Poppy Flower Baby Blanket – A Free Crochet Pattern
Veterans and Remembrance Days are coming up soon and it got me thinking how can I incorporate the poppy flower in my next design in a way that is beautiful and decorative, so I created the poppy flower baby blanket.
I wanted a plain pattern for the blanket in a color that will be contrasting with the red poppies and give the look of a poppy field.
So I chose a black and white stripes pattern with a simple crochet stitch and large red poppies sewn onto the top to give it more texture.
The idea came to me one day when I was having coffee with Mr.B downtown.
This young woman sat at the table in front of us and she was wearing a beautiful black and white striped shirt with red flowers on it and I thought the combination looked fresh and modern
And the Poppy Flower Baby Blanket was born.
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About The Poppy Flower Baby Blanket
I love the way this blanket turned out!
The poppy flowers on top give an extra layer of texture as the petals are not stitched to the blanket making it look like flowers in a field.
But the pattern used did not create the straight lines I wanted between the white and black sections, so I had to add a row of single crochet stitches.
For this pattern I used the 3 petal poppy pattern, I liked how each petal overlapped the next, but you can choose to use the 4 or 5 petal poppy pattern. Find the patterns HERE.
This pattern is suitable for beginner crocheters who are familiar with reading a pattern and know the basic stitches.
Supplies I Used
- 3 x 100g balls of King Cole Pricewise DK in white
- 3 x 100g balls of DK yarn in speckled black or, if you can’t find it, King Cole Pricewise DK in black will work just fine
- 1/2 x 100g ball of King Cole Pricewise DK in red
- crochet hook size 3.5mm
- tapestry needle & scissors
Using the yarn weight and hook size suggested in this pattern will create a blanket 118cm by 75cm in size.
Gauge is not very important in this pattern, but for your reference, a 10cm by 10cm area contains 22 rows by 18 stitches.
Pattern written in US terms using Craft Yarn Council abbreviations.
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.
Find the video tutorials on the basic stitches on Crafting Happiness YouTube Channel.
Click on the links next to each stitch above for the video tutorial.
- magic ring
- ch – chain
- sl st – slip stitch
- yo – yarn over
- sc – single crochet
- hdc – half double crochet
- dc – double crochet
- inc – increase (2sc in same stitch)
- sc blo – single crochet back loop only
SC-BLO: This stitch is a variation on the traditional Single Crochet stitch. The main difference is that instead of inserting your hook underneath the entire stitch, the hook enters the center of the stitch, and exits underneath the back loop (the loop away from you).
Poppy Flower Baby Blanket – The Pattern
I split this pattern in three parts:
- the blanket
- the border
- the red poppy flower
The pattern for the blanket is a repeat of 2 stitches with a few adjustments to keep the lines straight.
With 3.5mm hook and white yarn ch199
Row 1: sc in 2nd from hook and across, ch1 and turn
Rows 2 – 13: sl st in 2nd from hook, hdc, *sl st, hdc* repeat section ** across (always ending with a half double crochet stitch), ch1 and turn
Row 14: sc in 2nd from hook and across, change colors to black, ch1 and turn
Continue with black yarn
Row 15: sc-blo in 2nd chain from hook and across, ch1 and turn
Rows 16 – 27: sl st in 2nd from hook, hdc, *sl st, hdc* repeat section ** across (always ending with a half double crochet stitch), ch1 and turn
Row 28: sc in 2nd from hook and across, change colors to white, ch1 and turn
Continue alternating the white and black stripes until you have 6 white stripes and 5 black stripes, finishing with a white stripe.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
I chose a simple scalloped border for the Remember Me Poppy Blanket to keep to the flower theme, the scallops look like tiny petals and frame the blanket beautifully.
TIP: to make sure that the border is nice and straight, crochet a row of single crochet stitches all around the blanket first.
Crochet in the round, without turning.
The border is crocheted in black yarn only.
Round 1: Crochet a sc row around the blanket
Start from the top right corner with the right side on and 3sc in that stitch (this will create the corner).
Sc in each of the following stitches until the end of the row, 3sc in the last chain (creating another corner).
Continue on the side of the blanket and crochet along it crocheting 10 stitches in each color section (11 stripes x 10 stitches = 110 stitches (this doesn’t include the corner chain).
Now that you reached the corner chain, sc3 in that chain to create another corner, then sc in each stitch across until the end of the row where you create another corner by 3sc in the corner chain.
Continue on the side and again crochet 10 stitches along each color section (11 stripes x 10 stitches = 110 stitches).
You now reached the first corner you created, sl st in stitch 1 of 3 of the corner then sl st in chain 2 of 3 (the middle one of the 3).
Rounds 2 & 3 : Make another row of single crochet stitches around the blanket
Ch1 (counts as a sc), 3sc in the middle chain of the previous cluster of 3 (this forms the corner again).
Sc in each following stitch until you reach the corner, 3sc in the middle chain of the previous cluster of 3 (this forms the corner again).
Continue in the same manner to sc along the border, making 3sc in the corner stitch until the end.
Sl st in the first chain you made at the beginning of this round.
I chose to fasten off and start in a different spot on the border as I found it easier.
Round 4: Create the scalloped edge
Join your yarn with a sl st on the 4th chain from the top right corner chain, *7dc in the 3rd chain from the sl st to create the scallop, sk2, sl st*
Repeat ** section until there are 2 stitches left to the corner stitch.
Next, we will create the corner scallop.
9Dc in the 3rd chain from the sl st (in the corner stitch) to create the scallop, sk2, sl st.
Continue to make 7dc scallops around the border and 9dc scallops in the corners until the end.
Sl st in the same stitch where you first started round 4.
The Red Poppy Flower
For this blanket, I chose to make a three-petal poppy flower. I made 18 of them.
Follow the link to the three-petal poppy flower to make your own.
Sew the poppies to the blanket with black yarn.
You can follow my pattern for arranging the poppy flowers or be creative and make as many as you like and arrange them in any shape that you want, it’s all up to you.
Your blanket is complete and this is how the poppy flower baby blanket should look like once finished.
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