The Blissful Blocks Baby Blanket is a premium crochet pattern. It’s unique and modern, with a simple elegance. Perfect for your special little one or the next baby shower.
A handmade baby blanket continues to be one of the most coveted gifts for baby showers and the new nursery. Knowing how much time and love the maker puts into creating the blanket makes it a very special gift.
The Blissful Blocks Baby Blanket is crocheted using the block stitch pattern, a simple 2-round repeated pattern. This blanket is a relaxing, mindful project with a beautifully modern end result.
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Inspiration for the Blissful Blocks blanket
I love to make and design baby blankets. When I found out a special friend’s daughter was pregnant, I wanted to design something different.
I’ve always wanted to use the block stitch in a design. I typically use granny squares or the granny stitch when making blankets. But this time I wanted something a little more unique. The block stitch is a great alternative to the granny stitch because the stitch patterns are similar and can be worked up in much the same way.
I found out the recipient’s primary nursery color was gray with pops of color around the room. I’ve wanted all year to use some version of Pantone’s 2021 color combo of gray and yellow. So, I chose Stormy Grey and Mustard Yellow from Paintbox Yarns “Simply DK” to get the look I wanted.
I also wanted a lighter weight blanket because I knew the blanket would be gifted in the summertime. Between the DK weight yarn and the light, open feel of the block stitch, I had the combination I needed for an all season blanket. I finished the square off with a simple shell border in the yellow color to really make it pop and bring the look of the blanket together.
Alternate color choices
The block stitch offers some interesting color options depending upon the look you want. Typically, the contrasting color offers peeks of color in an otherwise monochromatic look, just like the sample I made. Try these options for something a little different.
- Use one color for the entire blanket for an interesting monochromatic look.
- Choose a self-striping yarn for the contrasting color which adds a subtle shift of color from the center out.
- Choose several contrasting colors and create a pattern of color like a rainbow or jewel tones.
About the blanket
The blanket is worked in the round as a square, much like you would a granny square blanket. The block stitch pattern alternates between rounds of single crochet/chain 3 (contrasting color) and rounds of 3 double crochet groups (main color).
By following the pattern, the blanket is a generous 32″ square. However, it’s easily customizable by simply adding or subtracting rounds in the stitch pattern. The border stays the same no matter how many rounds you choose to work.
Here’s what to love about the pattern
- The written pattern is beginner friendly and includes helpful photos, a crochet chart for the block stitch portion of the blanket, and a block stitch video tutorial.
- It’s a unique, modern design for a precious handmade baby gift.
- The baby blanket is inexpensive to make.
Yarn: I chose Paintbox Yarns “Simply DK” in Stormy Grey (3 skeins) and Mustard Yellow (1 skein). This yarn is soft, lightweight, and has a beautiful drape. It’s 100% acrylic and is offered in a wide range of colors.
Materials and Tools you’ll need
Hook: I used US size H-8 (5mm) but you should choose the size that helps you get the correct gauge.
Removable stitch marker: You’ll need this to hold the main color working loop when you’re working the contrasting yarn round. Instructions are in the pattern and in the video. A safety pin works just as well.
Tapestry needle: Use this to weave in ends. The contrasting color is cut at the end of each round and woven in before beginning the dc round. By weaving in the ends as you go, the ends will be doubly secure and be less likely to pull out with continued use.
Block Stitch Tutorial
I’ve written a tutorial for the block stitch in the round which you’ll find helpful for making this blanket. How to Crochet the Block Stitch in the Round can be found here.