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If you are wanting a colorful and simple baby blanket, then this mandala baby blanket crochet pattern is the perfect one.  Plus, it is a free pattern.

colorful baby blanket laid on bed

You may even learn some new stitches with this mandala baby blanket crochet pattern.  Since it is made with a mandala yarn, you won’t even have to make a single color change!  It will just stripe and change by itself.  

This is a great project if you are just wanting a 1 row repeat pattern.  The best part is that it is more of a mindless crochet project and something that you could easily work on while watching tv.  

Pattern Overview

This easy crochet baby blanket pattern is made with an ever so popular yarn called Mandala from Lion Brand.  Because of the Mandala yarn, the colors just change seamlessly.

Madala blanket laid out flat on white bed

The specific stitch that I used for this easy blanket is called the “Bean Stitch”.  It is a super fun and easy stitch pattern that is made up of a 1 row repeat for this mandala yarn crochet pattern.

Then this mandala crochet pattern is finished off with a crab stitch border which is also known as the reverse single crochet.

You can find a full, in depth tutorial for the Bean Stitch in THIS POST and you can find a tutorial for the Crab Stitch Border in THIS POST.  But, all the detailed instructions are down below in the written pattern, unless you would like to see video tutorials for these 2 stitches.

Aside from knowing the bean stitch, you will just need to know a couple other basic stitches like the single crochet and half double crochet.

mandala blanket rolled and laid on bed

Exact Yarn Used

The exact yarn that I used for this beautiful blanket is Lion Brand Mandala Yarn bonus bundle in the color wraith.  It is a #3 lightweight / DK  and self-striping yarn.  

side view of Mandala baby blanket folded on bed

The different colors in the mandala yarn work up and stripe beautifully!  I personally love all of Lion Brand’s Mandala yarn choices that they have.  They are so colorful and make for fun projects.

I love how mandala creates such colorful designs by itself, all in 1 skein of yarn.  If you have a favorite colorway of Mandala, it would look great worked up in this stitch.

This handmade baby blanket would look great made in even a solid color whether a pastel color or bright colors.  You could even stripe single colors of yarn to make stripes with multiple skeins of yarn for this blanket.

Can I substitute different yarns for this blanket pattern?

I would definitely say that you can!  Any light weight / DK weight yarn would work up great for this blanket.  I used about 1,800 yards total of #3 yarn for this particular blanket.

Here are a few other choices of Lion Brand Yarn that would work great for this crochet project.

Can I use a different weight of yarn for this beautiful pattern?

Yes, you could even use a #4 worsted weight yarn to make this crochet blanket in.  It would still look good with this particular stitch.

I probably wouldn’t use any yarn weight larger than a worsted for this particular stitch.  So, for bulky yarn and chunky yarns, I’d probably say no.

I personally don’t think that thicker yarn would look very well with this stitch.  

But, any #3 DK yarn or #4 worsted weight yarn would work great for this baby blanket pattern.

crochet mandala blanket pattern laid on bed gathered in the middle

Can you make this blanket bigger / smaller? 

Absolutely!  You can easily make this blanket any size that you want.  You can even make a rectangle blanket instead of a square baby blanket by adding more rows.

To make the blanket wider or thinner you can easily chain more or less stitches for your beginning chain.  You just want to make sure to chain an even number of stitches.

So, it’s super easy to make different sizes of this blanket.  Instead of a baby blanket, you could easily make a throw blanket or even a larger sized blanket.  The stitch used for this blanket looks good no matter what size of blanket you make with it.

really close, close up of crab stitch border on mandala blanket

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Mandala Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern

All crochet terms are US terms.

Skill Level – Easy / Beginner 

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Things you will need:

Finished Measurements – Blanket size is approx. 36” x 36”


  • Blanket is made using the bean stitch, check out the VIDEO Tutorial
  • Border is created with the crab stitch, check out the VIDEO Tutorial
  • Other notes will be included throughout the pattern as needed.

Stitch Key:

  • ch = chain
  • st = stitch (es)
  • sk = skip
  • mc = magic circle / ring
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • sp = space
  • yo = yarn over
  • t = turn 

Special Stitch:

Bean Stitch – Insert Hook into stitch, yarn over pull up a loop, yarn over insert into same stitch, yarn over pull up a loop, yarn over insert into stitch again, yarn over pull up a loop, you should have 6 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all 6 loops on the hook. Chain stitch to complete bean stitch.


Row 1: ch 120, sc in 2nd ch st from hook and in every ch st across (119) 

Row 2: ch 2, t, hdc in 1st st, *sk next st, work a bean st in next st* repeat * to * across piece until you reach the last 2 st, sk st, hdc in last st (You should have 1 hdc at each end and 58 bean stitches in between)

Row 3: ch 2, t, hdc in 1st st, * work a bean st in every triangle space of bean stitch * repeat * to * across until you reach last st, hdc in very last st (You should have 1 hdc at each end and 58 bean stitches in between)

arrow pointing to triangle on side of bean stitch

This is the triangle where you will work each additional bean stitch into after the 2nd row.  

The triangle is formed from not yarning over when you first go into the stitch to make a bean stitch. They are pretty easy to see once you pull the stitches apart a little.

Repeat row 3 until until piece measure 35”. Do NOT cut yarn.

Border –

ch 1, evenly sc around the the entire blanket, placing 2 sc in each corner, sl st into 1st sc.

ch 1, work a single crochet stitch in each stitch BUT you will go in reverse (to the right) instead of to the left.  This is the crab stitch also known as the reverse single crochet.

sample of crab stitch border

By essentially single crocheting in the wrong direction, it will create this rolled texture. Once all the way around the blanket, slip stitch into the the beginning chain stitch.

Cut yarn and weave in all ends.

colorful crochet baby blanket laid on bed

If you liked this pattern, then be sure to check out these other free crochet patterns!

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  1. Kylee, I love all of your patterns. Your projects are all so lovely and just perfect. I hope to try this new bean stitch and the Mandala yarns. Thank you for all the free patterns as I am retired and cannot splurge on buying patterns. Keep up the good work.