Striped Rainbow Baby Blanket | FREE Crochet Pattern Using The Block Stitch

Who doesn’t love a colorful crochet blanket? This Striped Rainbow Baby Blanket is a fun and free crochet baby blanket pattern using the block stitch. It’s a beginner friendly pattern only using single and double crochet stitches. Plus, there’s a picture and video tutorial included to ensure that no matter your skill level, you can recreate this beautiful striped Rainbow Baby Blanket too!

The featured image of Sigoni holding up the striped Rainbow crochet Baby Blanket

Behind the Striped Rainbow Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern Design

While rainbow baby blankets are gorgeous in general, I actually designed this blanket for a couple of my friends who are bringing a miracle, rainbow baby into this world! I couldn’t be more excited for them. The moment they found out, she asked me if I could make her one. Little did she know, I was already planning on it!

I can’t even begin to understand what it’s like to lose a child, but my heart goes out to all of those who have. A rainbow baby is a baby who is born after the loss of a previous baby. Because I rainbow typically follows a storm, there’s hope for what’s to come.

I designed the striped Rainbow Baby Blanket to bring a smile to my friend’s faces, and I’ve written up the pattern so you could do the same for friends of yours who have gone through something similar.


Using the Block Stitch

I’ve never used the block stitch before this rainbow baby blanket pattern, but I’m officially obsessed.

It took me quite a while to come up with a stitch that would look phenomenal with the design I had in my mind. I thought of chevron stitches, easy stitches, puff stitches, and nothing looked right.

The moment I started swatching up the block stitch, I knew this was the one.

The block stitch is super simple. All it requires is single crochet, double crochet, and chain stitches. I’ve created a video tutorial to help you along with this striped Rainbow Baby Blanket crochet pattern, but if you need a more in depth tutorial of the block stitch, you can find it here.

Who doesn't love a colorful crochet blanket? This Striped Rainbow Baby Blanket is a fun and free crochet baby blanket pattern using the block stitch. It's a beginner friendly pattern only using single and double crochet stitches. Plus, there's a picture and video tutorial included to ensure that no matter your skill level, you can recreate this beautiful striped Rainbow Baby Blanket too!

Lots & Lots of Color Changes

Of course with a very colorful blanket like this, it comes with lots of color changes and lots of weaving in ends. This isn’t my favorite thing to do but hey, it’s totally worth it with this striped Rainbow Baby Blanket, don’t you agree?

Normally when I change colors in crochet, I use the seamless color change method. However, for this particular crochet pattern, I decided to tie off my yarn after every row.

I did this because I wanted to make sure that all of my ends were secure, especially when this baby blanket is inevitably tossed into the wash.

So again, lots of ends to weave in. I want you to know that now before you get started because I don’t want you to overlook that. However, also again, totally worth it!


The Yarn Used

The yarn I used for the striped Rainbow Baby Blanket crochet pattern is one of my absolute favorites – Paintbox Yarns Simply DK.

They have such a beautiful variety of colors that it was easy to pick a gorgeous set of rainbow colors and I’m beyond happy with how they turned out. There are different shades of pretty much every color, which I love. I chose to use a darker red and a darker green to contrast with the other lighter colors.

This yarn is a 100% acrylic yarn and it is so soft and beautifully delicate. The care instructions say to machine wash 86°F (30°C) and tumble dry on low so if you’re making this for someone else, make sure they know how to properly care for their preciously handmade baby blanket!

With 302 yards in each skein, I used one skein for each color (with enough yarn left over to create a small project) and two skeins for the white.

LoveCrafts has created a kit just for this pattern where you can put all of the yarn needed into your cart all at once, rather than having to pick and choose each color. So convenient!

You can also purchase the inexpensive PDF there too, but if you’re not interested in the PDF, make sure you uncheck that box and just add the yarn and supplies into your cart.

A close up of the block stitch used to create the striped Rainbow Baby Blanket crochet pattern

Okay, I think it’s about time we get into the actual pattern. What do you think? Let’s get started!

Striped Rainbow Baby Blanket | FREE Crochet Pattern Using The Block Stitch

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Materials Used

Abbreviations

*All Sigoni Macaroni patterns are written in standard US terms *

  • Ch – chain
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Dc – double crochet
US TERMUK TERM
single crochetdouble crochet
double crochettreble crochet

Finished Measurements

  • 32 in by 36 in

Notes

  • Ch 3 at beginning of row does count as stitch

Helpful Tutorials


Striped Rainbow Baby Blanket Free Crochet Pattern Instructions

With White yarn, ch 136

Row 1: Sc 2nd ch from hook and in next ch, *ch 2, sk 2 ch, sc next st. Rep from * to end of row. Sc last ch.

Row 2: Switch to Red yarn. Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout pattern), 3 dc in each ch-2 sp across row, sk next sc, dc last st.

Row 3: Switch to White yarn. Ch 1, sc first st, sc in space between first dc and 3dc cluster, *ch 2, sk 3 dc, 1 sc in space between next 2 clusters. Rep * to end of row. Sc in last st (top of ch3 from previous round)

Row 4: Switch to Pink yarn. Ch 3, 3dc in each ch-2 sp across row, sk next sc, dc last st.

Row 5: Switch to White yarn. Ch 1, sc first st, sc in space between first dc and 3dc cluster, *ch 2, sk 3 dc, 1 sc in space between next 2 clusters. Rep * to end of row. Sc in last st (top of ch3 from previous round)

Row 6: Switch to Orange yarn. Ch 3, 3dc in each ch-2 sp across row, sk next sc, dc last st.

Row 7: Switch to White yarn. Ch 1, sc first st, sc in space between first dc and 3dc cluster, *ch 2, sk 3 dc, 1 sc in space between next 2 clusters. Rep * to end of row. Sc in last st (top of ch3 from previous round)

Row 8: Switch to Yellow yarn. Ch 3, 3dc in each ch-2 sp across row, sk next sc, dc last st.

Row 9: Switch to White yarn. Ch 1, sc first st, sc in space between first dc and 3dc cluster, *ch 2, sk 3 dc, 1 sc in space between next 2 clusters. Rep * to end of row. Sc in last st (top of ch3 from previous round)

Row 10: Switch to Green yarn. Ch 3, 3dc in each ch-2 sp across row, sk next sc, dc last st.

Row 11: Switch to White yarn. Ch 1, sc first st, sc in space between first dc and 3dc cluster, *ch 2, sk 3 dc, 1 sc in space between next 2 clusters. Rep * to end of row. Sc in last st (top of ch3 from previous round)

Row 12: Switch to Blue yarn. Ch 3, 3dc in each ch-2 sp across row, sk next sc, dc last st.

Row 13: Switch to White yarn. Ch 1, sc first st, sc in space between first dc and 3dc cluster, *ch 2, sk 3 dc, 1 sc in space between next 2 clusters. Rep * to end of row. Sc in last st (top of ch3 from previous round)

Row 14: Switch to Purple yarn. Ch 3, 3dc in each ch-2 sp across row, sk next sc, dc last st.

Row 15: Switch to White yarn. Ch 1, sc first st, sc in space between first dc and 3dc cluster, *ch 2, sk 3 dc, 1 sc in space between next 2 clusters. Rep * to end of row. Sc in last st (top of ch3 from previous round)

Repeat rows 2-15, six more times

Row 100: Switch to Red yarn. Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout pattern), 3 dc in each ch-2 sp across row, sk next sc, dc last st.

Row 101: Switch to White yarn. Ch 1, sc first st, sc in space between first dc and 3dc cluster, *ch 2, sk 3 dc, 1 sc in space between next 2 clusters. Rep * to end of row. Sc in last st (top of ch3 from previous round)

Striped Rainbow Baby Blanket Border

With the right side of the blanket facing you, attach white yarn to the first ch-2 space at the top right corner.

Round 1: Ch 1, sc twice in ch-2 sp, *sc next st, 2sc next ch-2 sp. Rep * down row. 3sc in last st. Turn blanket to work along side. Sc evenly along the side of the blanket, placing 2sc at the end of every dc row and 1sc at the end of every sc row. Turn blanket to work along bottom. 3sc first st on bottom row. Sc across bottom row the same way you did the top row, 3sc last st. Turn blanket to work along side. Sc evenly along the side of the blanket the same as you did the first side. Turn blanket to work along top. 3sc first st, sc next st, sl st to first sc of the round.

Round 2: Ch 1, sc first st, *ch 1, sk next st, sc next st. Rep * to corner. [sc, ch 2, sc] in corner st, sc next st**, Rep from * to ** all around each side of blanket. Sl st to first st.

Round 3: Ch 1, sc first st, *ch 1, sk next st, sc next st. Rep * to corner. [sc, ch 2, sc] in corner st, sc next st**, Rep from * to ** all around each side of blanket. Sc last st, sl st to first st.

Tie off, weave in all ends.

Folded finished Rainbow Baby Blanket crochet pattern after weaving in ends

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    1. Thank you so much Sandra! Be sure to send me photos or tag me when you’re finished, I would love to see your blanket! šŸ’•

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