Easy Textured Crochet Baby Blanket using Half Double Crochets

How to Crochet the Bellame Baby Blanket

Hi guys! Back in November, I designed this easy textured crochet baby blanket to give to my sister-in-law for her baby shower. She is having a girl, and I wanted to spoil the baby with something pretty that she can be wrapped in on cold days.

To make this blanket, I alternated between single crochet, half double crochet, and crossed half double crochet stitches. These simple stitches create lots of texture and warmth, while the striped colours add some playfulness to the piece.

I chose to use Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek and Bernat Premium yarn to make this blanket because both of these yarns are soft and durable; which is perfect for babies and repeat washes.

Here is a close-up of the texture and stripes! At first, I wasn’t sure about this colour combination because I second guessed myself right up until the last stitch. The momma-to-be loved it though, so that’s all that matters.

Continue scrolling down for the free pattern.

Crossed Half Double Crochet Striped Baby Blanket Pattern

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About this Easy Crochet Baby Blanket:

  • This is a beginner friendly pattern that uses three stitches: single crochet, half double crochet, and crossed half double crochet.

  • This baby blanket is worked length-wise, meaning that your starting chain is the length of your blanket (this will never change), and as you crochet each row, your blanket becomes wider. Therefore, make sure that you are happy with the length of your chain before you begin.

  • The original pattern is intended to make a baby blanket, but instructions are provided for customizing the size of your blanket. So you can customize it to suit your needs.

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Easy Crochet Textured Striped Baby Blanket Pattern with Single and Half Double Crochets

Materials:

Yarn: 

  • Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 232 yd/ 212 m, 5 oz/ 142 g) – Light Gray (A), Tobacco (C), Blush (D), Green Apple (E), French Lilac (G) 

  • Bernat Premium Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 360 yd/ 329 m, 7 oz/ 198 g) – White (B), Baby Lilac (F) 

Yardage: 

  • Colour A: 200 yds / 183 m
  • Colour B: 200 yds / 183 m
  • Colour C: 220 yds / 201 m
  • Colour D: 220 yds / 201 m
  • Colour E: 200 yds / 183 m
  • Colour F: 100 yds / 91 m
  • Colour G: 100 yds / 91 m
  • Total: 1240 yds / 1133 m

You can purchase an Ad-free Printable PDF of this pattern on Etsy HERE! or Ravelry HERE! This 13 page PDF includes the complete pattern and step-by-step pictures, so you can follow along on paper, highlight and make notes.


Abbreviations:

  • Ch – chain        
  • Sk – skip
  • St – stitch
  • Sl st – slip stitch
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • [] – repeat instructions inside the brackets
  • Rs – right side 
  • Ws – wrong side
  • Rnd – round

The Crossed Half Double Crochet Stitch Video Tutorial

This stitch is made using the basic half double crochet stitch. The crossed half double crochet stitch looks like an “X” because one half double crochet is worked over the other. To make this stitch, skip the first stitch and work one half double crochet in the next stitch. Then, go back to the stitch you skipped, and work one half double crochet in that stitch from behind.

Gauge: Approximately 14 sts x 10 rows in 4” x 4”

Before you start your blanket, you can crochet a swatch to check your gauge. 

  • Ch 21
  • Row 1: Hdc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. <20 hdc>
  • Rows 2 – 13: Ch 2, hdc in first st, [sk 1 st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st] until 1 st remains; hdc in last st of row. Turn. <2 hdc + 9 crossed hdc pairs>

Measure your swatch to see if 14 sts across = 4″, and if 10 rows = 4″. We worked a few sts and a couple of rows more, so that the measurement is more accurate.

If your gauge is too small (more than 14 sts or 10 rows), try using a thicker weight 4 yarn or a larger crochet hook. However, if your gauge is too big (less than 14 sts or 10 rows), try using a thinner weight 4 yarn or a smaller crochet hook. You can also try adjusting your tension.

Pattern Measurements:

The finished blanket measures 24″ x 48″.

  • Width: 24”
  • Length: 48”

Customizing the Size of Your Blanket:

Length:

  • Your length is determined by your starting chain. The original pattern calls for chaining 169, but if you’d like to customize the length of your blanket (i.e. make it shorter/longer), your chain must be an odd number.

Width:

  • To make your blanket wider, continue on with the pattern after Row 63 (Colour E). Your colour pattern will continue as follows: B, F, B, C, B, G, B, A, B, C, B, D, B, E, B, C, B, F. 
Colorful Striped Easy Crochet Baby Blanket for Beginners

Pattern:

Notes:

  • This pattern is written to include colour changing instructions; if you choose to create this pattern in a single colour, then ignore the colour changes and continue working through the pattern without fastening off until the end. 
  • Beginning ch of each row does not count as a st. 
  • Odd numbered rows are considered Rs, and even numbered rows are considered Ws.
  • Stitch counts are given at the end of each row in <>. 
  • The crossed hdc sts are worked differently than what you might be used to. Please watch the video for how to do this stitch, before starting these rows!

With Colour A, Ch 169 (or ch an odd number until you are happy with the length of your blanket). 

Row 1: Hdc in second ch from hook (this counts as a ch 1 and a hdc), and in each ch across. Turn. (168 hdc)

Rows 2 – 4: Ch 1, hdc in first st, [sk 1 st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st] until 1 st remains; hdc in last st of row. Turn. (2 hdc, 83 crossed hdc pairs)

Row 5: Ch 1, hdc in each st across. Turn. (168 hdc) 

Crossed half double crochet baby blanket pattern

Row 6: With Colour B, ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn. (168 sc)

Easy Textured Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern
Row 7: With Colour C, ch 1, hdc in each st across. Turn. (168 hdc).   

Row 8: Ch 1, hdc in first st, [sk 1 st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st] until 1 st remains; hdc in last st of row. Turn. (2 hdc, 83 crossed hdc pairs)

Row 9: Ch 1, hdc in each st across. Turn. (168 hdc) 

Row 9 of the Textured Bellame Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern

Row 10: With Colour B, ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn. (168 sc)

Easy Textured Striped Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern

Row 11: With Colour D, Ch 1, hdc in each st across. Turn. (168 hdc) 

Rows 12 – 14: Ch 1, hdc in first st, [sk 1 st, hdc in next st, hdc in skipped st] until 1 st remains; hdc in last st of row. Turn. (2 hdc, 83 crossed hdc pairs)

Row 15: Ch 1, hdc in each st across. Turn. (168 hdc) 

Row 16: With Colour B, Repeat Row 10. 

Rows 17- 21: With Colour E, Repeat Row 11 – 15. 

Row 22: With Colour B,  Repeat Row 10. 

Rows 23 – 25: With Colour C, Repeat Row 7 – 9. 

Row 26: With Colour B, Repeat Row 10. 

Rows 27 – 31: With Colour F, Repeat Row 11 – 15.

Row 32: With Colour B, Repeat Row 10. 

Rows 33 – 37: With Colour G, Repeat Row 11 – 15. 

Row 38: With Colour B, Repeat Row 10. 

Rows 39 – 41: With Colour C, Repeat Row 7 – 9. 

Row 42: With Colour B, Repeat Row 10. 

Rows 43 – 47: With Colour A, Repeat Row 11 – 15.

Row 48: With Colour B, Repeat Row 10. 

Rows 49 – 53: With Colour D, Repeat Row 11 – 15. 

Row 54: With Colour B, Repeat Row 10. 

Rows 55 – 57: With Colour C, Repeat Row 7 – 9. 

Row 58: With Colour B, Repeat Row 10. 

Rows 59 – 63: With Colour E, Repeat Row 11 – 15.

Fasten off and weave in ends! 

If you would like to make your blanket wider, continue on with the colour pattern as follows – B, F, B, C, B, G, B, A, B, C, B, D, B, E, B, C, B, F (and so on) – before proceeding with the border. 

Border:

  • The border will be worked along the outside edges of your blanket.
  • Make sure that your blanket is facing the wrong side (WS) before you start your border.
  • Insert hook into the top-right corner of the blanket, YO, and pull Colour B through the st to fasten on.

Rnd 1:
With Colour B, ch 1, [sc in each st/row across until last st, 3 sc in last st – mark the second (center) sc with a stitch marker; this is the corner st] around. Join with a sl st. Turn.

Rnds 2 – 3: Ch 1, [sc in each st across until corner st, 3 sc in corner st – mark the second (center) sc with a stitch marker] around. Join with a sl st. Turn.

Rnd 4: With Colour D, Repeat Rnd 2. Fasten off and weave in your ends with a yarn needle!

Single Crochet Border for an Easy Textured Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

Blocking Your Blanket (Optional Step):

Blocking is the process of wetting a crochet piece to make the ends and rows straight. To block this blanket, you will need a steamer or spray bottle, straight pins, and a blocking mat or foam.  My preferred method is a steamer. 

Block your work by stretching out the blanket (vertically and horizontally), and placing pins along each side of the blanket to hold it in place. Spray the blanket with water, or use a steamer, making sure to keep the steamer at least 2 inches away from the material, so it doesn’t burn. 

Gently press the water or steam into the blanket with your hands, so the fabric absorbs it. Let the blanket dry completely before unpinning it!

End Notes:

Congratulations! You just made your first Bellame Baby blanket! I hope you enjoyed making it as much as I did. If you use my pattern, please tag me in your posts because I’d love to see what you make (Instagram: @thispixiecreates).

Disclaimer: You are welcome to sell items that you’ve made from this pattern; however, you are not allowed to use my pictures or sell my pattern as your own (Copyright @ ThisPixieCreates).

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Questions?

If you have any questions as you work through the pattern, please send me a message through my Contact page. I am happy to help!

Thank you so much for following along with me. Happy crocheting!

Love, Dayna

13 thoughts on “How to Crochet the Bellame Baby Blanket”

  1. Hi, I love this blanket! I’m wanting to make it a little larger than you’ve made, so I’m wondering how much of each skein did you have left over? Not sure if I should order two skeins of each or if one would be plenty. Thanks!

    1. Hi Denise!

      I’m so glad you love the blanket. I’m sorry that I don’t have more accurate yardage measurements on the pattern, but I think I had about 1/3 of a skein left of each colour when I was done. Depending on how much larger you want to make it, I think 2 skeins of each would be a safe bet. I hope this helps! 🙂

      1. Thanks so much for the reply; sounds like two skeins would be plenty for sure. I decided to make it in the baby blanket size you have, with some yarn out of my stash first. Then, I’ll know how much to order to make the bigger size (full crib size ). AND I’ll have two blankets when I’m done. 🙂

    1. Hi Diane,

      I think making this into a temperature blanket is a great idea. But yes, there would be a ton of ends to weave in – always the worst part haha. You can try weaving them in as you crochet to make it a bit easier on yourself. I say this, but I don’t follow my own advice, and kick myself later on. I’m excited to see how your blanket turns out! 🙂

      Dayna

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  4. Love the look of this blanket! I’m in the process of finalizing my choice of colors and assigning them to a letter. Excited as I lost my crook at the beginning of COVID and this will be the 1st time crocheting in a year and a half.
    Question: In watching the video on how to do the cross hdc pairs, I noticed that you were saying yarn over but were actually yarning under. Will it make a difference on the look outcome? Which should I use? Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Sheryl,

      I’m so glad you like this blanket, and I hope it helps bring your crojo back. Yes, you are absolutely right. I used to crochet with a yarn under (I didn’t know there was a difference at the time). So, it does affect how the crossed hdc’s look; it makes them tighter. However, I have been updating my old patterns that use the yarn under instead of the yarn over, and I found that going down a hook size will help. So I recommend using a 6.0mm crochet hook instead of a 6.5mm for this blanket. If you crochet tightly, you can still use a 6.5mm, just make sure to check your gauge before you start.

      I hope this helps! This pattern will be updated with the new hook size shortly.

      Sincerely,
      Dayna

  5. Sorry but I’m not good at figuring this out but could you please tell me how I could make an adult size throw? I understand it is done in multiples of 2. How many skeins would I need? Thank you!

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