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Oliver Baby Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

Oliver Baby Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

Wrap your little one in love with the easy and practical Oliver Baby Blanket.  The free crochet pattern is right here on the blog, but you have the option of purchasing a pattern that offers stitch charts.

The all-over stitch pattern makes this cozy blanket a relaxing project for all skill levels. One-row stripes in three colors allow you to carry the yarn up the side without cutting, so you only have a few ends to weave in.

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Every Which Way Crochet BordersUse the instructions for the simple edging provided, or customize the blanket with your own choice of border from Around the Corner Crochet Borders or Every Which Way Crochet Borders.

The Yarn

Craft Yarn Council Yarn Symbol 3Light Weight Yarn is the perfect choice for a baby blanket. Choose your favorite three colors to match your nursery decor. 

Bernat Softee Baby is a 100% acrylic yarn soft and easy to crochet, and it goes in the washing machine, which is so important for a baby blanket!

The Pattern

The free crochet pattern instructions follow, with all the information you need to make the blanket. If you’d like a printable PDF pattern which includes full color stitch charts for the blanket and border, you can buy the premium pattern.

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Oliver Baby Blanket

One Size, Finished Dimensions: 34″/86 cm square


Light Weight Yarn (CYC #3): approximately 362 yds/331 m each of colors A, B and C. Sample used Bernat Softee Baby (100% acrylic, 5 oz/140 g, 362 yd/331 m), 1 skein each #30010 Little Mouse (A), #30008 Antique White (B), and #30201 Aqua (C)

Size H-8/5 mm crochet hook or size to obtain correct gauge


17  sts and 11 rows = 4″ /10 cm in Half Double Crochet Seed Stitch

To save time, take time to check gauge.

Pattern Notes

To change color at the end of a row, work the last stitch of the row until 2 loops remain on the hook, yarn over with the new color and pull the new color through the remaining 2 loops to complete the stitch. Watch How to Change Colors in Crochet for a video tutorial.

Carry the yarn up the side as you work.


ch: chain

hdc: half double crochet

rep: repeat

RS: right side

sc: single crochet

st(s): stitch(es)

standing sc: Beginning with a slip knot on the hook, work a single crochet in the stitch or space indicated. Watch How to Work Standing Single Crochet.

X-st (crossed st): Skip 1 st, dc in next st; dc in skipped st, keeping st just made to the front. Watch How to Work Crossed Double Crochet (3 Ways).

Half Double Crochet Seed Stitch

Oliver Baby Blanket Free Crochet Pattern half double crochet seed stitch With A, loosely chain a multiple of 2 + 1. Work 1 row each of A, B, C throughout. 

Foundation Row (RS): Hdc in 3rd ch from hook (skipped chs count as hdc), *ch 1, skip 1 ch, hdc in next ch; rep from * across, changing to B on last st, turn.

Row 1: Ch 2 (counts as hdc here and throughout), *hdc in next ch-1 space, ch 1; rep from * across, ending hdc in top of turning ch, changing to next color on last st, turn.

Rep Row 1 for pattern.


With A, chain 139.

Work Half Double Crochet Seed Stitch Foundation Row—70 hdc, 68 ch-1 spaces.

Continue in Half Double Crochet Seed Stitch until piece measures 32″/81 cm.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.


Oliver Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern closeup of corner

The premium pattern has stitch charts, which makes following the border instructions much easier!

Rnd 1: With B and RS facing, standing sc in first st of last row, [single crochet 136 sts evenly spaced along edge to corner st, 3 sc in corner st] 3 times, single crochet 136 sts evenly spaced along edge to corner st, 2 st in same st as beginning, join with slip st to first sc. Place a marker in each corner st. You should have 138 sts along each side, plus 4 marked corner sts.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in each st around, placing 3 sc in each marked corner st and moving marker up to center st of corner as you work, join with slip st to first sc—140 sc each side, 4 corner sts. Fasten off B.

Rnd 3: Refer to stitch diagram to aid with placement of stitches. With A, standing dc in first st to left of any corner st (to right of corner st for left-handers), dc in corner st, keeping st just made to the front (first X-st complete); *X-st across, placing first dc of last X-st in corner sc; ch 2**; X-st in same corner sc and next st; rep from * around, ending last rep at ** , join with slip st in top of dc. Fasten off A.

Rnd 4: Work in the space between the dcs on each X-st. With C, standing sc in any ch-2 corner space, *[(sc, ch 3, sc) in next X-st, sc in next X-st] to corner**, sc in corner space; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join with slip st to first sc.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.  

5 thoughts on “Oliver Baby Blanket Free Crochet Pattern”

  1. I saw your color scheme and felt that you had named your blanket correctly, it is an Oliver.

    I saw a movie ‘Oliver” when I was young about an orphan boy on the streets of London. Somehow that movie was named right also, and I have been wondering about that name ever since. An uncomfortable feeling, like what I think of names is not good enough, like I am not capturing the essence of the experience of that name. I am glad I saw your entry. That movie was so much… Yech!

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