It’s that time of year again – it’s Baby Season! Get ahead on those baby shower gifts and stitch up the quick and easy Bias Tunisian Baby Blanket.
There’s something so special about the spring. The trees finally perk back up. I can start to expect more sunny days than gray ones. And I can always look forward to plenty of baby announcements from my friends. This year is no different. My calendar is already filling up with baby showers and due dates. If you’ve got new babes coming along, gift them the Bias Baby Blanket using the pattern below, available for FREE thanks to my friends at JOANN Stores!
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Baby blankets are one of my favorite projects to design. It’s a chance for me to try out new yarns and stitch patterns. The past few baby blankets I’ve designed have been for just that. The Sweet Stripes Baby Blanket gave me a chance to bring together three different Tunisian crochet stitch patterns in one project. And the Sweet Gingham Baby Blanket (a FREE pattern with tutorial video!) let me play with color changes in Tunisian crochet and adding a border. The Bias Tunisian Baby Blanket brings in the use of shaping in Tunisian crochet by using increases and decreases.
The idea for the Bias Tunisian Baby Blanket came from all of the lovely crochet corner-to-corner crochet projects that pop up in my Pinterest feed daily. I love the idea of working projects on the bias but have yet to do that on a design of my own.
The Bias Tunisian Baby Blanket starts with just 3 stitches and grows by two stitches each row to the center. Then I incorporate decreases to bring the blanket back to 3 stitches and finish off. Click here for my Tunisian crochet beginner tutorial series.
Love them or hate them, cake yarns have become popular in the crochet community. Just about every big yarn brand has them and you can find them in every fiber, yarn weight, and color there is. I’m still on the fence when it comes to cake yarn, but I think there are some good uses for them (like my Fresh Market Tote Bag).
I wanted to use cake yarn for my project but didn’t want it to *look* like I was using cake yarn. I chose Premier DK Colors, which I found at my local JOANN store. DK colors yarn results in broad bands of color and they have some of the best color combinations I’ve seen offered. For the Bias Tunisian Baby Blanket, I held two strands of the Strata colorway together throughout the blanket and ended up with a fabric that looked like a perfect day at the beach!
The Bias Tunisian Baby Blanket, worked in Tunisian crochet, measures over 40” on its longest row. To accommodate all of the stitches you’ll need a Tunisian crochet hook with a cord. My favorite corded hooks are the Denise Interchangeables, found on Amazon, but you can also try these or this one.
The Bias Tunisian Baby Blanket is constructed in Tunisian crochet simple stitch from corner to corner. The blanket starts with just three stitches and grows by evenly increasing on each edge during the forward pass with the use of yarn overs. Once the proper number of rows is achieved, the blanket is decreased, also on the forward pass, until only three stitches remain and a final decrease can be made.
If you’re ready to make your own Bias Tunisian Baby Blanket, keep scrolling for the FREE pattern, or pick up a PDF copy from TLYarnCrafts.com.
Bias Tunisian Baby Blanket Pattern
FINISHED SIZE: 31” x 31”
- 4 balls Premier DK Colors Yarn in the Strata colorway
- US Size L/11 8mm Tunisian crochet hook with cords measuring up to 32” (find my favorite corded Tunisian crochet hooks here!)
- Yarn needle
4 inches square = 12 stitches x 10 rows
- Ch = chain
- RetP = Return Pass (See Pattern Notes)
- St = stitch
- Tss= Tunisian simple stitch
- Tss2tog = Tunisian simple stitch 2 together
- Tss3tog = Tunisian simple stitch 3 together
- Yo = Yarn over
- Numbers in parenthesis at the end of rows indicates the total number of stitches in that row.
- Portions of this pattern are written in crochet shorthand. For example, “tss 1” means to complete 1 Tunisian simple stitch.
- Traditional Return Pass (RetP): Follow the foundation row and each row with the Traditional Return Pass.
- Traditional Return Pass Instructions: Ch 1, *yarn over, pull through two loops; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on hook.
Holding two lengths of yarn together throughout,
Foundation: Ch 3, pull up a loop in the back bump of the 2nd ch from hook and remaining ch, RetP. (3)
Row 1: (Yo, tss 1) 2 times, RetP. (5)
Row 2: Yo, tss to last st, yo, tss last st. (7)
Rows 3-58: Repeat Row 2. (121)
Blanket should measure about 31” from Foundation Row to working row along the edge.
Row 59: Tss2tog, tss to last 3 sts (two tss and last st), tss2tog, tss last st. (119)
Rows 60-116: Repeat Row 59. (5)
Row 117: (Tss2tog) 2 times. (3)
Row 118: Insert hook under next st and last st, yo, pull through all loops on hook.
Cut yarn. Weave in all ends. Block lightly if needed.