How to design your own crochet blanket

Whether you want to make something for the birth of a new baby or you’re keen to add a personal touch to your home, a blanket is an excellent option. In principle, crocheting a blanket isn’t much more complicated than crocheting a scarf, just on a larger scale.

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Here are some tips to get you started.

1. Select your yarn

As your choice of materials will make a big impact on your final blanket, it is important to spend some time selecting the right weights and colours of yarn. Thicker yarns are ideal for warmer blankets, whereas a worsted or DK weight is better suited to summer blankets.

2. Choose a stitch pattern

Before embarking on your final project, it is always worth making a 4″ by 4″ swatch to ensure you have a good understanding of the stitch count. You will then be able to use a ruler to determine the number of stitches and rows per inch you will need.

3. Select a size

Typically, a security-style blanket for a baby is around 17″ by 17″ and toddler blankets are approximately 42″ by 52″. However, the joy of creating your own blanket is that you can make it as small or as large as you want.

4. Get crocheting

Chain the number of stitches that will allow you to reach your preferred width and then follow your stitch pattern until your blanket is at your desired length. Studies show that crocheting provides a number of well-being benefits, so allow your creativity to flow and enjoy the creation of your project.

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Alternatively, try a kit

Crochet and knitting kits, such as the examples that can be seen at, provide everything you’ll need to create a specific project and can be a great way to try something new.

There are a variety of different crochet and knitting kits available with options suited to all skill levels. So, if you want to make your first blanket but you’re not sure where to start, a kit could be an ideal way to build your skills and your confidence.

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