17 Practical and Cute Free Knitting Patterns for Baby Bibs

Here’s a gift for babies that’s both completely practical and utterly adorable: baby bibs

Bibs are seriously underrated as practical baby gifts.

Hats, booties, and blankets all have their place, of course, and all are beautiful and sweet choices.

But if you’ve ever spent any amount of time with a baby, you’ll know that a truly adorable bib is an invaluable asset to any baby outfit.

Although my “babies” are far from requiring bibs any longer (thank God!), I can remember all too well how often mine sported bibs even when they weren’t eating.

A Reminder of Why Babies Ought Not Go Long Without a Bib…

Mama, are you sure you don’t want to put a bib on me?!

My babies often drooled, and worse, they spit up without warning. And on the rare occasions when they weren’t wearing a bib (usually because I foolishly thought something like oh, surely they can go an hour or so without a bib!), they invariably would require an outfit change.

This is why owning a stack of adorable baby bibs would be highly useful for any new parent!

One thing I love about knitting baby bibs is that they don’t need to be strictly utilitarian. They can be fun, beautiful, and/or whimsical.

The collection of knitting patterns that follows is filled with baby bibs so adorable, you won’t want to wait to knit a few! These are divided into two sections: quick/easy and more challenging.

Note: while all of these patterns call for cotton yarn, you could probably also use certain other plant-based fibers, like bamboo or linen.

Quick and Easy Knitting Patterns for Baby Bibs

Scrappy Baby Bib - taffylass on Ravelry
Scrappy Baby Bib
Photo: taffylass on Ravelry

Scrappy Baby Bib

  • What you’ll need to make it: Leftover scraps of DK-weight cotton yarn; US Size 6 knitting needles; button or snap (snaps are often safer for babies that like to mouth things!)
  • Why you’ll want to: This is such an easy bib pattern! It’s not only great for knitting multiple bibs for charity, but it is a fantastic first project for new knitters who want to donate to charity, too. And it’s perfect for anyone who has many scraps of yarn to use up.

Easy Stay-on Bib

  • What you’ll need to make it: 95 yards worsted weight cotton yarn; US Size 7 DPNs or circular needles (depending on how you prefer to knit in the round)
  • Why you’ll want to: Not only is this bib super-cute, but it’s simple and practical. (Don’t let the knitting in the round scare you; it’s really only necessary for collar.) The ribbed collar keeps the bib on baby’s head without ties or snaps.

I Love Stockinette Baby Bib

  • What you’ll need to make it: 60 to 80 yards worsted-weight cotton yarn; US Size 7 knitting needles (including 2 DPNs to make I-cords)
  • Why you’ll want to: No need for buttons or snaps or any other such ways of securing a bib; you’ll create simple I-cord ties. This pattern is also a great way to get the hang of short-row shaping.
Girly Bib - Cheryl Fisher
Girly Bib
Photo: Cheryl Fisher

Girly Bib

  • What you’ll need to make it: 80 yards worsted weight cotton yarn; US Size 7 needles; button or snap (snaps are often safer for babies that like to mouth things)
  • Why you’ll want to: Just look how cute this lacy bib is! The little eyelets make it look far more complicated than it really is. This will be on and off your needles in no time!

Manly Bib

  • What you’ll need to make it: 80 yards worsted weight cotton yarn; US Size 6 needles; 3 buttons
  • Why you’ll want to: It’s not often that something designed for a baby boy makes you squeal with delight. But this bib, complete with necktie, will certainly have that effect! As with the same designer’s Girly Bib, it’s much easier than it looks. 😍

Grandmother’s Favorite Baby Bib

  • What you’ll need to make it: 60 to 80 yards worsted weight cotton yarn; US Size 7 or 8 needles; button or snap (snaps are often safer for babies that like to mouth things)
  • Why you’ll want to: This pattern is a variation of the ever-popular Grandmother’s Favorite Washcloth pattern. It’s simple, cute, and quick. (Scroll down after you click the link to see the pattern.)

Modern Cabled Baby Bib

  • What you’ll need to make it: 50 to 60 yards worsted weight cotton yarn; US Size 8 needles; cable needle or spare DPN; button (or velcro)
  • Why you’ll want to: This is a great first cable-knitting project. One simple cable winds its way up one side of the bib and up the back around the neck. The button can be exchanged for a Velcro tab, if mouthing is a concern.
Kerchief Bib - marlysmarie
Kerchief Bib
Photo: marlysmarie on Ravelry

Kerchief Bib

  • What you’ll need to make it: 133 yards sport weight cotton yarn; US Size 2.5 needles; button or snap (snaps are often safer for babies that like to mouth things); applique (optional)
  • Why you’ll want to: This is a simple pattern that creates a lovely little bib in the shape of a kerchief. One fun aspect of this pattern is that you can add a little decoration to the front–an applique, embroidery, duplicate stitch, or anything else you might like.

Baby Ripples

Baby Ripples Bib - Cloverlaine
Baby Ripples
Photo: Elaine Fitzpatrick
  • What you’ll need to make it: 88 to 100 yards worsted weight cotton yarn; US Size 5 or 6 knitting needles (including 2 DPNs for the I-cord ties, unless you instead choose to crochet the ties)
  • Why you’ll want to: The pattern for this adorable bib creates super-cute ripples. It’s far easier to knit than you might think!
Chevron Bib - Christina Creating
Chevron Bib
Photo: Christina Creating

Chevron Bib Recipe (and Tips)

  • What you’ll need to make it: 60 to 80 yards worsted weight cotton yarn; US Size 6 needles; button
  • Why you’ll want to: You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can knit this darling chevron, and you’ll appreciate the designer’s helpful hints.

Baby Bib Knitting Patterns for a Bit More of a Challenge

Something’s Fishy
Photo: Elaine Fitzpatrick

Something’s Fishy

  • What you’ll need to make it: 80 to 100 yards of worsted weight cotton yarn; US Size 6 needles
  • Why you’ll want to: Tons of bib patterns exist with adorable designs knitted into the fabric, but this design — consisting of three fish merrily swimming in the sea — is, to my eyes, one of the best and most adorable.

Rooted Bib

  • What you’ll need to make it: 150 yards worsted weight cotton yarn for main color, 10 to 40 yards each additional color (depending on which version you knit); US Size 8 needles; cable needle or spare DPN; scrap yarn or stitch holder; button or snap
  • Why you’ll want to: This bib pattern creates the delightful appearance of some scrumptious fall vegetables growing from the ground. It’s a great way to practice your colorwork skills.
Red White and Bib - ShelbyD
Red White and Bib
Photo: ShelbyD

Red White and Bib

  • What you’ll need to make it: Small amounts of red, white, and blue cotton worsted weight yarn; US Size 8 needles; button or snap (snaps are often safer for babies that like to mouth things); tapestry needle
  • Why you’ll want to: With a bit of intarsia and embroidery, this adorable bib is the perfect choice for celebrating the US’ Independence Day!
Baby Bricks Bib - Margaret Jones
Baby Bricks Bib
Photo: Margaret Jones

Baby Bricks Bib

  • What you’ll need to make it: 1 ball of worsted weight cotton yarn in a solid color and a second ball with variegation; US 7 needles (plus 2 DPNs or a crochet hook, depending on whether you want crocheted ties or I-cords)
  • Why you’ll want to: This bib pattern includes intarsia work that makes a great introduction to this sort of colorwork. Plus, it creates an adorable bib filled with cute little colored bricks. Win-win!

Football Bib

  • What you’ll need to make it: 1 ball of brown worsted weight cotton yarn and small amounts of white yarn; US Size 7 needles; button or snap (snaps are often safer for babies that like to mouth things)
  • Why you’ll want to: This is a crazy-cute bib for both boys and girls! (Not only boys enjoy football, after all!)
Who's Hungry Bib - Bronwyn Hahn
Who’s Hungry Bib
Photo: Bronwyn Hahn

Who’s Hungry Bib

  • What you’ll need to make it: 90 to 100 yards of worsted weight cotton yarn; US Sizes 7 and 4 needles (including 2 DPNs to create the I-cord ties); cable needle or spare DPN
  • Why you’ll want to: All you need to know is it’s a bib with adorable little owl designs on the front. What more can we say?

Pussy Foot Bib

Pussy Foot Bib - Margaret Jones
Pussy Foot Bib
Photo: Margaret Jones
  • What you’ll need to make it: 90 to 100 yards worsted weight cotton yarn; US Size 7 needles (plus 2 DPNs or a crochet hook, depending on whether you want crocheted ties or I-cords)
  • Why you’ll want to: The lacy pattern in this bib resembles tiny kitty paws. So cute!

These bibs are so much fun, you’ll never tire of knitting them. And they just might become your go-to baby gift, as well as a gift of love for charity!

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17 free knitting patterns for baby bibs

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