Knitting Pattern: Baby Bird Blanket

Baby Bird Blanket, free knitting pattern in Lion Brand Heartland in preemie, stroller, and baby blanket sizes by Underground Crafter The Baby Bird Blanket is a beginner-friendly textured, striped blanket in preemie, stroller, and baby blanket sizes. It combines the stitch pattern from the Hummingbird Hat with a traveling stitch pattern to create the perfect welcome for a little one. This pattern is part of the Hummingbird Hat and Baby Bird Blanket Knit-a-Long.

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Baby Bird Blanket, free knitting pattern in Lion Brand Heartland in preemie, stroller, and baby blanket sizes by Underground Crafter I love the seed stitch. It adds texture to any pattern and it looks great! So when I found this downward arrow pattern combined with seed stitch in one of my favorite Japanese stitch guides, I knew I had to use it.

Baby Bird Blanket, free knitting pattern in Lion Brand Heartland in preemie, stroller, and baby blanket sizes by Underground Crafter Like the Hummingbird Hat, this pattern is designed to meet the donation requirements for Knots of Love. If you’re new to Knots of Love, you can learn more about this wonderful organization that distributes handmade hats and preemie blankets in this video celebrating the donation of their 350,000 hat!

I used Lion Brand Heartland, a wonderfully soft, easy care yarn available in beautiful colors, for my blanket. If you plan to donate your version of the Baby Bird Blanket to Knots of Love, be sure to follow their guidelines and use a Heartland or another yarn on their approved yarns list.

Find out more about the Hummingbird Hat and Baby Bird Blanket Knit-a-Long with Lion Brand and Knots of Love (including how to enter to win some great prizes from Lion Brand, Search Press, and Clover) here.

Hummingbird Hat and Baby Bird Blanket Knit-a-Long with Underground Crafter, Lion Brand, and Knots of Love

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I had so much fun designing the Hummingbird Hat and the Baby Bird Blanket, so I decided to add a bonus pattern to this KAL! Stop by next week to get the Bird Tracks Beanie pattern.

Bird Tracks Beanie and Baby Bird Blanket, free knitting patterns in Lion Brand Heartland by Underground Crafter

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Baby Bird Blanket

Knitting Pattern by Underground Crafter

Updated 5/28/2018

This textured, striped baby blanket is perfect for welcoming a little one. This preemie size of this pattern is designed to meet the donation requirements of Knots of Love, a charity that distributes handmade blankets to infants in neonatal intensive care units. This blanket also coordinates with the Hummingbird Hat.

Finished Sizes

  • Preemie Blanket (Stroller Blanket, Baby Blanket). Photographed sample is Preemie Blanket.
    • Preemie Blanket: 18” (46 cm) wide x 24” (61 cm) long.
    • Stroller Blanket: 27” (68.5 cm) wide x 32” (81.5 cm) long.
    • Baby Blanket: 36” (91.5 cm) wide x 40” (101.5 cm) long.

Materials

  • Lion Brand Heartland yarn (100% acrylic, 5 oz/142 g, 251 yd/230 m) – 1 (2, 3) skein(s) each in MC and CC, or approximately 251 yd/502 yd/753 yd (230 m/460 m/690 m) in each of 2 colors in any medium weight yarn. (I used 178 Pinnacles as MC and 156 Guadalupe Mountains as CC.)
  • US 8/5 mm 40” (100 cm) knitting needles, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge. (This project is knit flat in rows, but circular needles are recommended because of the large number of stitches on the needles.)
  • Yarn needle.
  • Clover Quick Locking Stitch Marker Set (optional).

Gauge

  • 20 sts = 4” (10 cm) in pattern. For best fit, always check your gauge.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BO – bind off
  • CC – Contrasting Color
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • MC – Main Color
  • p – purl
  • rep – repeat
  • sl – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.

Pattern Note

  • For gauge swatch, CO 38 sts. Follow pattern through Row 12. Rep Row 1-12. BO in knit.

Pattern Instructions

Preemie Blanket

  • With MC, CO 92 sts (or any multiple of 18 sts + 2 sts for edges).
  • Row 1: (Right Side) With MC, sl 1, *k3, p1, k1, p1; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 2: Sl 1, *k3, p3; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Rows 3-6: Rep Rows 1-2 twice.
  • Row 7: Sl 1, *p1, k1, p1, k3; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 8: Sl 1, *p3, k3; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Rows 9-12: Rep Rows 7-8 twice. Fasten off MC.
  • Rows 13-24: Rep Rows 1-12 once.
  • Row 25: With CC, sl 1,*[p1, k1] 4 times, k4, p1, k5; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 26: Sl 1, *p4, [k1, p1] twice, p4, [k1, p1] 3 times; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 27: Sl 1, *[p1, k1] 4 times, k2, [p1, k3] twice; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 28: Sl 1, *p2, k1, p5, k1, p3, [k1, p1] 3 times; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 29: Sl 1,*[p1, k1] 5 times, k6, p1, k1; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 30: Sl 1,*k1, p9, [k1, p1] 4 times; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Rows 31-48: Rep Rows 25-30, 3 times. Fasten off CC.
  • Rows 49-144: Rep Rows 1-48 twice.
  • Rows 145-168: Rep Rows 1-24 once more. Do not fasten off MC.
  • With MC, BO in knit.
  • Continue on to Finishing (All Sizes).

Stroller Blanket

  • With MC, CO 128 sts (or any multiple of 18 sts + 2 sts for edges).
  • Row 1: (Right Side) With MC, sl 1, *k3, p1, k1, p1; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 2: Sl 1, *k3, p3; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Rows 3-6: Rep Rows 1-2 twice.
  • Row 7: Sl 1, *p1, k1, p1, k3; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 8: Sl 1, *p3, k3; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Rows 9-12: Rep Rows 7-8 twice. Fasten off MC.
  • Rows 13-24: Rep Rows 1-12 once.
  • Row 25: With CC, sl 1,*[p1, k1] 4 times, k4, p1, k5; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 26: Sl 1, *p4, [k1, p1] twice, p4, [k1, p1] 3 times; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 27: Sl 1, *[p1, k1] 4 times, k2, [p1, k3] twice; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 28: Sl 1, *p2, k1, p5, k1, p3, [k1, p1] 3 times; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 29: Sl 1,*[p1, k1] 5 times, k6, p1, k1; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 30: Sl 1,*k1, p9, [k1, p1] 4 times; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Rows 31-48: Rep Rows 25-30, 3 times. Fasten off CC.
  • Rows 49-192: Rep Rows 1-48, 3 times.
  • Rows 193-216: Rep Rows 1-24 once more. Do not fasten off MC.
  • With MC, BO in knit.
  • Continue on to Finishing (All Sizes).

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Baby Blanket

  • With MC, CO 182 sts (or any multiple of 18 sts + 2 sts for edges).
  • Row 1: (Right Side) With MC, sl 1, *k3, p1, k1, p1; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 2: Sl 1, *k3, p3; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Rows 3-6: Rep Rows 1-2 twice.
  • Row 7: Sl 1, *p1, k1, p1, k3; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 8: Sl 1, *p3, k3; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Rows 9-12: Rep Rows 7-8 twice. Fasten off MC.
  • Rows 13-24: Rep Rows 1-12 once.
  • Row 25: With CC, sl 1,*[p1, k1] 4 times, k4, p1, k5; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 26: Sl 1, *p4, [k1, p1] twice, p4, [k1, p1] 3 times; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 27: Sl 1, *[p1, k1] 4 times, k2, [p1, k3] twice; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 28: Sl 1, *p2, k1, p5, k1, p3, [k1, p1] 3 times; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 29: Sl 1,*[p1, k1] 5 times, k6, p1, k1; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 30: Sl 1,*k1, p9, [k1, p1] 4 times; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Rows 31-48: Rep Rows 25-30, 3 times. Fasten off CC.
  • Rows 49-240: Rep Rows 1-48, 4 times.
  • Rows 241-264: Rep Rows 1-24 once more. Do not fasten off MC.
  • With MC, BO in knit.
  • Continue on to Finishing (All Sizes).

Finishing (All Sizes)

© 2018 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2018/05/16/knitting-pattern-baby-bird-blanket/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

If you make your own Baby Bird Blanket, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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Baby Bird Blanket, free knitting pattern in Lion Brand Heartland in preemie, stroller, and baby blanket sizes by Underground Crafter | The Baby Bird Blanket in Lion Brand Heartland is a beginner-friendly textured, striped blanket in preemie, stroller, and baby blanket sizes. It combines two simple stitch patterns to create the perfect welcome for a little one. This pattern is part of the a Knit-a-Long with Lion Brand and Knots of Love.

3 Comments

  1. Lavender
    May 16, 2018 / 8:49 am

    Love the colors.

  2. June 25, 2018 / 2:43 am

    Hey there Marie. Such a lovely baby blanket pattern that I know our readers will love. Like you I also really like the texture of seed stitch. These stitches in your design are gorgeous. I’ve shared your pattern in our latest craft inspiration roundup. https://craftylikegranny.com/3ps-for-craft/ Happy Knitting! Cheers Jodie

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