• Dayna Perry

How to Crochet The Bellame Baby Blanket

Updated: Jun 10

Hi guys! Back in November, I designed this 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 (video tutorial link below) 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.

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About the Blanket:

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

  • This 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 will be provided on how to adjust the length and width of your blanket. So you can customize it to suit your needs.


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.

Materials:

  • *Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 232 yd/ 212 m, 5 oz/ 142 g) 1 Skein of each Colour: Light Gray, Green Apple, Blush, French Lilac, Tobacco

  • Bernat Premium Weight 4 Medium (100% Acrylic, 360 yd/ 329 m, 7 oz/ 198 g) 1 Skein of each Colour: White, Baby Lilac

  • *6.5 mm crochet hook

  • Scissors

  • *Yarn Needle


Abbreviations:

  • Ch - chain

  • Hk - hook

  • Sk - skip

  • St(s) - stitch(es)

  • Sp - space

  • Sc - single crochet

  • Hdc - half double crochet

  • Rs - right side

  • Ws - wrong side

  • LG - Light Gray

  • W - White

  • T - Tobacco

  • B - Blush

  • G - Green Apple

  • BL - Baby Lilac

  • FL - French Lilac

  • [] - Repeat the instructions inside these brackets.


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. And you're done! If you prefer to see a visual, here is a link to a Youtube Tutorial that will familiarize you with this technique.



Gauge: Approximately 14 st x 8 rows in 4” x 4”

  • Ch 16

  • Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each st across (14 hdc)

  • Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in 1st 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 + 6 crossed hdc pairs)

  • Row 3 - 8: Repeat Row 2.


Pattern Measurements:

The finished blanket measures 24" x 48".

  • Width: 24”

  • Length: 48”


Making Adjustments to your Blanket:


Length:

  • Your length is determined by your starting chain. The original pattern calls for chaining 170, but if you’d like to customize the length of your blanket (i.e. make it shorter/longer), your chain must be a multiple of 2.

Width:

  • Your blanket is worked length-wise, which means you have control over the width of your blanket. To make your blanket wider, continue on with the pattern after Row 63 (Green Apple). Your colour pattern will continue as follows: W, BL, W, T, W, FL, W, LG, W, T, W, B, W, G, W, T, W, BL .

Colour Chart:

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.

  • Odd numbered rows are considered Rs (right side) and even numbered rows are considered Ws (wrong side).

  • Beg ch of each row does not count as a stitch.

  • The last stitch of each row is worked into the beg ch of the previous row to create a “straight” edge.

  • [] - Repeat the instructions inside these brackets.

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With LG, Ch 170 (or ch multiples of 2 until you are happy with the length of your blanket).


Row 1 (rs): Hdc in 3rd ch from hk (this counts as a ch-2 and a hdc), and in each ch across. Turn. (168 hdc)


Row 2 (ws): 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 + 83 crossed hdc pairs)


Row 3 - 4: Repeat Row 2.


Row 5: Ch 2, hdc in each st across. Turn. (168 hdc)


Row 6: With W, Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn. (168 sc)


Row 7: With T, Ch 2, hdc in each st across. Turn. (168 hdc)


Row 8: 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, 83 crossed hdc pairs)


Row 9: Ch 2, hdc in each st across. Turn. (168 hdc)


Row 10: With W, Ch 1, sc in each st across. The last st will be a sc. Turn. (168 sc)


Row 11: With B, Ch 2, hdc in each st across. Turn. (168 hdc)


Row 12: 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 + 83 crossed hdc pairs)


Row 13 - 14: Repeat Row 12.


Row 15 (rs): Ch 2, hdc in each st across. Turn. (168 hdc)


Row 16: With W, Repeat Row 10.


Row 17- 21: With G, Repeat Row 11 - 15.


Row 22: With W, Repeat Row 10.


Row 23 - 25: With T, Repeat Row 7 - 9.


Row 26: With W, Repeat Row 10.


Row 27 - 31: With BL, Repeat Row 11 - 15.


Row 32: With W, Repeat Row 10.


Row 33 - 37: With FL, Repeat Row 11 - 15.


Row 38: With W, Repeat Row 10.


Row 39 - 41: With T, Repeat Row 7 - 9.


Row 42: With W, Repeat Row 10.


Row 43 - 47: With LG, Repeat Row 11 - 15.


Row 48: With W, Repeat Row 10.


Row 49 - 53: With B, Repeat Row 11 - 15.


Row 54: With W, Repeat Row 10.


Row 55 - 57: With T, Repeat Row 7 - 9.


Row 58: With W, Repeat Row 10.


Row 59 - 63: With G, Repeat Row 11 - 15. Fasten off. The last row (63) will be considered the RS of the blanket.


*If you would like to make your blanket wider, continue on with the colour pattern as follows - W, BL, W, T, W, FL, W, LG, W, T, W, B, W, G, W, T, W, BL(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 right side (RS) before you start your border.


Round 1: With W, continue from where you fasten off in Row 63. Ch 1, sc in first st, and sc in each st across. In the last st, make 2 sc (this is the corner).

Turn your work so that you are working along the width of your blanket. Make 1 sc along each row of your blanket. Make 2 sc in the last st (this is the corner).

Turn your work so that you are working along the other length of your blanket. Make 1 sc along each st across. Make 2 sc in the last st of the row (this is the corner).

Turn your work so that you are working along the other width of your blanket. Make 1 sc along each row of the width of your blanket. Make 2 sc in the last st (this is the corner).

To join, sl st into the 1st st of the round.


Round 2 - 3: Repeat Round 1.


Round 4: With B, Repeat Round 1. Fasten off. Weave in your ends with a yarn needle!


Optional Step: Block your work (to make the rows straight) by stretching out your blanket vertically along blocking mats or Styrofoam squares, and placing straight pins along each end of your blanket to hold it in place. With a spray bottle, spray blanket with water, and let it sit for a few hours/overnight to retain its shape. Unpin it, and your blanket is complete.


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).


Check out some more fun and budget-friendly crochet patterns on this blog.


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).


Questions?

If you have any trouble throughout the pattern and need some clarification - or find a mistake, please leave a comment down below, or reach out to me through the "Contact" section of this website. I would be more than happy to help!


If you love experimenting with colour and texture, The Mountain Mama might be the next project for you. This blanket has tons of texture, created with simple stitches that are repeated throughout the pattern. It uses a large crochet hook and bulky weight yarn, so you will be finished in no time at all.


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


Love,

Dayna

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