A charming knit baby blanket pattern using the cloverleaf eyelet stitch and finished using a cloverleaf crochet edge. This sweet blanket makes the perfect gift for the new baby in your world. Instructional video shows how to knit the cloverleaf eyelet stitch baby blanket and crochet the cloverleaf edge. This is a free knitting pattern.
I have been knitting for about 30 years. When I first began this hobby, I was all about knitting sweaters but I slowly began to realize that it broke my heart a bit when the sweaters I knit weren’t being worn (by me or anyone else) when tastes changed or when they were grown out of or for any other reason. The time investment in knitting a sweater can be significant so you don’t want that garment to be relegated to the closet.
So I’ve transitioned to knitting blankets, washcloths and the like….they don’t go out of style, you can’t really outgrow them AND they are so much easier to knit than a sweater.
But…I already have a stash of washcloths and have knit a couple of big blankets lately, so when Kate told me that the young lady overseeing Kate’s internship was pregnant…Ooooh…I was all…”That’s such exciting news…now I can knit a baby blanket!”
And this knit baby blanket couldn’t be going to a better home. Kate’s mentor and her husband are from Italy, only in the US for a short time while she works on her Ph.D., so they really don’t have friends and family nearby.
When they return back to Italy, the idea that they’ll take a little token of love from the US with them just warms my soul.
Kate and I deliberated over a slew of knit baby blanket patterns and ultimately decided on a Cloverleaf Eyelet Stitch for the body of this simple baby blanket. I was pushing for that since I knew I could add a clover border to the afghan pattern as well…and let’s just admit that a cute border is the icing on the cake…the cherry on top of your sundae…you get the idea. Yup, the combination of knit & crochet is always a plus for me.
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Materials for Baby Blanket Pattern (Baby Blanket Size of 38″ by 42″):
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- 7 Skeins of Berroco Modern Cotton,a Worsted Weight Yarn. I used the color Sandy Point
- Size 6 Knitting Needles
- Size G 6 Crochet Hook
- Some other soft baby yarn options are Cascade Nifty Cotton, Paintbox Yarns Recycled Cotton, Cascade Anchor Bay, or Baby Fabulous , a cotton and acrylic yarn. All these yarns are available in a variety of different colors.
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Blocking Your Blanket
Once you’ve spent the time to create your beautiful knit blanket, make sure you finish it properly by blocking it. The active time of blocking will only take 30-45 minutes, with another 1-2 days dry time, so plan accordingly. Follow this link for instructions on how to block your knitting and the materials I use.
Stitches and Stitch Patterns Used:
This is not a hard pattern and while maybe not best for a first-time knitter, could easily be knit by advanced beginner knitters familiar with the stitches used, as indicated below.
- SS – Seed stitch alternates Knit and Purls for every stitch and every row, essentially knitting the purls and purling the knits. Remember that you will never have a knit on top of a knit or a purl on top of a purl. Since we have an odd number of stitches our seed stitch pattern will be: Row 1: * K1, p1, K1 rep from * to end of row, Row 2: * K1, p1, K1 rep from * to end of row, Row 3: * K1, p1, K1 ; rep from * to end of row.
- K – knit
- P – purl
- sl st – Slip Stitch, you simply slip one stitch as if to purl onto the right needle without working it
- k2tog – knit 2 together
- ssk – slip, slip, knit
- yo – yarn over – Bring yarn to front of work just like when you do the purl stitch.
- psso – pass slip stitch over – pass the slipped stitch over the worked stitch (the knit 2 together) on your right needle and over the tip of the needle. It’s just like when you’re binding off stitches
Instructions on How to Knit Baby Blanket, Using the Cloverleaf Eyelet Stitch
To make this a smaller or larger blanket, pop over to How to Resize a Knit Blanket, Throw or Washcloth.
Gauge: 5 stitches and 7 rows to the inch on size 6 needles using Berocco Modern Cotton, worsted weight
- Cast on 181 stitches (multiple of 8 plus 5)
- Knit Seed Stitch for the first 3 rows.
- Row 1: * K1, p1, K1; rep from * to end of the row,
- Row 2: *K1, p1, K1; rep from * to end of the row
- Row 3: * K1, p1, K1; rep from * to end of the row
- 4th row: Seed Stitch for first 3 stitches (K1, p1, K1) and then knit rest of row until the last 3 stitches. Use seed stitch for the last 3 stitches of the row.
- 5th row: Seed Stitch for first 3 stitches (Knit, Purl, Knit) then purl the rest of the row until the last 3 stitches. Use seed stitch for the last 3 stitches of the row.
- Seed stitch the first 3 and last 3 stitches of each row for the rest of the blanket
- 6th row: SS first 3 stitches, K2, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, * K5, yo, sl 1, k2tog, pass slip stitch over, yo, repeat from * to last 5 stitches, K2, SS last 3 stitches
- 7th row and remaining odd, wrong side rows: SS first 3 stitches, P all stitches, SS last 3 stitches
- 8th row: SS first 3 stitches, K3, yo, ssk, *k6, yo, ssk, repeat from * to last 5 sts, K2, SS last 3 stitches
- 10th row: SS first 3 stitches, K all stitches, SS last 3 stitches
- 12th row: SS first 3 stitches, K1, *k5, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, rep from * to last 9 sts. K6, SS last 3 stitches
- 14th row: SS first 3 stitches, K7, *yo, ssk, k6, repeat from * to end, SS last 3 stitches
- 16th row: SS first 3 stitches, K all stitches, SS last 3 stitches
- Repeat rows 6- 17 until last 3 rows; Seed Stitch last 3 rows.
- This video will show some of the knitting, specifically, this shows row 12. Even though it doesn’t show the other rows, the stitches used to make up the Cloverleaf Eyelet in row 12 will be the same stitches you’ll use throughout the blanket.
- Cast off, but don’t cut cast-off yarn.
Crochet Cloverleaf Edge onto Blanket:
- Transfer yarn to a crochet hook.
- Work single crochet stitch all the way around the blanket, with the right side of the blanket facing you.
- Begin to work crochet cloverleaf pattern on the corner:
- Cloverleaf: sc stitch, then on next stitch chain 3 and single crochet into the first stitch of the chain. Chain 3 more and single crochet into the first stitch of the chain. Chain 3 more then single crochet into the first stitch of the chain. (So you chain and work into the first stitch of the chain 3 times for each clover).
- After the 3rd ch, work a slip stitch into the stitch that you crocheted the original single crochet in. The video below will help illustrate this.
- Single Crochet into the next 3 sc stitches
- Work a Cloverleaf into the 4th stitch.
- Repeat the 3 single crochets and the cloverleaf into the 4th stitch for the rest of the blanket. You may need to finagle a few stitches to get the cloverleaf on the corner if that is important to you.
Once done, weave in all loose ends, wash and block your blanket. One of the reasons I do like using the Berocco Modern Cotton for a knit baby blanket is that it washes up beautifully. All the photos were taken after it had been washed and air-dried.
I can already hear all the ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ at the baby showers when your new baby blanket is unwrapped. Truly, I can’t imagine lovelier baby shower gifts than handmade crib blankets.
I hope this sweet little baby feels the love that was knit into this blanket.
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If you love this Eyelet Baby Blanket and are looking for more free baby blanket knitting patterns, you might like this Rosebuds and Ruffles Baby Blanket. This sweet blanket uses a cotton bulky yarn. For a less frilly, but still sweet knit baby blanket, check out this Argyle Baby Blanket.
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