Baby hats are adorable; baby bibs are practical; other baby clothing has their uses and cuteness factors, but does any baby item give a feeling of accomplishment like a baby blanket? Baby blankets are made to be wrapped up and spread out and used in all kinds of ways.
What’s more, baby blankets aren’t outgrown the way other baby items are. There’s only so long a child can wear a hat or booties or even a bib. But a child can carry a special blanket with her or him for a long, long time. My own daughters have long outgrown the need for security blankets, but they still love to use their baby blankets for play or even for decoration in their bedrooms.
This also means that a baby blanket can become a true heirloom, handed down from generation to generation and treasured.
I think you’ll find all the blanket patterns in this collection to be heirloom-worthy. These patterns are once again divided between simple and complex.
Simple, Free Baby Blanket Knitting Patterns
Super Easy Baby Blanket: Literally cannot get any easier than this blanket. Knit garter stitch until you’re satisfied with the length, then bind off. For added interest, switch colors every so often or use a variegated or self-striping yarn.
Espace Tricot Baby Blankets: This page contains many free knitting patterns, including at least 3 baby blanket patterns.
There’s the easy We Heart Koigu Baby Blanket (garter stitch, with optional log cabin-style border). Then there’s the Chevron Baby Blanket and the Chevron Color Block Blanket, one smaller and one a little larger. Knit the one you like the best, or knit all three!
(There are many other patterns on this page, so just scroll until you find the one you want.)
Baby Love Diagonal Blanket: This blanket is knitted much like the ever-popular grandmother’s dishcloth pattern: on the diagonal, you knit from one corner to the opposite corner.
Garter Rib Baby Blanket: The joy of this pattern? It’s far easier than it looks! You’ll have the stitch pattern memorized in no time.
Sunny Baby Blanket Pattern: Another “easier than it looks” project, it provides a simple garter-stitch border and an easy-to-memorize two-row pattern repeat.
Newborn Baby Blanket: This is another blanket with a garter stitch border and an easily memorized two-pattern repeat. It creates a squishy, soft blanket.
Constant Baby Blanket: Can you stand one more “easier than it looks” blanket? I thought so. This one features a beautiful X or cross shape in the center.
More Complex Free Baby Blanket Patterns
Honeycomb Stroller Blanket: This pattern isn’t terribly difficult, but you probably won’t be able to memorize the stitch pattern unless you have a better memory than I do. (Which isn’t impossible.) It is a pleasure to knit, though!
Undercover: Here’s an easy lace blanket pattern that makes a great first pattern for beginning lace knitters.
Radiating Star Blanket: How beautiful is this lovely circular blanket? It is knitted in the round and comes together fairly quickly.
Round or Pinwheel Baby Blanket: The construction of this blanket isn’t entirely different from the previous pattern. Knit it all in the same color, or use a variegated yarn for some variety.
Hemlock Ring Blanket: Based from vintage doily patterns, you’ll find this pattern makes a truly one-of-a-kind, precious blanket that will be cherished for years to come.
Baby Tree of Life Blanket: This blanket pattern is on my bucket list. This is based on Nicky Epstein’s Tree of Life full-sized afghan pattern. Exquisite!
You’re bound to enjoy making baby blankets from one or all of these terrific patterns!