This week a friend let me know about a baby shower happening for soon-to-be mom who is struggling. I decided to contribute a blanket, and thought it would be fun to try out a new pattern and share it!
I have a stash of pastel yarns I bought to make some things for spring craft shows, so I used all of them in the blanket. I mixed two different brands of worsted weight yarn: Red Heart Super Saver and Big Twist, which is the store brand from Joann Fabrics. The finished blanket measures approximately 31″ by 40″ including the border, and the colors and amounts are as follows:
- 1 (and then a tiny ball extra from a second skein) skein of Red Heart Super Saver in white
- 1 skein of Red Heart Super Saver in Baby Pink
- 1 skein of Big Twist in Buttercup
- 1 skein of Big Twist in Light Teal
- 1 skein of Red Heart Super Saver in Light Blue
- 1 skein of Red Heart Super Saver in Orchid
I took this picture after I finished the blanket, so I didn’t have a full skein of the Orchid to include.
I used a 5 mm hook (or H if you prefer). I found a neat stitch in an old book of crochet stitches called leaf stitch that created a really nice texture without a lot of holes. It’s perfect for a baby blanket!
Row 1: Beginning with the Baby Pink yarn, chain 140. 2 sc in 2nd chain from hook. *Skip 1 chain, 2 sc in next.* Repeat between * to end. (140 sc)
Row 2: Turn, ch 1. Skip the first sc and put 2 sc in the next sc. *Skip next sc, 2 sc in next.* Repeat between * to end. (140 sc)
Rows 3 – 178: Repeat row 2. Finish off and weave in ends.
Each block of color is ten rows, and each strip of white is 2 rows. So you start with ten rows of pink, followed by two rows of white, followed by ten rows of yellow, followed by two rows of white, followed by ten rows of green, followed by two rows of white, followed by ten rows of blue, followed by two rows of white, followed by ten rows of purple, and repeat two more times. DO NOT add two rows of white after the final purple block.
For the border, I was attempting to reproduce the look and feel of the edge of my sister’s baby blanket. It wasn’t crocheted, but it had a definite shell look as well as being slightly ruffly. So my border is a slightly ruffled shell.
Border row 1: Join white with a sl st to any sc in final row. Sc evenly around, but put 3 sc into each corner so it lies flat. Everyone’s tension and spacing is slightly different up the sides, but try to make sure you get the same number for both of the long sides.
Border row 2: Join to first sc with a sl st. *Sc in first stitch. Skip one sc, 5 dc in next. Skip one sc, sc in next.* Repeat between * around. Join to first sc with a sl st, fasten off and weave in ends.
Aaaaand that’s it!! There’s my pattern for a pastel rainbow baby blanket. I like to make baby blankets a bit large so they’ll last a few years past infancy.
Red Heart Super Saver yarn often feels like it might be too rough and scratchy for a baby blanket, but this is actually fixed fairly easily. Once you have the blanket finished, run it through the washer at least twice, with a generous helping of fabric softener each time. I personally prefer Downy, but I imagine any brand will work. DO NOT put it in a dryer though, too much heat will melt the yarn and make it crunchy. Air dry it instead. After this process, the blanket will be so soft you won’t believe the difference, and more than suitable for a baby.