This week, I wanted to share a modern baby blanket using a stitch I know you guys love: chevrons! I’ve done crochet chevron blankets before but this time it’s a baby blanket knitting pattern that’s easy to follow and looks great in a nursery. I made this for my cousin and her son Rameez (hence the name) in the colors they liked, but you can use so many color combinations with this blanket. So let get it right into it!
This blanket is knit using a simple repeat that makes up the chevron pattern. I made this as a baby blanket, but you could easily make this blanket much bigger by starting with more stitches and working more repeats than I did. I used 2 strands of my favorite acrylic yarn held together as I worked on this blanket to make it extra soft and squishy, but you can also just use one strand if you prefer that. I used Yarn Bee’s Soft Secret to make this blanket and even after 4 years (that’s how long it took me to get nice photos!), it still looks new. If you want to know more about my favorite yarns, you can check out this post here.
Once I finished the baby blanket knitting pattern, I added a fleece lining and a satin ribbon to finish it off. The extra weight helps the blanket stay on as the baby sleeps and it makes it more comforting too. I love heavier blanket on myself, and my cousin was thrilled with the fleece on this blanket. Even Rameez (who’s 4 now) loves how weighted it is! If he uses another blanket, he adds something on top to make it like this one.
The full free pattern is written out below. For those who’d prefer to print the pattern and take it with you for on-the-go and to markup as you go, you can buy the inexpensive printable PDF from my Etsy and Ravelry shops. The PDF is formatted without ads or comments, so it’s easy to read.
- #4 worsted weight yarn – I used 4 skeins each of Yarn Bee Soft Secret in White, Keylime, and Mist
- US 10 (6.00mm) knitting needles on 32″ cable*
- Fleece the size of your blanket (I buy this after completing the blanket)
- Satin blanket binding (2 packs)*
- Straight pins*
- Sewing machine (optional)*
- Tape measure*
- Iron-on Letters (optional)*
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- k – knit
- p – purl
- YO – yarn over
- K2tog – knit 2 together
- ssk – slip, slip, knit both slipped stitches together
- p2sso – pass 2 slipped stitches over the last worked stitch
- Skill level: Intermediate
- Sizing: 40 x 40 inches
- Gauge: 18S x 24R per inch
Rameez Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern
Row 1: Using your first color, cast on 162 stitches (or a multiple of 12, plus 6).
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.
Row 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.
Row 3: Purl all.
Rows 4-168: Repeat rows 2 and 3 to get the chevron pattern. You’ll only really see the chevron pattern once you change colors, but you will be able to see the edges zigzag a little bit. I changed color every 24 rows and worked 7 color changes total for my chevron pattern. I started with white, then gray, green, white, gray, green, and I finished with white.
Finally, bind off loosely and weave in all ends. You’ve finished the baby blanket knitting pattern! Next, let’s add the fleece lining.
For the Lining:
1. First, block your finished blanket. 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 the fleece right side UP, then lay the blanket binding along the edge of the fleece, making sure the fold of the binding faces in, towards the center of the fleece. Next, ay 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 the 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.
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 final side. You’ll need the opening to turn the blanket right side 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 baby blanket, and now you can add little decorations or personalize it if you want. I used iron-on letters from the craft store to spell out my nephew’s name.
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