I know I shared another baby blanket pattern a few weeks ago, but if you recall that post, you’ll remember the baby boom happening among my friends this year. Since baby blankets can be fun to design (they’re just a medium sized rectangle), I figured I keep on sharing the baby knitting love by posting the patterns I’ve been using for the 15+ newborns in my life.
I designed this pattern for speed and ease (really, I just wanted to be able to marathon a bunch of TV and not really have to pay attention to too much stitch counting as I worked). This pattern is ideal for beginners – there aren’t any stitches beyond knit and purl at all! So even if you just learned to knit to make your first project for a new niece or nephew or your own baby on the way, this pattern is 100% doable.
3 super size skeins Lily Sugar’n Cream 100% cotton yarn – 450 total yds (I used the psychedelic colorway.)
size 7 knitting needles (I used circular to accommodate the width of the blanket.)
crochet hook/yarn needle (for weaving in ends)
Like I said, this baby blanket pattern is so easy and is perfect for newbie knitters. I mentioned in my post about the other baby blanket I recently shared that I’ve got about a bazillion friends, coworkers and relatives who are currently pregnant. All of my spare crafting time in the past several months have been filled with baby-related knitting projects!
Unsurprisingly, I was getting a bit tired of baby blankets, so I decided to do a really easy pattern for this bright checkered blanket. I figured I’d let the bold yarn and simple knit and purl basketweave texture do the work for me on this one. Despite its simplicity, this is one of my favorite baby blanket designs.
CO – cast on
k – knit
p – purl
BO – bind off/cast off
sts – stiches
CO 90 sts (or any multiple of 6 sts)
row 1. (RS) k across.
row 2. (WS) p3, k3.
row 3. (RS) p3, k3.
row 4. (WS) p3, k3.
row 5. (WS) k3, p3.
row 6. (RS) k3, p3.
row 7. (WS) k3, p3.
Repeat rows 2-7 until your blanket is the size you like or until you’re nearly out of yarn.
BO and weave in ends.
The finished blanket measures about 28×30 inches.
Every 3 rows you’ll be switching up your pattern, so the whole blanket will be a giant checkerboard. Each square of the checkerboard will be 3 stitches by 3 stitches. The wonderful thing about doing a basketweave pattern is that the edges won’t curl like they do when you use stockinette stitch. This is great for babies because it will lay flat really easily, making a good play area.
What do you think? Do you like this basketweave pattern or the staggered holes baby blanket pattern better?