How to Knit a Baby Blanket for Beginners

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Baby blankets are an essential gift item. They are destined to be snuggled with, carried around, used as mini-tents, and treasured for generations to come. This pattern provides a beginner knitter with some new techniques, and is perfect for those who have been knitting squares and rectangles for a while, but want to try branching out a bit.

Soft and snuggly
(Nikki Van De Car)

Things You'll Need

  • 3 150-yard skeins chunky weight yarn, in 3 different colors
  • US 11 12-inch straight needles
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
Step 1

This blanket requires 3 150-yard skeins, each in a different color. It's knit on large needles using chunky yarn, so it will go quickly for a blanket. Please see the last slide for an itemized list of tools and materials.

Things you'll need
Nikki Van De Car
Step 2

Designate each of your three colors your Main Color, your Contrast Color 1, and Contrast Color 2.

Using Main Color, cast on 80 stitches.

Knit 6 rows.

Step 3

Cut Main Color, leaving a 6-inch tail. Attach Contrast Color 1.

Knit 1 row. Purl 1 row. Repeat from 5 times more.

Step 4

Cut Contrast Color 1, leaving a 6-inch tail. Attach Contrast Color 2.

Knit 1 row. Purl 1 row. Repeat from 2 times more.

Step 5

Cut Contrast Color 2, leaving a 6-inch tail. Attach Main Color.

Knit 1 row. Purl 1 row. Repeat from 3 times more.

Step 6

Cut Main Color, leaving a 6-inch tail. Attach Contrast Color 2.

Knit 1 row. Purl 1 row. Repeat from 2 times more.

Step 7

Repeat this stripe pattern from Step 3 through Step 6 twice more.

Cut Contrast Color 2, leaving a 6-inch tail. Attach Contrast Color 1.

Knit 1 row. Purl 1 row. Repeat from 5 times more.

Step 8

Cut Contrast Color 1, leaving a 6-inch tail. Attach Main Color.

Knit 7 rows. Cast off all stitches.

Step 9

Turn the blanket sideways, with the knit side facing you. Pick up stitches along the side of the blanket by inserting the tip of your left-hand needle into the row between the first and second columns of stitches at the edge. Lift up a bar of yarn between that first and second stitch. Using your right-hand needle, knit the bar from the left-hand needle as if it were a stitch. Insert your left-hand needle into the next row down and pick up another bar. Using your right-hand needle, knit the bar from the left-hand needle. Continue picking up 70 stitches in this fashion along the length of the blanket until you reach the end.

Picking up stitches
Nikki Van De Car
Step 10

Knit 6 rows. Cast off all stitches.

Turn blanket so the opposite side is facing you, and pick up 70 more stitches on that side.

Knit 6 rows. Cast off all stitches.

Weave in ends using your yarn needle.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Once you're comfortable changing yarns, you can alter the stripe pattern however you like--get creative!

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