Are you drooling? Because I am drooling. Those stitches, that texture, the soft buttery delightful color. This baby blanket is DREAMY.
Just imagine how precious a new little baby will look wrapped up in this squishy and chunky crochet baby blanket! *Sigh*
The only thing better is if you could actually squish it in person. Well, you can… you just have to make it first!
Scroll down for the free easy chunky baby blanket crochet pattern or purchase the ad-free PDF right here in my shop and get started on this perfect baby gift!
Stitches Used in the Chunky Crochet Blanket Pattern
Please please please do not be intimidated by the gorgeous braided look of these stitches. I promise they are SIMPLE.
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It is only a 2-row repeat for the body of the blanket- one row of the trusty half double crochet worked in the back loop and one row of a modified half double crochet also worked in the back loop. These repeating rows give you an absolutely beautifully textured baby blanket.
As you work the modified half double crochet there are just 2 things to keep in mind:
- keep your tension loose
- the first part of the mhdc is worked in the same stitch as the stitch you just finished
It is ALMOST a hdc2tog BUT you aren’t decreasing. Your stitch count will remain the same throughout.
If it sounds intimidating, don’t worry, there are plenty of pictures included in the stitch description and you can check out this chunky hat pattern for even more detailed, step-by-step photos of this mhdc.
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Is this a good Beginner Project?
The pattern is rated for at an Easy skill level which, according to the Craft Yarn Council, is just above a Beginner Skill level.
While the easy pattern uses simple stitches uniquely, managing the tension and grasping the parts of each stitch may be a bit beyond the beginner level.
You can always grab some scrap yarn and a coordinating hook and try making a small swatch before starting the full large project. You don’t have to worry about stitch counts, so start with a chain of somewhere between 15 and 20 and give it a try!
Can you Crochet a Baby Blanket with Chunky Yarn?
Chunky yarn is great to use for baby blankets and will give you a soft and squishy blanket that is extra cozy and perfect for wrapping up your new baby.
(How bad is it that I can’t remember if I’ve used it in another pattern too?)
Each skein is 7 oz which means it only took SLIGHTLY less than 3 full skeins to whip up this beauty. Of course, you can make this adorable baby blanket in your favorite chunky yarn if you have a different favorite.
The color I chose is a soft buttery-yellow which is a perfect gender-neutral color for a baby blanket. If you need a unisex baby shower gift, this blanket in this solid color would be great!
Unfortunately, it looks like Lion Brand has discontinued the Color Made Easy line which is very disappointing! Here are some other bulky weight yarn options.
Tips for Adjusting the Baby Blanket Size
One last note before we get to the free crochet pattern… there isn’t a special stitch count to start this blanket, so after you’ve made it in baby size and decide that you absolutely need one in your size, you can just increase the starting chain or foundation row to the size you need.
It’s super easy to make this soft blanket into a smaller or larger size. As stated in the notes, you’ll want to keep your starting rows loose as you crochet them, but you can crochet those starting rows to your desired length – either shorter or longer than the provided instructions without worrying about stitch counts.
You’ll just need to adjust the number of rows you make and you will want to end on an odd number of rows if you decide to make a different size of blanket.
Squishy and Chunky Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern
Skill Level: Easy
- US size M/N, 9 mm crochet hook (Don’t have this size crochet hook? No worries, you can get this ergonomic one delivered from Amazon to your front door!)
- Lion Brand Color Made Easy (Available on LionBrand.com and on Amazon)
- Category 5 Bulky 100% Acrylic yarn 7oz/200g, 247yds/226m
- 3 skeins in Alabaster
- Large Eye Yarn Needle (These needles are GREAT to use with bulky yarn and they are also available on Amazon)
hdc(s): half double crochet(s)
blo: back loop only
mhdc: modified half double crochet
fhdc: foundation half double crochet
sc: single crochet
sl st: slip stitch
Gauge: 4” x 4” done in stitch pattern=9 sts by 7 rows
Finished Size: 30” by 36”
Notes: Keep your starting chain and row 1 or foundation row loose. It would be helpful to do a small swatch of 5 or so rows in the stitch pattern to get a feel for how loosely you’ll need to keep your starting chain/row. You may want to chain in a larger hook size.
Special Stitch Instructions: Modified half double crochet (mhdc): insert hook into the same stitch of the last completed stitch, pull up a loop, yo, and insert hook into the next stitch pull up a loop, yo and pull through all four loops on the hook.
Row 1 starts with a foundation half double crochet or with a chain and hdc row.
All stitches will be worked in the back loop of the stitches in the previous row.
The first stitch of the second row is a hdc in the back loop
To start the next stitch (mhdc), insert the hook into the same st as the previous hdc and pull up a loop
Yarn over, insert hook into the next st and pull up a loop
Pull through all 4 loops on the hook
2nd row completed
Completed 2nd row from the backside
Rows 1, 2 and 3 completed
Ch 63 (see R1 for an alternate start)
Row 1: hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook, hdc in each ch across (62), turn. (Alternately: fhdc 62, turn.)
Row 2: ch 1, hdc blo in the first st, mhdc blo in ea st across (62), turn.
Row 3: ch 1,hdc blo in each st across (62), turn.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you’ve reached 55 rows.
Round 1: ch 1, sc around the top, bottom and sides of the blanket. Place 3 sc for every 2 rows along the sides and 1 sc per st along the top and bottom, join with a sl st to the first sc.
Round 2: ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with a sl st to the first sc.
Round 3: ch 1, reverse single crochet (crab stitch) in each sc, join with a sl st. Fasten off and weave in ends.
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