Knifty Knitter Baby Blanket Instructions
Free Knifty Knitter Baby Blanket Pattern
This baby blanket was knitted on the Knifty Knitter blue, long loom. It measures 3 x 3 feet. Deborah Norville Everyday Soft yarn makes this blanket unbelievably cozy. You don't have to be a baby to enjoy the softness. The colors used here are "baby pink" and "baby green," but the blanket would be just as cute done in hues of blue, yellow or purple. This is a very easy pattern suitable for knitters of any skill level.
Knifty Knitter Baby Blanket Instructions
See videos below for additional details.
- Holding two yarns as if they are one, tie a slipknot and secure it to the anchor peg on the side of the 22" long blue Knifty Knitter loom.
- Cast on using the figure 8 wrap.
- Wrap with the fashion stitch and knit 75 rows.
- Change the yarn color.
- Knit 75 more rows using the fashion stitch wrap.
- Crochet cast off. You have finished your 1st of 2 panels.
- Repeat steps 1 through 6 to complete a second panel.
Eight Wrap Only Once to Cast On
Use the Fashion Stitch to Knit the Length of the Blanket
Joining Knifty Knitter Panels Video
Sewing the Blanket Panels Together
- Place the panels of knit side by side. Flip panel 2, so the bottom is upright, to form a checkerboard pattern. (Enlarge the image to the right.)
- Sew the panels together by sewing through the posts, so the seam is invisible. (Video instructions on the right.)
- Pull the ribbon through a yarn needle and whip stitch around the edges of the blanket.
Cast Off: Taking the Blanket of the Loom
Knifty Knitter Baby BlanketClick thumbnail to view full-size
More about the Baby Blanket Instructions
I designed this blanket for my granddaughter who will soon be celebrating her first birthday. I wanted something super soft, so I chose the yarn with that in mind. Her mom requested pink and green colors. It is by sheer coincidence that I finished the blanket just as spring nears. Inspired by the spring-like colors, I chose flowered ribbon to wrap the edges and pull the colors together.
Narrative of the Basic Blanket Instructions
- The blanket is made by casting on (wrapping the first row) with the 8 wrap. It's knitted using the fashion stitch.
- The fashion stitch is one of my favorite because it's so quick and easy to do. Because the stitch is quick, the time invested in your blanket will be minimal, but it still yields knit every bit as beautiful as other loom knitting stitches. Also, it's a double knit stitch which is nice and thick for a blanket.
- When it's time to cast off, use the crochet cast off. It's a simple crochet cast off with no added chain stitches.
- To sew knit blanket panels together, always use the mattress stitch. This is important because it hides the seam. To do this fish around on the side of the knit with your needle. You will find a post just behind where the yarn crosses at the bottom of the stitch. In this case, you will have two yarns in the post, because you are knitting with two yarns as one. Done correctly, the mattress stitch is virtually invisible. If you have trouble see the video above.
- I placed close-up photos of the ribbon edging, so you can see the placement of the whip stitches. There is no right or wrong way to do this. Find where you like the ribbon placement and repeated it. For example, if you begin by inserting the needle in the 3rd row up from the bottom, continue to sew through the third row along the top and bottom of the blanket. I sewed up through the second row on the sides of the blanket. I sewed through the third row up along the bottom and top.
How Much Yarn Will You Need?
- Two skeins of this yarn is just enough to knit 75 rows before changing colors. So if you begin with two skeins of pink yarn, you will just about have it used up when your 75 rows are knitted and it's time to change the color to green.
- Each time you use a color to knit a block, you use 2 skeins and each color has 2 blocks, so you'll need 4 skeins of each yarn color to complete the blanket.
Enlarging this Baby Blanket Pattern
- If you want a larger blanket, you could easily increase the size while still keeping with the checkerboard pattern. Each 75 rows in a panel adds 1.5 feet in length.
- You could make a blanket 4.5 feet long by knitting 3 colors in each panel, with 75 rows for each color. For example, if you started with pink, you would knit 75 rows pink, 75 rows green, 75 rows pink again.
- Sewing a third panel to the side of the blanket adds 1.5 feet to the width, so I would knit 3 panels. Be sure panel 2 begins and ends with the color green, rather than pink.