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Spring To Life Crochet Baby Blanket (Free Pattern)

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Have you heard of colour/color theory? Even if you haven’t studied it or you’re not an artist, chances are you are using it every single day without even realising it.

Colour theory describes the guidelines for how to use colour, whether it’s in art, design, or just picking out the clothes that we wear. Colour theory explains which colours go well together (and why), and how different colours symbolize different feelings or moods. We’re probably all familiar with a few of the more common ones:

  • Red – love, anger, power, energy
  • Blue – calm, comfort, cold
  • Yellow – joy, friendship
  • Green – life, growth, health
  • Purple – luxury, royalty
  • Orange – warmth, fun, happiness

We are expecting a new arrival in our family this summer – no not in my house, three kids are plenty for me thank you very much! My little brother and his wife will soon welcome their very first baby so exciting times are ahead from them. I knew I wanted to make them a baby blanket, and as they are keeping the gender a surprise, it would not be blue or pink :-).

A Perfect Quick Baby Blanket

For me, green is just the perfect colour for a baby blanket. Green symbolizes life, renewal, growth and new beginnings, everything you would associate with a brand new baby.

spring to life easy crochet baby blanket

This blanket works up really, really quickly using a 6mm/J-10 crochet hook. Honestly, if you put your mind to it you could get it done in a day. So it’s absolutely perfect if you need a last-minute baby gift.

I love a good gradient (who doesn’t!) and I also love the 60 shades available in Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky line.

Want the pattern for free? Keep on scrolling! Or, if you wish you can download an inexpensive ad-free, pdf version through Ravelry

Notes

  • Blanket is worked in alternating rows of V st and Bobble st (see Special Stitches)
  • Blanket is worked from the bottom up, beginning and ending with a V stitch row
  • Beginning ch 2 at the start of the V st row counts as the first stitch
  • Beginning ch 3 at the start of the Bobble st row counts as the first stitch
  • You can use any weight yarn and hook size with this pattern; sizes will vary depending on yarn weight and hook size used
  • To make a larger or smaller blanket, adjust your starting chain to any multiple of 2 + 1. (If you are making a larger blanket you will need more yarn than listed above)
  • If at all possible, I recommend weaving in ends as you go!
  • Colour changes are done at the end of every row. My method for changing colour is to join the new colour on the last step of the last stitch of the row

Sarah Jane from Bella Coco Crochet has a great video tutorial on colour changes should you need more info:

Finished Measurements

Approx. 28.5” x 28.5” (72 cm x 72cm)

Abbreviations

UK

ch = chain

st = stitch

tr = treble crochet

htr = half treble crochet

bo = bobble stitch (3 tr bobble)

V st = V stitch

US

ch = chain

st = stitch

dc = double crochet

hdc = half double crochet

bo = bobble stitch (3 dc bobble)

V st = V stitch

spring to life easy crochet baby blanket

Gauge

7 bobble stitches (bo) x 9 rows of alternating bo/V st = 5” x 5” (12.5 cm x 12.5cm)

Special Stitches

Bobble Stitch

This pattern uses a 3 stitch bobble. (3 trebles in UK terms, or 3 doubles in US terms)

  1. Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook)
  2. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook)
  3. Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook)
  4. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook)
  5. Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (5 loops on hook)
  6. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops (4 loops on hook)
  7. Yarn over, pull through all 4 loops

(If you need further information, Dedri from lookwhatimade.net has a super bobble stitch tutorial)

V Stitch

UK: htc into next stitch, ch 1, htc into same stitch

US: hdc into next stitch, ch 1, hdc into same stitch

Supplies

  • Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky
    • COLOUR A: Champagne White – 2 x 100g (272m/298yds in total)
    • COLOUR B: Slate Green – 1 x 100g (136m, 149yds)
    • COLOUR C: Spearmint Green – 1 x 100g (136m, 149yds)
    • COLOUR D: Pistachio Green – 1 x 100g (136m, 149yds)

Pattern

The pattern is given in both US and UK terms. Keep on scrolling or go straight to the pattern in US terms here or in UK terms here.
spring to life easy crochet baby blanket

Spring to Life Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern (UK Terms)

Foundation Chain: Using Colour A (A), ch 81.

Row 1: Still using A, 1 htr in 3rd ch from hook (first 2 ch count as 1 st), *sk next ch, V st (1 htr, ch 1, 1 htr) all in next ch; repeat from * until 2 ch remaining, sk next ch, 2 htr in last ch, turn.

(Note: change to Colour B (B) for the last yarn over of the last htr; i.e. change colour with 3 loops on hook)

Row 2: Using B, ch 3 (counts as first st), 1 tr in first st, *ch 1, 1 bobble stitch (bo) in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * until 1 htr remaining, ch 1, work the following in the top of ch 2 from previous row:

  1. Yarn over, insert hook into top of ch 2, yarn over and pull up a loop
  2. Yarn over, pull though 2 loops (2 loops on hook)
  3. Yarn over, insert hook into top of ch 2 again, yarn over and pull up a loop
  4. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook)
  5. Change to A, yarn over, pull through all 3 loops

(Note: as before, change to A for the last yarn over of the last stitch; i.e. change colour with 2 loops on hook)

Turn.

Row 3: Using A, ch 2, *V st in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * until 1 tr remaining, 1 htr in top of ch 3 from previous row, turn. (Change to B in the usual manner)

Row 4: Using B, ch 3 , 1 bo in next ch-1 sp, *ch 1, 1 bo in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * until only the ch 2 from the previous row remaining, 1 tr in top of ch 2, turn.(Change to A in the usual manner)

Row 5: Using A, ch 2 , 1 htr in first st, *V st in next ch-1 sp, repeat from * until only the ch 3 from the previous row remaining, 2 htr in top of  ch 3, turn.

Row 6 – 55: Repeat rows 2-5, following the colour chart below for all colour changes.

Finishing:Fasten off and weave in ends (if you haven’t been weaving them as you go!)


Spring to Life Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern (US Terms)

Foundation Row: Using Color A (A), ch 81.

Row 1: Still using A, 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook (first 2 ch count as 1 st), *sk next ch, V st (1 hdc, ch 1, 1 hdc) in next ch; repeat from * until 2 ch remaining, sk next ch, 2 hdc in last ch, turn.

(Note: change to Color B (B) for the last yarn over of the last hdc; i.e. change color with 3 loops on hook)

Row 2: Using B, ch 3 (counts as first st), 1 dc in first st, *ch 1, 1 bobble stitch (bo) in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * until 1 hdc remaining, ch 1, work the following in the top of ch 2 from previous row:

  1. Yarn over, insert hook into top of ch 2, yarn over and pull up a loop
  2. Yarn over, pull though 2 loops (2 loops on hook)
  3. Yarn over, insert hook into top of ch 2 again, yarn over and pull up a loop
  4. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook)
  5. Change to A, yarn over, pull through all 3 loops

(Note: as before, change to A for the last yarn over of the last stitch; i.e. change color with 2 loops on hook)

Turn.

Row 3: Using A, ch 2, *V st in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * until 1 dc remaining, 1 hdc in top of ch 3 from previous row, turn. (Change to B in the usual manner)

Row 4: Using B, ch 3, 1 bo in next ch-1 sp, *ch 1, 1 bo in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * until only the ch 2 from the previous row remaining, 1 dc in top of ch 2, turn. (Change to A in the usual manner)

Row 5: Using A, ch 2, 1 hdc in first st, *V st in next ch-1 sp, repeat from * until only the ch 3 from the previous row remaining, 2 hdc in top of  ch 3, turn.

Row 6 – 55: Repeat rows 2-5, following the color chart below for all color changes.

Finishing: Fasten off and weave in ends (if you haven’t been weaving them as you go!)

Colour Chart

spring to life crochet baby blanket color chart
Spring To Life Baby Blanket – Colour Chart
If you wish, you can download an inexpensive ad-free, pdf version through Ravelry

Happy crocheting!

Sarah


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