Eyelet Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern

When my sister in law announced that she was pregnant with her second child, I was so  excited for her! And of course I was also super pumped about dreaming up the perfect baby blanket to knit for the newest addition to our family!

When I come up with a new baby blanket pattern, the first question I ask myself is:  “Will this be fun to make and is it straight forward enough that I can work on it while binge watching Netflix?”  As you know, knitting a blanket is not a quick project!  In my opinion, if you’re going to commit to knitting for hours on end, then it has to be something with a minimal frustration factor.  I want to see my work sitting on my night stand and feel that I can’t wait to pick up where I left off (and also remember where I left off!).

This time I came up with a simple breezy eyelet pattern – which is perfect for a spring baby.  This blanket has a classic seed stitch border and is worked mostly in stockinette stitch, interrupted with rows of eyelet stitches.  Its light, soft, and has a beautiful drape to it that would compliment any nursery.

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 for $4 USD . 

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Simple Eyelet Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern

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


Gauge

5 rows, 5.5 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch.

Measurements:

This blanket measures 30″ wide X 41″ long after wet blocking.

Abbreviations:

K: Knit

P: Purl

YO, SSK: Yarn Over, Slip, Slip, Knit.

Pattern:


This blanket is worked from the top down.  Cast on 110 Stitches and continue to Top Border.

Top Border:

Create the top border border of the blanket in seed stitch.

Row 1: *K1, P1; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2: *P1, K1; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 3: *K1, P1; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 4: *P1, K1; repeat from * to end of row.

Continue to Body of Blanket.

Body of Blanket:

Work rows 1-22 nine times (or more for a bigger blanket) to create the body of the blanket.

Row 1: K1, P1, K1, P1; K to last 4 stitches; K1, P1, K1, P1
Row 2: P1, K1, P1, K1; P to last 4 stitches; P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 3: K1, P1, K1, P1; K to last 4 stitches; K1, P1, K1, P1
Row 4: P1, K1, P1, K1; P to last 4 stitches; P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 5: K1, P1, K1, P1; *YO, SSK; repeat from * to last 4 stitches, K1, P1, K1, P1 (note that your  yarn will be at the front already for the first repetition of the YO, SSK – do not wrap it around the needle again).
Row 6: P1, K1, P1, K1; P to last 4 stitches; P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 7: K1, P1, K1, P1; K to last 4 stitches; K1, P1, K1, P1
Row 8: P1, K1, P1, K1; P to last 4 stitches; P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 9: K1, P1, K1, P1; K to last 4 stitches; K1, P1, K1, P1
Row 10: P1, K1, P1, K1; P to last 4 stitches; P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 11: K1, P1, K1, P1; *YO, SSK; repeat from * to last 4 stitches, K1, P1, K1, P1
Row 12: P1, K1, P1, K1; P to last 4 stitches; P1, K1, P1, K1


Row 13: K1, P1, K1, P1; K to last 4 stitches; K1, P1, K1, P1
Row 14: P1, K1, P1, K1; P to last 4 stitches; P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 15: K1, P1, K1, P1; K to last 4 stitches; K1, P1, K1, P1
Row 16: P1, K1, P1, K1; P to last 4 stitches; P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 17: K1, P1, K1, P1; K to last 4 stitches; K1, P1, K1, P1
Row 18: P1, K1, P1, K1; P to last 4 stitches; P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 19: K1, P1, K1, P1; K to last 4 stitches; K1, P1, K1, P1
Row 20: P1, K1, P1, K1; P to last 4 stitches; P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 21: K1, P1, K1, P1; *YO, SSK; repeat from * to last 4 stitches, K1, P1, K1, P1
Row 22: P1, K1, P1, K1; P to last 4 stitches; P1, K1, P1, K1

Continue to End of Body and Bottom Border.

End of Body and Bottom Border

To finish the blanket, we will make the bottom mirror the top:

Row 1: K1, P1, K1, P1; K to last 4 stitches; K1, P1, K1, P1
Row 2: P1, K1, P1, K1; P to last 4 stitches; P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 3: K1, P1, K1, P1; K to last 4 stitches; K1, P1, K1, P1
Row 4: P1, K1, P1, K1; P to last 4 stitches; P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 5: K1, P1, K1, P1; *YO, SSK; repeat from * to last 4 stitches, K1, P1, K1, P1
Row 6: P1, K1, P1, K1; P to last 4 stitches; P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 7: K1, P1, K1, P1; K to last 4 stitches; K1, P1, K1, P1
Row 8: P1, K1, P1, K1; P to last 4 stitches; P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 9: K1, P1, K1, P1; K to last 4 stitches; K1, P1, K1, P1
Row 10: P1, K1, P1, K1; P to last 4 stitches; P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 11: *K1, P1; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 12: *P1, K1; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 13: *K1, P1; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 14: *P1, K1; repeat from * to end of row.

Cast off in pattern and continue to Finishing.

Finishing:

Weave in the loose ends with a yarn needle.

Wet block the blanket to flatten out the stitches and lengthen it to its final measurement of 30” wide X 41” long.  After wet blocking, the stitches will also look more defined and evenly spaced.  Below is a photo of how the blanket will look before and after wet blocking.  If you are not familiar with wet blocking, refer to the following article on the Leelee Knits blog on how to wet block your knitting.

And that is it!  A simple, fun baby blanket pattern that makes the perfect gift for a spring baby!

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13 thoughts on “Eyelet Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern

  1. Beautiful!!! My niece just gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, and this would be such a lovely gift to make for them.
    Thank you so much for sharing your pattern with us! I appreciate it <3

  2. I would love to make this in a car seat size but not skilled enough to figure how to reduce pattern size. Suggestions? Thanks in advance for your time and help.

    1. Hi Sue, Yes, its actually pretty easy! The blanket needs to be an even number of stitches, so you can just cast on an even number to the size that you would like the blanket to be. You can knit a small swatch first to see what your gauge is if you want to be exact.

  3. Chris from the UK
    Can you explain why the wool is at the front of the work after the first SSK?
    Would the yarn not be at the back of the work if it is worked knitways?
    Lovely pattern.
    Is the yarn an Arab weight?
    Thanks Chris

    1. Hi Christine,
      Yes, the yarn is worsted/aran weight.
      You bring the yarn to the front of your work because ssk is a decrease. By bringing the yarn to the front you create an extra stitch to make up for the decrease and so you end up with the same number of stitches.

  4. Can you explain the “yarn over, slip, slip, knit” for me ?? Somehow I wound up with increases instead of decreases ??
    Thanks !

    1. Hi Barbara, You want to end up with the same number of stitches after you make the eyelet. Bring the yarn to the front (like you are about to purl) and then slip two stitches knit wise and knit them together. This will make an eyelet without decreasing. If you were to leave the yarn at the back then you would decrease by one stitch and that is not what you want to do here. Hope that helps!

  5. Thank you for the pattern, I am making the blanket for a gift and not putting as many eyelet rows. I really like the pattern and it is easy. Thank you again

  6. I just finished this blanket for my new grandson. It’s absolutely gorgeous pattern. Made it a bright blue to go with the Cubs theme in their house. so wonderfully soft and snuggly when he gets a little older

  7. The baby blanket is beautiful. I’m making one for our community house for babies born with drug addiction.
    Thanks again!

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