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Rainbow Ridge Beginner Crochet Blanket

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Today I’ve got another beginner crochet blanket tutorial for you, I know how much you love these!  I’m calling this one the rainbow ridge beginner crochet blanket. This one is very beginner friendly and you can get this stunning result just by choosing a self striping yarn!  Full video tutorial at the end of this post!

Rainbow Ridge Beginner Crochet Blanket

Are you a crochet newbie?  Check out my Top 10 Tips for Beginner Crocheters PDF!  I think this will give you some great tips and tricks as you develop your crochet skills.


-The blanket in the photos measures 30 x 34.  I used 2 balls of the Lion Brand CupCake yarn in the color Balloons, but there are so many great “cupcake” style yarns that I think you should pick one of similar weight and in colors that you love.  This yarn is a size 3 weight and has 590 yards per ball.

-Use hook size suggested on yarn label

Throw Size/Modifications

You can chain any amount for this pattern. Because we are doing all hdc throughout the entire project you don’t need to worry about multiples. You can use any type of yarn with any weight you would like. This yarn is a size 3 with 590 yds, so I would do a chain of 250 and 5 balls of yarn for a throw size.


*Instructions are for baby size (30 x 34)

hdc = half double crochet.  UK term= htr or half treble crochet

yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull through, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook.

Chain 120

Insert hdc in 2nd chain from hook, hdc in each foundation chain stitch all the way to the end. chain 1 and turn work.

Place hdc in the very first stitch and hdc in each stitch to the end of the row.  Repeat this until blanket reaches desired size.

Make sure you end on the “right” side of the blanket to begin the border. Chain 1 and working down the side of the blanket, sc crochet at the end if each row to build the foundation for the border.

When you reach a corner, place 3 sc to allow it go go around the corner and then continue all the way around the blanket 2 times before adding the picot.

Slip stitch back to the beginning, chain 4 and sl st at the base of the chain (picot), sc 3 and repeat.

Once the picot border is done, slip stitch back to the beginning and fasten of. Weave in ends.

What do you think of this blanket?  I love that it is so simple, but with a striking yarn you can make it special without making it complicated.

Looking for a different kind of blanket? Try this one!

Here is the full video tutorial!

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