In our first design your own post, we discussed how to design your own crochet scarf. The second post looked at how to design your own crochet cowl. A basic blanket is not much more difficult to create than a scarf, it’s just on a bigger scale.
How To Design A Crochet Blanket:
1. Choose your yarn.
I love to use thick yarns that work up quickly when I create blankets, but have also used down to worsted weight. For a summer baby I would likely go with a DK or worsted weight yarn. Even if the baby is born in summer you could always make a blanket that could be used when the weather cools off. That’s one good thing about blankets – you don’t have to worry about them getting outgrown too soon!
2. Decide on stitch pattern and swatch.
Make your swatch at least 4″ x 4″ to get a good idea of the stitch count. Then, use a ruler to figure out how many stitches and rows per inch. With some stitch patterns this can be hard to see, so sometimes I will figure out how wide/tall the swatch is and use that as my guide. (Example, my 4″ x 4″ swatch is 20 sts wide and 16 rows tall. This would give me 5 sts per inch and 4 rows per inch.) It is not quite as accurate and I wouldn’t use that as my guide for a sweater pattern, but it is acceptable for a blanket.
3. Decide on size.
Wow, when researching this I discovered there are lots of different sizes for blankets!! I created this infographic to help you decide what size to make, but there were differing numbers for some of the sizes. I often like to make mine 24″ x 36″ but didn’t see that measurement in very many places.