A beginner friendly blanket pattern, my Group Stitch Baby Blanket features beginner stitches that create a gorgeous and effortless design and texture.
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I love to crochet blankets. They are easily one of the most effortless projects to crochet. Often times they can be looked at as one large swatch. Blankets are a great way to test out new stitches, play with color and even challenge yourself with new techniques.
The construction of this crochet baby blanket is crocheted entirely with the Group Stitch, sometimes referred to as a Cluster Stitch. If you know how to make a double crochet two together, then the Group Stitch should come naturally to you. It is also a reversible stitch making it great for a blanket.
This baby blanket is crocheted in back and forth rows that are turned after every row. This is a great pattern if you are looking for a stylish and trouble-free baby blanket pattern. It is a great pattern that requires very little brain power ha! (These are my favorite kind of projects!).
The yarn I used for this baby blanket is Paintbox Yarns Simply DK. I wanted to make a lightweight blanket, and I have never worked with this yarn before. I must say, it is very soft for an acrylic yarn!
This yarn comes in 49 shades! I knew I wanted to pick gender neutral colors for this baby blanket. I chose to make it simple and create a color block effect. Of course you can also crochet this blanket in all one color. I wanted to have fun and mix it up! After all, it does say “pick your palette” on the skein sleeve. 🙂
The size of my Group Stitch Baby Blanket is fairly large. The dimensions are 44″ x 36″ for my size. You can essentially make any size you want because the Group Stitch can be worked in any multiple. I used a little over one skein for each block of color. Each skein consists of 302 yards.
Below is a chart for suggested baby blanket sizes. After looking on Pinterest, these dimensions can vary. That is why they are only suggestions.
Gauge of this baby blanket is approx. 10 Group Stitches across x 7 Rows = 4″
Crochet Group Stitch Baby Blanket Pattern
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Paint Box Simply DK yarn. I used 4 different colors for my blanket. These colors include Washed Teal, Banana Cream, Slate Grey and Vintage Pink
5mm Crochet Hook for the body of the blanket
7mm Crochet Hook or half size more/less for the starting chain
Fabric Measuring Tape (to check gauge)
Double Crochet (dc)
Yarn Over (yo)
Group Stitch (GS) – Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull loop through. Next, yarn over and pull through first two loops on hook (2 loops on hook). Then, yarn over, insert hook into the same stitch, yarn over, pull loop through. Yarn over, pull through first two loops on hook. Yarn over and pull through remaining three loops on hook.
GROUP STITCH BABY BLANKET PATTERN
- Because you will be working 2 dc stitches into the same ch, a larger hook size is needed to work the foundation chain. Otherwise, the foundation row will be too tight.
- This baby blanket size consists of 81 rows. Color A – 21 rows, Colors B, C and D consists of 20 rows each.
With Color A
Using a 7mm hook:
Switch to 5mm hook
Row 1 – Dc in the 4th ch from the hook. Make a GS in every ch across. (87)
Row 2 – Ch.3 (does not count as a st) turn. Make a GS in the first st and each st across. (87)
Rows 3 thru 21 – Repeat Row 2 in Color A
Rows 22 thru 41 – Repeat Row 2 in Color B
Rows 42 thru 61 – Repeat Row 2 in Color C
Rows 62 thru 81 -Repeat Rows 2 in Color D
Bind off and weave in all ends. That’s it!
I really hope you enjoyed following along with this Group Stitch Baby Blanket Pattern. Please be sure to share all your blanket creations with me on Instagram. I would love to see them!