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8 Lovely Granny Square Baby Blanket Patterns — All for FREE!

When making a crochet baby blanket, using granny squares is a fast, flexible and attractive choice. You can either make one large square or use many smaller squares joined together with a border all round.

Here you’ll find all the info you need to choose the right size blanket to make, plus five bright and happy designs with free patterns that babies and parents are bound to love.

Sizing for granny square baby blankets

If you try researching the perfect baby blanket size, you’ll be overwhelmed with loads of different opinions about types and sizes. Baby blankets are not as simple as you thought!

But don’t be put off. The important thing to remember is that there is no wrong size, and your handmade gift will be cherished by both the new parents and the baby!

This is not a complete list by any means, but it includes the various names of different types of baby blanket and the approximate sizes, from largest to smallest.

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Toddler blanket

Babies don’t stay small very long! For a blanket to get a good amount of use, choose a granny square baby blanket 45″ x 60″. This is a bit big for swaddling, but it can be used on a crib and then as a cover up for a child during naps and cuddle times. This size of blanket is also perfect as a lap-ghan or a wheelchair blanket for adult use.

Crib blanket

Cribs and cots do not have  a standard size, so if you know what size crib you are making for, go with those measurements. Otherwise, a blanket 30″ – 36″ x 50″ 54″ will work well.

Receiving blanket

Traditionally the blanket used to wrap a baby in when first born, this is a multi-use blanket for cribs, in the stroller, during naps as well as for swaddling and comfort as the baby grows. A receiving blanket is 34″ 36″ square.

Swaddling blanket

A slightly smaller baby blanket used to wrap a baby gently by simulating the close cuddle in the womb. A good starting size is 30″ square, but a 34″ square would double as both a receiving and a swaddling blanket.

Stroller blanket

Used when out and about, this needs to be 24″ – 26″ x 30″. A granny square baby blanket made from small, individual motifs joined together is ideal.

Bassinet or cradle  blanket

This one is for covering a new baby when it first comes home. A stroller blanket can double as a bassinet blanket, or you could go slightly smaller: 16″ x 30″. A very fast granny square blanket to whip up for a last-minute gift!

Preemie blanket

Used for premature babies, these super-small blankets can range from 15″ square to 24″ square (or a rectangle within that range). If you want to make blankets for a special care baby unit, check with the parents or the hospital first. A granny square baby blanket may not be suitable because of the holes, which can trap breathing and feeding tubes, fingers and even arms and legs.

Lovey

A tiny comfort blanket used for snuggling and security — picture a baby who won’t go anywhere without it! This is the smallest blanket at around 18″ square.

Granny square baby blanket patterns

If you want to make a square baby blanket, you have the choice of any of the designs featured here. You can make individual squares and join them together or just start your granny square and keep going!

Pastel giant granny square baby blanket

Photo via Lauren Brown of Daisy Cottage Designs

A pastel granny square baby blanket

This one-square design from Lauren Brown of Daisy Cottage Designs uses soft sea green, white and neutral stone shades to make an 18″ square lovey blanket. But this blanket could easily be made larger with more rounds before the simple border, and you could switch out the colors. I love this design because it’s striking, useful and because you are using larger bands of color — not too many pesky ends to weave in! Get free pattern here.

Corner granny square baby  blanket

Corner Square Baby Blanket via Craftsy member DebElen 

Corner Square Baby Blanket

Here’s another great giant granny square baby blanket pattern, from Craftsy seller DebElen. A baby would love to snuggle up with this blanket during quiet times, but the large blocks of bright color make this a perfect playtime companion.

Get the free pattern here.

Giant granny square baby blanket

Photo via Stephanie Lau of All About Ami

A one-square granny square baby blanket in rich fall tones

If you want to make something a bit bolder and brighter still, how about this gorgeous free pattern from Lion Brand, which has been made so beautifully by Stephanie Lau of All About Ami. She designed the number and order of the colors using her computer — fab idea! The result looks amazing.

Stephanie made this when she was pregnant and spent some quiet time thinking about the baby that was wriggling away as she worked the 36 rounds. What a great way to make something beautiful and useful while preparing to welcome a new baby into the family! This pattern is available on the Lion Brand Yarn website (you’ll need an account), and you can read more about it on Stephanie’s blog.

Giant granny square baby blanket

Giant Granny Square Afghan via Craftsy member Crochet Me Lovely

Giant Granny Square Afghan

How about this fabulously easy large granny square baby blanket by Craftsy member Crochet Me Lovely? Again with bright tones, you start with a large square and then add rounds of varying thickness for a rich, vibrant and cozy blanket.

Get the free pattern here.

Photo via Janette Williams of The Green Dragonfly

Solid colour blocks granny square baby blanket

If you want to make a larger or rectangular blanket, this gorgeous design by Janette Williams of The Green Dragonfly is one to check out. The individual squares are worked in one color and then joined together in a random design before bordering with more basic granny crochet. The final granny square baby blanket is 34″ x 40″ and has 42 squares (seven on one side, six on the other). Follow her pattern here.

Mitred granny square baby blanket

Photo via Sue Rivers of Crochet Again

Mitered Granny Square

This is an unusual take on the traditional granny square, but it’s no more difficult to do. Made by Sue Rivers of Crochet Again, it combines just five bright colors in offset mitered squares all joined in white for maximum impact. Sue made her blanket with six squares on each side (36 in total), but you could make this style into any size granny square baby blanket. Follow the pattern here. 

Bright flower granny square baby blanket

Photo via Dragana Savkov-Bajic of Dada’s Place

3D pastel flowers granny square baby blanket

Dragana Savkov-Bajic of Dada’s Place designed this utterly beautiful version of the traditional granny square baby blanket. Some square feature a flower motif in bright colors while other squares have flowers in the gorgeous creamy color used for joining and bordering. 

Designed in cool cotton yarn, this is the ideal girl’s baby blanket. Once you get the hang of making the gorgeous square, you can make it any size you like.

Arielsblanket by Sew Hooked granny square baby blanket

Ariel’s Blanket via Craftsy member Sewhooked

Ariel’s Blanket

A lovely pattern from Craftsy member SewHooked, this pattern uses larger granny squares with a central flower motif in a selection of lovely pastel shades, all surrounded by a textured crochet border.

Get the FREE pattern here.

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10 Comments

Dora

Hallo don’t you have knitted block patterns for 40 stitches please?I’m not so good with crocheting Thanks Dora

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Kathryn Senior

Hi Dora – no not on this blog, which is all about crochet 🙂 Try searching Craftsy for knitted block patterns x

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Jerrie Jones

Love the patterns. Have our 8th grandchild (a boy) on the way and will use one of these patterns for his blanket. Thank you!!

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Kathryn Senior

That’s great – I’m glad they are useful for you xxx

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Sarah Tapia

I love the “Dada’s girl” granny square blanket. I love the way the crocheted flowers pop up from the afghan. I also love the colors and the textures. I will definitely make this afghan.

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Kathryn Senior

Yes this one is pretty special – I would love to see the finished result if you make it 🙂

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Carol Boyd

how many skeins RedHeart Soft for a three color Granny Rectangle for crib size afghan

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Kathryn Senior

Hi Carol you need to check the yardage in the pattern and then the yardage on the skein ball – the details are usually given in most online retailers or you can ask in your yarn shop. You will then have to work it out approximately xxx

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kitten

hey the pastel granny blanket link isnt working. it says it was removed. i really wanted to try that one. im sad now

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Margo

I am the Manager of our knit/crochet/craft group at my local Sr. Center….and we have discussed the best patterns and yarns for baby blankets and afghans…consensus is that Granny Squares, with their “holey” pattern is not suitable for babies. Mama’s tell me their babies get their fingers stuck in the holes, some have sprained their little digits ! Personally I love the look of a Granny Square, but perhaps it would be better for adult use. And that might be a personal preference for some, since I’ve gotten comments that a Granny Square afghan, while pretty , does not seem to warm a person up much….again , it those darn holes in the pattern. Most Seniors prefer a crocheted afghan in a solid block (single crochet) , no drafts. Just a comment on what we have discovered in our group.

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