18 Free Crochet Baby Blanket Patterns Using Bulky Yarn
Crochet a chunky baby blanket in no time with these patterns for bulky yarn.
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Crocheting a handmade baby blanket for a little bundle of joy is a beloved past-time, and there are so many beautiful fibers and stitches that can be used to create a unique baby blanket. It can be difficult to narrow down your options, not to mention finding the time to work up a crochet baby afghan for each new baby! Choosing a bulky weight yarn can really cut down on how long it takes to finish a baby blanket.
Save time without skimping on love by making one of the afghans in this collection of Free Crochet Baby Blanket Patterns Using Bulky Yarn. Both mom and baby will adore your thoughtful gesture, and even slow and steady stitchers will be surprised by how quickly these bulky baby blankets can be made.
There is no shortage of crochet baby blanket patterns on the internet, but we have rounded up the cutest patterns that use bulky yarn. Working with chunky yarn is so satisfying because you can see so much progress in so little time. Weight 5 yarn also tends to give crochet afghans and blankets a wonderful texture that is harder to come by with patterns using worsted weight or lightweight yarn.
If you have always wanted to be the person who creates a stunning crochet gift for every baby shower, or just want to show your love for a special baby, these easy chunky baby blanket patterns will be your new favorites. From adorable animal-themed blankets, to neutral throws they’ll treasure forever, the bulky baby blankets in the collection are the best of the best. You will love crocheting these baby afghans almost as much as baby will love snuggling up with them!
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PLUS: When crocheting a baby blanket, you're almost always going to use more than one skein of yarn. Weaving in ends is such a hassle, but the video below will show you how to join yarn with no weaving. Sound too good to be true? That is why we call it the Magic No-Ends Knot!
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Is your stash full of worsted weight yarn? There are plenty of great baby blanket patterns using worsted weight yarn. 16 Crochet Baby Blanket Patterns (Worsted Weight Yarn)
Solid Bulky Weight Baby Blanket Patterns
If choosing colors for crochet projects stresses you out, make it easy with one of these solid color bulky baby blankets. Pick up some chunky yarn in a color you love, and let the stitches be the star of your pattern. When you pick a lovely fiber in a solid color, your beautiful stitching will be front and center.
Solid color blankets make wonderful gifts, especially if you can match the colors of baby’s nursery. Whether you choose a classic pastel shade of yarn, or an elegant neutral tone, these baby blankets made in one color take the stress out of crochet. These mindless, repetitive crochet afghan patterns are perfect for kicking back and stitching along with your favorite TV show or audiobook.
- Cozy Clusters Baby Blanket
Lovely cluster stitches give this simply elegant baby blanket a wonderful texture. Since this design is worked with a large hook and bulky weight yarn, you'll be finished before you know it!
- One Ball Mini Throw
As crazy as it sounds, this mini throw can be crocheted using just one skein of yarn! If you are short on both time and yarn, this one evening chunky baby blanket pattern will be your new favorite.
- Cozy Baby Blanket
This adorable, snuggly blanket is crocheted using Red Heart's Buttercup yarn, which might just be the softest yarn ever. Treat baby to a blanket so soft he or she will feel like they're sleeping on a cloud!
- Skylar Blanket
If you hate memorizing complex patterns, you'll be thrilled to hear that the majority of this lovely lavender pattern is worked up in a one row repeat. The border uses a pretty (and easy!) puff stitch for a fun contrast.
Alnaar Harnish from Lee Lee Knits, who designed the lovely Cozy Clusters Baby Blanket above, shared her thoughts on how to keep baby blankets fun to work on, and to keep from losing interest before finishing the pattern. Alnaar says,
"When I created this pattern, my main goal was for it to be fun and easy to follow, while building quickly.
When working on larger projects like baby blankets, its easy to get bored and move on to something else before finishing. We all have a pile of WIPs that we swear we will get back to!
The Cozy Clusters Baby Blanket pattern uses bulky yarn, a larger hook, and a fun and repetitive stitch pattern to give the maker a gorgeous blanket in no time.
There will be no losing interest before finishing this beautiful baby blanket."
Striped Bulky Baby Blanket Patterns
If picking colors is your favorite part of planning a crochet project, why not make the most of the beautiful yarn options available and use several to make a striped baby blanket? Learning how to change colors in crochet is not as difficult as you would think, and once you have learned the basics of colorwork, you’ll never want to stop!
Pair together two of your favorite colors or a combination of pretty pastels. Stick with a basic design of alternating colors every other row, or vary the height of the stripes for a more unique design. No matter which type of stripes you choose, it is certain to be an attractive design.
- Ethan Baby Blanket
This classic and versatile pattern features a stitch multiple in the instructions, so you can crochet this timeless baby blanket in any size you'd like. It is a quick bulky baby blanket that you can make in just a weekend.
- Spring To Life Baby Blanket
Sick of crocheting using the same couple of colors or stitches? This chunky baby blanket pattern uses a variety of colors in alternating rows of the v-stitch and bobble stitch for a fun pattern that will work up in no time.
- Essentials Baby Blanket
Elevate the ordinary to the extraordinary with the bold colors and interesting texture of this cozy crochet baby blanket. The highlight of this lovely blanket might just be the unique and beautiful ripple border.
- Sweet Stratus Baby Blanket
Crochet a bulky baby blanket mama and baby will both treasure with this easy and fun blanket pattern. The changing colors of this baby blanket really show off the texture of the stitchwork.
- Baby Bumps Blanket Crochet Pattern
Once you learn how to crochet the tunisian stitch, you'll want to use it all the time, which is why this baby blanket pattern is so fantastic. The gradient color changes of this blanket look wonderful in neutral colors, but it would work with any variegated yarn.
- Easy 'Done in a Day' Crochet Baby Blanket
When you need a special gift in a hurry, grab some bulky yarn and a size L hook to work up this super speedy blanket in just one day. The neutral color scheme is perfect for any baby, but could be made in any color scheme to match baby's nursery.
- Chunky and Cozy Baby Blanket
Keep it simple and cozy with this easy chunky baby blanket pattern. The pink and gray color combination shown is perfect for a baby girl, but it can be made in blue for a baby boy, or a variety colors for any baby.
- Easy Peasy Baby Blanket
Give corner-to-corner crochet a try with this beginner-friendly bulky baby blanket. Using chunky yarn and a simple, repetitive stich pattern, this blanket will work up in a flash.
Do you sometimes find yourself getting bored while working on large projects like afghans or baby blankets? You're not alone! Even some of the most experienced crocheters and crochet designers find themselves looking for ways to make baby blankets work up quickly.
Tamara Kelly, of Moogly Blog, designed the Ethan Baby Blanket pictured above. According to Tamara, the secret to finishing a project so quickly is using chunky yarn. She says,
"Baby blankets are already pretty fast to make—bulky yarn makes this design just fly right off the hook!"
Another way to keep yourself motivated while working on baby blankets is to add a design feature, such as stripes.
Sarah Ruane, from Ned and Mimi, who created the Spring to Life Baby Blanket shown above, looks for ways to keep herself interested when working on large projects. She says,
"It's sometimes hard to stay motivated with a large project like a blanket, I find that stripes are a perfect way to keep things interesting. And of course by using bulky yarn you'll be finished before you know it!"
Uniquely Designed Bulky Baby Blanket Patterns
Some of the patterns in this collection are a little bit more unique than a solid color or traditional stripe pattern. After crocheting a few of the classic go-to striped and solid afghans, you might be itching to try a new type of stitching. Luckily, when it comes to crochet, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination!
Classic solid color and striped baby blankets will always be in style, but if you're looking to impress, these multi-colored and unexpected free crochet baby blanket patterns using bulky yarn are the perfect choice. Whether it is a simple design made stunning with variegated yarn, an atypical stitch, or an adorable animal pattern, these unexpected and unique baby blankets are worth a look.
- Easy Sprinkles Baby Blanket
Take the guesswork out of choosing colors by selecting a beautiful variegated yarn for your next baby blanket. The unique striped texture of this beginner blanket is made by crocheting in the back loop only.
- Magic Baby Blanket
Why exactly is this baby blanket so magical? It can be crocheted in just one day! This pattern uses bulky weight self-striping yarn, so the color magically changes with no effort from you.
- Easy Baby Afghan Tutorial
Even beginners can tackle this effortless blanket, which is worked using three strands of bulky yarn at once. You'll whip up a comfy, chunky baby blanket in no time using single crochet stitches!
- Dreamy Waves Baby Blanket
When you need a last minute gift, this dreamy pattern is a great choice. The bulky, self-striping yarn looks so cool when worked up in a unique stitch pattern.
- Cuddly Teddy Bear Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern
If you're looking for an impressive baby blanket pattern that will drop jaws, look no further! The unique and adorable teddy bear design of this blanket will wow everyone who sees it.
- Stuffed Animal Blanket
Baby blankets are fantastic, but have you ever come across a design that can be rolled up into an adorable stuffed animal before? This project works up quickly, and baby will adore the magical transformation from blanket to bear.
Once you've worked up a beautiful bulky baby blanket, peruse this collection to find something else for baby! From tiny hats to itty bitty baby booties, this collection of free crochet baby patterns has all of the best ideas for crochet baby gifts, clothing, and more. 30+ Crochet Baby Patterns (Free!)
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