One of any avid knitter’s favorite projects is knitting baby blankets! They are usually not too complicated and oftentimes quick to finish. This is why having an arsenal of free baby blanket knitting patterns is important.
You never know when you’ll be needing to cast on for a sweet gift to a newborn. Or maybe, you just want one for your little ones or yourself!
Whether it’s a gift or not, knitting baby blankets are just a lot of fun. All of the patterns are free and are perfect for beginners and advanced beginner knitters alike.
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Fair & Square
This is a happy little baby blanket knit in the round from the center out. The fun stripes provide an opportunity to play with color and the transitional knit/purl row between each stripe lends lovely texture and dimension.
Via Espace Tricot
Malt is a beginner baby blanket knitting pattern. The malt blanket is knit in rows from end to end. It is a simple and modern baby blanket.
Via Tin Can Knits
Himalaya Baby Blanket
The chevrons ended up looking a bit like snowy mountains (hence the name). The knitting pattern is written for a baby-size blanket, but if you want a larger blanket you can either increase the needle size/yarn weight or cast on more stitches and repeat the color pattern more times.
Textured Baby Blanket
With just 2 skeins of Plymouth Baby Beenz yarn, you'll be able to knit a fun textured baby blanket.
Via Noble Knits
Self-Striping Baby Blanket
You’ll love how colorful this blanket is without having to add new colors of yarn! The suggested yarn does the color changing for you while you just keep knitting. Start now and have the perfect gift ready for the next baby shower.
Via Red Heart
Alex's Baby Blanket
This is a small carriage blanket, made for a newborn, uses less than half of the pound of love. The knit blanket consists of moss stitch edges, and a tulip lace body.
Via Squirrels Go Like This
Bernat Ripple Knit Baby Blanket Pattern
Cozy knit baby blanket with gentle ripples.
Chocolate Parfait Baby Blanket
This baby blanket is a straightforward design in which the basic principles for calculating a square blanket using stash yarn are utilized.
Big Baby Blocks Knit Blanket
The embossed square pattern creates the baby blocks and bordered using seed stitches.
“Lots of Love” Knit Baby Blanket
Hearts are a common pattern element for knitting since they are easily broken down into a geometric pattern that translates to stitches. You could also make this blanket as a throw if you adjust the size (both horizontally and vertically), and pick a home-friendly color.
Palm Tree Puff Baby Blanket
This puffy knit blanket is reminiscent of tropical forest canopies. The nature of the stitch allows the blanket to be durable and provides a gentle texture for a developing child.
Cabled Eyelet Baby Blanket
A lightweight knit blanket that's perfect for a baby on the go!
Via Nancy Hearne
Saurey Baby Blanket
Little ones will love being wrapped in this lightweight, soft, botanical lace blanket.
Knitted Baby Rainbow Quilt
Pastel tones in silky homespun yarn give this easy knit baby afghan a quilted look.
Mosaic Baby Blanket
This baby blanket and lap afghan knitting pattern feature an interesting three-color design that looks complicated but is rather simple and easy to follow. The mosaic design is wonderful for blankets because it looks great in both bold colors and muted tones, and is easy to adapt to match any room or nursery décor.
Via Felt Magnet
Marching Elephants Baby Blanket
An unlikely combination chevrons and elephants – quirky and cute!
Via Needles & Knits
Cozy Corners Knit Crib Blanket
Simple and soft, textured and inviting: the best blankets for babies are the ones that will be used and re-used, as enjoyable for you to make as they are for your little ones to cuddle up under.
Via Purl Soho
Soft-as-a-Cloud Baby Afghan
Knit up a reversible afghan that is full of texture and warmth. It’s just the right size for cuddling your precious little one.
Via Beautiful Skills
Sheep Baby Blanket
The blanket is a basic Knit and Purl pattern but the little sheep are made using Intarsia knitting, which will make the project a bit challenging if that is something you haven’t done before.
Via Two Sisters
Thine Receiving Blanket
Stunning lace blanket perfect for receiving new babies with!
Bold Stripes Baby Blanket
This easy-to-knit knit blanket is striped & bright, perfect for baby!
Via AC Moore
Heavenly Baby Blanket
This knitted baby blanket is composed of a combination of cables and lace panels. The pattern is easy to memorize and lots of fun to knit.
Via Posh Knits
Easy Knit Baby Blanket
Baby blankets are so much fun to knit and it’s even better when you don’t have to think too much. This pattern is perfect for that sort of thing. You do have to concentrate for the first few rows, but once you get into a rhythm, you can pretty much just knit on autopilot!
Via Leelee Knits
Seed Stitch Knit Baby Or Throw Blanket
Even if you are still learning to knit and need to go at a slower pace, this chunky knit seed stitch blanket is a really speedy project in general thanks to the fluffier yarn and bigger needles. A perfect chunky knit blanket project to make a new throw for your couch or to gift to any babies you know being born in the cooler months! The final product is a super cozy and beautiful (not to mention WARM) blanket perfect for fall and winter.
This knitting pattern can easily be modified to make it larger or smaller as well as changing the border. The coin stitch pattern is a multiple of 4 stitches plus 1.
Soft Vines Baby Blanket
This quaint baby blanket knitting pattern makes a charming addition to any baby's nursery. The delicate lacework combined with the soft mint hue of the Soft Vines Baby Blanket gives off a pleasant, soothing vibe. Knit with chenille yarn, this cozy blanket features a velvety soft texture.
Aren’t these free baby blanket knitting patterns just the sweetest? Any of these knit blankets will surely make any new parent and baby feel super loved, not to mentioned warmed!
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