Crochet Cluster V-Stitch Baby Blanket {free crochet pattern}

Here is a free crochet pattern for a beautiful baby blanket that even a beginner can do using the cluster v-stitch. I know a beginner can do it because it was the first thing I ever crocheted! And despite my total lack of experience and knowledge, it came out beautifully!
Crochet Cluster V-Stitch Baby Blanket

I used this amazing quilt, made by one of my mom’s friends, as inspiration for the colors.

I made this when I was eight months pregnant with our precious little Grayson. I was in a car accident where a lady pulled out in front of me and I hit her head on, totaling my car and sending us both to the hospital. It could’ve been very bad, but I came out with minor cuts and bruises and doctor’s orders for bed rest. My mom moved in for two months to take care of Gabriel, and I crocheted my heart out, including Grayson’s baby blanket. It’s made with a simple cluster v-stitch but what makes it so appealing are the color stripes. If I could make this as a total crochet newbie, you can, too!

It’s so sweet because Grayson, who’s now 15 months old, is crazy about this blanket and won’t go anywhere without it. The pictures show the signs of love wear and tear, but it’s still hanging on.
Crochet Cluster V-Stitch Baby Blanket Summer Sky
Before we get started on the pattern, I have a cluster v-stitch tutorial for you in case you’ve never worked with that stitch before. As for the yarn, because I didn’t know what I was doing, I used all different brands and weights (some worsted, some baby weight) but I fixed the uneven sides by crocheting a rippled border. I know better now, but if all you have is different everything, you can redeem the blanket with a rippled border as well!
Crochet Cluster V-Stitch Baby Blanket for Beginners

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Crochet V-Stitch Summer Baby Blanket

written and designed by Sara from My Merry Messy Life

Finished Size: Approx. 36 inches square (this will different depending on your gauge). This is plenty big enough for a baby and toddler, so you could even make it smaller and it would still be a good size.

Hook: H 5mm

Yarn: Worsted Weight or Baby Sport Weight (if you use this, your blanket will be smaller than mine and you should use a smaller hook – G. But, it’ll be super soft!)


  • CH = chain
  • DC = double crochet
  • YO = yarn over
  • SP = space

Cluster V-Stitch (Photo Tutorial Here)

{YO and insert hook into ch and pull up a loop (3 loops remain). YO and pull yarn through the first 2 loops (2 loops remain). YO and insert hook into the same ch sp again and pull up a loop (4 loops remain). YO and pull through the first 2 loops (3 loops remain). YO and pull through the last 3 loops}. CH 2 and repeat the text in the brackets into the same space.

The Pattern

Row 1

  • CH 90
  • In the 5th CH from the hook (not counting the ch on your hook) work a cluster v-stitch
  • *Skip 2 CH
  • Work another cluster v-stitch*
  • Repeat from * the length of the chain (with 90 stitches, you’ll have 28 v’s)
  • After you finish the last cluster v, you should have 1 CH left. Work a DC in that CH.

Row 2

  • CH 3
  • Work 1 cluster v-stitch in each ch 2 space of the cluster v-stitch below.
  • At the end of your work, work a DC on the beginning ch 5.
  • Repeat row 2 for the remainder of your project. I did 28 rows so the blanket is nearly square.
Crochet Cluster V-Stitch Baby Blanket Summer Sky

Here’s what the cluster v-stitch looks like up close.

For the ruffled edge, I took a variegated yarn that included the same solid colors I had in the blanket and worked 2 to 3 double crochets in each space, working 4 double crochets in the corners. This part you may want to eyeball because your gauge may be different than mine.

This edging does a great job in removing any imperfections in the blanket, like uneven sides!

Merry Crocheting!

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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.


  1. beautiful! I am always looking for new baby blanket patterns, thanks! Just wanted to invite you to join my Tasteful Tuesday Party. I have been hosting a recipe party (pretty successfully!!!) for over a year now, and this week we are opening up for crafts, DIY and home decor. Hope you can come by and check it out!

  2. I love this! It is a beautiful blanket! Just found you through tip junkie and I am a new follower!

  3. this is great

    Would love it if you could share this on my link party that runs from Saturday-Thursday @

  4. The blanket and the quilt combine perfectly. And the baby is OH SO CUTE!!! Thanks for the tutorial.
    ♥ Ana BC

  5. Beautiful blanket! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern. I have several cousins expecting, so I may crochet a few of these as baby presents. 🙂

  6. Very cute! I am loving that stitch!!!
    Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! 🙂

  7. I have crocheted for years. But most of them were years ago. I am 62 and when I was 18 to 34 I was a crochet-aholic. Ha!! Then we adopted twins from Korea and my husbands great job was gone (factory closed with no warning). All in one summer. Life changed fast. Babies kept me busy, busy and no money pushed me into the job market again since my husband could not find work with so many men out of work in our small community. So for 25 years I worked 2 full time jobs and took care of my wonderful girls as my husband tried one job after another, all low paying and without benefits. Now I am disabled after 5 major back surgeries that have left me mostly bedfast. So I am back to crocheting and have added jewelry making too. My 9 year old twin granddaughters (yes one of my twins had twins) love the jewelry making and are trying to learn to crochet. They are here everyday after school while there mother works. They also spend Sundays with us.

    Wow, I don’t know where all that came from. What I was going to write was I love your afghan and with 2 nieces pregnant I may have to give it a whirl. Even more beautiful than the afghan is your bright blue eyed little boy. What a joy he is to you I am sure. Thank you for the pattern. Carol

    • Wow, Carol, thank you for sharing your story with me! I enjoyed reading it. I’m so sorry you’re bedridden, but I am thankful you have a hobby like crochet to make the time pass. And you’re making precious memories to do it with your granddaughters! While you’re at it, I wrote a post about crocheting hats, scarves, mittens and afghans for the victims of Hurricane Sandy if you’d like to contribute!

      Thanks for sharing with me and I wish you and your’s a wonderful holiday season!!

  8. Wendy Mecca says:

    Hey, This blanket is looks great. I’ve been looking for a quick, easy to make afghan, without having to rely on using multiple threads and making it too heavy. I guess I’m the only one not quite getting it. When I do the cluster v-stitch, it seems to be one half of the v-stitch. Then the chain two…when i begin the next row, if I do the same cluster v in the ch 2 spaces, I’m getting a mesh look. After the stitch described at the beginning, should there be 2 chains, then repeat that stitch in the same chain? That seems to me the only way to make it a ‘v’. Otherwise, there are no 2 ch in the v-stitch to do the v stitch in the next row. Hope I explained this correctly.

    • Hi Wendy! It seems I made a typo – I fixed the pattern. You are correct – the original pattern did not have to repeat the 1/2 of the V to make a complete V. It now does. And the CH 2 is supposed to be in between the 2 halves of the V and NOT in between each V of the beginning row. So sorry to have confused you!

  9. Sara – I love this afghan, but I am just a bit confused. On the instructions for the first row at the *CH2, skip 2 CH. Do I chain 2 in the middle of the V or after it? Sorry to be a problem. Thanks

  10. Hi Sara,
    Thanks so much for sharing this pattern. I love it and am making one now using baby yarn and a size G hook. I’d like to make another blanket in this stitch but wider then this one. Can you tell me how many chains I would have to add to Row 1 for each V stitch I wanted to add?
    Also, if I just chained 1 instead of 2 between clusters, would it just make a tighter weave?
    Thanks! It’s nice to have an “expert” to ask questions to.

  11. I’m excited to try this pattern but wondering if you have any idea how much yarn was needed? I’ve got 3 skeins (180 yards each) and didn’t know if that would be enough to complete it or if I need to try and get another from the same dye lot? Thanks! Can’t wait to get working on this!

  12. Gertrud says:

    Cute blanket, but are those measurements right? I can’t imagine that with a WW yarn and an H hook each row would measure over one inch tall? How did you manage to get 36 inches out of 28 rows? I’m using your pattern, but a K hook and at 20 rows I have 14 inches. I don’t crochet tight, either…

  13. Gertrud says:

    Cute blanket, but are those measurements right? I can’t imagine that with a WW yarn and an H hook each row would measure over one inch tall? How did you manage to get 36 inches out of 28 rows? I’m using your pattern, but a K hook and at 20 rows I have 14 inches. I don’t crochet tight, either…

    After taking a closer look at your photos, I think the 28 rows is a typo… I counted over 30 rows on just the part I could see. Are you sure it’s not 48 rows?

  14. hi im a little bit confused on this pattern am I suppose to chain 5 or place a double crochet in the top of the chain 5 Is chain 5 my turning chain at the end of a row is says to place a double crochet in the top of the chain three please let me know so I can get this settled thanks

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