Spike Stitch Baby Blanket – Free Crochet Pattern

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Hello! Today I want to present you my Spike Stitch Baby Blanket, because that’s what my recent crochet experiments led to. This colorful piece works up fast and will be a perfect last minute gift for any baby shower!

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Last time I did a step by step tutorial for Spike Stitch, and this project is where it will come in handy. It’s a beginner-friendly pattern, so don’t hesitate and try it out!

colorful blanket with name tag

Psst… This project is fun, too. I promise!

If you like this blanket, be sure to try out my other patterns, because they are great for beginners, too! For example, Sleepy Bunny Lovey can be another sweet amigurumi project for you. It’s available for free!

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Get to work!

To make this spike baby blanket, you need assorted colors of one kind of yarn, because any differences in yarn weight will make the project uneven. Feel free to use any colors you like, just remember that in my pattern one color is used in two consecutive rows.

If you decide to use other colorway than this crazy one, read through notes in my Spike Stitch Tutorial, because you will find lots of helpful advise for how to plan your color palette.

You may want to know how to change colors, too – check out my article on How to Change Colors in Crochet for more info!

Let’s start!

folded blanket

PATTERN NOTES:

LEVEL – beginner

TERMS – standard US

TECHNIQUES

Blanket:
  • Spike Stitch – click on the link for full step-by-step instructions!
Border:

MATERIALS AND TOOLS

  • yarn: assorted colors of Yarn Art Jeans = around 400-500 g, which translates to 8-10 skeins (each one 50 g) total. 
  • border uses the same kind of yarn in two colors – red and dark red.
  • crochet hook 2,5 mm
  • scissors
  • stitch marker (optional)
  • tapestry needle for weaving in ends (optional)

MEASUREMENTS

  • this baby blanket measures around 77 cm x 58 cm (30″ x 23″) with border (which is around 2 cm wide = 0,8 inch)
  • gauge for spike stitch: 10 cm x 10 cm (4″ x 4″) = 15 stitches x 19 rows

blanket laying flat

before you start

Before you start, a couple of important things:

  • the main part of the blanket uses Spike Stitch – click on the link to see full tutorial!
  • color order in this blanket wasn’t planned, but you can use it as an inspiration.
  • you can easily change the size of this blanket by chaining more for your foundation chain, and going on for more rows than recommended.
  • I used 10 colors: coffee, cream, bright red, red, dark red, violet, baby blue, mustard yellow, green, navy.

Let’s begin!

BLANKET

START: chain 84

Use Spike Stitch – click on the link to see full tutorial!

My blanket has 136 rows in total. Each color is used for two consecutive rows, except the first one, which is used for a foundation chain, too.

COLOR ORDER:

coffee, dark red, green, navy, bright red, cream, violet, baby blue, mustard yellow, cream, coffee, violet, red, navy, cream, baby blue, violet, bright red, green, dark red, coffee, cream, mustard yellow, baby blue, violet, red, cream, mustard yellow, navy, violet, bright red, green, dark red, coffee, cream, baby blue, violet, red, navy, violet, cream, mustard yellow, dark red, green, bright red, coffee, baby blue, cream, violet, red, green, navy, baby blue, mustard yellow, cream, coffee, violet, bright red, cream, baby blue, dark red, green, navy, violet, cream, mustard yellow, bright red, coffee.

flat lay photo of the blanket

Fasten off, secure the yarn.

PRO TIP!

Weave in ends as you go, by working over the loose ends with the next color. It saves tons of time! Read more in my article – How to Change Colors in Crochet.

BORDER

To make a border, I used two colors of yarn – red and dark red.

Place your blanket in a way, so that its short sides are your top and bottom.

Round 1

Start in the top right corner with red yarn, facing the right side of the blanket.

Short edge: Attach the yarn, chain 1 and make two single crochet stitches in the first corner stitch. 1 single crochet in each stitch of this edge of the blanket, 1 increase in the corner stitch.

Long edge: 1 single crochet in every other stitch (*1 sc, skip one*) – that is one single crochet for one stripe, but it’s very important to work them loosely. Our objective is that the border lays flat – any kind of rippling is a no-go!

Make 1 increase in the corner stitch and repeat along another short and long edge. Close the row with slip stitch.

right and wrong side of the blanket

Round 2

Continue with red yarn.

Short edge: chain 1 and make 1 increase in the first corner stitch. Single crochet stitches in each stitch of this edge of the blanket, 1 increase in the corner stitch.

Long edge: 1 inc, *1 single crochet, 1 increase* until the end of the row. 1 increase in the corner stitch.

Repeat along another short and long edge. Close the row with slip stitch.

Round 3

Change to dark red yarn.

This round is worked using back post single crochet!

Short and long edge: Attach the yarn, chain 1 and work 1 back post single crochet in each stitch all around, close with slip stitch.

colorful crochet blanket on a chair

Round 4

Continue with dark red yarn.

Short edge: chain 1 and make two single crochet stitches in the first corner stitch. Single crochet stitches in each stitch of this edge of the blanket, 1 increase in the corner stitch.

Long edge: 1 single crochet in every stitch, 1 increase in the corner stitch.

Repeat along another short and long edge, close the row with slip stitch and weave in ends.

folded crochet blanket

you are done!

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