Easy Knit Baby Blanket Pattern

I’ve had a few requests for a simple, beginner friendly knit baby blanket pattern. Baby blankets are so much fun to knit and its even better when you don’t have to think too much.  I love working on projects where I don’t have to worry too much about making a mistake if I’m not paying close attention. This pattern is perfect for that sort of thing. You do have to concentrate for the first few rows, but once you get into a rhythm, you can pretty much just knit on autopilot and enjoy binge watching your favourite Netflix series!

I have written out and posted the free pattern for this baby blanket below on this page. You can also purchase the ad free instant download PDF file for easy printing and reading.  

I used  Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky acrylic yarn to make this baby blanket.  I love this yarn when knitting for children because it is acrylic and therefore machine washable and durable. Its also super soft and just so gorgeous that you wouldn’t believe its also a great price!

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Sweet Dreams Baby Blanket Pattern

What you will need

Here is what you will need to make this baby blanket:


Gauge

14 stitches, 18 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch.

Measurements:

This blanket measures 28″ Wide X 38″ Long.

Abbreviations:

K: Knit

P: Purl

Pattern:




With Colour A cast on 107 Stitches.

Row 1: Knit all stitches.

Row 2: Knit all stitches

Row 3: K2, *P3, K1 to last 5 stitches, P3, K2.

Row 4: K2, *K3, P1 to last 5 stitches, K5.

Row 5: K2, *P1, K1,P2 to last 5 stitches P1, K1, P1, K2.

Row 6: K2, *K1, P1,K2 to last 5 stitches K1, P1, K3.

Repeat Rows 3 through 6 eleven times (44 rows).

Switch to Colour B

Repeat Rows 3 through 6 twice (8 rows).

Switch to Colour A

Repeat Rows 3 through 6 five times (20 rows).

Switch to Colour B

Repeat Rows 3 through 6 nine times (36 rows).

Switch to Colour A

Repeat Rows 3 through 6 five times (20 rows).

Switch to Colour B

Repeat Rows 3 through 6 twice (8 rows).

Switch to Colour A

Repeat Rows 3 through 6 eleven times (44 rows).

Last two rows:  Knit all stitches.

Cast off and weave in all ends.  Carefully steam/wet block on a flat surface to make the blanket ends lay flat.

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58 thoughts on “Easy Knit Baby Blanket Pattern

  1. This looks so sweet and easy enough for even someone like me (I’m a very ‘basic’ knitter)! We’re expecting our first in October, so I’ve added your pattern to my Pinterest queue!

    1. Yes, you need to cast on a multiple of 4 plus 3 and then add two on each side for the border. Hope that makes sense!

        1. Hi Mae,

          4.5 Skeins (balls) Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky Yarn in Dusty Rose (Colour A).
          1.5 Skeins (bals) Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky Yarn in Champagne White (Colour B).
          Alnaar

          1. hmm don’t really get what you meant by saying 4.5 yarn balls and 1.5 of yarn balls for each colors are you saying 4 to 5 balls of the first color yarn balls???

        1. Since all the extras would have been done for this blanket, then all you have to do to make it larger is add stitches in multiples of four?

  2. I have been looking for a cute yet simple blanket pattern forever – this is perfect! Bought the yarn, can’t wait to dive in. Thank you for the pattern!

  3. Row 3: K2, *P3, K1 to last 5 stitches, P3, K2.
    I’m a little confused with the instructions. I see an asterisk but only one. I am used to seeing a beginning * and an ending *.
    Let me know if I interpret this right. I knit 2, then purl 3/knit 1 until the last 5 stitches?

  4. Thank you for your post. I would like to use this stitch in another project. Could you tell me the name of this stitch and how many stitches are in the repeat?

  5. No…one more time. Thank you for your post. I would like to use this stitch in another project. Could you tell me the name of this stitch and how many stitches are in the repeat?

  6. Have just finished this in pale pink and cream for my baby granddaughter due in April ’18, thank you for another beautiful pattern.

  7. I love this pattern! New to knitting but I am going to try making it. I’ve made some of your crocheting patterns and they have come out beautiful! Thank you for sharing your patterns.

  8. To avoid the purl stitches showing when you join in your next colour, just knit the first row when joining in the new colour and then continue with the pattern.

  9. so have 5 of Skeins (balls) Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky Yarn in Dusty Rose (Colour A). and 2 of Skeins (bals) Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky Yarn in Champagne White (Colour B). is that correct i’d just want to make sure…..

  10. I’m a bit confused. So far I have gotten through Row 6 and no way does it look like your picture. Just so I understand correctly, for example the instructions for Row 5 are as follows: K2, *P1, K1,P2 to last 5 stitches P1, K1, P1, K2.
    Therefore, to start the row I Knit 2, Purl 1, Knit 1, Purl 2, Purl 1, Knit 1 and then basically Purl 3 and Knit 1 until the last 5 stitches. Am I repeating the instructions correctly based on the placement of the asterix (*)?

    Thanks.

  11. I am also having the same problem as Mary; I have completed my swatch of 6 rows twice, and it looks nothing like your photo. I have reviewed your instructions and all previous comments, following them as instructed. Any thoughts on what I’m doing wrong? Thanks for your help.

    1. You would need to add a multiple of 4 and then add 3 plus two stitches on each side. So if you wanted to add around 25 stitches, I would do 20 + 3 + 2 + 2 = 27. Hope that makes sense!

  12. I have not knit anything in years and my daughter is expecting so I want to make a blanket for her. Do you think this is easy enough for a beginner? Also, what colors would you recommend for a boy?
    Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Bonnie, if you know how to knit and Purl, I think this is definitely doable. For a boy, I think cream and blue, or grey and white would look great.

  13. I knit for my church which gives our knitted projects to hospitals..Going to try this one for something different. I am not the best at knitting but keep trying to improve..This pattern does not seem to difficult for me..Will let you know how I do. Thank you ..

  14. Good evening. I just wanted to tell you that I knitted your blanket for my new great granddaughter. I even used the same colors. Really turned out neat and she was thrilled to receive it. Love the pattern and colors you chose and I am going to make another one for a friend as she wants it big enough like an Afghan. Think I have figured out how many stitches I need to add. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.

    Linda

  15. Am currently knitting this blanket. Wonderful and easy pattern. Your instructions were very clear and I don’t understand why people have so much trouble interpreting them. It’s a very easy pattern. Thank you for sharing

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