Baby afghans are a great gift for expecting mothers or newborn babies. Large afghans that fit an adult can take several months or longer to create. Luckily baby afghan blankets are small enough that they only take a few weeks to complete. For this crochet baby blanket tutorial, I am using the extended single crochet stitch to create my baby afghan pattern. This is a good stitch for baby blankets because it will stretch and is also warm. The extended single crochet stitch creates a fabric that lays great, and is a great stitch to have in your crochet bag of tricks.
Before we get to the pattern, I’ll walk you through how to create the extended single crochet.
How to Create the Extended Single Crochet Stitch:
This is the stitch you will use throughout your afghan blanket.
The single crochet is an easy stitch to create. First create your foundation stitch, next insert your crochet hook into second stitch from the hook.
- 7 Skeins of Darice All Things You Bulky Yarn in the color way Chocolate Cupcake
- Darice P or Q Size Crochet Hook
- Tapestry Needle
Row 1 ~ Create an extended single crochet in the second stitch from the hook and each stitch after. Chain 1 and turn your work.
Row 2 ~ Extended single crochet in each stitch across. Chain 1 and turn your work.
Row 3 – 55 repeat Row 2.
If you want your afghan to be larger continue beyond row 50, till it reaches the size of your liking. The afghan created as written in the pattern measures 44 inches long by 34 inches wide, which is a good size for a crib or basinet.
You can leave the edges of your afghan plain or add a fringe to the four corners like I did, following the tutorial in the triangle scarf pattern.
This crochet baby blanket tutorial works up very quickly! This project is perfect for a beginner who wants to impress people with their abilities and for the experienced crocheter looking for a quick project that doesn’t take too much brain power to complete. Make this pattern a little bigger and you have a perfect lap afghan to gift to a loved one. It’s never too early to start working on those homemade Christmas gifts, hint, hint.
This flower crochet lovey pattern is another sweet gift idea for any new bundle of joy in your life.