Today’s pattern is for a modern baby blanket that I love and always come back to. I made this blanket for my cousin when she had her youngest son Rameez and it was such a hit that I got several custom orders for it since then. The entire blanket uses a simple repeat to make up the chevron pattern, so it’s easy to work up and it looks modern. You might see this called the Chevron Knit Blanket in some places but since I’ve updated the post, I’ve also renamed it to the Rameez Blanket since I made it for the little guy 🙂
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 of a chunky or heavy worsted weight if you prefer that. Acrylic yarn does have a tendency to be scratchy and stiff, like Red Heart Super Saver, but for this, I used my favorite yarn for blankets so it’s super soft and perfect against a baby’s delicate skin. If you want to see more of the yarns I use or information on how to soften scratchy acrylic yarn, I have posted articles on that too.
Once I finished the blanket with the chevron pattern, I added a fleece lining and a satin ribbon to finish it off. This was the first blanket that I did that on, but it makes the blanket a little bit heavier and it covers up the wrong side of the knitting. 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 3 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*
- 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: Beginner
- Sizing: 40 x 40 inches
- Gauge: 18 stitches/inch x 24 rows/inch
Rameez Blanket with Chevron Pattern
Row 1: Using your first color, 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.
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. 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).
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 chevron pattern baby blanket! Next, let’s add the fleece lining.
For the Lining:
1. First, block your finished blanket. You could skip this, but blocking give it a nice finish and it helps even out the edges. I have a full tutorial on how to block knits here. 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. 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 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 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 with a chevron pattern, and now you can add little decorations or personalize it if you want.
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 just followed the instructions on the letters.
BONUS: Chevron Pattern Throw Pillow
I had some yarn leftover so I made a matching pillow to go with the blanket. The pillow is made almost the same way as the baby blanket, except I changed the color pattern for it and made it much smaller. Then I just sewed it around a pillow form 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 needles:
Cast on 159 stitches.
Row 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.
Row 2: Purl all.
Rows 3 – x: Repeat rows 1 and 2 until the piece reaches the desired size. This depends on your pillow so continue until it’s big enough to cover the form.
For the striping, this is the pattern that I used:
14 rows gray
4 rows green
4 rows of white
14 rows green
14 rows gray
14 rows green
4 rows white
14 rows green
14 rows gray
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. I pinned three of the corners closed at the center, like an envelope. Then I pinned along the seams, leaving one corner open. I took it off the form and sewed the seams closed with my sewing machine. Then I trimmed off any excess fabric (it won’t unravel because you’ve sewn it up already) and stitched the last corner down by hand.
And you’re done!
Here’s another chevron baby blanket I made a few months later. I used blue yarns and a bobble ribbon instead of satin for this one. I actually preferred a crocheted bobble border over this store bought one, but the effect was still fun! I have Jeremy the Giraffe here to model the blanket for you, and you can find his free pattern here.
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