Apr 13, 2023

12 free crochet baby blanket patterns

The perfect gift for a new arrival

Do you need a new crochet project to get stuck into? Whether you are an experienced crocheter looking for a pattern to keep your hands busy or a beginner looking to brush up on their skills, we might have just the thing.

There's nothing better than creating a project that you can give as a gift, and we can't think of a better present to give to expecting parents or a sweet newborn than a handmade baby blanket. It'll keep them cosy and warm, and make a lovely keepsake to treasure in years to come. It's a great sustainable gift idea too, as the crochet blanket can be passed down the generations.

All of the crochet patterns we have included in this round-up are completely free and have been designed by fantastic crocheters. The patterns are easy to follow and will have beginners stitching up a storm in no time at all.

If you're wondering what to crochet with, check out our guide to the best yarns to use for baby knitting and crochet. They're super soft and come in lovely pastel colours, making them perfect for a special gift for a little one.

If you're more of an experienced crocheter and can whip up a blanket in just a few days, why not look into crocheting for baby charities. Charities are always on the look out for crafty volunteers who can lend a hand with projects and the more stitchers they have on board, the more families they can support.

Grab yourself a cuppa, your crochet hooks and some super soft yarn, and settle down somewhere comfy with one of these fabulous free crochet baby blanket patterns!

Have you made a baby blanket for a little one? Share your creations with us by tagging @primamag in your pictures on Instagram!

This fun spin on a traditional striped baby blanket uses wide clusters of stitches to give it a fluffy and bouncy feel.


This beautiful pastel snowflake pattern is a great project for honing your crochet skills.

Each snowflake is crocheted individually, before being stitched together and a border added.MAKE IT!

How snuggly does this plush blanket look? Made using a super chunky yarn, it's a great project for beginners to get stuck into.


This squared baby blanket is another fab project for crochet beginners. Each square is made up of crochet rounds to create this pretty rainbow colour-blocked pattern.


Looking to try out a new pattern stitch- how about giving this adorable ripple blanket a go? Use a simple garter stitch to create this beautiful rippled (and reversible) design afghan. MAKE IT!

This circular baby blanket would be perfect as a play mat. The delicate design is made using joined rounds to create a beautiful lace effect.


This granny square stripes blanket is perfect for beginners who have mastered the granny square and want to challenge their crocheting skills.

Each stripe is made up of 5 granny squares and one half granny square using a 'join as you go' technique.


Have you ever tried finger crochet? This super soft baby blanket is made from super chunky yarn and is made entirely tool-free! You just use your fingers to make pull the loops to create a wonderfully uniform crisscross pattern throw.


Using a simple repeat pattern of chain, double and treble stitches , this blanket is the perfect project for beginners to tackle.It would also be a great pattern to use for making a temperature blanket! MAKE IT!

Simple and sweet, this double diamond design is made up of colour-blocked crochet squares stitched and finished with a neat edge.


If you're looking for a fun crochet challenge, this sample square blanket could be an ideal project.

The blanket is a patchwork of 12 squares stitched in 4 different designs, giving you lots of practice at perfecting your stitch techniques. MAKE IT!

This stunning-looking blanket is easy to make and an ideal project for beginners.

Once you have crocheted your central star piece you just work outwards in rounds of alternating colours until you reach your desired blanket size!


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Have you made a baby blanket for a little one? Share your creations with us by tagging @primamag in your pictures on Instagram!