XX baby blanket knitting patterns that I personally would like to knit…if I get the time.
A knitted baby blanket can be as simple as a knitted rectangle or as complicated as a baby cocoon or sleep sack.
The main objective of the blanket is to keep our precious warm and safe. It should be knitted loosely so that it gives fabulous drape. Popular and common yarn materials are the soft and squishy ones. You can either go for the cute factor by using bright cheery colours or all elegant and awe-inspiring with lace and cables. I have also included a few baby sleep sacks.
Baby blanket knitting patterns usually either call for lining the blanket or using a seed or garter stitch border to prevent curling and a produce a sturdy edge. I personally think that lining the blanket is foolproof for flattening the finished object.
There are many free patterns on the Internet. I took some time to pick those that I find interesting. My picks begin from simple garter stitch, bright colours to those with cute elements or accessories.
1. Super Easy Crib Blanket in Worsted Twist
This is an easy baby blanket knitting pattern by Purl Soho because it is simply garter stitch. The finished measurement is about 31 inches by 39 inches. The gauge is 18 sts to 4 inches in garter stitch.
If you don’t know what garter stitch is, it is basically using the knit stitch on all rows.
It is available on the Purl Soho’s web page and they provide suggested yarns and colour combination.
It is available free at the Purl Soho’s web page. Get the pattern for The Super Easy Crib Blanket.
2. Kristin’s Wild Stripes Baby Blanket
The use of vibrant colour stripes makes this blanket shouts energy. It measures 30 by 40 inches. The gauge is 21 sts and 28 rows to 4 inches in stockinette stitch.
Kristin teaches how to weave in the yarns as you knit so you won’t be faced with a lot of loose ends later. Or you can learn how to reduce the need to weave in ends when knitting colour stripes. Here is a video demonstrating how it is done. It is basically weaving in the ends of each stripe as the colour stripes change. Learn
This blanket is lined so it is a good project to learn lining before you attempt more difficult projects in this list (see the end of this post).
It is available free on the knitty.com web page. Get the pattern for Wild Stripes Baby Blanket
3. Rainbow Halos Knit Baby Blanket
Get the pattern for Rainbow halos Circular Baby Blanket
Children loves bright colours. This rainbow halos blanket looks like a cheery rainbow and can serves as a blanket or playmat. It is knitted from the centre out using double pointed needles and when it gets too big, transfer to circular needles. You will need to know how to increase stitches by purling into the front and back (pfb) and knitting into the front and back (kfb). Jamie the designer is quite thoughtful enough to include the stitch count after each colour segment so that we can check our progress after each increase row.
4. Free Honeycomb Stroller Blanket Knitting Pattern
Get the pattern for the Honeycomb Stroller Blanket
This pattern looks difficult but it is actually quite easy. Beside casting on and binding off, you will need to know how to pick up stitches, slip stitches purlwise, and ribbing. The patterns calls for 3 different colours of yarn for the background but you can use one colour or a variegated yarn so you don’t have to worry about pairing or changing colours.
5. Fisherman’s Baby Envelope
This pattern is knitted as one rectangular piece then folded like an envelope. The pattern is well structured and written. Amal has also given good tips on the selection of zippers, buttons and how to avoid common mistakes. It is one of those projects that looked difficult but is actually quite easy.
6. Baby Chalice Blanket
Get the pattern for Baby Chalice Baby Blanket
Time for a lace baby blanket knitting pattern. This baby chalice blanket pattern is beautifully designed with an all over chalice lace pattern and a garter stitch border. Karen the designer has created both a chart and written instructions for the lace. I appreciate it because I don’t really like following charts. Some people have advised against knitting lace blankets for babies for fear that their little fingers or toes may get stuck. I think it should be okay if is used for prams or in cars.
7. Reversible Cable Baby Blanket
Get the pattern for the Reversible Cable Baby Blanket
For knitters who love cables. The pattern includes instructions to knit the cables with and without a cable needle. I don’t like using cable needles so I will be most happy to learn to cable without it.
8. Shadow Cable Baby Blanket
Get the pattern for the Shadow Cable Baby Blanket
Bored of simple cables, then try this shadow cable blanket. You will learn how to C4B and C4F. It uses the Bernat baby blanket yarn. Find suitable substitutes.
For More Experienced Knitters
The following patterns are for knitters with more experience.
9. Gypsycream’s Bunny Mini Cuddly Blankie
Get the pattern for Gypsy Cream Mini Cuddly Blankies
A cute pattern for a cuddly chewable suckable blankie for a little sweetie pie. I personally think it is very Peter Rabbit. What do you think? Since this is part toy part blanket, it is not suitable for a beginner.
10. Honey Bun Brioche Blanket
Get the pattern for Honey Bun Brioche Blanket
Brioche knitting makes a very squishy product and it is reversible. Both sides look presentable and there is no need to line it. There are quite a lot of videos at Youtube teaching the brioche stitch. Learn there and apply here as the designer mentioned that she has no tutorial for that in her pattern. She assumes you know how to knit brioche before picking her pattern. With the right colour combination, this blanket could be a stunner.
11. Pinwheel Entrelac Baby Blanket
Get the pattern for Pinwheel Entrelac Baby Blanket
This blanket is knitted in entrelac all around with a garter stitch border. It is called Pinwheel Entrelac because it is designed with Cascade Yarns’ Pinwheel, a 100% acrylic worst weight yarn, in mind. Entrelac looks fascinating as a knit pattern and it isn’t really too difficult.
To minimise flipping the work, you can learn how to knit backwards. It is quite fun. Use a single colour and mix and match the colours. Go bright and cheery would be my suggestion.
12. Traffic Throw
Get the pattern for Traffic Throw
I am not a fan of intarsia and stranded colourwork but this traffic throw is really too cute to pass over. You must be able to read charts as the colourwork instruction for the cars and traffic lights are given in chart form.
Now for some variations from squarish and rectangular blankets. Baby sleep sacks and cocoons can be so cute. You will find that there are wide selection of cute patterns to choose from. Here are a few I like.
13. Teresa’s Owlie Sleep Sack
Get the pattern for Teresa’s Owlie Sleep Sack
A sleep sack is super easy to knit up especially when you already know how to knit in the round. This one has a owl motif as a top border. Cast on at the opening and make decreases to close the sack. So you must be comfortable knitting in the round. This pattern probably wouldn’t translate well for knitting flat.
14. Shelley’s Work Sock Baby Snuggler
Get the pattern for Shelley’s Work Sock Baby Snuggler
This sleep sack knits up like a giant work sock. So cool. No heel turning needed. Shelley the designer drew a picture of how the sleep sack should be knitted up together with dimensions and all. I think the instructions are quite clearly laid out even if it is hand-written.
Lining a Blanket
Lining a knitted blanket can make it more durable. It may also be better for the baby’s skin as some babies might find yarn, especially woollen ones scratchy.
Here are some instructions from sumasworld.blogspot.sg.