Easy Knit Baby Blanket

A simple yet elegant knit baby blanket

Skill Level | Beginner
Finished Size | 35″ x 35″

Pattern sponsored by Red Heart Yarns

introduction

About this Pattern


If you’re looking for your first baby blanket knitting project and you want something easy (but doesn’t look easy), you’re in the right place. The Easy Knit Baby blanket is the pattern I recommend to anyone who is new to knitting.

By completing this project you’ll learn (or solidify) your knowledge of basic knitting skills: casting on, knit stitches and color changes, all while making a handmade gift that’ll be loved for ages.

Before you begin, review this page entirely so you understand the full scope of the project. We’ve prepared a list of recommended supplies and abbreviations you will need to get started as well as a video tutorial and written instructions to complete this easy knit baby blanket from start to finish.

getting started

Recommended Supplies


  • 1 skein; Red Heart Dreamy (Colorway pictured: Ivory) Color A
  • 1 skein; Red Heart Dreamy (Colorway pictured: Aqua) Color B
  • 1 skein; Red Heart Dreamy (Colorway pictured: Grey) Color C
  • US 15 Circular Needle, at least 36″ length  
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

FAQ: Dreamy is discontinued. Which yarn should I use?
Red Heart Super Saver Brushed is an excellent substitute for this project. It’s available at some local craft stores like Joann, as well as directly from Red Heart’s website.

Yarn Substitution Resources:
The Ultimate Guide to Substitute Yarn

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pattern details

Abbreviations


  • CO Cast On
  • k Knit
  • Rem Remaining
  • Rep Repeat
  • St(s) Stitches
pattern notes

Additional Notes


Finished Size

35″ x 35″
Square

Gauge

10 sts x 18 rows = 4″
(garter stitch)

As a beginner, you won’t need to worry too much about gauge right now. Just know it is a very important metric in the overall size of the easy knit hat. If your hat turns out much bigger or smaller than the size listed above, you may want to measure a section of the hat and compare that to the gauge. If you measure something different, that’s why your hat size turned out different.

Gauge helps bridge the gap between my particular knitting style and yours. We’re all unique! Fortunately, the easy knit hat is very simple and gauge usually doesn’t cause any issues.

The color pattern is achieved by holding two strands of yarn together at the same time. On the solid color stripes you will need to hold both ends of the same skein of yarn – no need to buy two skeins of the same color.

Instructions for stripe pattern are indicated as follows:

  • AA (both strands of color A)
  • AB (one strand from color A and B)
  • BB (both strands of color B)
  • BC (one strand from color B and C)
  • CC (both strands from color C)
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the pattern

Written Instructions


Color Stripe = AA

With both strands of color A, CO 82 sts using the long tail cast on.

Row 1: K all sts

Repeat row 1 until your work measures approximately 7″ from cast on edge. Cut one strand from color A and replace it with one strand of color B.

Color Stripe = AB

Next Row: K all sts

Repeat next row until your work measures approximately 14″ from cast on edge. Cut color A and replace it with one strand of color B.

Color Stripe = BB

Next Row: K all sts

Repeat next row until your work measures approximately 21″ from cast on edge. Cut one strand from color B and replace it with one strand of color C.

Color Stripe = BC

Next Row: K all sts

Repeat next row until your work measures approximately 28″ from cast on edge. Cut one strand of color B and replace it with one strand of color C.

Color Stripe = CC

Next Row: K all sts

Repeat row 1 until your work measures approximately 35″ from cast on edge.

Finishing

Work a simple knitting bind off and weave in your ends.


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