Need ideas for a baby blanket you could crochet if you’re expecting a baby girl, or if you have a friend, family member or colleague who is? If so, this design is a possibility you could consider. You can crochet this heart-themed pattern in a glorious array of “girly” colors — pinks, purple, and peach — with even more colors, such as yellow, green and blue, to balance out the look.
I enjoyed both the design process and the crochet work in this pattern. Sometimes I get bored when working blankets, but I didn’t have a chance to get bored with this one. I found it interesting to try out different color combinations, and when I was finished they all came together nicely.
If you don’t have a color scheme in mind for the baby’s nursery yet (or if you don’t know which colors the parents-to-be have planned to use,) this blanket is a fantastic choice. It will match many traditional baby-friendly color palettes, making it a safe choice for gift-giving.
If you do happen to have a color theme picked out, that’s even better; you can use those colors to customize this pattern and make it especially perfect for the new arrival.
For example, if coral will be a focal color in the nursery, it would be ideal to crochet the coral version of this pattern.
Free Tapestry Crochet Charts for This Design:
In the charts posted above, one block on the chart = one single crochet stitch. there are three colors in each finished crocheted square, but only one or two colors in each row.
When you are finished with a color, drop it and then crochet overtop of it, picking up the color you need and proceeding to work with it. At any given time, you’ll be crocheting over two unused colors and actively working with the other color.
Confused? If so, check out these tapestry crochet instructions at about.com for the scoop on how to do this technique. Once you get the hang of it, I think you’ll love it! It’s one of the “insider secrets” to creating spectacular colorwork designs in crochet — without any floats across the back of the work.