10 Free Blanket Knitting Patterns for the Absolute Beginner!

A hand knitted blanket can add so much character to a space.

Want a more cozy vibe in your living room? Add a soft/chunky knit blanket. Are you renting and can’t paint the cold, blank grey walls in your apartment? Throw in a terracotta blanket and boom! COZY!

Blankets can be used to keep yourself warm on a chilly day or add texture to your home—or both! Blankets are so SO versatile and that’s why they’re a must-have to every household.

Free Blanket Knitting Patterns Post - Image of a flower on top of a blanket. This is to show the reader how some of the free blanket knitting patterns will look like once finished.

Making Your Own Knitted Blanket

There’s something so satisfying about having an item that you made yourself in your home. Knitted blankets are no different.

Plus, some blankets can be pricey— sometimes costing hundreds of dollars a piece. Yikes!

So why not make them yourself?

There are a lot of free blanket knitting patterns available online. But it can be overwhelming to find the one you want to start on. So I narrowed the list down to 10 beginner-friendly knit blanket patterns.

Check these out!

How to Knit a Blanket

Knitting a blanket can be an intimidating thought for many beginners. It’s true that some knit blankets are more intermediate-expert level. But not all of them are!

There are knit blankets that are completely beginner-friendly and easy to make, and I’m not saying because I’m a “pro” knitter — I’m intermediate at best.

In this pattern round up, you will find a list of easy, yet beautiful blanket patterns that range from the usual thin throws to a step-by-step instruction on how to make a chunky knit blanket!

An image of a knitted blanket with cables.

What You Need to Knit a Blanket

Knitting a blanket may be simple, but you still need a few things before you can get started! Here are the materials that you need to knit a blanket:

  • Knitting needles – Unless you’re arm knitting, you will need some knitting needles. These needles comes in different sizes, so make sure to check the recommended needle size on your yarn band. Pro tip: go for circular knitting needles because you can make them as long as you need! No more scrunching your stitches on needles that are too short.
  • Yarn – You can use any type of yarn for your knit blanket. But there are things that you need to consider, such as the material, presence of pets at home, and your lifestyle. For beginners, I suggest you go with a chunky acrylic yarn.
  • Scissors – A pair of scissors is another important tool that you will use for all of your knitting projects. You’ll need them to cut yarn tails and hide loose ends.
  • Stitch markers – You’ll need stitch markers to keep track of what round you’re on. If you don’t have stitch markers, you can use a strand of scrap yarn—preferably in a different color so it’s easy to see.
  • Yarn/darning needle – You will need a yarn needle or darning needle to sew in the loose yarn ends.
  • Knit blanket patterns – Finally, you’ll need knit blanket patterns to follow. So keep scrolling!

10 Free Blanket Knitting Patterns

“So, where are the patterns?”

“Give us the patterns now!”

Alright, alright, hold your horses. I know you’re excited to get knitting. So I shan’t hinder you no further. Here are 10 free beginner-friendly knit blanket patterns!

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Image of a knitted basketweave blanket on a white bed. This is the finished image of a pattern showing how to make a chunky knit blanket.
Photo credits: Bernat Design Studio

1. Big Basketweave Blanket

By:  Bernat Design Studio

YARN: Jumbo

SIZE: Approx. 40″ x 48″ [101.5 cm x 122 cm]

A great way to spice up your space is to add a bit of color and texture. This chunky knit Big Basketweave Blanket should do the trick!

The pattern includes easy-to-follow instructions for beginners. So don’t feel too intimidated with the basket weave stitch. You can do it!

Get the pattern >

An image of a wool blanket draped over a chair. This is one of the free blanket knitting patterns in the article.
Photo credits: Purl Soho

2. Coziest Blanket Ever

By: Purl Soho

YARN: Purl Soho’s Fiddlehead 100% alpaca wool.

SIZE: Approx. 30″ x 36″ [38″ x 54″]

Have you ever wanted those fuzzy, cozy-looking blankets you see on Pinterest?

Well now you can have it!

The Purl Soho is well-known for making beginner-friendly knit blanket patterns and this cozy blanket is on of them.

Try it out now!

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Image of a knit blanket draped over a towel rack. Another pattern that is part of the list of free blanket knitting patterns.
Photo credits: Purl Soho

3. Half + Half Blanket

By: Purl Soho

YARN: Worsted Weight (Suggested: Purl Soho Lantern)

SIZE: Approx. 31″ x 38″ [44″ x 55″]

Did you know that you could make interesting pieces using the most basic of knit stitches?

This Half + Half Blanket by Purl Soho is the perfect example of that.

The only stitch you need to learn about is the garter stitch!

See the pattern >

Image of a chunky blanket draped over a couch. This is a pattern showing how to make a chunky knit blanket.
Photo credits: Yarnspirations Design Studio

4. Garter Stripes Blanket

By: Yarnspirations Design Studio

YARN: Jumbo

SIZE: Approximately 32″ x 60″ [81.5 cm x 152.5 cm]

Looking for the ultimate chunky blanket? Well this Garter Stripes Blanket pattern should do the trick!

It gives the look of intricate texture without being a too complicated to create.

You only need to know how to create the knit stitch and garter stitch!

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This is an image of a knit blanket draped on top of a white bed to show off the stitch patterns.
Photo credits: Jessica Reeves Potasz

5. Winterland Three Stitch Blanket

By: Jessica Reeves Potasz 

YARN: Super Bulky (Suggested: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Solids)

SIZE: Approx. 40″ x 43″

Three stitches — yes, THREE stitches is all you need to create this beautiful blanket.

So what are these 3 stitches?

All you need are the garter stitch, stockinette stitch, and seed stitch.

Don’t worry, we can teach you how to create those stitches and more through our handy tutorials!

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An image of a baby blanket covering a teddy bear. This pattern shows that knitting a blanket doesn't need complicated stitches.
Photo credits: Row House

6. Garter Stitch Baby Blanket

By: Row House

YARN: Super Bulky (Suggested: Erika Knight Yarns Maxi Wool, Cedar House Yarn Wind Fall)

SIZE: 24″ x 33″

Going to a baby shower and need a present ASAP? You can DIY one in a single day!

You’ll only need to learn how to cast on and make knit stitches to achieve the garter stitch look.

This Garter Stitch Baby Blanket is completely beginner-friendly. So try it out!

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An image of a large blanket that drapes over the chair and onto the floor. This photo is another part of the "free blanket knitting patterns" list.
Photo credits: Yarnspirations Design Studio

7. Simple Stripe Blanket

By: Yarnspirations Design Studio

YARN: Super Bulky (Suggested: Bernat Softee Chunky Solids)

SIZE: 49″ x 62″ [124.5 cm x 157.5 cm]

This Simple Stripe Blanket pattern shows how alternating the basic knit stitches can make a big different in plain color-blocking projects.

The only stitches you need to know are knits, purls, and basic ribbing!

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This is an image of a child reading and wearing a knit blanket that is in the shape of a mermaid tail or fish tail. This pattern shows how to knit a blanket for mermaid lovers.
Photo credits: Melody Rogers

8. Mermaid Tail Blanket Knit

By: Melody Rogers

YARN: Super Bulky (Suggested: Loops & Threads Country Loom)

SIZE: Child: 3-10 years, Infant: 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months

This is one of my absolute favorite patterns on this round up!

An absolutely adorable mermaid blanket pattern is just what any child (and adult) needs.

It’s cozy, fun, and easy to make!

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This is an image of a woman sitting and smiling on a chair with a knitted blanket draped over her legs.
Photo credits: Yarnspirations Design Studios

9. Patchwork with Visible Seams Knit

By: Yarnspirations Design Studio

YARN: Aran

SIZE: 50″ x 60″ [127 cm x 152.5 cm]

So, SO gorgeous! This simple knit blanket is a busy knitter’s best friend.

Made with simple knit stitches and color blocking, anyone can easily personalize this knit blanket to match their aesthetics!

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This is an image of a simple knit baby blanket draped over two chairs to show off the colorwork pattern.
Photo credits: Lion Brand

10. Patchwork Stripes Baby Blanket

By: Lion Brand

YARN: Aran

SIZES: 30″ x 36″ [76 cm x 94 cm]

Last but not the least is this charming little Patchwork Stripes Baby Blanket!

Made with the basic stockinette stitch and color blocking technique, this is one of the best big projects for beginner knitters.

Despite its simplicity, knitters still have a lot of creative freedom when it comes to choosing the colors!

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Image showing a knitted blanket with fruit salad and juices in a tray. This is simply an image to help showcase the free blanket knitting patterns.

Thoughts on the Free Blanket Knitting Patterns

Well that was a lot of knit blankets! I can’t blame you if you want to make all of them. But at least you now know that beginner-friendly knit blanket patterns exist.

Just thinking about those patterns make me want to make a few for myself too!

Can’t pick one out? Try putting all of the names in an online name generator. There are tons of free ones that you can use on Google. Just add the pattern names there and download whichever one the wheel lands on!

Want to try other knitting patterns? Check out our 12 Free Easy Beanie Knitting Patterns.

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