Hi there! It’s Hannah. This Crochet Puff Stripes Baby Blanket is a fun variation of the Moss and Puff Stitch Blanket I made a few years ago, made with a lighter weight yarn and a different way of working the puffs.
This blanket is essentially the moss stitch, with puff stitches thrown in to replace every other SC on the color rows. I’ve done my best to explain how to do this in the written pattern below, but here is a video made by my awesome mom that shows the stitches for this blanket if you want to watch before you get started! The video also shows a tip for crocheting over your ends as you go, so you don’t have a ton of ends to weave in when the blanket is finished.
Bernat Softee Baby (100% acrylic, 140 g/5 oz, 331 m/362 yds)
3 skeins White, 1 skein Soft Peach, 1 skein Soft Red
Size 4.5mm hook, scissors, tapestry needle
Finished size 27 in x 30 in (stroller blanket size)
Gauge 4 in = 10 st and 16 rows of pattern
Single Crochet (SC): Insert your hook, yarn over (YO) and pull up a loop, YO and pull through two loops.
Puff Stitch: *YO, insert your hook, pull up a loop. Repeat from * 2 more times. Then YO, and pull through all loops on hook.
Chain 140 (or any even number) with White.
Row 1: Starting in the 4th chain from the hook, work 1 SC, then chain one. *Skip the next stitch then work 1 SC, CH 1. Repeat from * to the end of the chain. On the last chain, end with a SC, then chain 2 and turn. (moss stitch)
Rows 2 – 3: Work the first SC underneath the chain 1 space. Then chain one, skip over the SC of the row below and work the next SC underneath the chain space. Continue the pattern of SC, CH 1 into each chain space of the row below. The last SC should be worked into the space between the CH 2 turning chain and SC from the previous row. When you reach the end of the 3rd row, pull through with Soft Peach on the last SC, when you still have two loops on your hook. Chain 2 and turn, and cut the White, leaving about a 6 inch tail.
Note: You can either leave the tails to weave in later or you can crochet over them by wrapping them around the back of your work. I chose to wrap them around the back of my work and crochet over the tails as I went. Then when I came back to that side of the blanket again, I inserted my hook underneath the tails I had crocheted over to help keep them extra secure.
Row 4: *Work 1 SC, CH 1 into the first chain space. Then work 1 Puff Stitch, CH 1 into the next chain space. Repeat from * to the end of the row, until you end with a SC. Pull through with White on the last SC, then chain 2 and turn. (Cut the Soft Peach and leave a tail to weave in later or to place along the back of your work and crochet over.)
Rows 5 – 7: Work 3 rows of the moss stitch in White (SC, CH 1 into each chain space of the row below), chaining 2 and turning at the end of each row. On the last stitch of row 7, pull through with Soft Red. Chain 2 and turn.
Row 8: Repeat row 4 with Soft Red. On the last stitch of the row, pull through with White. Chain 2 and turn.
Rows 9 – 11: Work 3 rows of the moss stitch in White (SC, CH 1 into each chain space of the row below), chaining 2 and turning at the end of each row. On the last stitch of row 11, pull through with Soft Peach. Chain 2 and turn.
Repeat rows 4 through 11 for the remainder of the blanket, until you end with 3 rows of White.
Essentially, this blanket is all moss stitch, but on the color rows you are substituting every other SC with a puff stitch.
I ended up with 31 colors rows when my blanket was the length I wanted.
Once you finish your blanket, weave in any ends you didn’t crochet over. Then pull up a loop in any corner and chain 1. Work 1 row of SC around the outside of the blanket, working 3 SCs into each corner. I found it was most even when I did one SC per each color row, and 2 SCs for each white section.
When you get to the corner you started with, slip stitch into the corner, chain 1 and turn. Then work a puff stitch into each SC. (This time you don’t need to chain 1 after each puff.) Work 3 SCs into each of the corners. When you reach the corner you started with, slip stitch into the corner and tie off.
When I was completely done with my blanket, I got it wet and pinned it flat to some foam board to block it and straighten out the border, which really helped to get my sides nice and even after I let it dry overnight.
Thank you so much for coming to read this pattern! I hope you enjoy making this blanket. When you’re finished, please come share a picture with us on Facebook or Instagram using #daisyfarmcrafts, we’d love to see!