Easy Baby Blankets to Knit

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    Garter Stitch Baby Blankets

    When it comes to easy patterns to knit, Garter Stitch is often the first thing people think of. Garter Stitch is usually the first stitch you learn when learning how to knit, and it's possible to make pretty projects with it before you even learn how to purl.

    If you're looking for easy baby blankets to knit, Garter Stitch is a good place to start. My Garter Stitch Baby Blanket involves two colors and is worked with two strands of yarn throughout, making a super warm and squishy blanket...MORE that's also pretty fast to knit.

    In the same vein is the Super Easy Baby Blanket (and its variations, the new version and the crib blanket version) from Purl Soho. All of these use stripes to make them a little more interesting to knit and to use, but you could always make a solid color one if you'd rather, or use a multicolored yarn.

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  • 02 of 05

    Ribbed Baby Blankets

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    A step up from Garter Stitch for easy baby blankets would be using a stitch pattern that includes knits and purls. Ribbing is a common form of this sort of pattern, but you don't have to just use it for the edging. It can be really effective as an allover pattern.

    My Triple Rib Baby Blanket is super simple but looks great and is still one of my favorites.

    Other rib-based knitting patterns you should check out include the Garter Rib Blanket from Orange Flower Yarn and the Broken Rib Blanket by...MORE Bonnie Evans.

    I also have a Harris Tweed Rib Baby Blanket that is worked in two colors and does not look like a traditional rib pattern because there are solid rows of knitting and purling. But as long as you can keep track of which row you are on it's not difficult at all. 

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  • 03 of 05

    Slip Stitch Patterns

    Slip Stitch Baby Blanket
    The Slip Stitch Baby Blanket, folded. © Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Slip stitch knitting is so much fun, and it's an easy way to give your projects a little more color and/or texture without a lot of work. Many slip stitch patterns involve the use of two colors, but only one color is used on any row, so it's not that difficult to master.

    There are also projects like my Slip Stitch Baby Blanket, which uses a single yarn (though it is multicolored) and stitches slipped with the yarn in front so that you get the texture and color of the yarn floats as part...MORE of the design.

    The Addictive Baby Blanket by Renee M is another project that uses a solid color and slip stitches that show on the front of the work, giving an almost cabled effect.

    When you're ready to delve into two-color slip stitch knitting, try the Mirbeau Slip Stitch Baby Blanket by Brenda Lewis, Ann Aschenbrenner's New Life Baby Blanket (which uses Brick Stitch) or the Woven Slip Stitch Blanket from Peg Baker.

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  • 04 of 05

    Eyelet Blanket Patterns

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    I'm not a huge fan of a lot of eyelets or lace in baby knitting patterns because it's so easy for little ones to get tiny fingers and toes stuck in the holes. I did make an exception in my baby book for the Grandmother's Favorite blanket, inspired by the famous washcloth pattern of the same name in which yarn overs are used to create the edging of a blanket worked from one corner out and back again.

    You'll find the same idea in the Gleeful Tweed Baby Blanket from Lion Brand Yarn.

    Th...MOREe Oh So Soft Baby Blanket by Jennifer Jackson is another cute choice that only has eyelets in some of the panels. And the Sweet Dream Baby Blanket from Paris Knit is another pretty project that only uses eyelets every few rows as well.

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  • 05 of 05

    Other Stitch Patterns to Try

    Sampler Baby Blanket
    The full Sampler Baby Blanket. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Any project that uses an allover stitch pattern or is worked in panels is going to be great for newer knitters because you don't have to concentrate as much if the pattern repeats.

    My sampler baby blanket is a great choice for learning a variety of stitch patterns; then just sew the blocks together to make a great blanket.

    Or try and easy pattern like the Easy Baby Blanket form Ing-credible Threads Designs, which alternates Stockinette and Reverse Stockinette with a Seed Stitch border; the Roun...MOREd or Pinwheel Baby Blanket by Genia Planck; or the Chevron Blanket from Escape Tricot.

    Or take a stitch pattern you like, figure out how many stitches you need for the size blanket you want, determine your stitch repeat for your pattern and cast on.