To gain knitting mastery, it’s important to repeat basic knitting stitches over and over. This beginner knitting blanket pattern will help new knitters increase their dexterity with needles, and the repetition of foundation stitches will make the next project so much easier. Other good things about this pattern is gauge isn’t important and almost any yarn can be used. This is perfect for mothers who want to learn to knit for their first baby or want to give a hand-made gift to a friend who will be a new mother.
Knitting Stitches for Knitting Baby Blanket
- Long Tail Cast-On (note: all links direct to video instructions)
- Knit Stitch (k1)
- Yarn Over (yo) – yarn overs are used in this pattern to increase the size of the blanket. They also provide an eyelet border.
- Knit Two Stitches Together (K2tog) – this stitch is used to decrease the size of the blanket
Materials for Baby Blanket
- Worsted Weight Yarn (5 sts=1 inch) – proportional (e.g., 3 skeins for increases and 3 skeins for decreases). Recommendation: Wool blend or Cotton blend
- Size 8 knitting needles
- Needle for weaving in ends
I used 6 skeins of Trendsetter Scoubi Du yarn. Each skein equals 95 yards; therefore, total yardage used was 570 yards (final dimensions 24×24 inches). The yarn is 50% cotton and 50% acrylic. The acrylic fibers make the yarn a little stretchy – that makes me think this would be a great blanket for swaddling a baby.
Baby Blanket Pattern
Note: as you do the increases, you’ll notice the shape developing is a triangle. You’ll knit until you have the desired length and width of the blanket. The decrease side of the blanket is knitting a triangle in reverse. You must make sure you have the same amount of yarn for the increase side and for the decrease side.
Cast on 2 stitches using the long tail cast-on.
Row 1: K1, yo, K1.
Row 2: K2 (knit two individual stitches), yo, knit all stitches to end.
Repeat Row 2 until you have the desired height and width for your blanket.
When you’re happy with the height and width, it’s time to begin decreasing.
Row 1: K1, K2tog, yo, K2tog, knit to end.
Repeat row until 4 stitches remain.
K2tog twice. Turn.
K2tog to finish. Tie off yarn and weave in loose ends.
This pattern is often used to knit washcloths using 100% cotton yarn. You can use this pattern to knit any size square.
Once I finished my blanket, I washed and blocked it. I tied a bow through the eyelets in one corner to add a bit of decoration. If you crochet, you might want to add a picot edge around the blanket.
Good luck all beginner knitters!!