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Saturday, June 11, 2005

Pattern: Crinkle Textured Baby Blanket

Here's another fairly easy baby blanket. This pattern creates a border as you go. The main stitch used in the body of the blanket is really easy to do, but makes a pretty crinkle pattern.

Click on photos for a larger view.

I begin with a foundationless sc base row. Directions for this (which Josi Hannon Madera calls Double Base Chain) are available here.

You can use this pattern with any type of yarn and any size hook. I made mine with a sport weight yarn, Red Heart Soft Baby in Bunny Print. I used an I hook and one 6-oz. skein to make a 16" × 21" blanket, small enough to use in a car seat or baby carrier. I started with 57 foundationless sc stitches.


Row 1:Foundationless sc an odd number of stitches to desired width. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Sc across; ch 1, turn.

Rows 3-5: Repeat row 2.

Row 6: Sc in first 4 stitches. *Ch 2, sk 1 st, sc in next st; repeat from * to last 3 st. Sc in last 3 st; ch 1, turn.

Row 7: Sc in first 4 stitches. (Sc, ch 2, sc) in each ch-2 space across. Sc in last 4 stitches; ch 1, turn.

Row 8: Hdc in first 4 stitches. (Sc, ch 2, sc) in each ch-2 space across. Hdc in last 4 stitches; ch 1, turn.

Rows 9-?: Repeat rows 7 and 8 until desired length. Repeat row 7.

Bottom Edge
Row 1: Sc in first 4 stitches. 2 sc in each ch-2 space across. Sc in last 4 stitches. Ch 1, turn.

Rows 2-5: Sc across. Ch 1, turn. On last row, do not ch 1.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.


Blogger Kimberly said:

Thanks for sharing this pattern as well as the others.

This last blanket you posted is truly a lovely piece.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005 11:47:00 PM 
Blogger Ro said:

gorgeous! I would love to try this pattern someday!!!


Monday, June 20, 2005 12:43:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said:

Beautiful blanket.

Thank you for sharing the pattern.

Thursday, June 23, 2005 11:38:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hi Lisa,
When I try to go to the site for the foundationless stitch, I can't get it to open, and I would love to try this as your blanket turned out so beautiful!!!

Monday, August 01, 2005 12:41:00 PM 
Blogger Lisa said:

Hi, EllieSue
The site must have been down when you tried it. The link seems to work fine now. Try again. She has great pictures.
Best, Lisa

Tuesday, August 09, 2005 2:29:00 PM 
Anonymous Lisa said:

This blanket was so easy and enjoyable to make and it turned out great.
Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful pattern.

Friday, July 14, 2006 11:46:00 PM 
Anonymous Ivanna said:

Hello Lisa

Ivanna Here you posted the Crochet Math on your site, would you help me in figuring out how to do the "Crochet Math" when given only a diagram such as in the foreign free crochet patterns on the web there are many many beautiful ones and for the life of me I can't figure out where or how to start they give you a block diagram with the pattern "design" stitch and leave it at that, I do not speak or understand Portugese or Spanish or Japanese PLEASE HELP !!!


Friday, April 06, 2007 8:23:00 PM 
Blogger Lisa said:

Hi, Ivanna
Sorry, I don't know how to read those sorts of patterns. But if you do a Google search on "international crochet symbols" I think you should find some helpful websites. Good luck!
Best, Lisa

Sunday, April 08, 2007 2:54:00 PM 
Blogger Naomi said:

Thank you for sharing this! I made this for my cousin, and it turned out really well. It was my first big crochet project, and it was sooo easy! Thanks again!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 11:57:00 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said:

Love this pattern! Quick, easy, and beautiful! I lost my pattern and now have it bookmarked in case I lose it again! Thanks for sharing.

Friday, April 27, 2007 5:44:00 PM 
Blogger yay4crochet said:

I was so happy to see this stitch come together beautifully. Although, my husband won't be happy as I get so absorbed in crochet. Thank you for introducing me to another stitch I will have fun with.

Monday, August 13, 2007 3:05:00 AM 
Blogger Mindy said:

This afghan came out gorgeous. It was easy and fast. I made it much bigger than was given using almost 4 skeins of baby weight yarn. The best part is when its done ITS DONE. No finishing work.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 7:10:00 PM 
Blogger Mindy said:

This blanket came out gorgeous. I made it much bigger than the directions. I used 4 skeins of baby weight yarn. The nicest part was when I was done ... It was done. No edging. I highly recommend it.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 7:10:00 PM 
Blogger Lisa said:

Try the Internet Archive [] for archived versions of any dead links. For example, the archived version of the foundationless crochet can be found at

Saturday, September 27, 2008 4:05:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said:

i am so confused on the row 6 directions. i sc the first 4 but after that im confused on the sc,ch2,sc..then it says in ch-2 space across. what does that mean?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008 12:26:00 PM 
Blogger Lisa said:

Confused Anonymous -- It looks like you might have taken the first part of row 6 and then skipped to row 7. In row 6, each time you ch 2, you make a ch-2 space that you will use in row 7. I hope this helps!
Best, Lisa

Wednesday, December 17, 2008 5:25:00 PM 
Blogger Glenda said:

This has been the most fabulous pattern. Thank you for sharing. I love the fact that the project is done when you tie the last stitch. It makes up beautifully and can be changed up a millon ways. I have given several of them away as gifts and it makes for a wonderful, soft beautiful gift. Thanks Glenda

Saturday, March 07, 2009 10:02:00 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks for the beautiful pattern. I don´t seem to understand the side finish in rows 6 and 7. On row six you sc 3 and on row seven you sc 4. That means they do not have the sides do not have the same width?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 4:30:00 PM 
Blogger Lisa said:

Anonymous - The rows end in different numbers of sc because of the alternating stitches. The "extra" sc is actually part of the body of the afghan, and then the 3 sc's are the border. I hope this helps.
Best, Lisa

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 6:32:00 PM 
Anonymous Kitten said:

Ok... I've gotten confused :D

When you do rows 7 and 8... where is says to "(Sc, ch 2, sc) in each ch-2 space across"

Does this mean to sc in the ch-2 space, then ch-2, and then sc in the SAME space? OR does it mean to sc in the ch-2, then ch-2, and then sc into the NEXT ch-2 space?

-Here's hoping for a quick response :D-

Friday, March 20, 2009 4:45:00 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said:

I am also confused on steps 7 and 8, at first I thought it meant to sc then ch 2 and skip a stitch then sc but then i realized that it says nothing about skipping a stitch, so then i tried doing a sc ch2 and sc in the next stitch but that made the whole thing look really ruffly. Please confirm those 2 steps for me!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 6:38:00 PM 
Blogger Lisa said:

To Kitten & Anonymous:
Yes, these go into the SAME space. That's what will end up making the crinkle texture! Good luck!

Best, Lisa

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 6:47:00 PM 
Anonymous Kitten said:

I figured it out, had my mother read it too and she made sense out of it. You sc in the ch-2 SPACE not IN one of the chains themselves... which I also was confused on.. then ch-2 and sc in the SAME space... It made sense once I figured it out, and got very easy.

Thank you!

Thursday, March 26, 2009 12:23:00 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said:


I am atempting this project as my first big one and I feel pretty confident after doing your mesh dish cloth.

Any hoo, I am several rows 7 & 8 into it and it appears that the body is wider than the first 3 rows, is that normal? It kind of makes a letter "C".


Tuesday, March 31, 2009 7:38:00 PM 
Blogger Lisa said:

To Anonymous -
I'm not sure what you mean by it's making a C shape, but no that's not what it's supposed to do. Are you following the pattern correctly? The part in parentheses should be treated as a single unit. So "(Sc, ch 2, sc) in each ch-2 space across" means to do the part in the () in the ch-2 spaces that you made in the previous row. I hope this helps.

Best, Lisa

Sunday, April 05, 2009 4:33:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said:

RE: C shape


The C shape just kind of straightened itself out after a few more rows. Once I got about halfway done it took on the shape of a blanket and I ended up finishing it a few days later. It looks great. Thank you for the free pattern!

Sunday, April 12, 2009 9:22:00 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks alot for the pattern.

I made it white with ribbon inside the edges.

I know some persons here in Egypt that will be very happy :-)

Thanks so much and it was so easy to. ps i made it bigger also

Sunday, May 03, 2009 8:23:00 AM 
Anonymous said:

I would love to make this blanket, but i would like to make it bigger, more of a baby blanket size for a crib. How woudl I add to the pattern to make this happen?

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 8:54:00 PM 
Blogger Lisa said:

Anonymous - The directions for the first row say to make it as wide as you want. Just be sure you have an odd number of stitches.

Then row 9 says to keep going until it's as long as you want.

I hope this helps!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009 9:12:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hi Lisa

I have started to crochet this lovely blanket without using the double base chain stitch. I have used the single crochet into chain stitch. The pattern rows appear to be wider than the 5 row border. Will this straighten out as the rug gets longer, or will I need to unpick it and start again using the double base chain stitch?

Kathy from Australia

Sunday, August 02, 2009 8:25:00 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hi Lisa,
Further to my previous comment, as the border appears to be narrower than the pattern, the border is no longer a straight edge, but is 'curved'. It's a bit like the 'C' shape as described by "Anonymous" March 31. She then said in a later comment that "it straightened itself out after a few more rows", so I'm wondering if mine is likely to do the same. I will eagerly await your reply.

Kathy from Australia

Sunday, August 02, 2009 8:35:00 AM 
Blogger Lisa said:

Kathy from Australia -
I think the reason your blanket is turning out like that may be due to uneven tension. Maybe make a practice swatch? Or just keep going and maybe it'll straighten out, like the earlier poster said.
Best, Lisa

Thursday, August 06, 2009 9:38:00 PM 
Blogger hotangel22 said:

hello i'd like to try this cute blanket for my new baby !
althought i am not clear on this part of your pattern with ? mark
please help me ?? do you repeat row 7 and 8 ,and 7 and 8, and 7 and8, than just 7 ???

Rows 9-?: Repeat rows 7 and 8 until desired length. Repeat row 7.

Sunday, August 09, 2009 9:33:00 AM 
Blogger Lisa said:

To hotangel22 - yep, you got it just right!

Sunday, August 09, 2009 4:22:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hi Lisa,

I have just finished row five, and I realized that I have an even number of stitches instead of odd. Is there any way to fix this or do I need to start completely over?


Monday, October 26, 2009 10:23:00 AM 
Blogger Lisa said:

To "Not Odd Enough" Anonymous - That depends on how much of a perfectionist you are. :-) Certainly starting over will fix your problem. However, you could also start row 6 this way: Instead of sc in first 4 stitches, you could do the 4 sc in the first 3 stitches. You would do 2 sc in 1 stitch. This would be just like working an increase. I hope this helps!

Monday, October 26, 2009 12:03:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said:

fantastic blanket now on my third

Saturday, February 20, 2010 11:25:00 AM 
Blogger mary said:

I have only been working on this blanket a couple of days and it grows so fast!! And it is very pretty. Thanks so much.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 12:43:00 PM 
Blogger kdbliv said:

Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. It is a gorgeous pattern and so simple and fun to use.

Made one for our daughter who is due the last of January.

Have shared it with a couple of crochet friends!


Wednesday, November 03, 2010 6:55:00 AM 
Blogger lorihansen25 said:


Trying this awesome pattern for my soon to be neice or nephew due in Jan....I was wondering if it was supposed to be wavy like in the middle of the blanket while doing the stitches? I have the pattern fine and it is even, was just hoping to see if it was suppose to be wavy like until the end of the blanket, thanks and please reply asap! thanks! Great pattern btw!

Saturday, June 25, 2011 11:14:00 PM 
Blogger Lisa said:

Lori - if you look at the photos, you'll see that mine is slightly wavy. Is that what you're seeing? If yours is more wavy than that, you might be crocheting too tightly or loosely, or perhaps varying the tension too much.

Sunday, June 26, 2011 6:51:00 PM 
Blogger lorihansen25 said:

Thank you....I started it over again. I was having trouble with it and I think I"ve got it....My pattern in the first try started going in a "C" shape also like another post....I wasn't sure it was going to straighten out but it did seem like it might, but I 'm a little picky and want it to look perfect so I started again. I think it's working this time. SO far so good! When you do the four and then the single and ch 2 part how does the end of the blanket not have the points from the ch 2 section of the pattern? Is that resolved through the border? Just curious....thanks again.

Saturday, July 02, 2011 11:22:00 PM 
Blogger Lisa said:

Lori - it will be covered by the border.

Monday, July 04, 2011 10:32:00 PM 
Blogger lorihansen25 said:

One more question...I foundationless chained the beginning of the blanket with 70 sc foundationless that too small???

Monday, July 11, 2011 12:22:00 AM 
Blogger Lisa said:

Lori - if it's as wide as you want it to be, then it's not too small! If you want it wider, just make the starting chain longer.

Saturday, July 16, 2011 3:56:00 PM 
Anonymous barbie said:

I just found this pattern and have about 9 inches crocheted so far. It is absolutely gorgeous! I understand the earlier comment about it sort of looking like a "C". Mine was doing the same thing - after the first 6 rows, when I crocheted a few rows of the body, the border started curling a little, sort of in a C shape. I solved the problem by starting over and using a L hook for the first 6 rows, then changing to the K hook for row 7 and onward. Most likely I'll switch back to the L hook for the bottom edge border (to match the beginning border). Everything is laying down nice and flat - and gorgeous!

Saturday, December 22, 2012 4:40:00 PM 
Blogger Lisa said:

Barbie - thanks for your kind comments. I have not understood the posts about the C shape, as that doesn't happen for me, but obviously other people have that happen for them. But your explanation helps, and hopefully others can use your example. Thanks!
- Lisa

Saturday, December 22, 2012 8:35:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said:

hi Lisa,
I'm a fairly new crocheter and i cant seem to get row 7 to work. Is there any way you can help me to understand better?
Thank you

Monday, July 28, 2014 1:42:00 PM 

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