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Sunny Stripes Baby Afghan Free Crochet Pattern

Updated on January 12, 2015
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SheilaSchnauzies is a Miniature Schnauzer rescuer, writer, crochet designer, gardener, crafter, wife, mom & friend living in Omaha, NE.

Let's Crochet A Soft, Easy, Beautiful Afghan for Baby!

What could be cuter than a beautiful baby afghan snuggling around an even more beautiful baby! Not much, I tell you. Especially when it's my adorable nephew Logan! The occasion of having two new bundles of joy expected by friends and family inspired me to come up with something 1) fast; 2) adorable; 3) ultimate soft; and 4) different!

I had one little boy and one little girl to make for. Pretty simple substitution though - just go out and get some of the Pipsqueak yarn in pink or your choice of color for the main color stripes instead of the blue, and go for it!

Really hope you enjoy this baby afghan. It works up so fast, the yarn is a dream to the hands, and it's soooo warm and cozy. Please note this is a blanket for serious warmth or a baby's play mat. Happy crocheting!

What You Will Need

2 Large Skeins Pipsqueak yarn in main stripe color

Small amounts of other colors of Pipsqueak or other yarn

Crochet hook size J or your preferred size.

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A Word About Yarn Selection...

You could make this afghan in any baby yarn you choose, of course... I think it would also be fun to mix yarns going for a "decadent" feel. Just keep them of similar thicknesses and you'll be fine!

Yarns for Color Stripes

I wanted to include a soft peach, a purple and a green and the Pipsqueak didn't come in those. I used a scrap of green Homespun and purple Bernat CottonTots. For the peach, I had a thin yarn similar in feel to Pipsqueak and I held that together with a soft ivory boucle yarn to make the correct thickness. I used a soft yellow similar to Pipsqueak held together with the same ivory boucle. That boucle helped soften the peach and yellow colors.

Here Macie, my grandpuppy, came over to investigate my crocheting! She approved.
Here Macie, my grandpuppy, came over to investigate my crocheting! She approved.

The Pattern – How To Make The Magic!

With Main Color (MC), chain 121.

Row 1/ SC in 2nd chain from hook. *Ch 1, skip 1 chain, SC in next chain. Repeat from * across. Chain 1, turn.

Row 2/ SC in first ch-1 space. *Ch 1, skip next SC, SC in next ch 1 space. Repeat from * across. Chain 1, turn. (You should have 60 SC's. If you ended up with another number, fine - just make sure you keep it that number!)

Repeat Row 2 until you have the desired height of main color stripe you want. Fasten off. (My afghan is a 6-row main color stripe).

Color Stripe Rows:

Attach Yellow IN the last stitch of previous row. Pull loop thru stitch. SC in first ch 1 space. Continue in pattern for two rows, fasten off.

White Stripe Row:

Attach White in the last stitch of previous row. Pull loop thru stitch. SC in first ch 1 space and work pattern for one row. Fasten off.

Main Color Stripe

Attach main color and continue in pattern for six rows.

Repeat the sequence of 6 MC rows, 2 color rows and one white row until blanket is desired length. Fasten off.

Border

Attach variegated yarn (or other choice) in first ch 1 space of any corner. Work one SC in each SC and ch 1 space across. For corner, CH 1, SC again in same corner stitch, then SC evenly down side of afghan. Work (SC, ch 1, SC in corner). Continue in same manner around afghan border. Work SC in last corner, ch 1 and join to first SC.

In the photo, my grandpuppy Macie checks out my work!

Count Your Stitches!

It's very easy to do "mindless crocheting" with this pattern. Every time I start a new color stripe I count my stitches as I crochet, making sure there are 60.

Care Of This Heirloom Quality Blankie

I would recommend careful washing - handwash and lay flat to dry, or machine wash separately on gentle cycle cold and tumble dry very low.

Make A Grown-Up Afghan For You!

This afghan feels exquisite, and would be so pretty done up in white Pipsqueak with stripes in colors of your choosing!

My Baby Ladybug Loved It Too!

My Baby Ladybug Loved It Too!
My Baby Ladybug Loved It Too!

Please Crochet Your Name In My Guestbook! - Kidding, Just Signing Is Fine!

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    • Wednesday-Elf profile image

      Wednesday-Elf 

      6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      This is the first I have heard of Pipsqueak yarn. Interesting - it does look soft.

    • franstan lm profile image

      franstan lm 

      6 years ago

      I love pipsqueak wool. I will definitely be doing this afghan

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      Little Linda Pinda 

      6 years ago from Florida

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