Can you ever have too many baby blankets? Hand-knitted baby blankets are treasured keepsakes, and there’s nothing like snuggling a little one up in a cozy, handmade creation. Whether you’re a knitting newbie or a seasoned pro, we hope this collection of 25 free and easy baby blanket knitting patterns will inspire your next project!
Easy Baby Blanket Knitting Patterns
Baby blankets are incredibly versatile. They’re perfect for crisp strolls, snuggling up with a parent or grandparent, or enjoying playtime on the floor. It seems babies and toddlers can never have too many cozy blankets!
And since they make a relatively quick project, knitted baby blankets are also great to have on hand for craft shows, donations, or last-minute gifts.
Whether you’re expecting your own little one or want to knit a thoughtful gift, this collection of free knitting patterns for baby blankets is full of ideas for both beginning knitters and intermediate knitters.
Are these patterns beginner-friendly?
Many knitted blankets are easy to make and great for beginner knitters. Plus, their small size makes them much less time-consuming to create than a regular-sized throw blanket.
The size of your baby blanket will depend somewhat on its intended usage. Crib-size blankets usually measure approximately 45″ x 60″, while a newborn wrap or floor blanket for playtime is generally smaller, in the 30″ x 30″ range.
Keep in mind that having blankets in a baby’s crib is not recommended until they’re 12 months old. Still, smaller babies always need blankets for snuggling, playing, and staying warm in the stroller or car seat!
Knitted baby blanket size chart
Here are some of the most common sizes for knitted baby blankets:
18” x 20”
28” x 30”
36” x 36″
42” x 52”
45” x 60″
Supplies for Baby Blanket Knitting Patterns
Here’s what you’ll need in order to knit your baby blanket:
To make a baby blanket, you’ll want to choose a soft yarn that’s also easy to wash. Babies have sensitive skin, so gentle acrylics, cottons, and blends are usually good options. Double-check that the yarn is washable – babies can be messy!
Because blankets are typically worked in long rows, you’ll want to use circular needles to hold the large number of stitches. Circular needles allow the stitches to spread out along the cord, so you don’t have to try and squeeze them all together on a single straight needle.
It could be possible to use straight needles if you’re making a rather small blanket, or if you’re making a blanket pattern that’s knitted in smaller sections. But generally, a circular needle with a long cord is the way to go.
Tips for Knitting Blankets
Choose the right yarn.
Baby blankets can become timeless heirlooms, so choosing the right yarn is important. Choose a soft yarn that won’t be scratchy or irritable to sensitive baby skin. In addition, look for something that’s washable and durable. High-quality acrylics and cottons tend to be good choices for baby blankets.
Make a gauge swatch.
If the finished size is important for your blanket, make a gauge swatch before jumping in on your pattern. If needed, adjust your needle size up or down to achieve the correct gauge. You’ll be glad you did!
Use stitch markers to count stitches.
Stitch markers allow you to keep track of your stitches and rows easily. Though smaller than regular, adult-size blankets, baby blankets are still larger projects that require plenty of rows. Stitch markers can be an invaluable tool to make sure that your blanket turns out just right.
Add a border to help the blanket lay flat.
Baby blankets do tend to curl sometimes, so adding a border is a great way to help your blanket lay flat (as well as to add a few extra inches to the size!) Blocking your blanket is another helpful way to achieve a flat, square (or rectangular) blanket.
25 Free & Easy Baby Blanket Knitting Patterns
Enjoy these baby blanket patterns for your next project! Happy knitting!
This lovely chevron pattern is easy to customize in regards to both color and size. To adjust the size, simply add or subtract one or more of the 24-stitch repeats. This pattern is ideal for the experienced beginner.
This blanket is started in the center and worked outward in a joined spiral. It uses 10 stitches, which is how it got its name! This is a unique blanket design for experienced beginners and intermediate knitters.
This comforting, ribbed blanket will keep your hands busy whether you’re waiting at the office or watching tv. Be sure to choose a quality yarn, because this timeless pattern will most likely be kept and passed down through the years.
This colorful knit baby blanket is worked in short rows using the garter stitch. Use the suggested colors, or choose your color palette based on the season. When finished, this pattern measures approximately 30” x 30”.
This pattern adds a modern touch to a traditional chevron afghan. It’s made with worsted cotton that’s knitted double, so this blanket is a heavier option that’s ideal for comforting older babies. Little ones will love snuggling up in this precious, vintage blanket!
This beautiful blanket is made with four separate triangles that are knit together, so no sewing is required. It’s a lovely, modern baby blanket pattern for little ones with so many beautiful color choices. It’s made with knit stitches, so although it looks fancy, it’s really a simple pattern!
This blanket knit with super bulky yarn makes for a quick project. It would be perfect for a last-minute baby gift. It’s made with a K3, P3 pattern that creates a striping effect for this reversible blanket. This is an excellent pattern for beginner knitters and comes in six different sizes.
This beautiful knitted blanket pattern is available in six different sizes, from baby up to XXL afghan. To make this pattern, you’ll need to know how to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off. You’ll use the seed stitch and stockinette stitch to make this gorgeous design.
Here’s a straightforward pattern that’s full of color babies will love! The pattern is made with simple, knit rows. If you can knit and change colors, you can make this pattern! The finished dimensions are approximately 24” x 28”.
This pretty pattern is based off the blanket in Lars & The Real Girl. It features a textured, lacy design that appears complicated but in reality only requires basic stitches. When finished, you’ll have a square baby blanket that’s approximately 36” x 36”.
This eye-catching blanket mimics the slivered look of chiseled wood. The pattern is offered in both crib size and throw size, so you can create this beautiful keepsake for a baby or enjoy it thrown over the arm of your favorite chair.
The colorful, striped triangles plus the tassels on this brilliant afghan make it a delightful and entertaining play spot for babies. Using Lion Brand Mandala yarn is a gorgeous and easy way to achieve the fun, striping effect. This pattern is suitable for the experienced beginner and measures approximately 30” x 30” when finished.
Ready to take on knitting a blanket? A baby blanket is an excellent place to start. This pattern is a perfect first blanket for knitters who have learned basic stitches, casting on, binding off, and color changes.
This gorgeous textured blanket features a cross-stitch pattern with a moss stitch edge. The pattern includes a chart as well as written instructions. The width and length are easily adjustable if you prefer a larger or smaller blanket.
This soft and snuggly blanket is made with a waffle stitch pattern and a garter stitch border. It measures approximately 30” x 30”. It’s worked back and forth and is a good pattern choice for beginners.
Make this textured and cozy baby blanket using a repeated ‘knot stitch’ pattern. It’s easy to decrease or increase the size according to your preferences. To create the knot stitch, you’ll need to knit and purl three stitches together (specific instructions included in the pattern).
This colorful baby blanket is knit in the round, starting from the center of the blanket. For best results, you’ll want to block your blanket after you’ve finished knitting. Easily add or subtract the number of colors you use to adjust the size of the blanket.
This pretty blanket pattern is available in both crib size and lap size. The beautiful diagonal pattern is created by knitting four strips and then seaming them together. Fingering-weight yarn is held double while creating this lovely baby blanket.
This beautiful knitted baby blanket looks similar to a patchwork quilt with its plentiful colors and solid base. This pattern is perfect for using up scrap yarn and combining your favorite leftovers to make a gorgeous pieced blanket.
This simple pattern is knit from corner to corner. The suggested self-striping yarn makes it easy to achieve a variety of color without having to worry about changing yarns. This pattern is perfect for beginners or anyone looking for a simple and beautiful baby blanket knitting project.
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