Block Stitch Baby Blanket or Throw
Block Stitch Baby Blanket or Throw
This free pattern (see the tab at the top) makes the most out of Berroco Indigo, a soft and comforting recycled denim and cotton blend.
A super project for beginner and expert alike, this blanket has a repeating rhythm of stitches in the center surrounded by a simple seed stitch (you'll have the pattern memorized in short order).
You'll see instructions for two sizes. The baby blanket is just right for crib, car seat and stroller. Or upsize for a beachy throw or picnic blanket. Either way, it handles the washer and dryer happily.
But why do we really knit blankets? Well, they keep our babies warm and safe. Soon enough, the blankets become super hero capes. Then a protective play-fort roof. Then shared with family in the TV room. And maybe, just maybe, one will end up tucked into a pillowcase as your "baby" heads off to college. Time well spent.
For bunny shown in photo, see our free pattern, Baby Bunny and Bunting. We knitted ours in Berroco Indigo left over from the blanket on a US 4 (3.5mm) needle. What a great baby gift—blankie and bunny together!
Click on "The Free Pattern" tab to see the blanket pattern. You'll need four skeins for the baby size blankie or seven skeins for the throw size. If you’d like to learn more about the yarn, just head over to the Berroco Indigo page.
Baby blanket: Approx. 29 x 29"/ 74 x 74 cm.
Throw: Approx. 42 x 42"/107 x 107cm.
Baby blanket: 4 skeins Berroco Indigo, (219 yds/200m each). Or approximately 720yds/658m in worsted-weight cotton.
Throw: 7 skeins Berroco Indigo, (219 yds/200m each). Or approximately 1500yds/1370m in worsted-weight cotton.
Baby blanket shown in color #6402 Cut Offs.
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
US 7 (4.5mm) 24−32"/60−80cm circular needle, or size to obtain gauge. Note: Grippier needles such as bamboo or wood may result in a smoother transition between knit and purl sections in pattern stitch.
2 stitch markers.
20 sts/ 28 rows = 4"/10cm in stockinette st, after blocking.
See the "Basic Details" tab for size, yarn, needle, and gauge information.
GLOSSARY: K = knit; P = purl; PM = place marker; St(s) = stitch(es).
Instructions given for baby blanket; throw in parentheses ( ).
Blankets begin and end with a 12 (18) row seed stitch border; the middle section is worked in block stitch with seed stitch borders on each side. Block stitch pattern is worked in a 10 (20) stitch repeat.
Cast on: Using cable cast-on method, cast on 146 (200) sts. Note: To make blanket or throw wider or narrower, add or subtract sts in multiples of 10 (20).
FIRST SEED STITCH BORDER
Row 1: *K1, P1*, repeat between * * to end.
Row 2: *P1, K1*, repeat between * * to end.
Repeat these two rows 5 (8) more times.
MIDDLE SECTION (BLOCK STITCH)
Rows 1-6 (1-14): Work first 8 (10) sts in seed st as established, PM, *K5 (10), P5 (10)*, repeat between * * 12 (8) more times, PM, work last 8 (10) sts in seed st as established. Note: On all subsequent rows, slip markers as you come to them.
Rows 7−12 (15−28): Work first 8 (10) sts in seed st as established, *P5 (10), K5 (10)*, repeat between * * to marker, work last 8 (10) sts in seed st as established.
Repeat these 12 (28) rows 15 (9) more times or to desired length, reserving enough yarn for final seed st border, approx. 45 yds/42m (100 yds/92m).
FINAL SEED STITCH BORDER
Row 1: Work in seed st, beginning as established, removing markers. Work 11 (17) more rows in seed st. Bind off loosely in pattern.
Finishing: Weave in ends as invisibly as possible (there is no ‘wrong side’). Gently steam press. Or wet block in washer and dryer and pull into shape when damp.
COLOR: 6402 Cut Offs. Bleached with a whiff of grey.
COLOR: 6403 Flare. Pale linen.
COLOR: 6407 Faded. Faded light blue.
COLOR: 6410 Relaxed. Medium weathered blue-grey.
COLOR: 6414 Jean. Weathered driftwood.
COLOR: 6431 Cargo. Greyed-out green.
COLOR: 6432 High Rise. Stormy sea green.
COLOR: 6434 Night. Matte black.
COLOR: 6463 Denim. Dark indigo.
COLOR: 6470 Boyfriend. Weathered charcoal.