Simple Beautiful Crochet Baby Afghan Pattern in English #crochet #pattern

Simple Beautiful Crochet Baby Afghan Pattern

Simple Beautiful Crochet Baby Afghan Pattern in English

You can purchase the printable pattern in My Store

I saw the picture above on Pinterest and thought “I could crochet that while the girls are swimming” since I don’t have to actually watch what I’m doing when I crochet and the pool is only 2 feet deep so the chances of drowning are slim, but still, I want to be alert and watching the girls not my hands.

So I click the image and what happens? The website is in …. I think ….. Russian and there are no directions, just more images. *sigh* and it’s not even one of those websites where Google can translate it for you, it’s just an odd site of images.

What is a girl to do? Create the directions herself.

See FAQ at the Bottom for more details

Simple Crochet Baby Afghan Pattern

You can purchase the printable pattern in My Store

Yarn: Red Heart Soft Baby Steps
Hook: H

ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet

Chain 145
Row 1: Using dominate color dc in 5th ch from hook, *ch1, skip next ch, 1 dc in next space* Repeat to end.

Row 2: Change color, ch1, turn, 1sc in first ch space, *ch1, 1sc in next space* Repeat to end

Row 3: Change color (back to the dominate color), ch4, turn, dc in next ch space, *ch1, 1dc in next space* Repeat to end

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you reach the desired length.

To hide all the color changes use fringe. Fringe is optional.
Directions for adding Fringe are found in the Printable version of the directions.

Printable Directions with Lots of Images can be purchased for $3 in My Store

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There are 2 Sets of Directions included in the Printable – What you see here AND a second set of directions with LOTS of Images for those who are learning.


Question: How much yarn is used?
As you can see on the pattern there are no dimensions, even the starting chain length is a suggestion.

You make the blanket to the size you want – so it could take 3 or 4 skeins of the main color and 2 or 3 skeins each of the alternate color – or possibly more if you make it into a bedspread.

The other issue is the type of yarn. If you purchase Red Heart Super Saver, it can take just 1 skein of each color and you may have some left over, even after the fringe! But if you use their softer baby yarns that call for the same size hook it takes considerably more.

*Typically it takes 2 skeins each of the alternate color and 3 skeins of the main color. Then an extra skeins of each for the fringe – again depending on the type of yarn used and how bulky you make the fringe.

Simple Beautiful Crochet Baby Afghan Pattern PDF

Featured Image found on Pinterest.

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  • Thank you for this post and the perfect tutorial pictures. Definately adding it to my to-do-while-waiting-at-afterschool-activities list!

  • OMG! I have had the same thing happen to me quite frequently recently and it is very frustrating. You are wonderful! thanks so much for taking the time to do this for others 🙂

    • I’m only New to crochet how do I make the fringe parts please

      • @Nell, There is no way to really explain it other than you fold it in 2 push the top part of the fold through the hole and pull the rest through the top. It’s one of those things where you learn from the image. There may be a tutorial on it on YouTube, but other than that just look at the image.

  • FABULOUS!!! Love that you hide the “tails” into the fringes! Wonderful and cute!! THANKS!!!

  • Beautiful!!! Wonderful pictures, I’m doing this!

  • I love this tutorial. I am going to make this for a friend. How do I add the fringe?

  • Love the pattern, thank you for sharing!
    I wouldn’t advise adding the fringing if it’s for a baby though, as it’s a choking hazard.

  • This is a lovely stitch, and you have used pretty colours in your Afghan. I make rugs for homeless people, and think I might include this as one of the squares, bit different from the granny squares I have been using.

  • Hi! I’m pretty new to crocheting and I am wondering how you added the fringe. 🙂

  • Thank you so much for sharing the instructions for this pretty afghan. I love how “snugly” it looks. Your instructions are so much easier to understand than some of the other patterns I’ve used lately. I’m going to use this pattern to make a donation blanket.

  • i lovvvvve!!!!!
    So pretty and easy.
    I’m going to try it.

    Thank you!!
    {VintageDaisies – f/b and Blog}

  • Elizabeth Marshall

    (April 11, 2015 - 7:57 pm)

    Hi, love this and i am almost finished apart from the fringes. My question is, how do you add the fringes? They look different to the way i would add them. Yours are added to the colour, if that makes sense 🙂 x

  • Thank you so much for the straight forward instructions and clear pictures. I’ve been crocheting since I was a kid, but often have trouble understanding written patterns, but this one looks easy enough for even me.

  • Thank you so much for sharing

  • Good job, and thank you for the pictures and explaination!

  • Linda y fácil! Gracias por compartir.

  • Thanks a lot! I will start to make one in a minute, can.t wait to get my crochet moving. Great thing.

  • Colleen Schieffer

    (April 15, 2015 - 10:25 am)

    Wondering about using a border instead of fringe? Any suggestions?

  • This is such a pretty pattern, thanks for sharing. I do have a question, I understand the fringe on the two sides what about the top and bottom? Do you just alternate the colors for fringe? I am going to try this baby blanket. Thanks again.

  • Charlotte J Ramparsad

    (April 17, 2015 - 11:42 pm)

    Found this on pinterest and sighed thinking there will be no instructions. Thanks for simplifying it for me.I’m new to crochet and loving this blanket. Please post more easy tutorials☺

  • I love the easiness of this pattern but I don’t understand the fringe either could you elaborate?

    • I didn’t do the fringe in the same way. But from the way it looks it’s just yarn folded in half. It’s pushed into the hole and then yarn is pulled through the loop (at the half way mark.)
      That probably doesn’t make any sense does it.

  • How would you make the afghan smaller?

    • Leave off a few rows? Or use a smaller hook and thinner thread.
      How small do you want it?

      • Chain mutiples of 5 to the size you want? I actually think any odd number would work. You figure its even numbers of stitches dc, ch1 and sc, ch1 plus 1 becuase you start in the 5th ch from hook

  • Pinterest pains, alright! I’ve been looking for a pattern for this stitch for weeks and all I’ve been able to find are in different languages with crazy pictures to follow! Thank you for this awesome tutorial!

  • It’s people like you that come up with simple ideas like this. Thanks for the ideas. It’s beautiful.

  • Thank you so much for the awesome instructions I can’t wait to start

  • Thank you so much for figuring this out in English!

  • I love the look of this pattern and how simple the stitches are! I was just wondering how to do the frills/tassels? Is there a video, as I am a very visual person. Also I was wondering if I wanted to alter the length to make a scarf is there a guide as to how many chains I initially need to do? Ex. Any multiple of 2 plus an additional 3. If that makes sense.

  • Also wondering how the fringe was done. Could you post directions on how you did it please.

  • Love this! Can you give guidance as to how many skeins of each color are required for a standard baby blanket? I was thinking one of each color and two of the main color? ?????

    • I’m REALLY a bad crocheter. I mean I crochet well, but I get 5 skeins of each and only need 2. I never think about how much I’ll need and never remember how much I’ve used.
      I’m sooo sorry. I think you’ll probably need 2 of each because of the tassels.

  • How do you switch colors/join your ends?

    I always tie off each one and then add the next color in with a slip stitch.. it looks like you do something a little different.. can you explain? I know it will be hidden by fringe at the end anyway but i want to be as neat as possible 🙂


  • Are these written anywhere. I have chemo brain and find using written instructions along with the pictures help. This is a beautiful blanket and I can’t wait to make it for my great niece that is expecting in March.

    • I think so, but I’ve never had a chomo brain. I’ve been told an Alzheimer brain was able to follow it. Not sure if that will help you? lol

  • I can’t wait to make this. Thank you so much for sharing. It’s absolutely beautiful!

  • Love this blanket. Thank you! For fringe, leave long ends when you change colors & you have a base. Then Google or search Pinterest “How to add fringe”. Lots of good tutorials out there.

  • Great blanket! What size hook did use for the blanket that is shown?

  • What size hook would you use for a baby yarn? Do you still start out with the same amount of chains for a baby size?

    • @Tamra, You use whatever hook the yarn suggests. I would add several stitches depending on how small the hook is.

  • Is it a baby blanket or adult size lap blanket/throw? Its so perfect, I love the pattern! Thanks for sharing it.

  • that is a beautiful blanket. to me the original picture looks like the the pattern uses the afghan stitch. your way is a lot faster and easier, the looking like it is knitted to me usually means the afghan stitch. i like the way yours looks like a looped chain. makes it look a lot more complicated but much prettier

  • I thank you for sharing. This looks so pretty and I can’t wait to start it.

  • What is the multiples of this pattern please and thank you?

  • Love this Blanket ……………. what is the size of this blanket?

  • This looks so cool! I’m a total beginner but I know my chains and doubles so going to give this a go. I’m so glad that something you posted 3+ years ago is still here for me to see. 🙂 Thanks!

  • Love this works up quickly! The fringe is just looped do I need to do anything so that they won’t loosen over time?

  • What a lovely blanket pattern and so simple too! Quick question though, I see you doing a color change on each row. However, I’ve got some self-striping yarn I’d like to play around with (Lion Brand Ice Cream colors), so if I don’t switch colors each row, would I just chain up 4 and then turn? Thanks so much!

  • I’m just finding this via Pinterest. Love it & the bulky fringe. I think the method for adding the fringe is the Larks Head Knot and great pics can be found via Google.

  • Beautiful and simple.
    Thank you
    For sharing

  • How are you getting the fridge on? Are you tieing the yarn on after?

    • Yes. It’s in one of the comments and in the printable directions. It’s only an option. You don’t need to add the fringe.

  • Thank you for making a printable version. The tutorial on the Fringe alone was with $3.

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