The Woven Simple Baby Blanket

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The Woven Simple Baby Blanket – Free Pattern

We recommend this pattern as beginner, suitable for the knitter who can knit, cast on and off.
It is knit flat on circular needles.

Finished blanket is around 50cm x 60 to 70cm

This pattern was developed as an original pattern by Michelle Stewart 

Materials required:

Knit on 4.5mm needles – view in online shop

2 x Balls each colour of 50grm or 1 x hank each of 100grm, we recommend Smooth, DK finely twisted merino- view in online shop

80cm circular needles – view in online shop

The Simple Baby Blanket is available as a Knit Kit from The Woven online shop with International Delivery options!


Cast on 90 Stitches (I like the long tail cast on for a good structure)

You’ll be knitting flat, the first row is the right side, knit every row.
This is known as Garter Stitch

Slip first stitch of every row purl wise, to give the edging a tidy finish.

Please always change colour on the right side for tidy transitions.

Knit each colour in your preference of order, to complete each 50grm ball or 10 to 11cm (half the 100grm hank)


Suggested pattern

Colour 1

Colour 2

Colour 3

Colour 2

Colour 1

Colour 3


Finish by binding and tucking in all ends.

Feedback welcome 🙂

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  • Kylie

    Just wondering what size this makes? Is it cot sized?

  • Michelle Stewart

    Hello 🙂 This blanket is a basinet size, suitable for wee bubs in a cot, basinet or buggy

  • Ann Kay

    I have three balls of yarn each 290yds. I’d like to split them and do two stripes of each color but how do I figure out how many rows to do before switching colors? Thanks!

  • Michelle Stewart

    Hi Ann
    Might be easiest to split each ball in half by weight, so roll them into two equal balls and weight them on the scales before breaking the yarn. Hope that helps 🙂

  • Emily

    I’m just starting this pattern and excited already! I would love to see a picture of the full blanket though and one of the edge so I can see how it looks with the slipped stitch.

  • Michelle Stewart


    I’ve had a look through some images and found a good shot on a different coloured blanket – but you can see the nice effect of the slipped stitch. I’m not able to post the picture here – but please follow this link into the Colour Story Blanket and look through the images 🙂

  • Lynne Johansen

    Michelle this is a lovely pattern and beautiful coloured wool. I was wondering what ply your wool is please?

  • Michelle Stewart

    Hi Lynne, thanks for getting in touch 🙂 This is a double knit yarn (8ply) but it does knit a bit thicker, like a light worsted weight.

  • Meg

    How many rows of each color did you do, per stripe?

  • Maryyellen Bigley

    Can I buy the kit with a singular color yarn?

  • Michelle Stewart

    Yes absolutely! Please just comment in the notes which colourway or sinlge colour you would like

  • Patrice

    I’m new to knitting and I’ve done a slip stitch but never for an edge. I’ve looked online and most videos I’ve seen have the slip stitch at the start of the row done knitwise but then say to purl the last stitch in the row. Is that how you did it? I saw one site that slip stitched knitwise at the start and still knit the last stitch in the row. I’m assuming since you only say to slip stitch the first stitch and knit the row, that all other stitches are knit but I wanted to make sure before I start. Also, how many rows of each color did you do?

  • Michelle Stewart

    Hello 🙂 I like to slip the first stitch purlwise – like you planning to purl it, but just slip it. All other stitches are knitted. Sounds like some great other options too – might be time to experiment and see how they look!
    Re the row count, sorry I didn’t record this, but they are about 5 to 5.5″
    Hope that helps xx

  • Connie Tomky

    I am very interested in making the blanket. NZ is far away from Colorado USA and I was wondering if you offered free shipping or of you have any coupons. I am a very new beginner but I think I can do this! Thank you.
    Connie Tomky

  • Michelle Stewart

    Hi Connie, thanks for getting in touch 🙂 No shipping concessions, its a very real cost that I cannot absorb. Hoping you are happy to order, this is a lovely NZ yarn and would be happy to see it make it’s way to you in Colorado xxx

  • Laura

    I thought your international shipping rate was awesome!!! I live in Hawaii and I was able to ship a package here for less than I am often able to from the mainland US. Thank you 🙂

  • Michelle Stewart

    Thanks Laura, appreciate the feedback xxx

  • Georgya

    Hi just wondering what you mean by always changing colours on the right side, also how would I go about doing this. Thank you!

  • Iva

    I’m planning on making this blanlet. But I mever knitted with circular needles. Maybe weird to ask but how does it work? As in the material discription you say you need normal straight needles and circular ones. I’m just a bit confused about that. I’m a beginner aswell!
    Thank You!

  • Michelle Stewart

    Hello Iva 🙂 The circulars are not required for the pattern, you can knit on straights. Sorry for the confusion! I always recommend circulars for flat knitting too, as it makes it easier to knit something like a blanket. Hope that helps xx

  • Michelle Stewart

    Hi Georgya, if you stick to changing colours on the same end it will all work out 🙂 I personally like mixing it up, as I enjoy the little dots that colour changes make in your knitting. Hope that helps xxx

  • Rebecca

    Hi, so I really like your blanket and have bought 6 balls of wool in three colours as advised on your pattern. The blanket length is supposed to be 85cm but it’s alreasy 47cm on my first ball of wool – what’s happened???? Help please.

  • Michelle Stewart

    Hello Rebecca 🙂

    You might need to check how big those balls of wool are, are they 50grm or bigger? xx

  • Rebecca

    They’re 100g. When you go onto your link to buy the wool they come in 100g and the directions say to buy 2 balls of each colour.

  • Michelle Stewart

    Oh Rebecca, I am sorry, quite right you are – I had migrated from 50grm balls to the 100grm hanks and had not thought to update this pattern. I’ve made the updates now, gosh I’m sorry for misleading you!

  • Brianna

    Is there a video you can show me on how to do the edges? I’m just picking up knitting again after 10 years still learning as I go

  • Michelle

    So in each colour how many row. Total row for this blanket please. As I am hoping to knit it for my first grand child

  • Michelle Stewart

    Hello Michelle
    The rows might vary with different yarns, but aim for about 10 to 11cm per colour. Hope that helps 🙂

  • Michelle Stewart

    Hi Brianna

    Great idea, but I haven’t made a video for this technique – although I’m sure you will find something on YouTube. Happy knitting

  • Robert Martin

    Baby blankets are important for our little one, it covers their body to protect from too much cold. Choosing from the right fabric and durability is a must for parents in choosing some blankets for our baby.

  • Simone

    There is an image on this page of this blanket rolled up in different colours, under ‘patterns’ but when you click to see the pattern it’s not there. I really love these colours, they are a teal, mushroom and darker one?- can you please tell me which combination it is?

    Thank you

  • Trish

    Hi Michelle,
    Knitted this blanket for my Granddaughter in Copenhagen. The perfect size for bassinet, pushchair. Sent pattern with blanket, so googled to find pattern again and found your site.

  • Michelle Stewart

    Hi Trish
    How fantastic! Thank you for the kind feedback too, glad we could connect xxx

  • christine

    Hi Michelle , I found your pattern for the simple baby blanket I can’t find size 4.5 needles can I use another size ?

  • Michelle Stewart

    Hello Christine!

    You can go up or down, depending if you are a looser or firmer knitter 🙂 Go up to a 5mm if you tend to be on the firmer size.
    Happy knitting

  • Michelle Stewart

    Hello Simone

    Sorry this original colourway was our first release of merino 4 years back, but we do have some lovely new shades in similar tones now under Smooth Merino if you’d like to look at those?

  • Diane

    Hi, just starting this blanket and wondering how to change color when you slip the 1st stitch?

  • Michelle Stewart

    Hi, just follow the same process of changing colour, but that first stitch on the row will hold the previous colour until you knit back on it.
    Hope that helps 🙂

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