Crochet Moon Blanket with Stars Baby Blanket free pattern!

Mar 3, 2023 | Crochet patterns

This crochet moon Blanket with stars baby blanket is a free crochet pattern by Nana’s Crafty Home!

Crochet Moon Blanket with stars Baby Blanket free crochet pattern

I recently designed the Winter’s Night Rhapsody Stitch Sampler blanket which is a fun winter-themed stitch sampler style throw.  I released an alternative border edging for those that wanted a star border instead of the pom pom border.  I came up with a fun mini star crochet border that I absolutely fell in love with!  

I knew the star border would be fantastic for a baby blanket plus I love the large stars featured in the blanket as well, so I started playing around with ideas for a baby blanket to incorporate both stitches.

Since I wanted to add the moon to the blanket I started with the base of my Christmas Granny Square pattern and came up with this fun Moon & Stars Baby Blanket!  I hope you love it as much as I do!

Crochet Moon Blanket with Stars Pattern Details

crochet moon with stars baby blanket free pattern

The Moon & Stars Baby Blanket is a fun and easy square baby blanket that can be easily customized.  Featuring large stars that are worked right into the blanket – no sewing – small star appliqués that are sewn where desired on the blanket, a fun and cute star border and a moon happy face!

This main body of this square baby blanket works up in all double crochet stitches starting with multiple rounds worked as a circle which is then squared once the moon section is complete.  Size of the blanket can be easily customized by working more or fewer rounds.

The large stars are worked into a ch-1 stitch worked between double crochet stitches – no sewing for these stars other than tacking down while weaving in the ends!  If you would prefer to have your large stars more random you could change up the placement of your chain 1 stitches.  Or, if you preferred to sew on your stars in a random pattern you could eliminate the ch-1 altogether and make the stars as an applique instead.

crochet moon & stars baby blanket process 2

The mini star appliqués are optional but create a pleasing randomness to the stars.  These one-round stars are so easy with simple single crochet and chain stitches.

The star border is an easy one round edging created by working mini stars around the outside edge of the blanket.

Star crochet border pattern

Maybe you want to go a completely different direction for your blanket or make multiple blankets each one different. Instead of the large stars substitute my large snowflake stitch in white, add the mini star appliqués in yellow and change the border to the crochet Pom Pom border in white. Voila – a completely new winter’s night blanket!

I have a complete video tutorial for the large Stars and photo and video tutorials for the mini star appliques and the crochet star border.  

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I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn! which is a medium worsted #4 weight acrylic yarn. One of my favorite economical yarns – so soft! However, you can certainly easily substitute your favorite medium worsted weight yarn instead.

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Crochet Moon Blanket with stars Baby Blanket free crochet pattern

Moon & Stars Baby Blanket free crochet pattern instructions

Pattern written in US crochet terminology

Supplies:

  • Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn Weight 4 / Medium (100% acrylic, 7 oz /  355 yds)
  •     White 1.6 oz /  82 yds (White)
  •     Navy 14 oz / 710 yds (Navy)
  •     Yellow 3.9 oz / 200 yds (Yellow)
  •     Light Gray 0.3 oz / 16 yds (Gray)
  • Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook

Scissors
Stitch markers (optional)
Tapestry needle

Approximate finished size: 34” x 34” square (before star border)

Gauge: First 4 rounds = 4.5” / 13 dc sts = 4”

Abbreviations:

  • MC = magic circle
  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • tr = treble crochet
  • sp = space
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sk = skip
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • RS = right side

Special Stitches:

Star (for border): Ch 6, sl st in fourth ch from hook to form a ring (turn slightly to begin working in ring), *ch 2, sc in second ch from hook, sc in ring,* repeat from * to * 4 times; sl st in same ch as first sl st to form the ring, sl st next 2 chs.

Recommended Tutorials:

Star Stitch Tutorial

Mini Star Appliques Tutorial

Star Border Tutorial

Pattern Notes:

  • Ch 3 at beginning of each round counts as first dc stitch.
  • Large stars are worked into a chain 1 stitch.
  • Small stars are worked separately and then sewn to the RS of the blanket as an appliqué.
  • Moon eyes, mouth and cheeks are worked separately and then sewn to the RS of the blanket.

Pattern Instructions

With White, make MC.

Round 1:  (RS) ch 3, 11 dc in MC, join with sl st in top of ch-3 and tighten ring. (12)

Round 2:  ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, sl st in top of ch-3. (24)

Round 3:  ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st,* repeat from * to * to end, sl st in top of ch-3. (36)

Round 4:  ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st,* repeat from * to * to last st, 1 dc in last st, sl st in top of ch-3. (48)

Round 5:  ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next 3 sts, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 sts,* repeat from * to * to end, sl st in top of ch-3. (60)

Round 6:  ch 3, 1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st,* repeat from * to * to last 2 sts, 1 dc in last 2 sts, sl st in top of ch-3.  (72)

Round 7:  ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next 5 sts, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 5 sts,* repeat from * to * to end, sl st in top of ch-3. (84)

Round 8:  ch 3, 1 dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in next 6 sts, 2 dc in next st,* repeat from * to * to last 3 sts, 1 dc in last 3 sts, sl st in top of ch-3.  (96)

Round 9: ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 1 dc in next 7 sts, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 7 sts,* repeat from * to * to end,  sl st in top of first st. (108)

Fasten off White.

Round 10: Join Navy in first st, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts, dc in next 4 sts, tr in next 4 sts, *(2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in next sttr in next 4 sts, dc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, dc in next 4 sts, tr in next 4 sts,* repeat from * to * two times; (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in next st, tr in next 4 sts, dc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sl st in first st. (120 + 4 ch-2 corner sp)

Round 11: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts, dc in next 6 sts, tr in next 4 sts, *(2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in ch-2 sp, tr in next 4 sts, dc in next 6 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, dc in next 6 sts, tr in next 4 sts,* repeat from * to * two times; (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in ch-2 sp, tr in next 4 sts, dc in next 6 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, sl st in first st. (136 + 4 ch-2 corner sp)

Round 12 – 13: ch 3, *dc in each st to next ch-2 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp,* repeat from * to * to end, sl st top of ch-3.  (152 round 12, 168 round 13)

Round 14: ch 4 (counts as first dc + ch-1), dc in next 21 sts to corner sp, *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner, dc in next 21 sts, ch 1, dc in next 21 sts to corner,* repeat from * to * end. (184). Note: (optional) place stitch marker in each ch-1 sp.  Stars will be worked into these chains.

Round 15: Note: skip each ch-1 sp of previous row.  Ch 3, *dc in each st to next corner, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp,* repeat from * to * to end, sl st top of ch-3. (200)

Round 16 – 19: ch 3, *dc in each st to next ch-2 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp,* repeat from * to * to end, sl st top of ch-3. (216 round 16, 232 round 17, 248 round18, 264 round 19)

Round 20: ch 3, dc next 17 sts, ch 1, *dc next 16 sts to corner, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner, dc next 16 sts, ch 1, dc next 34 sts, ch 1,* repeat from * to * twice; dc next 16 sts, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner, dc next 16 sts, ch 1, dc in last 16 sts, sl st top of ch-3. (280)

Round 21: Note: skip each ch-1 sp of previous row.  Ch 3, *dc in each st to next ch-2 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp,* repeat from * to * to end, sl st top of ch-3. (296)

Round 22 – 25: ch 3, *dc in each st to next ch-2 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp,* repeat from * to * to end, sl st top of ch-3. (312 round 22, 328 round 23, 344 round 24, 360 round 25)

Round 26: ch 4 (counts as first dc + ch-1), dc next 45 sts, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner, *dc next 45 sts, ch 1, dc next 45 sts, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc),* repeat from * to * last 44 sts, dc in last 44 sts.  (376)

Round 27: Note: skip each ch-1 sp of previous row.  Ch 3, *dc in each st to next ch-2 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp,* repeat from * to * to end, sl st top of ch-3. (392)

Round 28 – 29: ch 3, *dc in each st to next ch-2 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch-2 sp,* repeat from * to * to end, fasten off Navy, join Yellow with sl st top of ch-3. (408 round 28, 424 round 29)

Border

With Yellow, ch 1, sc in same st, [sc next 3 sts, *star (see special stitches), sc next 5 sts,* repeat from * to last 3 sts before ch-2 corner sp, star, sc next 3 sts, (sc, star, sc) in corner sp,] repeat around to last 4 sts, sc in last 4 sts, sl st to first st. (21 stars per side + 1 star in each corner = 88 stars)

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

crochet moon & stars baby blanket process

Star

Each star will be worked in the ch-1 from rounds 14, 20, and 26.

With RS of blanket facing and with Yellow, insert hook into back 2 loops  of any ch-1 sp, slip stitch to join.  

star crochet stitch process 1
  • Round 1: Ch 1, 3 sc in back 2 loops; rotating work slightly now working in front 1 loop of ch-1, 2 sc in front loop.  Do not sl st join. (5)
star crochet stitch process 2
  • Round 2: 2 sc in each st. (10)
  • Round 3: *(dc, tr, ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, tr, dc) in next st, 1 sc in next st,* repeat from * to * to end, sl st to first st. 
  • Fasten off leaving a long tail for tacking star down, tack down and weave in ends.  

Eyes (make 2)

With Gray, make MC.

Round 1:  (RS) ch 3, 10 dc in MC, join with sl st in top of ch-3, tighten ring. (11)

Fasten off Gray, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Row 2: Join Navy in first st of round 1, sl st in next 5 sts.

Fasten off and weave in ends not left for sewing.

Cheeks (make 2)

With Gray, make MC.

Round 1:  ch 3, 11 dc in MC, join with sl st in top of ch-3 and tighten ring. (12)

Round 2:  ch 3, 1 dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, sl st in top of ch-3. (24)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Mouth

With Gray, ch 20.

Row 1: sl st in second ch from hook and in each ch to end.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Mini Star Appliqués (make 11)

With White, make a MC (or as an alternative ch 4 and sl st to form a ring),  (ch 2, sc in second ch from hook, sl st in ring) 5 times.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. 

crochet moon blanket face assembly process

Assembly 

Note:  Sew following pieces to RS of blanket.

With long tail, sew eyes to moon.

With long tails, sew cheeks to moon.

With long tail, sew mouth to moon.

With long tails, sew mini star appliqués randomly around blanket.

Weave in remaining ends.

This blanket does benefit from a light wet blocking at the end.  If you have never blocked a project I do have a complete photo tutorial to help you:

How to Wet Block Crochet Projects

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Hi! Thank you so much for being here! I am Tonya the designer behind Nana's Crafty Home. As a wife, mother, Nana of 9 & with 2 fur babies, my days are filled with love, laughter, hugs and yarn! Here you will find colorful and creative crochet designs for yourself or loved ones. My hope is that you will be inspired to learn and create along with me!