A guide to free baby bib knitting patterns.
Baby bibs are quicker to knit than baby blankets or baby cardigans. So if you are short of time to knit a baby gift, consider a set of baby bibs.
Yarns used to knit bibs should be super washable. Cotton, hemp, and acrylic are best. There are many patterns on the Internet. I like those with interesting constructions so this list will consist mostly of those. 🙂
1. I Love Stockinette Baby Bib
This pattern assumes you know how to cast on, knit, purl, increases, decreases, short rows, i-cord and applied i-cord. According to the designer Laura, the short rows makes it easier to knit and provide a more finished look. The pattern has some brief instructions for making short rows, hopefully making it unnecessary to spend more time finding instructions elsewhere.
The problem with stockinette stitch is its tendency to curl. The garter stitch border is to prevent curling so it is compulsory.
Get the pattern of I Love Stockinette Baby Bib.
2. Norah Gaughan’s Orangelo Baby Bib
This bib has a very interesting construction. It is worked in segments. It starts by casting on for the garter stitch border. Stitches are then divided into seven segments. The decreases are worked at the edges of each segment, bringing each one to a point at the neck.
I think the instructions are fairly straightforward but a new knitter might find it a tad challenging. Have a go anyway.
Get the pattern of Orangelo Bib.
3. Kerchief Bib by Julia Vaconsin
A triangle-shaped bib. Looks more like a cowboy’s handkerchief rather than a bib.
The bib is knitted in garter stitch. You will need to know how to do increases in garter stitch. It is not difficult and may even be addictive. Garter stitch provides a squishy flat piece of knitted work, unlike the curly stockinette stitch. You also need to know how to rejoin yarn.
The pattern is a word document. Get the pattern of Kerchief Bib.
4. Elaine Fitzpatrick’s Turtle Love Baby Bib
This pattern features a seed or moss stitch border with a cute turtle silhouette knitted in purl stitches against a stockinette background. Elaine gave very detailed instructions. She provides 2 ways to cast on and 2 ways to make the cords. She also created a chart for the turtle design.
The pattern is available free at Elaine’s website and the good news is that it is a pdf document. Get the pattern of Turtle Love Baby Bib. Elaine has many other bib patterns on her website. Do check it out. It’s http://downcloverlaine.blogspot.com
5. Big Baby Bib
A free pattern by Willow Yarns to use with their Sudsy Yarn. It is an oversized bib that covers the entire front of the child. It is knitted from the bottom up with arm shaping and dividing for the neck. You will need to learn how to do an attached i-cord. This is not a beginner’s pattern.
Get the pattern of Big Baby Bib.
6. Marte Fagervik’s Bluebell Bib
This bib is knitting sideways using short rows. She also uses the wrapped stitch as an increase. Read that part of the pattern carefully if this knit-the-wrapped-stitch technique is not familiar to you.
The pattern is not professionally written. Get the pattern of Bluebell bib.
7. Blank Canvas Bib by Homespooled
This unusually shaped bib is like a blank canvas where you can exercise your creativity to embellish it. It has no buttons or straps. Sizes for 6 months to 3 years old. The pattern is knitted from the neck using seed stitch, bind off and cast on to create the neck opening.
The pattern is not professionally written but it is fairly systematic. Get the pattern of Blank Canvas Bib.
8. Bookman Bandana – infantʼs bib
A knitting pattern by Diandra Jurkic-Walls, this bib is basically a rectangular scarf in baby size. It features a single cable and a garter stitch edging. It works well with variegated yarns. This is one of the more stylish and less babyish bib patterns I have come across. Hey, just because you are a baby doesn’t mean you can’t dress in style, drool and all.
Get the pattern of Bookman Bandana.