Cotton Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern

cotton baby blanket

Baby Blanket

I wanted to make and share a cotton baby blanket pattern that is really easy for any beginner knitters, this pattern uses basic techniques, including; knit and purl stitches.

Baby blankets are great to make, either in cotton or in a bulky yarn weight.

Baby Blanket Size >

  • Width = 39″ / 99cm
  • Height = 29″ / 74cm

I made the blanket using Rico Creative Cotton Aran in the colours ‘Nature’ (60), ‘Powder’ (61), ‘Sand’ (59) and ‘Clay’ (51).

It’s a good cotton to knit with, as I really like the colours but it does split sometimes, and I used my size 5.5mm (US 9) straight knitting needles for the squares.

The knit baby blanket is made up of 16 squares in total, made separately, then stitched together.

A garter stitch edging is added along each edge and worked on 4mm (US 6) circular needles back and forth.

Baby blanket knitting pattern


Knitted Baby Blanket

The baby blanket pattern is easy to follow, knitting each square flat on straight needles.

The squares all feature different patterns, which will broaden your stitch knowledge as well as look good.

The garter stitch edging is knit on circular needles as there are so many stitches, this just makes it easier.

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baby blanket patterns

The blanket knitting pattern is great for any beginners who are learning how to knit, as it is a great project for learning new stitches.

You can even experiment and personalize baby blankets by adding embroidered initials or names to the edging or to a square.

The baby blanket size can also be adapted if you want to make it smaller or larger.

If you would like to make more knitted items for baby, please take a look at the other patterns in the baby knitting pattern library.

Materials >

5.5mm (US 9) straight needles

4mm (US 6) circular needles

5 x balls of Rico creative cotton aran in ‘Nature

 (60)

3 x balls of Rico creative cotton aran in ‘Powder’ (61)

3 x balls of Rico creative cotton aran in ‘Sand’ (59)

3 x balls of Rico creative cotton aran in ‘Clay’ (51)

Darning needle/Tape measure/Scissors

Gauge = 6sts/1″


baby blanket pattern

Cotton Baby Blanket

Pattern 1 – Clay >

Make 4 squares

Cast on 40 sts

1st (right side) + 5th row: K1 edge, *K1,P1, K1, P1* rep from * to * to last 2 sts, K1, K1

2nd and every alt row (4, 6 & 8): work the st in the manner it presents

3rd: K1, *P1, K3* rep from * to * to last 2 sts, P1, K1

7th row: K1, *K2, P1, K1* rep from * to * to last 2 sts, K1, K1

The last 8 rows form the pattern.

Work the square until it measures 10″

brown blanket square


Pattern 2 – Nature >

Make 4 squares

Cast on 40 sts

1st (right side), 3rd, 5th and 7th rows: Knit all sts

2nd & 6th rows: Purl all sts

4th row: K1 (edge), *P3, K1* rep from * to * to last st, K1

8th row: K1, P1, *P1, K1, P2* rep from * to * to last st, K1

The last 8 rows form the pattern.

Work the square until it measures 10″

white blanket square


Pattern 3 – Sand >

Make 4 squares

Cast on 40 sts

1st (right side), 3rd, 5th and 7th rows: Knit all sts

2nd & 6th rows: Purl all sts

4th row: K1 (edge), P1, *K1, P1* rep from * to * to last st, K1

8th row: K1 (edge), K1,*P1, K1 * rep from * to * to last st, K1

The last 8 rows form the pattern.

Work the square until it measures 10″

mustard blanket square


Pattern 4 – Powder >

Make 4 squares

Cast on 40 sts

1st (right side), 3rd rows: Knit all sts

2nd row: Purl

4th row: K1 (edge), P1, *K1, P1* rep from * to * to last st, K1

The last 4 rows form the pattern.

Work the square until it measures 10″

peach blanket square


The baby blanket is made up of 16 squares in total, made separately, then stitched together.

Stitch the squares together using a flat seam.

You can lay the squares out in any pattern of your choice.

The edging >

A garter stitch edging is added along each edge and worked on 4mm (US 6) circular needles back and forth.

Due to the nature of the pattern, the number of stitches varies on some rows.

Pick up and knit stitches in white (nature) along one edge.

Row 1 – KFB, knit to the end of row.

Row 2 – KFB, knit to the end of row.

Rep the two rows above until the edge measures – 1.5”, cast off.

Repeat this for each edge.

The corners will be pointed – stitch these together using a flat seam.

blanket corners

Abbreviations >

K = Knit

K2tog = Knit 2 sts together

KFB – Knit into the front and back of the stitch

P = Purl

Rem = Remaining

Rep = Repeat

RIB = K1, P1

St(s) = Stitch(es)

St St = stocking stitch – knit 1 row, purl 1 row

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