Nautical Stripes Preemie Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

The Nautical Stripes Preemie Blanket is an easy crochet project that will bring both preemies and their parents some love.

I love the opportunity to bless new moms that are probably struggling with the new life of hospital visits and a prolonged stay for their sweet, little new baby.

Preemies will always have a special place in my heart and the Preemie Challenge that Helen over at Sunflower Cottage Crochet is my go to event for preemies.

The Nautical Stripes symbolizes life and stability. I wanted to help parents find strength for this new chapter of their life. The Nautical Stripes Preemie Blanket is part of the Nautical Preemie set.

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Finished Size: 20.5″ x 22″

Yarn:  #5 bulky weight – 5oz/445 yds skeins
Sample used: Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek (a good alternative is Bernat Softee Chunky)

  • Navy (A) – 5.3 oz/235 yds 
  • White (B) – 3.9 oz/169 yds

Crochet Hook: Size K/10.5 (6.5 mm)

Notions: Yarn Needle

Gauge: 14 sts and 14 rows = 4” in pattern

Difficulty: Beginner: Uses easy stitches with no shaping.


ch – chain
rsc – reverse single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
yo – yarn over

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


  • Blanket can be adjusted by adding, or subtracting, in multiples of 2. 
  • When adjusting the size be sure to consider yarn requirements.

Special Stitches: 

rsc (reverse single crochet) – insert hook in stitch to the right, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through both loops on hook. CLICK HERE for tutorial.

The Nautical Lovey was created for the Annual Preemie Challenge hosted by Sunflower Cottage Crochet.



With A, ch 72.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (71 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, *ch 1, sk next sc, sc in next sc, rep from * across, turn. (36
sc, 35 ch-1 sps)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, *sc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next sc, rep from * across to last st, sc
in last sc, turn. (37 sc, 34 ch-1 sps)

Rows 4 – 11: Repeat Rows 2 & 3.

Rows 12 –22: With color B, repeat rows 2 & 3.

Rows 23 – 33: With color A, repeat rows 2 & 3.

Rows 34 –77: Repeat Rows 12–33 two more times.


Round 1: 3 sc in corner, *work 1 sc in each row-end across side of blanket**, 3 sc in corner st, sc in each ch across bottom, 3 sc in corner st, rep from * to **, sc in each st across top, dc in same st as first 2 sc, sk st in first sc to join, do not turn. 

Round 2: ch 1, rsc in each st around, sl st in 1st rsc to join.
Fasten off.

The downloadable ad-free PDF is available for purchase in my shops:


If you’d like all the patterns from the Nautical Preemie set, which includes the lovey, preemie blanket, and bonding squares, you can get the ebook in my shops:


Happy Crocheting!

2 thoughts on “Nautical Stripes Preemie Blanket Free Crochet Pattern”

  • Just a quick question…. The amount of yarn for color A is 5.3oz. The skein says it is 5 oz.
    So my question is do I really need two??

    • Hi Lori, If you are going to do the border in that color then yes, you need the 2nd skein. If you skip the border than no, you can get away with only 1 skein.

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