I’m in Vicenza, Italy welcoming my sixth grandchild. Of course I had to make him a baby blanket, just like I did for all my other grandchildren. This time I decided to work with this lovely 100% cotton yarn made here in Italy. I choose a dark gray color to coordinate with his solar system themed layette set from Crate & Barrel. The yarn is so soft and silky that I decided the yarn itself should be the the focus of this Chunky Yarn Baby Blanket.
In short I wanted a simple design so that one could focus on the look and feel of the yarn. So no fancy stitches for this chunky yarn baby blanket! Just a plain double crochet with a single crochet border.
This Chunky Yarn Baby Blanket is so easy to make and it because the yarn is so thick it works up pretty quickly. If you have the time you can actually finish this project in a day!
The only down side, sort of, to this project is that the cost of the yarn can quickly add up. I used very good quality 100% cotton machine washable yarn that came in 100 gram balls that cost more than $10 each. I used 12 balls so this blanket cost me about $120. But the cost is easily cut by either using a less expensive yarn like Bernat Blanket yarn that is sold in 10.5 oz. skeins for about $7 a skein. Or you can make the blanket smaller. Mine measures 36″ x 24″. Because of the yarn weight it’s actually a good idea to keep this chunky yarn baby blanket on the smaller side, it can get heavy!
Here are the directions to make this Chunky Yarn Baby Blanket.
Size K 6.5mm crochet hook ( I use a wooden bamboo hook but use a hook you’re comfortable with.
Chunky Yarn – any brand any color
You’ll need about 6 skeins minimum, more for larger blankets
Stiches: CH – chain
SC – Single Crochet
DC – Double Crochet
SL – Slip Stitch
Row 1: Double Crochet in 4th. CH from hook (CH counts as first DC of this row), DC in each stitch across, CH 3, turn. 60 DC
Row 2: DC in each stitch across until you get to the 3CH on the row below, DC in the 3rd. CH, CH 3, turn. 60DC
Repeat row 2 until the blanket is the length you want it to be. Then the next row will be the beginning of the boarder.
Border Round- CH 2 (counts as 1 SC), *SC to the the last stitch, (SC, CH 2, SC) in the last stitch of the row, this will be your corner, Turn work and SC evenly down the side until you reach the last stitch, (SC, CH 2m SC) in last stitch of the row, this is your next corner*, Turn work Repeat between **, SL to the top of the CH 2 at the begining of the boarder round.
Repeat – Border Round 2 times, fasten off.
Weave yarn ends and joins into the blanket using the yarn needle
Hope you love this Chunky Yarn Baby Blanket! Share your creations we’d love to see them!