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Are you looking for a contemporary baby blanket to add a calming touch to baby’s nursery? This crochet wave stitch baby blanket pattern uses only basic stitches to create all the texture and cosy you need! It is made using worsted weight yarn, to create a squishy modern crochet blanket.

Variegated yarn in muted pinks and neutrals gives a unique effect to a crochet baby blanket! But of course, these wavy crochet stitches would also look gorgeous in self-striping yarn or even a single colour.

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Below, will find the textured crochet wave pattern free, in US and UK crochet terms.

How to Get the Wavy Crochet Blanket Pattern

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Crochet Wave Stitch Blanket Details

The pattern is easy and fast to work up and appropriate for any skill level. There are many versions of the crochet wave stitch pattern out there, and I had fun experimenting until I was happy with the design.

By working in the back loop every second row, you add a lovely texture to the blanket. One side has textured, soft waves and one side is smooth. You could change colour every 6 rows like I did, or raid your stash to make a bright colourful blanket.

The pattern is a 2-row repeat so perfect for mindless relaxing crochet.

For sharper “waves,” or zig-zags, you may like to check out my Retro Chevron Blanket. You may also enjoy my Ripple Blanket, another easy pattern that works up quickly!

crochet wave stitch sample

Yarn for a Crochet Baby Blanket

Worsted weight acrylic yarn is a good choice for crochet baby blankets, being soft and durable. Your project will work up quickly, perfect for those last-minute gifts. Plus, it is machine washable, making it a practical option for busy parents. It’s gentle on baby’s skin and available in a wide range of colors, allowing for endless creativity in your designs.

I choose a neutral Pink Blush colour scheme. I had a lovely vanilla/cream worsted weight yarn in my stash and a ball of worsted weight variegated yarn with beautiful speckles.

I added some vintage pink for the border to bring it all together and I love the result! It is pleasing and calm to the eye.

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Materials

  • Approx. 400 – 420g of Worsted Weight yarn to make a blanket in the size below. I used approx. 350m of Yarn A, 300m of Yarn B and 100m of Yarn C
  • 5mm crochet hook
  • Yarn Needle

You can substitute any yarn and hook for this pattern – just remember the finished size, and amount of yarn used for your project will vary. See NOTES for information on starting chain.

Measurements

28 x 36 inches [71 x 92cm]

Notes

  • If your border begins to curl, you can use a smaller hook size to flatten it down.
  • Instructions are given to make the blanket in this pattern. You can make a different size of blanket by chaining a shorter or longer foundation chain. Multiple is 8 ch (+2) plus 1 ch for foundation row
  • Gauge is not essential for this project

Colour Sequence

7 rows Yarn A, 6 rows Yarn B, 6 rows Yarn A, 6 rows Yarn B, 6 rows Yarn A, 6 rows Yarn B, 6 rows Yarn A, 6 rows Yarn B, 7 rows Yarn A

Abbreviations

US Crochet terms

  • sc – single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • tr – treble crochet
  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • rep – repeat
  • blo – back loop only

UK Crochet terms

  • dc – double crochet
  • htr – half treble crochet
  • tr – treble crochet
  • dtr – double treble crochet
  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • rep – repeat
  • blo – back loop only

Keep reading for instructions in both US and UK Crochet terms

Instructions for Crochet Wave Stitch Baby Blanket

(In US Crochet terms)

Using Yarn A, chain 75

Foundation Row: Work 1 hdc into 2nd ch from hook (counts as 1 hdc), 1 hdc into next ch, * 1 dc in each of the next 2 ch, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 ch, 1 sc in each of the next 2 ch, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 ch; rep from * across row, turn – 74 sts

row 1 of crochet wave stitch

*Work in the back loop only in every st of the next row (and every odd number row), except for the 1st and last st where you will work both loops of stitch

Row 1: Ch 1 (does not count as a st here and throughout), 1 dc in 1st st, you will now be working in blo from here on, 1 dc in next st, * 1 tr in each of the next 2 sts, 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts; rep from * across, working last st in both loops, turn.

*You will work in both loops in the next row (and every even number row)

Row 2: Ch 1, 1 dc in 1st st, 1 dc in next st, * 1 tr in each of the next 2 sts, 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts; rep from * across, turn.

Rows 3 – 54: Repeat Rows 1 & 2 for pattern following colour sequence above

row 4 of a crochet baby blanket pattern

*Pictures in Tutorial are for Instruction purpose, and to give you an idea how the pattern works up in multiple colours, like in picture below

*always finish with row 2, and then continue to final row, which will straighten the top edge of your blanket

Row 55: (final row) Ch 1, 1 hdc in 1st st, you will now be working in blo from here on, 1 hdc in next st,  * 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts, 1 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts; rep from * across, working last st in both loops. Fasten off yarn.

Border

Join Yarn C in top right corner.

Round 1: Ch 1, [1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc] in corner, work 1 sc in each st across top of blanket, [1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc] in next corner. Working down 1st side of blanket, work 2 sc in each row end (tip: you will work total 12 sc in each colour repeat), [1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc] in next corner, 1 sc in each ch across bottom of blanket, [1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc] in next corner. Working up 2nd side of blanket, work 2 sc in each row end. Join with a sl st to beg sc.

Round 2: Sl st into ch-2 sp, ch 1, [1hdc, ch 2, 1 hdc] in ch-2 sp, working in BLO in each st around, 1 hdc in each st, working [1 hdc, ch 2, 1 hdc] in each corner ch-2 sp. Join with a sl st to beg hdc.

Round 3: Rep round 2.

Round 4: Rep round 2. Fasten off and weave in all threads.

crochet baby blanket folded

Instructions for Crochet Wave Stitch Baby Blanket

(In UK Crochet terms)

Using Yarn A, chain 75

Foundation Row: Work 1 htr into 2nd ch from hook (counts as 1 htr), 1 htr into next ch, * 1 tr in each of the next 2 ch, 1 htr in each of the next 2 ch, 1 dc in each of the next 2 ch, 1 htr in each of the next 2 ch; rep from * across row, turn – 74 sts

*Work in the back loop only in every st of the next row (and every odd number row), except for the 1st and last st where you will work both loops of stitch

Row 1: Ch 1 (does not count as a st here and throughout), 1 tr in 1st st, you will now be working in blo from here on, 1 tr in next st, * 1 dtr in each of the next 2 sts, 1 tr in each of the next 2 sts, 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts, 1 tr in each of the next 2 sts; rep from * across, working last st in both loops, turn.

*You will work in both loops in the next row (and every even number row)

Row 2: Ch 1, 1 tr in 1st st, 1 tr in next st, * 1 dtr in each of the next 2 sts, 1 tr in each of the next 2 sts, 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts, 1 tr in each of the next 2 sts; rep from * across, turn.

Rows 3 – 54: Repeat Rows 1 & 2 for pattern following colour sequence above

*Pictures in Tutorial are for Instruction purpose, and to give you an idea how the pattern works up in multiple colours, like in picture below

*always finish with row 2, and then continue to final row, which will straighten the top edge of your blanket

Row 55: (final row) Ch 1, 1 htr in 1st st, you will now be working in blo from here on, 1 htr in next st,  * 1 tr in each of the next 2 sts, 1 htr in each of the next 2 sts, 1 dc in each of the next 2 sts, 1 htr in each of the next 2 sts; rep from * across, working last st in both loops. Fasten off yarn.

Border

Join Yarn C in top right corner.

Round 1: Ch 1, [1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc] in corner, work 1 dc in each st across top of blanket, [1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc] in next corner. Working down 1st side of blanket, work 2 dc in each row end (tip: you will work total 12 dc in each colour repeat), [1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc] in next corner, 1 dc in each ch across bottom of blanket, [1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc] in next corner. Working up 2nd side of blanket, work 2 dc in each row end. Join with a sl st to beg dc.

Round 2: Sl st into ch-2 sp, ch 1, [1htr, ch 2, 1 htr] in ch-2 sp, working in BLO in each st around, 1 htr in each st around, working [1 htr, ch 2, 1 htr] in each corner ch-2 sp. Join with a sl st to beg htr.

Round 3: Rep round 2.

Round 4: Rep round 2. Fasten off and weave in all threads.

Happy Crocheting!

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12 Comments

    1. Hi. The Multiple is 8 ch (+2) plus 1 ch for foundation row. So you need a number that can be divided by 8 and then add 3 more chains. What I always do is, make a chain to the length I require and then some more. I make the first row until I reach the width I want, and I can always take out the extra chains later. It is easier than finding you are short a few!

    1. Hi! I used a yarn that I purchased in Aldi. I am not sure if it is available again as it was one of their ‘specials’

  1. This blanket was so quick to do and I love the texture! I’m wondering if you know how to avoid it growing at an angle, for some reason mine is ending up slanted. Any ideas?

    1. It could be a difference in tension on one side of the blanket. But if you block it firmly, that should help:)

  2. Your Vanilla Blush Blanket is calling me to make one. First, I am going to make a dish cloths and use up my odds and ends of cotton to get the ‘hang’ of working this stitch.
    I am impressed with the border. Makes all the blush colors pop.
    Then scrolling down I see the Poppy’s Blanket, better yet, I have many colors in stash and will be easy access for color changing of same weight.
    Thank you for your lovely patterns . I will be sticking around to learn more stitches.

  3. Hi I love this blanket and hope to make it. However I’m having trouble with the instructions in the UK version which refers to hdc and sc which I thought were US terms? So the hdc is a UK half treble and the sc is a UK double? I don’t want to start and then find that the terms are mixed and it doesn’t then follow the actual pattern. Help would be much appreciated! I would buy in Ravelry if I was sure it was UK stitch terminology.

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