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Best Free Knitting Patterns for Babies

Updated on October 12, 2014
Rainbow baby hat.
Rainbow baby hat. | Source

Favourite Free Knitting Patterns for Babies

I've collected together some of my favorite free knitting patterns for babies.

Some of the patterns are ones I've tried myself and others are knitting patterns which I would love to make if I had the time and the money to buy unlimited amounts of luscious yarn.


Simple Baby Hat
Simple Baby Hat | Source

Simple Baby Hat

The Simple Baby Hat (featured in the Intro) really is simple to knit.

I anticipate making quite a few of these hats, especially as the knitting pattern has a range of sizes from Preemie to Toddler.

I used this cute rainbow acrylic yarn - I can't tell you what it is because it's been in my stash (without label) for years.

Sweaters, Jackets, Cardis

Knitted Baby Cardigan
Knitted Baby Cardigan | Source

Easy Baby Cardigan

The little cardigan shown opposite really was easy and was made with same acrylic yarn as the Simple Baby Hat shown above.

The only thing I'm not sure about with this pattern is the little cord ties - I think I'd prefer buttons and I might add buttons instead next time.

This knitting pattern has instructions for newborn - 18 months.

Knitted Baby Cardigan
Knitted Baby Cardigan | Source

Drops Corner Jacket

Although I love this pattern, this little cardigan/jacket was never finished.

I was supposed to be using Fingering weight but realized halfway through that the yarn I was using was DK weight (King Cole's Riot) so my baby cardigan ended up being more of a toddler cardigan!

The corner effect is so clever and was created with yarn overs.

This is one knitting project that I wish I had finished.

Socks and Bootees

Knitted Sock
Knitted Sock | Source

Rowan Socks

I've only made one of these socks as it came out a bit bigger than I thought it would. I was also given a pack of baby socks and they worked out fine for me.

Even though I only ever made one, this was a really quick and easy knit. If I had had better yarn for this project I would have made more.

If you want to learn how to make socks but are a bit intimidated about just jumping in and making adult-sized socks then this would be a great little project for learning the processes.

Baby socks are a cute gift to knit but you might not want to knit lots for one baby.

We ended up not using a lot of socks as we had a lot of those all in one romper suits that cover the feet anyway.

Baby bootees
Baby bootees | Source

Saartje's Bootees

The pattern for these bootees is so cute and very popular on - it seems like the majority of people have made them.

These are bootees that can be knit in 2 colors with two straps which fasten with buttons diagonally across the foot.

It's not a difficult pattern and it's a fun one to knit to understand how flat knitting can be manipulated to make a 3D shape.

I've made a few of these bootees as gifts.


Wool Soaker
Wool Soaker | Source

In case you don't know, wool soakers are diaper covers - lanolised wool is great for creating a waterproof, deodorized diaper cover.

I love the idea of this little soaker (pictured opposite). It looks like cute knitted shorts. If you need soakers to go with your cloth diapers then I can definitely recommend this cute little pattern. Unfortunately it didn't get much use with us as I was given diaper covers but I still think it's adorable .

Baby Blanket Knitting Patterns

Baby Tree of Life Throw
Baby Tree of Life Throw | Source

The Baby Tree of Life Throw is the first thing I knitted after discovering I was pregnant.

I think this pattern is adorable and it's also a great pattern to get your teeth into with all those cables and complicated bits.

If you're a bit unsure about the trailing pieces of yarn on the flowers, and worried that your baby might get their fingers caught in them, you can always over-sew them. We never had a problem with this one but I did end up using another knitted blanket more than this one as this one was a bit too light for the climate we were in.

© 2011 Rachel Field

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    • Grasmere Sue profile image

      Sue Dixon 

      5 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Back to look again at this lovely selection- I love the kimono and hooded jacket. With my first grandchild now on the way I'm getting the needles out. Blessed!

    • LizMac60 profile image

      Liz Mackay 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Did you ever use those wool soakers? Blessed.

    • Grasmere Sue profile image

      Sue Dixon 

      5 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Lovely pattern selection.

    • daniela12 profile image


      6 years ago

      You really have talent to do this!

    • bikerministry profile image


      6 years ago

      Dear MeltedRachel, we must be related. Your fiber, and craft interests are so similar. You have a way with lenses, and I plan to study your methods, If you don't mind being a mentor. Thank you for being on Squidoo. Blessings.

    • sarahrk lm profile image

      sarahrk lm 

      7 years ago

      I love knitting and especailly for babies.

    • Rachel Field profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel Field 

      7 years ago

      @nightbear lm: Thanks so much :D

    • nightbear lm profile image

      nightbear lm 

      7 years ago

      I love your knitting, baby patterns are my favorite too. Lensrolled and blessed and featured on my angel lens. Great job!

    • Rachel Field profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel Field 

      7 years ago

      @jseven lm: Thanks so much :D

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      jseven lm 

      7 years ago

      You make really nice baby clothes and nice lens!

    • Rachel Field profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel Field 

      7 years ago

      @Stazjia: I've been saving them up for years until I needed them :D

      Thanks so much for visiting :D

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      Carol Fisher 

      7 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      What lovely baby clothes you've knitted. I just wish I knew someone with a baby so I could knit some of them.


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