Hey everyone! Last week I shared my c2c crochet baby blanket that I made for a friend’s new arrival, and now I’ve finished up the pattern to share with you! This blanket is such a quick and easy project that can be customized with different colors to match any nursery decor. It’s perfect for a last-minute baby shower gift!
This pattern uses the corner to corner crochet stitch, which is worked diagonally by alternating rows of double crochet ‘blocks’. It includes a picture tutorial and detailed instructions, making this pattern doable even if you’re brand new to crochet! If you prefer to watch it being done, I highly recommend Make And Do Crew’s video tutorials on how to get started with c2c crochet.
I really enjoyed making this blanket. The stitch is simple but has a unique texture, and with the soft ombre yarn it just works up beautifully. It’s pretty enough to be a keepsake blanket for a new baby, but also comfy and durable enough to actually be used (and washed!). It’s easy to memorize the corner to corner repeats, and I was able to work on this project while watching netflix, which is always a bonus. Overall this was a great ‘autopilot’ project with a beautiful end result, and I’ll definitely be making more whenever I get the opportunity. (I haven’t quite reached the point in life where all my friends are getting married and having babies, but I’m sure I’ll be there in a few years or so. Haha!)
For this blanket we’ll be making a large c2c square, so you’ll increase on both ends of your work and decrease on both ends of your work- this is what makes the square shape and gives us right angles. We’re also going to add a simple border that uses a combination of chain stitches and single crochet.
I used Lion Brand’s Ice Cream yarn in Strawberry for this blanket. It’s a light weight category 3 yarn with an ombre effect. The 100% acrylic yarn has great drape and is super soft to work with, and gets even lighter and fluffier after washing. I love the subtle striping effect it has in c2c, it really adds dimension to the finished product. For the border I used Caron One Pound in white, which is a worsted weight yarn and isn’t quite as soft, but I needed to stash bust so that’s what I ended up with. I actually like the way it adds a little structure to the blanket, though when you work it into the body of the blanket you want to make sure you keep your tension as even as possible, and watch where you put the first round of single crochet stitches. I’ve provided pictures to show you exactly where those stitches should go, so that your border is straight and even.
If you’re an experienced crocheter and don’t need a tutorial, you can find the free written pattern below the picture tutorial! For the ad-free, printable PDF version of this pattern, you can purchase it in my Ravelry store.
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The Easy Corner To Corner Baby Blanket is a simple corner to corner crochet square with a chain loop border. This blanket is soft, snuggly, and makes a beautiful keepsake gift for a baby shower. With a simple shape and an easy-to-memorize pattern, this blanket is a great project to curl up on the couch with and works up quickly. I used Lion Brand’s Ice Cream Yarn in Strawberry for a feminine blanket, but you can easily customize your colors by using a different colorway of Ice Cream or another light weight (category 3) yarn.
Finished size: Approximately 26″ x 26″ depending on gauge
2 skeins of Lion Brand Ice Cream yarn or approximately 725yds of comparable light weight (category 3) yarn
1 skein of Caron One Pound (you’ll have leftovers!) or approximately 150yds of comparable worsted weight (category 4) yarn
Size US H-8 (5mm) crochet hook (I love these!)
st – stitch
sl st – slip stitch
sk – skip
ch – chain
tch – turning chain
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
Skill level: Easy+ This pattern requires familiarity with basic crochet stitches and techniques.
Gauge: My double crochet “blocks” were consistently 5/8ths of an inch tall, but if you’re not concerned about sizing, you don’t have to worry about gauge. Your finished blanket may come out bigger or smaller than the measurements I gave if your blocks are a different size. If you crochet tightly, you may want to adjust your hook size.
This pattern uses US crochet terms.
Instructions inside * indicate a repeat.
The “turning chain” that you will slip stitch into and work your double crochet stitches into is always going to be a set of 3 chains at the top of each block. When you chain 3 to start a new block, that becomes your foundation for a new block on the next row.
When starting the border, some of your slip stitches may be tight and difficult to work into; you can insert your hook through the top of the double crochet underneath each slip stitch if need be.
Easy Corner To Corner Baby Blanket
Row 1: Double crochet into the 4th chain from your hook. Double crochet into next 2 chains. This is your first “block” and the corner of your blanket.
Row 2: Chain 6, turn your work. Double crochet into the 4th chain from your hook and into the next 2 chains.
*Slip stitch to turning chain to join. Chain 3. 3 double crochet into turning chain.* Repeat instructions inside * to end of row. You should now have 3 blocks. You will repeat the steps in this row until you reach the widest part of your blanket.
Here’s the visual guide:
Rows 3-39: Repeat row 2 until you reach the widest part of your blanket.
At the end of row 39, you should have 39 blocks across. These are your corners. Now you will start to decrease each row to bring it into a square.
Row 40: Instead of chaining 6 and starting a new block, slip stitch in next 3 stitches, across the top of the last block you made.
*Slip stitch in turning chain. Chain 3, 3 double crochet in turning chain.* Repeat instructions inside * until you reach the last block. Slip stitch in turning chain, do not chain 3 to make a new block. Turn your work.
Here’s the visual guide:
Row 41-77: Repeat row 40. Row 77 should be your final block, and the last corner of your blanket. Finish off by snipping your working yarn, leaving at least a 6″ tail, and pulling that tail through the last loop on your hook. Pull on the tail to tighten the loop and secure the end of the blanket. Use your tapestry needle to weave the tail down through your stitches securely.
Round 1: Attach the border yarn to any corner of your blanket using a slip stitch. Single crochet in same place.
The sides of your blanket will consist of sets of 3 slip stitches and the sides of double crochet stitches. In my sample, I started on a corner where it alternates between sets 3 slip stitches and the sides of double crochet stitches. If you start on a different corner, your first side might be different, but the idea is to put one single crochet in each slip stitch, and two single crochet in each sideways double crochet stitch.
Using my example:
Single crochet in each slip stitch. You should have made 3 single crochet stitches. (Not counting your very first single crochet when you joined the border yarn.)
Now single crochet through the double crochet stitch twice. Don’t insert your hook straight through the stitch, but pull your working yarn underneath the stitch, so that your working yarn is being pulled around it. You should have made 5 single crochet stitches. (Again, not counting your first single crochet.)
Repeat this process, making sure that each slip stitch has one single crochet stitch and each sideways double crochet stitch has two, until you reach the next corner. Single crochet three times in the corner, which will bring you around to your next side.
As you can see in my sample, this new side alternates with sideways double crochet and then slip stitches. Simply keep in mind what number of stitches go where and continue single crocheting down the side until you reach the next corner.
Repeat this process until you are back at your first corner. Single crochet twice in the corner, then slip stitch to the next single crochet (that you started the border with).
Round 2: Chain 1. Single crochet, chain 3, skip 1 stitch and single crochet in the next stitch. You should have one loop. *Chain 3, skip one stitch, single crochet in the next stitch.* Repeat instructions in * until you’ve gone around each side of the blanket. Slip stitch to your first single crochet. Finish off, making sure you leave at least a 6″ tail, and use your tapestry needle to weave the tail into the border securely.
Row 1: Dc into 4th ch from hook. Dc into next 2 ch.
Row 2: Ch 6, turn. Dc into 4th ch from hook and into next 2 ch. *Sl st to tch to join. Ch 3. 3 dc into tch.* Repeat instructions inside * to end of row.
Rows 3-39: Repeat row 2 until you reach the widest part of your blanket. At the end of row 39, you should have 39 blocks across.
Row 40: Sl st in next 3 st, across the top of the last block you made. *Sl st in tch. Ch 3, 3 dc in tch. Repeat instructions inside * until you reach the last block. Sl st in tch, turn.
Row 41-77: Repeat row 40. Row 77 should be your final block. Finish and weave in ends.
Round 1: Sc evenly around each side. Sl st to first sc.
Round 2: Ch 1. Sc, ch 3, sk 1 st. *Sc in next st, ch 3, sk 1 st* Repeat instructions in * until you’ve gone around each side of the blanket. Sl st to first sc. Finish off and weave in ends.
I hope you enjoyed this pattern! This yarn is machine washable, so toss it in for a gentle cycle with warm water to make your blanket even softer and fluffier. If you share your project on Instagram, don’t forget to tag me!
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