Free crochet patterns for simple baby afghans include a multicolored ripple-pattern baby blanket and an easy granny square blanket from DaisyCottageDesigns.net. The simple baby afghan blanket pattern from Crochet.About.Com uses a single color of soft yarn and requires only two basic stitches.
With only 55 rows, the ripple-pattern blanket works up quickly, working stitches through both loops. A specific gauge is not a requirement, making it easier to create the repeating ripples of varying sizes. Use a tapestry needle to weave the ends and eliminate the need for edge binding. The pattern uses gray, white and pink yarn and suggests substituting aqua for the pink if the blanket is for a boy.
The granny square baby afghan is an 18-inch multicolored blanket appropriate for crochet beginners. Composed of double crochet clusters in alternating colors, this piece is essentially one large granny square. The pattern mixes soothing tones of white, gray and aqua, making this handmade blanket a perfect for boy or girl babies.
The pattern at Crochet.about.com is fast and easy, even for beginners. Using a large hook helps speed things up. Novices will find the repeated sequences of simple crochet and chain stitches well within their skill level. The pattern does not require any edging, as the ends can be woven in with a tapestry needle. Soft lightweight yarn makes a cuddly blanket ideal for newborns.