Tiny Ripples – Free Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern

Newborn Knits

I’m very excited about this post because I have been meaning to provide my knitting audience for a while now with a free baby blanket pattern.

The first knit blanket pattern for this year is a cable knit baby blanket.  This blanket is classic in its style, perfect for an heirloom gift.  To keep it unisex I used a creamy colour, but I think it would look stunning in any colour you choose.  As well, since the pattern calls for a bulky weight yarn, it knits up faster than most baby blanket patterns out there.

For this pattern, I used size 6 knitting needles but if you’d like the stitch to be a bit looser (and the blanket will be slightly larger), 6.5 mm needles would be great too.

If you are new to cable knitting, review this article:  Cable Knitting Resources which should help guide you into learning cables.  Please don’t be intimidated by cable knitting,  it’s much simpler than it seems –  I promise!

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Tiny Ripples – Free Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern

What you will need

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

Gauge

16 stitches, 20 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch.

Measurements:

24″ Wide X 29″ Long

Abbreviations:

K: Knit

P: Purl

C4B: Cable 4 Back (slip 2 stitches onto your cable needle to the back of your work, knit the next two stitches, then knit the two stitches off of the cable needle).

C4F: Cable 4 Front (slip 2 stitches onto your cable needle to the front of your work, knit the next two stitches, then knit the two stitches off of the cable needle).

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Pattern





Cast on 110 stitches.

Bottom Border:

Row 1: *K1, P1, repeat to end of row.

Row 2: *P1, K1 repeat to end of row.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 three more times for a total of 8 rows.  Continue to Body of Blanket.

Body of Blanket:

Row 1:  K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1;  *K1, repeat from * to last 6 stitches;  K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1

Row 2:  P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1; *P1, repeat from * to last 6 stitches;  P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 3:  K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1; *K1, C4B, K2, repeat from * to last 6 stitches;  K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1

Row 4:  P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1; *P1, repeat from * to last 6 stitches;  P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 5:  K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1;  *K1, repeat from * to last 6 stitches;  K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1

Row 6:  P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1; *P1, repeat from * to last 6 stitches;  P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 7:  K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1; *K3, C4F, repeat from * to last 6 stitches;  K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1

Row 8:  P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1; *P1, repeat from * to last 6 stitches;  P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1

Repeat rows 1 to 8 until work measures 27.5 Inches.   Continue to Top Border.

Top Border:

Row 1: *K1, P1, repeat to end of row.

Row 2: *P1, K1 repeat to end of row.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 three more times for a total of 8 rows.

Cast off your work.

Finishing:

Weave in all loose ends.

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19 Comments

  • Reply Alice Lizardi May 21, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Can cable blanket be made with thinner yarn ?

    • Reply Leelee May 22, 2016 at 8:54 am

      Yes, although it might end up a bit smaller.

    • Reply Carol June 25, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      Yes, it can. I just recalculated to knit with Bernat Softee Baby yarn at 22 stitches to 4 inches on size 6 needles. To maintain size, I added 14 stitches, 2 cables. I did a 6″ by 8″ sample and it is lovely and dainty. I thought about adding stitches to edging but it is not necessary.

  • Reply Anna O'Gorman May 21, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    I love the simplicity of the pattern I have knitted forever and have done every pattern that was ever knitted I would love to be a follower of your patterns. Thank you Anna

    • Reply Leelee May 22, 2016 at 8:54 am

      Thanks Anna, I’m so glad to hear that! Enjoy the pattern 🙂

  • Reply amalexia June 22, 2016 at 1:10 am

    ok, I’m new to knitting so it may be a dumb question, but do I need U.S. size 10 needles, or U.S. size 6?

    • Reply Leelee August 15, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      US size 10. US size 10 is the same as 6mm in Canada.

  • Reply smg June 28, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Could not print free patterns. It would be nice to just be able to click on a “print pattern” link.

    [email protected]

  • Reply Cheryl October 26, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Love this pattern is the yarn aran or chunky weight as I’m in England and not heard of bulky weight
    Thanks Cheryl

    • Reply Leelee October 31, 2016 at 7:03 am

      Hi Cheryl,

      Bluky weight yarn is like a heavy aran. Hope that helps!

      Alnaar

  • Reply Laura February 2, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    I just finished this blanket for my grandson. I found it so easy to knit and quickly learned the pattern. Thank you for posting it.

  • Reply Elize May 2, 2017 at 5:04 am

    I would like to knit this blanket for my ‘coming’ grandson, I am going to do this in olive green, my intention is for him to use this more whilstt growing up, he can use it whenever. I love the pattern and I hope it will turn out just dandy. Thank you so much for sharing, hopefully all these blankets that are being knitted would become the child’s favorite comforter. Bless all the grandmothers and may the grandchildren be a great blessing to one and all. Go well….

  • Reply Linda May 20, 2017 at 4:33 am

    I absolutely love this blanket, but would like to make it bigger, can you tell me how or what the multiples are? I was thinking of doubling the blanket body , not the borders and using thinner yarn, but as I’m not a long time knitter, I am not sure this would work. Can you help me please.

    • Reply Toni June 8, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      Linda, I am making mine bigger. I am increasing the number of stitches to 159 which is giving me 6 stitches on each end and 21 pattern repeats in the body. Not sure how many 8 row repeats I will need to do but I want the finished afghan to be about 36 inches x 48 inches. Once I am sure of my sizing I will let you know.

  • Reply Betty Cooper May 20, 2017 at 6:35 am

    I love this blanket, but I don’t see the cables in the pattern. Help please.

  • Reply Betty Cooper May 20, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Oops! See it now!

  • Reply Toni June 8, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    I am thinking of making this pattern larger and in blue or a co-worker who is due in September. My thinking is if I increase the number of stitches to 159 that should give me about 36 inches across. My question now is how many 8 row repeats do you think I will need to do to get the finished blanket to be approximately 48 inches? Also I’m going to estimate I would need 1020 yards of yarn, agree? Hope to hear from you soon, I’m attending the I-91 Shop Hop on June 23rd which I am looking forward to doing with my daughter.

  • Reply Lindsay September 17, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Just finished making this for my daughter who will be born any day, and it came out so beautiful! It was easy enough for me to do even though I don’t knit a lot but also came out looking really cool and intricate. Thanks for the great pattern!

    • Reply Leelee September 19, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      So glad to hear Lindsay! Enjoy your new baby girl!

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