Bumble Bee Baby Blanket – using Granny Squares!

When a good old granny square meets a bee, the result is this sweet Bumble Bee Baby Blanket!

These crochet bees are definitely up to some serious honey making, and they are happily buzzing all around!

To make this soft blanket, you’ll only need to crochet bumble bee granny squares and simple circle granny squares in your favorite. You could also add some flowers into the picture by making a few 3D simple flowers granny squares!

You can easily customize this pattern, and make it as big or small as you want by adding a few more rows or columns of granny squares.

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What’s the Best Yarn for Baby Blankets?

The best yarn for baby blankets is for sure any baby Merino or baby acrylic yarn that is soft and delicate.

Avoid yarn that is too rough and itchy because that can be a problem in contact with the very sensitive skin of babies.

Of course, 100% baby merino wool would be ideal. However, keep in mind that baby blankets need to be washed often, so it’s best to choose a yarn that you can easily machine-wash!

My choice for my bee baby blanket was Paintbox Yarns Baby DK. The huge amount of available colors made it an easy choice! But besides the beautiful color options, this yarn is also very soft and affordable. So, I’ll definitely consider it again for any future projects!

If you would like to use a different kind of yarn, make sure to check your gauge or simply take into account that the final size of your blanket might differ from the ones in the pattern!

Materials

– 4-mm (G/6 USA, 8 UK) Crochet Hook
Paintbox Yarns Baby DK
– Tapestry Needle

Yarn – Colors and Yardage

AbbreviationColorYardage
Color A (CA)Buttercup Yellow (722)112 m/122 yds
Color B (CB)Slate Grey (705)270 m/287 yds
Color C (CC)Vanilla Cream (706)1116 m/1223 yds
Color D (CD)Washed Teal (128)160 m/175 yds

Abbreviations (US Terms)

BLO – Back Loop Only
Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Inc – Increase
MC – Magic Circle
Sc – Single Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
St – Stitch
Tr – Treble Crochet
Yo – Yarn over

Special Stitches

Increase (Inc)
One increase consists of 2 sts crocheted into the same indicated st.

Magic Circle (MC)
To learn how to crochet the magic circle, please, check out this step-by-step tutorial.

Pattern Notes

  • If the pattern says “hdc 2”, it means that you have to crochet 1 hdc into each of the next 2 sts.
  • (…) – Repeat the instruction within brackets for the indicated times.
  • Join each round with a sl st between the last and first st of the round (not on top of the initial chains!).
  • The stitch count is indicated within brackets at the end of each round’s instructions.
  • The initial chains are not included in the stitch count.
  • [CA] and [CB] indicate that you have to crochet the next series of sts using either color A or B.
  • [CA/CB] indicates a hdc increase crocheted using CA for the first st and CB for the second st. Similarly, [CB/CA] indicates a hdc inc in which the first st is crocheted with CB and the second with CA.
  • Scroll to the end of this page for how to change colors!!!

Granny Squares and Blanket Size

  • Each granny square measures 5.5” (14 cm).
  • The blanket is 33” (48 cm) by 39” (99 cm).

Gauge

Using your 4-mm crochet hook, make a MC.

Round 1. Ch 2, hdc 11 in the MC. Join the round with a sl st into the first hdc. (11 sts)
Round 2. Ch 1, hdc inc 11. Sl st to join. (22 sts)
Round 3. Ch 1, (hdc inc 1, hdc 1) 11 times. Sl st to join. (33 sts)

You three rounds should measure 2.25″ (5.5. cm).

Construction

The blanket, as it is shown in the pictures, requires 21 Bee Granny Squares, and 21 Simple Circle Granny Squares, of which 10 are made in CB and 11 in CD.

Feel free to personalize your blanket by changing the bees/circles granny squares position. Also, you can make a smaller or larger blanket by adding or removing squares.

However, keep in mind that the yardage indicated in the “Yarn – Colors and Yardage” section refers to a blanket made with 21 bees, 10 CB simple circles, and 11 CD simple circles.

Granny Squares – Mix and Match

If you would like to add a few different granny squares to your blanket, you can take a look at these squares. They are all the same size and can be easily matched with your Bee Granny Squares!

Simple Circle Granny Squares

You can find the free pattern of the Simple Circle Granny Square in this blog post.

  • Make 10 simple circle granny squares with the following color scheme:

Rounds 1-4. Use CB;
Rounds 5-8. Use CC.

  • Make 11 simple circle granny squares with the following color scheme:

Rounds 1-4. Use CD;
Rounds 5-8. Use CC.

Bumble Bee Granny Square Pattern

Using your 4-mm crochet hook and CA, make a MC.

Round 1. Ch 2, hdc 11 in the MC. Close the last st with CB. Join the round with a sl st into the first hdc. (11 sts)

Round 2. [CB] Ch 1, hdc inc 1, [CB/CA] hdc inc 1, [CA] hdc inc 7, [CA/CB] hdc inc 1, [CB] hdc inc 1. Sl st to join. (22 sts)

Round 3. [CB] Ch 1, (hdc inc 1, hdc 1) twice, [CA] (hdc inc 1, hdc 1) 7 times, [CB] (hdc inc 1, hdc 1) twice. Sl st to join. (33 sts)

Round 4. [CB] Ch 1, (hdc 2, hdc inc 1) twice, hdc 1. [CA] hdc 1, (hdc inc 1, hdc 2) 6 times. [CA/CB] hdc inc 1. [CB] (hdc 2, hdc inc 1) twice. Close the last st with CC. Sl st to join. Cut CA and CB. (44 sts)

Bee Granny Square - Raffamusa Designs

Round 5. [CC] Ch 2, dc 1 in the first st, (dc 1, hdc 2, sc 3, hdc 2, dc 1, dc inc 1, ch 2, dc inc 1) three times. Dc 1, hdc 2, sc 3, hdc 2, dc 1, dc inc 1, ch 2, dc 1 into the beginning st. Sl st to join. It will be a bit difficult to fit because there are already the starting ch-2 and the first dc. (13 sts on each side and ch-2 at the corners)

Round 6. [CC] Ch 2, dc 12. (In the ch-2 corner, [dc 1, ch 2, dc 1]. On the next side, dc 13) three times. [dc 1, ch 2, dc 1] into the last corner, dc 1. Sl st to join. (15 sts on each side and ch-2 at the corners)

Round 7. [CC] Ch 2, dc 13. (In the ch-2 corner, [dc 2, ch 1, dc 2]. On the next side, 15 dc) three times. [Dc 2, ch 1, dc 2] into the last corner, dc 2. Join the round with a sl st into the first dc. (19 sts on each side and ch-1 at the corners)

Round 8. [CC] Ch 1, sc 15. (In the ch-1 corner, [sc 1, ch 1, sc 1]. On the next side, sc 19) three times. [Sc 1, ch 1, sc 1] into the last corner, sc 4. Join the round with a sl st into the first sc. (21 sts on each side and ch-1 at the corners).

Fasten off and weave in your ends.

Bumble Bee Stripes

Cut a length of CB of approximately 23.5″ (60 cm).

(Right side facing). Using your tapestry needle, draw yarn through the stitches following the lines between Round 1 and 2, Round 2 and 3, Round 3 and 4, and Round 4 and 5.

See images below for a better visual understanding.

Fasten off and weave in all your ends.

How to embroider the stripes of the bee.
In this picture, the numbers indicate the right order to look at the panels. However, you will not find corresponding written instructions in the text.

bee Wings

  • Work on the right side of your square with the point where you joined all your rounds on top.

Wing 1. Join CD around the post of the first stitch in CA of round 4. Ch 2 and dc around the post of the same st. Tr around the posts of the next 2 sts. Dc 1 around the post of the next st, ch 2 and sl st around the same st post by inserting the hook behind (and not in front of!) your dc.

Fasten off and weave in your ends.

Wing 2. Join CD around the post of the 23rd stitch in CA of round 4. Ch 2 and dc around the post of the same st. Tr around the posts of the next 2 sts. Dc 1 around the post of the next st, ch 2 and sl st around the same st post by inserting the hook behind (and not in front of!) your dc.

Fasten off and weave in all your ends.

Joining the Squares

With CC, join your squares using your favorite method for joining. I used the zipper st (or flat sl st join), but you can sc or use the mattress st.

To join the squares, I found it convenient to start from the two bottom-left squares and moving up from there (vertically).

Then, I joined all the other columns.

At the end, I joined the rows (horizontally).

Little Tip

If you are using the zipper join, I suggest you go up one or two hook sizes so that the join is not too tight!

I personally used a 5.5 m (I/9 US, 5 UK) hook for joining my squares.

Assembling the bee granny square baby blanket

Blanket Border

(Right side facing) Using your 4-mm crochet hook, join CC in any of the sc sts of the outside of your blanket.

Round 1. Sc all around. At the corners, (sc, ch 1, sc) all in the ch-1 space. Join with a sl st into the first sc.

Note
If you joined your squares using sc or the zipper st, make 1 sc in correspondence to the join.

Round 2. [CC] Ch 1. Sc in the BLO all around your blanket  At the corners, (sc, ch 1, sc) all in the ch-1 space. Join with a sl st into the first sc.

Fasten off and weave in all your ends.

Your crochet Bumble Bee Granny Square Blanket is ready!

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