Are you looking to knit something special for that precious little human in your life? Blankets make the perfect gift to knit for babies (and new moms) – they’re beautiful, yet practical, and won’t be out-grown too quickly. They provide warmth and comfort, and will be a gift that they can treasure forever.
Below are 15 of my favourite FREE baby blanket knitting patterns. Which one will you knit first?
Chevron Baby Blanket by Espace Tricot
This simple and modern baby blanket is knit up using Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton. The two-row pattern is easy to customize in terms of size with the addition of 24-stitch repeats.
Newborn Baby Blanket by Altadena Green
A quick and beautiful knit. Makes a small newborn blanket or blankie for a toddler. For a larger blanket, simply cast on more stitches. Check out Ravelry projects for suggestions.
Garden House Baby Blanket by Jocelyn Tunney
This simple baby blanket is sophisticated in its simplicity. Knit in garter stitch in four panels that are seamed together to create a modern chevron pattern. The suggested yarn is O-wool, which is held double throughout. Note: If you purchase the kit, be sure to heed the warning about pre-washing the yarn to avoid colors bleeding.
Lil’ Austin’s Blanket by HandWorks Knitwear Designs
This striped, reversible blanket design introduces a technique for hiding and carrying the contrast color yarn within the I-cord edge, which means fewer ends to weave and a beautifully finished edge.
Garter Chevron Blanket by Catherine Anderson
This eye-catching blanket is knitted in lovely squishy garter stitch. Available in two sizes: a larger one, suitable for a cot or throw, and a smaller one for a stroller or car seat. Size can be easily altered by simply adding or subtracting pattern repeats or rows.
Baby Shane Blanket by Tanis Lavallee
This colorful baby blanket is knit in one piece with only one seam to sew at the end. Knit in DK weight, the finished blanket is 34” square. Have fun and play with the unlimited options for colour combinations.
Simple Stripes Baby/Lap Blanket by Elizabeth Smith
Simply Stripes is an easy and fast garter stitch baby/lap blanket, knit up in chunky yarn. Perfect for beginners or experienced knitters looking for a meditative knit.
Pathways Blanket By Frankie Brown
Made up of simple garter stitch squares, this blanket is easy to knit but the real excitement comes when it’s time to sew the squares together. They can be arranged many different ways to create many unique designs.
Lemon Squeezy Stroller Blanket by Ann Klimpert
You’ll love this quick and simple, squishy garter stitch baby blanket! Knit up with multiple colors, each held together with the contrast colour to create a gentle marled look.
Pine Forest Baby Blanket by Ingrid Aartun Bøe
This baby blanket is based on the gull lace stitch used in the famous Baby Sweater on Two Needles aka ‘February Sweater’ from Elizabeth Zimmermann’s ‘Knitter’s Almanac.’ Any yarn and gauge can be used; the size can easily be altered to fit by changing the number of repeats of the pattern.
Colorful Wedges Baby Blanket by Purl Soho
This blanket embraces the simplicity of garter stitch and throws in the diversion of simple short rows. It’s a wonderful project for dispelling any notions that short rows are difficult, and by the time your blanket is finished, you’ll be a short row pro (if you aren’t one already)!
Ten Stitch Blanket by Frankie Brown
An Elizabeth Zimmermann inspired blanket worked in any yarn using only 10 stitches. You start in the centre and work in a sort of square spiral, joining as you go. No sewing up needed!
Garter Rib Baby Blanket by Orange Flower Yarn
Knit in garter rib, this baby blanket is simple, but beautiful. A simple two row pattern makes this project perfect for the beginner knitter. The pattern can easily be enlarged to create a lap blanket or throw. To keep the ribbing as the focal point, it’s best to use a solid or semi-solid yarn.
Squares on the Roll by Frankie Brown
Stocking stitch rolls add another dimension to these simple squares knitted in the round giving an exciting tactile fabric that is thick and warm.
Wesley Crib Blanket by Shelby Dyas
I love the modern colour-block effect of this blanket. It is constructed using log cabin techniques to create a cozy keepsake for the modern crib or stroller. The bound off edges provide some stability to the fabric and the border helps even everything out.
Which baby blanket are you going to knit for that special wee one in your life? Let me know in the comments below.