Basketweave baby afghan pattern
Quick baby shower gift
The blanket is knit in a basketweave design in blocks knitted together as one row. The throw begins with a cast on of just 90 stitches on a US 10 (6mm) needle. You can use a straight needle, but because there are a number of stitches, it's much easier to use a long circular, so your stitches aren't cramped together. That way, they are easily kept on the needle, too.
After you cast on, there are 6 rows of seed stitch border: knit 1, purl 1, on the right side, then purl the knit stitches and knit the purl stitches on the wrong side for six rows. When you start the basketweave block pattern, you maintain a five stitch border in seed stitch up and down both sides. The afghan finish is done with a repeat of the six rows of seed stitch. Finished size is approximately 30 x 33 in. (76 x 84 cm).
Use up stash yarn with two strands
The above basketweave baby throw pattern is very similar to a free pattern posted on IB a while ago. You will find this an easy free pattern, using two strands of DK yarn at one time. This particular baby blanket pattern is great for using up stash yarn, as the two strands of DK weight are equal to the one strand of bulky weight yarn, when gauge is considered.
For more free baby blanket patterns to crochet or knit, please follow links below:
Easy baby blankets to knit or crochet at knitnscribble
KnitCircus summer baby throw and matching hat pattern (crochet patterns, too)
Easy knit polka dot baby afghan is a great way to learn to use color with a simple slip stitch pattern
Featured "Baby's first blanket free knitting pattern"