I have a great new pattern for you all today, just in time for the holidays! I made this chevron baby blanket for my cousin who had a baby recently, but it would be a great gift to give anyone with a baby or toddler. It’s knit up using a really simple pattern that repeats, and you can change the colors however you want. You can also make the chevron baby blanket in different sizes and customize it however you like! After knitting the blanket, I added a fleece lining to make the blanket even more snuggly and a satin ribbon to finish it off. At the end of this post, there’s a tutorial on how to add those finishing touches + a bonus pattern for a matching throw pillow.
Chevron Baby Blanket Pattern
- Medium weight yarn: I used 4 skeins each of Yarn Bee Soft Secret in White, Keylime, and Mist
- US 10 (6.00mm) knitting needles
- Fleece the size of your blanket (I get this after completing the blanket)
- Satin blanket binding (2 packs)
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
- Tape measure
- Iron-on Letters (optional)
1. Cast on 159 stitches (or a multiple of 12, plus 3). For a thick, squishy blanket, I held two strands of yarn together throughout the blanket. That was a personal preference, but it gives a nicer finish.
2. K1, SSK, *K4, YO, K1, YO, K4, slip 2 as if to knit, K1, P2SSO*. Repeat everything between the *s until the last 3 stitches, then K2tog, K1. I ( I know this sounds like a lot but once you’ve worked the pattern once or twice, it’s really easy to keep track of).
3. Purl all.
4. Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have the desired size of the blanket, which was 168 rows for me. I changed color every 24 rows and worked 7 color changes total: white, gray, green, white, gray, green, and then I finished with white.
Finally, bind off loosely and weave in all ends.
For the Lining:
1. First, block your finished blanket. I don’t really know how to explain this, but here is a tutorial if you need it. I wanted the edges of my blanket to be a bit straighter, rather than the zigzag edge from the chevron, so I blocked my blanket with the dips of the zigzag pulled out a little bit. When the blanket dried, the zigzag was still there at the edges but much less pronounced, so I continued as if the edge was straight.
2. Once the blanket is dry, lay it on top of the fleece to measure out how much you need. Cut the fleece so it’s about a 1/2 inch bigger than the blanket on all sides.
3. Lay out the fleece right side UP, then lay out the blanket binding along the edge of the fleece, making sure the fold of the binding faces in, towards the center of the fleece. Now lay your blanket down on top of everything else, right side DOWN. Now go around and pin all three layers together so that it stays in place when you sew it all together.
Keep right sides together! They’ll be turned out later.
Note: For the corners, you’ll have to fold the binding down into a triangle. I had to do this by trial-and-error, but this is how it looked for me when I did it. Just make sure that when you sew the corners down, you are only getting the edges and not the inside of the binding. It’ll get all puckered up in the corners if that happens (like I said, trial and error!)
4. Start sewing at one corner and slowly feed your blanket through the sewing machine, checking every now and then to make sure you got all three layers. Work your way around the blanket, but be sure to leave a 5-6 inch gap on the last side. You’ll need the opening to turn the blanket out.
5. Reach into the gap you left open, pull up the opposite corner of the blanket and use it to pull out the rest of the blanket so the right sides of the knitted fabric and the fleece are on the outside. Then, go back to the sewing machine and close off the gap. Shake the blanket out a bit so it loosens up and anything stuck to it (stray pieces of thread or fleece, etc) fall off.
And you’re done! That is the finished chevron baby blanket, and now you can add little decorations or personalize it if you want.
Optional: If you want to personalize the blanket, you can get some really great iron-on letters, shapes and other cool designs at your local craft store. I used the letters to write out my nephew’s name on one corner of the blanket. I followed the instructions on the letters, but I also made sure to iron over another piece of fabric so I wouldn’t damage the yarn.
BONUS Pattern: Chevron Throw Pillow
The pillow is made almost the same way as the chevron baby blanket, except I changed the color pattern for it and made it much smaller. After knitting what was essentially a tiny version of the blanket, I just sewed it around a throw pillow and trimmed off any fabric that would be bunching inside. I’ve added more detailed instructions below.
Use 1 strand of yarn at a time and US 7 or 6 needles:
Cast on 159 stitches.
1. K1, SSK, *K4, YO, K1, YO, K4, slip 2 as if to knit, K1, P2SSO*. Repeat everything between the *s until the last 3 stitches, then K2tog, K1. I ( I know this sounds like a lot but once you’ve worked the pattern once or twice, it’s really easy to keep track of).
2. Purl all.
3. Repeat rows 1 and 2 until the piece reaches the desired size.
For the striping, this is the pattern that I used (although you’re free to change it however you like):
The piece is worked straight, then sewn onto a throw pillow form. After making the piece and casting off, I draped it over the pillow at an angle and pinned three of the corners closed at the center. Then I pinned along the seams, leaving one corner open, like an envelope. I sewed the seams closed with my sewing machine, trimmed off any excess fabric (it won’t unravel because you’ve sewn it up already) and then stitched the last corner down by hand.
I hope you all enjoyed this post, and I would LOVE to hear what you think of it. Let me know if you try this pattern out, and share your pictures with me on Instagram and Ravelry! If you liked this pattern, be sure to subscribe to get new posts delivered to your inbox AND access to the subscriber-only resource library! The resource library is full of content that is only available to people who sign up and it’s completely free. Just fill out the form below to sign up!
See you soon 🙂
PS. I made another in blue afterwards and had Jeremy Giraffe model it!