Sunshine Blanket and Hat Baby Set


Sunshine Blanket and Hat Baby Set

When you don't know the sex of the baby that's on the way, you could test your luck and knit something in blue or pink, or you could play it safe and knit a bright yellow Sunshine Blanket and Hat Baby Set. A wonderful color for any nursery, yellow carries with it no gender role expectations or assumptions, and instead just brings some bright sunlight into baby's first room. Even those just beginning knitting can manage these free knitting patterns, so mommies, this is the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill while you're taking it easy during your pregnancy.


Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm, 9 or 5.5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch


  • RED HEART® Soft Baby Steps® - 4 balls 9200 Baby Yellow
  • Susan Bates® Circular Knitting Needles: 5.5mm [US 9] 29” long.
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 5.0mm [US 8]
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch markers



Blanket measures: 36” wide x 36” long [91 cm x 91 cm].

Directions for hat are for 6-9 months.

Change for size 12-16 months is in parentheses.

Finished circumference: 17” (18”) [43 cm (46 cm)]



cm = centimeters

k = knit

k2tog = knit 2 sts together

mm = millimeters

p = purl

RS = right side

st (s) = stitch(es)

yo = yarn over

* = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated

WS = wrong side



Baby Blocks Blanket: 16 sts = 4” [10 cm] and 20 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Block pattern.

Hat: 18 sts = 4” [10 cm] and 30 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Garter stitch.

CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needle to obtain the gauge.


Special Abbreviations:

K2tog = Knit 2 stitches together. Insert the right needle into two stitches at the same time and knit. This will result in a decrease of one stitch. This decrease will slant to the right.

YO = Yarn over needle.



K2, P2 Rib = Knit 2 sts, Purl 2 sts. On following rows, knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts.

Garter Stitch = Knit every row.

Seed Stitch = Knit 1 st, purl 1 st for given number of sts. On following rows, knit the purl sts and purl the knit sts.


Block Pattern:

(over 16+8 sts)

Row 1 (Right Side): *K8, P8* across row, end K8.

Row 2 (Wrong Side): *P8, K8* across row, end P8.

Rows 3-10: Repeat Rows 1-2.

Row 11 (Right Side): *P8, K8* across row, end P8.

Row 12 (Wrong Side): *K8, P8* across row, end K8.

Rows 13-20: Repeats Rows 11-12.

Repeat Rows 1-20 for Block Pattern.



Blanket is worked back and forth on circular needles to accommodate the large number of stitches. Do not join.


Tips & hints:

Join a new ball of yarn when there is approximately 6” [15 cm] of yarn left from the old ball. Weave these ends in neatly on the wrong side of the fabric in a zig-zag pattern for a few inches, then trim off excess.





Using 5.5 [US 9] circular needles, cast on 134 sts.

Rows 1-10: Work in Seed st.

Next Row (Right Side): Work first 7 sts in Seed St for border, place marker, work Row 1 of Block Pattern over next 120 sts, place marker, work last 7 sts in Seed st for opposite border pattern.


Note: Continue to work 7 sts in Seed st on first and last 7 stitches on every row to establish border pattern and work Block Pattern inside stitch markers.


Rows 11-20: Continue in Block Pattern Rows 2-10.

Rows 21-30: Continue in Block Pattern Rows 11-20.

Continue alternating 10 rows Block Pattern for a total of 16 blocks.

Next Rows: Work 10 Rows in Seed st. removing all stitch markers.

Bind off all sts loosely.



Weave in ends.



First set of numbers is for size 6-9 months, larger size is in parenthesis. Hat is worked back and forth in rows and seamed closed in back.



Using 5.0mm [US 8] needles, cast on 72 (80) sts.

Rows 1-6: *K2, P2* to end of row.

Rows 7-24 (7-30): Knit every row.


Hat will measure 4½” [11 cm] (5)” [13 cm] from cast on edge.

Begin crown decrease as follows:


Row 1 (Right Side): *K6, k2tog* — 63 (70) sts

Row 2 (Wrong Side): Knit across row.

Row 3: *K5, k2tog* — 54 (60) sts

Row 4: Knit across row.

Row 5: *K4, k2tog* — 45 (50) sts

Row 6: Knit across row.

Row 7: *K3, k2tog* — 36 (40) sts

Row 8: Knit across row.

Row 9: *K2, k2tog) — 27 (30) sts

Row 10: Knit across row.

Row 11: *K1, k2tog* — 18 (20) sts

Row 12: Knit across row.

Row 13: *K2tog* — 9 (10) sts.

Cut yarn, leaving a 12” [30 cm] tail. Using yarn needle, thread yarn through needle and draw through remaining sts twice, draw up firmly and fasten securely. With right sides facing, align back seam and sew seam closed.



Weave in ends, block lightly to shape.

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This looks so cute and reminds me of the basket weave stitch in crocheting. And after reading the directions I see it maybe easier to do. I love the look and this color is perfect if you don't know the sex of the baby you are making it for. Thank you for sharing.

This outfit does look like sunshine. A nice pattern, not hard to do and will work up quickly. And a nice matching hat. I am sure the little one will love the bright color as well. Sure it does not have to be done in this color but I think a nice bright color like this would be in order. Thank you.

Easy pattern, well written,makes a perfect gift

Darling little model, blanket, and hat. The Sunshine set would be a very special gift to new parents. It could turn into a keepsake and how special would that be for the knitter? Easy pattern that you can print is a win win. What if you did it in two different colors? It would be adorable and very eye catching.


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