A plush crochet mat is perfect for tummy time for babies. Follow this free crochet pattern to make your own crochet baby play mat in 1 hour. The pattern is easy and great for beginner crocheters. The chunky yarn and large hook make this a great DIY baby gift that doesn't look homemade.

I love hardwood floors, but it’s not ideal for a new baby to play and kick around on.

I designed this crochet mat for my first nephew. He needed a soft place to have tummy time and I knew this plush chunky yarn would make the perfect play mat.

If you’re looking to make a modern crochet play mat you’re in the right place. The full free crochet pattern is below.

A quick crochet pattern for a baby rug. Make your own crochet play mat in 1 hour. I love how fast this chunky yarn works up. A great DIY baby gift.

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The play mat is much thicker than a blanket and is so soft and plush. A blanket made with this yarn would be so cozy. I’d compare the texture of this yarn to Bernat Blanket Yarn, but much thicker. Holding 5-6 strands of blanket yarn together would be a good substitute if you can’t find this exact yarn.

Four balls of yarn will make a 30” round mat. You can easily make a larger crochet rug for older kids too. Just continue adding rounds, don’t forget to increase, until you have the size you need.

I used this yarn from Hobby Lobby and have also tried the Mainstay Yarn from Walmart.

The chunky yarn and jumbo hook make for a quick project and a mini arm workout. You can make one crochet mat in about an hour. Perfect for last minute baby shower gifts.

How to crochet a modern mat that uses chunky yarn and only takes 1 hour.

I love a quick crochet project. Here are a few other patterns that use the same giant hook.

What You Need To Crochet A Play Mat

Helpful Crochet Tips

The play mat is crocheted in a continuous spiral. You won’t join at the end of each round or chain at the beginning of each round. Instead, continue crocheting around.

Use a stitch marker to keep track of the first stitch of each round. The stitches are large so a regular stitch marker might not fit. I used a contrasting color of yarn instead. Check out this  free guide to crocheting in the round.

A crochet baby play mat pattern that's great for beginners. You can make your own crochet mat in 1 hour. Great for last minute baby shower gifts.

Abbreviations (US Crochet Terminology)

  • hdc = half double crochet
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sl st = slip stitch

Crochet Baby Play Mat Pattern

Start with a magic circle.
Round 1: work 10 hdc in the circle. (remember to mark the first hdc) (10sts)
Round 2: 2 hdc in each st around. (20sts)
Round 3: [2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next st] repeat around. (30sts)
Round 4: [2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts] repeat around. (40sts)
Round 5: [2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts] repeat around. (50sts)
Round 6: [2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts] repeat around. (60sts)
Round 7: [2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in each of the next 5 sts] repeat around. (70sts)
Sl st into the next st and fasten off. Cut the yarn. Use your fingers to weave in the ends.

A free crochet pattern for a baby play mat that uses chunky yarn. This plush play mat will make a great baby gift.

Now your little one has a plush crochet play mat to kick around on, as long as you don’t keep it for yourself 😉

Another great addition to the nursery is this modern magazine rack crochet pattern. It’s always nice to have a good book or your yarn close to the rocking chair for those late night feedings.

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How to crochet a baby play mat that is plush and cozy for tummy time. This crochet mat makes a great baby shower gift you can make in 1 hour.