Do you want to learn how to knit a baby blanket? Then this simple beginners baby blanket pattern is for you! It’s super simple for a beginner knitter and can be made just in time for a baby shower, christening or Christmas Gift.
There’s something special about knitting a baby blanket for a newborn baby. Knowing that your handiwork will keep a baby warm is beyond heartwarming.
It seems like everyone on my personal facebook is busy having kids, every time I log on or catch up with an old friend someone new is recently expecting.
I made this baby blanket for both of my boys while pregnant with them. It was such an easy past time that I also made one for 6 other babies being born into my greater friends and family circle. There’s something sweet knowing all the 2017 and 2018 babies I love have a baby blanket that I made for them.
Knitting is also a great busy job when nesting. I had in fact made two blankets for each of them not knowing if I was having a boy or girl. I actually brought in my last project to the hospital with me during my induction.
HOW TO KNIT A BABY BLANKET:
Knitting a simple baby blanket requires two beginner knitting stitches:
The basic knit stitch also known as the garter stitch
And the Purl Stitch. If you can do the knit stitch, then you can EASILY do the purl stitch.
I am a left handed knitter and often refer to YouTube to learn new stitches before jumping into a project.
Remember, you learn to knit BEFORE you learn to make a baby blanket.
People often ask, ” Do you need to use circular needles to make a blanket?”
Honestly, I’ve only ever used circular needles to make my baby blankets with and I find it much easier- plus, you don’t have to worry about losing the other needle between working on your project.
The standard baby blanket size is 40 inches by 60 inches.
Any combination of knit and purl stitches resulting in this size will give you a knit baby blanket.
I suggest following a pattern for best results.
BEGINNERS BABY BLANKET PATTERN
This is an easy beginner pattern that anyone can do! The pattern calls for circular needles making knitting easier. It also calls for a mixed ball of yarn, creating the illusion of multiple yarns and textures.
Plus, it’s a simple knit/purl pattern with no adding, dropping or complicated stitches. Once you’ve done the first few rows, you’ll get the hang of it and be off to the races!
In this post I share with you how to make a simple baby blanket and offer the pattern in a simple straight forward way.
I also give you tips to keep it uniform when putting two balls of yarn together. Something I learned the hard way after making this mistake the first time round!
Plus if you’re super short on time, I offer a modification for a quickie car seat blanket
I use a variety of colour patterns and combinations from the Bernat Baby Bundle line. The variety of soft baby colours offered are simply beautiful together, and the final project appears to be an intermediate pattern, when it fact it’s super simple! So be prepared for compliments when gift giving your baby blanket!
NOTE: This line is now currently discontinued, a great substitution is the Bernat Mix Home Yarn line. It still uses a variety of shades and textures and offers the same effect. Either way, each line works fabulously in making a beautiful knit baby blanket.
You’ll need a size 8mm or US 11 set of circular knitting needles. These are the same needles I used to knit over 10 of these baby blankets.
You’ll need two balls of yarn for the baby blanket pattern.
For the quickie car seat pattern you’ll only need one ball of yarn. That’s $10 for a beautiful handmade gift that receives alot of compliments!
8.5 sts= 20 rows=4″ in Garter Stitch
Cast on 75 stitches
Rows 1-5: Knit
Alternate between rows 6 & 7
Row 6: K 5, Purl to last 5 stitches, K 5
Row 7: Knit
Last 5 rows straight Knit
When adding in the next ball of yarn it’s best to determine what follows suit in the yarn patterning.
I wish I had matched my first blanket with the colour the followed.
Your final blankets size may be shorter, but it’s worth keeping the blanket yarn pattern consistent.
Simply unravel the second ball of yarn enough to find the following colour and go from there.
QUICKIE CARSEAT BABY BLANKET PATTERN:
I found with my boys that it was hard to find the ideal blanket that fit on them in their car seat.
With a bucket style seat, it’s nice to have a cozy knit baby blanket that fits on their lap without hanging and falling off. Most crib size blankets need to be folded and are bulky and fall off.
So I modified this simple knit baby blanket pattern to fix this frustrating issue.
Plus it’s a great frugal, time saving alternative. It only costs $10 for the one ball of yarn required.
Cast on 50 stitches
Row 1-5: Knit
Alternate 6 and 7 rows:
Row 6: Knit 5 purl until last 5 stitches and knit
Row 7: Knit full row
Knit last 5 rows
Enjoy knitting your simple knit baby blanket, may that baby be wrapped in love always. – DIANA