Our friends and family are starting to have babies, which means I’ve got a lot of blankets on my crochet hooks. This easy chunky baby blanket crochet pattern is designed with super bulky yarn and one stitch, so you’ll be done in no time. When you just found out that your coworker and grad school friend are due within two weeks of each other, quick makes matter. If you’re looking for something a little less quick, the Henry Blanket actually comes in eight sizes, from lovey to afghan sized.
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How to Crochet a Chunky Baby Blanket
I’m calling this super chunky crochet baby blanket the Henry Blanket, after my little doggo. He’s not chunky, but he’s pretty squishy and cuddly, just like this soft chenille blanket. The video tutorial and sample photos feature the baby blanket size, which is 30 x 30 inches. However, there are eight sizes ranging from 12 x 12 inch loveys to 65 x 50 inch afghans. You can create a custom sized blanket by chaining any number + 3.
The Henry blanket features my current stitch obsession, the linked double crochet (ldc). It’s a fun twist on the classic double crochet stitch that creates textured lines across each row. Since each ldc stitch is joined to the previous stitch, your blanket will work up as a nearly solid fabric — perfect for little baby fingers and toes.
You’ll make this simple crochet baby blanket with rows of ldc stiches. I changed colors every five rows to create chunky stripes. Since it’s all one stitch, the Henry Blanket is perfect for beginners or anyone who enjoys spacing out during an audiobook or Netflix binge sesh.
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The Henry Blanket is a squishy and chunky crochet baby blanket, made with Bernat Blanket yarn. It’s a #6 super bulky yarn that’s made with soft chenille. I used the hook size recommended on the label, an 8.0 mm. If you crochet tight, you might want to go up a size or two to get more drape on your chunky baby blanket. Keep in mind that changing your gauge will affect blanket’s size and yarn requirements.
For the photos and video, I used Bernat Blanket O’Go in the Atlantic colorway. This was my first time using O’Go, which is a wheel of yarn that’s easy to start and tangle-free. Each color is separate, so the wheel isn’t one continuous strand like you might expect. I love that I got three coordinated colors in one wheel, which was perfect for a striped chunky baby blanket. I used almost exactly two wheels for the baby blanket size.
In the past, I’ve used Bernat Blanket for both small (like these scrunchies) and large projects (like the Braids & Twists throw). I bought a ton on sale though, so expect to see more blanket yarn patterns soon!
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Supplies / Materials
- 70 – 1589 yards of Bernat Blanket O’Go or Bernat Blanket yarn in three colors
- or 70 – 1589 yards of similar #6 super bulky chenille yarn
- 8.0 mm crochet hook [I used a Streamline Swirl from Furls]
- Tapestry needle
Note: Bernat Blanket yarn is a #6 super bulky yarn, made with chenille. If you don’t have any on hand (or it’s not available in your area), try these substitutes:
- Hobbii – Happy Chunky Double
- Lion Brand – Cover Story or I Wanna Make a Blankie
- Creative World of Crafts – Hello Love
How much Bernat Blanket yarn do I need to crochet this blanket?
I’ve included a yardage chart below, so you can see how much Bernat Blanket yarn you need to crochet each size of the Henry Blanket. The balls/wheels section is based on how many skeins of yarn you’ll need to crochet the blanket. Both the Bernat Blanket O’Go wheels and “Big Balls” are 10.5 ounces and 220 yards each. If you’re swapping out Bernat Blanket for another super bulky yarn, your yardage might vary a bit.
|Lovey||12 x 12||70||1|
|Baby||30 x 30||440||2|
|Stroller||35 x 30||513||3|
|Receiving||40 x 40||782||4|
|Lapghan||50 x 35||856||4|
|Crib/Toddler||60 x 40||1173||6|
|Throw||60 x 50||1466||7|
|Afghan||65 x 50||1589||8|
Abbreviations / Techniques
- ch – chain
- dc – double crochet
- ldc – linked double crochet
- st – stitch
- yo – yarn over
- changing colors
- weaving in ends
NOTE: This pattern utilizes US crochet terminology.
4 x 4 inches: 4 rows of 8 ldc
Size Chart for Chunky Crochet Baby Blanket
The Henry Blanket crochet pattern comes in eight sizes, from lovey to afghan. The chart below shares the sizes (in inches), as well as the crochet chain length for each blanket size and the number of rows required.
|Size (in)||Starting ch||# of Rows|
|Lovey||12 x 12||27||12|
|Baby||30 x 30||63||30|
|Stroller||35 x 30||63||35|
|Receiving||40 x 40||83||40|
|Lapghan||50 x 35||73||50|
|Crib/Toddler||60 x 40||83||60|
|Throw||60 x 50||103||60|
|Afghan||65 x 50||103||65|
- ch-3 doesn’t count as a st
- Starting chain and row counts are written as Baby (Stroller, Receiving, Lapghan, Crib, Throw, Afghan)
- Stitch counts are written as (Baby, Stroller, Receiving, Lapghan, Crib, Throw, Afghan)
- The instructions for the lovey size are separate due to a difference in the striping pattern
- To customize the blanket size, ch any number + 3.
Crochet Chunky Baby Blanket Video Tutorial
The chunky baby blanket crochet video will walk you through how to crochet the 30×30 inch size, but you can use the same principles for the other sizes.
Chunky Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern
ch 27 with Color A
ROW 1: insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, yo and pull up a loop, insert hook into 4th ch from hook, yo and pull up a loop, finish as dc, ldc across (24)
ROWS 2 – 4: ch 3 and turn, insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, yo and pull up a loop, insert hook into first st, yo and pull up a loop, finish as dc, ldc across (24)
Change to Color B
ROWS 5 – 8: ch 3 and turn, insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, yo and pull up a loop, insert hook into first st, yo and pull up a loop, finish as dc, ldc across (24)
Change to Color C
ROWS 9 – 12: ch 3 and turn, insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, yo and pull up a loop, insert hook into first st, yo and pull up a loop, finish as dc, ldc across (24)
Trim yarn and weave in ends.
Instructions for All Other Sizes
ch 63 (63, 83, 73, 83, 103, 103) with Color A
ROW 1: insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, yo and pull up a loop, insert hook into 4th ch from hook, yo and pull up a loop, finish as dc, ldc across (60, 60, 80, 70, 80, 100, 100)
ROWS 2 – 5: ch 3 and turn, insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, yo and pull up a loop, insert hook into first st, yo and pull up a loop, finish as dc, ldc across (60, 60, 80, 70, 80, 100, 100)
Change to Color B
ROWS 6 – 10: ch 3 and turn, insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, yo and pull up a loop, insert hook into first st, yo and pull up a loop, finish as dc, ldc across (60, 60, 80, 70, 80, 100, 100)
Change to Color C
ROWS 11 – 15: ch 3 and turn, insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, yo and pull up a loop, insert hook into first st, yo and pull up a loop, finish as dc, ldc across (60, 60, 80, 70, 80, 100, 100)
Change to Color A
ROWS 16 – 20: ch 3 and turn, insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, yo and pull up a loop, insert hook into first st, yo and pull up a loop, finish as dc, ldc across (60, 60, 80, 70, 80, 100, 100)
ROWS 21 – 30 (35, 40, 50, 60, 60, 65): repeat ROWS 16 – 20, changing colors after every five rows. Trim yarn and weave in ends.
More Blanket Patterns
Hungry for more blanket patterns? You’ll love these!
- Bobble Stripe Baby Blanket
- Striped Baby Blanket
- Mystic Ripple Blanket
- Granny Square Contrast Blanket
- Braids & Twists Chunky Throw
Frequently Asked Questions
Can a beginner crochet a chunky baby blanket?
Can you make a baby blanket with chunky yarn?
Of course! You can crochet a blanket with any yarn. Bernat Blanket (the yarn used in this pattern) is a #6 super bulky yarn, which is pretty chunky.
How do you crochet a small baby blanket?
If you want to crochet a super small baby blanket for a baby or toddler to carry around, you’ll want to follow the instructions for the 12×12 inch lovey blanket above. If you want a small baby blanket that a baby could lay on while playing, I recommend the 30×30 inch baby blanket in the pattern above.
What size crochet hook is best for a baby blanket?
This chunky chenille baby blanket crochet pattern uses an 8.0 mm hook, but I typically use anywhere between an 8.0 mm and a 10.0 mm hook when using super bulky yarn.
What’s the standard size for a crochet baby blanket?
There’s not an official standard size, but baby blankets are typically between 30×30 and 40×40 inches. If you’re following along with the pattern above, stick with the baby blanket, stroller blanket, or receiving blanket size.
Can a baby sleep with a crochet blanket?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies under one year old sleep without any blankets, pillows, or toys in their crib. If your baby is under one year old, they can’t sleep with a crochet blanket. Be sure to follow your pediatrician’s recommendation, but typically, babies older than one year old can sleep with a blanket and pillow.
How many yards of super bulky yarn do I need to crochet a baby blanket?
If you’re using Bernat Blanket yarn, you’ll need between 440 and 1173 yards of super bulky yarn to crochet one of the baby-sized blankets. If you’re using a different super bulky yarn, your yardage might vary.