Baby’s Best Bumpy Blanket

This pattern is one of my absolute favorites for baby blankets because the texture is absolutely addictive. You can’t keep your fingers from running over the unique bumpy surface created by the stitch. Baby's Best Bumpy Blanket

What makes it even better is that the pattern is fun to work up and the results are stunning!

**July 10, 2013 BLOG UPDATE!!**

You can now find my Baby’s Best Bumpy Blanket as a pdf download over in my Craftsy shop or in my Ravelry Shop!

The pattern has been updated to include details like finished size and gauge info, and also includes a brand new phenomenal edging that will look great not only on this blanket but on ALL of your blankets! Baby's Best Bumpy Blanket. A FREE pattern!

Nab your FREE copy today and don’t forget to share with your friends!

Baby’s Best Bumpy Blanket

Materials Needed:

  • Any color medium worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver in Soft Pink)
  • Size I (5.50mm) crochet hook
  • Yarn Needle

Stitches & Terms Used:

  • ch=chain
  • dc=double crochet
  • hdc=half double crochet
  • sc=single crochet
  • sk=skip


Chain 103

Row 1: [sc, hdc, dc] in 4th chain from hook, *sk 2 ch, [sc, hdc, dc] in next ch; repeat from * across to last ch, hdc in last ch, turn.

Row 2: ch 2 (counts as hdc), [sc, hdc, dc] in next dc and each dc across, hdc in second chain of turning chain, turn.

Repeat row 2 until the blanket measures approximately 36 inches. Finish off and weave in tails.


An edging to complete this blanket can only be found in the pdf download of the pattern found in Craftsy or Ravelry! Baby's Best Bumpy Blanket

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71 thoughts on “Baby’s Best Bumpy Blanket

  1. Shirley August 29, 2014 at 1:48 pm Reply

    Using Bernat baby yarn (#3) what adjustment would I make to the number of starting chains and what size hook?


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  5. Natalie November 3, 2013 at 4:06 pm Reply

    So, for row two, do you skip two between each cluster?


    • Nan2527 November 7, 2013 at 11:32 am Reply

      Yes, because you are doing a cluster in each dc of the previous row. The previous row is a repeating pattern of [sc, hdc, dc]. So by doing a cluster in each dc, you are in effect skipping the sc and hdc of each previous row’s cluster.


    • Betty April 22, 2014 at 6:03 pm Reply

      I am making this blanket and using Caron simply soft baby brights ombre. You don’t say how many skeins I would need for the Red Heart yarn you used. Do you know how many skeins I would need with 4 ozs of the Caron yarn?


      • Marissa April 22, 2014 at 7:13 pm

        The pattern says how much yarn you need to complete it. You’ll find that info at the top under the MATERIALS NEEDED section.


      • Betty April 23, 2014 at 11:42 am

        Sorry I just can/t seem to find Materials Needed at the top of “this” page.


      • Marissa April 23, 2014 at 2:50 pm

        The blog post is not complete. If you’d like a complete pattern, please download the pattern through Craftsy.


      • Beth Lee April 23, 2014 at 11:50 am

        I made this last year using the baby brights ombre…I think I used 4 skeins, maybe 5 for the edging. There’s a link in my comment below that shows it on my craft blog. I will look and see if I wrote down on my pattern how many skeins/ounces I ended up using. Hope that helps some.


      • Beth Lee April 26, 2014 at 9:40 pm

        Betty – I just found my notes when I used the 4 oz simply soft. I made a 30×30 inch (roughly) blanket and used 3 full 4oz skeins. I used an 4th skein for the edging and the edging on a hat I made to go with it (the hat was in white). I used an I hook. Hope this helps you (I’m starting one in SS Pistachio tonight – first crochet project after wrist surgery :))


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    Love this!! I made it using Baby Brite ombre from Simply Soft. It turned out beautifully!! I like to make hats to go with my baby blankets. I made a white hat (also simply soft) and made a border around the hat in the leftoer from the blanket using the border pattern. Love how it turned out. Here’s a link to a picture of it on my blog:


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    This is my favorite baby blanket pattern right now. I’ve only completed 3 rows and I’m in love with it already.


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  13. Marilyn Denler June 12, 2013 at 11:02 pm Reply

    On my iPad under stitches and terms it just has the ch,dc,hdc,sc,sk and what they mean. Nothing about the shell stitch.


    • Marissa June 13, 2013 at 12:38 pm Reply

      I’m on my iPad now and just downloaded a test copy of this pattern from craftsy and it had all of the stitches included within that section. Did you download your free copy from craftsy?


      • Sharon July 20, 2013 at 2:45 am

        I just found this pattern and am dying to start it. I have downloaded 3 times to my laptop and when I try to open it I get the picture of the site and it disappears. I upgraded Adobe reader as suggested and got the same thing. Any ideas what I am doing wrong?


      • Marissa July 20, 2013 at 3:16 pm

        So sorry to hear that you’re having so much trouble with the Craftsy download. I can’t control how their downloads work (sometimes I really wish I could!!) so the only suggestion I can offer is to call them. They have killer customer support and can typically walk you through the problem in less than 5 minutes flat.

        The top three things they recommend for me whenever I have a pattern download malfunction are:
        1: Use Chrome.
        2: Clear the cache.
        3: Log out of Craftsy completely, close your browser, and restart your computer.

        9 times out of 10, just clearing the cache is enough to get things rolling again. Sorry I couldn’t be more help but it’s definitely an issue for them to solve on their end. I think it might be a good idea to stick this one up in Ravelry for those having issues in Craftsy. Keep an eye over in my facebook page for the link some time today :)


    • Linda Mosler July 5, 2013 at 3:10 am Reply

      I also am having difficulties w/border on babys best bumpy blanket. Pattern unclear as to where to sl st onto blanket?


      • Marissa July 5, 2013 at 12:55 pm

        Hey Linda and thanks for the comment. The pattern for the border says to sl st to the blanket and then the pattern tells you how to proceed from there. You can sl st in any stitch on any side of the blanket. Where doesn’t really matter–as long as it’s not in a corner.

        Make sense?


    • Nan2527 July 10, 2013 at 7:44 pm Reply

      The “shell” stitch for this pattern is simply the repeating series of sc, hdc, dc, skip.


      • Marissa July 11, 2013 at 12:22 pm

        This blanket has a dedicated shell stitch that has nothing to do with the actual blanket. It is located in the edging and is a series of dc and chains. In order to see what I mean, you need to download a free copy over in craftsy–since the downloadable PDF is the only place you can find the pattern for the edging. The shell is NOT the pattern repeat in the blanket. Hope that clears up some confusion :)


    • grey July 26, 2013 at 8:34 pm Reply

      The shellstitch is made by doing 3 or more sc dc hdc either oneur pattern calls for in this case the shell is made by making a sc then a hdc then a double crochet in the same stich of the previous row


  14. Marilyn Denler June 12, 2013 at 7:48 pm Reply

    Would I be right in thinking the shell is the sc,hdc,and dc used in the blanket? Thanks so much for your help. Love this pattern!


    • Marissa June 12, 2013 at 7:55 pm Reply

      That’s the pattern to the blanket–not the shell to the edging!! :) If you look up at the very top of the pattern you will see a section marked “Stitches & Terms Used:” This section can be found on the second page directly after the cover page. Listed in that section is the term “Shell” and it is there that you will find the explanation on how to work it. Let me know if you’ve found that part to take you through the homestretch of the blanket!!


  15. Marilyn Denler June 12, 2013 at 5:54 pm Reply

    question on the edging shown on the baby’s best bumpy blanket. I found the edging,but have a question the directions. Row 1:(RS): Ch9, shell in 6th ch from hook, . How do you do your shell, there are different ways of making a shell and I don’t know how to proceed. I want to give this blanket at a baby shower, so hope you can clear this up for me. Thank you.


    • Marissa June 12, 2013 at 6:51 pm Reply

      The directions on how to work the shell for the edging can be found in the stitches and terms used section of the pattern :)


  16. Sara May 21, 2013 at 10:39 am Reply

    I just finished this blanket for my baby girl due at the end of July. I LOVE the way this feels and it was so easy to work! Thanks for making this a free pattern, I’m sure my daughter will love this blanket too!


  17. Mary Ann Atzrott April 19, 2013 at 1:06 pm Reply

    This is so beautiful! What border did you add to the one in the picture?


    • Marissa April 22, 2013 at 6:10 pm Reply

      I’ve updated the pattern and you can have a copy of the new border by visiting my craftsy shop (link can be found in the blog post above)


  18. gudrun45 April 19, 2013 at 12:16 pm Reply

    I love this pattern and set out to make a blanket. Yesterday I was a little over half done and decided to take a good luck at my work. It turns out that the blanket was getting narrower as I went. The last row had 108 stitches and I had started out with 126.
    It’s not rocket science. You put a set of three in each double crochet. So what could I have done wrong?
    I unraveled the whole thing and would like to start over but not until I know what I did wrong!
    Help me, please!!!!


    • Marissa April 19, 2013 at 3:26 pm Reply

      I’m really sorry to hear that you had to frog all that work!!! It’s never fun when I have to do the same (and it happens to me ALL the time!! lol) Without actually looking at what’s happening I would have to say that you are missing something somewhere. The pattern can be really repetitive and if you aren’t paying KILLER attention to it the entire time you have it on your hook then it’s possible that you skipped something somewhere and ended up cutting out an entire grouping–which would eventually cause your blanket to narrow and turn out funky.

      I suggest–and I know it’s a pain–to go back over every row you crochet just to double check that your count is the same for every single row. If you do it that way, you’ll knock it right out of the park and end up with the most beautiful blanket that feels amazing! (I LOVE this stitch and want to use it in a baby sweater soon. :)

      Best of luck to you and don’t give up!!


      • gudrun45 April 19, 2013 at 3:45 pm

        Thanks for the speedy answer. I can, of course, count stitches after every row, but that sounds terribly tedious. :-)
        I know when I made the sample swatch, that I had a real problem figuring out how to turn at the end of the row, and maybe that’s where my problem is. I mean, it sounds straightforward, but even my little samples narrowed going up. The last sample worked ok, and so I thought I had it figured out. Apparently not. Sigh.


      • Marissa April 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm

        It took me a LONG time to figure out how to keep sides square. And along that time there was a lot of frogging going on ;)

        In order to make sure your sides are square, make sure you are consistently making that last stitch in the turning chain. As long as you find that beginning chain and make your last stitch right into it then you should be fine.

        I know it’s not always easy to find it but if you have a couple of stitch markers I’d use them. When you chain 2 to begin your next row, put a marker in that 2nd chain to remind you where to put that last stitch on your way back. Just remember to move them when you chain and you should never get lost when you get to the end of your rows :)


    • Nan252 April 22, 2013 at 5:49 pm Reply

      My first one was a mess, too. My problem was thinking I had more at the end of the rrow than I did and so I put an extra pattern (sc, hdc, dc) in the last stitch.
      I’ve found the easiest way to be sure I’m on track is to count the clusters rather than stitches. Not sure why you started out with 126 since the pattern says to chain 103, but maybe you wanted it bigger which is fine. In any case, the starting chain should be some number that’s divisible by 3, then add 4. (103 is 99 + 4) 126 -4 is 122 for the clusters, but that’s not divisible by 3. For that size, you want to start with 127 chains (127 – 4 = 123. Then 123 / 3 is 41 clusters.) For the standard pattern starting with 103 chained, there are 33 clusters per row. For yours, as long as you count 41 clusters in each row, you are on track. Once you’re past the first row, then do the 3-stitch pattern in each of the preceding row’s dc.(so you’re doing 3 stitches in one, then skipping 2 which should keep you even.) At the end you should be skipping the hdc and sc of the previous row, then do a hcd in the top of the turning chain. This will be hard to see because it’ll have tightened up a lot since you made that chain 2 rows ago, but carefully look at the 2 to skip, and find the next stitch to do your hdc in. This hdc is the last post in this row, then you turn ch 2 to begin the next row.
      See if counting clusters instead of stitches helps. Good luck.


      • gudrun45 April 22, 2013 at 7:06 pm

        Thanks for the advice, Nan. I didn’t start with 103 because I’m using some yarn that I already had, and I made a sample swatch. I actually did not count to 126 when I chained, it appeared to be that when I counted later, after I noticed that the blanket was crooked.
        Anyway, I have followed Marissa’s advice and am putting markers into the second chain, and after one skein of yarn, the blanket is still completely straight. I have also been counting clusters and still have the number I started with. Hopefully, this attempt will work out.


  19. Christy April 15, 2013 at 5:38 pm Reply

    This pattern looks very cute! Most of my crochet is for charity, so this looks like it would work perfectly. Can you give me an idea of what size yours is using the pattern above? Thanks so much!


    • Marissa April 22, 2013 at 6:11 pm Reply

      I’ve updated the pattern to show all of that info. You can find it on the pdf download in my craftsy shop!


      • Christy April 24, 2013 at 11:32 am

        Thank you so much, Marissa! I have downloaded it and look forward to trying it out ;-)


  20. Nan252 April 12, 2013 at 3:10 pm Reply

    I see the length should be 36″, but what about the width or better please provide a gauge.. I tend to crochet large so I used a G instead of an I hook, and but it still looks too wide. I’m using Caron Simply Soft and the blanket is beautiful, but the finished size using my ‘hand’ doesn’t looks too wide.


    • Marissa April 19, 2013 at 3:27 pm Reply

      I’ve got this pattern on my hook and plan to update it as soon as it’s finished with all of that info! :)


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  22. Helen Arnold April 1, 2013 at 1:20 pm Reply

    Love the pattern! Can’t wait to try it. I want to make it for my nephew’s 4 yr. old so will probably make it a little bigger. Just beautiful – tk u again for sharing this wonderful pattern. Helen


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  24. patti martelli February 18, 2013 at 11:14 pm Reply

    Hi love the pattern how big is the blanket?


  25. Kenda Hill January 26, 2013 at 12:05 am Reply

    This is by far the fastest, cutest and easiest baby blanket ever!!! Thank you for posting this free pattern!!!!!


  26. mary December 18, 2012 at 10:49 am Reply

    great pattern! this is now my go to pattern for charity blankets. you are right. there is something about the texture that is so soft and comforting. thanks!


  27. GC October 30, 2012 at 9:45 pm Reply

    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for this beautiful pattern. It’s so simple, works up quickly and I love the texture and delicate look. I am making this for my baby girl due in March, and I love it!


  28. Lindasy Eckert September 21, 2012 at 1:27 pm Reply

    Hi Marissa,
    I’m currently making this blanket using Vanna’s Choice baby weight yarn and a G hook which is recommended on the yarn. It’s REALLY soft, and it think I’ll applique your adorable Owl onto it when I’m finished! It’s going to take me a while to reach 36inches because the pattern is smaller due to hook size and baby weight yarn. I have a question for you…I noticed on the Owl applique pattern that you put a beautiful border on the blanket, and was wondering if you’d kindly email me or post the pattern for the border??? Thanks! I’ll check back to see if you’ve replied OR you can email it to me at
    Lindsay Eckert


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  30. Patricia Lastra June 1, 2012 at 4:34 pm Reply

    Marissa, help please!!!!!!!! I can’t do row 2, I don’t understand how I should do across and “hdc in second chain of turning chain, turn”. I’m sure its so clear for you but it’s difficult to translate. Thanks for your help.


    • Marissa June 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm Reply

      That means you should put your half double crochet in the second chain of the turning chain from the row below. In other words, for each row you will begin by chaining two, so your last stitch will go in the top of that. Make sense?


      • Patricia Lastra June 1, 2012 at 5:19 pm

        I’ll try and if I can’t, I’ll ask you again. Why don’t you make a video for youtube? It would be easier, anyway I don’t want to bother you. Thanks for your answer and your help.


      • Patricia Lastra June 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm

        Thanks for your patience but I tried everything and I can’t make the stitch, it is very difficult to translate. I’ll have to do something else. If one day you do a video please let me know because seeing is easier. Anyway I thank you that you have done everything to make me understood. Best regards


    • Dorota September 3, 2012 at 2:54 pm Reply

      Hi Patricia,
      If you are still struggling with this pattern, maybe my interpretation will help you:

      At the end of row 2 you will have chain 2 and the first cluster of row 1 in reverse order, so you will see (dc hdc sc) and a loop made of two chains. You make the last cluster (sc hdc dc) in the dc as before and then you have to finish the row with a hdc by inserting the hook into the last chain of the chain 2 loop from the previous row. Don’t insert the hook into the sc, which creates a V shape, but behind this single crochet, into the next chain.


      • Patricia Lastra September 22, 2012 at 9:18 pm

        I’m trying but I don´t understand as well as I want, could you film a video and put it in you tube for me, I’ll appreciate. Thanks


  31. Patricia Lastra May 31, 2012 at 10:59 pm Reply

    Hi Marissa, this is Patricia from Mexico, I saw your Baby’s Best Bumpy Blanket and I love it, but I speak spanish and I can’tunderstand the pattern, could yo be so kind and write the complete words or maybe you have a video or something


    • Marissa June 1, 2012 at 12:36 am Reply

      I updated it to add the stitches and terms used. Hope that clears the pattern up a bit for you! :)


      • Patricia Lastra June 1, 2012 at 1:00 am

        Thanks Marissa I appeciate so much what you’ve done for me. Now I can understand very well.


  32. Janet Chislett Piercey. February 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm Reply

    Just reading the pattern. I have a baby blanket similiar to this pattern on crochet club pics. Its done in baby wool with shiny specks going through it.


  33. Darlene LaDouceur Celestin February 2, 2012 at 2:42 am Reply

    I want to make this baby blanket. What weight yarn are you using? Baby yarn or worsted weight yarn?


    • Marissa February 2, 2012 at 9:32 am Reply

      This yarn is Red Heart Super Saver worsted weight in Baby Pink. I try to use yarns that are super easy to get and aren’t going to break the bank to complete a project. The yarn itself is lovely.

      If you are going with Red Heart yarn and want to make it in another color–I’d stay away from white. For whatever reason, the white Red Heart yarn is scratchy and doesn’t wash well at all. (It does make for some great kitchen scrubbies though!!)

      So far in the project I’ve gone through exactly one skein and it’s halfway done. So if you want to make a baby blanket and put a boarder in the same color, I’d pick up three skeins of yarn for this project.


      • Darlene LaDouceur Celestin February 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm

        I have found the same thing with the Red Heart White. I bought white, green, blue and peach for an afghan and when I started crocheting with the white, I thought “What the heck is wrong with this yarn”, I got all the skeins out and compared the bands and everything was the same. So I don’t have any idea why it’s different unless it has something to do with the dyeing process.
        Did you use the 7oz skeins? Thanks for replying so quickly.


      • Marissa February 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm

        You’re welcome! I’m always hanging around somewhere so if you can’t get me here, I’m on fb. I live on facebook!

        I did the exact same thing with a blanket I made. The pink was awesome and the white was off. I knew it right away but decided to just keep going and I regretted it the minute I washed the blanket. The pink stayed nice and soft and the white tightened up and pulled the entire blanket out of shape. Lesson learned! Now when I need white, I buy another brand.

        As far as skein weight, yes–this blanket was made with 7 oz skeins. Two of them to be exact. If you follow my pattern, two will make a gorgeous and generous blanket for a baby even without a border. If you want to crochet a boarder, you will need an extra skein.

        I’d love to see a posted pic when you’re all done!


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