Whether you need a baby gift fast, or you’re a beginning knitter who wants to knit for charity, these two baby knitting patterns are just what you need
I’ve been knitting for over 10 years, and there’s still nothing like the rush of excitement I feel when I hear a baby is on the way! I always know it means that someone is going to need a new baby hat and/or a baby blanket. And I just love knitting adorable baby items.
In addition to being adorable, baby projects are perfect for beginning knitters. They take less time to knit, so they provide gratification in less time than larger projects. And baby knitting patterns are also great projects for charity! Sadly, many babies are in need because their parents are struggling.
Keep reading for two very simple yet simply adorable baby knitting patterns that any beginner can complete!
Diagonal Blanket for Babies
This pattern is excellent for a beginning knitter’s first project. It’s also a great way for more experienced knitters to quickly create baby blankets.
US Size 7 needles
Baby yarn (held double) or worsted-weight yarn
- Cast on 3 stitches.
- Knit every row, increasing by one stitch at the beginning of each row.
- Repeat step 2 until one side measures 36 inches.
- Knit every row, decreasing by one stitch at the beginning of each row.
- Repeat step 4 until you have 3 stitches remaining.
- Cast off.
You now have a lovely square baby blanket. You can easily vary this baby knitting pattern by adding a crocheted or knitted edge, or by adding stripes.
The possible variations are as endless as your imagination!
Easy Baby Beanie
You don’t need to know how to knit in the round to create this simple, adorable baby beanie!
US Size 5 needles
Two sizes available: Full-term or (preemie). Preemie directions are in parentheses.
- Cast on 42 (32) stitches.
- K1, P1 every row until the hat measures 5 (4) inches long.
- On the next row, knit all stitches; decrease every 5th stitch by K2tog (knitting 2 stitches together)
- Purl the next row.
- Knit, and decrease every 4 stitches
- Knit and decrease every 3 stitches.
- Knit and decrease every 2 stitches for every odd-numbered row hereafter until you have 6 stitches left on the needle.
- Purl on this and every even-numbered row hereafter until 6 stitches are left.
- Break yarn; thread a tapestry or yarn needle with the tail, and run through remaining stitches. Pull them off the needle and draw the stitches together tightly.
- Turn hat inside out and sew the two edges together to create the back seam.
That’s all you have to do to create a simple, adorable baby beanie and an easy, cute baby blanket. Both of these baby knitting patterns make perfect gifts for a baby coming into your life. And they’re delightful charity projects, too!