Gingham Lovey-Sized Baby Blanket | Free Crochet Pattern
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Making baby blankets has become so meaningful to me. I’m not just designing another pattern, I am shaping a little piece of love for a specific, special little person to give them a small measure of comfort as they encounter this new world.
Perhaps that sounds a little sentimental but making things for innocent little ones is so different than making things for grown people. They may not be able to thank me as an older child or adult might, but in that lies the beautiful innocence of it all. It is because of their dependency on the little kindnesses of people who love them that makes the act of giving so much more special.
I’ve talked about my love for designing baby blankets in times past so I will get on with this particular pattern and not submit you to further longwindedness. If you would like to see the other two baby blankets I have designed here for Ginger Peachy, see Zaylee Baby Blanket and Surf & Sea Star Baby Blanket. Also, I talk about the FourSquare Baby Blanket I made for Crochet Spot and where to find the pattern.
A New Thing – Lovey-Sized Baby Blankets
(Just in case you didn’t know, a lovey is the smallest size baby blanket, usually measuring 10″ by 10″.)
Although I had heard of loveys before, I never thought there was much purpose for them. I mean, if you are going to give your child a baby blanket then make it one that is long and wide enough to cover them, even as they grow for a few years.
However, recently my sister told me that her youngest really likes something to hold onto whether he wants covered up or not. I made him a baby blanket (this one) some time back, but she thought a couple of quarter-sized versions would be adequate for those times when he just needs some blankie lovin’, — and when his favorite is in the washer.
She tells me that Aunt Amy’s blankets are the preferred blankets of my niece and two nephews and I have to say again real quickly how precious it is to be able to give them that little bit of something special.
Deciding on Gingham
It didn’t take me long to decide to utilize the growingly popular technique of crocheting gingham for this new design. Combining the classic comforts of traditional gingham with a baby product is an obvious decision, wouldn’t you say?
If the thought of crocheting gingham makes you a might anxious then I suggest you first check out my photo tutorial on how it’s done, Crocheting Gingham Using Double Strands. I too felt a bit apprehensive about giving it a try for the first time but thanks to encouragement from fellow crocheters, I did and discovered how easy it really is and how much I enjoy it.
Give the free pattern below a try and let me know what you think!
Gingham Lovey-Sized Baby Blanket
Skill Level Easy
Finished Size 10” square
Light weight yarn – I used Bernat Baby Coordinates in White and Blue Bon Bon (and the second Lovey in White and Soft Turquoise)
Yardage: 120 yards of white, 80 yards of blue
Crochet hook I/5.50mm
6 hdc + 4 rows = 2” square
Stitches and Abbreviations
Hdc (half double crochet)
Sc (single crochet)
Sl st (slip stitch)
Notes: This pattern is worked with two strands of yarn held together at all times. The Gingham is created by switching out the the strands with another color as instructed below.
Gingham Color Guide
Follow the graph for color changes — alternating between colors every 4 half double crochets. As you can see in the graph, the first 3 rows you will switch between light and mid, while the next 3 rows alternate between mid and dark, and so on.
Light = use 2 strands of white
Mid = use 1 strand of white and 1 strand of blue
Dark = use 2 strands of blue
For a more in depth look at how to do this, check out my photo tutorial — Crocheting Gingham Using Double Strands.
Gingham Lovey Pattern
Row 1: ch 21, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across: 20 sc
Row 2 – 15: ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across: 20 hdc
Row 16: ch 2, turn, sc in each hdc across: 20 sc
Do not finish off.
Round 1: ch 2, turn, working 3 hdc in each corner, hdc around, sl st in first hdc: 78 hdc
Round 2: ch 2, in blo, work 2 hdc in each hdc of corner, hdc around, sl st in first hdc: 87 hdc
Round 3: ch 2, in blo, work (2 hdc, hdc) in corner, hdc around, sl st in first hdc: 96 hdc
The most important test, however, is how my little nephew will take it. Will he like it as well as the others I’ve made? Fingers crossed, guys!
Coming up next, my first ever crochet garment for Ginger Peachy! So excited, but can’t give anything away yet! So be sure to come back soon, or follow me on social media to get the news first!!
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This is an original pattern created and designed by Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. You are welcome to copy the pattern for personal use but do not sell the pattern, distribute, or reprint it. Feel free to share a link to the pattern. You can sell products made from this pattern but please credit me, Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. Do not mass produce or factory manufacture using my pattern. Thanks for respecting the wishes of the designer, and be sure to ask me if you have any questions regarding this copyright.