If you want to find an easy baby blanket knitting pattern, you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll find a variety of beginner and advanced beginner knitting patterns. These knit and purl patterns are perfect knitting projects for knitters of any skill level.
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.
The patterns included in this collection have been categorized below by their main features to allow for quicker access. Please make note of the table of contents below, or simply scroll at your leisure.
Table of Contents
- Simple Knit Baby Blankets
- Textured Knit Baby Blankets
- Rib Knit Baby Blanket Patterns
- Chevron Stitch Baby Blankets
- Corner to Corner Knit Baby Blankets
- Seed Stitch & Moss Stitch Blankets
- Basket Weave Baby Blankets
- Lace Baby Blankets
- Slip Stitches Baby Blankets
Simple Knit Baby Blankets
There’s nothing nicer than a simple knit baby blanket. The following free patterns require only basic knitting stitches, like knits and purls.
So, if you can knit garter stitch and/or stockinette stitch, you can make these hand knit blankets. Let's take a look at some simple knit blanket patterns.
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!
Dreambaby Baby Afghan
This white baby blanket pattern could be your next heirloom blanket.
With just the right amount of knit texture, this quick knit afghan is perfect for little hands and feet. Knit with Plymouth Dreambaby DK acrylic yarn, it will be so soft and easy to care for, too.
This hand knit baby blanket needs only knits and purls, and includes a knitted seed stitch border. It’ll help to knit this baby blanket on a size 7 circular knitting needle to accommodate all your stitches.
Need to knit a specific baby blanket size? The Plymouth Yarn pattern includes written knitting instructions for four baby blanket sizes: doll, car seat/ stroller size, and two crib sizes.
Easy Striped Baby Blanket
Here’s a simple striped blanket knitting pattern that would make a lovely gift.
This simple baby blanket knitting pattern features a simple seed stitch knitting border and eye-catching knitted stripes. It requires only knits and purls, which makes it an easy knit project.
You’ll knit back and forth on circular needles, but you won’t join in the round. Since you’ll also need to cast on a large number of stitches, here’s a knitting tutorial that’ll take the guesswork out of how much yarn for the long tail cast on.
This hand knit blanket calls for Berroco Vintage DK weight yarn, which is an acrylic wool blend yarn. It’s also a convenient machine washable yarn for easy care. You can find this knitting yarn below.
Baby Bonanza Blanket
If you’ve been looking to knit a colorful blanket that’ll use up your scrap yarn, this baby blanket pattern is just for you.
You’ll need size 6 knitting needles and your favorite DK weight yarn or yarn scraps in solid colors. Another option is to use self-striping yarn as a yarn substitute. You could also use sock weight yarn scraps held double, too.
Next, you’ll knit the garter stitch center of this striped knitted blanket in all your favorite colors. Then, you’ll pick up stitches and knit the mitered corner. Haven’t tried these knitting techniques before? They’re easy to do. Plus, you’ll learn something new.
This knit scrap yarn blanket pattern includes written knitting instructions and a striped sequence diagram if you want to replicate this blanket exactly.
Purls and Triangles Blanket
If you’ve been looking for an easy knit purl pattern for a reversible blanket, this is it.
As you can see, this triangle knit stitch pattern creates a lovely textured blanket and looks best in a solid color. The finished size is perfect for a stroller blanket or a lap blanket.
This pattern includes both written and charted instructions.
Mitered Squares Blanket
This simple knit blanket pattern may look difficult but it really isn’t. This mitered square blanket is also the perfect travel knit.
To make this hand knit blanket, you start by knitting a square. It’s simple garter stitch combined with knitting a center decrease, also known as a center double decrease (CDD). Then, once all the squares are knit, they’re sewn together. Easy, right?
You can knit this baby blanket with the recommended Bernat Giggles yarn, an aran weight yarn. Simply choose your favorite pastel colors, or do a yarn substitution in a different soft color palette. You could also go bold and bright. You do you. Just be sure to check your yarn label for care instructions.
Textured Knit Baby Blankets
The following free baby blanket patterns feature some of the most touchable knitted textures. Perfect for baby cuddles. Get ready to cast on and knit!
Whirl Beach Blanketscape
If you love seascape designs and peaceful scenes, this textured 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 within this pattern, 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 weight 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.
The free pattern includes written and charted instructions broken down into separate sections. Just be sure to grab them all and organize them correctly.
Dotted Swiss Baby Throw
This free knit and purl stitch pattern from Plymouth Yarn features great textured knit stitches and a garter stitch border.
To make this knit throw blanket, you’ll need to know how to cast on to knit, purling and knitting, and how to bind off. Super easy. When you’re finished, you’ll have a stroller blanket size gift for baby and Mom!
You’ll need about 750 yards of worsted weight or aran weight yarn for the recommended size. If you want to make a larger knitted throw or if you do a yarn substitute, be sure to purchase enough yarn.
This knit throw blanket pattern includes written instructions only.
Cambrie Knit Blanket
If you’re looking for a simple knitting pattern that’s rich in stitch texture, here’s a hand knit baby blanket that fits your search. With only knits and purls, it’s easy enough to make this baby blanket knitting pattern, too.
You’ll need size 8 knitting needles to make this wool baby blanket. Even though this knitting pattern is a flat knit, you’ll need circular needles to hold all your stitches.
This green baby blanket pattern calls for Cascade 220 yarn in 100% merino wool. The designer used a vibrant Highland Green color but Cascade Yarns offers tons of color choice options.
Finally, as the recommended yarn is not superwash merino yarn, you’ll also need blocking mats and t-pins. To make this merino wool baby blanket more care-friendly, you could do a yarn substitute with Cascade 220 superwash yarn. I’ve included both yarn types below.
Worsted Sampler Afghan
Looking for a hand knit baby blanket pattern that has variety? This stitch sampler afghan has an assortment of textured knitting stitches for your baby to touch and hold.
It features nine different stitch textures including a rib knit fabric, a diagonal knit pattern, basket weave, and a diamond knit pattern to name a few. With no complicated knitting techniques, it’s easy to knit, too.
You’ll need to know how to read a knitting pattern to make this knit baby blanket. Aside from that, it requires only knits and purls, and basic increases and decreases. It’s a great knitting project to learn new stitches. It includes written instructions for two sizes.
You can knit this textured baby blanket in Plymouth Encore worsted, an acrylic wool blend yarn. It’s also a machine washable yarn. Knit yours in a solid color or soften it with a heathered yarn.
Rib Knit Baby Blanket Patterns
If you love the texture of rib knit fabric, these knit and purl patterns will give you all the feels. Take a look at these baby knit ribbing patterns.
Garter Rib Baby Blanket
Here’s another free knit and purl stitch pattern that features a lovely garter rib stitch. This unisex baby blanket offers just the right amount of blanket texture, too.
To make your own, you’ll need to use a stretchy knit cast on like the long tail, and knits and purls. The ribbed fabric texture is an easy knit 3 purl 3 (k3, p3) with a simple garter stitch knit border.
This knit baby blanket pattern uses soft dk yarn and superwash wool. It includes easy to follow written instructions for this stroller size blanket.
Mae Ribbed Baby Blanket
This simple striped blanket knitting pattern features a great ribbed rib knit fabric that’s great for little hands and toes to experience. Shown here in a knit 2, purl 2 rib (k2, p2), it’s also referred to as broken rib stitch knitting.
You’ll knit back and forth on circular needles and with 100% acrylic yarn. To achieve the wide knitted stripes, you’ll need to know how to change yarn colors in knitting.
Knit this striped blanket knitting pattern with the recommended Paintbox Yarn in Simply Aran or choose your own favorite acrylic yarn substitution. I’ve included a suggestion below.
Chevron Stitch Baby Blankets
In the following section, you’ll find some of the most popular free chevron stitch knitting patterns. When knitting baby blankets in this stitch pattern, you’ll find they create a fun zig zag design. Perfect for knitting with multiple colors.
Just look at all the possibilities!
Chevron Baby Blanket and Chevron Throw
Want to hand knit a baby blanket in a gender neutral color palette? Look no further.
As you can see, this chevron knitting pattern creates a beautiful zig zag design in vibrant colors. With instructions for two sizes, you could make a knitted throw / stroller blanket size or a knit swaddle blanket.
This chevron knit blanket pattern may look difficult to make but it’s not. The written instructions are an easy to memorize two row repeat knitting pattern. You’ll need to create M1L, M1R knitting increases and center double decrease (CDD) stitches, but that’s it.
Now choose your favorite gender neutral baby blanket colors in Knit Picks Brava Sport Weight Yarn and start knitting.
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.
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.
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.
Corner to Corner Knit Baby Blankets
Do you love the look of knitted corner to corner baby blankets? I know I do. The following patterns feature diagonal knitting patterns, also known as knitting on the bias.
These bias knits are still made up of easy knits and purls. These diagonal knit blankets just, literally, turn knitting on its side with simple increases and decreases. Have a look.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seed Stitch & Moss Stitch Blankets
If you love textured knitting stitches, you’ll love these seed stitch and moss stitch blankets. In these free baby blanket patterns, you’ll find these stitch elements as the knitting pattern, scattered throughout, or used as a knit border or edge.
Whichever knitting design you choose, it’ll be a great tactile texture for your baby to touch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Basket Weave Baby Blankets
Below, you’ll find a variety of basket weave knitting patterns and checkerboard knitting patterns. Knits and purls are all you need to make the following baby blankets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lace Baby Blankets
The following patterns feature free lace knitting patterns for baby blankets. They’re all constructed using basic knits and purls, but also include knitting decreases, knitting increases, or other easy knitting techniques.
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.
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.
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.
Slip Stitches Baby Blankets
To knit the following slip stitch blanket patterns, you only need to know basic stitches and how to slip a stitch. Get started on your next knitting project.
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.
Fire Side Chat
Here’s a remarkably easy slip stitch blanket pattern that creates a touchable ribbed texture. Using super bulky weight yarn and knitting wide color stripes, this receiving blanket is pure knitting fun.
The ribbed fabric texture comes from simple knits and slipping a stitch purlwise with yarn in front (sl1 wyif). The yarn weight also helps to enhance the blanket texture.
You don’t necessarily need to use super bulky yarn. You can use solid colors in aran weight yarn held double and/or self-striping yarn for more color fun. You’ll also need size 17 knitting needles to make this super bulky yarn blanket pattern.
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!
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.