Lone Star Baby Crib Blanket

If you’ve never worked (or heard of) Tunisian crochet, take a look! It’s really simple to do, take a look at this short instructional video.

Tunisian crochet is an awesome technique that my family has used for generations, but I have found that there is little known about it with fiber people nowadays. In my family, we have always called it “the afghan stitch”. It works up like a cross between knitting and crochet. Tunisian crochet hooks are long (10” or more), and stitches are held on the hook much like a knitting needle. To compare it further to knitting, it is sort of like picking up and binding-off stitches every row.

I am in love with the fabric that is created with Tunisian Crochet. It is a plain fabric that can be compared to Stockinette Stitch in its simplicity, but it is flat and does not curl like Stockinette. Also, the stitches are perfect little squares with holes at the four corners, which nicely accommodate cross stitch designs.

This pattern makes a proportionally-accurate Texas State Flag, which just happens to be proportionally-accurate for a crib blanket as well. The size can be modified by changing the yarn or hook size for a bigger or smaller blanket.

Details –
Size: 60” x 40”
Yarn: 3 hanks each color Cascade 220 (or about 600 yards of each color in any worsted-weight yarn) in:
• White
• Ruby
• Stratosphere
Hook: Tunisian crochet hook in size 10/J, or size to obtain gauge
Additional Tools: row counter (optional), tapestry needle

Pattern is $4.00 via PayPal.

22 comments on “Lone Star Baby Crib Blanket

  1. I’m a Texan living in Ireland and am about to have my first baby boy. I’m doing his nursery up in vintage Texas style and, as you can imagine, am having to make most things. I came onto your site to find a good pattern/ tutorial for a baby sweater and saw this beautiful Texas flag blanket- I am so excited! And a quick project as well?! Woohoo! I love your site and your tutorials are by far the best out there. Thanks for offering this! You’ve made one homesick Texan very happy. 🙂

  2. Staci
    I am blocking the blue section and wanted to know what the measurements are when blocking this piece on the width, I know to block it 40″ lenthwise but not sure on the width?? also what will be the width on the other two panels? thanks so much, jan

  3. Does this show cross stitch that changes rows and how that specifically is done? I cannot find that anywhere online…I know how to do the cross stitch on the Tunisian stitch, but not how to change rows, Is the back of the afghan stich not showing all of the cross stitches on the front? Frustrated Dyann…..Thanks

  4. Dyann – to change rows, you can either tie off the yarn from the last row and start a new yarn for the next, or just carry the yarn on the back of the work up to the next row. The back of the work does not look like the front, but you can keep it as neat as possible by only “carrying” the yarn from one row to the next, and not carrying it any further than that.

    Hope that helps!
    S t a c i

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  6. Staci,
    I purchased this pattern awhile ago but just now ready to start it. Since I will be making it to be a true baby blanket for a Texan misplaced in upstate NY for a few years, I want a truly soft, machine washable & dryable yarn that will hold it’s shape well. Being a mom myself, I know a blanket that must be hand washed and dried flat will get stuck it the bottom of a drawer to never see the light of day.
    I have never substituted yarns before and I’m unsure of how to go about it. Could you suggest some other more “baby friendly” yarn or let me know the best way to substitute and still have a beautiful outcome?

  7. Hi Peggy – I have a few notes for you here:

    First, it’s difficult to convince people of this, but wool doesn’t need washing as often as other fibers. With my own wool blankets, I find that putting them into the dryer (dry) with a lavender dryer sheet is all they need to freshen up. That said, I understand that people want things machine washable and dryable.

    For yarn for this project, I suggest using a washable wool. (Either superwash, or a washable wool/synthetic blend.) Because the colors of this blanket are so important, you’ll need to look for a yarn that offers all three colors you need.

    Regardless of the yarn you choose, you will want to make a swatch and machine wash and dry the swatch as the finished blanket will be washed. Some yarns behave very differently after being introduced to water, and you may find that you want to adjust your gauge by changing your hook size.

    Recently, I’ve found that I really like Berroco Vintage Worsted as a machine-washable wool. You may want to look at the other projects people have posted for this blanket, and see what their yarn choices were.

    Good luck!
    S t a c i

  8. Sarah – the proportions on this are already pretty big for a 2 year-old, but if you want to make it larger, I recommend using a thicker yarn and bigger hook size, and working the pattern as written without alterations. If you change the stitch count the proportions will be thrown off, as will be the chart for the white star. You would end up having to rewrite the entire chart to make a bigger star, or end up with a tiny star on your flag that is out of proportion for a Texas flag.

    Hope that helps!
    S t a c i

  9. My question is this: since you are chaining so many on this project, are you using one of the tunisian crochet hooks with a long cord on one end?

  10. Martha – no, for this blanket, I used a standard, straight Tunisian crochet hook…14″ in length. A Tunisian crochet hook with a cord would work fine, however.

    S t a c i

  11. Hi Stacy, I love this blanket, especially since I do tunisian crochet. I love doing it almost as much as my love for just plain knitting. I am curious about one thing, you said there was special yarn for tunisian crochet. I personally have never heard of it could you please give me a link to where it is available, I have always just used regular worsted weight yarn. Thanks, Jo Ellzey

  12. Hi Stacy, it’s Jo again, I am so silly I didnot read your paragraph properly where you said you liked the fabric this makes, sorry for taking up your time. Thank, Jo

  13. Hi Staci, does seaming tunisian crochet with mattress stich leaves ridge on the wrong side of the work? Thanks, Dominik

  14. My son really liked the blanket and wants me to make one for him but in a bigger size around seven feet but I can’t figure out how to do it is there a patternsor that size that I can use our that you sell I have never used the stitch either and I’m hoping I can do it please help

  15. Martha – you can knit this blanket larger by using thicker yarn and a larger hook. (You’ll need to make a swatch and measure your stitches per inch to determine how large a different yarn weight and hook size will create.) I don’t recommend trying to alter the pattern numbers, since that will require you to re-chart the star pattern to match the new size.

    S t a c i

  16. Staci, I have recently been learning to knit and have enjoyed using your video tutorials. I’ve knitted several of the dishcloths in your tutorial in various colors and love them. I Joined a knitting group and when one of the ladies put out a plea for dish cloths for dishcloths for some gift bags her niece needed for an event I was so excited that I was able to help. I live in Texas and young friends of ours moved away to Arizona a coupe of years ago and announced yesterday they are expecting a baby boy. I have decided I just have to make your Lone Star baby blanket for them. I just finished the tutorial and can’t wait to get started once I finish a baby blanket I currently knitting. I absolutely love your site and your tutorials are the easiest I’ve found to follow. I am 59 and have wanted to learn to knit since I was in high school but always gave up trying to teach myself from books. Thank you for helping me achieve one of my bucket list dreams.


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