Remember that old childhood counting rhyme, Eenie Meenie Miney Moe?
If you’ve never heard it before, this is how it goes:
Eenie, meenie, miney, moe,
Catch a tiger by the toe,
If he hollers, let him go,
Eenie, meenie, miney, moe.
It’s one of those nonsense songs kids often sing when playing games to select teams or to choose various items.
Even though this children’s rhyme is a bit nonsensical, historically, it was used as a counting rhyme. It didn’t have to make sense so long as you could remember it.
While the rhyme’s origins are unknown, some research suggest that shepherds, tradespeople, and even knitters, used it to count quickly and efficiently.
When I learned this, I immediately knew I had a name for my new baby blanket knitting pattern.
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Eenie Meenie Baby Blanket
Meet the Eenie Meenie Baby Blanket. The name fit perfectly as this is an easy knitting pattern for any knitter.
The simple blanket pattern is an easy back and forth knit with circular needles. It has an 8-row repeat that becomes quite memorable and intuitive.
So if you’re a knitting beginner, this hand knit blanket will be an easy knitting project for you to complete. If you’re an advanced knitter, you’ll love knitting this soft baby blanket while you Knitflix and Chill. It’s the perfect mindless knit for binge knitting.
Not only does this knitting pattern include two baby blanket sizes, a security blanket and a stroller blanket, but it also includes knitting instructions for a baby washcloth.
The Eenie Meenie Baby Blanket knits up with soft cotton yarn with basic knit and purl stitches. It also features a lovely slip stitch knitting edge, which gives this baby blanket a more polished look.
With the new year in full swing and summer babies on their way, now’s the perfect time to knit the Eenie Meenie Baby Blanket.
Let’s talk a little more about the pattern construction and its details.
As I mentioned before, the Eenie Meenie Baby Blanket can be made with basic knitting stitches. If you know how to knit and purl, you can make this easy knit blanket.
These two knitting stitches are the core elements of the pattern’s construction.
These knit and purl stitches create such a simple knit texture that, I feel, is rather pleasing to the eye. Combined with the cotton knitting yarn, it’s also pleasing to the touch, but more on the yarn later.
Of course, there are other knitting techniques involved so let’s talk a little about those.
Knitting Techniques Used
The following knitting techniques were used in the Eenie Meenie Baby Blanket. For each technique you can find a step-by-step knitting tutorial by clicking the link.
- Create a slip knot for knitting.
- How to Long Tail Cast On in knitting.
- Knit a Swatch for knitting gauge.
- Knit Garter Stitch.
- How to Purl Stitch in knitting.
- Slip Stitch Knitting.
- Learn how to Read a Knitting Pattern.
- Be able to bind off your knitting.
- Figure out how much yarn for the long tail cast on.
Slip Stitch Knit Edge
One of my favorite features of this Eenie Meenie Baby Blanket is this slip stitch knitting edge. If you’ve never heard of this knitting technique, you can learn more about slip stitches here.
The reason I love this technique is that it produces such a nice chain edge. Also, if you struggle to knit tidy garter stitch edges, the slip stitch edge on this easy knit baby blanket will solve this problem. I love a good problem solver.
Now, let’s talk about the knitting tools you’ll need to knit the Eenie Meenie Baby Blanket.
Eenie Meenie Knitting Supplies
You'll need the following knitting supplies to make this Eenie Meenie Baby Blanket knitting pattern.
First of all, you’ll need U.S. size 7 circular knitting needles to knit both the security blanket and the stroller blanket. You won’t be knitting in the round, but you will need the extra length to carry all your stitches properly.
For the cotton washcloth knitting pattern, you can absolutely knit it with straight needles but you don’t have to.
I Love This Cotton Yarn
I chose to knit the Eenie Meenie Baby Blanket in Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton yarn. It’s a lovely and robust worsted weight 100% cotton yarn.
I’ve used this hand knitting yarn for many knitting projects, like this one, and it washes well and holds up beautifully. This natural fiber makes for soft baby washcloths and hand knit blankets that only get softer over time.
For the Eenie Meenie Baby Blanket pattern, I used 3 different colors of I Love This Cotton Yarn. You can see each color above and below along with color name and the yarn amounts I used for each.
Eenie Meenie Baby Blanket Yarn Amounts & Yarn Colors:
Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton Yarn = (180 yards/ 165 meters).
Baby Washcloth = Stonewash (25-36 yds / 23-33 m) - 1 ball
Security Blanket = Mint (228-234 yds / 208-214 m) - 2 balls
Stroller Blanket = White (900–950 yds / 835-869 m) - 5 to 6 balls
As far as knitting notions, you’ll need a tape measure to check the length as you knit. You’ll need scissors to snip ends or knots, and a tapestry needle to weave in ends when you’re done.
Finally, I recommend placing knitting stitch markers between your border stitches and your pattern stitches. This will keep you from having to tink back to fix any potential errors.
I used these tools for the Eenie Meenie Baby Blanket pattern:
ChiaoGoo Circulars, size 7 knitting needles - 32” long.
Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton Yarn.
A retractable tape measure.
A tapestry needle.
Knitting Stitch Markers (optional)
ChiaoGoo Swatch & Needle Gauge Tool (recommended)
Eenie Meenie Blanket Knitting Gauge
While gauge is not absolutely necessary, I recommend knitting a gauge swatch to achieve the best results.
Knit in stitch pattern using U.S. size 7 knitting needles: 19 stitches & 27 rows = 4”
Knit Washcloth: 6” wide (15.24 cm) X 6” tall (15.24 cm)
Security Blanket: 14.5” wide (39.38 cm) x 17” tall (43.18 cm)
Stroller Blanket: 30.5” wide (77.5 cm) x 35” tall (89 cm)
You can make any size longer by adding pattern repeats.
Eenie Meenie Blanket Yarn Substitution
Finally, when it comes to yarn, I always love to have options. In case you want to use a yarn substitute, I’m including three options below that yarnsub.com suggests are very close alternatives. You can see for yourself by clicking this link here.
Village Yarn Craft Cotton in skeins or yarn cones.
Peaches and Creme Cotton Yarn in skeins or yarn cones.
Lily Sugar 'N Cream Yarn solid skeins or variegated yarn cones.
Haven't used a yarn cone before? You can learn more about coned yarn here.
Just be sure to double-check the yardage before purchasing so you don't come up short.
And that's the Eenie Meenie Baby Blanket in a nutshell. I hope you love the simple design and feel inspired to knit this beginner knitting project.
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Thanks so much for your interest in the Eenie Meenie Baby Blanket. As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments. Drop me a line and share your thoughts with me.
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Do you have to use circular needles for the beanie baby blanket? Can you use regular needles?
Hi Rita! Great question! If you were making the washcloth or the security blanket (middle size), you could probably get away with using regular straight needles. The stroller size blanket, however, has over 140 stitches and wouldn't work on straight needles as they'd be crammed on there or falling off at the ends.
Thanks for reaching out!