If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I love to make crochet gifts to welcome new babies into the world. The Soothing Stripes Stroller Blanket is a striped baby blanket crochet pattern that is easy enough for a beginner, or a meditative project for an experienced crocheter. Choose a special yarn to highlight colors with this simple pattern.
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My contact at Baby Lock recently welcomed her first baby, a little boy, into the world. I love to send handmade baby gifts, and I figured everyone else would be sewing quilts. I decided to be different and crochet a striped baby blanket!
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I’m sure I’m not the only crocheter who has struggled to regain my crojo over the last few months. For this project, I was most inspired by the yarns. As a King Cole Ambassador, I get to sample their new yarns, and I love the colors of Island Beaches DK! Island Beaches DK is one of three lines of yarn that are all the same yardage, fiber count, and thickness so they can easily be substituted for each other. Beaches DK is a variegated yarn, Island Beaches DK is a single color variation, and Paradise Beaches DK is a solid yarn. All three are a super soft acrylic and polyamide blend. You can buy them through your local yarn shop or online at LoveCrafts or Wool Warehouse UK.
For this blanket, I chose three colors of Island Beaches DK in blue and gray tones. These also reminded me of a beach vacation. The rows of double crochet are simple enough for a beginner, or relaxing enough for some “mindless” crochet. (Confession: I made most of the blanket in the dark while watching streaming movies with MC.)
For the border, I decided on a simple shell stitch. I didn’t want to lose a game of yarn chicken with any of the colors from the blanket stripes, so I thought a completely new color for a contrast would be great. Solid white seemed too much, so I picked up a skein of King Cole Stripe DK with a complementary gray to the rest of the project. I love how it turned out!
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Soothing Stripes Stroller Blanket
Crochet Striped Baby Blanket Pattern by Underground Crafter
This beginner-friendly striped baby blanket pattern uses just a few basic crochet stitches. Choose beautiful yarns to make a big impact.
- Stroller Blanket: 29” (73.5 cm) long x 27.5” (70 cm) wide.
- King Cole Island Beaches DK yarn (70% acrylic/30% polyamide, 3.5 oz/100 g, 278 yd/255 m) – 1 skein each in 4529 Ocean (CA), 4525 Silver Sand (CB), and 4529 Lagoon (CC), or approximately 260 yd (238 m) each in CA, CB, and CC in any light weight yarn.
- King Cole Stripe DK yarn (100% acrylic, 3.5 oz/100 g, 290 yd/320 m) – 1 skein in 4505 Grey Stripe (CD), or approximately 90 yd (82.5 m) in CD in any light weight yarn.
- US Size H-8/5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
- Yarn needle.
- 16 dc x 8 rows = 4” (10 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this pattern.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
- CA – Color A
- CB – Color B
- CC – Color C
- CD – Color D
- ch – chain
- dc – double crochet
- rep – repeat
- Rnd(s) – Round(s)
- RS – right (front) side
- sc – single crochet
- sc2tog – single crochet 2 stitches together (decrease) – [Insert hook in next st, yo and draw up a loop] twice, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook. Fiber Flux has a helpful video tutorial for this stitch here.
- sl st – slip stitch
- sp – space
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- yo – yarn over
- *+Repeat instructions after asterisk or plus sign as indicated.
- () Repeat instructions between parentheses into same stitch or space.
-  Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated
- Blanket is crocheted from side to side in horizontal rows.
- Change color at the end of every row in the last yo of final dc of row.
- Carry unworked yarn up the side when changing colors. Yarn tails will be covered by border.
- Border is crocheted in the round with the right side facing up.
- With CA, ch 112 (or any multiple of 6 sts + 6).
- Set Up Row: Turn, skip first 3 ch (counts as dc), dc in next ch and each ch across, changing to CB in last yo of final dc. (110 sts)
- Row 1: Turn, ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), dc in next st and each st across, changing to CC in last yo of final dc.
- Row 2: Turn, ch 3, dc in next st and each st across, changing to CA in last yo of final dc.
- Row 3: Turn, ch 3, dc in next st and each st across, changing to CB in last yo of final dc.
- Rep Rows 1-3 until Blanket measures approximately 27” (68.5 cm) long, ending after a repeat of Row 2, changing to CD in last yo of final dc of final row. (My blanket was 63 Rows long in total, include the Set Up Row.) Fasten off CA, CB, and CC.
- Border Rnd 1 (RS): Turn to work along edge with carried yarn tails, ch 1, working over yarn tails, 2 sc in side of each row across to first row, 3 sc in side of first row (multiple of 6 sts + 1 on this side).
- Turn to work along foundation row, ch 2, sc2tog in first 2 sts, sc in next 108 sts (109 sts, or any multiple of 6 sts + 1 st on this side).
- Turn to work along edge with carried yarn tails, ch 2, working over yarn tails, 2 sc in side of each row across to last row, 3 sc in side of last row (multiple of 6 sts + 1 on this side).
- Turn to work along final row, ch 2, sc2tog in first 2 sts, sc in next 108 sts (109 sts, or any multiple of 6 sts + 1 st on this side).
- Ch 1, sc to top of first sc to join (counts as ch-1 sp).
- (Multiple of 6 sts, + 4 sts, + 4 ch-2 sp).
- Border Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 dc in same ch-2 sp, [*sc in next st, skip 2 sts, 5 dc in next st, skip 2 sts; rep from * across to last st before ch-2 sp, sc in next st,** (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp] 3 times, rep from * to ** once, 2 dc in first ch-2 sp, ch 1, sc to top of first dc to join (counts as ch-1 sp). [Multiple of 6 sts, + 20 sts + 4 ch-2 sp)
- Border Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same ch-2 sp, [*skip 2 sts, 5 dc in next sc, skip 2 sts,** sc in next dc, rep from * across to last 5 sts before ch-2 sp, rep from * to ** once,+ (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp] 3 times, rep from * to + once, sc in first ch-2 sp, ch 2, sl st to first sc to join. Fasten off CD.
- With yarn needle, weave in ends on wrong side of blanket.