Christmas Blanket Knitting Pattern (Free + Festive!)


In this post, you will see a Christmas blanket knitting pattern.

The blanket is really huge and squishy, perfect for snuggling over Christmas.

Knit with a soft alpaca wool blend, this really is a classic blanket for the festive season that you will want to make!

Scroll down to view the free pattern or purchase the ad-free PDF pattern in my shop here.

Christmas Blanket Knitting Pattern (Free + Festive!)

Christmas Throw Blanket

This super chunky knit blanket is really cuddly and squishy, perfect for cuddling up on those cold afternoons.

The throw is large enough to lounge around, watching Christmas movies on the sofa.

It would also make a lovely soft pet blanket that your fur baby will enjoy cozy on.

Christmas throw blanket
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Fair Isle Explained

The blanket is knit using two colors, which is known as fair Isle knitting, which is also known more accurately as stranded knitting.

This is a technique for working two (or more) yarn colors in the same row.

The color changes in Fair Isle are close together, as this allows you to carry the yarn you aren’t knitting with across the back of the piece as you go.

You will pick up each strand as needed, leaving a strand of yarn inside the work.

quick knit blanket

The Terms You Need To Know

Fair Isle knitting is pretty easy to do and, in this case, makes a nice warm knitted blanket because all those strands of yarn add extra bulk and warmth.

Stranded knitting is often worked in the round, but of course, you can do this easily by knitting flat.

Christmas blanket

This Is A Quick Knit Blanket

The cosy Christmas blanket is easy to make with advanced beginner knitters in mind.

Using knit and purl stitches, you will create the stockinette stitch.

It uses big needles and super bulky yarn to create a blanket that’s quicker than most.

Christmas blanket with pom poms

The Needles

  • I used 25 mm needles (US 50) circular knitting needles for this pattern.
  • You will knit back and forth on the circular knitting needle – you are not knitting in the round.
  • They are huge needles and easy to work with.
  • Fantastic for making throw blankets and scarves.
knitting a blanket on super sized knitting needles

The Yarn

  • I used Yarn Art Alpine Alpaca in the colors red (434) and cream (433) for the blanket.
  • This yarn is an alpaca/wool/acrylic blend and is very soft to the touch.
  • This yarn is super bulky/super chunky/14-ply, and I knit with two strands together for the blanket.
  • If you use jumbo-weight yarn, you should only knit with a single strand.

Yarn Substitutes

You can substitute this yarn with any yarn that is super bulky/super chunky/14-ply.

You can find a full list of yarn substitutes here.

Here are some examples:

  • Lion Brand – Wool-Ease Thick and Quick.
  • Novita – Folk
  • Stylecraft – Swift Knit
  • Grundl – Alaska
  • Big Twist Yarns – Natural Blend
  • Buttercream – Luxe Craft Alpaca Solid
  • Mary Maxim – Starlette Chunky
  • Yarn Bee – Effortless Super Bulky
  • Lion Brand – Hometown USA
  • Patons (Australia) – Super Quick
  • Bergere De France – Recyclaine
chunky knit blanket

More Blanket Patterns

This blanket pattern is great for any advanced beginners who are learning how to knit fair isle.

For more free blanket patterns, please take a look below and add them to your knit-list:

Blanket ladder

Christmas Blanket Pattern

Get the inexpensive ad-free, printable PDF pattern HERE.


Skill Level – Easy (advanced beginner knitting pattern)

This beautiful free knitting pattern is the perfect way to create something for the holiday season.

Use it as a throw, a Christmas tree skirt, a lap blanket, or a Christmas gift.

You can also add this blanket to a family room, as it will definitely be a warm favourite to snuggle up in while watching Christmas movies.


10 x 10 cm /4 x 4 inches = 4 sts and 6 rows

Size of your blanket

Length = 70 inches / 178 cm

Width = 66 inches / 168 cm

Copyright Info

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  • You may sell items produced using this pattern.
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Christmas tree red skirt
A festive Christmas tree skirt

The Supplies You Need


Super Bulky/Super Chunky/14 Ply (Yarn Weight Guide (+ Conversion Chart))

Yarn Art Alpine Alpaca (150g/5,28oz/120m/131,23 yds) in the following colors:

Substitute yarn suggestion: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick

For more yarn substitutes, please see the info further up in this post.

If you use jumbo-weight yarn, then you should knit with a single strand only.


You will work back and forth on the needles to make the blanket you will not join in the round.

The circular needles help to take the weight of the blanket.


Christmas throws


  • CC – Coordinating Colour
  • CO – Cast on
  • Cont – Continue
  • K – Knit
  • MC – Main Colour
  • P – Purl
  • Rep – Repeat
  • RS – Right side
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • WS – Wrong side

Pattern Instructions

  • Yarn A (MC) – Red
  • Yarn B (CC) – White

With two strands held together – In Yarn A Cast on 62 sts (do not join in the round)

Rows 1-3: Knit to the end of the row.

Row 4: K2, Purl to the last 2 sts, K2.

Row 5: (RS) *K2 Yarn A, (join in Yarn B) K1 Yarn B* rep from * to * to the end of the row.

*Please note – You will have to work with two balls of Yarn A at each end of the work – this will make it easier when you are knitting that color across each row.

Alternatively, you may have to cut Yarn A after row 5 and then re-join every time it is needed.

This creates lots of ends to sew in when finished.*

Row 6: (WS) In Yarn A – K2, P to last 2 sts, K2.

Row 7: (RS) In Yarn A – Knit all stitches to the end of the row.

Row 8: (WS) In Yarn A – K2, P to last 2 sts, K2.

Rows 5 to 8 form the pattern, cont to work those 4 rows until your blanket measures = 64 inches

Or as long as you want it to be.

When you have your blanket to your required length, K3 rows in Yarn A.

Cast off in Yarn A.

Weave in all loose ends on the wrong side of the work (the back side of the blanket).

*You may want to add pom poms to the corners or tassels to give your joyous blanket extra flair!*

I added one large pom-pom in Yarn B to each corner of the blanket.

sewing the pom to the blanket

What Is The Easiest Stitch To Knit A Blanket?

For beginners, the garter stitch is often considered one of the easiest and most straightforward stitches to knit a blanket.

Here’s why:

Garter Stitch:

  • Simple: The garter stitch involves knitting every row, so you don’t need to worry about switching between knit and purl stitches.
  • No Curling: Garter stitch doesn’t curl at the edges like some other stitches, providing a flat and stable fabric for a blanket.
  • Textured Look: It creates a textured pattern with ridges on both sides, giving the blanket an interesting appearance.

To knit a garter stitch blanket:

  1. Cast On: Start by casting on the desired number of stitches for the width of your blanket.
  2. Knit Every Row: Simply knit every stitch in every row until your blanket reaches the desired length.
  3. Bind Off: Once you’ve reached the desired length, bind off your stitches to finish the blanket.

The garter stitch is a great choice for beginners due to its simplicity, and it can create a cozy and attractive blanket with its textured design.

As you become more confident with knitting, you might explore other stitch patterns to add variety to your blankets!

Related post – How To Knit A Blanket (Free + Easy For Beginners)

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  1. hi louise thanks to you i have actually been able to complete a few projects i have started and believe me i have started many . i just started knitting and crocheting but love love your knit things I have complete 2 different kinds of your hats. And at the moment trying to do this Christmas blanket for my daughters bday /Christmas gift since we just bought her a big bed for her room. I was wondering how many stiches i would of casted on to make it at least a full or queen size blanket. And also im a little confused on do i cut the white yarn after or do i just drag/hold it behind the main color ? Sorry if i made that confusing but any tips would be helpful.
    Thanks so much for sharing your love of knit and creativity..
    Merry Christmas

    1. Hello Jessica, thank you so much for your kind words, I’m so happy you like the patterns and have been knitting away! For a queen-size bed – I would cast on 72sts or more – perhaps even 82sts. I cast on 78sts for the cable knit blanket and it spread out over my bed and we have a king. So if you cast on 82sts (or more) you will have a little overhang on the sides. I would also suggest making it a bit longer too, 90 or 100 inches.

      When knitting the blanket – you can either cut the white yarn and rejoin when you need to or work with it behind the blanket – this may be difficult because you knit a row of red after one row with the stranded knitting. You could also have one skein at one end and one at the other end. I didn’t do this because I only had one skein of white left, so I cut and rejoined, but it meant I had many ends to weave in. If you have two skeins, you could try having one at each end of the blanket. I hope that helps, happy knitting and Merry Christmas 🙂

  2. Hi! I love this pattern, thanks for posting! One question, I’m beginning row 5 and ready to join in yarn B. Am I supposed to use 1 strand of B or 2 like we do for yarn A?

    1. Hello Amanda, you use two strands of yarn held together for all of the colours, so yes Yarn B would also be knit with to strands held together. I am so happy you are enjoying the pattern! 🙂

  3. Oh, I love this pattern and think it would make an adorable baby blanket. Maybe pink and white? Could you tell me how many stitches to cast on? Thank you. I made my daughter the tree skirt last year and she loves it.

    1. Hello Maria,
      If you use bulky /chunky yarn and 7mm (US 10.5) or 8mm (US 11) needles you can cast on 111sts and then follow this pattern in the same way.
      I hope that helps!