Free Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern

knitted baby blanket

knitted baby blanket or lap blanket

You can make this baby blanket (or adult lap blanket) as simple or complex as you desire, and 36″ square or larger. Just make a square any way you want, then another, then another. Knit it in strips to cut down on the sewing to put it all together.

This picture is of a blanket that was not knit in strips. It shows how the blanket would look if each square were knit and sewn together individually. See how much sewing is avoided if you knit the blanket in long strips?

Materials: approximately 6 – 4oz. (113 grams) skeins of knitting worsted. This is a great project for using up odds and ends of wool. Or for a super-soft blanket check out cotton chenille yarn – yum!

One pair US 8 (5mm) knitting needles (or one circular needle)

Gauge: approximately 4 1/2 stitches per inch.

You will knit this blanket in strips. This makes it a manageable project to take on the road with you, if you like.

Take out your favorite book of knitting patterns, I like Barbara G. Walker’s “A Treasury of Knitting Patterns”.

To make this blanket as easily as possible, choose patterns that all are created with the same number of stitches. To create a blanket 36″ square, six strips that are each 6 inches wide will be about right. If your gauge is 4 1/2 stitches per inch, then each strip will have approximately 27 stitches. There are many patterns in Walker’s Treasury that call for a multiple of 4 plus 3 stitches, but you can improvise if you’re a few stitches too narrow simply by casting on and knitting extra stitches at the beginning and end of each row.

Babies learn to roll over, push themselves up, and crawl when they are placed on the floor on a blanket. You can truly have fun with making a blanket for them. They are captivated by color, texture and, of course, putting things in their mouths, so don’t add something like buttons that could be pulled off and swallowed.

But do have fun with bobbles, cables, tassels, and even a pocket**. Make a pocket by increasing one stitch in every stitch and then double knitting a square, cast off every other stitch when you’re done. If you’ve ever wanted to own a Fisherman’s Knit sweater, you can test some patterns by making a Fisherman’s Knit blanket. You can knit a whole strip in one pattern: seed stitch, cables, zigzags, bobbles, diamonds…the cable section of the Walker book is my favorite. Give your little one lots to look at and touch.

Or you can knit each strip in squares or uneven-sized sections. Knitting a patchwork of colors is fun. Knitting your strips in sections means you can change the pattern or color whenever you get tired and want something different, or you can just knit every row (garter stitch) if you get tired of patterns. You can always go back and add a tassel to a plain part if it looks lonely and bare.

Experiment with knitting color patterns or go back and embroider a color design later.

Sew the strips together with a simple overcast stitch, or add some crochet around all the edges. If you knit the first and last 3 rows of every strip plain, that will make a small garter stitch border at the top and bottom of your blanket. You can add a garter stitch edge to the sides by casting on 4 stitches and knitting back and forth in garter stitch, knitting the last stitch of one side of it together with a stitch along the side of the blanket. The garter stitch border will help keep the edges of the blanket from curling.

** How to Knit a Double Knit Pocket

The easiest way to double knit a pocket is to knit using garter stitch. Let’s say you are knitting squares that are 20 sts wide for your blanket. To knit a square as a pocket, cast on 20 sts and in the first row, knit into the front and back of each st. Now you have 40 sts.

Row 2: *K 1 st, slip 1 st*, repeat across the row.
Be sure to hold the yarn in front when you slip the stitches. This keeps the yarn from passing over to the other side, which would prevent your pocket from opening

Row 3: Knit as for Row 2. You will be knitting the sts you slipped on the last row, and slipping the sts that you knit.

Continue until you’ve knit a square pocket.

Bind off: Knit 1 st., slip next st onto a dp needle. Knit 1 st., bind off 1st k st. Continue until half of sts are bound off and other half is on the dp needle. Then bind off sts on the dp needle.

Add this pocket to your blanket as if it was a normal square.


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11 thoughts on “Free Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern

  1. Where do i find the pattern for the picture above? the instructions are pretty general but i’d like to replicate the one in the picture for Free baby blanket knitting pattern.

  2. Hi Eunice. I don’t have a pattern for this blanket but we can make one together. First a few questions: do you have a stash of yarn you can use for this project or do you need to purchase yarn? I would recommend knitting it in worsted weight yarn with size 8 needles, it will knit up much quicker than with finer yarn/smaller needles. I also recommend superwash yarn so that the busy mom will be able to machine wash and dry the blanket.

    The blanket will take about 3 skeins of yarn to make a blanket of approx. 36″ square. I would add an extra skein just to be sure, which allows for however tight or loose you knit. If you are buying yarn, why not buy 4 different colors? If you are using stash yarn, you can use any number of colors.

    Next, do you own Barbara Walker’s book that I mention above? If not, can you buy it or borrow it from the library? I would suggest four colors of yarn and four different knitting patterns of your choice – maybe a cable pattern, seed stitch, bobble pattern (babies love bobbles, something to play with), and a leaf pattern. Your choice, but it will be governed by your gauge. Let me explain.

    You should knit a square and measure to find your gauge. Each pattern in Walker’s book tells you how many stitches to cast on. For example, the Seed Stitch pattern simply calls for an even number of stitches. At 4 sts/inch, you would cast on 16sts.

    A Barred Braided Cable requires a panel of 16 sts – perfect! A Gull Stitch cable, however, requires a panel of 10 sts – problematic unless you knit 3 sts in stockinette on each side of it. See how this works? Nothing is impossible, but a cable that requires 13 sts would send me looking for another one with a better fit.

    If you cannot get your hands on a copy of Walker’s book, I can choose some patterns for you that look like the ones in the picture, and copy the instructions for you. I would need you to first figure out your gauge. Let me know how this works for you.

    • Hi Farina, what a great question. Since I don’t know your dad or your knitting skills/preferences, I’ll suggest taking a look at this great list:

      As for “my suggestion”, personally, I’ve been dying to knit up a log cabin throw or afghan. It’s a great way to use up stash yarns. Another suggestion is to consider an Aran afghan; I think Aran patterns are particularly “manly”. Have fun and let me know if I can help in any way.

    • Here is a great knitted log cabin afghan pattern. I’m not sure if you have to be a member of Ravelry to download the pattern, but if you do, it’s free and a great resource for free patterns.

      Good luck!

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