More Free Baby Blanket Knitting Patterns

With so many baby showers and baby births, we can all use more baby blanket knitting patterns

Every spring I start my search for new baby blanket knitting patterns. I don't know whether all my friends have babies in the spring, or it's just that the bright colors make me think of soft pastel baby knits. Either way, I love to knit baby blankets. They're quick, easy, and oh-so-special memories for your friends and family.

There are so many great free baby blanket knitting patterns on the net that I always find something new, and I love to share my discoveries with you. Here are a few of my new favorite patterns:

1. Sunshine Baby Blanket

Okay, so you don't have to knit it in bright yellow -- but this pattern works perfectly in bright, bold colors. And you can't really call it a sunshine baby blanket if you don't knit it in yellow. You'll have to think up your own name.

This is one of my favorite baby blanket knitting patterns because it's so complicated looking, even though it's quite easy to make: you get the look of a professional product without all the work.

2. Lacy Baby Blanket

On the website, they just call this a Knit Baby Blanket, but the elegant pattern will immediately remind you of lace. I think this makes a perfect Christening blanket if you're a few weeks too late to give a baby blanket: it's beautiful, delicate, and will match just about any Christening gown. I edged it in pastels for a fancier feel, but you could leave it as is and it would still look great.

3. Hooded Baby Blanket

This is one of those baby blanket knitting patterns for those of you who enjoy a challenge. It's not quite as quick to whip up as the others because it has that darn hood in there, so save this one for someone really special. And make sure you use a very soft yarn, because it's going to sit up around baby's face.

The pattern suggests actual wool, but I would personally avoid that -- you never know what's going to chafe an infant's delicate skin, and there are plenty of adults who cringe when they come in contact with wool.

4. Quickie Baby Blanket

This simple pattern doesn't have a picture (boo!) but I'm including it because it's simple, quick, and turns out very nicely.

If this isn't enough for you, you can find many more free knitting patterns here.

So there you have it: grab your needles, some baby blanket knitting patterns, and a stack of blank cards, and you're ready for baby season -- or to get a head start on next year.

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