Crochet the Heart Sampler Baby Blanket With This Free Crochet Pattern
Need ideas for a baby blanket you could crochet if you’re expecting a baby girl, or if you have a friend, family member or colleague who is? If so, this design is a possibility you could consider. You can crochet this heart-themed pattern in a glorious array of “girly” colors — pinks, purple, and peach — with even more colors, such as yellow, green and blue, to balance out the look.
It’s also possible to make boy-friendly versions of this design if you are careful to choose masculine yarn colors like blues, greens and yellow. Pictured here is an example that isn’t the greatest, because there is not enough contrast between the yarn colors — but at least this will give you an idea of what is possible, even though this particular colorway is not ideal.
I enjoyed both the design process and the crochet work in this pattern. Sometimes I get bored when working blankets, but I didn’t have a chance to get bored with this one. I found it interesting to try out different color combinations, and when I was finished they all came together nicely.
If you don’t have a color scheme in mind for the baby’s nursery yet (or if you don’t know which colors the parents-to-be have planned to use,) this blanket is a fantastic choice. It will match many traditional baby-friendly color palettes, making it a safe choice for gift-giving.
If you do happen to have a color theme picked out, that’s even better; you can use those colors to customize this pattern and make it especially perfect for the new arrival.
For example, if coral will be a focal color in the nursery, it would be ideal to crochet the coral version of this pattern.
Original Colorway of the Crochet Baby Blanket With Heart Pattern
To crochet the original colorway as pictured, you’ll need Bernat Softee baby yarn in the following colors:
- Soft peach
- Prettiest pink
- Pale Blue
- Baby denim marl
- Soft Lilac
Please feel free to substitute different colors or brands of yarn.
Bernat Softee is an acrylic yarn; it is rated as a 3 on the yarn weight system used by the Craft Yarn Council. Feel free to make substitutions if you are unable to locate this yarn.
Coral Colorway of the Crochet Baby Blanket With Heart Pattern
To crochet this coral colorway as pictured, you’ll need about 19 ounces of DK / light worsted weight yarn. This colorway was crocheted using Bernat Softee baby yarn in the following colors:
- Prettiest pink
- Soft peach
These colors combine to create an overall effect that has the look of a coral color; one might also describe it as a salmon pink color, with pale yellow accents. This color combination is fantastic if you’d like a feminine colorway for your baby girl’s nursery, but you don’t want to go with a traditional pastel pink color.
Feel free to substitute other brands or colors of yarn.
A Reader-Submitted Colorway of the Crochet Baby Blanket With Heart Pattern
Crochet Skill Level: Intermediate
Craft Supplies You’ll Need to Crochet This Baby Blanket:
Yarn: You’ll need approximately 19 ounces of DK / light worsted weight baby yarn in a random assortment of colors.
Crochet Hook — I / 9 / 5.50 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge — 4 stitches and 4 rows = 1 inch when working either charted design in single crochet stitch using the tapestry crochet technique. For best results, crochet one complete square to use for checking your gauge. Note that you will need to crochet overtop of your unused colors, which means that you should be working overtop of two strands of yarn when you check your gauge.
Gauge isn’t too critical for success with this project; your baby blanket is going to be usable even if it turns out to be a different size than my project sample. However, it is still a good idea to check your gauge; if your gauge is noticeably different, you may want to switch crochet hooks.
Finished Baby Blanket Size
- Before adding the edging, the baby blanket measures approx. 32.5 inches square.
- If you use the same ultra-simple edging pictured, the baby blanket measures approx. 33.5 inches square with the edging added. Please feel free to choose a different edging pattern, in which case the finished size will vary.
Free Tapestry Crochet Charts for This Design:
In the charts posted above, one block on the chart = one single crochet stitch. there are three colors in each finished crocheted square, but only one or two colors in each row.
When you are finished with a color, drop it and then crochet overtop of it, picking up the color you need and proceeding to work with it. At any given time, you’ll be crocheting over two unused colors and actively working with the other color.
Confused? If so, check out our free tapestry crochet tutorial for the scoop on how to do this technique. Once you get the hang of it, I think you’ll love it! It’s one of the “insider secrets” to creating spectacular colorwork designs in crochet — without any floats across the back of the work.
Crochet 13 heart squares and 12 checkerboard squares in an assortment of colors using the charts provided above.
You’re more than welcome to copy my colorway exactly. However, my colorway could (and should!) be improved on; I encourage you to personalize it and make it your own.
Joining the Afghan Squares
The heart squares and checkerboard squares will alternate. They will be placed in rows of 5; there will be 5 squares across and 5 squares down, with a heart square in each outer corner. There will also be a heart square in the center of the baby afghan.
When you’ve figured out where you want each square to be placed, join the squares using whip stitch (or the technique of your choice; I used whip stitch to finish the sample blanket, but there are many other joining methods that could give you excellent results).
Crocheting the Edging for the Baby Blanket:
You can choose any edging you like for this afghan. The edging pattern I used is super-simple.
Baby Afghan Edging Round 1: Single crochet all the way around the outer edge of the joined squares. When you get to a corner, ch 2 to form the corner and then keep on working sc st. At the end of the round, join with a sl st. Whenever possible, crochet tightly overtop of the loose ends; this will save you time when you weave in the ends later.
Baby Afghan Edging Round 2: Sc in each sc st all the way around. When you get to a corner, work 1 sc into the corner space, ch 2, and then work another sc into the same corner space.
Baby Afghan Edging Round 3: Work 1 sl st into each sc st, all the way around. When you get to a corner, work 1 sl st into the corner space. At the end of the round, join with a sl st. End off.
Finishing the Baby Afghan
Weave in all loose ends securely. If you used acrylic baby yarn, there is no need to block this afghan.
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Posted By: Amy Solovay
This page was last updated on 9-4-2021.