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 Free Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

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easy baby blanket pattern

This crochet baby blanket is a perfect gift idea, for either a boy or a girl. So it can be made up ahead of time and save that last minute rush. This free pattern is fairly easy when you follow it step by step or should I say row by row.

Baby will love the feel of this colorful, cuddly afghan. Made of squares sewn together to form strips, this crochet baby afghan is a good project to carry along. Each square can be made in less than an hour. Five rain-bows, made separately, are appliqued, one on each strip.

This would also be a great pattern to use if you crochet for charity. So if you are looking for new baby blanket donations to make, this would be perfect project.

 Rainbow Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

Lion Brand Debyshire yarn, a 3 ply sport yarn available in 2 ounce skeins, was used for the model, Debyshire is a Wintuk yarn of Dupont orlon Acrylic, machine wash-able and dryable. Wintuk is a certification mark for yarns meeting DuPont's fiber content specifications.

Yarn: two ounces each of light pink (A), peach (B), yellow (C), light green (D) and pastel blue (E)

Size I crochet hook (or size required for gauge)

1 tapestry needle to sew squares and strips together.

Gauge: Each square is approximately 7 x 7 inches.

Finished afghan is approximately 30 1/2 x 37 1/2 inches.

Note: Ch 3 on turn always counts as first dc of next row.

Square: Make 4 squares in each of the colors: A, B, C, D, E. Ch 27.

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in each ch — 25 dc counting turning ch. Ch 3, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3 counted as first st, *sk next dc, dc in next dc, ch 2, repeat from *, end with de in last dc, ch 3, turn – 12 ch 2 spaces.

Row 3: *Dc in ch 2 sp, dc in dc, repeat from * across – 25 dc. Ch 3, turn.

Row 4: Dc in each dc, ch 3, turn.

Row 5: Ch 3 is first dc, dc in each of next 4 dc, ch 2, sk 1 dc, dc in each of next 13 dc, ch 2, sk 1 dc, dc in each of next 5 dc, ch 3, turn.

Row 6: Ch 3 is first dc, dc in each of next 4 dc, ch 2, sk ch 2 sp, dc in each of next 13 dc, ch 2, sk ch 2 sp, dc in each of next 5 dc, ch 3, turn.

Row 7: Ch 3 is first dc, dc in each of next 4 dc, dc in ch 2 sp, ch 2, sk 1 dc, dc in each of next 11 dc, ch 2, sk 1 dc, dc in ch 2 sp, dc in each of next 5 dc, ch 3, turn.

Row 8: Ch 3 is first dc, dc in each of next 5 dc, dc in ch 2 sp, ch 2, sk 1 dc, dc in each of next 9 dc, ch 2, sk 1 dc, dc in ch 2 sp, dc in each of next 6 sts, ch 3, turn.

Row 9: Ch 3 is first dc, dc in each of next 6 sts, dc in ch 2 sp, dc in next dc, (ch 2, sk 1 dc, dc in next dc) 4 times, dc in ch 2 sp, dc. in each of next 7 dc, ch 3, turn.

Row 10: Dc in each dc and ch 2 sp, ch 3, turn.

Row 11: Repeat Row 4.

Row 12: Repeat Row 2.

Row 13: Repeat Row 3, fasten off.

RAINBOW APPLIQUE:

Make 5. Make 2 in the following color sequence: A, B, C, D, E; make one: B, A, C, D, E; make one: E, D, C, B, A; make one: A, B, D, E, C. With first color, ch 10. At the end of all following rows, fasten off color. Do not turn. Next row begins at beginning of previous row.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch 9 sc.

Row 2: Join first color to beginning of Row 1. Sc in each of 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in each of 4 sc -10 sc.

Row 3: Join 2nd color to beginning of Row 2. Sc in each of 2 sc, *2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * once more, end sc in each of 2 sc -14 sc.

Row 4: Join 3rd color to beginning of last row. *Sc in each of 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from * 3 times more, end sc in each of 2 sc -18 sc.

Row 5: Join 4th color to beginning of last row. *Sc in each of 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in each of 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat from *, end sc in each of 2 sc ---22 sc.

Row 6: Join last color to beginning of last row. *Sc in each of 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in each of 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in each of 2 sc, repeat from * once, end 2 sc in next sc, sc in each of 2 sc, 2 sc in last sc.

Row 7: Join last color to beginning of last row. Sc in each sc. Fasten off.

Finishing: Weave 4 squares of each color tog to form strips. Weave the 5 strips tog in the following color sequence: A, B, C, D, E, picking up back 1p of st only. Steam seams lightly on wrong side, making sure piece is flat.

Border: Border is worked in A, B, C, D, E color sequence.

Row 1: Join A at upper right corner. With right side facing, sc in each dc across top, 3 sc in corner, work 2 sc in each dc down side of blanket, 3 sc in corner, sc across lower edge, 3 sc in corner, 2 sc in each dc along side edge (make sure corresponding sides have same number of sts and piece is flat), ending 2 sc in starting corner. Join with sl st. Fasten off A, join B.

Row 2: With B, sc in each sc, 3 sc in each corner, picking up back lp of st only, end 2 sc in starting corner, join with sl st. Fasten off B, join C. Repeat Row 2, completing color sequence. Do not fasten off E at end of last row.

Trim: With right side facing, working backwards from left to right, ch 1, sc in first sc (go through both parts of st), *sk 1, sc in next sc, going through both parts of st and making sure sc is worked loose enough so work doesn't draw in. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st. Fasten off.

Steam border lightly. Sew rainbow appliques to blanket as desired or as follows: On 3rd A square from right; on first B square from right; on 4th C square from right; on 2nd D square from right: on 3rd E square from right. Steam blanket lightly to measurements.

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