Free Crochet Pattern Easy Baby Blanket (With Optional Owl Applique)

Free Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern. this really is an easy and quick to make blanket, and can be made with an optional owl applique. Or simply left plain as a cosy warm, wrap.
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 Crocheting a simple easy babies blanket is a delightful way to welcome a new arrival into the world, something you have created with love.
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You need not be a crochet expert to create something of a masterpiece as we recently found out when I as teaching someone to crochet. Their goal as a beginner was to learn how to Crochet a simple Baby Blanket.

If you are an absolute beginner and would like a more detailed explanation on How to make this project then please visit my Baby Blanket crochet tutorial Page Which will guide you step by step with a video instruction of the stitch we are using for the blanket.

Red Heart Baby Soft And a 4.00mm hook .
We used a Double Crochet (dc) stitch (US) or a Treble Crochet (trc) (UK)
Finished size is 30 x 35 inches (great for a pram blanket, stroller or car seat blanket.

For the purpose of this pattern I will use the US Crochet terminology.

Easy Baby Blanket Free Crochet Pattern
Ch 110 + ch4, turn
Ch110 + ch4 or (ch until work measures 30 inches)
Row 1: insert hook at 4th chain from hook and create a dc, dc to end, turn. (110 stitches)
Row 2: Ch3 (counts as 1st stitch throughout pattern) dc in each st to last st, turn
Row 3: Ch3, dc in each stitch to last st, turn
Row 4: Repeat row 3 until work measures 35 inches long.
fasten off and weave in ends.

You can use the same color here or you could use a nice contrasting color.
Join Yarn and work sc evenly along sides and 3sc in each corner stitch (this helps to keep the corners from curling)
Once all 4 sides are completed in a Sc Finish off and weave in ends.
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Adding appliques to your blanket.
Now if your happy with your blanket and do not wish to add appliques then that's fine however I love to finish off some blankets with different finishes and embelishments.

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I created this beautiful crocodile stitch owl applique, after seeing something on pinterest I thought it would look lovely .
I have never written a pattern for the crocodile stitch. And have only learned how to make it from The Crochet Crowd (Watch the video below to see how this is done)
The owl was made with starting 1st row with 3 'scales' and then adding 1 more for the following 7 rows
instead of staggering the crocodile scales I worked them on top of each other.

For the owls head I single crocheted evenly along the top of the last row created (20 stitches)
worked 5 rows,
ch1,  singe crochet, turn {repeat)
Chain 4, treble crochet in next stitch, double crochet in same st as trc, dc, hdc, sc to last 4 stitches, hdc, [dc, tr  in next stitch,] ch 4 in last stitch.
slip to join, fasten off.

Eyes (2)
In White working in the round
15dc into magic circle
Ch 4 slip to join, work 15 dc into the circle created. slip to join to top of ch 4.
Ch3, 2dc in each stitch around, slip to join into the top of ch3. Fasten Off.

Sew eyes onto top of owls head. and using a darker color create the eyelashes.

Simple Tree Branches
They are simple lengths of chain, with double crochet, or single crochet. Worked along and fastened off. Arrange as you wish.

Small Basic Flower Crochet Pattern (Make as many as you want.)
Magic circle 10.
{ch1, 2dc in next stitch,ch1 slip stitch in next} Repeat{} around. (5 petals created)

Make sure when you are sewing the appliques onto the blanket you insert your needle horizontally through the stitches of the blanket so they do not show on the wrong side of your blanket.

As with any appliques please ensure everything is securely fastened and finished off.

Inspiration for the ow on the blanket was drawn from the "whos a cutie" Owl blanket pattern from Redheart by Michelle Wilcox which I have seen around the web on my travels.
Although the blanket is actually round and the owl is not made with the crocodile stitch I think its such a cute owl blanket pattern

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