How to Crochet a Blanket for Baby: A Tutorial for Beginners

How to Crochet a Blanket for Baby: A Tutorial for Beginners
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SHARE - A blanket is a piece of cloth that is used to give us warmth when we’re wrapped around it. Complemented with a cup of coffee or tea and books, a blanket will be a perfect addition to create a relaxing scene. It’s used by people of all ages, around the world. From babies to grannies, male and female, we all need some blanket warmth in our life.

There are many models of blankets with different kinds of materials. Clearly, we can choose to buy it and pick the blanket that suits our style. But, making a whole new blanket will not only give it the physical warmth, but also warmth in the heart for someone who wears it. Making a blanket definitely need some patience in the process, which is why it’s such a thoughtful gift to give to someone.

Making a blanket for a baby is also extra sweet, whether it's for your own baby or the baby of someone you know. When the baby grows up, it can be stored as a memento or passed down to their future kids. Making a baby blanket itself can be done with crocheting some skeins of yarns, with lots of patterns that you can add to the blanket.

If you’re looking for a tutorial on how to crochet a blanket for babies, you’re in the right place! In this article, we will tell you a step-by-step tutorial on how to crochet a blanket. Don’t be discouraged if you’re a beginner, as we will show you the easy tutorial. Scroll down!

How to crochet a blanket for babies (preparation)

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First thing first, you will need to do the preparation, which includes deciding on what size the blanket would be, what kind of yarn, and what hook you would use. After this part, we will show you the step-by-step guide on how to crochet a blanket.

Step 1. Decide the size of the blanket. The typical size of a baby blanket to give to someone else is 36” x 36”. If it’s a crib blanket, it would be 36” x 54”, and a toddler blanket would be 40” x 60”.

Step 2. Choose your yarn. If you are a beginner, the easiest yarn to work with is a smooth one. Yarns weight will determine how big your stitches will be, how your finished blanket will look and feel, and what size of hook you will need to use. Some recommended yarns for baby blankets are Super Fine or Fingering, Fine or Sport Weight, Light Worsted or Double knit, and Worsted Weight.

Step 3. Choose your hook. In the U.S, a hook size can be identified with the letters it is categorized. The higher the letter, the larger the hook. If you choose a heavy yarn, you would need a larger hook as well. Some recommendations of the hook to use are B-1 to E-4 for Super Fine yarns, E-4 to 7 hooks for Sport Weight, 7 to I-9 for Light Worsted/Double Knit, and I-9 to K-10.5 for Worsted Weight. 

How to Crochet a Baby Blanket (steps)

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After knowing what you need to prepare, now it’s time to know how to crochet a blanket. Here is how to crochet a blanket (single crochet) with the materials you already prepared:

Step 1. Make a starting chain or foundation chain. This can be done by making a slip knot and loop it over the crochet hook. You should leave at least 6” tail on the end of the knot. While working on your chain, stop every few stitches and check to make sure that your foundation isn’t twisted and smooth it out. Keep in mind to always leave the row of “V”s facing up. If you’re making 36” x 36” blanket, you can make chain 150.
Step 2. Crochet the first row by working single crochet stitches all along the foundation chain. Begin with the second chain from your hook. In this process, keep your stitches as even as possible.

Step 3. Make a turning chain to proceed from the first row to the second row. It’s a vertical bridge or connector between the rows. The length of your turning chain would depend on the type of stitches you use. When you reach the end of your first row, make one chain stitch which will also count as the first stitch of your next row.

Step 4. Crochet the second row. Do this by flipping your work over so the crochet hook is at the right and the backside of the fabric is facing you. The last stitch of row 1 is now the first stitch of round 2. Then, insert your hook to the first stitch of row 2. Continue with working a single crochet stitch to the end row.

Step 5. Continue crocheting until you reach the desired rows. For 36” x 36” blanket, it typically uses 70 rows of stitches. Check the work as you go and make sure you’re making the same number of stitches each row.
Step 6. After you’ve finished with the row, you can add a border, end off your yarn, and weave in the ends.

That’s all about how to crochet a blanket in the simplest method! Hopefully, this tutorial works for you and you will be able to make the baby blanket! Happy crafting!


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