Baby’s First Christmas Blanket – A Free Crochet Pattern
Christmas…what a wonderful time of the year! And I have the perfect blanket pattern for you to make for your baby’s first Christmas at home.
Cover your baby with all your love in this beautiful, warm and cozy baby afghan crocheted with a plaid pattern and candy cane border.
I designed this Christmas baby blanket to be easy and quick to make, perfect as a baby shower gift or Christmas present.
The green, red and white plaid blanket pattern, along with the candy cane border, fits perfectly in your Christmas decorated home. It looks just like Christmas confetti scattered on a table!
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About The Baby’s First Christmas Blanket
I used two strands of DK yarn held together to make the blanket warm and cuddly.
Because of it, it works up really fast and makes it the perfect project for a last-minute Christmas baby gift.
This pattern is suitable for beginner crocheters who are familiar with reading a pattern and know the basic stitches.
Supplies I used
- 2 x 100g balls each of King Cole Pricewise DK in white, red and green
- crochet hook size 6.5mm
- tapestry needle & scissors
Using the yarn weight and hook size suggested in this pattern will create a blanket size 100cm by 75cm.
Gauge is not very important in this pattern, but for your reference, a 10cm by 10cm area contains 9 rows by 12 stitches.
Written in US term
Most basic stitches below have a video that shows you how to crochet them. Follow the blue link next to them for each individual video.
Long SC / Long HDC / Long DC: These stitches are a variation on the traditional ones. The only difference is that they are crocheted one row below the usual one.
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Easy Crochet Baby’s First Christmas Blanket – The Pattern
I split this pattern into 2 parts:
- the blanket
- the border
The pattern for the blanket is a repeat of 2 rows.
I used two strands held together to make a thicker yarn for each color.
The order of which I alternated the colors was green, white, red, finishing with a green row.
If you need more detailed instructions on how to crochet the Interlocking Block Stitch, including how to change the colors and step by step photo instructions, check out my tutorial HERE.
With 6.5mm hook and green yarn ch78 (or multiples of 6 chains).
Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook, dc, *ch3, sk3, 3dc*, repeat ** until the end of the row.
Change colors to white and turn.
Row 2: ch3, sk3, *3 long dc, ch3, sk3*, repeat until the end of the row, sl st.
Switch to red and turn.
Row 3: long sc in the very first stitch, ch2 (counts as the first long dc), 2 long dc, *ch3, sk3, 3 long dc*, repeat ** until the end of the row.
From this point on, repeat Rows 2 & 3 until you have the desired length and are ready to crochet the final row.
Make sure the final row in the blanket will be crocheted in green.
Final Row: sc in the very first stitch, 2sc, *3 long hdc, 3sc*, repeat ** until the end of the row, don’t turn, don’t cut the green yarn.
Cut the white and red yarns and weave in all the ends before continuing with the border.
I wanted this baby blanket to be festive and cheerful so I chose the Candy Cane Border for it.
To make sure that the border was nice and straight, and also to hide the color transition on the sides, I first crocheted a row of single crochet stitches all around the blanket.
You can see how I did it at the end of THIS VIDEO.
The Single Crochet Border
Continue from where you left off with the green yarn and the same 6.5mm crochet hook.
Single crochet 2 stitches per color block (on the sides only), one single crochet in the middle of the color block, one single crochet in between the color blocks.
Once you reach the corner, crochet 3sc in that corner stitch.
When you crochet along the bottom and top of the blanket, single crochet in each stitch.
Finish off with a sl st, cut the green yarn and weave in the end.
The Candy Cane Border
For the candy cane border, I used the same red and white yarns with two strands held together, and the 6.5mm crochet hook.
Find the photo tutorial for the Candy Cane Border HERE.
Step 1: join the red yarn to the blanket with a slip stitch in any stitch on the border, ch4, take the loop of the hook
Step 2: join the white yarn to the blanket with a slip stitch in the following stitch, ch4, take the loop of the hook
Step 3: pick up the red loop and push the white chains to the back of your work, sc in the following stitch, ch4, take the loop off the hook
Step 4: pick up the white loop and push the red chains to the back of your work, sc in the following stitch, ch4, take the loop off the hook
Repeat Steps 3 & 4 all around the blanket.
Once you reached the end, sl st the final red loop into the fist red chain you made, and the final white loop into the first white chain you made, fasten off and weave in the ends.
Your blanket is complete!
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