Grab your favorite yarn and bring it to life in this pattern. The simplicity and symmetry of this pattern really allows your yarn to be the highlight. Think gradient or ombre yarns or simply carry a fun contrast colour through the work to make the bobbles pop. We will walk you through everything you need to make this pattern your own. 

Pattern Notes:

If you’re using a gradient/ombre yarn, no need to consider any technique changes. If you’re looking to change the colour of the bobbles, we’ll walk through how to carry the yarn through the work to avoid joins and weaving in ends. 

Skill Level:

Beginner: For crocheters with understanding of basic crochet stitches.

Measurements:

Approximately 40 x 40in 

Materials:

  • 2 x Ball Size: 227 g/8 oz, 440 meters / 481 yards
    • As photographed in Gradient – CARON COLORAMA HALO YARN, MAGENTA & MANDARIN
    • As photographed in Contrast Colors: Grey with Blue Bobbles: BERNAT STRADA YARN
  • 6 mm (U.S. J-10) crochet hook 
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge:

  • Crochet Gauge: 12 sc and 14 rows with a 6 mm (U.S. J-10) crochet hook

If you’d like an Ad-Free Version or if you’d just like to support my effort – please consider purchasing a downloadable & printable version from my Etsy Shop! A little goes a long way. Thank you!

Abbreviations:

Ch: Chain

Sl st: Slip stitch

Sc: Single crochet

Dr: Double crochet

St : Stitch

Sp: Space

MC : Main colour

CC : Contrast Colour

Bobble St: Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull through (three loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 2 of the loops. Repeat the previous step four more times so that you have five not-quite-complete dc stitches worked into the same stitch. There will be six loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through all six loops. This closes your bobble crochet stitch.

Pattern: Ombre/Gradient Yarn (no yarn/colour changes)

As photographed in Gradient – CARON COLORAMA HALO YARN, MAGENTA & MANDARIN

Ch 108 sts. 

Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook to end, ch 1, turn (107 sts)

Row 2 & 3: SC in each st to end, ch 1, turn.

Row 4 (WS): *SC in 11 sts, work bobble* repeat within ** to last 11 sts, SC to end, ch1 turn.

Row 5-7: SC in each st to end, ch 1, turn.

Row 8 (WS): SC in first 5 sts, *work bobble, SC in next 11 sts*, repeat within ** to last 5 sts, SC to end, ch1, turn.

Row 9-11: SC in each st to end, ch 1, turn.

Repeat rows 4-11 until you’ve achieved your desired length (40in if making baby blanket)


Pattern: Contrast Colour: Carry Yarn Method 

As photographed MC=Grey, CC=Blue: BERNAT STRADA YARN 

With MC ch 108 sts.

Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook to end, ch 1, turn (107 sts)

Row 2 & 3: SC in each st to end, ch 1, turn.

Row 4 (WS): *SC in 11 sts, changing to CC before closing the loop on the 11th st, with CC, work bobble, change to MC* repeat within ** to last 11 sts, SC to end, ch1 turn.

Row 5-7: SC in each st to end, ch 1, turn.

Row 8 (WS): SC in first 5 sts, changing to CC before closing the loop on the 5th st, *with CC, work bobble, change to MC, SC in next 11 sts*, repeat within ** to last 5 sts, SC to end, ch1, turn.

Row 9-11: SC in each st to end, ch 1, turn.

Repeat rows 4-11 until you’ve achieved your desired length (40in if making baby blanket)


Tips on Carrying Yarn:

When crocheting with two or more colors, you often carry the yarn that you’re not working with in current stitches – You carry the 2nd color until you need it again. This way you don’t have to fasten it off and rejoin a new strand each time you make a color change. In the pattern you will see a photo tutorial on how to ensure you’re creating the least visible carry possible.

In this variation, rows 4&8 will require you to carry the unused colour through the pattern. Here is what that will look like:

Once the second color has been attached, work all subsequent stitches over the working strand of the first colour – it will look something like this… 

This may cause bunching of the 2nd color on the opposite side of the work – as photographed here:

To avoid this, pull the 2nd colour strand to pull out any bunching or slack, then continue to use the yarn as detailed in the pattern. This will ensure a clean color change without any joins!

We use this method for another baby blanket pattern – Buffalo Plaid. Check out this video tutorial!

Check out our entire catalog for more Baby Blanket Ideas.