Itching to knit a baby blanket? Find 4 of the cutest, cuddliest free baby blanket knitting patterns here
Let’s try a word-association game.
(Okay, so that’s 2 words. I cheat at word games… sorry you had to learn that the hard way.)
Did you instantly imagine a sweet, cherubic face nestled gently above a plush, fuzzy blanket? That’s what reading or hearing the words “baby blanket” does to me.
And, of course, since I’m a knitter, it immediately makes me want to knit one!
Fortunately, you’ll never find a reason not to knit a baby blanket. If a friend or relative is expecting, it’ll make a perfect gift. If you love to knit for charity, you’ll find baby blankets make wonderful charity projects.
Free Baby Blanket Knitting Patterns: Tips to Making Them Fabulous
Knitting baby blankets is fun and can be as simple or as complex as you wish. You can use bright or multiple colors, and knitting them won’t take too long since they’re so small.
But you should keep in mind a few things when you get started with your baby blanket:
- Use very soft yarn, ideally the kind designed specifically for babies. Don’t skimp on this project — remember, you won’t need nearly as much yarn for a baby blanket as you will for a regular-sized afghan or blanket.
- If you find free knitting patterns that recommend a certain type of yarn, consider why it’s recommended. Usually you can substitute another yarn that’s the same weight and/or fiber. Sometimes, though, the yarn is recommended because it has specific qualities required by the pattern. Do your homework before you substitute.
- Not sure of the baby’s gender? Avoid pink or blue. Yellow, green and beige are nice gender-neutral colors. You could also use good old black and white!
Four Fantastic Free Baby Blanket Knitting Patterns
Oh-So-Soft Baby Blanket This blanket is constructed in panels and creates a pretty, soft, versatile blanket perfect for any new arrival. The pattern features a few tricks that may take some time for beginners to master, but the instructions are clear and versatile.
Baby’s First Blanket This is an absolutely perfect blanket for a new baby. Unlike many free knitting patterns for baby blankets, this one has no holes for the baby to stick fingers into. By knitting into various stitches, the blanket turns out completely solid, soft, and very pretty.
Zodiac Sleeping Bag This is a nice alternative to a baby blanket. Many doctors recommend that babies sleep on their backs without toys or blankets. Therefore, this wearable bedding lets a baby rest in warmth and comfort without any worries about SIDS. And if you’re interested in astrology, you’ll find information in the pattern about your baby’s zodiac “power color,” as well as a chart for incorporating their symbol into the blanket.
Peace Blanket This pattern is definitely for experienced knitters only. But if you love a challenge, you’ll find a fun one here! This blanket features alternating rows with the words for peace in 28 languages interspersed with a symbol meaning “the opposite of war.”
What better way to welcome a baby to the world? With these patterns, your next word association with “baby blanket” will be “bliss!”