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The Easiest Baby Blanket to Knit – Advice for Beginners

One of the fun things about writing a knitting blog is that your friends and family have a hard time forgetting that you like knitting/crocheting when they see you blabbing about it on the Internet all the time. One of the most frequent questions I get is: “What is the easiest baby blanket to knit?” Like this one right here!

Hi Monica! I have it in my mind to knit a little baby blanket. I was looking online for patterns – and remembered that I know a knitting expert! Do you have any suggestions for where I might find a simple but nice pattern? I can do basic stuff (k2, p2!) but nothing too complex. Also – the patterns I saw required a crazy level of counting and keeping track. I did a practice run and lost track very quickly. Any insider tips for keeping track of stitch count, etc? Thank you!!

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Babies bring out the fiber-lover/knitter in all of us!

Knitting flat, but with circular needles is your best bet for a baby blanket, since it’s so large. I’m a notoriously bad counter of stitches, so I use stitch markers religiously! More on that can be found here.

Below are my two favorite, easiest baby blanket knitting patterns, The Super Easy Baby Blanket from Purl Soho, and a basic Corner to Corner Blanket.

The Super Easy Baby Blanket

For the truly knitting intimidated, the first pattern is by Purl Soho, and, wow, do they know their stuff! The Super Easy Baby Blanket is just that. You’re just adding stripes by knitting until each skein of yarn runs out. Genius!

Yarn Suggestion for the Super Easy Baby Blanket:

For both patterns I would suggest superwash wool, or, at bare minimum, a wool/acrylic blend. New parents don’t want to have to hand wash wool; they barely have time to sleep! Obviously Purl Soho has yarn suggestions on their site, but if you’re looking for a less expensive option, I would check out Knit Picks Swish DK Yarn. Buy 7 skeins of different colors of your choice and you’re all set!
Stuck on color combination choice? Check out the many, many photos of this project on Ravelry!

Needle Suggestion for the Super Easy Baby Blanket:

Knit Picks Swish DK Yarn suggests #5 needles for this yarn. Knitter’s Pride is a great needle brand, and you can get them on Amazon Prime! Click the pic below for a price.

Corner to Corner Blanket

For the knitter who resembles my friend from the email above (i.e. a tiny bit more advanced, but still hates to count) I would go with a basic Corner to Corner blanket.
The great thing about a Corner to Corner blanket is you can really pick any yarn you want! Just stop increasing stitches once you’ve reached the width of blanket you desire! The only tricky part is making sure you have enough yarn.

Pattern for a Basic Corner to Corner Blanket:

Make a slip knot. Put it on your knitting needle.

Row 1: Knit into front and back of the slip knot. You now have 2 stitches.

Row 2: Knit 1, knit into front and back of next stitch.  You now have 3 stitches.

Row 3: Knit 1, knit into front and back of next stitch, knit to end of row.

Repeat Row 3 until your desired width for your baby blanket. 20 inches is a good minimum.

Knit one row without an increase. (The knitting into front and back of a stitch is an increase.)

Next Row: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit to end of row.

Repeat until you are down to 1 stitch. Pull your yarn end through that stitch, and you’re done!

You can also add some basic lace to a corner to corner blanket. Check out this website for a pattern with lace.
Or, if lace intimidates you, jazz up your pattern with colorful yarn!

Yarn Suggestions for Corner to Corner Blanket:

Felici Yarn is a self-striping yarn over at Knit Picks. Check out the price and colors of Felici here. For a basic small Corner to Corner Blanket, I would suggest buying at least 3 skeins of Felici Worsted Yarn.
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Needle Suggestion for Felici:

You’ll need size 6 needles for your baby blanket:

For a faster knit, you could use Knit Picks bulky yarn Dapple. For a small basic Corner to Corner Blanket, I would suggest buying at least 4 skeins of Dapple yarn.

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Needle Suggestion for Dapple:

Dapple is super bulky, so you’ll need size 15 needles! Click below to check them out on Amazon.

And if all else fails, make a Star Wars present instead?
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My name is Monica Rodriguez and I can’t stop fidgeting with yarn. I live in Albuquerque, NM with my husband. We belong to two terriers who manage to cuddle us just enough to keep us from revolting.

Let me know what you think!