You can absolutely make baby blankets with Tunisian crochet and you can make them in a wide variety of styles and yarns.
There are so many possibilities when using Tunisian crochet since it has all the best qualities of both crochet and knitting combined.
Why You Need To Learn Tunisian Crochet
Not only are Tunisian crochet baby blankets very doable, they are also satisfying all the requests from young, modern mothers.
What do you always hear from young mothers? “Please make a blanket without holes and don’t make it too lacy or old fashioned.” It’s not that crochet isn’t well-loved; it’s that we need to do other things than the same old thing in order to attract our younger audience.
Tunisian crochet is perfect to fill these desires!
Tunisian Crochet Books
I’m particularly fond of Tunisian crochet. I first taught myself in the early 2000s (maybe late 90s?), when double-ended Tunisian crochet became so popular. I was still a fairly new designer, selling patterns to Annie’s Attic and Red Heart yarns.
The Annie’s Attic Aquisition Manager mailed me a double-ended hook to see what I could come up with to add to their book offerings.
I had to teach myself Tunisian crochet first, of course. But, then, I went all in with Tunisian crochet and sold these three books (aff links) in only one meeting.
- Annie’s Attic, Afghan Stitch Afghans, March 2002
- Annie’s Attic, Tunisian Baby Afghans, June 2001
- Annie’s Attic, Tunisian Sampler Afghan, April 2001
These three books were made with only two Tunisian crochet stitches in order to produce raised patterns. But, what about more unique designs?
- Annie’s Attic, Tunisian Baby Blankets, July 2006
“Tunisian Baby Blankets” will always be my favorite. It was so fun coming up with those designs and then adding regular crochet for the lacy borders. I’m still so amazed. They turned out better than I could have imagined.
How Do You Make Blankets On A Small Hook?
I’ve got to admit that, when I first started working in Tunisian crochet, the hooks were all limited. Pretty much the only ones available were the hollow metal hooks with a stopper on the end. You couldn’t even find a size I hook! I never found out why.
You could find a few hooks with a plastic cord attached but they were few and far between. I suspect that many of them were from the 70s when Tunisian was popular. It seems like Tunisian crochet becomes popular every 30 years or so. I really hope it sticks around this time.
Many times, the only blankets you would find would be made in strips then seamed. It was necessary because it wasn’t as easy to make projects on such short hooks. One of the things you learn when designing is that you can’t design something if only a small amount of people can get the materials to make it.
But, getting back to the size of the hook. These days, you can get hooks made in about any material from various woods to metal to acrylic. You’ve got choices of lengths and you can even switch out the length of the attached cord to make even wider projects.
Don’t be at all concerned about the length of the hook anymore. I don’t think you’ll ever need to worry about it again.
Tunisian Baby Blanket Patterns
Here are the free Tunisian crochet blanket patterns currently available at Make It Crochet. Stay tuned as I add more as time goes on. It’s really my favorite, so don’t be surprised by this filling quickly.
All the patterns at Make It Crochet are free. Since many of you have asked how to help with the costs of running a site like this, I’ve made all the patterns into print-ready PDFs and the cost is about the same as a cup of coffee. Every little bit helps.
TERMS: To my fellow crafters, you have my permission to use my patterns to make and sell your projects* anywhere you like. You cannot use my images to sell your projects, though. You must take photos of your own work. All patterns have been tested but mistakes can happen. If you find a mistake, please let me know. Everything at MakeItCrochet.com is protected by copyright to Kim Guzman. Other than the permissions previously given, no one other than Kim Guzman has permission to: reproduce, copy, publish or distribute this pattern, its parts or photos in any way or form, including, but not limited to, translations into foreign languages & video production.
*Not intended to be blanket permission for mass production.