This charming Double Crochet Chevron Baby Blanket is made in one of crochet’s most memorable designs in an easier and quicker double crochet pattern.
With stripes made from self-striping Lion Brand Mandala cakes, you’ll have all the tradition and none of the fuss.
“Double Crochet Chevron Baby Blanket” free crochet pattern by Kim Guzman © Aug. 2023. All rights reserved.
Technique: Regular crochet.
Skill Level: Easy.
My Crochet Pattern Notes
This pattern would usually be called a beginner pattern. I moved it up a notch because beginners have a difficult time placing several stitches in the same spot then accidentally skipping the next stitch. The stitch stretches out and can get easily buried if you don’t watch it closely.
Because this pattern has 5 stitches in the same place to make the rise of the ripples, it requires learning how to “read” the next stitch. This is a step up from beginner. It’s not difficult. You just need to be patient on the first row.
Making a tassel on the corners seems to be a current trend. I did consider it but I used every bit of the Mandala Bonus Bundle and there was none left for tassels. I didn’t want to make something that couldn’t stand up to washing either so no tassels for this one.
Crochet Pattern At A Glance
Double Crochet Chevron Baby BlanketDesigner: Kim Guzman © 2022-23. All rights reserved.
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- Lion Brand “Mandala Bonus Bundle”, size 3 DK weight, 100% acrylic, 1181 yds/1080m per 10.5 oz/300g cake: 1 cake of Talos colorway.
- Suggested Crochet Hook Size H-8 (5mm) or hook needed to meet gauge
- Yarn Needle for weaving ends
- Make an initial chain and row. Work carefully since this will be the set up for each remaining row. It's important this first one is accurate.
- Work row 2 to establish stitch pattern.
- Repeat row 2 for rows 3-54 to complete the length of the blanket.
- Fasten off and weave in all ends securely.
This is a free crochet pattern and the written instructions are below. If you prefer a printable download, a PDF is also available for purchase.
What’s The Difference Between Chevron And Ripple?
In crochet these days, the words Chevron and Ripple mean pretty much the same thing. They both mean the zig zag look in the most beloved blankets in the crochet world and you will find them used interchangeably.
I’ve seen some fairly serious debates, though, so it’s better to explain myself.
For me, let’s just say that a Ripple is usually classified as a softer wave than a Chevron. The Chevron will be more of a pointy v-shape.
For instance, I would call this Mandala Waves Baby Blanket a ripple with those soft waves.
It really doesn’t matter to me whether you call it chevron, ripple or even zig zag. It’s all good and we all understand it to be a design with rises and falls.
A stalwart crochet historian may have a different perspective, of course. My sole purpose is simply to help you make pretty things.
Why Does My Ripple Afghan Keep Growing?
I’ve seen lots of people try to make a chevron afghan and I’ve seen their afghans grow on the sides. This is usually a result of not decreasing properly at the side edges.
Another known culprit of ripples is accidentally missing stitches. This happens when you place a lot of stitches in one spot, stretching it out, burying the next stitch.
I decided to make more of a beginner ripple by using double crochet. But, I wanted to be sure to make the counting easier throughout. First, I didn’t start with the standard of “skip the first stitch”. I know mistakes can be made there and I wanted you to be able to avoid that.
My second easy design feature is using the count of five throughout. People find counting in fives to be easy. But, I went a step further. With this pattern, you can count five up, five at the top, five down and 5 at the bottom. It just makes everything easier when the number doesn’t change throughout.
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32″ x 36″.
Lion Brand “Mandala Bonus Bundle”, size 3 DK weight, 100% acrylic, 1181 yds/1080m per 10.5 oz/300g cake: 1 cake of Talos colorway. This pattern uses every bit of the cake.
“Mandala” is classified as a DK weight (size 3) yarn and is currently available in 20 colorways.
Mandala is a readily-available yarn and is available in different yarn weights. There is more than one variety so be sure to get one marked as size 3.
What Is Mandala Bonus Bundle?
Lion Brand Mandala is a lightweight, size DK yarn, in a self-striping. This means that it has long color runs that form the striping in your project. Variegated, on the other hand, has very short color runs, creating more of a mottled look.
The regular “put up” size of Mandala yarn is 150g, but the Mandala Bonus Bundle is twice that size, at 300g.
Is Mandala Yarn Expensive?
Mandala yarn isn’t an inexpensive yarn and the Bonus Bundle is even more, of course. For this reason, I like to separate the Mandala with a different solid yarn like I did with this Happy Tunisian Baby Blanket which is alternated with a white solid.
This time, though, I decided to plan out a baby blanket that could be made solely with one Mandala Bonus Bundle cake. I’m always looking for a way to save money, even when using more expensive types of yarn. I gladly took that challenge.
The pattern for this baby blanket is smaller than a lot, but I needed it this small in order to use only one cake of yarn. Since you can use any yarn and the stitch multiples are available, you don’t need to make exactly the same size, even if you want to make the color striping yourself.
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Suggested Crochet Hook Size H-8 (5mm) or hook needed to meet gauge.
Yarn Needle for weaving ends.
Working in stitch pattern, 18 stitches for 6 rows measures approximately 4″ x 4″. It’s difficult to measure gauge in a design like this, but a general idea is that each full repeat measures approximately 3.5″ across.
To change the width, make your initial chain any multiple of 16, then add 19.
This baby blanket pattern is written in US crochet terminology.
ch=chain; dc=double crochet; lp(s)= loop(s); rep=repeat; sk=skip; st=stitch; yo=yarn over.
Three Double Crochet Together (3dctog): Yo, insert hook in indicated ch/st, yo, pull lp through, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook, [yo, insert hook in next ch/st, yo, pull lp through, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook] 2 times, yo, pull through 4 lps on hook.
Five Double Crochet Together (5dctog): Yo, insert hook in indicated ch/st, yo, pull lp through, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook, [yo, insert hook in next ch/st, yo, pull lp through, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook] 4 times, yo, pull through 6 lps on hook.
Free Crochet Pattern Instructions
Note: When working five double crochet in the same chain, pay close attention to the next chain. It can easily get buried and go unnoticed for the next instruction.
Row 1: Ch 147, sk 2 ch, 3dctog across next 3 ch (see Special Stitches above), dc in next 5 ch, 5 dc in next ch, dc in next 5 ch, *5dctog across next 5 ch (see Special Stitches above), dc in next 5 ch, 5 dc in next ch, dc in next 5 ch, rep from * to last 3 ch, 3dctog across next 3 ch, turn. (There will be nine 5-dc points at the top of a V.)
Note: Normally when working in double crochet, you chain up and skip the first stitch with the chain up counting as the first stitch. You do not skip the first stitch here since the initial chain up isn’t counted as a stitch.
Rows 2-54: Ch 2, (do not sk the first st), 3dctog across next 3 dc, dc in next 5 dc, 5 dc in next dc, dc in next 5 dc, *5dctog across next 5 dc, dc in next 5 dc, 5 dc in next dc, dc in next 5 dc, rep from * to last 3 dc, 3dctog across next 3 dc, turn, leaving ch-2 turning ch unworked. Fasten off after final row or when you have reached the length desired.
With yarn needle, weave in all ends securely.
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