If you’ve been wanting to find an easy baby blanket knitting pattern to knit, you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll find beginner and advanced beginner knitting patterns. These knit and purl patterns are perfect knitting projects for knitters of any skill.
Before you begin, a quick disclaimer. The free baby blanket knitting patterns included in this collection are not my designs but the works of some generous designers. If you have any questions or concerns about a specific pattern, please reach out to the designer directly.
Baby Blankets for Beginners
The following patterns are easy knit and purl patterns. They require only the basic stitches: the knit stitch and the purl stitch. If you can knit these basic knitting stitches, you can knit any (or all) of the blanket knitting patterns here.
Let's take a look at some simple knitting patterns.
Colt's Foot Baby Blanket
Knit this simple baby blanket knitting pattern for your little one. Easy enough for beginner knitters, the knit purl pattern works up with DK weight acrylic yarn from Hobbii. You could also try a yarn substitute like Bernat Baby Sport (link below).
The knitting pattern calls for circular knitting needles to accommodate all your stitches. You’ll also need stitch markers to keep track of the garter stitch edges.
This pattern includes written instructions only.
Beach Sunrise Baby Blanket
A hand knitted baby blanket is one of the best baby shower gifts a knitter could give. Here’s a quick knit blanket pattern that’s guaranteed to be an easy knit. Plus, you can totally knit this while you binge tv or Knitflix and chill.
To knit this wide stripe baby blanket from Cascade Yarns, you’ll need to know how to cast on and how to bind off. Aside from that it’s garter stitch knitting all day. There are no increases or decreases, and no complicated knitting stitches.
This garter stitch blanket pattern uses two strands of yarn held together of this acrylic blend sport weight yarn. It’s called double stranded knitting.
Like this idea? This Arabesque Knit Cowl pattern (Free!) uses the same double stranded knitting technique. Give it a try.
That’s all there is to this easy garter stitch baby blanket. Go ahead! Knit it now!
Garter Rib Baby Blanket
Here’s another free and easy knit blanket pattern that is perfect for home or any gifting occasion.
Using the foundation stitches – knits and purls – the pattern is so easy to knit. You can knit this easy garter stitch blanket in your favorite DK weight yarn or worsted weight yarn.
This beginner baby blanket knit pattern includes written instructions. It also includes some details on wet blocking your blanket. Just be sure to check your ball band for care instructions if you do a yarn substitution.
Tweedle Doo Knit Blanket
Never tried slip stitch knitting? That’s ok. Here’s a baby blanket knitting pattern with fun color striped yarn.
All you have to know is how to knit and how to slip a stitch. There are no complicated increases or decreases, only knitting basics. Awesome, right?
You can make your own colorful version of this knitted blanket with Red Heart Super Yarn. The self-striping acrylic yarn does all the hard work so you can reap all the rewards.
Two-Tone Stroller Blanket
Here’s a baby stroller blanket from Lion Brand Yarn that’s easy enough for beginner knitters.
To make this easy knit baby blanket you’ll need circular knitting needles to hold all your stitches. You’ll do seed stitch knitting for some sections, stockinette stitch for others.
Knit up with Lion Brand Feels like Butta yarn, a worsted weight yarn in polyester, it’ll be easy to care for.
Pick up this Lion Brand pattern, grab the yarn below, and start knitting.
Cambrie Knit Blanket
Just look at this simple knitted blanket that’s rich in stitch texture. With only easy knits and purls, you can make this baby blanket knitting pattern.
The pattern calls for Cascade Yarns’ 220 Worsted Weight yarn in merino 100% wool. The designer used a vibrant Highland Green color but Cascade has tons of color choice options. Find your favorite color.
You’ll need to know how to cast on, how to knit and purl, and how to bind off. Even though this is a flat knit, you’ll need circular needles to hold all your stitches.
Finally, as this is not superwash merino yarn, you’ll also need blocking mats and t-pins.
Easy Striped Baby Blanket
If you’re looking for the perfect baby boy gift idea, look no further. This easy knitting pattern is just the thing.
This new baby blanket, features eye-catching knit stripes, and a simple seed stitch knitting border, which requires only knits and purls. Perfect knitting for beginners!
You’ll also be knitting a blanket with circular needles, but there’s no need to join. It’s simply knitting back and forth.
Want to take the guesswork out of how much yarn for the long tail cast on? Check out our knitting tutorial.
This knitting pattern calls for Berroco Vintage DK weight yarn, an acrylic wool blend that’s conveniently machine washable. You can find this knitting yarn below.
Purls and Triangles Blanket
If you’ve been wondering how to knit a baby blanket or where to start, this is the place. This free knit purl pattern has your name all over it.
Knit with Universal Yarn’s Adore, a light worsted weight yarn, it’s worked bottom up on straight needles. And with only knits and purls to keep track of, it’s an easy to knit baby blanket for beginners.
Tumbling Blocks Baby Blanket
This free baby blanket knitting pattern knits up beautifully in aran weight yarn. Using Cascade Yarn’s 220 Superwash in 100% merino wool, you can guarantee quality and easy care.
Knit this easy baby blanket knitting pattern for beginners with knits and purls. It’s also a reversible blanket, too.
Don’t have aran weight yarn in your yarn stash? No problem. Try knitting it up in worsted weight yarn. Just be sure to check your gauge.
You can find written and charted directions in the pattern with an easy and direct download.
Basketweave Baby Blanket
Here’s a simple basket weave knitting pattern baby blanket pattern from Lion Brand yarn. I just love how the large sections of knits and purls create this fun checkerboard knitting pattern.
This easy knit purl pattern uses two strands of DK weight yarn held together. Two strands DK = 1 bulky yarn so it’ll be soft and cozy for baby. All you need to know for this basket weave knit is how to knit garter stitch and stockinette stitch.
Knit this with Lion Brand Baby Soft yarn for a long-lasting and easy to care for knitted blanket.
Simple Worsted Moss Stitch Baby Blanket
Here’s an easy knit blanket pattern to practice your moss stitch knitting. Easy enough for beginners, all you need to know is how to knit and purl. Simple.
The pattern calls for a worsted weight wool yarn. This one was made with Manos del Uruguay Gloria. It’s a superwash wool so you can launder it easily, too. Perfect for Moms with little ones.
This moss stitch blanket pattern from Fairmount Fibers includes written instructions that are easy to follow.
Simple Bulky Moss Stitch Baby Blanket
Do you love this easy moss stitch blanket but prefer it in a chunky yarn? Fairmount Fibers has got you covered.
Knit with Franca, a Manos del Uruguay yarn, this chunky merino wool yarn will work up fast. Beautiful, warm, and a quick gift to knit.
You’ll find this baby blanket knitting pattern includes easy knitting instructions. No charts or graphs to follow.
Sunshine Chevron Baby Blanket
If you’re looking for an easy knit baby blanket with a chevron pattern, you can stop looking.
This Sunshine Chevron knitting pattern from Knit Picks takes advantage of knit and purl stitches. Knit with Billow, a bulky cotton yarn, you’ll finish this beginner knitting project quickly.
The pattern includes both written and charted directions, perfect for knitters of all levels. Makes a great gift for a gender neutral baby shower.
Vertical Lines Baby Blanket
Knitting stripes doesn’t have to be difficult. When you use Plymouth Yarn Hot Cakes, like in this easy knitted afghan pattern, it does all the work for you. And with a whopping 400+ yards, you’ll only need one skein for this beginner knitting project.
This car seat blanket is made up of easy knits and purls with an easy seed stitch border. There’s only two rows to remember so it makes a great travel knit.
This free and easy knit afghan for beginners includes written knitting instructions.
Block Stitch Baby Blanket
Not sure if you need to knit a washcloth, blanket, or throw? Then this pattern is for you.
This baby blanket knitting pattern has written instructions for all three! Between the baby blanket basket weave knitting pattern and the seed stitch border, I don’t know what I love more.
The pattern calls for a light worsted or worsted weight yarn in Berroco pima cotton. Cotton yarn for knitting baby blankets works well year-round but is especially great in the summer. Cotton is also a natural fiber that makes an incredibly soft yarn for a baby blanket.
Written instructions are included for multiple baby blanket sizes. And if you can knit and purl, you can knit all of these.
Whether you make a cotton knit throw blanket, a cotton knit baby blanket, or a knitted washcloth, you just can’t go wrong.
Stripe the Squares, Baby!
If you know how to knit and purl, you can make this easy baby blanket knitting pattern.
Knit with size 10.5 knitting needles, this worsted weight baby blanket pattern will be squishy and warm.
The pattern recommends using Red Heart Eco-ways acrylic yarn. You’ll need six balls of this eco-friendly knitting yarn in three different colors to follow this pattern.
Note: Unfortunately, Red Heart's Eco-ways yarn has been discontinued but you can find yarn substitution ideas here: Yarn Sub. Additionally, the website offering this pattern is no longer active. I was able to locate the pattern via the Wayback Machine and have updated the link below to reflect this.
The wide stripe fabric these colors create are just perfect for a knitted baby boy blanket.
Dreambaby Baby Afghan
This free baby afghan pattern could be your next family heirloom. Knit with Plymouth Yarn Dreambaby DK acrylic yarn, your afghan will be so soft and easy to care for.
As simple as knits and purls with a seed stitch border all on a circular needle, you can knit this easy afghan.
The Plymouth Yarn pattern includes written knitting instructions for four sizes, from doll size to crib size.
Mae Ribbed Baby Blanket
Just look at this easy knit baby blanket pattern that’s free. This combination of simple knits and purls offers up some touchable textured knitting stitches. Great for little hands and toes to experience.
Other than knits and purls, you’ll need to know how to change yarn colors in knitting. It’s easy enough to do. Personally, I think the wide knitting stripes of color give it the final touch and make it a lesson worth learning.
Knit it with the recommended Paintbox yarn in Simply Aran (100% acrylic yarn) or make a yarn substitution. Whatever you do, just make it your own.
Dotted Swiss Baby Throw
New babies always add so much joy. You could add even more by knitting this cheerful knit throw blanket pattern from Plymouth Yarn.
This knit and purl pattern creates easy textured knitting stitches that are a pleasure to touch.
The pattern calls for three balls of Plymouth Yarn Company’s Natural Bebe, an aran weight yarn. This blend of acrylic, cotton, and bamboo will keep baby soft and cool. Mama will definitely appreciate how easy it is to care for.
Baby Blanket Patterns for Advanced Beginners
The following patterns are also founded on knitting basics but they include knitting increases and/or knitting decreases, or other simple techniques. Don't worry. They're still easy to knit.
Cuddly Knit Baby Blanket
Try your hand at this beautiful corner to corner baby blanket pattern. Using only garter stitch and stockinette stitch, this is such an easy easy baby blanket to knit.
Knit on the bias, you simply increase to the widest stripe then decrease to the end. Knit it in a solid color, a variegated yarn, or mix it up with two colors to emphasize the stripes.
Using Red Heart Soft Essentials, an aran weight acrylic yarn, your baby blanket will stand the test of time. Get your knit purl baby blanket pattern now.
Self-Striping Baby Blanket
Red Heart Yarn patterns never disappoint and this one is no exception. This free and easy knit blanket pattern makes one colorful baby blanket.
The charm and ease of this baby blanket pattern comes from using Red Heart with Love yarn. This multi-color yarn is a self-striping yarn in worsted weight, which means it does all the knitting colorwork for you.
To make this baby blanket, you’ll need to know how to knit and how to purl. The written instructions also call for basic knitting increases and decreases. By this I mean, knit two together and yarn over (k2tog, yo). Easy enough to do.
Beginner Hooded Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern
Knit your version of this hooded baby blanket with Lion Brand Mandala yarn.
This baby blanket knitting pattern is easy enough for beginners. Knit on the bias, you’ll only need to know how to knit garter stitch, yarn over and knit two together (YO, K2TOG).
The simple knitting pattern includes written knitting instructions for the baby blanket with or without the hood.
Corner to Corner Baby Blanket
If you’re looking for a baby shower gift idea, this quick knitting project fits the bill.
This corner to corner baby blanket pattern is such a fun knitting project, too. With wide stripes, pastel colors, and soft yarn, it’s perfect for Project Nursery.
It’s a diagonal knitting pattern, or bias knitting, using easy to memorize garter stitch. Aside from that there are basic increases and decreases, yarn overs (YO) and knit two togethers (K2TOG), but they’re easy to do.
This blanket knits up quickly with chunky chenille yarn, a super soft yarn for a baby blanket. You’ll also need U.S. size 10.5 knitting needles.
Little Treasures Baby Blanket
This knitted baby blanket in bold yellow yarn has all the feels. Just look at these textured knitting stitches. Knit with a 50/50 cotton acrylic blend yarn, it’s perfect for little hands exploring the world.
Although it’s categorized as an advanced beginner, it’s not because of difficulty. This free blanket knitting pattern has 26 rows of knitting instructions. This means that it’ll require more attention as you knit. It probably wouldn't hurt to use stitch markers to help keep your knitting sorted.
If you can knit and purl, you should try your hand at this aran weight yarn blanket pattern. This free pattern from Cascade Yarns includes a knitting chart and written instructions.
Pastel Rainbow Baby Blanket
Here’s a pastel rainbow baby blanket knitting pattern any mother would love! Knit with DK weight yarn in 100% acrylic, the knitting stripes fun never ends.
To begin with, it’s a simple four row pattern repeat using the lovely feather and fan stitch. This advanced beginner knit pattern includes knitting decreases and increases, but they’re so easy to do. Really.
You’ll need to know how to knit and purl, how to yarn over (YO), and how to knit two together (K2TOG). Aside from that, it would benefit you to learn how to weave ends in your knitting as you go to save you time later.
Diagonal Eyelet Baby Afghan
Here’s a simple knitting project from Lion Brand patterns. This goes to show you that even something as this easy diagonal knit baby blanket can look stunning.
This eyelet stitch knitting pattern would make a perfect gift for Mom. It’s knit with Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn, an acrylic blend, in worsted weight yarn. It’s also very easy to wash and care for. Knit yours in neutral baby colors or go bold and bright.
As far as techniques go, this is considered an advanced beginner pattern. You’ll need to know how to knit, how to do a yarn over in knitting, and basic knitting decreases (K2TOG and K3TOG).
Baby Bonanza Blanket
If you’ve been looking to knit a colorful baby blanket AND use your scrap yarn, this is the knitting project for you. The entire baby blanket is easy garter stitch knitting so it’s perfect for beginners.
First, you’ll knit the center of this striped knitted blanket in all your favorite colors. Then, you’ll pick up stitches to knit the mitered corner. This is what makes this a beginner advanced knitting pattern.
This scrap yarn blanket pattern includes written instructions and a color chart for the knitted stripes sequence.
Simple Diagonal Baby Afghan
Looking to knit a simple knit baby blanket? This Lion Brand yarn pattern is just what you need.
Using Lion Brand’s Ice Cream Yarn, this baby afghan works up holding two DK weight strands together.
If you can knit, make yarn overs (YO), and knit two together (K2TOG), you can make this hand knit blanket. Plus, if you’ve been wanting to explore knitting on the bias, this diagonal garter stitch blanket is just the thing.
Without question, this self-striping blanket is an easy knit baby blanket for beginners.
Lofty Lacy Baby Blanket
This easy to knit, easy to memorize chunky knit blanket pattern from Bernat yarn is a must-have for your home.
With easy knits and purls, basic increases and decreases, you can make this easy DIY chunky knit blanket. You’ll need to know how to K2TOG, SSK, and yarn over, but you can do it.
The Bernat baby blanket pattern includes written instructions, as well as a chart. This pattern is a great way to explore lace knitting and play with color gradient yarn.
Sweet Pea Baby Blanket
Here’s an easy knit blanket pattern you’re sure to fall in love with. It’s knit with worsted weight cotton yarn, which creates a soft knit blanket. Plus, cotton is so easy to care for.
This beginner baby blanket knitting pattern includes written instructions. These instructions are made up of knits and purls, knit two together (K2TOG), and knit front and back (KFB).
This makes it a perfect blanket for knitting beginners, and a beautiful gift for moms-to-be.
Diagonal Baby Blanket
Looking to make a chunky yarn blanket? This easy baby blanket knitting pattern might be just the thing.
Using Premier Yarns Parfait Layers, this easy knit baby blanket features self-striping yarn. You’ll need to know how to knit garter stitch, how to knit front and back (KFB), and knit two together (K2TOG). Easy enough to do.
This pattern includes written knitting instructions to knit this baby blanket in three sizes.
Chevron Baby Blanket and Chevron Throw
Looking to knit a baby blanket for beginners in gender neutral colors? Look no further.
This easy to knit baby blanket pattern has a two-row repeat that is easily memorized. It’s knit with multiple colors of Knit Picks Brava sport weight yarn.
As you can see, this chevron knitting pattern creates a beautiful zig zag design in vibrant colors. This knit chevron blanket pattern can easily be personalized in your favorite colors, too.
Aside from needing to know how to increase in knitting (M1L and M1R) and center double decreases (CDD), this is easy knitting. Don't pass up this free printable knitting pattern for a baby blanket.
Mitered Squares Blanket
Here’s an easy knit baby blanket with mitered squares in pastel colors. All you have to know is how to knit, make a center decrease, and seam edges together. Easy peasy.
Knit your own with Bernat yarn Giggles, which is an Oeko-Tex Certified yarn, guaranteed to keep your baby safe. Or, if you’re not a fan of pastel colors, you can do a yarn substitution with your favorite aran weight yarn.
Knit Waves Blanket
Looking to hand knit your next baby shower gift? This super soft baby blanket would make a wonderful gift.
Using Bernat Velvet yarn in worsted weight, this yarn creates a quick knit and a delightfully plush blanket. It’s also an OEKO-TEX certified yarn, so it’s safe for babies, too.
The chevron knitting pattern creates lovely knitting stripes, which you can customize to complement the baby’s nursery. Perfect!
You’ll need to know knitting basics, like how to knit and purl. You’ll also need to know how to yarn over (YO) and knit two together (K2TOG). That’s it.
Easy Stripes Blanket
If you haven’t yet realized my obvious love for knitted stripes, let me make it clear. I absolutely love a striped knitted blanket, especially when it involves bias knitting.
Knitting on the bias can be a little tedious. Oh, the repetition! But when the knitting pattern leads to a wide stripe fabric, it keeps things interesting.
Take a look at this free baby blanket pattern from Knitpicks.com. Here you’re knitting with two colors of yarn independently and creating the graduated stripes pattern.
Knit with Brava Worsted, a 100% acrylic yarn, it’s easy enough to make, too. As long as you can knit front and back (kfb) and slip, slip, knit (ssk), you’re good to go. It’s a written knitting pattern, no charts, and garter stitch all day.
Lincoln Baby Blanket
Here’s a modern baby blanket knitting pattern from Willow Yarns that’s easy enough for beginners to knit.
This easy blanket knitting pattern creates knitting stripes of your favorite neutral baby colors. It knits up in a cotton blend yarn of heavy worsted weight yarn. You could also do a yarn substitution with chunky knit yarn.
The knitted blanket requires only knits and purls, and uses a slip stitch technique called mosaic knitting to create the interesting stitch texture. You’ll also need to know how to carry yarn up the side. You can do it!
Rainbow Knit Blankie
If you love knitting for charity, you should check out this baby blankie pattern from Knit Picks. Suitable for Project Linus, this pattern is written for 3 baby blanket sizes. You can find a baby blanket size chart here.
With cheerful colors, this zig zag pattern will brighten anyone’s day. The knit chevron stitch works up as an advanced beginner pattern, but it's still easy enough to make.
The free knitting pattern uses Knit Picks Brava worsted, an acrylic yarn for easy care. You’ll work with one main color and five contrasting colors.
For knitting techniques, you’ll need to know how to knit front and back (kfb), the slip slip knit stitch (ssk), and how to knit two together (k2tog).
Want more knitting for charity patterns? Check out this free e-book with both knit and crochet inspiration.
Whirl Beach Blanketscape
If you love seascape designs and peaceful scenes, this baby blanket pattern is the perfect thing to knit. It’s easy enough for advanced beginners, too.
With the various knit and purl stitch patterns included, you can create this fun, embossed fabric for your beach scene blanket. Babies will just love this textured knit fabric.
This baby blanket pattern calls for Scheepjes Whirl, a thin, fine yarn, which is a blend of cotton and acrylic. The yarn ball features graduated yarn hues which really bring this seascape art to life. Plus, with a whopping 1111 yards/1000 meters of yarn, you’ll only need one ball of yarn, too.
The free pattern includes written and charted instructions broken down into separate sections. Just be sure to grab them all and organize them correctly.
Baby blanket knitting patterns have never been so easy, right?
I hope you’ve enjoyed this collection of knitted blanket patterns for beginners. Before you go, be sure to drop us a comment. I’d love to hear from you.