Crochet Pattern for a Light Easy Summer Baby Blanket
Choose the Right Yarn
Babies are born winter, summer, spring and fall. Even in the warmer months and climates, they need to be kept warm. If you have a friend or relative due to give birth in the spring or summer months, make a lightweight blanket, using a lighter yarn and a bigger hook than you would normally use.
Using a larger hook allows you to crochet bigger stitches and incorporate a lacier, more airy look to the afghan. The baby stays warm without getting overheated with a blanket crocheted from a thicker yarn.
4 skeins Baby Bee yarn, Softly Ombre
Size K/10 1/2 mm crochet hook
Large-eye tapestry needle
Sharp crafting scissors
You should be comfortable with the crocheting process and with the following stitches: chain, single crochet (sc), half-double crochet (hdc) and double crochet (dc). You also need to know how to fasten off yarn, weave the ends in and join a new strand.
Beginning a Baby Afghan
Crocheting the Afghan
Make a slip stitch and crochet 102 chains for the foundation. The final two stitches are turning chains for your first hdc stitch.
Row 1: Crochet hdc all the way across to the end and crochet three turning chains. (100 hdc)
Row 2: Crochet dc all the way across to the end and crochet two turning chains. (100 dc)
Row 3: Crochet hdc all the way across to the end and crochet three turning chains. (100 hdc)
Row 4: Crochet dc all the way across to the end and crochet two turning chains. (100 dc)
Row 5: Crochet hdc all the way across to the end and crochet three turning chains. (100 hdc)
Row 6 to final row: End with a row of hdc. Fasten off and cut yarn, leaving a six-inch tail. (100 hdc)
Your baby afghan should measure approximately 50 inches from the first row to the final row.
Row 1: Beginning in one corner, attach your yarn. Single crochet (sc) three stitches in the corner, then one sc in each stitch on all four sides. On the remaining corners, crochet three sc in each.
Row 2: Repeat Row 1 and crochet three sc in each corner. Fasten off yarn and weave all ends in neatly.
Tips and Warnings
Crochet each stitch loosely to create a lacier look and make it easier to insert a larger hook into loops made with a lightweight yarn.
To avoid a long tail when you begin the afghan and when you join yarn for the border, lay the tail on top of the previous row and crochet over it, catching it between the previous row and your current row.
Don’t make your stitches so large that tiny baby fingers get caught.