Single Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

Looking over this blog’s stats and I am able to see what people have searched for to bring them here. Some of the top searches include things like loom knit mittens or crochet scarves. MANY of you (I’d say about 90% of the people who did an internet search and wound up here) appear to be searching for easy, single crochet baby blanket patterns. Well, I never pass up an opportunity to please so if this is what everyone wants then this is what they’ll get. 🙂

This is THE simplest pattern ever. I hesitate to call it a pattern so think of it more as a guideline. Basically, what you’ll be doing is making a big, single crochet square with a large hook. The size I like is 36″ square but you can make any dimensions you want.


  • Size P crochet hook
  • Any bulky weight yarn (category 5) or you may choose to hold two strands of worsted weight yarn (category 4) together
  • Tape measure
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge is not important for this project. Use a tape measure to determine how many stitches and rows to create to achieve your desired size blanket.


  • Using a size P crochet hook and bulky weight yarn, make enough chains to measure 36″ (or the size that you would like as the width of your blanket). Use your tape measure to help determine correct length of your chain. Make one more chain.
  • Row 1: Sc into the 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch across to end.
  • Row 2: Ch 1 and turn. Sc in each sc across to end.
  • Rep row 2 until piece measures 36″ or your desired length.
  • Fasten off. Weave in ends using a tapestry needle.

It’s that simple. Once completed, you can add a border or weave a ribbon around the edges. Since this is such a basic blanket the sky’s the limit.

41 thoughts on “Single Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

  1. hi there.
    i have just started to crochet and need some help!!!
    i have just finished my first baby blanket and would like to do a nice border around it and cant find any thing that wil help me anywhere!!
    please help?!?

    • Hi, Lisa!

      I can “hear” the frustration in your voice. Whenever I feel like that about a new technique I head over to my favorite crochet resource: Youtube! I found a great video showing how to add a single crochet border to a blanket. In the video, she shows how to add the edging to a piece of double crochet. Don’t be discourage though because the same steps are used for a piece made up of single crochet (or any stitch pattern for that matter).

      Happy crocheting!

  2. Hi again.
    If possible could you give/tell me where to get a good and easy to understand pattern (as im still learning!) for a shawl for my neice (age 5)
    She has a part in Oliver and asked me to crochet her one!
    Please help!
    Thanks again

    • Hi, Lisa! Are you a member of Ravelry? If not, I would highly recommend joining! Ravelry is an online social network for crocheters and knitters and other yarn addicts that has forums, patterns, and much, much more. I find nearly all of the patterns for the projects I work on from Ravelry’s database. If you follow the above link you can get a little sneak peek of what Ravelry is all about.

      I’m not 100% positive but I think that it takes at least a week from the time you request a membership until you receive your invitation to join – there’s a little bit of a lag – so if you’re in a hurry to find a pattern you might try doing a search on Google for “free easy crochet shawl pattern” or head to one of my favorite websites for free crochet patterns at Crochet Pattern Central. There is a whole page of shawls and stoles at CPC!

      Hope this helps! Good luck!

  3. One thing that I cannot find on your instructions is how much yarn to buy. I’m a novice so maybe it’s in there and I just don’t understand.

    • Hi, Kristi! I’ll be honest, I don’t remember exactly how much yarn I used in this project! The blanket featured in the above post used two strands of Red Heart Super Saver held together but I can’t remember if I used 2 skeins of 4. I’m sorry that wasn’t much help but I know it was a very small amount of yarn. This was one of the first projects I’d ever written down and I didn’t think to track how much yarn to use … duh!

  4. Hi! I’ve never made a blanket before (or anything else). I was wondering how much yarn I need to buy. Is one roll enough? Thanks for the easy instructions! I’m going to give it a try.


    • Hi, Kim! I think I have answered this in the response I just gave to Kristi but if you still have questions, please let me know. You both asked very similar questions so I figured that you wouldn’t mind if I answered you both at the same time.

  5. Hi! I am a NEW at this but wanting to make my sister a baby blanket for her new baby…i was wanting to do several rows of one color and then another but unsure of how to switch colors…do you simply tie the yarn together and at what point do you do this in the blanket instructions above? Thanks!

    • Lana! Welcome to the wonderful world of crochet! Color changes seem daunting at first … until you do it and then you’ll wonder what all the fuss was about. It’s best to change colors at the end of a row because if you change colors in the middle of a row you’ll see a “jog” where you changed colors. There is more than one way to change colors. You’ll have to experiment to find one that produces the results you like best. Two methods seem to be the most popular. Some people drop the old color yarn & pick up the new yarn on the last stitch, others tie off the old yarn then attach the new yarn. If you do a search on Google for “how to change color in crochet” you’ll find a lot of tutorials and videos.

  6. Hey!! This pattern is REALLY NEAT!! Thank you for sharing it!!! Do you happen to remember how long it took you to make this blanket?? It looks to me like it would not take much time at all! I am planning on making a bunch of baby blankets for our local birthing center, as they get a number of teen girls who don’t have a lot of money to buy blankets for their baby, and the thought of a baby going home from the hospital without a blanket to me, is just sad. Thank you again!! I can hardly wait to start making one using this pattern!!

    • Thanks for the great comments! Unfortunately, I don’t remember exactly how long I spent crocheting this but I think it was about 4 hours total.

  7. Thank you for posting this pattern. I am new to crochet and this is my first attempt at a baby blanket. Can this be done with a lighter weight yarn? We live in south Florida so I just need a light blanket. Thanks in advance!

    • Aida, the beauty of this blanket is that it can be made with any size yarn. Just use whatever weight yarn you want (sport weight, fingering, etc.) and the size hook recommended on the yarn label. Then make a starting chain the same length as you want your blanket. I couldn’t be any easier!


    • i would also like to use a lighter weight yarn. It is now 2017!!! did you make a blanket, and if so what weight yarn did you use?

  8. Thank you soooooooooooooo freaking much. literally been searching for something a begginer can understand for a solid week now. this is exactly what i wanted. im so glad i found this. thanks a million.

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  12. Just a little heads up to those of you considering this project… I used two strands of category 4 yarn (Red Heart Soft Baby Steps in Light Grape), and personally, I find it to be a little TOO heavy duty for a baby blanket… I guess it depends on your personal preference and skill level, but I also found it a little tricky at times when navigating the two strands at once. Lastly, I needed to buy 6 skeins of the yarn I used, and it’s taken me well over 4 hours to finish this blanket. This is in no way a criticism of the pattern – I am simply a beginner crocheter, and just wanted to offer my 2 cents, whatever they’re worth!

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  17. Hello! Very beginner here as well, excited for an accessible project to start in on. How many millimeters is the size P hook you recommend? The category 5 yarn I’m looking at recommends using a 6mm hook, or size J, so P sounds like it’d be a good bit larger! Previously you suggested using whatever hook is recommended by the yarn manufacturer, so I’m just curious if that supersedes the P reco in the text. Thanks for any guidance you can offer.

    • A size P hook is 11.5 mm. But honestly use whatever size hook is recommended for the yarn you are using. This pattern is just a guide.

  18. I was wondering if you could send me a copy of any round potholder patterns. I have been asked to make a set of round potholder with some yarn that they had given me. Thanks for your time and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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