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Preemie Crochet Baby Blanket

The Amberly Preemie Baby Blanket is a free preemie crochet baby blanket designed with love and care for the tiniest of bundles. Perfectly sized for preemies, this soft and cozy blanket is an ideal project for those looking to create heartfelt donations for hospitals and charities. This blanket offers a rewarding way to provide warmth and comfort to premature babies and their families during a critical time. Craft a piece that truly makes a difference.

Pinterest pin for a preemie crochet baby blanket.

Materials for the preemie crochet baby blanket:

Bernat Baby Sport Yarn – this is a very light DK

Blanket MC @300 yds, CC @65 yds

US G Hook {4 mm}

Tapestry Needle {for weaving ends}


16 sts x 12 rows = 4”                      

Skill Level:

Advanced Beginner                              

Finished Size of the Preemie Crochet Baby Blanket:

After blocking, the finished blanket measures 18” x 18”

Abbreviation Used: {US Terms}

MC = Main Color

CC = Contrasting Color

Fdc = foundation double crochet

ch = chain

sk = skip

dc = double crochet

sl st = slip stitch

sc = single crochet

rep = repeat

st (s) = stitch(es)

ch-1 sp = chain 1 space

yo = yarn over

Special Stitch:

Hdc in 3rd lp: yo, insert your hook in the 3rd loop of the hdc {the loop behind the front two loops} yo, pull through, yo, pull through all 3 loops


  • Ch 1 and Ch 3 count as a stitch in the blanket.

Helpful Hints:

  1. On the double crochet rows, if you are familiar with it, you can replace the ch 3 with a stacked sc for a more finished edge.
  2. The measurements of the blanket can be adjusted by using the gauge and making sure you are using a multiple of 2+1, plus 2 if using a foundation chain.
  3.  For ex. You want a 24” x 24” blanket- according to the gauge 4 sts = one inch and 3 rows = one inch.  Border = 1”. So 23 x 4 = 92 + 1 =93 Fdc or 92 + 1 = 93 + 2 = 95 chains. 23 x 3 = 69 rows. {93 sts x 69 row = 1” border = 24” x 24” blanket}
  4. Keep your slip stitches loose so they are easy to work in.
  5. Use stitch markers to mark your corner stitches when working the border, then move them up each row.
  6. Blocking your blanket is recommended.
A light green crochet baby blanket folded in a triangle sets on a light wooden backdrop. A small preemie crochet hat and unicorn stuffed toy sits on top.

Preemie Crochet Baby Blanket Feature in the Preemie Crochet Challenge 2024

For the past five years, my good friend Helen, designer behind Sunflower Cottage Crochet has run the Preemie Crochet Challenge. She invites other crochet designers to participate by designing a crochet pattern perfect to donate to a NICU for preemie babies and their families. These babies and moms/dads spend countless hours at the hospital. These generous designers then offer their pattern for free to makers, who pledge to make at least one of these items for charity. Donations of blankets, hats, bonding squares and more bring them comfort in sometimes difficult times.

This is my 3rd year participating in this event. I have many great blessings in my life, and it brings me great joy to be able to give back. I hope you will enjoy making my Amberly Preemie Blanket.

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A light green textured, folded crochet baby blanket with white trim lays on a light wooden background. A preemie crochet hat sits on top.

Check out my previous year’s Preemie Crochet Challenge designs below, which are free on blog.

Pattern Instructions Preemie Crochet Baby Blanket:

Row 1: With MC, Fdc 69, or ch 71, dc in 3rd ch from hook and each ch across, turn [69]

Row 2: ch 1 {counts a sl st, so do not work in the st below the ch 1}, *dc in next st, sl st in next st; rep from * across, turn [69]

Row 3: ch 3 {or use stacked sc}, dc in each sl st and dc across, turn [69]

Rows 4-51: Rep Rows 2-3. At the end of Row 51, do not turn. Do not fasten off. Continue to border.


Ch 1, sc loosely in the end of each row down the side, (sc, ch 1, sc) in the corner st, sc across Row 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in next corner, sc loosely in end of each up other side, (sc, ch 1, sc) in next corner, sc across Row 51, (sc, ch 1, sc) in last st, join with sl st in beg st [244] Fasten off MC.

Rnd 1: Join CC in any non-corner st, ch 1, hdc in each st around with (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in each corner ch-1 sp, join with sl st in beg st [252]

Rnd 2: ch 1, hdc in each 3rd lp around with (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in each corner ch-1 sp, join with sl st in beg st [252]

Rnd 3: Rep Rnd 2 [260] Fasten off. Weave in the ends.


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