Ancora Preemie Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

Preemies have a special place in my heart and I love the opportunity to bless a new mom with a blanket to wrap her extra little one in to help both of them feel comforted. The Ancora Preemie blanket pattern was designed to only use one skein of yarn, so it’s cost effective and still perfect for a new little one.

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Finished Size: 17″ x 20″

Yarn:  #3 DK/light worsted weight – 5oz/445 yds

  • Sample used Loops & Threads Snuggly Wuggly in Cobalt

Crochet Hook: Size G (4.0 mm)

Notions: Yarn Needle

Gauge: 15 sts and 15 rows = 4” in pattern

Difficulty: Beginner: Uses easy stitches with no shaping.


ch – chain
esc – extended single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
yo – yarn over

For a full list of abbreviations, please see my List of Abbreviations.


  • Easy 2 row repeat once pattern is set up.
  • Ch 1 at the beg of the row does not count as a st. 



Ch 65,
Row 1: Work 2 hdc in 3rd ch from hook (2 skipped chs count as hdc), sk next ch, *2 hdc in next ch, sk next ch, rep from * across to last ch, hdc in last ch, turn. (64 hdc)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc between first two hdc, ch 2, sk next 2 hdc, *sc between next 2 hdc groups, ch 2, sk next 2 hdc, rep from * across, work sc between last 2 hdc, turn. (32 sc, 31 ch-2 sps)

Row 3: Ch 2, *work 2 hdc in next ch-2 sp, rep from * across, hdc in last sc, turn. (64 hdc)

Rows 4 – 74: Repeat Row 2 – 3 for pattern until blanket reaches approx. 20” from beginning, ending on a row 3, do not turn. Do not fasten off.


Round 1: 3 sc in corner, sc in each row-end down side of blanket, 3 sc in corner st, sc in each ch across bottom, 3 sc in corner st, sc in each row-end across side of blanket, 3 sc in corner st, sc in each hdc across top, sl st in 1st sc to join.

Round 2: Ch 1, 2 esc in same st as beg ch, *[sk next sc, 2 esc in next sc] across to last st before corner, 2 esc in each of next 3 sts, rep from * around, sl st in first esc to join.
Fasten off.

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Happy Crocheting!

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