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Free Knitting Pattern: Mosaic Baby Blanket or Lap Afghan

Updated on July 21, 2016
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This mosaic knitting pattern includes directions for both a baby blanket and an adult-sized lap afghan.
This mosaic knitting pattern includes directions for both a baby blanket and an adult-sized lap afghan. | Source

This baby blanket and lap afghan knitting pattern features an interesting three-color design that looks complicated but is rather simple and easy to follow. The mosaic design is wonderful for blankets because it looks great in both bold colors and muted tones, and is easy to adapt to match any room or nursery décor.

For some ideas about choosing colors for this mosaic design, visit my blog.

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This knitting pattern includes directions for both an adult-sized afghan and smaller baby blanket. Both blankets follow pretty much the same pattern, but I used the mosaic design as stripes across a neutral background on the larger afghan.

Mosaic Blanket Knitting Pattern
Mosaic Blanket Knitting Pattern | Source

Sizes:

Adult-Sized Afghan – 32 inches wide x 54 inches long (but adaptable)

Baby Blanket – 22 inches wide x 30 inches long (also adaptable)

This pattern is best suited for an experienced knitter who is familiar with slipped stitches and knitting with multiple colors at the same time. However, this knitting design is simple and an adventurous beginner should be able to follow the instructions with some patience and maybe just a little help.

Adult-sized Mosaic Lap Afghan
Adult-sized Mosaic Lap Afghan | Source

Mosaic Adult-Sized Afghan (Mosaic Baby Blanket instructions are below)

Materials - I chose to use acrylic yarn for this blanket. I like that it is washable and I don’t need to worry about possible allergy issues that new babies might have with natural or animal fibers.

4 skeins of Red Heart Soft (acrylic worsted weight – background color) in light grey heather (4 oz/212 yds/194 m)

1 skein of Red Heart Super Saver (acrylic heavy worsted weight – Color A) in warm brown (7 oz/364 yds/333 m)

1 skein of Caron Simply Soft (acrylic worsted weight – Color B) in bone/pale yellow ((6 oz/315 yds/288 m)

1 skein of Bernat Super Value (acrylic heavy worsted weight – Color C) in lavender (7 oz/426 yds/389 m)

1 pair of size #7 US circular needles (or the correct needle to get gauge) long enough to hold all your stitches

Tapestry needle to weave in ends

Gauge - Exact gauge is not terribly important, but if your gauge is off, your blanket will be a different size.

22 sts x 24 rows = 4 inches in Stst

Abbreviations Used

CO = cast on

k = knit

p = purl

Stst = stocking stitch

st or sts =stitch or stitches

pm = place marker

sl = slip stitch (all stitches in this pattern are slipped purlwise)

yb = bring yarn to back of work

yf = bring yarn to front of work

RS = right side of work

WS = wrong side of work

** = repeat pattern between first * and last *

BO = bind off

For more help with knitting abbreviations, techniques and video tutorials, visit knittinghelp.com

To Begin – I used the light grey as my background color, and the warm brown (Color A), bone (Color B), and lavender (Color C) as the highlight colors of my mosaic detail. You should decide the order of your mosaic colors before beginning.

You can increase or decrease the background stripes and mosaic bands as you choose. I would recommend that you do some swatching to determine how your changes will affect the overall size of your blanket.

The directions below describe how I made my afghan. I wanted it to be wide enough to cover my body with a few inches to spare on each side, and long enough to reach from my feet to my chest. I can also fold the blanket in half and use it as a cozy lap afghan.

Detail of Mosaic Knitting Pattern
Detail of Mosaic Knitting Pattern | Source

Mosaic Pattern (in multiples of 4 + 3 sts)

Pattern 1 – includes 10 st garter border on each side

R1 (WS): k10, p1, yb, sl 1, yf, *p3, yb, sl 1, yf,* repeat * to * to last 11 sts, then p1, k10.

R2 (RS): k11, sl 1, *k3, sl 1,*, repeat * to * to last 11 sts, k11.

Pattern 2 – includes 10 st garter border on each side

R1 (WS): k10, p3, *yb, sl 1, yf, p3,* repeat * to * to last 10 sts, k10.

R2 (RS): k13, *sl 1, k3,* repeat * to * to last 10 sts, k10.

Color Combination

With your Color A, follow Pattern 1 (2 rows)

Then with your Color B, follow Pattern 2 (2 rows)

Then with your Color C, follow Pattern 1 (2 rows)

Then with your Color A, follow Pattern 2 (2 rows)

Then with your Color B, follow Pattern 1 (2 rows)

Then with your Color C, follow Pattern 2 (2 rows)

Repeat the 12 rows of this Color Combination as described in the instructions.

Helpful Hints:

  • When carrying yarn behind slipped stitches, do not pull the yarn too tight. This will cause your blanket to ripple. Instead, as you carry the yarn, try to maintain the customary width of each stitch. If you are a tight knitter, you may want to go up a needle size for this project.
  • When working with multiple skeins of yarn at one time, it is very helpful to keep them organized and untangled. If your lines of yarn get tangled, straighten them out at the beginning of each new color. This will save you from having a mess later on.

Mosaic Lap Afghan Knitting Pattern
Mosaic Lap Afghan Knitting Pattern | Source

Instructions for Adult Afghan (includes 10 st garter border on each side)

These instructions will create the mosaic stripes I used on my larger blanket. You could also cast on the stitches listed below, but then follow the directions for the baby blanket to create a slightly different design.

CO 155 sts (for 32 inch width) or 183 sts (for 40 inch width) with your background color on your circular needles. Do not join in the round.

Knit 20 rows in garter st, placing a marker after the first 10 sts and before the last 10 sts to mark side border.

Then switch to Stst while maintaining 10 st garter border on each side throughout pattern. Knit in Stst for 7 inches (43 rows) or to desired length. End with a RS row.

On next WS row, with your Color A, start Color Combination (remember to continue 10 sts garter border on each side). Repeat 12 row Color Combination for a total of 5 times (60 rows) or as desired. Then do Pattern 1 with your Color A one more time to end with the color you began the combination. End with a RS row.

As you start your Color Combination, work a few rows before cutting the end of your background color, then weave your end in. Likewise, after you’ve worked a few repeats, weave in the beginning ends of your mosaic colors, rather than wait until you’ve finished your blanket. This will keep your borders clean and your edge stitches from becoming loose.

Bring your working yarn out and around the other colors to create a twist of the yarn up the edge of your blanket.
Bring your working yarn out and around the other colors to create a twist of the yarn up the edge of your blanket. | Source
Close-up of yarn colors twisting up the side of the blanket edge.
Close-up of yarn colors twisting up the side of the blanket edge. | Source

As you switch colors through the Color Combination, do not cut your yarn at the end of each 2 row pattern. Instead, carry your yarn up the side of your work through the entire mosaic area. As you start each WS in the pattern, take your working yarn out and around the colors you are not using, and then start your knit stitches for the garter border. This will create a twist up the edge of the blanket. (See photos to the right.) If you do not like the look of this twist carrying up the side, I have directions on how to bring it to the back of your afghan, under “Finishing Your Blanket”.

To continue your blanket, rejoin your background color and follow Pattern 2 once more (for 2 rows). End with a RS row.

Then on the next WS row, start Stst section again with a purl row. Remember to maintain your garter st borders on each side throughout the pattern.

Knit in Stst for 40 rows total or to desired length. End with a RS row.

Change to Color A again and begin the Color Combination for a total of 7 repeats (84 rows - I made my middle mosaic band wider than the top and bottom stripes).

Then complete Pattern 1 with Color A one more time so you start and end your band with Color A. End with a RS row.

Rejoin your background color and follow Pattern 2 for 2 rows, ending with a RS row.

Start 40 rows of Stst (or desired amount) on the next WS row with a purl row. End background stripe on a RS row.

On next WS row, start Color Combination once more with your Color A. Be sure to continue your garter st borders on each side. Repeat Color Combination for a total of 5 times (60 rows) or to desired length. When repeats are finished, do one more repeat of Pattern 1 with your Color A (2 rows). End on the RS.

Rejoin your background color and do one more repeat of Pattern 2 (2 rows). End on the RS.

Knit 40 rows in Stst starting on the WS with a purl row. Keep with your garter borders on the side.

Then switch to 19 rows in garter st across the width of your blanket to create your top border. Bind off and weave in any ends you have left.

The clean front edge created by tacking the twisting yarn to the back of the blanket.
The clean front edge created by tacking the twisting yarn to the back of the blanket. | Source
The twisted yarn sewn to the backside of the blanket..
The twisted yarn sewn to the backside of the blanket.. | Source

Finishing Your Blanket

I didn’t bother to block my blanket since it was made with acrylic yarn. But if your have any curling, I would suggest a light blocking, perhaps just around the borders.

If you don’t like the cable of twisting yarn running up one edge of your blanket, you can tuck it behind to the back side of your blanket and tack it in place with some sewing stitches. Using a sewing needle and thread that matches your blanket, roll the twisting yarn to the back side of your afghan. Sew through the twisting yarn, back and forth, tacking it to the backside of your blanket with each stitch. As you work, keep checking the front side of your blanket to be sure you are creating a clean edge. Continue sewing up the line of your twisted yarn, attaching it to the back of your blanket as you go.

Mosaic Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern
Mosaic Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern | Source

Mosaic Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern

Materials - I was able to make both the larger adult afghan and my baby blanket using just 1 skein of the bone yellow and the lavender yarn. I’ve repeated the information below, but I only used about a half of each skein on each blanket.

1 skein of Red Heart Super Saver (acrylic heavy worsted weight) in pale plum (7 oz/364 yds/333 m). I used this yarn as both my background color and my Color C.

1 skein of Bernat Super Value (acrylic heavy worsted weight – Color A) in lavender (7 oz/426 yds/389 m)

1 skein of Caron Simply Soft (acrylic worsted weight – Color B) in bone/pale yellow ((6 oz/315 yds/288m)

1 pair of size #7 US circular needles (or the correct needle to get gauge) long enough to hold all your stitches

Tapestry needle to weave in ends

Gauge - Exact gauge is not terribly important, but if your gauge is off, your blanket will be a different size.

22 sts x 24 rows = 4 inches in Stst

Please refer to the pattern abbreviations listed under the adult afghan.

To Begin – I used the pale plum as both my background color and my Color C, with the lavender (Color A), bone (Color B), as the other highlight colors of my mosaic detail. You could also use a new color as your background color, as I did with my larger afghan.

Mosaic Pattern (in multiples of 4 + 3 sts)

Pattern 1 – includes 5 st garter border on each side

R1 (WS): k5, p1, yb, sl 1, yf, *p3, yb, sl 1, yf,* repeat * to * to last 6 sts, then p1, k5.

R2 (RS): k6, sl 1, *k3, sl 1,*, repeat * to * to last 6 sts, k6.

Pattern 2 – includes 5 st garter border on each side

R1 (WS): k5, p3, *yb, sl 1, yf, p3,* repeat * to * to last 5 sts, k5.

R2 (RS): k8, *sl 1, k3,* repeat * to * to last 5 sts, k5.

Color Combination

With your Color A, follow Pattern 1 (2 rows)

Then with your Color B, follow Pattern 2 (2 rows)

Then with your Color C, follow Pattern 1 (2 rows)

Then with your Color A, follow Pattern 2 (2 rows)

Then with your Color B, follow Pattern 1 (2 rows)

Then with your Color C, follow Pattern 2 (2 rows)

Repeat the 12 rows of this Color Combination as described in the instructions.

Color Combination and Design Detail for Mosaic Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern
Color Combination and Design Detail for Mosaic Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern | Source

Instructions for Mosaic Baby Blanket (includes 5 st garter border on each side)

CO 101 sts with your background color. Work 9 rows in garter st to create bottom border. Place marker after first 5 sts and before last 5 sts. This will mark the 5 st garter border running up each side.

Switch to Stst for 9 rows, beginning and ending with a RS row. Be sure to continue the 5 st garter border on each side of your blanket.

Then begin Color Combination pattern listed above. Repeat the 12 row Color Combination for 15 times total (180 rows) or to desired length. Then do Pattern 1 with your Color A one more time (2 rows) to end with the color you began the combination. End with a RS row.

As you switch colors through the Color Combination, do not cut your yarn at the end of each 2 row pattern. Instead carry your yarn up the side of your work through the entire mosaic area. As you start each WS in the pattern, take your working yarn out and around the colors you are not using, and then start your knit stitches for the garter border. This will create a twist up the edge of the blanket. (See photos included with the adult afghan pattern above) If you do not like the look of this twist carrying up the side, there are directions on how to bring it to the back of your afghan under “Finishing Your Blanket” in the adult afghan pattern.

To continue your blanket, rejoin your background color and follow Pattern 2 once more (2 rows). End on a RS row.

With your background color, knit 8 more rows in Stst, starting with a WS purl row and ending with a RS knit row. Remember to maintain your garter st borders on each side throughout the pattern.

Then switch to 8 rows of garter st, starting on the WS with a knit row, to create your top border. After your border is complete, bind off and weave in any loose ends that you have.

Blocking

I did block my baby blanket to stop some curling I had around the border. However, I left the line of twisting yarn running up the side edge. If you would prefer to hide this, I have directions for sewing it to the back of the blanket under “Finishing Your Blanket” in the adult afghan instructions above.

These patterns are copyrighted (©) 2015, 2016 Donna Herron. No part of these patterns may be copied or reproduced in any way without permission from the author/designer. For personal use only. These patterns and materials made from these patterns are not meant for commercial sale.

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      poetryman6969 23 months ago

      Love the beautiful results and patterns.

      Way too much work, attention to detail and nimbleness of fingers for me but I do like the result.

      Voted up.

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      RTalloni 23 months ago from the short journey

      Ohhh. These are beautiful examples of your work. The color blends are gorgeous and could be used throughout the seasons. Knitting is on my bucket list…

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      whiteflowerneedle 23 months ago

      Hi Donna, The pattern is so beautiful and I love the color combination too. Thanks for sharing.

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      Donna Herron 23 months ago from USA

      Hi Poetryman - Thanks so much! Knitting really isn't hard, it's just a matter of learning the techniques and following the pattern. Hopefully someday you'll give it a try :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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      Donna Herron 23 months ago from USA

      Hi RTalloni - I think you need to move knitting up on your bucket list. I think you would really enjoy it. And you could teach your grandchildren :) Thanks, as always, for your comments and support!

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      Donna Herron 23 months ago from USA

      Hi whiteflowerneedle - So glad you like this pattern. I'm really happy with how the colors worked together. Thanks so much for your comments!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 23 months ago from New Delhi, India

      This is so beautiful!

      I loved the color combination--very soothing! I love knitting especially for babies. This is on my To--Do list.

      Thanks for sharing, voted up and pinned!

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      Donna Herron 23 months ago from USA

      Hi ChitrangadaSharan! Thank you! This pattern is a great way to use a number of colors that you really love to create a blanket that you can use every day. I'm really happy with how my blankets turned out. Thanks so much for your comments, pin, and vote up!

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      blessedmomto7 22 months ago

      Beautiful! Thanks for the free pattern!

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      Donna Herron 22 months ago from USA

      You're very welcome! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 22 months ago

      I love the subtle tones you use here. I just wish I could do the fancier stitches. So beautiful. My brother and his wife recently had a baby so I would love to make something like this for them. Another terrific hub. I just love your projects.

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      Donna Herron 22 months ago from USA

      Hi Glimmer Twin Fan - This pattern is quite easy. The slipped stitches are exactly what they're called - you simply slip the stitch from your left hand needle to your right needle. It's easy but can make a really interesting and beautiful pattern. You should give it a try :) Thanks so much for your comments and pin! I'm sure you'll make/find a lovely gift for your brother and sister-in-law.

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      Sabrina 21 months ago

      Hiya,

      I was just wondering would you need more yarn, if you chose to do the 40 inch width?

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      Donna Herron 21 months ago from USA

      Hi Sabrina - Yes, if you make either blanket larger in any dimension, you will need more yarn, though it is hard to estimate how much. The knitting rule of thumb is to always buy one more skein or ball of yarn that a pattern requires. I hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Laura Kimmel 18 months ago

      I am making a baby blanket using your mosaic pattern and absolutely love it. Even my husband says it is very nice. My only complaint is about myself, I didn't look carefully enough at the sizing and wish I would have made a bit bigger but as I am in it about 20"; that will have to do :-) I also spin wool and want to use some of my skeins for an afgan using this stitch. Thank you for sharing!

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      Donna Herron 18 months ago from USA

      Sounds wonderful, Laura! So glad you like your blanket. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your comments!

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