It’s a Surprise… Gender Neutral Baby Blanket
It’s a Surprise!!! Crochet the perfect gender-neutral bobble chevron baby blanket with this free pattern. You’ll quickly memorize the steps of this easy pattern and have a complete blanket in no time! As a bonus, I’ve created a video tutorial and instructions to resize the blanket.
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I am currently pregnant with our second child and this time we are letting the gender be a surprise! I know in the day and age of elaborate gender reveal parties, it’s less common to wait but all we care about is healthy! When it came to the coveted baby blanket, you can say I definitely overthought the design process. I came up with this design after much contemplation and many practice swatches.
At first, I was a little discouraged about how I could make a baby blanket in gender-neutral colors. So, I started down the rabbit hole of Pinterest and kept searching until I found the nursery color palette of my dreams: white, pale yellow, grey, and mint.
What’s not to love about this blanket! The gorgeous texture provided by the chevrons and bobbles create a timeless look. If you are looking for a baby blanket as a gift, this pattern will not only please parents but also the growing curiosity of baby. The blanket is perfect for tummy time providing endless stimulation of the colors, bobble texture and fun bobble border. Not to mention the yarn is extremely durable and will stand the test of time as a precious heirloom.
In addition, my low cost ETSY pattern purchase includes a gorgeous gift giving tag with care instructions on washing the blanket.
Once you have completed a few rows, you’ll have the pattern memorized and fly through this blanket! Making it a really great couch project to work on while watching your favorite tv show or movie. I personally was surprised by how quickly I completed the blanket!
The skill level of this blanket would be easy and can definitely be accomplished by any eager beginner. I made a video tutorial showing how to make a basic swatch of the blanket along with the bobble border. Personally, I am a visual learner and actually taught myself how to crochet by watching YouTube videos! Be sure to check it out on YouTube.
I tried several different yarns before finally selecting I Love this Cotton from Hobby Lobby. Traditional baby yarns just didn’t give my bobbles the dramatic pop and texture I was looking for. And then those yarns that didn’t offer the exact color palette I had envisioned. Whether the gender is a surprise or not, I Love this Cotton offers so many color options you can easily substitute to perfectly match any nursery color palette.
If you have checked out some of my other patterns, you already know that I kinda have a thing for this yarn. I love the softness, how well it forms to texture, the colors available and most importantly the durability. I usually don’t machine wash my finished work but I have before just to test the toughness of this yarn and it doesn’t disappoint! A lot of my projects end up being gifts for family or friends so I want to use a yarn that I am confident will hold up to the conditions and use of anyone’s home. As a bonus, this yarn is a great value during Hobby Lobby’s rotational 30% off all yarn sales.
A different yarn option…
I know that I always love having options for yarns to use. But nothing is worse than substituting yarn and the project not turning out correctly. A really great option is Paintbox Yarns Recycled Cotton Worsted. According to Yarn Sub it’s a 97% match and you can easily order it online. Plus there’s sooo many fun color options!
Be sure to save this pattern on Pinterest to easily access later!
- Check out the inexpensive ad-free version of my pattern on ETSY which includes:
- Printer-friendly PDF pattern
- Printable gift tags with washing instructions
- Stitch Diagram
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“It’s a… Surprise!” Gender Neutral Crochet Baby Blanket
Crochet this gorgeous baby blanket as a timeless heirloom any expecting mom will love! The bobble chevron pattern with fun tassel border provides gorgeous texture and stimulation for growing baby.
I Love This Cotton yarn is a Hobby Lobby product but is also available on Amazon in case your local store does not have enough of what you need or you don’t live near a Hobby Lobby. I included the Amazon links below. Also, feel free to check out other yarn substitutes from Yarn Sub.
- I Love this Cotton Yarn in
- 6mm crochet hook
- Tapestry Needle
Size: 30”w x 36”h (standard stroller size)
Gauge: 4” x 4” = 17st x 11 rows
Skill Level: Level 2/Easy
- Pattern is written in US standard terms.
- Blanket is shown in a standard stroller size but can easily be resized by adjusting your foundation chain in multiples of 16 + 2
- 16 stitches from one peak to the next
- plus 2 for the foundation chain
- The size you choose to make is ultimately your decision! I recommend not to over think it and just go with one. As a second time mom, I chose the stroller size thinking it would be the most versatile for tummy time. Having a June baby in Florida makes a hefty larger blanket less practical.
- Check out my video tutorial on YouTube for additional help.
- Bobble Instructions
- work 5 treble crochets (up to final yarn over) in the same stitch
- yarn over and pull through all 6 loops on your hook
- For the color change, I do the following after working the final stitch of the row:
- yarn over with the new color and pull through
- then cut the old color and tie the ends of the two colors together (making it extra sturdy)
- then I proceed to crochet over those ends making them practically invisible!
- Bobble Border Notes: (Video is very helpful!)
- Using 2 strands of yarn at the same time
- starting at the point: ch 3, 5 treble crochets (up until the last yarn over) in the first chain then yarn over and pull through all 6 loops on the hooks
- sl stitch in the next stitch
- sl stitch in each stitch (skipping the bottom two, just like the pattern) until the next point where you will bobble again.
- ch – Chain
- sc – Single Crochet
- sk – Skip Stitch
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- bobble – bobble worked with 5 treble crochets
- cc – change color
- C1 – Color 1 (white)
- C2 – Color 2 (buttercup)
- C3 – Color 3 (dove grey)
- C4 – Color 4 (mint)
Row 1: 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, *1 sc in next 7 ch, sk next ch, 1 sc in next 7 ch, 3 sc in next ch* repeat ending with 2 sc in last ch, turn. (137)
Rows 2 & 3: ch 1, 2 sc in 1st sc, * 1 sc in next 7 sc, 3 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 7 sc, sk 2 sc* repeat ending with 2 sc in last sc, turn. (137)
Row 4 (ws): ch 1, 2 sc in 1st sc, *1 sc in next 3 sc, bobble, 1 sc in next 3 sc, sk next 2 sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc, bobble, 1 sc in next 3 sc, 3 sc in next sc* repeat ending with 2 sc in last sc, turn. (137)
Rows 5-7: repeat row 2
Rows 8-13: change color to C2 and repeat rows 2-7.
Rows 14-19: cc to C3
Rows 20-25: cc to C4
Rows 26-31: cc to C1
Rows 32-37: cc to C2
Rows 38-43: cc to C3
Rows 44-49: cc to C4
Rows 50-55: cc to C1
Rows 56-61: cc to C2
Rows 62-67: cc to C3
Rows 68-73: cc to C4
Rows 74-79: cc to C1
Rows 80-85: cc to C2
Rows 86-91: cc to C3
Rows 92-97: cc to C4
Rows 98-103: cc to C1
Cut yarn and weave in the ends. Move on the border.
We will only be working the border on the bottom and top ends of the blanket (not along the sides).
You will be using the same color of yarn as the coordinating row and holding two strands of yarn at the same time.
You basically will be working a bobble in each point and a slip stitch in the other stitches (you’ll notice the side last worked that it begins and ends with a point and the other side begins and ends the opposite so keep that in mind)
Starting on the side last worked, at the point, attach yarn to the last stitch worked then:
- *ch 3, 5 treble crochets (up until the last yarn over) in the first chain then yarn over and pull through all 6 loops on the hooks, sl st in the next 7 sts, sk next 2 stitches (bottom), sl st in next 7 stitches* repeat until the end.
Congratulations you have completed your blanket!
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