Basketweave baby afghan pattern

Quick baby shower gift

Easy baby blanket patternCredit: Lion Brand

Your little prince or princess will make this little throw his or her favorite first baby blanket. Soft and lush in Lion Brand's Baby's First yarn or any organic cotton or washable wool bulky weight yarn you choose for the afghan. The skill level for this throw is easy, quick knitting, a free pattern to print out or download.

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.

TiramasuCredit: RosyLittleThings

For more free baby blanket patterns to crochet or knit, please follow links below:

Easy baby blankets to knit or crochet at knitnscribble

Another easy baby blanket using stash yarn

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 

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