Hugs and Kisses Blanket – The Most Beautiful Versions and Colorways

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Some projects are so popular, that we start to see them everywhere, and today’s hero is one of them! Hugs and Kisses Baby Blanket designed by Jeanne Steinhilber has won the hearts of crocheters all around the world with its simple, but lovely design.

As you may already know, in my Recommendation Series I dissect and analyze the most popular crochet stitches and projects. I always try to find the most beautiful colorways and versions, so that you can be inspired to try them!

To learn more about iconic crochet designs, check out my other articles on particular projects – I’ve already covered 6 Day Kid Blanket, Nature’s Walk CAL, or Sophie’s Universe, to name a few!

Now let’s get back to today’s project, which is…

Versatile in its simplicity

There are many places you can visit to learn more about Hugs and Kisses Baby Blanket, but the most important place is thecrochetcrowd.com – you will find free crochet pattern there! As per usual, head to project’s page on ravelry.com, where you can see projects by other users, or join in a discussion.

In addition to the main pattern, which is now available as a written pattern and a diagram, there are also many variations on the theme. There are also video tutorials for both right- and left-handed crocheters on The Crochet Crowd’s YT channel.

By visiting “Hugs and Kisses Collection” bundle on ravelry.com, you can access patterns for straight rows, hexagons, or star-shaped blankets – all based on the original stitches.

Materials and Colorway

If you look closely at the photo below, you will notice that the original blanket by Jeanne uses multicolored yarn – Caron Baby Cakes yarn in Dreamy Rose colorway, to be exact. It’s an easy way to approach this project, because you don’t have to weave in any ends!

 original colorway of the blanket

Hugs and Kisses Crochet Pattern – Measurements and Difficulty Level

This lovely design combines chevron pattern with bobble stitches, so it’s easy enough for intermediate crocheters. I am sure that ambitious beginners will find it fun to make, too! The original blanket is 36″ x 40″ (90 x 100 cm), but it’s fairly easy to adjust.

talking about stitches…

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Looking for these beautiful ideas was a true pleasure, because there are so many of them online! It was quite hard to come up with narrow selection, but here it is and I hope you will like it as much as I do.

All the projects you see below are based on Hugs & Kisses Baby Blanket, which is available as free crochet pattern, and was designed by Jeanne Steinhilber. Links to her website and other useful info are in the first part of this article!

Rosy and Sweet

Hugs and Kisses Blanket Version by May’s Handmade Crochet

Delicate rosy palettes are always a good idea, especially when you want the blanket to be versatile. May decided to introduce colors in uniform zig-zags, which go from the lightest to the darkest in the same order again and again. As you can see below, it resulted in a beautiful, but not overly sweet project for a nursery!

zig-zag blanket in rose colors

Link to original free crochet pattern is in the first part of this article, but to see more of this version, please click the links below the photo.

Hugs and Kisses Blanket Version by AJ’s Crochet Creations

Just like in Jeanne’s original version, this fantastic piece by AJ uses pinks, grays and whites together. This time, though, the colors are much more vivid and playful. Look closely at the picture and notice elegant border with row of pale pink picots in the outermost row – isn’t it just sweet?

zig-zag crochet blanket in pinks and greys

Link to original free crochet pattern is in the first part of this article, but to see more of this version, please click the links below the photo.

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Hugs and Kisses Blanket Version by Sam Thyer

Combine pinks with grey to achieve elegant version of a classic palette, just like Sam did in her fantastic blanket. As you can see, she went for medium stripes in repeatable color order, so that it looks nice and clean. You can use this idea for any hue you like, for example exchange dark and light pink with dark and light blue, or green – it will look great!

Link to original free crochet pattern is in the first part of this article, but to see more of this version, please click the links below the photo.

Hugs and Kisses Blanket Version by bjouxb

Pink hues don’t have to always be soft and girly – just take a look at the photo and see for yourself! Bec used contrasting colors to bring the most out of this classic design, and clever color planning resulted in a truly beautiful version. Rows of bobbles always mimic the color of the row below, not the one it is “on”, so that the contrasts are arranged in the loveliest way.

Link to original free crochet pattern is in the first part of this article, but to see more of this version, please click the links below the photo.

Colorful and Fun!

Hugs and Kisses Blanket Version by mrs.marriott.makes

Every popular design has a rainbow version, and things are not different with today’s hero! Mrs Marriott chose classic palette for her blanket, and you can see in the photos how fun it looks. Rows of bobbles add beautiful structure to the surface of this piece, so that zig-zags are not that ordinary!

rainbow-colored blanket and yarn skeins

Link to original free crochet pattern is in the first part of this article, but to see more of this version, please click the links below the photo.

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Tiny Stripes

Hugs and Kisses Blanket Version by Katy Mitchell

Stitching in this pattern allows for some playfulness when it comes to color order, and Katy definitely made a use of it! Instead of going for wide zig-zaggy stripes, she changed colors every row, and you can see the final effect in the pictures below. On top of that, her bobbly rows use multicolored yarn, which results in speckles of different colors throughout. Fun!

grey and white blanket with colorful bobbles

Link to original free crochet pattern is in the first part of this article, but to see more of this version, please click the links below the photo.

Hugs and Kisses Blanket Version by May’s Handmade Crochet

Three colors are enough to turn this project into an interesting graphic piece, and May decided to go with white, gray and rusty gold. Choosing one dominant color and two neutral ones is a good strategy, because this way you can create an interesting background, as well as the leading color motif. Clever!

zig-zag blanket in grey, white and rusty brown

Link to original free crochet pattern is in the first part of this article, but to see more of this version, please click the links below the photo.

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Mickey Mouse-Inspired Hugs and Kisses Blanket Version by asiyah_creates

Now this version by Asiyah is something different, am I right? I wrote about adding applique to blankets in my article about details, but this is another level! Evenly spaced Minnie-heads (pun intended!) with cute bows make this blanket a true show-stopper, so just take a look below and drool as I already am. Oh, and don’t forget about checking out cute bobbly border!

Link to original free crochet pattern is in the first part of this article, but to see more of this version, please click the links below the photo.

Hugs and Kisses Blanket Version by asiyah_creates

Asiyah made a lot of versions of this popular designs, so she knows the best ways to go about them. In the photos you can see white and grey version with bobbly stripes of red and yellow. This blanket took inspiration from one and only Winnie the Pooh, so I’m sure that your kid would love it!

Link to original free crochet pattern is in the first part of this article, but to see more of this version, please click the links below the photo.

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Hugs and Kisses Blanket Version by Mummys_Crochet_Boutique

What happens if you use 6 colors with 4-row repeat? Surely it results in something amazing! If you look at the photo below you will see how fun the pattern becomes with this order of colors. Crocheter behind Mummys_Crochet_Boutique added something extra to her blanket – a bunch of pom-poms, which finish off the chevron pattern perfectly.

hugs and kisses crochet pattern

Link to original free crochet pattern is in the first part of this article, but to see more of this version, please click the links below the photo.

Colors of the Earth and Water

Hugs and Kisses Blanket Version by Gemini & Crochet

I wouldn’t be myself if I hadn’t included an ombre version, because I just love natural color flow! The masterpiece you can see in the photos came from the studio of Gemini & Crochet, and it features the most amazing shades of sea green and brown. The zig-zaggy pattern is not that prominent, but the bobbles still play the role in the overall look.

ombre zig-zag blanket in teal and brown

Link to original hugs and kisses crochet pattern is in the first part of this article, but to see more of this version, please click the links below the photo.

Hugs and Kisses Blanket Version by pnrorgu

My favorite way of choosing colors is to go for intense ones and neutrals in the same kind of ratio, just like the ones you see below. Crocheter behind pnrorgu chose some dominant hues and combined them with whites and grays. It’s the best way to create a balanced color palette for your crochet blanket, so keep it in mind!

zig-zag blanket in contrasting colors and yarn

Link to original free crochet pattern is in the first part of this article, but to see more of this version, please click the links below the photo.

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Hugs and Kisses Blanket Version by Ivaa’s Crochet

Do you need an accessory that will calm you down? If the answer is yes, this colorway will be right up your alley! Take a peek below and feel the calming wave of delicate wind, because this palette reminds me of stormy sky with silver clouds. Ivaa decided to go for classic wide stripes with bobbly rows in the center – lovely!

hugs and kisses crochet pattern

Link to original free crochet pattern is in the first part of this article, but to see more of this version, please click the links below the photo.

Hugs and Kisses Blanket Version by Cotton And The Wool

This version may not look like it strays from the original too much, but be sure to look closely at the photos. Natalie introduced colors in the tiny rows of single crochet, which are visible between the “main” rows, such as these below and above the bobble stitches. This is a clever way to make this project even more interesting!

Link to original free crochet pattern is in the first part of this article, but to see more of this version, please click the links below the photo.

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Hi! My name is Kate, and I'm a crafter and textile designer. I come from a family of makers who never stop creating. Crochet, knitting, sewing... Handmade is definitely my thing! Make yourself at home and let's create something together!

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    • It was a true pleasure to write about it, Jeanne! Thank you for the fantastic pattern that inspires so many of us <3

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