I am incredibly excited to share this post with you today! I’m no stranger to crocheting a baby blanket. But this time I tried something different. Introducing my very first knitting pattern, the Easy Striped Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern.
As most of you already know, I’m a crocheter through and through but lately, I’ve been feeling a call to try knitting. I tried to knit years ago but I found it slow and hard to hold the needles and yarn. I felt it was also ridiculously challenging whenever I made a mistake.
But what I love about knit baby blanket patterns is the beautiful fabric it produces. I’ve found myself drooling over the texture and draping of knit patterns many, many times. I decided to try to put my former bad experience behind me and try afresh with this hand-knit blanket.
After a couple of months of playing around with various knitting styles, I ended up landing on combined knitting which is just that, a combination of Western and Eastern knitting styles. It feels much more natural to me as a crocheter as I hold the yarn in my left hand and the hand movements seem smaller and with less motion. It’s so important to establish the foundations of knitting before you dive into complex projects.
Once I finally settled on combined knitting, I had the confidence to try to make my first knitting pattern. I just had to decide what that would be.
As luck would have it, I haven’t had a reason to make a baby blanket in quite a long time but I recently found out that my daughter’s amazing gymnastics coach is expecting a baby in the spring.
My first thought, of course, went to thinking of a great new crochet baby blanket pattern. But then I paused and considered what it would be like to challenge myself with a knit baby blanket instead.
I’m not going to lie. I was intimidated to start this process. I even considered choosing one of the many free knitting patterns for baby blankets online. After a little hesitation, I decided it was worth the challenge and started envisioning my knit blanket pattern design. And I am so glad I did.
I really outdid myself with this free knitting pattern, especially since it’s my first one ever. The pattern has a tricolor striped design. The striped fabric is surrounded by a textured border created using the seed stitch. But what I love most about this baby afghan is the beautiful drape it has.
I put a lot of time into thinking of what yarn to make this easy baby blanket with. I finally settled on Berroco Vintage DK weight yarn. It’s an acrylic wool blend yarn that’s perfect for a finer gauge. I noticed a lot of baby knitting projects were textured and chunky. And I wanted this baby blanket to have a more polished look, making this DK weight perfect. It’s even machine washable which is always a good choice for a baby blanket.
Obviously, this is a great pattern for beginner knitters. If you’re just starting out on your knitting journey, I’d like to suggest this great professionally filmed Learn to Knit class.
Easy Striped Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern
Skill Level: Easy
Yarn: DK weight yarn – 2 skeins (approx. 520 yrds) of Berroco Vintage DK in color A 2136 (blue), 1 skein (approx. 200 yrds) of color B 2100 (white) and 1 skein (approx. 200 yrds) of color C 2116 (taupe)
Finished Size: 34” x 33” (finished blocked size)
Knitting Needles: US Size 10 / 6.00mm circular needles
Notions: stitch markers
Pattern Notes: Border = Seed Stitch over 13 stitches on each side of the blanket; Circular needles are used to accommodate a large number of stitches. The blanket is worked flat.
With color A, cast on 130 sts using the long tail cast on.
Row 1: [k1, p1] to end of row.
Row 2: [p1, k1] to end of row.
Rows 3 – 19: Repeat rows 1-2.
Row 20: [p1, k1] 6 times, p1, place stitch marker, k1, [p1, k1] until 14 sts remain, p1, place stitch marker, [k1, p1] 6 times, k1.
Row 21: K1, [p1, k1] across to marker, slip marker, k across to next marker, slip marker, p1, [k1, p1] to end.
Row 22: P1, [k1, p1] across to marker, slip marker, p across to next marker, slip marker, k1, [p1, k1] to end.
Rows 23 – 36: Repeat rows 21-22 seven times.
Rows 37 – 46: Change to yarn color B – repeat rows 21-22 five times.
Rows 47 – 56: Change to yarn color A – repeat rows 21-22 five times.
Rows 57 – 66: Change to yarn color C – repeat rows 21-22 five times.
Rows 67 – 76: Change to yarn color A – repeat rows 21-22 five times.
Rows 77 – 86: Change to yarn color B – repeat rows 21-22 five times.
Rows 87 – 96: Change to yarn color A – repeat rows 21-22 five times.
Rows 97 – 106: Change to yarn color C – repeat rows 21-22 five times.
Rows 107 – 116: Change to yarn color A – repeat rows 21-22 five times.
Rows 117 – 126: Change to yarn color B – repeat rows 21-22 five times.
Rows 127 – 136: Change to yarn color A – repeat rows 21-22 five times.
Rows 137 – 146: Change to yarn color C – repeat rows 21-22 five times.
Rows 147 – 156: Change to yarn color A – repeat rows 21-22 five times.
Rows 157 – 166: Change to yarn color B – repeat rows 21-22 five times.
Rows 167 – 176: Change to yarn color A – repeat rows 21-22 five times.
Rows 177 – 196: Repeat rows 1-2 ten times.
Bind off. Weave in ends and block if needed.
I didn’t know how to knit a baby blanket when I started this but I feel fully confident in my ability now. I never knew how easy knitting projects could be and I want you to know too. If you are just learning how to knit, give this pattern a try. You’ll have fun and learn a lot of valuable skills on the way.
Looking for more great patterns for babies: Baby Bumps Blanket Crochet Pattern, Primrose Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern and the Star Stitch Striped Baby Blanket.