We love baby blankets around here. With four little boys, we’ve had our share of blankets! I love creating baby blankets as gifts because they are simple, very welcome, and can become family heirlooms.
The most popular patterns on the site are the Duchess Baby Blanket and the Easy Ombre Baby Blanket, so I figured another sweet blanket was in order. I’m in love with this Red Heart Super Saver Ombre yarn for blankets because the color changes are amazing and it’s so affordable, so it was a no-brainer for the Elegant Ombre Baby Blanket.
The last time I created a blanket with this yarn I decided on a solid yarn border, but this time I kept going with the ombre and really like how it turned out. It gave just enough color variation while still looking uniform. See how the final row of the border is a bit darker? I really like that effect and it is all due to the yarn. As far as colors go, this yarn is a big favorite around here!
We are winding down the school year and things are hectic, so it was nice to have a project that was easily put down and picked back up. I’ve been working on this for a while off and on – in the car (while riding, of course!), at ballgames, whenever I needed an easy project that I didn’t have to worry about shaping or what row I’m on. This fit the bill perfectly, and it uses one of my favorite stitches – the modified bean stitch (also called mini bean stitch).
If you need a gift for a little in your life give this a try. If you’d like to make it larger this stitch pattern is a multiple of 2 plus 3, so be sure to always chain an odd number. Then just work the first two rows and you have a one-row repeat that’s easy to remember (even if it’s been a while since you picked up your project… just saying!).
Elegant Ombre Baby Blanket
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Ombre in Deep Teal (2 skeins)
Hook: US Size K-10.5 (6.50mm)
Notions: Yarn needle, scissors
Skill Level: Easy
Finished Size: Approximately 28″ x 40″
Gauge: 14 sts and 11 rows = 4″
Modified Bean Stitch (mbs):insert hook into st and pull up a loop, yo, insert hook into same st and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), yo, pull through all loops on hook
Row 1: Mbs in 3rd ch from hook, *ch 1, sk 1 ch, mbs in next ch; rep from * to end – 125 sts.
Row 2: Ch 2, mbs in first st, *ch 1, mbs in next mbs; rep from * to end.
Repeat row 2 until piece measures 26″ from beginning or desired length.
Round 1: Ch 1, sc evenly around, working (sc, ch 1, sc) into each corner st.
Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in same st, *sk 2 sc, sc in next 2 sc, sk 2 sc, 7 dc in next dc; repeat from * to 4 sts before corner, sc in next 2 sc, 7 dc in corner st; repeat from * around, working 7 dc in each corner, work 4 dc in same st as beginning; join with sl st to top of ch-3.
Round 3: Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, ch 3, sk dc, sc in next dc, *ch 3, sk 2 sc, sc in dc, (ch 3, sk dc, sc in next dc) three times; repeat from * to last dc, ch 3, join with sl st to beginning.
Weave in ends.
That’s it! A beautiful, simple baby blanket that makes a wonderful gift. To see more of my free crochet patterns, including more blankets, be sure to visit the free pattern library.