The duchess baby blanket is a free crochet pattern that uses the duchess lace stitch and a lacy edging for a sophisticated baby gift.
Design Story and Inspiration for the Duchess Baby Blanket
My youngest son is really loving blankets and stuffed animals – something that my older two boys never did. I really think he is going to be my animal lover because of how excited he gets whenever he sees animals. He will find a blanket or lovie and just squeal with delight and cuddle with it.
That’s what he did when I gave him this blanket to model. This blanket was intended as a gift for a friend having a girl but I think my little guy has claimed it as his own, just like this other blanket I created.
Looks like I’ll be making more blankets and stuffed animals in my future!!
About the Yarn
I really enjoy using Red Heart Yarns and this Soft yarn was wonderful to work with. I chose a nice neutral off-white and I am very happy with how it turned out.
I really enjoy making this pattern for baby shower gifts. It’s gender neutral and can really make an heirloom blanket you can pass down. The Soft yarn washes well and feels good on the skin so it passes the test for yarns I like for baby blankets.
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This blanket uses an easy stitch called the Duchess Lace Stitch to give it a lacy feeling with no large holes. I love this stitch – it’s really one of my favorites and I’ve also used it on a scarf and washcloth.
If you can double crochet, chain and slip stitch, then you can make the body of this blanket. The border uses a combination of double crochet, single crochet and chains, or there is an option to use the duchess lace stitch as a simple border if you prefer.
Keep scrolling down for the simple border option.
Duchess Baby Blanket Video Tutorial
I decided to create a video tutorial for this blanket when I was on maternity leave and had to break it into two parts. Both videos are linked below to help if you get stuck!
Duchess Baby Blanket Pattern
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What You’ll Need
Yarn: 3 Skeins Red Heart Soft
Hook: J/10 (6.5mm)
Notions: Yarn Needle, Scissors
Gauge: Not crucial for this project
Finished Size: Approximately 24″ x 36″
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Row 1: (2 dc, ch 3, sl st) in 4th ch from hook, *sk next 2 ch, (2 dc, ch 3, sl st) in next ch; repeat from * across; turn.
Row 2: Ch 3, *(2 dc, ch 3, sl st) in next ch-3 sp; repeat from * across, ending with dc in top of turning ch; turn.
Rows 3-42: Repeat row 2.
Row 43: Ch 1, *2 sc in ch-3 sp, dc in 2nd dc; repeat from * to last ch-3 sp, 2 sc in ch-3 sp, dc in top of turning ch; turn.
Round 1: Ch 3, 2 dc in same st, *sk 2 sc, sc in dc, sk 2 sc, 7 dc in next dc; repeat from * to corner, sc in last dc before corner, 7 dc in corner st, [*(sc in next ch-3 sp, 7 dc in next ch-3 sp); repeat from * to last ch-3 sp, sc in last ch-3 sp, 7 dc in corner st] across side and bottom, repeat from * across other side to last ch-3 sp, sc in last ch-3 sp, 4 dc in same st as beginning; join with sl st to top of ch-3.
Round 2: Ch 1, sc in top of ch-3, ch 3, sk dc, sc in next dc, *ch 3, sk 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.
Round 3: Ch 1, (sc, ch 3, sc) in next ch-3 sp, (sc, ch 3, sc) in each three ch-3 space, join to first sc with slip st.
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Option for Border:
I tried just using the same pattern stitch for the border which worked well but I was going for a lacier look. If you would like a simple one round border, work pattern to row 42, then work row 2 of pattern along sides, and bottom, leaving the top as is. To turn the corners, simply work (2 dc, ch 3, sl st) into corner ch-3 space.
You can also check out this amazing list of over 25 crochet borders for more options here!