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Baby's Favorite Knit Blanket

One of the most timeless knit baby blanket patterns you'll come across, Baby's Favorite Knit Blanket is a classic piece you're sure to treasure long after your little one has outgrown it. Free knitting patterns for babies are always a joy to make, but there is something particularly special about creating something that will be a significant part of your little one's first few years. After all, who doesn't have a favorite blankie when they're little? This adorable blue and white checked blanket makes a charming addition to any nursery. We love the soft shades of blue and white, but any other pastel shades would make a lovely blanket for baby.


Knitting Needle Size7 or 4.5 mm, 8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

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


  • Bernat Softee Baby (140 g/5 oz); Main Color (MC) (Blue) 3 balls; Contrast A (White) 2 balls
  • Sizes 4.5 mm (U.S. 7) and 5 mm (U.S. 8) circular knitting needles 36 ins [90 cm] long or size needed to obtain gauge.


20 sts and 23 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] with larger needle in pat.


Approx 38 x 43 ins [96.5 x 109 cm].


MK = P2tog without slipping sts off needle, then K2tog over same sts.



With MC and smaller needle, cast on 181 sts. Do not join.
Working back and forth across needle, proceed as follows:
Knit 5 rows (garter st), noting that first row is WS.
Change to larger needle and proceed in pat as follows:
1st row:(RS). With A, knit.
2nd row:P1. (MK) 90 times.
3rd row:With MC, knit.
4th row:(MK) 90 times. P1.
These 4 rows form pat.
Cont in pat until work from beg measures approx 42 ins [106.5 cm], ending on a 2nd row of pat.
With MC and smaller needle, knit 5 rows. Cast off knitwise (WS).
Side Edging:With MC and smaller needle and with RS of work facing, pick up and knit 209 sts evenly along one side edge. Knit 4 rows. Cast off knitwise (WS). Rep on opposite side.

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Great video tutorial, but wondering what the stitch count is if I want to knit a larger or smaller blanket.

The stitch count is 2 1, so to make it smaller or larger add or subtract in groups of 2 stitches since the 1 will always be consistent no matter how many you add or subtract.

The plus sign is not showing between the 2 and the 1, stitch count is 2 plus 1.

For those of you who are a bit confused about this stitch, MK is called a knot stitch or the make knot stitch. I searched and found several youtube videos that show how to make this stitch. I like to watch stitch videos with yarn and needles in hand when learning a new stitch so I can repeat the instructions as I see them. This makes a very pretty and soft baby blanket. Happy knitting.

Thank you for responding...and yes I tried it and it works! I like this stitch.

Baby's Favorite Knit Blanket I'm having trouble with MK instruction. Doesn't this create a decrease? So where is the increase to maintain stitch count?

Hi there, jnzbnz! Actually, MK isn't a decrease. Yes, you purl 2 together, but before you slip the stitch off of the needle, you knit the same two stitches together. You wrapped the yarn around twice, and therefore you get 2 stitches out of 1 MK. Try practicing it a bit on scrap yarn before tackling the blanket, that might help you get the hang of it! Happy knitting! -The Editors of AllFreeKnitting

So, am I understanding that I purl 2 then I knit the same 2 sts that I just pulled?

You will be knitting the 2 stitches together, since they have not be removed from the left hand needle, it might be easier to think of it as a KFB with 2 stitches, that's how I did it and worked out well. I know this is late, hope it helps someone, happy knitting.


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