Sugar Love Baby Blanket – Free Crochet Pattern

A free crochet pattern for a girly and sweet baby blanket that’s textured and fun!

Sugar Love Crochet Baby Blanket - Free Crochet Pattern

As you may know already, I have three kids and they are ALL boys. I love my boys to pieces and wouldn’t trade them for a million girls, BUT I sure do long to buy those girly clothes and crochet girly things. Thankfully, my sister just had a baby girl, so now I can go to town! She’s gonna be spoiled, starting with the baby hats I crocheted for her and now this blanket.

This blanket uses many different stitches and textures so it is so interesting to look at and feel. I love how it turned out! Remember to use the green “Print Friendly” button at the bottom of the post to print the pattern easily.

Free Crochet Pattern for a Sugary Sweet Baby Girl Blanket from My Merry Messy Life

Crochet Sugar Love Baby Blanket

Written and designed by Sara of My Merry Messy Life ©2013. Please do not copy this pattern, but you are free to link to it and use it to sell your own handmade items. For more info, see my Legal page.

Abbreviations

  • chain = CH
  • half double crochet = HDC
  • Refer to the stitches used below for the rest of the abbreviations

Stitches Used in the Pattern

  • Bobble Stitch – *Yarn over, insert hook into space and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops. Repeat from * four more times. Then yarn over and pull through all the remaining loops.
  • Pucker Stitch – Treble crochet in one space, single crochet in next space.
  • Cluster V-Stitch – See my full photo tutorial on the cluster v, or it’s just – *Yarn over, insert hook into space and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). Yarn over, and pull through 2 loops (2 loops remain). Yarn over, insert hook into same space and pull up a loop (4 loops remain). Yarn over and pull through two loops, then yarn over and pull through the remaining 3 loops. CH 1. Repeat from * but do not CH 1 again.

Materials

Sugar Love Crochet Baby Blanket - Close-Up of the Stitches Used

The Pattern

How this Pattern Works – Important Tips

This blanket is comprised of several different stitches – the cluster-v, bobble, pucker, half double crochet, and mesh. The most important thing is that your beginning completed first row is divisible by both 2 and 3, I chose 72 half double crochet stitches (after a chain of 75). Then, you can hop around to all the different stitches creating whatever look you want! Each project will be unique. I provide instructions on how to work a half double crochet row after each special stitch row in case you get confused. The second most important thing is that you count your stitches to make sure it stays the same. Whenever I got lazy and didn’t do it, the blanket would start getting smaller or bigger and I’d have to frog it and start counting again. Nothing more frustrating than that!

  • CH 75 (or any number that is divisible by 2 and 3, plus 3 chain at the end)
  • In the 3rd CH from hook, HDC
  • 1 HDC in each space all the way down (72 HDC total)
  • Any combination of the following stitches. One I did often was:
    1 HDC row
    1 pucker stitch
    2 HDC rows
    1 Bobble row

Another stitch example

  • 2 HDC rows
  • Mesh row
  • 1 HDC row
  • 1 pucker stitch row
  • 1 bobble row

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How to Work the Pucker Stitch Row

  • CH 1
  • SC in same space
  • *TR in the next space
  • SC in the next space
  • Repeat from * all the way down (72 stitches total)

How to Work the Cluster V-Stitch Row

  • CH 3
  • DC in same space
  • SK 2 spcaes
  • *Work a cluster v-stitch in the next space
  • Skip 2 spaces
  • Repeat from * all the way down, but end with just a double crochet in the last space

How to Work the Bobble Row (make sure to work it on the WRONG side so the bobble pops out on the right side)

  • CH 1
  • SC in same space
  • SC in next space
  • *Work a bobble stitch in the next space
  • SC in the next 2 spaces
  • Repeat from * all the way down

HDC after Bobble Row

Even though the bobble stitch is worked on the wrong side, I found it was easiest to work on the wrong side again for the HDC row after the bobble row. So, CH 2, and HDC in the same first space. Then, work 1 HDC in each space all the way down. It is tricky to find each space, but look for the chain at the top of the row to see where to put your hook and know that it’s 3 stitches per bobble.

Mesh Row

  • CH 3
  • DC in same space
  • DC in next space
  • CH 1
  • SK 1 space
  • DC in next space
  • DC in next space
  • CH 1
  • SK 1 space
  • Repeat from * all the way down, ending with a DC in the last 2 spaces

HDC after Mesh Row

When doing a HDC after a mesh row, work 2 HDC’s in the CH 1 space, and only 1 HDC in between the two double crochets of the mesh row.

Cluster V-Stitch Row

  • CH 3
  • Double crochet in the same space
  • SK 1 space
  • Work a cluster v-stitch in the next space
  • Skip 2 spaces
  • *Work a cluster v-stitch in the next space
  • Skip 2 spaces
  • Repeat from * all the way down, ending with a DC in the last space

HDC after V-Stitch Row

When doing a HDC after a cluster v-stitch row, work 2 HDC’s in the CH 1 space of the cluster-v, and only 1 HDC in between the cluster-v’s

Sugar Love Crochet Baby Blanket Tutorial for the Border

Leave all the tails loose as you crochet. Then, crochet 4 rows for the border

How to Crochet the Border

  • 1 HDC in each space all the way around, but 3 HDC in one of the stitches of the corners
  • Make 4 of those rows
  • Then fold over, tuck the tails in as you whip stitch the border closed with the same colored yarn to cover up the tails.

Sugar Love Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern - Close-Up of the Border

Another shot of the border:

Crochet Baby Blanket Free Pattern - Close-up of the border

Make the matching hats to go with the blanket!

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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.