Is there anything cuter than a newborn baby all swaddled up in a handmade baby blanket? This striped baby blanket knitting pattern is just what you need to make a quick and adorable gift for your loved one. This is a simple project, perfect for a beginner knitter.
This striped baby blanket is fully customizable, you decide which colors to use and how you want to finish the edge, and I’ll take care of the rest. Because this is knit with chunky yarn, this baby blanket is quick to knit, you could finish it in a weekend! It’s the perfect baby shower gift for someone you love.
We used only two colors for the stripes on this blanket, but it could easily make a good stash buster project if you wanted to do more than one color!
The best part about this pattern? It’s free! Keep reading for step by step instructions and you’ll be on your way to knitting this blanket in no time.
2 skeins chunky/bulky yarn in color 1
2 skeins chunky/bulky yarn in color 2
Crochet Hook (if you choose to add fringe)
Things you need to know:
- Cast on
- kfb: Knit into the front and back of the stitch
- k2tog: Knit two stitches together
Striped Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern
Starting with whichever color you prefer for color 1, cast on 4 stitches onto your circular needles.
Row 1. Knit into the front and back of the first stitch (kfb), knit across the row.
Row 2. Repeat
Row 3. Repeat
Row 4. Repeat
Time to change to your second color yarn. You can leave the first color dangling on the edge, no need to cut and tie the yarn. You’ll be carrying this strand of yarn up the side of the blanket while you work color 2, then you’ll return to it when you’re finished.
Row 5. With color two knit into the front and back of the first stitch, then knit across the row.
Row 6. Kfb of the stitch, knit across, and return to your strand from color one. Carry that first strand up the edge of the blanket by looping it tightly around color two, then…
Row 7. Continuing with color two, Kfb of the stitch and knit across.
Row 8. Kfb of the stitch and knit across
Return back to knitting with color one, this time leaving color two to dangle on the edge and carrying it up the side of the blanket.
Repeat these 8 rows over and over again until the long side of the blanket measures 35 inches, or however long you’d like for the blanket to be.
Start Decrease Rows:
When you reach the halfway point and your blanket is as wide as you’d like for it to be, you’re ready to start decreasing. You’ll be taking away one stitch for every row until the blanket only has four stitches left.
To decrease simply…
Knit two stitches together (k2tog), knit to the end of the row.
Repeat this step over and over again, making sure to switch colors every four rows and carry the unused color up the side of the blanket.
Next you’re going to bind off purlwise.
Step 1: Purl one
Step 2: Purl the next stitch
Step 3: Use your knitting needle to lift the first purled stitch up and over the second and slide it off the needle.
Repeat steps two and three until only one stitch remains, cut the yarn, thread it through the loop and pull.
To finish the blanket you have two options. You can leave it as is, and it does look great this way, or if you want to finish it like I did, you can add tassels/fringe to the sides.
I hope you and the new little baby in your life absolutely love this striped baby blanket knitting pattern. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below, I read every one and do my absolute best to respond to every one!
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