I crocheted this sweet little afghan for my baby niece before she was born. It seemed only natural to call it a May Baby Blanket, as the designer (me!) has a May birthday and the recipient (baby!) was due in May.
The blanket is comprised of twenty circles-in-squares, otherwise known as “squircles” and the color palette is a simple one of gray, white, and two shades of pink. If pink is not your thing (or your baby’s), it would be quite easy switch them out for two shades of blue, or a neutral aqua or yellow.
With it’s small size, this is an ideal pattern to work on when time is of the essence. A fast crocheter could work this up in a weekend. It took me a few weeks of evenings to complete mine. If you have more time, consider adding some squares and taking the project from stroller size to crib size, and beyond!
You will need to know how to
- make a magic ring
- chain stitch
- slip stitch
- single crochet
- double crochet
- triple crochet
If you don’t know how to do these things, they are explained within the instructions in the photo tutorial.
A crochet chart for the motif and an assembly chart for the blanket are included with the pattern.
Topics Covered in the Tutorial
More than just a simple crochet pattern, this ebook is like a mini-class. Each topic includes step-by-step instructions and photos where appropriate.
You will learn:
- How to crochet a circle
- How to transform a circle shape into a square without losing any of the center circle’s roundness
- How to join motifs together as you go
- How to add a scalloped border to your blanket
- Ideas for different color schemes
- A variation to try
For those that don’t need the tutorials, the pattern is also available by itself. Choose the option that best suits you!
Tools and Materials
The May Baby Blanket measures 20”x24” and consists of five rows of four squares. You are welcome to make your blanket larger, but you will need to adjust the yarn quantity accordingly.
- 6 hanks of Berroco Vintage, or comparable worsted-weight yarn (roughly 1200 yards) in shades of pink and gray
- G (4mm) hook
- yarn needle