Yellow (24), North Sea (28) and Off White (01)

Materials:

Along with the yarn you will also need:

A 6mm/J Crochet Hook

A tapestry needle

A pair of scissors

Finished Size:

The finished blanket measures 86cm by 72cm

Tension:

15st and 13 rows = 10cm by 10cm over pattern

the seaside blanket free crochet baby blanket pattern

Glossary:

UK terms/US terms

ch(s) – chain(s)

sk – skip

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

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)

Pattern Notes:

The ch1 at the beginning of a row/round does not count as a stitch.

Centre Panel: 

Make 20 of the following squares in Greyish Green

Foundation chain: ch16

Row 1: RS: (dc/sc, tr/dc) in 2nd ch from hook, *skip st, (dc/sc, tr/dc) in next, rep from * to last 2, skip st, dc/sc in last [15]

Row 2: ch1, (dc/sc, tr/dc) in first st, *(dc/sc, tr/dc) in next st, rep from *, ending with a dc/sc in last st

Rows 3-13: Repeat Row 2

Block all squares then sew together in a 5 by 4 formation, rotating each square you join to make the angle of the pattern different. This doesn’t have to be exact, just as long as two squares next to each other aren’t facing the same direction, as suggested below.


the seaside blanket free crochet baby blanket

Border:

With RS facing, join Greyish Green to any corner before a short edge

Round 1: ch1, 15htr/hdc along side of each individual square, ch1 at each corner, ss in 1st to join [short sides = 60, long sides = 75, corners = 4, total = 274]

Work in BL only for next 11 rounds in the following colour sequence: North Sea x2, Greyish Green x2, Off White x2, Greyish Green x2, Light Yellow x2, Greyish Green x1

Rounds 2-12: ch1, htr/hdc in each around, (htr/hdc, ch1, htr/hdc) in each corner ch1-sp, ss in 1st to join

Work the next rounds in the following colour sequence: *Greenish Grey, North Sea, Off White, Light Yellow, rep from * two more times, finish with Greenish Grey

Rounds 13-25: ch1, dc/sc in centre of each stitch to form a V, (dc/sc, ch1, dc/sc) in each corner ch1-sp, ss in 1st to join. (This stitch technique is called Waistcoat Stitch – click here for a free tutorial on exactly how to do it.)

the seaside blanket free crochet baby blanket pattern

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Nora

Monday 24th of August 2020

This is a very sweet baby blanket! I also love to crochet baby blankets as there is so much freedom and variety possible. Your talent is wonderful and Iā€™m always looking for your emails to start my day as there is generally a nice surprise awaiting me!

hanjancrafts@gmail.com

Tuesday 25th of August 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words Nora! I'm so glad you like the pattern and the emails too! Best wishes Hannah