It seems like everyone I know is expecting a baby, which means I have a lot of baby items on my to-crochet list for the fall and winter. Blankets are one of the items I gift a lot, since it seems parents can never have too many. They need one for the nursery, one for the car, one for grandma’s house, and lots of extras in case the baby, ahem, makes a mess on one of them.
When I crochet a blanket, I want to make sure it’s extra special and doesn’t look store bought.
Here, I’ve rounded up my favorite Craftsy crocheted blanket patterns. There’s something for every baby, from the elegant baby girl to the monkey-loving baby boy.
Build-a-Shell baby blanket
The popular shell stitch makes for a very pretty blanket. If you’re an experienced crocheter, you’ll complete this project in no time. Beginners can crochet this, too, and by the time you’re finished, you’ll know single crochet, half-double crochet, and double crochet like the back of your hand!
Let’s Twirl baby blanket and rug
Already know the color scheme of the nursery? Whip up a matching blanket and rug. You’ll get bonus points if the baby’s parents are fans of movie You’ve Got Mail, because designer Susan Carlson named this pattern after the scene in the movie where Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks discuss twirling.
Crochet Monkey blanket
It doesn’t get much cuter than this. The stitches in this blanket are basic crochet stitches, but designer TwoSeasideBabes warns that the construction requires a bit more skill, so it’s recommended for an intermediate to expert crocheter. If you don’t know the baby’s sex, you can easily turn this pattern into a unisex baby blanket with gender-neutral colors like yellow and green.
Mini Hat crocheted baby blanket
This is the prefect project if you’re trying to de-stash your scrap yarn. Go color crazy with these mini hats, or go basic and crochet each hat the same color. Either way, this is a unique blanket you won’t find in any store.
Sunshine of Your Love blanket and pillow
I love baby blankets that are shaped like circles. The baby hanging out on the blanket increases the cute factor even more! If you’re not feeling inspired by the colors of the sun, try another color family by mixing a light hue with a dark hue and see what you can come up with.
Ladybug receiving blanket
A ladybug makes everything instantly better — well, everything except maybe dirty diapers. Add just one ladybug, or make several and attach them all over the blanket.
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