Quick and Easy Tunisian Baby Blanket

This post may include affiliate links, view our disclosure policy for details.
Pinterest photo for the Sweet Stratus  Tunisian Baby Blanket FREE Crochet Pattern with an image of the blanket on a sofa with an elephant stuffed toy

The Sweet Stratus Tunisian Baby Blanket – I designed this soft, squishy blanket for a dear friend’s little girl. Her daddy is a pilot and the stripes of this blanket remind me of striated clouds he might see from his cockpit. Oh, did I mention she’s named after an airplane?! 🙂

Piper loves her blanket and I know you will, too. Made of chunky yarn and Tunisian simple stitch, the blank works up more quickly than most blankets and I was able to finish this in one solid day of working. (I love a quick project!)

Even if you’ve never made an afghan with Tunisian crochet, give this one a try. I know you’ll enjoy it!

 
Photo of an elephant stuffed toy on top of the folded Tunisian baby blanket
Photo of the crocheted Tunisian Baby Blanket on the floor
Close look at the stitches and the border of this crocheted Tunisian Baby Blanket

The Sweet Stratus Tunisian Baby Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

Photo of 4 yarns from Paintbox used to make this baby blanket with a hook

Materials

  • 1375 yards Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky, size (5) bulky (3.5 oz./100g, 149 yds/136 m, 100% acrylic)
    • Color A: 700 yds/ 640 m (5 skeins)
    • Color B: 225 yds / 206 m (2 skeins)
    • Color C: 225 yds / 206 m (2 skeins)
    • Color D: 225 yds / 206 m (2 skeins)
  • Tunisian crochet hook US size M (9.00 mm) with a 24” cord
  • Crochet hook US size L (8.00 mm)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Blocking supplies
  • Printable PDF Pattern for the Sweet Stratus Baby Blanket

Skill Level

Easy/Intermediate

Finished Measurements

After blocking:

  • Approx. 33” x 43” (83.8 cm x 109.2 cm), before border.
  • Approx. 38” x 48” (96.5 cm x 121.9 cm), finished.

Gauge

11 stitches x 9 rows = 4” (10.15 cm) sq.

Stitch Abbreviations

  • SLST – slip stitch                
  • CH – chain
  • SC – single crochet
  • HDC – half-double crochet
  • DC – double crochet
  • FPDC – front-post double crochet
  • BPDC – back-post double crochet
  • TSS – Tunisian simple stitch
  • F(FP) – forward pass
  • R(RP) – return pass
  • Rep – repeat
  • SP – space                           
  • ST(S) – stitch(es)
  • YO – yarn over

Special Stitches

Tunisian Simple Stitch

Chain the required number of stitches.

TSS Foundation Row: With last chain still on the hook, insert hook from right to left (reverse for left-handed) in the back bump of the second CH from hook, pull up a loop. Pull up a loop in the back bump, picking up STS, in each CH across.

TSS Return Pass (TSS RP): CH1, *YO, pull through 2 loops on hook*; repeat from * to * until 1 loop remains on hook.

TSS Forward Pass (TSS FP): Insert hook in 2nd vertical bar from hook, YO, pull up loop, *insert hook in next vertical bar, YO, pull up loop*, repeat from * to * to last st, put hook through both vertical bars on edge, YO, pull up loop.

Complete row with a TSS RP.

Pattern Notes

  • Skill Level: Easy
  • US Terminology 
  • Finished measurements: 20″ (51 cm) x 9″ (23 cm)
  • When a row begins with a CH1, the ch does not count as a st. 
  • When the row begins with a CH2, it does count as a stitch.
Photo of the crocheted Tunisian Baby Blanket draped on top of a sofa with an elephant stuffed toy

How to Make this Sweet Stratus Neutral Baby Blanket

Pattern:

With Color A and Tunisian crochet hook,

CH 93.

Row 1F: Skipping the first CH, pull up a loop in the back bump of each CH.

(93 loops on hook)

1R: CH1, *YO, pull through 2 loops,* repeat * to * until 1 loop remains.

Row 2F: With A, work TSS FP.

          2R: With B, work TSS RP.

Row 3F: With B, work TSS FP.

          3R: With B, work TSS RP.

Row 4F: With B, work TSS FP.

          4R: With C, work TSS RP.

Row 5F: With C, work TSS FP.

          5R: With C, work TSS RP.

Row 6F: With C, work TSS FP.

          6R: With D, work TSS RP.

Row 7F: With D, work TSS FP.

          7R: With D, work TSS RP.

Row 8F: With D, work TSS FP.

          8R: With A, work TSS RP.

Row 9F: With A, work TSS FP.

          9R: With A, work TSS RP.

Row 10F: With A, work TSS FP.

          10R: With B, work TSS RP.

Row 11F: With B, work TSS FP.

          11R: With B, work TSS RP.

Row 12F: With B, work TSS FP.

          12R: With C, work TSS RP.

Row 13F: With C, work TSS FP.

          13R: With C, work TSS RP.

Row 14F: With C, work TSS FP.

          14R: With D, work TSS RP.

Row 15F: With D, work TSS FP.

          15R: With D, work TSS RP.

Row 16F: With D, work TSS FP.

          16R: With A, work TSS RP.

Rows 17 – 96: Rep rows 9 – 16 ten more times.

Bind Off: With A, SLST loosely in each bar across.

Finish off.

Photo where you can see every stitch made in the baby blanket

FOR BORDER

With A and 8.00 mm hook, join with a SLST to the first ST to the left (or, if working left-handed, to the right) of any corner.

Round 1: CH1. HDC in same ST. *HDC in each ST along the row. CH3 to create a corner ST. Turn work 90 degrees and work along next edge,* Rep from * to * 3 more times. SLST to beginning HDC to join.

You will have 92 STS along short edges, 96 STS along long edges, and a CH-3 at each corner

Round 2: CH2 (does not count as a ST, here and throughout), [FPDC in first HDC, *BPDC, BPDC, FPDC, FPDC,* repeat from * to * until 3 stitches remain to corner, BPDC, BPDC, FPDC, (HDC, CH1, HDC) in the corner space], repeat from [ to ] three more times. Join with SLST to top of beginning FPDC.

Round 3: CH2, [FPDC in first st, *BPDC, BPDC, FPDC, FPDC,* repeat from * to * to corner, (HDC, CH1, HDC) in corner space], FPDC], repeat from [ to ] three more times. Join with a SLST to top of beginning FPDC.

Round 4: CH2, [FPDC in first st, *BPDC, BPDC, FPDC, FPDC,* repeat from * to * until one ST remains, BPDC, (HDC, CH1, HDC) in corner space], BPDC, FPDC], repeat from [ to ] three more times. Join with a SLST to top of beginning FPDC.

Round 5: CH2,  [FPDC in first st, *BPDC, BPDC, FPDC, FPDC,* repeat from * to * until two STS remain BPDC, BPDC, (HDC, CH1, HDC) in corner space], BPDC, BPDC, FPDC], repeat from [ to ] three more times. Join with a SLST to top of beginning FPDC.

Finish off and tuck ends.

Wet block and allow to dry.

An elephant stuffed toy lying on top of the Tunisian Baby Blanket spread on a carpet

More Blanket Patterns You’ll Love

©2019. This pattern and its images are copyright protected and the sole property of Made with a Twist by Crochetpreneur®, a division of Montgomery Grice Enterprises, Inc. Please do not redistribute, transfer, or sell the pattern, or alter it to claim as your own. You may sell any products you create from this pattern. Please credit the designer by linking online listings to www.madewithatwist.com or tagging @madewithatwist.

One thought on “Quick and Easy Tunisian Baby Blanket

  1. Lovely !!!!!!!!!
    Anna

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *