This easy crochet baby blanket pattern is made of double crochet stitches worked diagonally starting in one corner and ending the opposite corner. It features color blocks, some filet crochet details, and a sweet shell border.

This easy crochet baby blanket pattern is made of double crochet stitches worked diagonally starting in one corner and ending the opposite corner. It features color blocks, some filet crochet details, and a sweet shell border.

Corner to Corner Crochet (C2C)

I love making diagonal blankets. I don’t know what it is about them, but they always seem to go quicker than the standard sideways row blanket. They are my go-to crochet baby blanket patterns.

Did you know that the popular “Corner-to-Corner” crochet stitch is actually called the diagonal box stitch? Corner to Corner speaks more to the direction you are crocheting than the actual stitch name! We could call this the Corner-to-Corner Double Crochet Blanket.

There are so many stitches that can be done this way! All it takes is increases on each edge of the row until the center and then decreases on each row edge until you get back to the number you started with.

This blanket was inspired by this square from my 2019 Stash Busting Blanket.

The Yarn

For this blanket, I chose to use Caron Simply Soft Yarn. This is a soft and shiny worsted weight yarn that, in my opinion, makes a great baby blanket. Some people complain that this yarn splits when you crochet with it but I’ve found that if you pull yarn from the outside rather than use the center pull it splits a lot less.

If you want to use a different yarn, here are a couple of alternatives:

Blocking Your Blanket

This blanket really benefitted from blocking. To block your blanket, lay it out on some foam mats or towels and, using rust-proof pins, pin it to the shape you want. Lightly steam it with a garment steamer or the steam setting on your iron. If you use an iron, be sure not to touch the iron to your yarn because it will melt. Then just let it dry.

This easy crochet baby blanket pattern is made of double crochet stitches worked diagonally starting in one corner and ending the opposite corner. It features color blocks, some filet crochet details, and a sweet shell border.

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Materials and Pattern Information

Gauge and Sizing

  • Gauge: 8 sts x 4 rows = 2 in. in double crochet
  • Finished Size: approx. 30in x 30 in before border

Abbreviations

  • US Terminology
  • Ch(s): chain(s)
  • Dc: double crochet
  • Dc2tog: double crochet 2 sts together, double crochet decrease
    • Instruction: yarnover (yo), insert hook into st indicated, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops ( 2 loops on hook). Yo insert hook into next st, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook) Yo pull through all 3 loops.
  • Dc3tog: double crochet 3 sts together, double crochet decrease
    • Instruction: yarnover (yo), insert hook into st indicated, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops ( 2 loops on hook). *Yo insert hook into next st, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook). Repeat from * 1 more time (4 loops on hook). Yo pull through all 4 loops.
  • Dc4tog: double crochet 4 sts together, double crochet decrease
    • Instruction: yarnover (yo), insert hook into st indicated, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops ( 2 loops on hook). *Yo insert hook into next st, pull up loop, yo, pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook). Repeat from * 2 more times. Yo pull through all 5 loops.
  • Sc: single crochet

Notes

Turning chains count as a stitch

Blocking is recommended

This blanket is worked diagonally starting in one corner, increasing to the widest point and then decreasing back to the opposite corner.

On decreasing rows ch 2 counts as part of the decrease. Do not work stitches in the turning chain on these rows.

You will alternate between 2 and 3 stitch increases each row. Even rows you will increase by 4 stitches and odd rows you will increase by 2 stitches.

The opposite is true for decreasing (even decreases by 2, odd decreases by 4)

Color Changes:

Color AColor BColor CColor A
Rows 1-26Rows 28-50Rows 51-66Rows 67-100
This easy crochet baby blanket pattern is made of double crochet stitches worked diagonally starting in one corner and ending the opposite corner. It features color blocks, some filet crochet details, and a sweet shell border.

Easy Crochet Baby Blanket Written Instructions

Increase Rows

Row 1: Ch 4, 4 dc in 4th ch from hook, turn. (5 dc)

Row 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in same st as ch 3, dc across until 1 st remains. 3 dc in last st. Turn (9 dc)

Row 3: Ch 3, Dc in same st as ch 3, dc across until 1 st remains, 2 dc in last. (11 dc)

Row 4: Ch 4 (counts as dc + ch 1), dc in same st as ch 4, *ch 1, skip 1, dc in next. Repeat across. Ch 1, dc in same st as last dc. (8 dc, 7 ch-1 spaces)

Row 5: Ch 3, dc in same st as ch 3, dc in each st and ch-1 space across until 1 st remains. 2 dc in last st. Turn (17 dc)

Rows 6-50: Repeat frows 2-5, ending on row 2.

Decrease Rows

Row 51: Ch 2, dc2tog (counts as dc3tog), dc across until 3 sts remain. Dc3tog over last 3 sts. Turn

Row 52: Ch 2, dc in next st (counts as dc2tog), *ch 1, skip 1, dc in next. Repeat across until 3 sts remain. Ch 1, skip 1, dc2tog. Turn

Row 53: Ch 2, dc2tog (counts as dc3tog), dc in each st and ch-1 space across until, 3 sts remain. Dc3tog. Turn.

Row 54: Ch 2, dc in next (counts as dc2tog), dc across until 2 sts remain. Dc2tog. Turn.

Rows 55-99: repeat rows 51-54, ending on row 53

Row 100: Ch 2, Dc4tog (counts as dc5tog). Continue to border (1 st)

Border

Rnd 1-3: Sc evenly around, placing (sc, ch 1, sc) in each corner space. Finish off after rnd 3

            TIP: place 2 sc in each row end to get an even edge

Rnd 4: Attach yarn to any corner, ch 1, sc in same corner. [*Skip 1 st, 5 dc in next, skip 1, sc in next, repeat from * across edge to next corner. Your last sc should end in corner ch 1 space, you may have to skip 2 to end up in the corner. (ch 1, sc) in same corner] 3 more times. On last repeat join to top of 1st sc with sl st. Finish off and weave in ends.

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11 Comments

  1. I am wondering the same. I assume t g e second section is actually rows 27-50 i order to make it 50 rows increase and 50 rows decrease.

  2. I just purchased the printable version of this pattern and it gives color changes after row 26 but the pattern says color A row 1-26 and color B row 28-50. What happens in row 27. Thank you

  3. Hi, for row 53 the dc2tog and the dc3tog, are they worked in the ch sp or just the sts for the decrease?

  4. Is there a correction for row 52? repeat until 2 st remain, skip 1 and with only 1 st left make a dc2tog?

  5. Love the colors on your baby blanket and would like to make it. Tried printing but nothing happens. Can you tell me what the problem might be?

  6. Hello Heather,
    Thank you for providing us with this beautiful blanket pattern, especially in view of the fact that you were dealing with the loss of your Uncle. My sympathy goes out to you.
    This pattern intrigued me because I have done corner to corner knitting patterns but not crochet. The corner to corner patterns I have reviewed just don’t ‘click’ in my brain but this seems easy enough to try because it’s done in rows. (so why should that matter???)
    I agree with you that Caron Simply Soft yarn is so nice for blankets. One of my co-workers baby is due in mid June but I have not yet started a blanket for her baby. This was perfect timing for your pattern to show up in my in-box! Since I don’t know whether it’s a boy or a girl (and she’s not telling) I just have to decide what colours to use. Guess I’ll just have to pop into my local yarn shop and see what’s available. My fingers are already itching for this project.

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