How to crochet an easy baby blanket with stars

Published on January 31, 2019

Skill level
Beginner
Project time
2 hours

Keeping our tiny tots warm and toasty with this beautiful beginner crochet baby blanket. Designed by the brilliant Kate Eastwood, this easy crochet baby blanket is dreamy project that will put the stars in their eyes! It's the perfect size to throw over the top of a baby car seat or pushchair. It can also be made slightly bigger for a cot or crib. The perfect handmade baby shower gift! Follow along with our tutorial to learn how to crochet a baby blanket.

Star baby blanket by Kate Eastwood

The blanket is worked in simple Double Crochet (DC) and the stars are hooked up separately and stitched on to the finished blanket, making this a beautiful and totally unique handmade accessory!

The finished blanket measures approximately 62cm x 52cm.

Blanket for a cot

What do I need to crochet a baby blanket?

Baby blankets are a great beginner project and requires just a few basic crochet supplies for this sweet creation. This pattern uses 4.5mm and 3.5mm crochet hooks for the blanket and you will need 7 balls of DK weight yarn. Pick up an extra ball of yarn and 2.5mm hook to add the stars to your blanket! It's also always good to have stitch markers and a tapestry needle on hand!

Materials

  • 7 balls in Shadow (645)
  • 1 ball in Bloom (644)
  • Sizes 4.5mm AND 3.5mm for the blanket
  • Size 2.5mm for the stars

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This pattern uses UK terminology

Abbreviations (UK Terminology)

DC - Double crochet (US single crochet)

RS - Right side

STS - Stitches

SL ST - Slip stitch

HTR - Half treble crochet (US half double crochet)

Instructions to make the blanket

Body

Chain 91

Starting in the second chain from the hook work a row of DC, 90 sts

At the end of the row chain 1 and turn. Keep working rows of DC until your work measures approximately 60cm, finishing on a RS row.

Remember to chain 1 and turn at the end of each row.

Do not finish off at the end of your final row.

Edging

Round 1: Switch to using a 3.5mm hook and work a round of DC all the way around all four edges of the blanket, working 2 or 3 stitches into each corner stitch to stop the blanket from becoming out of shape.

(I found it helped to keep the edges flat by working 1 DC in each stitch on the top and bottom edge and two stitches in every alternate stitch down each side.)

Round 2: Work a second round of DC, working 1 DC into each stitch all the way around, and two or three stitches into each corner stitch if needed.

Round 3: You are now going to work the Picot border as follows;

* Sl St, chain 2, Sl St back in to the first stitch of the chain you have just worked, Sl St in to the next stitch.* Now repeat from * to * all the way around the edge of your blanket. Sl St to join at the end, finish off and sew in the ends.

Instructions to make the crochet stars

How to crochet a star

I made a total of 23 stars for my blanket.

Using the Bloom and 2.5mm hook makes the stars as follows.

Foundation

foundation chain for crochet star

DC 5sts into a Magic Ring, join with Sl St.

2 DC into each stitch, join with Sl St.

10sts

Set up

Set up your crochet star

Sl St, chain 4.

First star point: Beginning in the *second chain from the hook work a Sl St, followed by a DC, followed by a HTR. Skip a stitch and Sl St the point back to the central circle*.

Star points

Crochet the points of your star

*Skip a stitch, Sl St, followed by a DC, followed by a HTR. Skip a stitch and Sl St the point back to the central circle*.

Repeat from * to * until you have 5 points.

Sl St to join, finish off and sew in the ends.

How to crochet a star for baby blanket

Finishing your star for your baby blanket

Once you have made the required number of stars, lay out your blanket and position the stars as you want them. I pinned mine with safety pins to hold them in place whilst sewing each star in to its final position with a needle and thread.

Pro Tip

When sewing each star, work all the way around the edge with small stitches to ensure that each one is held firmly in place.

What a beautiful blanket!

Your finished star crochet baby blanket

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