Polka Dots Border Crochet Blanket

polka dots crochet blanket pattern

A new 2 color crochet blanket pattern free, the Polka Dots Border Crochet Blanket, is now a free easy crochet blanket pattern here on the blog. Read all about how to use this border on any blanket and the crochet edge pattern collection it is a part of or scroll down for the complete free crochet blanket pattern.

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Bobble Stitch crochet blankets are a classic, but here’s the twist. Feature the bobble stitch on a wide contrasting color edge and you get this modern timeless blanket

The Polka Dots border crochet pattern comes in 10 different blanket sizes and instructions to adjust the border to any blanket you like. With its classic stitches, this pattern is an easy choice for whipping up a gender-neutral and timeless gift.

Classics on the Edge Collection

This blanket pattern is part of the Classics on the Edge Collection. It is a set of 4 easy crochet blanket patterns where classic crochet blanket constructions / types are revisited by featuring them on a wide blanket border with a sober blanket center.

All crochet blanket patterns come in several sizes (from baby to king size) with instructions on how to adjust the crochet border instructions for any blanket project.

The 4 patterns in the collection are:

  • The Waffle Border Blanket: find the free crochet pattern here
  • The Granny Square Border Blanket: coming soon
  • The Gingham Edge Blanket: coming soon
  • The Polka Dots Edge Blanket: coming soon

All patterns in the collection will be released over the coming weeks/months. However, you can already grab the entire collection ebook here.

click here to purchase the classics on the edge pattern collection: 4 gorgeous blankets featuring crochet blanket classics on a wide edge

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Downloadable Polka Dots Crochet Blanket Pattern

Grab the printable PDF of the Puzzle Simple Crochet Blanket pattern now in my Etsy shop or on Ravelry.

Cozy At Home CAL

The polka dots border blanket is also the first pattern of 2024’s Cozy At Home CAL by CAL Central.

Find all the CAL details in this post.

How the 2024 Cozy at Home with CAL Central Works
Every Monday, starting from January 8 through to March 11, 2024, we’ll share a free crochet pattern which fits in the category of cozy home décor, just as the name of this CAL suggests. Each pattern will help to make any home comfier, cozier, and more handmade! You can use the finished project to decorate your own home, gift to someone you love, donate to charity, or sell at a craft fair. Throughout this CAL, you’ll get the chance to chat with other crocheters in our groups who are making the same projects and also share pictures of your progress. All with the chance to win exciting prizes!

We’ve partnered with GlassEyesOnline and KnitPal to bring you great prizes in our end-of-CAL giveaway. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway by scrolling down to the bottom of this post on Underground Crafter by Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

How To Join the 2024 Cozy at Home with CAL Central
You can join in by crocheting the patterns as you have time.
Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #CALCentralCrochet on all social media. 
If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join the CAL Central Facebook group or visit this thread in the CAL Central Ravelry group.
By the end of the CAL, you’ll have up to 10 awesome projects. These will be perfect for making your home cozy and comfy or gifting to your near and dear ones.

Visit Underground Crafter to learn more about the prizes, enter the end-of-CAL giveaway, and to get links to each Cozy at Home CAL post as it is released.

Before you Start

Materials

  • Worsted weight yarn: Royal Zeeman yarn (100% acrylic, 100g/3.5oz, 241m/264yd):
    • 2 (4, 6, 4, 7, 9) (18, 33, 35, 40) skeins in off-white (MC)
    • 2 (3, 3, 3, 3, 4) (5, 6, 6, 7) skeins in coral for the border (CC)

You can easily substitute with any worsted weight yarn you want.

Gauge

The gauge for this pattern is 16 st by 13 rows in alternating rows of sc and dc stitches for a 10 cm by 10 cm square (4” by 4”).

Size

The blanket crochet pattern is available in 10 sizes, noted baby (receiving, toddler, crib-small, crib-regular, throw, twin, double, queen, king) throughout the pattern. Pictures illustrate the receiving size.

The table below shows the different sizes.

Blanket sizesInches Centimeters 
 WidthLengthWidthLength
Stroller / Baby30357789
Receiving40.2540102102
Toddler42.7552109132
Crib – Small35.255489137
Crib – Regular45.560115152
Throw5360135152
Twin65.590167229
Double91108231274
Queen96.25108244274
King109108277274

You can easily adapt the size to your desired project size, instructions are given in the pattern below.

How to Use the Polka Dots Crochet Edging on Another Blanket

Of course, you could use this polka dots edging pattern on any blanket of yours. In order to do so, you need each side of your blanket to have a multiple of 10 stitches (including corner st) for your starting round. You can then simply follow the instructions starting with round 2 in the Waffle Stitch Border section below.

The width of the border is 16 cm / 6.25”.

Abbreviations

This pattern uses US notations.

  • st = stitch
  • ch = chain
  • dc = double crochet

Notes

Work instructions between [] the indicated number of times or until the end of the row/round. Instructions between () are worked in the same stitch/space.

The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the row/round between < >.

The turning ch 1, ch 2 don’t count as stitches throughout the pattern except if mentioned.

The pattern is written in crochet shorthand.  For example:

  • “dc 1” means to double crochet in the next stitch,
  • “dc 2” means to double crochet in each of the next 2 stitches,
  • and “2 dc” means to double crochet twice in the next st.

Special Stitches

  • Bobble stitch (5 dc cluster) = [yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo and pull up a loop. Yo, pull through two loops] 5 times in the same space, yo and pull through all 6 loops.

If you’re not familiar with the bobble stitch, refer to my step by step stitch tutorial. It even includes a video on how to do the bobble stitch in a contrasting color.

Tips and Tricks

  • To change yarn color, work last st of old color to last yarn over. Yarn over with new color and draw through all loops on hook to complete st.
  • When using more than one color in a row, working over the unused color in tapestry style.

The Actual Blanket Crochet Pattern

Blanket Body

With your 5 mm / US H – 8 hook and MC yarn, ch 69 (109, 119, 89, 129) (159, 209, 309, 329, 379) + 2.

Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc across. <69 (109, 119, 89, 129) (159, 209, 309, 329, 379) st>

Row 2: Ch 1, sc across, turn.

Row 3: Ch 2, dc across, turn.

Repeat Row 2 and 3 until you reach 57 (70, 100, 105, 120) (120, 197, 242, 242, 242) cm / 22.5 (27.5, 39.5, 41.25, 47.25) (47.25, 77.5, 95.25, 95.25, 95.25) (it doesn’t matter if you finish on a row 2 or 3).  Fasten off.

Polka Dots Blanket Border

With your 5 mm / US H – 8 hook and CC yarn, join yarn in the middle of your last row (st 35 (55, 60, 45, 65, 80, 105, 155, 165, 190).

Round 1: Ch 1, sc around the blanket: 69 (109, 119, 89, 129, 159, 209, 309, 329, 379) sc per side + 1 sc in each corner (mark with st marker), finish round with a sl st in ch, turn. <280 (440, 480, 360, 520) (640, 840, 1240, 1320, 1520) st>

Note: Spread stitches evenly around the blanket:

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as a st), [dc until marked st, 3 dc in marked st (move marker to middle sc)] around, dc until end of round, sl st in 2nd ch, turn. <288 (448, 488, 368, 528) (648, 848, 1248, 1328, 1528) st>

Round 3: Ch 1 (counts as a st), [sc until marked st, 3 sc in marked st (move marker to middle sc)] around, sc until end of round, join with a sl st in ch, turn. <296 (456, 496, 376, 536) (656, 856, 1256, 1336, 1536) st>

Repeat Round 2 and 3 three times. Repeat Round 2 one more time. <320 (480, 520, 400, 560) (680, 880, 1280, 1360, 1560) st>

Bobble round: Ch 1 (counts as a st), sc 4 in MC, *[bobble in CC, sc 9 in MC] until corner st, (sc in MC, bobble in CC, sc in MC) in corner st, sc 9 in MC, repeat from * until last corner, [bobble in CC, sc 9 in MC] until last 5 st, bobble in CC, sc 4 in MC, join with a sl st, turn. < 328 (488, 528, 408, 568) (688, 888, 1288, 1368, 1568) >

Repeat Round 2 and 3 five times. <368 (528, 568, 448, 608, 728, 928, 1328, 1408, 1608) st>

Blocking

You’re done with the crocheting part, make sure to weave in all the ends.

To make your blanket even prettier and help straighten your edges and open up the waffle sections block your project.

Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help.

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