Gorgeous Free Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern – The Cozy Ripples Blanket
The Cozy Ripples baby blanket crochet pattern is absolutely gorgeous and works up quickly! I also have both left and right handed video tutorials to help you if you are a beginner crocheter.
The free pattern for this one is below and is written for 2 sizes – preemie and baby.
Inspiration behind the design
just adore this stitch. I think it works up so well in two or more colours. But it equally looks fabulous in a solid colour. This makes this one a great stash busting project …. and you know I love those!
In fact, why not raid your scraps for those longer part-used skeins and really make this one a blanket of many colours?
Using different colours really makes this design stand out and those stitches pop. I just love how my green and cream preemie version of this blanket turned out. In fact, I loved it so much I have decided to add more sizes to this one and made a gold and cream version just for me.
I also managed to work out how to square off the edges for this one. So you can choose whether to keep it as a traditional chevron blanket or level the edges.
Unfortunately my testers are still working on the larger sizes so I cannot release them all at the same time. But it shouldn’t be long before I have 8 sizes in this one available in my shops!
Construction of the design
This baby blanket crochet pattern is worked in rows. It primarily uses double crochets (US terms) and chains so is actually not too difficult. A confident beginner could take this project.
And to make it easier I have a video tutorial for both right and left handed crocheters taking you through the first 3 rows as a make a washcloth size.
Why not make the washcloth with me on YouTube and gift it with the matching baby blanket? It would make a cute set and if you use a nice soft cotton it would make a great baby shower gift idea. After all, cotton washcloths are great for people and babies (from a couple of months old) with sensitive skin.
Does this pattern have too many gaps for a baby blanket?
Before designing this I did do some research and homework. It is actually a mixed bag of opinions.
Babies should never be left unattended with a baby blanket, for many reasons. Although hospitals advice for blankets with no holes to be donated to their NICUs etc this seems to be more to cover themselves than because they are a potential increased risk.
The gaps allow babies to breath if they accidentally cover their heads with them. It also allows the air to circulate and it is not as easy for babies to over-heat. Some babies also like to put their fingers in the holes as it is something for them to hold onto and gives them comfort. As long as they do not twist the yarn and affect their circulation there is nothing wrong with this. Most babies these days wear baby grows which covers their feet so toes will not get into the gaps between stitches and often they also have scratch mitts on too.
If you are worried about the gaps for whatever reason it is very easy to line these blankets on one side. I would recommend using cotton to line them, especially if baby is small during the warmer months of the year. You can also use fleece if you prefer.
The Yarn I used for this baby blanket crochet pattern design…
I love using Paintbox Simply Aran yarn for baby and child patterns … especially blankets. It is a lovely weight and thickness and works up quickly. It is also 100% acrylic so does not have any wool content that may affect the child’s sensitive skin. And it is a great price! There is 201 yards per 100g skein so it also goes a fair way.
Can you get the PDF pattern?
For the next few weeks you cannot get the PDF Pattern for this one in my shops!
As mentioned above, my testers are still testing the larger versions. Ravelry will not allow me to upload essentially the same pattern twice, so I have decided to wait until all of the sizes are ready before adding them to my shops.
So, the only way to get the PDF Pattern for the preemie and baby versions are to participate in the Baby Shower Event hosted by Ambassador Crochet. See more about that below.
Get the supplies I used!
Want to get the exact supplies that I used? I used the Paintbox simply aran. I have also included a couple of alternative for you that will work just as well. You can get them by clicking the images below! (Note: each link is an affiliate link, with which I will get a small commission at no extra cost to you.)
The pattern specifics:
|· #4 weight yarn – I used 2 skeins of cream and green in Paintbox simply aran.|
· 5mm (I) hook
· Tapestry needle
|My gauge was 2 repeats and 6 rows in 4”|
However, as this is a blanket meeting gauge is not essential
There are 2 baby sizes to this blanket pattern (sizes are approximate and unblocked):
Preemie – 16” wide by 22” long.
Baby – 22” wide by 30” long
|· Ch(s) – chain(s)|
· St(s) – stitch(es)
· Sc – single crochet
· Dc – double crochet
· TC – treble crochet
· V st – V stitch (see special stitches)
· Dc2tog – double crochet 2 together (see special stitches)
· Sk – skip
· Rep – repeat
· Ss – Slip stitch(es)
· Sp – space
· FO – Fasten off
|– Written in US terms|
– Your initial starting chain will be quite a bit longer than your finished blanket – the ripples ‘eat’ some of the length when they are created.
– I changed color at the end of each row for my blankets.
– Where the sizes are different they will be identified as preemie (baby)
For the purposes of this pattern the V stitch consists of (dc, ch1, dc) all in the same stitch.
To work a dc2 together – YO, insert hook into first indicated st, YO and pull through. YO and pull through 2 loops on hook. YO and insert hook into second indicated stitch, YO and pull through, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook, yo and pull through all 3 remaining loops on hook. Stitch completed.
Note: in row 1 you will YO, insert hook into first indicated st, YO and pull through. YO and pull through 2 loops on hook. Sk next ch, YO and insert hook into second indicated stitch, YO and pull through, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook, yo and pull through all 3 remaining loops on hook. Stitch completed.
In row 2 and all subsequent rows you will be working into the ch1 spaces of you V st and skipping the dc2tog on previous rows.
Treble crochet (tc):
To work a tc – YO twice, insert hook into indicated st, YO and pull through, *YO and pull through 2 sts. Rep from * twice more. Stitch complete.
Video tutorials for the V Stitch Ripple stitch used in this Baby blanket crochet pattern
I have left and right handed tutorials for the first couple of rows of this baby blanket crochet pattern. You can check them out below:
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Row 1: Ch 100 (142)
Dc in 3rd ch from hook, *sk2 chs, V st in next ch, sk2 chs, (V st, ch1, V st) in next ch, sk2 chs, V st in next ch, sk2 chs, dc2tog over the next 3 ch’s (see note in special stitches). Rep from * across until you have 4 sts left.
Note: you will have just completed a single V st at this point
Sk2 ch’s, dc2tog over the last 2 chs.
Row 2: Note: in this row you will only be working into the ch1 spaces from the V sts of the previous row, with the only exceptions being the first and last st of the previous row.
Ch2, dc in ch1 sp of next V st from previous row (these count as a dc2tog) * V st in the next ch1 sp, (V st, ch1, V st) in the next ch1 sp, V st in the next ch1 sp, dc2tog over the next 2 ch 1 sps (note: you will ignore your dc2tog from the previous row completely).
Rep from * omitting the final dc2tog. To finish the row: dc2tog over the next ch1 sp and the dc2tog that started the previous row.
Rows 3 on: Rep row 2 until blanket is as tall as desired or 3” shorter than height stated in sizes section above.
At this point you can leave your blanket as it is, FO and weave in ends if you would like to.
Squaring off your blanket: (in colour of choice)
I have video tutorials for this section for both right and left handed crocheters:
Row 1 (across the top): Turn, Ch1, tc in first st, *dc into next st, sk the ch1 sp, hdc in next st, [sc in next st, sk the next ch1 sp] 3 times, sc in next st, hdc in next st, sk the ch1 sp, dc in next st, tc into the dc2tog from the previous row . Rep from * across.
FO yarn and weave in ends.
Turn your blanket so you are working along the bottom edge. Attach your yarn in the first so that you can work across the bottom edge.
Row 2 (Bottom edge) : Ch1, sc in first st, *sc in ch2 sp, hdc into base of V-st, dc into next ch2 sp, tc into the base of the (v st, ch1, v st), dc in next ch2 sp, hdc into base of next v st, sc in next ch2 sp, sc into same chs as the dc2tog were worked. Rep from * across omitting final sc.
FO and weave in ends
Edging for your crochet baby blanket: (in colour of choice)
I added a simple hdc border to my blanket.
Round 1: Attach yarn to top right corner stitch (unless you are left handed then top left corner stitch).
Ch1 (doesn’t count as a st) work (hdc, ch1, hdc) in first st, hdc in each st across until you reach the final st of that side. (hdc, ch1, hdc) in last st, turn your blanket 90 degrees, work down the side and hdc evenly down the side of your blanket .
Note: I found working 2hdc in the end of each row worked well for me)
(hdc, ch1, hdc) in last st, turn your blanket 90 degrees, work along the bottom of your blanket and hdc in each st across.
(hdc, ch1, hdc) in last st, turn your blanket 90 degrees, work down the final side and hdc evenly up the side of your blanket.
Slip stitch to first st to join.
Round 2: Ch1, hdc in first st, *(hdc, ch1, hdc) in ch1 sp, hdc in each st across until you reach the next ch1 sp. Turn your blanket 90 degrees.
Rep from * 2 more times.
(hdc, ch1, hdc) in ch1 sp, hdc in each st across until you reach the final st to be worked, hdc in final st, slip st to first st to join.
FO and weave in ends.
Block if desired.