A few weeks ago I received a package from Red Heart yarns and one of the skeins inside was this beautiful violet skein of Super Saver Ombre. It took me a while to decide what to make with it and I finally decided upon a baby blanket. It’s been a while since I designed a blanket and the color changes of this yarn made a blanket an easy choice. This has been one of those great projects that I can work on while watching tv or riding in the car because you repeat the same row over and over for the body of the blanket. A few times I just kept it in the car so when my husband was driving I could work on it! I do that pretty often – anyone else have a car project?
You can tell I have babies on the brain with our new little guy coming in December. I’ve designed several baby things recently, some of which I haven’t had time to put up yet! I love designing baby booties, toys, blankets, sweaters, etc. They work up quickly and make great gifts. Believe it or not my kids don’t have many homemade crochet or knit things because I usually give away things (or else I design something for girls and I have a house full of boys!). But that’s okay. I’m planning on changing that soon and making each of my boys new hats and mittens for the upcoming winter… hopefully I’ll get on the ball about that. 😉
While I’m thinking of fall and winter projects I hope you enjoy this free crochet pattern!
Easy Ombre Baby Blanket
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Ombre (100% acrylic; 482 yards [440 meters]/283 grams): #3969 Violet, 1 skein (MC), Red Heart Soft (100% acrylic; 256 yards [234 meters]/141 grams): #3720 Lavender, 1 skein (CC)
Hook: I/9 (5.5mm)
Skill Level: Easy
Size: Approximately 29″ square
Gauge: 16 sts and 7 rows – 4″ in stitch pattern
Row 1: Dc in 5th ch from hook, [ch 1, dc] in same ch, *sk 2 ch, [1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc] in next
ch. Repeat from * to last 2 ch, sk 1 ch, dc in last ch; turn.
Row 2: Ch 3, sk first dc, *[1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc] in next ch-1 sp. Repeat from * to last dc, dc in top
of turning ch; turn.
Repeat row 2 until you run out of yarn. I wanted it as long as possible so I just used the whole skein without worrying about row counts.
Round 1: Join CC. Sc evenly around, working 3 sc in each corner; join with a slip st in first sc.
Round 2: Ch 3, [*skip next sc, slip st in next sc; repeat from * to corner, ch 3, slip st in same corner st, ch 3]; repeat for each side of blanket.
Round 3: Slip st in first ch-3 space, ch 4 (counts as dc, ch-1), *dc in next ch-3 space, ch 1; repeat from * to corner, work 3 dc in corner ch-3 space, repeat for each side of blanket, ending with a slip st in 3rd ch of turning ch.
Round 4: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch-1), *dc in next dc, ch 1; repeat from * to corner, work 3 dc in corner st, repeat for each side of blanket, ending with a slip st in 3rd ch of turning ch.
Round 5: Ch 3, *slip st in next dc, ch 3; repeat from * to corner, ch 3, slip st in first dc of corner, ch 5, slip st in 3rd ch from hook, ch 2, skip next dc, slip st in next dc, repeat for each side of blanket, ending with slip st in first st.
Weave in ends.
That’s it! I hope you’ve enjoyed this free pattern – be sure to check out my other blanket and baby patterns, too.