Want to make your next baby gift an heirloom? Try knitting one of these 8 beautiful (and free!) knitting patterns for blankets
Really, it’s tough to beat the versatility of the knitted baby blanket.
Baby blanket patterns can serve multiple purposes. Of course, they can be great gifts for newborn babies, and they often become heirloom pieces.
But they also work as lap blankets, great for people who use wheelchairs or sit for lengthy periods at a desk. Older children often find them comforting, too, making them perfect for a knitting charity like Project Linus or Binky Patrol.
The variety of baby blanket patterns can be quite striking. They can range from very simple in color and style to extraordinarily elaborate, with intricate lace patterns and/or colorwork. They can even differ in shape — some are square, others round.
Below are some of the most popular free baby blanket patterns available online, courtesy of Ravelry’s pattern browser.
Popular Free Baby Blanket Patterns
Hemlock Ring Blanket: Modeled after a vintage doily pattern, this blanket pattern is nothing short of exquisite.
Pine Forest Baby Blanket: Another pretty lace pattern, this one produces a snuggly blanket.
Pinwheel Baby Blanket: Here’s another round blanket with an interesting pinwheel design.
Ten Stitch Blanket: An Elizabeth Zimmerman-inspired pattern, this blanket develops into a square spiral with a striking geometric appeal.
OpArt: As its name implies, this blanket produces a different kind of striking geometric design. For babies, it even offers vision developmental support.
Sunny Baby Blanket: The “sunny” comes from the cheery yellow color of the original pattern, but in any color this blanket is a pleasure.
Super Easy Baby Blanket: It doesn’t get any simpler than this: a garter-stitch striped blanket that doesn’t even require purling! Perfect for the beginner or anyone who needs a nice, mindless TV-watching knit, it also produces a very soft blanket.
Garter Rib Baby Blanket: A deceptively simple pattern that produces a soft, snuggly blanket.
Any of these baby blanket patterns can produce a timeless classic to be beloved by generations!