Nesting: Basket Weave Crochet Baby Blanket

As you may have noticed, I’ve really been enjoying picking up my crochet hook more often.
I knew that I wanted to crochet a blanket for the baby, but couldn’t decide on a stitch to use…until I saw this youtube video. I am in love with the basket weave stitch pattern!
So, I created a blanket pattern from the instructions from that video {with my own personal preferences as changes}. If you want to learn how to do the fpdc and bpdc stitches to make the basket weave, be sure to check out the video.
The blanket I created is out of a soft, chunky acrylic yarn which yields some very important benefits.

One, it’s very washable because it’s acrylic – big plus for me.
Two, the chunky yarn makes a blanket pattern take less time.
Three, it’s so so plush and soft. I wish I could make one my size actually. :)

This type of yarn can be pricey to buy, but if you use coupons or wait for a good sale you can make a blanket for anywhere from $12 – $30. I just saw it go for $2 a skein at Michael’s a few weeks ago.

I used a size N hook which also helped the blanket pattern move along quickly. I normally dislike making crocheted blankets, even baby ones, because it takes forever, but this one wasn’t too bad.

Please bear with me as I am not a crochet pattern writer. If you notice something that might improve the pattern, please speak up. I would love to edit it to make it better for my readers. I also took notes and lost them when I re-organized the house to make room for the baby {sigh}, so I’m re-writing the pattern from just looking at my blanket.

Here’s what I did…

Yarn: 5 skeins of cream and 1 1/2 skeins of tan for the border.
Hook: Size N
Stitches: chain, sc, hdc, dc, fpdc, bpdc

ch. 68
Row 1: In third chain from hook dc. Dc in each chain across. (66 dc including the 2 chains)

Row 2: Ch. 2 and turn. *Four fpdc, four bpdc.* Repeat from * to * 16 times. Hdc in last stitch.
Row 3-5: Repeat round 2.

Row 6: Ch. 2 turn. *Four bpdc, four fpdc.* Repeat from * to * 16 times. Hdc in last stitch.
Row 7-9: Repeat round 6.
Row 10-13: Repeat round 2.
Row 14-17: Repeat round 6.
Row 18-21: Repeat round 2.
Row 22-25: Repeat round 6.
Row 26-29: Repeat round 2.
Row 30-33: Repeat round 6.
Row 34-37: Repeat round 2.
Row 38-41: Repeat round 6.
Row 42-45: Repeat round 2.
Row 46-49: Repeat round 6.
Row 50-53: Repeat round 2.
Row 54-57: Repeat round 6.
Row 58-61: Repeat round 2.

You can repeat round 6 for another four rounds if you like, but that requires another ball of yarn. I felt an almost square was good enough for me.

Add a border.

Sc around every stitch all the way around the blanket. 3 sc at the each corner stitch.

Repeat 3 times. Or finish the edge however you like. Weave in all your tails…and you’re done!

It’s a nice, thick blanket that makes a nice baby mat as well.

Or a mat for your three year old…

To pretend like he’s sleeping. :) I love it when kids squeeze their eyes too tight when they’re fake sleeping. Ha ha…

I’m so happy with the finished blanket…and that I got it done before the baby came. Yay.

There is something sweet and sentimental about infusing love into a blanket woven by hand, stitch by stitch.

I am also loving how it goes with the new crib sheet I just made. I bought the fabric at Joann…but beware! All their fabric is now 43 wide and not 45 inches wide! The crib sheet just barely fits. For the crib sheet tutorial check out MADE here.

The nursery is finally coming together.

Hope you have a splendid weekend!

Comments

  1. says

    What a beautiful blanket. I really love that stitch. I have always shied away from patterns that use fpdc, but maybe I will give this a try, as I think it would make a cute baby boy blanket and I have several of those I need to make for friends.

  2. says

    That is so cute! I love to crochet, but I have never tried that stitch before. Now I feel the urge to pick up my hook! Thanks for sharing!

  3. says

    I love the basket weave look! I actually found the same thing on Pinterest a few months ago. Since my youngest is the first to actually enjoy the little afghans my grandma made for the older kids (enjoy as in: she won't us anything else!) I decided to make her a new and bigger afghan for Christmas. I did a basket weave in turquoise with a white border. I love yours in the neutral colors!

    • Vivian Worrell says

      Get a crochet book and keep practicing it., You may not be able to do this pattern but it is probably time you learned how to crochet as it is such fun.

    • Helen says

      It’s okay if you don’t know how to crochet. Just learn the bare basics (that’s all you need for this) and watch the video Delia linked to. It’s very easy with the video!

  4. says

    Gorgeous blanket. New follower! I wonder why I didn’t do that earlier coz I have been here from so many places before.

    I am a beginner crocheter and I would be so glad to try this.

  5. says

    That's beautiful! I will have to try it myself, now that my little one has decided he wants a billion blankets with him at all times. Thank you for sharing, and I love your nesting series!

  6. says

    This blanket is beautiful! I love the colors and how muted they are. Thanks for doing this nesting series. I've seen so many good ideas that I'm going to try out before our 2nd baby comes in July. Thanks for your beautiful blog and the inspiration that it is!

  7. says

    I am fighting tooth and nail against even ATTEMPTING to crochet a blanket. I know my limits–I’m too easily bored. I barely finish hats and scarves (okay, many times I DON’T finish them)…
    But then people like you go and post things like this…and I can’t help but want to try it…
    :)
    Thanks for the pattern.
    And thanks for contributing to my crazy.

  8. Jena says

    Just in case people are wanting to follow the pattern, I suggest a few edits to your pattern. If you follow the current pattern, you'll get entirely another look — still quite cool — just not what's pictured.

    1.
    ch 68, presumably 4×16 = 64, that gives you 4 extra stitches. 2 presumably goes for the first first "dc" and 1 goes to the last hdc in the row. This

    • Hillary says

      Hello, I can only see #1 of your pattern suggestion, I would love to follow a more detailed pattern, and am interested in the rest of your post :) I’m really excited for this project, please help!

  9. says

    I cannot thank you enough for making me decide on my first blanket for my first baby. I completed my blanket today and I am so happy with the results. I am due in another few weeks:-)

  10. says

    Eshu – congrats and best wishes to you and your new little one!

    I forgot to answer a question about the size of the blanket. I had a reader email, asking me about it and thought I would add the answer here for anyone curious about the finished size as well:

    It comes out to about a yard by a yard. So, it's a baby play mat size I guess. The weight of the yarn makes this a

  11. says

    Just started this blanket but I crochet so tight it is much smaller . I even went up to a size k hook and it only helped a little. So I added a dozen extra stitches and not with an odd number of sets of 4 (19X4) I'm having to alternated 2 & 6 every turn. Thankfully I figured it out before I got too far! LOVE this patter tho! :)

  12. says

    I followed the pattern and had ZERO issues! I watched the video and frankly that was all I needed! I did add an extra ball of cream yarn because I'm slightly type A and needed it to be squarer. Lol and I'm on bed rest so why not?! Lol

  13. Harpa M. Fenger says

    Hi! I have a question :) I want to do this baby blanket. In the video he says chain in groups of 8. He does 3 x 8 = 24 (as an example). Then he adds two more chains (one for each side). Then he begins by chaining 3 more (5 extra chains overall). In your pattern you chain 68. That means you made 8 groups of 8, 8×8 = 64 and then chained 4 more (to get 68). In the video he chains 5 extra ones. Why do you only do 4 more? I would like to know because I might do this with a smaller hook, so I might need more chains and adjust the pattern.

    Another question! When you do half double crochet at the ends, I’m not sure which chain I am supposed to go into. Can you demonstrate?

    I’m sorry if I’m confusing, I’m new to crocheting! :)

    - Harpa

    • says

      Yes. I can see why that would be confusing. So when I did that I would end up with a crooked beginning. I found it unnecessary and not very pretty. There are a lot of patterns that follow the traditional math, as he does, like when you join rounds and such, that require that you chain x amount of times…For example with dc it’s to chain three before starting the next round. Those extra chains are pretty standard in a lot of patterns but they also produces obvious seams and in this case too much chain at the start. He might be pulling those chains tighter to compensate. I have no idea. He did mention something about doing the math wrong and having to crochet a chain in at the end of the row…I think. It’s been a while so I can’t remember all that well. Anyway… with any patterns that I share, I often reduce the extra chains by at least one and it produces a cleaner look in my opinion. When I make hats and have to crochet in the round I almost always take a chain off then too.

      As for the hdc at the end. It’s been a while since I have done this stitch. I believe at the end of that first row, it’s the one right next to the knot. Is that what you were asking? If not, you go under the two loops at the top, right in that empty space in between stitches. Let me know if you have more questions. I am happy to help where I can! :)

  14. says

    have done c2c in simular stitch just tried this with some chunky but did 38 stitchs wide perfect for baby car seat in winter going to try larger for my bed so cosy warm and looks good too thankyou for sharing

  15. AtalYah B says

    This is the best ‘PATTERN DESIGN’ I have seen in a long time. The blanket is absoutely beautiful. I love making afghans for family , friends & The Linus Project : blankets for sick children. I am making an afghan for my youngest son right now, doing the Basket Weave stitch! But now, I will do this for babies as well. please share more patterns like this, anytime. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Tiffany says

    This is a beautiful blanket! I’m in the process of making it now. I have one question, though. In between the asterisks you say to do 4 fpdc 4 bpdc then repeat 16 times. I was wondering.. would it be 8 groups of 4 fpdc and 8 groups of 4 bpdc? And if so, would that mean we repeat what’s between the asterisks 8 times since its a group of 8 stitches? I’m just a little confused. Help!

  17. Andrea says

    Delia,
    This is gorgeous! I just learned how to do the fpdc and bpdc. I am a big fan of the soft chunky yarns so I would love to use this pattern to make a prayer shawl for a friend. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  18. Vicky says

    This is a super-easy thing to make, especially if you watch the youtube videos first (18 minutes of your life well-spent): 1) dc is the easiest basic crochet stitch. 2) it looks almost identical to ‘entrelac’ which is gorgeous but much too hard. 3) I’ve been crocheting for 4 weeks now and I can do this stitch!

  19. Sheila Hall says

    love the blanket altho i usually use baby yarn. never thought about using a bulky yarn. i have not done fpdc, bpdc, but will watch the video and try.

    do u know the approximate size?

    ty

  20. cindy says

    On the video he has us do three rounds of each type, and your pattern has four. Is this just a matter of choice??

  21. marcia says

    Is this easy enough for a beginner? also, what do the stitch codes mean? I know what a SC and DC are but the others??
    thanks! I need to make 3 in a hurry and these are just perfect!

    • says

      I would say an advanced beginner could easily manage it.

      fpdc = front post double crochet
      bpdc = back post double crochet

      Let me know if you have any more questions! Enjoy!

  22. Adam says

    Hi!

    I’m at the end of round 2 right now and I have to do a hdc. So far I’ve done everything right but at the end of this round it looks like I have about 2 posts left. How do I have to hdc this?

    • says

      Hi Adam. So, I just looked over the pattern again, and there is a typo. My goodness. I am so sorry about that. In the first row, it should say 66 and not 67 for the number of stitches you should have at the end of row 1. I will go fix that right now. When you have 66 dc (including the chain two) then when you turn to do row 2, you skip the first stitch (because of the chain 2), and the rest should fit in nicely. Again…so very sorry about that typo. Believe it or not, you are the first to catch it!

  23. Erica says

    Thank you so much for this pattern!! I found this a few days ago and thought it would be perfect for my little one who will be arriving any day now. I purchased 3 skeins (white) of Bernat Baby Blanket yarn and 1 (teal) for the border. The pattern was so easy, I followed it for the first 2 rows and then just kept going until I was out of yarn. The finished blanket ended up to be about 35×40, I couldn’t be happier with the end result and it went very quickly!!

Trackbacks

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *