Evren Baby Blanket

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Well, hello there, my fiber friend!

Did you know that more babies are born in the summer months than any other time of year? It’s true…well, I the US at least, per the CDC. Do you know someone who is expecting? If so, I’ve got the perfect project for you! The Evren Baby Blanket!

About the Evren Baby Blanket

If you have been around any babies, you probably know just how amazingly tactile they are. They learn so much about the world around them from touching! With that in mind (and because I have a deep love of texture myself!), I wanted to create a baby blanket that was full of texture. Babies love colors and often moms-to-be have a nursery theme or color scheme for their nursery, so color work was a must. And lastly, I like my blankets to be meditative makes, the better to Netflix and chill with, amiright?

Enter the Evren blanket, with alternating blocks colors and loads of texture created with simple stitches, this blanket checks all of those boxes! But before we get to the free version of the pattern, let me talk to you a bit about the PDF. I packed this pattern full of all kinds of extras you’ll want to read on for!

Why the PDF?

What’s so cool about my PDF? Everything!

My interactive PDFs are written with teaching in mind, complete with photo tutorials for all special stitches (including links to videos), tips and tricks for the pattern itself or reading patterns in general, lots of photos, and charts for those visual learners out there! And best of all, everything is formatted for ease of navigation, allowing you to jump between sections of the pattern with ease!

Not a beginner? I also have a consolidated version (where applicable) of the pattern that’s printer-friendly just for you!

Get your printable PDF version of this pattern below!

In addition to all the things that come standard in my patterns mentioned above, I also created a couple of extras JUST for this pattern:

  • a coloring page to help you plan your colors the fun way
  • a yarn tracker to keep track of what yarn you used (up to 8 yarns, with details to help you know how much and which dye lots, etc.)
  • a row tracker for all those repeats

Okay, enough of that, let’s get to the pattern, shall we?

Pattern

Materials + Tools

  • 1350 yards (1235 m) of CYC 4 worsted weight yarn, shown in LB Basic Stitch
    • 900 yds (823 m) of Main Color, shown in Ecru
    • 150 yds (137 m) each of 3 Contrasting Colors, shown in Deep Denim, Silver Heather, and Hazelnut
  • 6.5mm / K crochet hook (Foundation Chain Only)
  • 5.5mm / I crochet hook
  • Stitch marker (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Stitches + Abbreviations

  • Chain (ch)
  • Slip Stitch (sl st)
  • Turning Chain (tch)
  • Stitch(es) (sts(s))
  • Single Crochet (sc)
  • Half Double Crochet (hdc)
  • Single Crochet in 3rd Loop (sc3LO)
  • Double Crochet (dc)
  • Treble Crochet (tr)
  • Star Stitch (star) – See my tutorial here
  • Main Color (MC)
  • Contrasting Color (CC)
  • Right Side (RS)
  • Wrong Side (WS)

Finished Size

Approximately 36” W x 42” L (91.5 cm W x 107 cm L)

Gauge

4″ (10cm) = 14 stitches x 12 rows
Pattern for Gauge: ch 20, follow pattern R1-12

PRO TIP: Gauge matters! This is how you make sure that the blanket turns out the right size and that you have enough yarn to get there.

Notes

  • This pattern is written in US Terms and set for Beginner+ / Intermediate skill level.
  • Size/Tension Adjustments: increase/decrease hook size or add or remove stitches in multiples of 2, keeping an odd number of total stitches per row.
  • Turning Chains: chain stitches at the beginning of rows DO NOT COUNT as a stitch
  • Supplemental Video: I’ve created a full tutorial for this pattern on my YouTube channel, which you can find below or by clicking here.
  • Premium PDF: You can find a premium PDF of this pattern in my Etsy and Ravelry shops, which includes:
    • additional supplemental photos
    • stitch chart
    • row tracker
    • color planner
    • yarn tracker
    • See above for more details.

Video Pattern

Not much of a written pattern person? Prefer a video? I’ve created a supplemental video detailing every step of this pattern! Otherwise, the written pattern can be found down below.

Written Pattern

This pattern is worked in turned rows. This blanket will have a textured right side (RS) and an untextured wrong side (WS) to it. The right side will be facing you when you work even-numbered rows. Additionally, the pattern will be worked in color blocks, main color (MC) and contrasting color (CC). I’ve notated both the block type and side next to the row numbers as a reminder.

Body

Foundation: With a 6.5mm / K crochet hook, chain 122. Switch to 5.5mm / I hook.

PRO TIP: Foundation chains tend to be tighter than regular stitches, pulling the bottom of your work narrower than the rest, so that is why I recommend going up a millimeter in hook size for a foundation chain.

MC R1 (WS): Sc into the 2nd ch from hook and into each st across. Ch 1, turn. (121)

NOTE: Repeats of this row later in the pattern will be worked into the last repeat of R18.

PRO TIP: For a more professional look, and to make your edges easier to work the border into later, consider working your single crochets into the back bump of the chains. If you’re unfamiliar with this, check out THIS PART of my Crochet 101: Getting Started video.
PRO TIP: Counting stitches is important for this stitch pattern because a missed stitch can throw off the subsequent row’s stitches. Don’t forget to include the ch-3 in your count!

MC R2 (RS): Hdc into the stitch at the base of your tch and in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (121)

MC R3 (WS): Sc3LO into the stitch at the base of your tch and in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (121)

MC R4 (RS): Hdc into the stitch at the base of your tch and in each stitch across. Ch 1, turn. (121)

MC R5 (WS): Sc3LO into the stitch at the base of your tch and in each st across. Ch 3, turn. (121)

MC R6 (RS): Work a starting star stitch into the tch and first 3 sts, star stitch across, ending in the last 2 sts from the previous row. Work a half-star into the last st from the previous row. Ch 1, turn. (60 star, 1 half-star)

NOTE: This is the first of two rows comprising the star stitch. To see a tutorial for the star stitch, click here, or to view this segment of the pattern video, click here.

PRO TIP: Keep a looser tension on star stitches. That will help make them easier to work into and help prevent any loss in width at this row.

MC R7 (WS): Sc in the half-star, sc in the eye of the first star, 2 sc in each eye of every subsequent star stitch across, sc in last star. Ch 1, turn. (121)

NOTE: This is the second of two rows comprising the star stitch. To see the tutorial for the star stitch, click here, or to view this segment of the pattern video, click here.

MC R8 (RS): Hdc into the stitch at the base of your tch and in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (121)

MC R9 (WS): Sc3LO into the stitch at the base of your tch and in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (121)

MC R10 (RS): Hdc into the stitch at the base of your tch and in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (121)

MC R11 (WS): Sc3LO into the stitch at the base of your tch and in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (121)

MC R12 (RS): Hdc into the stitch at the base of your tch and in each st across. When working your final stitch, change colors to first CC. Ch 1, turn. (121)

NOTE: This completes the MC repeat/block! Time to begin the CC repeat/block next!
NOTE: For help changing colors, click here to view the relevant part of the pattern video.

CC R13 (WS): Sc into the stitch at the base of your tch and in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (121)

CC R14 (RS): Sc into the stitch at the base of your tch and in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (121)

CC R15 (WS): Sc into the stitch at the base of your tch, tr next and continue alternating across, ending with a sc in the final st. Ch 2, turn. (61 sc, 60 tr)

NOTE: Alternating sc and tr sts creates the bumpy texture on the RS of the blanket.

CC R16 (RS): Dc into the stitch at the base of your tch and in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (121)

CC R17 (WS): Sc into the stitch at the base of your tch, tr next and continue alternating across, ending with a sc in the final st. Ch 1, turn. (61 sc, 60 tr)

CC R18 (RS): Hdc into the stitch at the base of your tch and in each st across. When working your final stitch, change back to MC. Ch 1, turn. (121)

NOTE: This completes the CC repeat/block! Time to switch back to the MC!
NOTE: To jump back to the video segment for changing colors, click here.

Continue repeating the above blocks, alternating MC and your CC yarns accordingly.

MC R19 (WS) – 30 (RS): Repeat MC R1-12. (121)

Change colors to second CC.

CC R31 (WS) – 36 (RS): Repeat CC R13-18. (121)

Change colors back to MC.

MC R37 (WS) – 48 (RS): Repeat MC R1-12. (121)

Change colors to third CC.

CC R49 (WS) – 54 (RS): Repeat CC R13-18. (121)

Change colors back to MC.

MC R55 (WS) – 66 (RS): Repeat MC R1-12. (121)

Change colors to first CC.

CC R67 (WS) – 72 (RS): Repeat CC R13-18. (121)

Change colors back to MC.

MC R73 (WS) – 84 (RS): Repeat MC R1-12. (121)

Change colors to second CC.

CC R85 (WS) – 90 (RS): Repeat CC R13-18. (121)

Change colors back to MC.

MC R91 (WS) – 102 (RS): Repeat MC R1-12. (121)

Change colors to third CC.

CC R103 (WS) – 108 (RS): Repeat CC R13-18. (121)

Change colors back to MC.

MC R109 (WS) – 120 (RS): Repeat MC R1-12. When you reach the end of R120, ch 1 but do not turn and do not tie off. (121)

Proceed to Border.

Border

The border will be worked with the right side of the blanket facing you in joined rounds with basic stitches. We will work the first round evenly along the left-side edge first (R1S1), then the bottom (R2S2), followed by the right-side edge (R1S3), and finally across the top (R1S4).

R1S1: Work sc evenly along the sides of your rows in the following manner: 1 sc per row except for double crochet rows, in which case, work 2 sc per double crochet row. When you reach the corner, ch 1 to continue to the next side. (126 this side)

R1S2: Sc in each stitch across the bottom edge of your foundation chain. When you reach the corner, ch 1 to continue to the next side. (121 this side)

R1S3: Work sc evenly along the sides of your rows in the following manner: 1 sc per row except for double crochet rows, in which case, work 2 sc per double crochet row. When you reach the corner, ch 1 to continue to the next side. (126 this side)

R1S4: Sc in each stitch across the top edge of R120 from the body. When you reach the corner, ch 1 and sl st to the first sc from R1S1 to join. (121 this side, 494 total for R1)

R2: Ch 1, hdc 126, [hdc, ch 1, hdc] in the ch-1 space at the corner, hdc 121, [hdc, ch 1, hdc] in the ch-1 space at the corner, hdc 126, [hdc, ch 1, hdc] in the ch-1 space at the corner, hdc 121, [hdc, ch 1, hdc] in the ch-1 space at the corner, sl st to the first hdc of the round to join. (502)

PRO TIP: When you see a number come after a stitch, as with the “hdc 126” above, that means you will work a hdc in each of the next 126 stitches.
PRO TIP: When you see a series of stitches inside parentheses or brackets, as with the “[hdc, ch 1, hdc]” that indicates that you should work that entire series of stitches into the indicated place, in this case, the corner ch-1 space.

Tie off, weave in ends!


You did it! Isn’t that texture amazing?? I just know that baby-to-be will love to cozy up in your new blanket and feel all the love that went into each stitch, and as they grow, they’ll enjoy exploring the bumpy texture of the blanket too!

I would LOVE to see your blankets! Be sure to use the tag #EvrenBabyBlanket and / or #LaBelleVieForMe to share with me @HooksBooksWanderlust on Instagram and / or Facebook!

I hope you enjoyed this pattern! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! Comment below or email me at HooksBooksAndWanderlust@gmail.com.

Until next time!


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