River Baby Blanket Free Tunisian Crochet Pattern
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A classic and timeless crochet baby blanket that will be the winner of any baby shower! Using the Tunisian Knit Stitch and Red Heart Hygge yarn makes a super soft and squishy blanket perfect for baby’s delicate skin. Easily make this blanket in any size! Works up super quickly you can easily be done in a weekend.
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As I mentioned before, you can easily make this blanket in any size! The old school, math free version would be to chain away until you reach your desired width and then continue on making until you reach your length. Or you can do some simple math!
Don’t sweat making your blanket an exact certain size, I honestly like to think of the use of the blanket and then use this chart to ball park the size from there. For this blanket, I knew I wanted it to be a square but I decided to keep chaining until reaching a size I liked and then I counted my stitches later.
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One of my favorite parts of using Red Heart Hygge yarn is its incredibly soft and yet still machine washable. I love that it’s super chunky and the end result almost reminds me of using a high end chunky alpaca yarn with mohair running through it. The contents of this yarn in 70% Acrylic and 30% Nylon. It makes me wonder how they must process this yarn to make it so soft compared to other synthetic yarns.
I originally fell in love with this yarn when I designed my very first crochet pattern, The Fisherman Shawl. It wasn’t my first ever design but the first one I felt confident enough to publish on the internet. So if you love this yarn as much as I do, I recommend checking out my beachy vibes Fisherman Shawl!
Finished Size: 34” x 34”
- Red Heart Hygge in Pearl
- (4) 5oz balls (20 ounces/528 yards)
- Hook used:
- 12mm Tunisian Crochet Hook + 24” cord (32” in length with total with hook)
- Darning Needle or Ends Weaving Tool
- Chain (ch)
- Forward Pass (FwP)
- Last Tunisian Stitch (Lts)
- Return Pass (RetP)
- Slip Stitch (Sl st)
- Tunisian Knit Stitch (Tks)
- Yarn Over (Yo)
For Tunisian crochet each row consists of a forward pass (FwP) and a return pass (RetP).
At the beginning of each row, the 1st loop on hook counts as your first stitch.
Gauge: 4″ x 4″ = 8.5 stitches wide x 7.25 rows
Tunisian Knit Stitch (tks) Forward Pass (FwP): insert hook in between the vertical bars of each stitch from the previous row.
Return Pass (RetP): will be the same for each row: Chain 1 by yarning over (YO) and pulling through 1 loop then *YO, pull through 2 loops* repeat until 1 loop remains on hook.
Tunisian Slip Stitch Bind Off: Insert hook in between vertical bars (just like a normal Tks) and work a slip stitch (draw up and loop and pull through the loop on your hook) and repeat across the row in each designated stitch. Cut yarn, tie off and weave in ends.
These are for the Forward Pass, Return Pass will be the same for each row (instructions above).
Row 1: Ch 72, turn ch over, starting in 2nd ch from hook, draw up a loop in the back bump of each ch (72) (Photo A shows Back Bump) (Photo B shows loops drawn up on hook)
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Rows 2 – 61: Tks across until final stitch then insert hook underneath both loops on the side of the stitch (8) (Photo C shows where to insert hook for tks) (Photos D & E show where to insert hook for final stitch)
Continue until Row 62 or until you are satisfied with the size.
Final Row/Row 62: Slip Stitch Bind Off across row. Cut yarn, tie off project and weave in your ends.