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Free Pattern: Scalloped Baby Blanket

Posted in Knit & Crochet, Tutorials , on October 5, 2008 , 14 Comments
My Scalloped Baby Blanket for the Ckalieys

My Scalloped Baby Blanket for the Ckalieys

I’ve finally completed it: a scalloped edge baby blanket for our friends Kali and Caley, who are expecting their first baby (a boy) sometime in January.  I just learned crochet about a month ago, so this was a very ambitious project for me!  I tried to make everything as simple as possible so I created my own pattern that would be elegant, and yet also allow me to really practice those basic crochet stitches. I added the scalloped border to be “wild” because I was feeling confident.  Now that I’ve completed a baby blanket, I can do anything!  It took me a month to do, but I was only putting in a few hours or so here and there (maybe once a week?) and taking my time.  This could easily be done in a weekend if you are a veteran crocheter.  So enough jabbering, here’s the pattern! (And please be kind, it’s my first time writing a crochet pattern!)

The Ckalieys’ Scalloped Baby Blanket


  • 3 skeins (1365 yards/15 oz) Bernat Softee Baby Solids in Pale Blue
  • US H/8-5.00mm crochet hook


This blanket is built body first, then the scalloped top and bottom edges are done afterwards.  The body has a simple pattern that even the newest crocheter can handle!

Stitches/Abbreviations Used
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
ch = chain
st = stitch
Shell Stitch (described below)


ch 110
row 1: sc in second chain from hook, sc in each st across (109 sts)
rows 2 – 20: ch 1, sc in each st across (109)

Close up of the pattern

Close up of the pattern

[The “decorative pattern”]
row 21: ch 2, dc in each st across (109)
row 22: ch 1, sc in each st across (109)
row 23: ch 2, dc in each st across (109)

You will alternate between doing 20 rows of sc and then the three rows that make up “the decorative pattern” until the blanket is as long as you want it to be.

Basic Pattern Idea

*20 rows of sc

(ch2) 1 row of dc
(ch1) 1 row of sc
(ch2) 1 row of dc*

Repeat from * to * until you reach your desired length. I went around 34″ or so. Since you start with 20 rows of sc, make sure you end with a completion of a group of 20 rows of sc to make it look even. (So don’t end with the dc/sc/dc pattern.)

Once the body of the blanket is the length you want, you’re going to immediately turn your work and do the shell stitch back across that final row.

Shell Stitch
*Skip 2 ch, dc 5 times in the third ch : skip 2 ch, sc in the third ch* across (18 shells)

Once you have completed your last shell stitch, you’ll now turn your work clockwise and slip stitch down the long side of the blanket to get to the opposite end.  Once you get there, turn your work again clockwise and you’ll see you’re at the opposite long end of the blanket.  Your first set of shell stitches should be on the furthest end from you. Now shell stitch across this bottom row. You now have shell scallops at the two farthest ends of the blanket.  Turn your work clockwise one final time and slip stitch up the long side until you reach your initial shell.  You should have made a complete square trip around the outer edge of your blanket, giving the two furthest ends from each other a pretty scalloped edge and slip stitching the two longest sides.

Fasten off and weave in all ends.  Tada!

Bernat Softee Baby is machine washable and dryable. Instructions:
Machine Washing and Drying: Wash in water (not exceeding 40°C/104°F) at permanent press setting. Do not bleach. Tumble dry at low heat, at delicate setting. Do not iron or press. Do not dry-clean.

Good luck! :) And if anything is unclear or I’ve made a mistake, please let me know, since as I mentioned, it’s my first time ever writing up a crochet pattern.  If you make any scalloped edge baby blankets, I’d LOVE to see them!  Drop me a line at craftblog at pinktoque dot com so I can feature you. :)

14 Responses to “Free Pattern: Scalloped Baby Blanket”

  1. KnitPurlGurl says:

    Beautiful! Makes me wish I could crochet! :)

  2. Lesley says:

    Thank you :) I just recently learned how myself, after learning knitting first. In some ways it’s easier (I think “faster” is a better word, at least for me), but in other ways I find knitting easier. Oh well! It’s fun, and YouTube taught me how in case you want to learn!

  3. Lauren C says:

    i took classes at my local micheals store. 10 dollars for 1 session. and i was good to go. btw i love this pattern :)

  4. Lesley says:

    Awesome to hear that the Michaels classes are helpful — thank you for the kind comments, Lauren! Rock on! :)

  5. Kim says:

    Thanks for the pattern. I’m just starting out and am going to try this. Thanks for sharing! :)

  6. Lesley says:

    You’re so welcome! Good luck :)

  7. Twinsonway says:

    i’ve croched before i’m working on this for twin boys that i’m expecting, and i’m hopeful to make a lil different for each. I understand your pattern very well but how would i switch from blue to white?

    • Lesley says:

      You would just join a different color yarn if you wish to change colors mid-pattern, or make one blanket in blue, and the other in white. I would check YouTube to see different methods for joining yarn if you wish to do multi-colors. Good luck, and congratulations!

  8. Meagan says:

    Can you do the shell stitch around the whole blanket to give it all a scalloped look? or would that mess up the whole thing?

  9. Diane says:

    I am ready to begin the shell stitch border.
    After single crocheting row 20 and then turning, do I chain 2 before I skip 2stitches and start the shell stitch?
    Also about what size did your pretty blanket turn out to be?
    Thank you for sharing this pattern.
    Beginning crocheter :)

    • Lesley says:

      Hi Diane!
      It’s been 4 years since I wrote this pattern and made this blanket so the details are fuzzy to me! I don’t remember the size, but you can make it as long as you’d like. I don’t believe I ch 2 before starting the shell stitches, though.

  10. Sonia says:

    Dear Lesley,
    I was so glad that I found this crochet pattern for a baby blanket. But
    When I first saw this pattern I thought that it said to single crochet on
    The first row and then to half double crochet on the second row and
    Then to single crochet and so on. So can this Blanket be crocheted this
    Way too if you want to?


    • Lesley says:

      Hi Sonia!
      Yes, absolutely! The pattern for the blanket is pretty open – you can do whatever you’d like and it will still be beautiful. Then when you’ve got the blanket the length that you want, you can do the scalloped edges part. Have fun!