This crochet neon baby blanket is made with just a few skeins of self-striping yarn. Adjust the size of this free crochet pattern to make it a larger afghan or throw. Keep reading for the free crochet pattern.
I am always eager to get my hands on new yarns that come out, so when I saw the new Red Heart Super Saver Stripes I knew I had to try them out! I’ll be honest…I had a hard time picking a color out of this new family of yarn because they are all incredible. But I finally landed on the ‘Retro Stripe’ colorway because it screamed “baby blanket!” to me.
That being said, my pattern below does include tips for making this blanket in any size you want, so if you are looking for something larger by all means go for it! The yarn has somewhat shorter color segments and slightly more blended color changes than the cake yarns that have been popular lately. You can see in my blanket that this made for a beautiful striping pattern! Whatever size and color you choose to make this blanket in, I’m sure you will love it. This yarn is just starting to reach some stores this summer, but if you can't wait to get your hands on it you can purchase it at RedHeart.com like I did.
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Unicorn Stripes Baby Blanket - Free Crochet Pattern
- 3 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver Stripes - I used 3 skeins of ‘Retro Stripe’ and just a little bit of white I had lying around for the border. You can also use approx. 700 yards of any comparable worsted weight yarn of your choice.
- I/5.5mm crochet hook
- Scissors (I always keep these travel scissors in my hook case)
- Yarn needle
- st/sts: stitch/stitches
- sl st: slip stitch
- ch: chain
- SC: single crochet
- SCspike: single crochet spike (see description below)
- DC: double crochet
- DCV: double crochet V (see description below)
SCspike: work a SC stitch like usual, except you will insert your hook one row below the space you would normally work into.
DCV: DC, Ch 1, DC all in the same stitch
14 sts x 6 Rows = 4” square in pattern stitch repeat (Rows 1-6)
approx. 32” x 32”
- This blanket can be made in any size of your choice. Just start with a foundation chain with a multiple of 3. An addition/subraction of 6 ch stitches will add/subrtract approx. 2" to the width of your blanket.
- Ch stitches at the beginning of rows and rounds do not count as a stitch
Row 1: DC in third chain from the hook and DC across. Turn (The stitch count will now be 106 for all rows until the border)
Row 2: ch 2, DC in first two sts, sk 1, DCV in next, *skip 2, DCV, repeat from * 32 more times (34 DCV stitches total), skip 1, DC in last two sts. Turn
Row 3-5: ch 2, DC in first two sts, DCV in each of the ch 1 spaces from the DCV of the previous row, DC in last two sts. Turn.
Row 6-7: ch 2, DC in each stitch across. Turn.
Repeat Rows 2-7 until you reach Row 54 or reach your desired length. Row 54 will be a repeat of Row 6 so that you will end with just one row of DC stitches.
Round 1 (using white): SC 107 sts on each side of the blanket working a ch 2 at each corner to get to the next side. Your starting chain and last row had 106 stitches, so you will have to sneak in one extra SC st somewhere on both of those sides. I did mine in the corner. Tie off.
Round 2 (using your blanket color): Attach your yarn in a corner (in the ch 2 space), ch 2, (DC, ch 2, DC) in the ch 2 space where you attached your yarn, DC in first st, *ch 1, skip 1, DC repeat from * across until you reach the next ch 2 space. Repeat this for the remaining 3 sides of your blanket, always working a (DC, ch 2, DC) into the corners. When you reach your starting point, sl st into the first st of the round. Tie off.
Round 3 (using white): Attach your yarn in a corner (in the ch 2 space), ch 1, (SC, ch 2, SC) in the ch 2 space where you attached your yarn, SC in first st, ch 1, skip 1, *SCspike, ch 1, skip 1, repeat from * until you reach the last st of that side. SC in the last st. Repeat this for the remaining 3 sides, always working a (SC, ch 2, SC) into the corners. When you reach your starting point, sl st into the first st of the round. Do not tie off, continue to Round 4.
Round 4 (using white): ch 1, SC around the entire blanket one last time, always working (SC, ch 2, SC) into each corner. When you reach your starting point, sl st into the first st of the round. Tie off yarn and weave in all ends. Block your blanket if necessary.
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