Circles and Stripes Baby Blanket (Free Pattern)

One of my cousins is having a baby and they decided to forego learning the gender of the baby. To keep it gender neutral, they decided to go with a black and white nursery theme – so awesome!! When my grandmother told me about it, I immediately envisioned a funky black and white baby blanket and I knew I would have to make it.

I started planning it out and it was originally supposed to be five rows of five different squares. As I started working on the individual squares, I liked my black and white granny square so much that I changed my design to be the big square in the middle and smaller squares around it. It was an adventure for me to make it because it was my first attempt at playing with different sized squares! I had fun figuring out how everything would fit together!

The final dimensions of my baby blanket (with the border) measured approximately 30×30 inches.

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Want to make your own? Here’s how!

To make the blanket you will need (4) circle in a squares, (4) starburst squares, (4) stripes squares and (1) large granny square.



Pattern written in US terms

ch – chain
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
tc – tripple crochet

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Circle in a Square

ch 6, slip stitch into the first ch to join into a circle
ch 2 (counts as a dc), dc x 11 into the circle (12 dc total), slip stitch to ch 2 to join this round
ch 2 (counts as a dc), dc into the same space as the chain, dc x2 into each space (24  dc total), slip stitch to ch 2 to join this round
ch 2 (counts as a dc), dc x2 into the next space, repeat around – dc x1 then dc x2 in the next space (36 dc total), slip stitch to ch 2 to join this round
ch 2 (counts as a dc), dc x2 into the next space, repeat around – dc x1 then dc x2 in the next space (54 dc total), slip stitch to ch 2 to join this round



*change colors*

ch 1, sc into the next two stitches, hdc into the next 2 stitches, dc into the next two stitches, tc into the next stitch, ch 1, tc into the same stitch, dc into the next two stitches, hdc into the next two stitches, sc into the next  4 stitches, hdc into the next 2 stitches, dc into the next two stitches, tc into the next stitch, ch 1, tc into the same stitch, dc into the next two stitches, hdc into the next two stitches, sc into the next  5 stitches, hdc into the next 2 stitches, dc into the next two stitches, tc into the next stitch, ch 1, tc into the same stitch, dc into the next two stitches, hdc into the next two stitches, sc into the next  4 stitches, hdc into the next 2 stitches, dc into the next two stitches, tc into the next stitch, ch 1, tc into the same stitch, dc into the next two stitches, hdc into the next two stitches, sc into the last two stitches, slip stitch into the ch 1 to join

ch 1, hdc into each stitch – in the corners dc x2 into the corner space, ch 2, dc x2 into the corner space, slip stitch to join this round


Starburst Square

(Picture tutorial for making this square can be found here)

ch 6, slip stitch into the first ch to join into a circle

ch 2 (counts as a dc), dc x 11 into the circle (12 dc total), slip stitch to ch 2 to join this round

ch 2 (counts as a dc), dc into the same space as the chain, ch 1,  repeat dc x 2 into each space, ch 1 in between each set of 2 around (24 dc total), slip stitch to ch 2 to join this round

*change colors*

ch 2 (counts as a dc), dc into the ch 1 space right behind the ch 2, ch 1, repeat , dc x2 in each ch 1 space, ch 1 in between each set of 2 around, slip stitch to ch 2 to join this round

ch 1, *sc in the next 2 stitches, hdc in the next stitch, dc in the next stitch, tc in the next stitch, ch 1, tc into the same stitch, dc in the next stitch, hdc in the next stitch, sc in the next two stitches*

repeat * 3 more times (this should create 4 corners/a square), slip stitch to ch 1 to join this round

*change colors*

ch 2 (counts as a hdc), hdc in each stitch across the sides of the square – in the corners dc x 2 into the corner space, ch 2, dc x2 into the corner space, slip stitch to ch 2 to join this round (10 hdc on each side/4 dc in each corner)

ch 2 (counts as a dc), dc in each hdc and dc stitch across the sides of the square  – in the corners dc x 2 into the corner space, ch 2, dc x2 into the corner space, slip stitch to the ch 2 to join this round (18 dc each side/72 dc total)


Stripes

ch 20, ch 1 hdc into the 2nd stitch from the hook, hdc in each chain stitch

*ch 1, hdc into each stitch*

repeat * until you have 16 rows, change colors every two rows (8 alternating rows of black and white)


Granny Square

cluster = 3 dc together

ch 4, slip stitch into the first ch to join into a circle

ch 2 (counts as a dc), dc x2, ch 2

repeat 3 clusters, ch 2 between (you should have 4 clusters in this round), slip stitch to join this round

*ch 2 (counts as a dc), dc clusters of 3, ch 2 between – in corners place 2 clusters and ch 2 between them, slip stitch to join this round* slip stitch to join this round

repeat * until you have 11 rounds, slip stitch to join each round


I joined the squares with a flat braid join. It is a lacy join method that is very forgiving of the different stitch counts around the different types of squares. I used stitch markers to plan out my join points. I then did 4 rounds of granny edging alternating white and black.

Happy crocheting!

Comments

    1. Sorry about that… I updated the instructions for the starburst square. Thank you for letting me know! Let me know if you notice anything else 🙂

  1. I am struggling with the Starburst square. Is what is above the correction? Not understanding the dc into the ch1 space. In previous round there were ch2

    1. I made one to check and the error was in the round prior to the color change – the ch 2 should have been a ch 1 – and I updated the pattern. Thank you for “pattern testing” for me! I know it stinks when a pattern doesn’t work so thanks for letting me know instead of just giving up on it! 🙂

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