Published on July 22nd, 2016 | by Leanne Beale


The best modern baby blanket knitting patterns for all levels

There’s something very special about creating something for a newborn baby and baby blankets are a timeless gift you can  knit again and again. Leanne Beale from knitting blog, This Little Space of Mine, shares her top baby blanket patterns from our independent designers – some even using yarns in the sale!

I love making blankets and clothing for babies, there’s something magical about creating something for a newborn. I feel an incredible urge to make sure it’s just perfect for the little one who will be enjoying it. I remember the blanket I had when I was little, so creating something timeless that will last is always my top priority. Let’s also not forget that with any baby make, it’s important to use the right pattern and suitable yarn, something warm they won’t overheat in, something washable(!) and something they won’t get tangled in. The time of year and weather conditions also play a part in how much usage the blanket will get.

Having recently made a version of Attic 24’s cosy stripe blanket for my friend’s baby boy, I’ve chosen five more patterns that would be great fun to make. I’ve included a range of yarn types and skill level, so there’s something for everyone. All that’s left to do is decide which one to make first!

1. Lace and Diamond Heirloom Blanket


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Designed by OGE Knitwear Designs, this is a classic baby blanket pattern; the softness of the cream against the lace detailing creates something quite traditional and beautiful. There’s also a matching jacket included – the two together would make a wonderful gift. The pattern is suitable for an intermediate knitter, so ideal if you’re moving away from your beginner phase and looking for a new knitting challenge. It is made in the lovely MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino.

2. Fluffy White Clouds Blanket


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Moving away from traditional to something bright, this eye-catching blanket was designed by Vikki Bird. I’m not sure it gets much more adorable than fluffy white clouds! Another intermediate level pattern, this blanket is primarily knitted in stocking stitch with the clouds then incorporated using the intarsia technique. It’s made in West Yorkshire Spinners Bluefaced Leicester Aran.

3. Four Bunnies Blanket

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Who doesn’t love a cute bunny rabbit? Made with Rowan Merino DK and designed by Suzanne Stachan, this blanket will be a lot of fun to make with an end result to be proud of. If you’re an advanced knitter you could always embroider the tails with a contrasting colour too! It is made with Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK.

4. Playful Stripes Blanket


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If you’re new to knitting, this blanket is ideal — perfect for beginners who want to practice their garter and stocking stitch. I especially like the cream, orange, blue and yellow combination in the Berroco Weekend Worsted yarn – but this yarn comes in a huge range of shades so you can really go to town.

5. Blue Ivy Blanket


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If you’re looking for something with a variety of stitches that is still ideal for a beginner, look no further. The Blue Ivy Blanket includes various straightforward techniques that, combined, create a really pretty piece. While the pattern pictured shows a variety of bright colours, this could be easily made in more neutral or muted shades in the lovely Cascade 220 Superwash Sport.

Any favourites that jump out at you? I’m tempted to be brave and have a go at the Fluffy White Clouds blanket!

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About the Author

Leanne blogs over at This Little Space of Mine, sharing creative inspirations, makes and a bit of lifestyle thrown in for good measure. Having been a knitter for many years, Leanne turned her hand to crochet last year making ponies for her nieces. Aside from crafts, Leanne works in marketing, loves cat and runs a sticker shop! See her blog:

Last updated: July 22nd, 2016.

13 Responses to The best modern baby blanket knitting patterns for all levels

  1. Vikki Bird says:

    I mght be biased, but you should definitely try Fluffy White Clouds. It’s not that tricky, but I would definitely recommend buying some yarn bobbins before you start; they’ll stop you getting in a tangle!

  2. kirsti says:

    where can I find the pattern for the Banksy pillow in the top picture?

  3. Jan Clark says:

    Where can we find the blanket in the background? It’s also very pretty. Too bad folks in the U.S. Can’t get these patts.

  4. Nancy Hill says:

    I love your site.

  5. Patricia says:

    Have you got the pattern for nelson the lion?

  6. Francie Lintott says:

    Love your site, please can I subscribe?

  7. diana ensor says:

    do you have a knitting pattern for mermaid blankets -with the fins

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