Baby Boom!

Well hello friends! It’s that time of year again for me! Endless weddings, baby showers and bridal luncheons. Two of my besties will be presenting the world with adorable little boys in the next coming months so I thought I would pass along my secret for one of the best baby shower presents. It’s pretty much my signature gift. A handmade, crocheted baby blanket. I love them because it is a gift that can be used for years to come after the baby stage is outgrown. My sister is in college and still uses hers as a lap thrown while she’s studying.

So it’s a relatively simple pattern that even a novice or beginner crocheter will have no problem with. If you’re a more advanced crocheter, I love an alternating or interrupted V stitch or the Blackberry Salad Stripe Blanket :) .

Gretchen’s Rainbow Baby Blanket without Border

For this blanket, you’ll making a big, single crochet square with a large hook. The size I like is 36″ square but you can make any dimensions you want.

Materials:

  • Size P crochet hook
  • Category 3 yarn
  • Tape measure
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge:
Gauge is not important for this project. Use a tape measure to determine how many stitches and rows to create to achieve your desired size blanket.

Instructions:

  • Using a size P crochet hook and bulky weight yarn, make enough chains to measure 26″ (premie – chain 105), 30″ (newborn – chain 121) or 36″ (toddler – chain 145). Make one more chain.
  • Row 1: Sc into the 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch across to end.
  • Row 2: Chain 1 and turn. Single Crochet in each single crochet across to end.
  • Rep row 2 until piece measures 36″ or your desired length.
  • Fasten off. Weave in ends using a tapestry needle.

It’s that simple! Once completed, you can add a border or tassels. Sky is the limit with this little guy :)

Happy Crocheting!

XOXO

~Lemon

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