Easy Striped Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern
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. 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 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.
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 thinking up 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.
Easy Striped Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern
Skill Level: Easy
Yarn: DK weight yarn – Berroco Vintage DK in color A 2136 (blue), color B 2100 (white) and color C 2116 (taupe)
Finished Size: 34” x 33” (finished blocked size)
Knitting Needles: US Size 10 / 6.00mm circular needles
Notions: 2 stitch markers
Pattern Notes: Border = Seed Stitch over 13 stitches on each side of the blanket; Circular needles are used to accommodate the large number of stitches. 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 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.
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