This lacy baby blanket crochet pattern is a beautiful lace blanket that will make the perfect heirloom baby blanket for a special little one.
Although originally designed as a crochet baby blanket for my newest niece (who is due any day now), I've included instructions for a crochet lapghan and small crochet throw blanket as well as the stitch multiple so you can make any standard blanket sizes.
What is Crochet Lace?
Crochet lace patterns are simply crochet stitch patterns that use chains and taller crochet stitches, such as double crochet and treble crochet, to create an open and airy design.
Before I learned to crochet, I thought that crochet lace was only for crochet thread and crochet doilies. Boy was I wrong!
Now you'll find there are many ways to crochet modern lace patterns to make just about anything, using almost any weight yarn!
Is it Hard to Crochet Lace?
There is a common misconception that crochet lace is only for intermediate or advanced crocheters. However, crochet lace patterns are very easy to make!
The truth is, if you know basic crochet stitches, such as chains and double crochet, you can crochet lace!
I hope this free easy lacy crochet baby blanket pattern shows you just how easy crochet lace can be to make!
Lilac & Lace Crochet Blanket
Although it may look intricate, this is an easy lacy baby blanket crochet pattern that uses only two basic crochet stitches - chains and double crochet stitches.
The crochet lace pattern is a very simple two row repeat. It's the perfect easy lace crochet pattern for binge watching your favorite tv show.
After crocheting your blanket to the length you prefer, you'll work a single crochet around the perimeter and then add a border using moss stitch crochet (also known as linen stitch crochet).
This is the same easy crochet lace pattern that I used for my Summer Splendor Cardigan.
Why make a Crochet Lace Blanket?
A crochet lace blanket makes the perfect all-season, lightweight crochet blanket pattern.
On cool nights during the summer, a lacy crochet throw will take the chill off, yet it's breathable enough to keep you from getting too warm.
During the winter, when curled up in front of a fireplace, a crochet lace lapghan will help you feel all snuggly warm, yet keep you from overheating.
The Lilac & Lace Blanket is the perfect lightweight crochet blanket pattern.
If you prefer a crochet blanket without holes or gaps, I have several other free crochet blanket patterns to choose from.
I chose to use the New Basic Stitch Anti-Microbial Yarn from Lion Brand Yarns for this lace crochet baby blanket. This new yarn is a Craft Yarn Council worsted weight / #4, polyester/amicor blend yarn.
I chose this yarn because Amicor provides long-lasting protection against odor, allergens, and bacteria. And it's certified safe for babies, which makes it a great choice for a crochet baby blanket for my new niece.
I chose the color Lilac. It's currently available in twelve colors, and I'm sure they'll be adding more soon!
Because gauge isn't crucial for this easy crochet baby blanket, you can easily substitute your favorite worsted weight yarn.
You can also choose to substitute another weight yarn, such as DK weight or lighter. Simply use the stitch multiple given below to crochet a different size blanket. Refer to my blanket size chart for common blanket sizes.
Remember that if you choose a different weight yarn or choose to make a custom size blanket, your yardage will differ than what is listed in the size chart below.
Blanket Size & Yardage Chart
|Size||Measurements||Yardage||# of Balls|
|Baby Blanket||34.25" W x 40" L||930 yards||5|
|Lapghan||49.25" W x 50" L||1,488 yards||8|
|Small Throw||53.5" W x 58" L||1,860 yards||10|
How to Make a Custom Size Blanket
If you'd like to crochet a custom size blanket, the stitch multiple for this easy lace crochet stitch pattern is: Chain Multiples of 6 + 7 + 2 (turning chain)
To make a custom size crochet blanket using any weight yarn and any size crochet hook, I suggest first making a small swatch using the crochet lace swatch instructions given below.
Adjust your hook size until you'll happy with the drape of the crochet fabric.
Once you're happy with the drape of the fabric, crochet a foundation chain, in multiples of 6, almost as wide as you'd like your blanket to be (use my standard blanket size chart to help determine this width).
Then add 7 + 2 more chains. You're now ready to work Row 1.
When crocheting your foundation chain, keep in mind that your moss stitch crochet border will add at least another 2" to the width of your blanket.
LILAC & LACE BLANKET – FREE CROCHET BLANKET PATTERN
The free crochet pattern is below, but if you love to work offline, I’ve got a couple other great options for you.
Purchase the lacy baby blanket crochet pattern kit! (aff) Lion Brand has a full kit of the Lilac & Lace Blanket, available on their website. The kit includes your choice of colors and a digital copy of the pattern.
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- Yarn: Worsted Weight / 4 / Yarn, (Lion Brand Basic Stitch Anti-Microbial in Lilac was used for the samples in the photos) (100 g / 3.5oz / 186 yards / 170 m / 65% Recycled Polyester / 35% Amicor).
- Yardage: See Size Chart Above
- Crochet Hooks: K/10.5 / 6.50mm; I/9/5.50mm; or size needed to obtain gauge (My favorite crochet hooks are the Clover Amour Crochet Hooks, I’ve never had an ache in my hand since switching).
- Locking Stitch Markers
- Yarn Needle
Materials are available from our affiliates below:
ABBREVIATIONS (US TERMS)
- ch(s): chain(s)
- sl st(s): slip stitch(es)
- st(s): stitch(es)
- yo: yarn over
- sp: space
- sc: single crochet
- dc: double crochet
- Alt-dc: alternate double crochet
- SM: stitch marker
- Rep: repeat
- Rnd: round
- RS: Right Side
- WS: Wrong Side
- With 5.50mm hook in openwork stitch pattern: 31 sts = 11" (measured at bottom of foundation chain); row height isn't crucial.
- See crochet lace swatch instructions below.
- Baby Blanket, Lapghan, Small Throw
- Alternate Double Crochet (alt-dc): After turning your work, do not ch, instead, insert your hook into the first st, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull thru both loops, insert your hook between the legs of the st just made, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through one loop, yo, pull thru remaining loops.
- Turning chains are not included in stitch count, unless noted otherwise.
- Yarn Notes: Lion Brand Yarn Basic Stitch Antimicrobial was used for the sample. (3.5oz / 100 g / 186 yards / 170 meters / 65% Recycled Polyester / 35% Amicor).
- Another comparable worsted weight yarn may be substituted.
- Lilac: #204 - 147W (see yardage on page 2).
- Changes for Sizes Written as Follows: Baby (Lapghan, Small Throw)
- This easy crochet baby blanket is worked back and forth in rows from the bottom up. A simple crochet moss stitch / crochet linen stitch border is then added.
- To make a custom size lace blanket, use the instructions given above in the section titled 'How to Make a Custom Size Blanket'.
Crochet Lace Swatch Instructions
I've included swatch instructions if you'd like to make a gauge swatch before beginning your crochet lace blanket, or if you'd like to make a custom size blanket.
Set-Up: With a 6.50mm crochet hook, ch 33.
Row 1: Switch to a 5.50mm crochet hook, working into the back hump of the ch, dc in the 3rd ch from your hook, skip each of the next 2 chs, (dc, ch 3, dc) in the next ch, skip each of the next 2 chs, [ 3 dc in the next ch, skip each of the next 2 chs, (dc, ch 3, dc) in the next ch, skip each of the next 2 chs ] work from [ to ] across to the last ch, dc in the last ch. Turn. (24 dc + 5 ch-3's)
Row 2: Alt-dc in the first st, 3 dc in the next ch-3 sp, [ (dc, ch 3, dc) in the middle dc of the next 3 dc group, 3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ] work from [ to ] across to the last ch, dc in the last ch. Turn. (25 dc + 4 ch-3's)
Row 3: Alt-dc in the first st, (dc, ch 3, dc) in the middle dc of the next 3 dc group, [ 3 dc in the next ch-3 sp, (dc, ch 3, dc) in the middle dc of the next 3 dc group ] work from [ to ] across to the last ch, dc in the last ch. Turn. (24 dc + 5 ch-3's)
Swatch width should be 11" W. Row height isn't crucial for this project.
Lacy Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern
Set-Up: With a 6.50mm crochet hook, ch 93 (135, 147).
Row 1: Switch to a 5.50mm crochet hook, working into the back hump of the ch, dc in the 3rd ch from your hook, skip each of the next 2 chs, (dc, ch 3, dc) in the next ch, skip each of the next 2 chs, [ 3 dc in the next ch, skip each of the next 2 chs, (dc, ch 3, dc) in the next ch, skip each of the next 2 chs ] work from [ to ] across to the last ch, dc in the last ch. Turn. (74 dc + 15 ch-3's) (109 dc + 22 ch-3's) (119 dc + 24 ch-3's)
Row 1 should be approximately 32.25" (47.25", 51.5") W.
Row 2: Alt-dc in the first st, 3 dc in the next ch-3 sp, [ (dc, ch 3, dc) in the middle dc of the next 3 dc group, 3 dc in the next ch-3 sp ] work from [ to ] across to the last ch, dc in the last ch. Turn. (75 dc + 14 ch-3's) (110 dc + 21 ch-3's) (120 dc + 23 ch-3's)
Row 3: Alt-dc in the first st, (dc, ch 3, dc) in the middle dc of the next 3 dc group, [ 3 dc in the next ch-3 sp, (dc, ch 3, dc) in the middle dc of the next 3 dc group ] work from [ to ] across to the last ch, dc in the last ch. Turn. (74 dc + 15 ch-3's) (109 dc + 22 ch-3's) (119 dc + 24 ch-3's)
Rep Rows 2 - 3, ending with a Row 3, until your blanket measures approximately 38" (48", 56") L.
Do not fasten off. Continue on to Prepare Edges for Border.
Prepare Edges for Border
After working your last Row 3, turn to begin to prepare the edges for the border.
Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 1, (sc, ch 2, sc) in the first st to create corner #1, work 1 sc into each dc and 2 sc into each ch-3 sp across to the last st of the row, (sc, ch 2, sc) in the last st to create corner #2, rotate to work along the next edge, work 2 sc into the side of each Alt-dc & dc to the next corner, work (sc, ch 2, sc) in the next corner to create corner #3, rotate to work along the bottom of the foundation chain, sc in each st across to the last st, work (sc, ch 2, sc) in the last st to create corner #4, rotate to work along the last edge, work 2 sc into the side of each Alt-dc & dc to the next corner to first st of the round. Join with a sl st to the 1st st. Stitch count isn't crucial.
Place a SM in the ch-2 sp's to mark each corner.
Do not fasten off. Continue on to Linen Stitch Border.
Moss Stitch Crochet Border
Also known as linen stitch crochet border.
Tip: As you're crocheting around the perimeter of your blanket, if your edges are becoming wavy, go down a hook size or two. If your edges begin to cinch inward, go up a hook size or two. This will help to ensure that the edges of your blanket lay flat.
Rnd 1: Sl st into the BLO of the first st (to move over to the ch-2 sp), [ (sc, ch 2, sc) in the next ch-2 sp, ch 1, skip the next st, (sc in the next st, ch 1, skip the next st) rep from ( to ) across to the next ch-2 sp ] work from [ to ] 4 times. Do not join. After completing the round, place a SM in the ch-2 at each corner, if needed.
Use a SM or scrap piece of yarn to mark the end of the round and move it up as you complete each round.
Rnd 2: [ (sc, ch 2, sc) in the next ch-2 sp, ch 1, skip the next st, (sc in the next ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip the next st) rep from ( to ) across to the next ch-2 sp ] work from [ to ] 4 times. Do not join.
Rnds 3 - 4: Rep Rnd 2. At the end of Rnd 4, join with a sl st to the first ch-2 sp.
Fasten off. Weave in ends. Open up your crochet lace blanket by Blocking it, if desired.
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Frequently Asked Questions
If you have any questions that I haven't answered below, always feel free to reach out to me, (e-mail me: ACrochetedSimplicity at Gmail dot Com), and I'll do my best to help!
Are crochet blankets safe for babies?
In the 1990's, when my oldest daughter was born, I was given a book written by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). In this book was information about their new Back to Sleep Campaign. They eventually added to that campaign, changed its name to Safe to Sleep, and started advising parents and caregivers to keep all loose items, including blankets, stuffed animals, toys, and all other soft items out of the crib while baby sleeps.
Many will tell you not to use crochet blankets with holes in them because little fingers and toes can get trapped. This is true with newborns and I 100% agree, but babies quickly outgrow that phase and even before they are toddlers, they have the skills to remove their fingers or toes from the small holes in blankets.
While baby is awake, or a parent or caregiver is close by watching, a crochet blanket is perfectly fine to use, even one with small lacy holes.
Once baby is a bit older, I prefer a lace crochet baby blanket over one without holes because if they do pull the blanket over their head while sleeping, the holes will allow extra breathability.
So to answer this question, yes, lace crochet baby blankets ARE safe for babies when used appropriately.
If you're still unsure about making a lacy crochet baby blanket, I have several other free crochet baby blanket patterns that do not have holes or gaps.
What is a good crochet baby blanket size?
I have a standard blanket size chart that includes 9 standard baby blankets sizes, including lovey, receiving blanket, stroller, crib, and more.
What size crochet hook for a baby blanket?
There isn't a "one size fits all" answer to this question because there are so many different variables.
As a general rule of thumb, I prefer to use a crochet hook that is one or two sizes larger than the hook size recommended on the yarn label. Using a larger hook than is recommended on the yarn label will ensure your crochet blanket has a nice drape to it.
What is the best yarn for a baby blanket?
Baby blankets typically need to be washed frequently so you'll want to choose a yarn with a fiber content that is durable enough to hold up to countless washes, and that will also be soft against baby's skin.
The two most popular types of yarn for baby blankets are premium acrylics and cotton yarns.
Both fibers are usually soft and durable. However, I recommend always making and washing a small swatch so you know how your blanket will look after washing, (especially if you're making the blanket for a gift).
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