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Beachcomber Baby Blanket

Beachcomber Baby Blanket

Right now I need two hands to count all the new babies on my knitting list. (Which means I’m also counting back nine months and thinking ‘yikes! I was at that New Year’s party too!’) Our crochet teacher Julie Kadoi came up with this soft, squishy and totally addictive free crochet pattern, the “Beachcomber Baby Blanket”. This cuddly blanket uses a classic shell motif and five fun colors of Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton.  Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton is by far our favorite cotton yarn, and because we stock EVERY colorway of Worsted Cotton we had a lot of fun putting together fun and  unusual baby blanket palettes.

With crochet blankets you don’t need to worry about size, and they work up quickly which means you actually have a fighting chance of getting them done before the baby outgrows all your handiwork. Julie’s “Beachcomber Baby Blanket” is so plush that it could also double as a play mat. Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton is cool to the touch and becomes softer with every wash, making it the ideal material for wee babies.

Beachcomber Baby Blanket

Julie’s palette: Beachcomber Baby
Julie’s color picks reminds us of baby’s first trip to the beach: red plastic shovels, sand castles, Coppertone and bright beach towels spread out under colorful umbrellas.

Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton

(Julie’s color picks shown above: Dandelion, Bone, Caribbean, Ash and Flamingo)

Emma’s palette #1: Naptime
Completely inspired by one of my current WIPs. I’m knitting a lavender February Baby Sweater, and happened to have mint acrylic waste yarn nearby to use for the sleeve stitches. I love the calming quality of the greys and purples with just a pop of fresh green thrown in for fun.

Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton
(My color picks shown above: Orchid, Honeydew, Lavender, Graphite and Sleet.)

Elise’s Palette: Harvest Baby
Another strategy for picking colors is to consider the home decor so the finished blanket that will complement its surroundings. Our photographer, Elise,  is a recent transplant from the east coast where I hear they have actual seasons happening now. Anyway, her baby blanket colors capture that moment when summer gives way to autumn, and would look brilliant flung over an oak rocking chair.

Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton
(Elise’s color picks shown above: Stone, Poppy, Raspberry, Dandelion and Wasabi.)

Alex’s Palette: A Blanket for Coconut
When we were picking colors Alex pointed out that this particular blanket, with it’s soft but dense texture, would also make a great gift for man’s best friend. Alex’s teacup poodle Coconut looks like a tiny empress in pinks and blues.

Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton
(Alex’s color picks shown above: Periwinkle, Bone, Orchid, Sky and Pink Parfait.)

Emma’s palette #2: Legos in the Vacuum
This blanket palette is kind of funky, but it takes me right back to my childhood: Lego castles, Hot Wheels, play dough, and mom shutting us up with spearmint gum in church.
Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton
(My color picks shown above: Lemonade, Mediterranean, Lemongrass, Bone and Stone.)
Beachcomber Baby Blanket
We stock dozens of colors of Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton which makes playing with color so fun! If you love the blanket, but think you need a little more help, sign-up for Julie’s “Crochet Baby Blanket Workshop”. In this one day workshop our teacher Julie will help you through all the stitches and steps necessary to make this adorable blanket!

Happy hooking!
-Emma G.

Useful links:
FREE! The “Beachcomber Baby Blanket” pattern PDF!
Shop Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton!
Shop crochet hooks!
Sign-up for the “Crochet Baby Blanket” workshop!

23 Responses to “Beachcomber Baby Blanket”

  1. Denise says:

    I just love this! But I would LOVE to know the key to unwinding those skeins. I just purchase some beautiful linen from my LYS and had to cut apart and the skein just knotted up. I know there are better yarns out there than the acrylic. But unwinding those skeins is a bugger! Whats the secret? THanks for a great pattern.

  2. Knit Culture says:

    Hi Denise!
    Great question! Every yarn company is different, so not every skein will have the same number of ties holding the skein neatly. Some don’t even have separate ties, but rather just tie the two ends together. If you don’t have a swift and ball winder at home, undo the skein and place it over the back of a chair.
    Here’s a video I found on YouTube, that shows you the most common yarn ties used and how to undo them neatly.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMsQtXWHAnE

    Hope this helps!
    Emma G.

  3. Holly says:

    I love this pattern and would love to make it in a larger size for my daughter, who is six. I would want for her to be able to use it as she grows! Can you tell me if the foundation chain could be made longer (i.e does it need to be a multiple of 2 or a multiple of 3 plus 2, etc). Any help would be appreciated!
    Thanks!

  4. Knit Culture says:

    Hi Holly!

    I just spoke with Julie, our teacher and the designer of the pattern, and she said you would do multiples of 6 + 2. We’d love to see the finished project! If you get a chance, be sure to share your pics with our Ravelry group.
    All the best,
    Emma G.

  5. Holly says:

    Perfect! Thank you so very much for your help!

  6. Kasey says:

    Thank you for this beautiful blanket idea. I have always been intimidated any crochet pattern beyond the basics, but this was so easy and fun. I am making a gray, white and turquoise blanket for my baby to be. I am only about half done, but I LOVE IT! Where could I send you a picture?
    Thanks again.

  7. Knit Culture says:

    Yay! Are you on Ravelry? If so, join the Knit Culture Ravelry group, then go to your project page for the blanket, and under “groups” select our group from the drop down menu.

    OR, email me the photos! My email: blogger@knitculture.com. would it be OK if I shared your photos with our Facebook fans?

    So excited to see your blanket!
    Cheers!
    Emma G.

  8. kari says:

    thank you for sharing this gorgeous blanket and pattern! I have already started making one for a baby gift and it is working up beautifully! Love all the colour combinations too

  9. Melinda says:

    Hi! This is fabulous! Can you make this bigger or smaller based on what you need it for?? I eventually want to make a throw for my living room, but will make a baby doll blanket for my daughter first to try it out. Also, is it possible to do just one or two colors easily?? I am new to crocheting and having accomplished my first granny square without too much drama, I was thinking of trying this pattern!

    Thanks!

  10. Knit Culture says:

    Hi Melinda! You can absolutely do this blanket in two colors! Once you’ve made it once, you;ll get an idea of how many to chain to make your blanket either bigger or smaller.
    Happy crafting!
    -EG

  11. Sara says:

    I love this blanket, it’ll look awesome in my livingroom and looks pretty easy for a crocheting newbie. Just one question: when I’m doing multiple colors do I break the yarn for each row or leave attached?

  12. Knit Culture says:

    Hi Sara!

    You’ll have to break the yarn if you’re doing more than two colors. I think if you did two colors, then you could ‘carry’ the yarn up the sides. Since you’re a newbie, I think it will be easier to break the yarn between colors. Just make sure to leave enough of a tail to weave in!

    Hope this helps!
    -Emma G.

  13. Lisa says:

    Love this pattern and loving all the colors of yarns on your FB site. I want them all!

  14. Laurie says:

    Is there a picture of the blanket done in the “Legos in the Vacuum” combo? My mother-to-be chose that, but I can’t picture it and I want to love working on this blanket!

    Thanks!

  15. Knit Culture says:

    Hi Laurie!
    We don’t have a blanket made in these colors yet. But I used my feeble Photoshop skills to make you this. (You don’t want to know how long it took me to do this wonky thing, it’s embarrassing.) You would obviously have more repeats of the color sequence in your blanket, and, as you can see from our sample, the stripes have a kind of zig-zag effect. So put all that together in your mind’s eye . . . and remember that the yarn is really cushy and lovely too. :)
    Hope this helps!
    -EG
    Legos in the Vaccuum - test

  16. Laurie says:

    Thanks for making that effort! I’ll send a picture when I get it done…I’m slow, though! BTW, is one skein of each color enough to make the blanket larger? How much do you have left over when you make it the size the pattern recommends?

    Much appreciated,

    Laurie

  17. Danielle says:

    I’m going to try making this in varying shades of purple and white for my oldest daughter’s twin size bed. Can’t wait to try it!

  18. Tricia says:

    Finally, an afghan pattern that isn’t granny squares or rows and rows of the same stitch! I, too am going to make this in a larger size to use up all the “bits and pieces in my yarn collection. Thanks you for this beautiful pattern!

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  20. Missy says:

    Is this pattern trademarked? I was wondering if you can sell finished items?

  21. Knit Culture says:

    Hi Missy!
    Thanks for checking! All our patterns are copyright Knitculture.com and for personal use only.
    Happy crafting!
    Emma G.

  22. Cindy says:

    i hve tried to print the Beachcomber Baby Blanket several times, and get an error on the page when I click for the free pattern.

  23. Knit Culture says:

    Hello Cindy!

    Are you usually able to open PDF files? I just checked this post and I was able to open the pattern up. To be on the safe side, I can email it to you. :)
    All the best,
    Emma G.

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