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Sugar & Shine Granny Stitch Baby Blanket

Baby's first afghan is yours for the making! This pattern is fast and perfect for beginners.

Updated April 22, 2021
Sugar  Shine Babys First Afghan
Sugar Shine Babys First Afghan
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If you're looking to design a new baby crochet pattern then check out this Sugar & Shine Baby's First Afghan. You can choose whatever colors you would like to make up this granny stitch baby blanket. You will not believe how quick and easy it is for you to whip up this project, but just watch the crochet video and you can see. Plus, this crochet pattern makes the perfect baby shower gift for that expecting mother when you're not sure what to get her!


Crochet HookJ/10 or 6 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Crochet GaugeGauge: 4 sts x 4 rows in sc = 2 inches square

Materials List

  • Yarn | Featured in this Video: Cascades Yarn Cherub Aran - shade white (2 skeins), Grey (1 skein), Peacock (2 skeins)
  • J/10 or 6 mm hook

Sugar & Shine Baby's First Afghan

Simple Crochet Baby Blanket Instructions

The first ch-3 will be the first dc of the row.
Weave in ends as pattern progresses. 

  1. Chain 63.
    *Note: You will want to chain any multiple chain count of 12 + 3.

  2. Row 1: Sc in the second chain from hook and in each across. (62 sts).

  3. Row 2: Ch 3, sk 1, 3 dc in next st, * sk 2 sts, 3 dc in next st, repeat until 2 sts remain, sk 1 st, dc in last st.

  4. Row 3: Ch 3, dc in the same st, sk 2 sts, * 3 dc in the space between the next 2 3-dc sets, repeat from * until last st, 2 dc in last st.

  5. Row 4: Ch 3, * 3 dc in the space between the next 2 3-dc sets, repeat from * until one space remains, 3 dc in space, sk 1 st, dc in last st.

  6. Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until desired length. Change colors as desired.


  1. Join yarn at any corner. Ch 3. 2 dc in same stitch. Ch 2, then do 3 dc in same stitch again. 

  2. Working along the ends of the dc rows, you will put 2 dc in each dc row.

  3. Working along the top and bottom of the afghan, you will simply dc into each st.

  4. Once you've worked your way around the entire afghan, sl st to join.

  5. Optional: If you'd like to add rows to your edging, ch 3, dc into each stitch. At each border, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc. 

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Disappointed in the written instructions. After watching the video, I realize last instruction should have said, repeat Row 3. Then there are no instructions for the border. Very disappointing

Love the colors. It also looks incredibly soft.

This posting referenced a video twice but does not furnish a link to get to the video that is supposed to show how quick and easy it is to make this babys afghan. The instructions included on this page say to change colors as desired, but how do we change colors to make our afghan look like the one pictured. Video link is needed and more detailed instructions should be provided.

I would like to add a correction to my comment above and say that when I closed and reopened my browser that the video and link did appear at the top of my page.

I would also like to say that after watching the video, my other questions were answered. I am sorry for the confusion and would increase my rating to 5 stars.

How do I get the colors in the spaces?

Wow! This Sugar and Shine Baby's First Afghan is drop dead gorgeous! I love the light and contemporary feel of it. It's soooo bright! I'm glad that it's labeled "easy" as a pattern and that they've given the multiples for larger widths of blankets. It's also great that there is a video for us visual learners!!! Thanks for the free pattern!

Since you've made this can you share something the instructions do not? What size are the skeins how many ounces are needed and what is the finished size? Thank you.

I haven't made this one but like the way it looks. This is a simple and so easy afghan to make, I just wish the pattern was complet, it's missing the directions to do the border. My question is the written pattern for the same afghan as pictured? It doesn't look like it to me? I have saved this one and hope the pattern will be updated soon. Thank you for sharing.

Border Looks like she double crocheted around and 3dc in each corner. I think would then sc around that row to tighten the blanket.

i am making this and have 12 oz of yarn how many oz does this take to make without the border. thanks

I havent made this, BUT I did watch the video. It shows how to make the body and border. I never saw any instructions for the colors that go in the 3 double crochet "holes". I want to make a blanket just like the white, teal and grey. Please help. Cathy

I made this for our newest granddaughter in colors her mommy chose. I switched up the pattern of the colors and made it a little larger. They love it!

This Sugar Shine Baby's First Afghan pattern is another very easy to make project fit for my crochet baby blanket business. Can come in different colors and sizes as well.

The fact that these are not the classic baby colors that we think of when we hear the word baby- that gets bonus points from me. I love a modern look sometimes. I love the home decor colors that are used. Do you know why? Because you can coordinate or match it to the baby's nursery, paint on the wall, and bedding colors for a cohesive look that is so fresh. Watch the video tutorial. She is so fast!

So gorgeous! Not my favorite colors but that is so easy to change. The best thing, and thanks to the very clever design, is that simply by using a few different colors makes it does look like it is not at all an easy thing to make. So which ever new little person you make this for is going to be so wonderfully cuddly and warm when wrapped in this lovely cozy afghan!So gorgeous! Not my favorite colors but that is so easy to change. The best thing, and thanks to the very clever design, is that simply by using a few different colors makes it does look like it is not at all an easy thing to make. So which ever new little person you make this for is going to be so wonderfully cuddly and warm when wrapped in this lovely cozy afghan!


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