17 Knitted Baby Blanket Ideas to Spark Your Inspiration

baby blanket knitting patterns

There are many free baby blanket knitting patterns on the Internet. I took some time to pick these 17 knitted baby blanket ideas that I find interesting. Some have cute designs using bright cheery colours. Some are elegant with lace and cables. A few are like sleep sacks. Nothing too difficult.

The main objective of a knitted baby blanket is to keep our precious warm and safe. It should be knitted loosely so that it gives a fabulous drape. You do not have to use baby yarns, any soft and easy to wash yarns will do.

Colourful Baby Blankets

1. Super Easy Crib Blanket

The snug and warm knitted baby blanket
The snug and warm knitted baby blanket

This is an easy baby blanket knitting pattern by Purl Soho because it is simply a garter stitch (basically using the knit stitch on all rows). The finished measurement is about 31 inches by 39 inches. The gauge is 18 sts to 4 inches in garter stitch. It is available on Purl Soho’s web page and they provide suggested yarns and colour combinations.

Get the free web-based pattern for Super Easy Crib Blanket at PurlSoho.com.

2. Kristin’s Wild Stripes Baby Blanket

Wild Stripes Blanket
Wild Stripes Blanket

The use of vibrant colour stripes makes this blanket shouts energy. It measures 30 by 40 inches. The gauge is 21 sts and 28 rows to 4 inches in stockinette stitch.

The cons of using many colour yarns is the need to weave in more ends. Kristin includes instructions on how to weave in the yarn ends as you knit so you wouldn’t be left with a lot of loose ends to weave in later. Another way to reduce loose ends is to knit in the ends of each stripe as the colour stripe changes. Here’s a video of how this is done.

Get the free web-based pattern for Wild Stripes Baby Blanket at Knitty.com.

3. Triss Baby Blanket

Triss baby blanket

This baby blanket is designed by Agnieszka Wojtkowiak at crepleKnits

It is a combination of knit and purl stitches with a 3-colour stripe change. The knit and purl stitches create triangles in alternate garter and stockinette stitches.

Get the free PDF pattern for Triss Baby Blanket at LoveCrafts.

4. Rainbow Halos Knit Baby Blanket

Rainbow Halos Circular Blanket
Image source: Rainbow Halos at Ravelry

Children love bright colours. This rainbow halos blanket looks like a cheery rainbow and can serve as a blanket or a playmat.

Need both double-pointed needles and long circular needles because it is knitted from the centre out using double-pointed needles and when it gets too big, transfer to circular needles. Need to know how to increase stitches by purling into the front and back (pfb) and knitting into the front and back (kfb).

The designer Jamie includes the stitch count after each colour segment making it easier to keep track of each increase row.

Get the free PDF pattern for Rainbow halos circular blanket at Ravelry.

5. Free Honeycomb Stroller Blanket Knitting Pattern

Honeycomb Stroller Blanket
Image source: Another Purl

This pattern looks difficult but it is actually quite easy. You need to know how to pick up stitches, slip stitches purlwise, and ribbing. The pattern calls for 3 different colours of yarn for the background but it is okay to use a single colour or a variegated yarn. We do not have to worry about pairing or changing colours.

Get the free web-based pattern for Honeycomb Stroller Blanket at How Stuff Works.

6. Traffic Throw

Traffic throw
image source: loveknitting.com

I am not a fan of intarsia and stranded colourwork but this traffic throw is really too cute to pass over. Need to be able to read charts as the colourwork instruction for the cars and traffic lights are given in chart form.

Get the free PDF pattern for Traffic Throw at LoveCrafts.

Baby Blankets in Different Stitch Patterns

7. Baby Chalice Blanket

Baby chalice blanket
Image source: Karen S. Lauger

Time for a lace baby blanket knitting pattern. This baby chalice blanket pattern is beautifully designed with an all over chalice lace pattern and a garter stitch border.

Karen the designer has created both a chart and written instructions for the lace. I appreciate it because I don’t really like following charts. Some people have advised against knitting lace blankets for babies for fear that their little fingers or toes may get stuck. I think it should be okay if they are used for prams or cars.

Get the free PDF pattern for Baby Chalice Baby Blanket at Ravelry.

8. Reversible Cable Baby Blanket

Reversible Cable Baby Blanket
image source: loveknitting.com

The pattern includes instructions to knit the cables with and without a cable needle. I don’t like using cable needles so I will be most happy to learn to cable without it.

Get the free PDF pattern for Reversible Cable Baby Blanket at LoveCrafts.

9. Shadow Cable Baby Blanket

 Shadow Cable Baby Blanket
image source: loveknitting.com

Another cable blanket. Need to learn how to knit Cable 4 Back (C4B) and Cable 4 Front (C4F). See video tutorials below.

Get the free PDF pattern for Shadow Cable Baby Blanket at LoveCrafts.

10. Honey Bun Brioche Blanket

Honey Bun Brioche Blanket
Image source: songbirdmuse

Brioche knitting makes a very squishy product and it is reversible. Both sides look presentable and there is no need to line it. With the right colour combination, this blanket could be a stunner. The designer didn’t include a tutorial on how to knit brioche in her pattern. Need to find my own. Here it is.

Get the free PDF pattern for Honey Bun Brioche Blanket at Ravelry.

11. Pinwheel Entrelac Baby Blanket

Entrelac Baby Blanket
Image source: Cindy Rich

This blanket is knitted in entrelac all around with a garter stitch border. It is called the Pinwheel Entrelac because it is designed with Cascade Yarns’ Pinwheel, a 100% acrylic worst weight yarn, in mind. Entrelac looks fascinating as a knit pattern and it really isn’t too difficult. Use a single colour or mix and match the colours.

To minimise flipping the work, I learned to knit backward.

Get the free PDF pattern for Pinwheel Entrelac Baby Blanket at Cascade Yarns.

Sleep Sacks

Now for some variations from squarish and rectangular blankets. Baby sleep sacks and cocoons can be so cute. There are wide selections of cute patterns to choose from. Here are a few I like.

13. Teresa’s Owlie Sleep Sack

Teresa Owlie Sleep Sack
Image source: Comfort Wool

A sleep sack is super easy to knit up especially when you already know how to knit in the round. This one has an owl motif as a top border. Cast on at the opening and make decreases to close the sack. You need to be comfortable knitting in the round. This pattern probably wouldn’t translate well for knitting flat.

Get the free web-based pattern for Teresa’s Owlie Sleep Sack here.

14. Shelley’s Work Sock Baby Snuggler

Shelley Work Sock Baby Snuggler
Image source: Shelley Hilton

I think this project is so cool. It knits up like a giant work sock although no heel turning is needed.

The designer Shelley drew a picture of how the sleep sack should be knitted up together with dimensions and all. I think the instructions are quite clearly laid out even if it is hand-written.

Get the free PDF pattern for Shelley’s Work Sock Baby Snuggler at Ravelry.

15. Fisherman’s Baby Envelope

Fisherman Baby Envelope
Image source: Purple Needle

This pattern is knitted as one rectangular piece then folded like an envelope. It does not look like a sack but I think it functions like one.

The pattern is well structured and written. Amal the designer has also given good tips on the selection of zippers, buttons and how to avoid common mistakes. It is one of those projects that looked difficult but is actually quite easy.

Get the free web-based pattern for Fisherman’s Baby Envelope at Purple Needle.

Mini Blankets

16. Gypsycream’s Bunny Mini Cuddly Blankie

Mini Cuddly Blankie
image source: lovecrafts.com

A cute pattern for a cuddly chewable blankie for a little sweetie pie. I personally think it is very Peter Rabbit. Since this is part toy part blanket, it is not suitable for a beginner.

Get the free PDF pattern for Gypsycream’s Bunny Mini Cuddly Blankie at LoveCrafts.

17. Knitted Baby Lovies

Knitted baby lovies
Image source: https://makeetc.com

This mini blankie project is part of Nicki Trench’s Color Block Knits. There are 35 projects ranging from homewares, accessories, baby knits, and clothing.

There are instructions for 3 animals. The mini blanket is basically the same. Knit the animal head you want and attach it to the blanket.

Get the free web-based pattern for Knitted Baby Lovies at Makeetc.

How Large Should the Blanket Be?

You might have observed that baby blankets seem to come in all sorts of sizes. Knitfarious.com has a great article discussing the dimensions of baby blankets and their functions.

To Line or not to Line a Blanket

Baby blanket knitting patterns usually either call for lining the blanket or using a seed or garter stitch border to prevent curling and produce a sturdy edge. I personally think that lining the blanket is foolproof for flattening the finished object.

Lining a knitted blanket makes it more durable too. It may also be better for the baby’s skin as some babies might find yarn, especially woolen ones scratchy.

Lining a blanket
Image credit: Suma’s Favorite Things

Here are some instructions on lining baby blankets from sumasworld.blogspot.sg.

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