I love giving hand-knit blankets for baby presents.
They’re special and unique (like babies!), but they can be pretty simple knitting projects and you don’t have to worry about them fitting. In fact, if I don’t have the exact yarn or needles for a pattern, usually I just use what I have and it works out. Below are a few of my favorite easy knitting patterns.
Here are ten easy knitting patterns you can make for new littles in your life. I picked these because the patterns weren’t complicated — they’re all repetitive so once you get going, you can knit without constantly referring to your pattern. There aren’t any cables (though if you’re thinking of trying cables, I encourage you to — they’re not as scary as you think!). There’s only one that involves colorwork, and it’s large blocks of color so it’s great for your first try at changing colors while knitting.
And they’re all free.
So pop on your favorite show (I love knitting because you can veg out in front of the TV and still feel productive), grab a cup of tea, and cast-on, baby.
10 Free Baby Blanket Knitting Patterns:
1.) Popcorn Blanket Pattern from Peace but Not Quiet – by far my most popular pattern! It’s a really easy repeating pattern and it looks so cute and bumpy.
2.) Snowflake Blanket Pattern from Peace but Not Quiet – a double-knit blanket that’s great for chillier climates where babies need to be nice and snug!
3.) Chevron Baby Blanket by Espace Tricot – I love the trendy colors they chose – lime and hot pink and gray…but you could go with some more traditional ones. I think a blanket in varying shades of one color would look really classy.
4.) Garter Rib Baby Blanket by Orange Flower Yarn – this one looks so elegant, but it’s so easy!
6.) Charlie Baby Blanket by Marianna’s Lazy Daisy Days – an easy pattern of tiny, light boxes. ❤❤
7.) Moss Stitch Diamonds Blanket by Knitting on the Net – I’m dying to try the angora blend she recommends for this blanket. Is it practical for babies? No idea. But wouldn’t it feel soft and lovely while you make it? I bet it would.
8.) Sunny Baby Blanket Pattern from How Stuff Works – I’m already hooked on the color. I know you can change that, but…just look at that yellow! You can’t call it the Sunny Baby Blanket Pattern and have it be, like, ice blue or something…
9.) Quick & Easy Baby Blanket Pattern by Knit-O-Matic – a plain garter stitch, but knit on the bias (don’t be scared…you can absolutely do that!) so it looks a little more unique. It’s also knit with chunky yarn on big needles, so you’re done faster!
10.) Easy Squares Knit Baby Blanket from Red Heart Yarns – the trick to this one is all in the color selection. You could go classic with soft baby colors, or modern with black and white…what do you favor?
If you can knit and purl, I promise you can do these! Have fun!