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 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 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.
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 “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…
Our growing website and library of free crochet patterns has some projects that might interest you, too. On top of that, my list of Stitch Series is still growing!
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 Little Boy Blue 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!
Delicate but Colorful
Little Boy Blue Blanket Gold Version by Ivaa’s Crochet
Golden hues of this blanket remind me of old jewellery – 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 spending a little more time studying the photos, because this is master crocheting!
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.
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 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 favorite, 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
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 the 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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