How to Knit a Baby Blanket for Beginners

Things You'll Need

  • 3 150-yard skeins chunky weight yarn, in 3 different colors

  • US 11 12-inch straight needles

  • Scissors

  • Yarn needle

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.

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.

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

Picking up stitches

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.

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.

Tip

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

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