Welcome to my free pattern for this rainbow baby blanket!
For this project I used King Cole Big Value Baby DK in white, petal, peach, primrose, mint, sky, lilac.
What you’ll need:
- 4 x 50g DK weight yarn in white
- 1 x 50g DK weight yarn in petal (pink)
- 1 x 50g DK weight yarn in peach (orange)
- 1 x 50g DK weight yarn in primrose (yellow)
- 1 x 50g DK weight yarn in mint (green)
- 1 x 50g DK weight yarn in sky (blue)
- 1 x 50g DK weight yarn in lilac (purple)
- US Size 10.5 (3.5mm) crochet hook
- Tapestry sewing needle
- CH – Chain
- SC – Single Crochet
- HDC – Half Double Crochet
- Bead stitch – tutorial below, put simply it is a puff stitch around the stem of a HDC
- SS – Slip Stitch
- * – Repeat sequence
- FO – Fasten off
Difficulty: intermediate/ experienced
Gauge: 19 stitches and 19 rows = 4 inches or 10 cm
Size: Newborn/ Receiving – 30 inches square
This pattern uses American crochet terminology
For the purpose of this pattern chain stitches do not count as stitches
The pattern can be adjusted to make it smaller or bigger, you only need to ensure an odd number of stitches are chained to start
This pattern uses a variation of a bead/puff stitch, a full description is below.
Bead Stitch Tutorial
The bead stitch is similar to a puff stitch but this variation is worked around the half double crochet next to it instead of into the stitch below it.
The first and last stitch of the row are worked as normal HDC’s.
Below photo: CH 2 and HDC.
HDC in the next stitch to start the first bead stitch:
Create the bead stitch around the stem of the HDC you have just created as follows:
Yarn over and pull up a loop from behind the stem of the HDC:
Yarn over again and pull up another loop:
Yarn over and pull up another loop, you will now have seven loops on your hook:
Yarn over and pull through six of the seven loops.
You will then have two loops left.
Yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops:
Skip 1 stitch and HDC in the space after the skipped stitch, repeat bead stitch.
Repeat until last stitch, HDC.
CH 121 stitches using white yarn.
Starting in the 2nd CH from the hook:
Rows 1-2: SC along, CH 1 and turn (120)
Row 3: SC along CH 2 and turn (120)
Change colour to pink.
Row 4: HDC in the 1st stitch, *HDC, Bead stitch around the stem of the previous HDC, Skip 1 stitch – repeat until last stitch, HDC, CH 1 and turn.
Change colour back to white.
My Tutorial for the bead stitch is above.
Repeat rows 1-4 until piece measures the desired length, alternating colour change as pictured.
To finish repeat rows 1-3 and FO.
Weave in ends before starting the border.
Attach white yarn just before one of the corners, CH1 and SC in the same stitch.
SC around the border of the blanket;
- Work SC 3 in each corner.
- When working the striped edges: SC 1 each in rows 1-3 and SC 2 in row 4.
SS to the CH 1 from the start.
CH 1, SC around the border, working 3 SC in each corner, SS to CH 1.
FO and weave in end.
This pattern goes perfectly with a pair of crocheted mittens and hat!
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