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Natural Baby Blanket

Crochet an attractive baby blanket in an Aran design for a baby shower gift or your own home. This easy baby blanket crochet pattern is done in eco-friendly yarn, making it the perfect crochet baby blanket for even the most sensitive little bundle of joy. This free crochet pattern requires about one skein of yarn in a light and lovely, allowing you to create a cuddly pattern. This baby blanket pattern looks especially stunning in a light, cream colored yarn. This color scheme makes it easy to make this pattern for the newest baby in your life no matter the gender.

If you are looking for a really giving way to show the new baby you care, pair this crochet blanket pattern with a matching baby hat for a cuddly, leaving-the-hospital outfit. Crochet patterns are great for babies, because they are cuddly warm and lack unsafe notions like buttons and zippers.


Crochet HookI/9 or 5.5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Crochet GaugeIn double crochet, 12 sts = 4"/10 cm (Gauge is not critical for this project)

Finished SizeThrow measures approximately 30" wide by 42" long, excluding edging

Materials List

  • Yarn: Caron International's Simply Soft Eco (80% Acrylic, 20% NatureSpun™ Polyester): Shown in: #0002 Natural 15oz/ 425g
  • Crochet Hook: One size US I/9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook or size to obtain gauge
  • Stitch markers
  • Yarn needle
  • Row counter (optional)

How to Crochet: Natural Baby Blanket Pattern

Stitches Used

Chain (ch)

Double crochet (dc)

Shell: Work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) all in next st.

Bobble: Work 4 dc in next st; remove hook from final loop, insert hook through top of first 4 dc, pull final loop through.

Bobble and Shell Pattern (multiple of 18 + 11):

  1. Row 1: Beginning in third ch from hook, dc in third ch, * [ch 3, skip 3 ch, dc in next ch] twice, ch 1, skip next ch, dc in next 7 ch, ch 1, skip next ch, dc in next ch; repeat from * 3 times, end [ch 3, skip 3 ch, dc in next ch] twice, dc in last ch; turn.

  2. Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in next dc, * [ch 3, skip 3 ch, dc in next dc], twice, ch 1, skip next ch, dc in next 7 dc, ch 1, skip next ch, dc in next dc; repeat from * 3 times, end [ch 3, skip 3 ch, dc in next dc] twice, dc in last dc.

  3. Row 3: Ch 1, sc in next 2 dc, * work shell in next dc, sc in next dc, ch 1, sc in next 7 dc, ch 1, sc in next dc; repeat from * 3 times, end work shell in next dc, sc in last 2 dc; turn.

  4. Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in next dc, ch 2, * sc in ch-3 space of shell, ch 3, dc in next sc, ch 1, dc in next 7 sc, ch 1, dc in next sc, ch 3; repeat from * 3 times, end sc in ch-3 space of shell, ch 3, dc in last 2 sc; turn.

  5. Row 5: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in next dc, * ch 3, dc in next sc, ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 1, dc in next 3 dc, work Bobble in next st, dc in next 3 dc, ch 1, dc in next dc; repeat from * 3 times, end ch 3 dc in next sc, ch 3, dc in last 2 dc.


  1. Chain 84.

  2. Begin Bobble and Shell pattern; work Rows 1 – 5 once, then 4-row repeat 15 times.

  3. Work Rows 2 – 4 once.

  4. Work 1 row as for Row 2.

  5. Fasten off.


  1. Edging: Join yarn at any corner.

  2. Rnd 1: Ch 2, dc in each st across top and bottom edges, work 2 dc in each end-of-row along each side edge, join with a slip st to beginning ch.

  3. Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in next st, * skip 2 sts, work 5 dc in next st, skip 2 sts, sc in next st; repeat from * around, join with a slip st to first st.

  4. Fasten off.

  5. Using yarn needle, weave in all ends.

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This baby blanket is so vintage and yet modern looking at the same time. The cream colored yarn creates a feeling of an heirloom piece that has been passed down through generations. It is a pretty simple repeating pattern that can easily be followed by an advanced beginner. Now quick, somebody get me a baby so I can make this.

The Natural Baby Blanket is one to definitely try. I will get one of these made for a special friend that is having a baby in August. I think this could either be for a boy or a girl and it looks adorable. Great project to get started on in the next couple of months. It says it only requires one skein of yarn, so that is a real good reason to make this.

I loved this afghan pattern. Much easier than it looks. Just enough to make it interesting. I made it in pink for a friend's baby shower.

This says to do in multiples of (1811) but 84 stitches is a multiple of (1711) so I am a little confused.

This is beautiful and elegant looking. I can't wait to try it!


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