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Baby Afghan Crochet Pattern

Use this baby afghan free crochet pattern from Bernat Yarns to create a comforting blanket with soft colors flowing through. The yarn in the shown baby afghan works well for boys or girls. Make this free crochet baby blanket pattern for a shower gift.

Soft Colors Baby Afghan

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  • Yarn: 7 balls of Bernat Baby (50 g/1.75 oz)
  • Crochet hook: Size 3.5 mm (U.S. E or 4) or size needed to obtain gauge.


4 shells and 10 rows = 4" 10 cm.


Approx 36 x 48" 91.5 x 122 cm.


  • Ch 209.
  • Foundation row: 1 dc in 5th ch from hook. Ch 1. *Miss next 2 ch. 1 dc in next ch. Ch 1. Miss next 2 ch. (1 dc. Ch 1) 3 times in next ch - shell made. Rep from * to last 6 ch. Miss next 2 ch. 1 dc in next ch. Ch 1. Miss next 2 ch. (1 dc. Ch 1. 1 dc) in last ch. Ch 4. Turn.
  • 1st row: Work shell in next single dc of previous row. 1 dc in center dc of next shell. Ch 1. Rep from * ending with 1 dc in 3rd ch of ch 4. Ch 4. Turn.
  • 2nd row: 1 dc in first st. Ch 1. *1 dc in center dc of next shell. Ch 1. Work shell in next single dc. Rep from * ending with (1 dc. Ch 1. 1 dc) in 3rd ch of ch 4. Ch 4. Turn.
  • These 2 rows form pat.
  • Cont in pat until work from beg measures approx 44" [112 cm] ending with a 2nd row of pat. Ch 1. Turn. Do not fasten off.


  • Next round: *Work 145 sc evenly across end of afghan. Work 3 sc in corner. Work 258 sc evenly along side. Work 3 sc in next corner. Rep from * once more. Ss to first sc. 818 sc.
  • Next round: 1 sc in first st. *Miss next st. 5 dc in next st. Miss next st. 1 sc in next st. Rep from * to last 3 sc. Miss next st. 5 dc in next st. Miss next st. Ss to first sc. Fasten off.
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The Bernat baby yarn is very soft, too. Whenever it goes on sale I stock up because I know I'll be using it to make something. I just have to have an idea of what I'm going to make, like a plushie or blanket so I know many skeins to buy. There's nothing worse than running out of yarn before you finish the project only to find it's been discontinued or out of stock!

Your pictures aren't close up enough to show the detail of the stitches.

Does the Ss in the last row stand for slip stitch???

Hi there - you are correct! It stands for slip stitch. Thanks - Julia from FaveCrafts

I am using regular yarn....Pound of Love .....what size hook and how many to chain in starting chain?

Hi mstens--thanks for the comment. We suggest using the gauge to determine the size of the afghan. If Pound of Love is similar in weight to the yarn listed, you can use the hook and instructions as stated. If you want your afghan to be larger or smaller, you'll have to adjust the foundation row based on the gauge. Hope that helps! --FaveCrafts Editor

Hello. In the "1st row" directions, it says "Rep from * ending with 1 dc in 3rd ch of ch 4." There is no * in the 1st row instructions. Should we go back to the * in the foundation row instructions, or is there just a typo, with a * missing in the 1st row instructions?? So... once the foundation row is done, should the main part of the afghan be done with ONLY the instructions "1st row" and "2nd row" (with the supposed missing *)? Or am I supposed to continually go back to the first * under the "Foundation row" when I am crocheting the "1st row" of the pattern? Thanks.

Hi Skitch--thanks for the comment. The * means go back to the * in the foundation row...basically you're going to repeat the shell stitch: *Miss next 2 ch. 1 dc in next ch. Ch 1. Miss next 2 ch. (1 dc. Ch 1) 3 times in next ch - shell made.* That's what you'll be repeating until the end of the row. Hope that helps!--FaveCrafts Editor

It would be nice if the pic of the afghan was larger so you could see the actual stitches and have pics as it progresses! thanks

this is sister in law is pregnant...this will work great!!


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