Rag Quilt Style Baby Blanket

rag quilt style baby blanket

Does anyone remember rag quilts? Does anyone still make them?

I remember some of the quilts that my grandmother used to have and I sincerely wish that I could’ve gotten my hands on a couple. I have no idea if she still has them or if they’re long gone.

So this week’s crochet pattern was inspired by the beloved rag quilt!

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rag quilt style baby blanket

This is an easy pattern since it’s mostly comprised of a basic solid granny square. The trim on all of the squares is only a single crochet and two chains repeated. And when you crochet the trim in the front loops only, that leaves the back loop open to stitch the squares together, so no getting off track with stitch counts!

There are two options for making the Rag Quilt Style Baby Blanket.

First, you can crochet the trim around all four sides of each granny square and then stitch them together. Easy peasy, wish I would’ve done this…

Second, you can crochet around a specific amount of sides of each square and then piece it together like a puzzle, leaving the entire perimeter empty of a border. And then in the end, crochet a solid border around the the whole blanket. This is what I did in the example. It’s a bit more tedious, but definitely helpful if you decide to put on a different border than what I have suggested.

If you choose the second option, I have added a chart explaining which squares would need a specific number of sides done in trim. If you choose option one, just ignore the chart.

rag quilt style baby blanket

This blanket is so warm and working with the I Love This Yarn brand of yarn is heavenly because of it’s softness…even though it isn’t technically a “baby yarn”.

Now I know that not everyone has a Hobby Lobby around them, which is where I buy the I Love This Yarn brand. Any medium weight yarn will work.

My mom is taking this one for her neighbor’s expected little one. They aren’t sure what they are having yet. So that’s why I chose these colors because I wanted to make a more gender neutral blanket, but I encourage you to get creative and make it your own!

rag quilt style baby blanket

I’m almost sad to see it go, but I’m thinking about making one for my own bed!

How warm would that be!

If you want to make a larger sized blanket simply add more squares. Each square measures about 4″. Measure out how big you want your blanket to be. However many inches you need for width, just divide by four to figure out how many squares you will need across. Do this again for length. Then take those two numbers and multiply them together. Bingo! There’s your number of squares!

The pattern for the hat and booties that matches this blanket is also available at this link here. The hat and booties can be made in three sizes!

What colors would you make this blanket? Would you make it for a baby or a larger version? Comment below! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Rag Quilt Style Baby Blanket

Materials Used:

  • 12 oz of I Love This Yarn – Ivory – 7 oz/199 g – 355 yds/325 m
  • 1 skein of I Love This Yarn – Buttercup – 7 oz/199 g – 355 yds/325 m
  • 4 oz of I Love This Yarn – Greybeard – 7 oz/199 g – 355 yds/325 m
  • 4 oz of I Love This Yarn – Cranberry – 7 oz/199 g – 355 yds/325 m
    Or any medium weight yarn.
  • H/8 (5.00 mm) hook
  • Tapestry needle

Finished Size Approximately:

33 in. x 33 in. (83.82 cm x 83.82 cm)

Gauge:

12 hdc + 2 ch and 4 rows (1 whole granny square) in a 4” (10cm) square.

Special Stitches:

Back Loops Only (BLO)

Front Loops Only (FLO)

rag quilt style baby blanket

Abbreviations:

ch – chain
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
sl st – slip stitch
sp – space
st(s) – stitch(es)
BLO – Back Loops Only
FLO – Front Loops Only

Notes:

  • You have 2 options for making this baby blanket.

1. You can put the ruffle border around all four sides of every granny square, stitch together and finished. This is the easiest option.

2. If you prefer a solid border that you crochet on after stitching the squares together (which is what I did in the example), a chart will be included to show which squares get a ruffle and on how many sides. You then will piece them all together like a puzzle, but your border will be empty. You can then stitch the border around the entire blanket separately. This is the more challenging option, but still not that bad.

  • The instructions for the solid granny square vs. the striped granny square are basically the same except that for the striped, you will be cutting and changing colors. I will include instructions for both just in case someone finds it confusing.

*** American crochet terms used throughout.

Instructions:

Solid Granny Square

Make 16 Greybeard and 16 Cranberry

Round 1: Ch 4, join with a sl st in 1st ch to form a loop. (A magic circle will work too.)

Round 2: Ch 4. All in loop, *dc, hdc, dc, ch 2* Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Dc, hdc, sl st in 3rd ch of initial ch 4 of Round 2.

rag quilt style baby blanket

Round 3: Sl st into ch-1 sp, ch 4, dc in ch-1 sp. *Hdc in next 4 sts, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 sp* Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Hdc in next 4 sts, sl st in 3rd ch of initial ch 4 of Round 3.

rag quilt style baby blanket

Round 4: Sl st into ch-1 sp, ch 4, dc in ch-1 sp. *Hdc in next 7 sts, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 sp* Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Hdc in next 7 sts, sl st in 3rd ch of initial ch 4 of Round 4.

rag quilt style baby blanket

Round 5: Sl st into ch-1 sp, ch 4, dc in ch-1 sp. *Hdc in next 10 sts, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 sp* Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Hdc in next 10 sts, sl st in 2nd ch of initial ch 4 of Round 5.

Finish off.

rag quilt style baby blanket

Striped Granny Square

Make 32

With Ivory

Round 1: Ch 4, join with a sl st in 1st ch to form a loop. (A magic circle will work too.)

Round 2: Ch 4. All in loop, *dc, hdc, dc, ch 2* Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Dc, hdc, sl st in 3rd ch of initial ch 4 of Round 2.

Finish off.

With Buttercup

Round 3: Attach Buttercup in ch-1 sp, ch 4, dc in ch-1 sp. *Hdc in next 4 sts, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 sp* Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Hdc in next 4 sts, sl st in 3rd ch of initial ch 4 of Round 3.

Finish off.

With Ivory

Round 4: Attach Ivory in ch-1 sp, ch 4, dc in ch-1 sp. *Hdc in next 7 sts, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 sp* Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Hdc in next 7 sts, sl st in 3rd ch of initial ch 4 of Round 4.

Finish off.

With Buttercup

Round 5: Attach Buttercup in ch-1 sp, ch 4, dc in ch-1 sp. *Hdc in next 10 sts, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch-2 sp* Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Hdc in next 10 sts, sl st in 2nd ch of initial ch 4 of Round 5.

Finish off.

***Block all of your granny squares, if desired.

Ruffle Trim for Individual Squares

With Ivory

Note: If you are doing option #1 (see Notes), then crochet the trim around every side of all 64 granny squares. No final border is required because it’s built in.

If you are doing option #2, follow the chart for how many sides get a border. Ignore the chart if using option #1.

# of Sides with Ruffles — # of Squares

Buttercup/Ivory

2 sides — 2
3 sides — 12
4 sides — 18

Greybeard

2 sides — 1
3 sides — 6
4 sides — 9

Cranberry

2 sides — 1
3 sides — 6
4 sides — 9

You will be working the border in the front loops only of the granny squares. This is because the ruffle will face upward instead of out to the side. It also gives you back loops to use when stitching the squares together. Do not work the trim through both loops.

rag quilt style baby blanket

rag quilt style baby blanket

Round 1: Working in FLO, (sc, ch 2) in every stitch around. Sl st in 1st sc made of round.

Finish off.

Entire Blanket Border for Option #2

With Ivory

Round 1: Working in FLO, (sc, ch 2) in every stitch around perimeter of blanket. Sl st in 1st sc made of round.

Finish off.

Finishing

With Buttercup

Using either the whip stitch or slip stitching, stitch all of the squares together through the BLO. Use the following color chart as a guide.

rag quilt style baby blanket

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16 thoughts on “Rag Quilt Style Baby Blanket

    1. You’re welcome, Morgen! And you’re absolutely right. This project would be a great stash buster!

  1. For me it would be silver, grey cream black and a colour to make it POP. Jade or teal perhaps. A orange/rust would work maybe. I need things like this to keep me warm in winter.

    1. Those colors sound really awesome! I’m trying to picture them together in my head. And I tell you what…that blanket was so warm and has some definite weight to it. It would most certainly keep anyone warm in the winter! LOL! I want one for my bed, but I’m worried it won’t fit in my washer. I might have to settle for a throw. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. So pretty.. I am definitely going to try this when I finish my current project! My only problem is I absolutely hate to sew squares together – I always seem to miss a stitch. When you are sewing the squares together do you work through the corner spaces or into the actual stitches? Thank you.

    1. Hi Gigi! With this blanket, since you are adding the ruffle into the front loops of the edges of the squares, that leaves the back loops still open. I actually found it easier to keep on track when I was sewing them together because the back loops really stood out. When I stitched around the corners, I kept stitching the loops rather than the space. The ruffle blocks the space, so the only thing that jumps out at you are the back loops of the corner stitches. I hope this makes sense! Thanks!

  3. LOVE THIS! Thank you for sharing this pattern! I was wondering how the trim is stitched in the corners. Is it stitched in the front loops of each chain of the corners?
    Thanks again
    Tina

    1. Hi Tina!

      I’m so glad you like the pattern! Yes, you are exactly right! You do continue to attach the trim in the front loops the entire way around the square, including the corners. That way, you will have the back loops to attach the squares together. Thank you!

      Erica

  4. Beautiful afghan – thanks for sharing the pattern. I need to make an afghan for my cousins grandson and this will fit the bill. Love the color combo!

  5. Oh wow! I love to make rag quilts and I just started crocheting in February, 2017. I know this will be a challenge but I’m saving this one to attempt after I get the small Christmas gifts done! This is an awesome pattern!! Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. You are so welcome, slvrsnoozi! Once you get going with the pattern, you’ll see that it isn’t as hard as it looks. The pattern will still be here after Christmas too, so no rush! LOL!

  6. So pretty and such a creative idea!!!! I love your color choices, too!! Thank you for this lovely pattern, picture tutorials and color placement graph!!!!

    1. Thank you, Darlene! And you are welcome too! I’m so glad that you like it. It’s fun to make as well!

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