Stitch Sampler Baby Blanket Border

You’ve made 9 squares, blocked them, seamed them and now you are ready for Stitch Sampler Baby Blanket Border! Okay, LET’S DO THIS! Crochet Stitch Sampler Baby Blanket CAL Sponsored by Red Heart Yarns and hosted by Marly Bird.

You can click here for the first square, here for the second square, here for the third square, here for the fourth square, here for the fifth square, here for the sixth square, here for the seventh square, here for the eighth square, here for the ninth square, here for the seaming video.

Where is the Full Pattern?

During the Crochet-along (CAL) you will be able to get the written and chart instructions as well as the HD Video tutorial for the next step in the Crochet Stitch Sampler Blanket every Tuesday and Thursday. The full pattern will not be posted until the end of the CAL.


Get a little help from your friends!

Follow along and complete each step with my help as well as the wonderful group of other Marly Bird CAL members in the Facebook Group. In the group you can post pictures, ask questions and get general crochet support.

I’m ready! Let’s get this party started!

I chose this border for the blanket because it looks AWESOME and will be a GREAT finishing touch!

I did use EVERY color in the border, But mainly I used the main color (in the sample that is brown). Once again, noticing that baby toys and such tend to be really bright colors I thought adding this really visually appealing stitch was just PERFECT for this baby blanket. This pattern teaches you about working increases in the corners and working a border in the round

Click on the stitch below If you need a quick refresher on how to do it.


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Yarn: Red Heart, “With Love” (100% Acrylic; 315 yds/170g): 1 skein of 4 different complementary colors and 2 skeins of main color.

Designer NOTE: Original was made with a discontinued yarn–STITCH NATION by Debbie Stoller™ “Washable Ewe™”: [for sample size blanket] 2 balls each 3903 Strawberry, 3540 Currant, 3501 Robin Egg, 3652 Clover; 3 balls each 3365 Earth.

Hooks: you will need a variety of different sized hooks for this blanket. Use the hook size that will get you the desired square size. Some squares will require a smaller hook and others a larger hook depending on the stitch pattern. For the sample I used G/7 and H/8.

Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle


Each Full Size Square: 11” x 11″ [27.94 X 27.94 cm]

Each stitch count given for the full square will result in approximately the same size square as long as you adjust hook size when necessary. YOU decide how large you want your squares to be. Once you choose the size for your blanket just make sure that each square will measure that.

Designer NOTE: To make sure each square I made was the same size, I washed and blocked each square as I made it. Doing so made it so I knew right away if my stitches were too tight or too loose.


This is the full list of abbreviations used for all the patterns. I will be sure to add this to each pattern so you don’t have to go searching for it as your working on the square.

beg – begin(ning)

bpdc – back post double crochet

ch – chain

dc – double crochet

fpdc – front post double crochet

hdc – half double crochet

rep – repeat

rnd – round

RS – right side

sc – single crochet

sk – skip

sl st – slip stitch

sp – space

st – stitch

tch – turning chain

tr – treble crochet

WS – wrong side

yo – yarn over

Special Stitches

Bobble: Dc5tog all in the same st or sp.

Xtr (Crossed triples): sk 1 st, tr in next st, working behind tr just made, tr in skipped st.

Symbol Key for Crochet Charts

This is the symbol key for all the charts used for all the patterns. I will be sure to add this to each pattern so you don’t have to go searching for it as your working on the square.

Stitch Key for Crochet Stitch Sampler Blanket by Marly Bird


Here is the layout of the sample blanket incase you want to follow along with the same placement and color sequence. It should help you in choosing when to use a particular color for your blanket as well. But please remember, you can mix and match any way you wish; you _do not_ have to use my same layout!

Stitch Sampler Blanket_Layout


Blanket Border (FOUR COLORS in sample):

The stitch multiple for this particular border is 2 + single center corner stitches (4 total).

At this point, you need to designate what colors you will use for Colors A, B, C, D.

Solid Border Base 

With Main Color (on the sample this was also color B)

Rnd 1: Join yarn at any corner space with a slip stitch, ch 1, * 2 sc in corner, place a marker around the last sc completed, sc once more in corner, sc an even number of stitches, evenly spaced to the next corner; rep from * to end, join with a slip stitch to the first sc.

NOTE: Throughout the solid border base you will put 3 sc in each marked center corner stitch.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same stitch as join, *3 sc in marked sc, remove marker and place it around the 2nd sc completed, sc in each stitch to next marked sc; rep from * to last stitch of rnd, sc in last stitch, join with a sl st to first sc.

Repeat Rnd 2 five times more. Fasten off on last round.

Crochet Stitch Sampler Baby Blanket by Marly Bird. Free Pattern

Body of Border 

Work with 4 colors: A, B, C, and D.

Join A 4 sts (or any even number of sts) to the right of any corner sc.

Rnd 1: Ch 4 (counts as 1 tr), working behind beg ch, tr in st to the right of last st, * [Xtr over next 2 sts] to corner sc, working 1st tr of final Xtr in corner sc, ch 3, Xtr in next sc and corner sc; rep from * 3 more times, [Xtr over next 2 sts] to end, sl st in beg Xtr to connect.

Rnd 2: Change to B, ch 1, sc in sp made by connecting sl st, ch 1, [sc in sp between next 2 Xtr, ch 1] to corner sp, [sc, ch 1] 3 times in corner sp; rep from * 3 more times, [sc in sp between next 2 Xtr, ch 1] to end, sl st in beg sc to connect.

Rnd 3: Change to C, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), bobble in next 1-ch sp, * [dc in next sc, bobble in next 1-ch sp] to corner sc, [dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc] in corner sc, bobble in next 1-ch sp; rep from * 3 more times, * [dc in next sc, bobble in next ch sp] to end, sl st in 3rd of beg ch 3 to connect.

Rnd 4: Change to A, ch 1, sc in same st as connecting sl st, ch 1, * [sk next bobble, sc in next dc, ch 1] to corner dc, ch 1, [sc, ch 1] twice in corner dc, sc in next dc, ch 1; rep from * 3 more times, [sk next bobble, sc in next dc, ch 1] to last dc, sc in last dc, sc in beg sc to connect.

Rnd 5: Change to D, ch 1, sc in sp formed by connecting sc, ch 1, * [sk next sc, sc in next 1-ch sp, ch 1] to corner 1-ch sp, [sc, ch 1] twice in corner 1-ch sp; rep from * 3 more times, [sk next sc, sc in next 1-ch sp, ch 1] to last 1-ch sp, sc in last 1-ch sp, sc in beg sc to connect.

Rnd 6: Change to C, ch 1, sc in sp formed by connecting sc, ch 3, sc in same sp, [sc, ch 3, sc] in each ch-1 sp around, sl st in beg sc to connect.

Fasten off.

Designer NOTE: Are you have a little trouble? Check out the HD Video and let me help.


Border Chart

HD Video Tutorial

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Don’t forget, if you have questions or need help we are here to help you. Well, not here but over in the facebook group dedicated to the Marly Bird CAL sponsored by Red Heart Yarns. Come and join us!

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  1. Fran says:

    Late on my emails just se this now. How can we get the pattern and will the videos will avaviable to view in the future I belong to raverly but do not see a link that worked

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