Nugget Preemie Blanket Crochet Pattern {Free}

Preemie blanket crochet patterns a great size for donating to NICU units or to moms who have just brought a preemie home from the hospital. The Nugget Preemie Blanket has a fun texture that will have baby feeling comfortable and loved when they’re wrapped up in this blanket.

Note: Please make sure you check with your local NICU department to see if they are accepting loveys and/or other preemie items, and what their specific regulations might be.

The Nugget Preemie Blanket is part of the Nugget Preemie set.

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Finished Size: 17″ x 20″

Yarn:  #4 bulky weight – 1.7 oz/85 yds skeins
Sample used: Caron One Pound in Soft Sage

Crochet Hook: Size K/10.5 (6.5 mm)

Notions: Yarn Needle

Gauge: 13 sts x 12 rows = 4” in pattern

Difficulty: Beginner: Uses easy stitches with no shaping.


ch – chain
dc – double crochet
edc – extended double 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: 

Edc (extended double crochet) – yo, insert hook in next ch-sp, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through 1 loop on hook, [yo, pull through 2 loops on hook] twice.


Ch 52.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *dc in next ch, sc in next ch; rep from * across, turn. (51 sts)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in 1st st, *ch 1, skip next sc, sc in next st; rep from * across, turn. (26 sc, 25 ch-1 sps)

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in 1st sc, *edc in ch-sp, sc in next sc; rep from * across, turn. (26 sc, 25 edc)

Rows 4 – 55: Repeat Rows 2 & 3. 


Round 1: (Sc, ch 1, sc) in corner, work 1 sc in each st across top, (sc, ch 1, sc) in corner, work 1 sc in each row end, (sc, ch 1, sc) in corner, work 1 st in each st across bottom, (sc, ch 1, sc) in corner, work 1 sc in each row end, sl st in first sc to join. 

Fasten off.

The Nugget Preemie Blanket was created for the Annual Preemie Challenge 2023 that is hosted by Sunflower Cottage Crochet. It will be available for free download until the end of the event.

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If you’d like all the patterns from the Nugget Preemie Set you can find info here.

Happy Crocheting!

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