There is nothing as special as a handmade gift for a new baby. I was lucky enough to receive a gorgeous hand knit blanket when I had my first child and it’s been well used and loved.
Whether you want to make a blanket for your own baby or you want to create a gift for someone else’s here are some adorable free patterns to help get you inspired.
Chevron Baby Blanket by Espace Tricot
This cheerful chevron patterned baby blanket is easy to customize to the perfect size. It was designed using Blue Sky Fibers Worsted Cotton.
Here’s an example of the same blanket made up in Knit Picks Comfy Worsted (also a cotton yarn).
Ten Stitch Blanket by Frankie Brown
This baby blanket is worked in a spiral pattern with no joining needed at the end.
Simple Stripes Baby Blanket by Elizabeth Smith
This pattern is an easy baby blanket which lets you play around with colour. And, because it uses bulky yarn it knits up super fast. This sample was knit using Berroco Vintage Chunky
And this one was knit with Knit Picks Brava Bulky
Leafy Baby Blanket by Silk & Wool
As this blanket is knit using two strands of yarn at a time it knits up quickly. While a little more complicated because of the lace pattern this baby blanket has an easy to follow pattern and is adorable!
Knit Beginner Blanket by Jenny Konoipinski for Knit Picks
This is a super easy baby blanket to knit up. However, the use of the bold, contrasting stripes delivers a dramatic result.
Sunshine Chevron Baby Blanket by Mari Chiba for Knit Picks
This monochromatic baby blanket features a chevron pattern. Knit up from Knit Picks Billow bulky weight cotton it’s a quick project and perfect for a new baby.
Pine Forest Baby Blanket by Ingrid Aartun Boe
A pattern based on Elizabeth’s Zimmermann’s gull lace stitch is baby blanket is easily adapted to any size.
Mosaic Blanket by Purl Soho
This blanket is created using Barbara Walker’s method of mosaic knitting. While it looks complicated it’s, in fact, a simple slip-stitch technique which results in this dramatic pattern.
Sunny Baby Blanket by Lucie Sinkler
Garter Rib Baby Blanket by Orange Flower Yarn
Not crazy about having to knit a gauge swatch before you start a project. No problem! This pattern is so flexible that gauge doesn’t matter. Just pick your yarn and needles and get started.
Soft and squishy this blanket is everything you would want for a baby. I love chevron patterns as it’s so easy to play around with colour combinations.
This project lets you practice short rows without having to worry about a sweater fitting because of those short rows. And, you end up with a totally adorable blanket at the end. That’s what I call a win-win.
This baby blanket can be knit using any weight of yarn. The perfect project to use up your stash.
A beautiful baby blanket with an all over chalice lace pattern.