I’m sure many of you will notice instantly that Little Boy Blue Blanket looks familiar, and guess what? It sure does, because it’s a redesign of Jeanne Steinhilber’s Hugs and Kisses Baby Blanket. Jeanne designed it with those of you in mind, who like the original texture, but are not fans of the chevron pattern.
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!
Versatile in its simplicity
To learn more about Little Boy Blue Baby Blanket, head straight to thecrochetcrowd.com – you will find the free crochet pattern there! As per usual, head to the project’s page on ravelry.com, where you can see projects by other users, or join in a discussion.
There is a written pattern, a diagram, as well as video tutorials for both right- and left-handed crocheters on The Crochet Crowd’s YT channel.
By visiting the “Hugs and Kisses Collection” bundle on ravelry.com, you can access patterns for classic chevron, hexagons, or star-shaped blankets – all based on the original stitches.
Materials and Colorway
Jeanne used 2 and a half Caron Big Cakes in the colorway called Blue Macaron, but you can use any kind of worsted weight yarn. As you can see, the color changes sometimes appear in the middle of the row, but you can easily change that by using multiple skeins of yarn.
Learn more about choosing the best colors for your project in my article.
photo by Jeanne Steinhilber on ravelry.com
Hugs and Kisses Crochet Pattern – Measurements and Difficulty Level
This lovely design combines a version of popcorn stitches (dc clusters) and criss-crossed double crochets in rows, so it’s easier than the original chevron version. The original blanket is 32″ x 39″ (81 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 a 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 Little Boy Blue Baby Blanket, which is available as a 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!
Pastel Pink Little Boy Blue Blanket Version by Milly’s Makes
What makes Milly’s projects so eye-catching is her attention to detail and fantastic color choices. It’s not her first take on this classic pattern, but it’s not surprising – everybody loves this elegant bobbly baby blanket. This time, Milly went for pretty pastels with a hint of teal and beige to mix it up a little. See below how gorgeous the final result is.
Little Boy Blue Baby Set Version by Salma Nazmi
I’m a big fan of artisan yarns, especially when used in quite simple projects. When there’s not much going on in terms of texture, the colors can truly sing! Salma’s blanket has the most magnificent shades of gold, rose, and cream – all mixed in a bundle of speckles and brushes. And a tip for beginners – consider this type of yarn if you don’t like weaving in ends.
Little Boy Blue Blanket Pastel Version by Milly’s Makes
Milly’s version is a true pleasure to look at because it uses dusty pastels together. As you can see, the addition of mustard breaks the sweetness of this colorway but still looks fantastic with the other hues. Dusty shades are a great alternative to pure colors because they are much more sophisticated.
Delicate but Colorful
Little Boy Blue Blanket Versions by BB’s Blankets
The crocheter behind BB’s Blankets is an avid maker of baby blankets and accessories, so be sure to check their social media! What you see in the photos below are two quite different versions of Jeanne’s classic pattern. It’s a great example of how you can play with colors in this project – creating wide colorful stripes or changing the hues every row or two.
Little Boy Blue Blanket Gold Version by Ivaa’s Crochet
The golden hues of this blanket remind me of old jewelry – slightly covered in dust, but with strings of shiny white pearls among them. Colors and their placement is crucial for good design, and Ivaa knows it very well. I recommend you spend a little more time studying the photos because this is master crocheting!
Little Boy Blue Blanket Version by May’s Handmade Crochet
May used four shades of Stylecraft Special yarn, all of which have connotations to the world of flora: pale rose, mushroom, raspberry, and grape. The effect? Stunningly feminine, but sophisticated palette. I can see this blanket in a nursery, but also as a bedspread in my mom’s bedroom – that’s what I call versatility!
Little Boy Blue Blanket Version by Chantelle
Let’s move to the rainbowland, shall we? Follow Chantelle’s imagination and take a look at these two cute rainbow baby blankets – each one quite different! In the top photo, you can see a pastel palette, in which the color of the beads is repeated in the row above as a background. The bottom picture shows a smooth color flow of very vibrant hues. Which one is your favorite?
Little Boy Blue Blanket Version by Milly’s Makes
Stylecraft Special yarn is one of crocheter’s favorites because it’s affordable and has great colors. This blanket by Milly is so unexpected when it comes to the color choices, that I had to look at it for a long while to consider why I like it. Clementine orange with sage and teal?? Who would have thought? Take a look at the photos below and see for yourself!
Dark and Moody
Little Boy Blue Blanket Green Version by Ivaa’s Crochet
Another stunning piece by Ivaa combines pearly whites and darker hues – in this case, greens. In the bottom photo, you can see how this accent color makes the whole blanket come alive! What might have been a simple monochromatic design is elevated in an instant.
Little Boy Blue Blanket Version by Ivaa’s Crochet
Ivaa’s blankets are truly spectacular, so I couldn’t stop myself from posting another one here. This colorway is a true timeless classic and will look amazing for years to come. Rich blues and shades of cream and brown remind me of brown teddy bears in corduroy overalls. If you want to make a true family heirloom, get inspired by these photos!
Color Block Stripes
Vivid Little Boy Blue Blanket Version by Hanan Hannaway
Our beloved Hanan came back with yet another baby blanket, this time in fantastic juicy colors. If you are a fan of colors, let this project inspire you. I can assure you it will look amazing in a minimalistic nursery or kids’ room, especially if you finish it off with a simple edging. What kind of finishing would you add to this project? Let me know in the comments!
Contrasting Little Boy Blue Blanket Version by Bella Yarn Stories
There are several things I admire in Janet’s version of this pattern – the color palette, the impeccable tension, and a fantastic textured border. Look closely at the photos and notice how nice and uniform her stitches are – a testament to countless hours of practice. If coming up with the color order for slim stripes is too hard for you, choose four or five colors and simply repeat them (you can also read more about choosing the right colors for a crochet project).
Little Boy Blue Blanket Version by Crochet by Nicole
This design can be interpreted in many different ways, and Nicole decided to go for colorful stripes. Pastel colors, organized in a rainbow-like sequence, are divided by narrow white rows. This makes the whole blanket much more fun so that it’s perfect for a nursery!
Little Boy Blue Blanket Version by Umme Ghiyas
The pattern for this blanket makes it easy to go for the stripy design because it’s nicely divided into textured sections. Umme decided to use rich deep colors and I’m truly in love with this colorway. As you can see, if it weren’t for the white stripes, the overall effect would have been a little bit too heavy, but now it looks simply stunning.
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