Who can resist knitting for babies? There’s nothing we enjoy more than whipping up a tiny knit for a precious new arrival. When you’re knitting for little ones every stitch is filled with love, so it’s important you choose the perfect pattern. That’s why we’ve rounded up our 24 favourite baby knitting patterns for this list, including easy patterns for beginners and plenty of fab free designs. Whether you’re looking for an everyday cardigan, an heirloom blanket or a fun toy, we have the best baby knitting patterns for you to cast on right now…
24 knitting patterns for babies
Knitted baby blocks pattern
Make Angela Turner’s colourful baby blocks your go-to baby gift! Featuring letters, numbers and motifs in eye-catching bright colours, they’re sure to keep baby entertained. You can find this pattern in Ultimate Baby and Kids Knitting Collection, on sale now.
Easy beginner baby cardigan knitting pattern
Soft, squishy garter stitch is brilliant for baby knits, and it’s an ideal choice for beginner knitters too. Newbies will love making this easy baby jacket and hat from Debbie Bliss, with their bright pops of colour, almost as much as baby will love wearing them!
Free baby matinee coat knitting pattern
Just look at the pretty lace and bobble details on this matinee jacket knitting pattern from Patons! First published in 1982 to celebrate the birth of Prince William, it’s a classic design that will never go out of style. Knit it up using the cosiest baby yarn in simple white or cream.
Free baby blanket knitting pattern
Show baby how excited you are to meet them with this funky intarsia cot blanket from Sandra van Katwijk. It would look perfect in a modern nursery knitted in bold monochrome shades or jewel brights. Get the free baby blanket pattern from Mollie Makes.
Free baby onesie knitting pattern
Who said baby knits have to be in pale pastels? Not us! Dress your future rock star in black and white with this free stripy onesie pattern, available from Bergere de France. With machine washable yarn and snap fasteners on the legs, it’s super-practical too!
Easy baby cardigan knitting pattern
Every baby needs plenty of cosy layers in their wardrobe, so try some simple colourwork knitting with this Fair Isle cardigan, designed by Vicky Sedgwick for Rowan. Choose dainty shades for the heart motifs or go bright to make those colours really pop!
Baby accessory set knitting pattern
Too cute! This adorable jungle accessory set by Angela Turner features monkey booties, a giraffe rattle, a lion comforter and an elephant bib. It’s a must-knit for a special little one. Find the patterns in the February 2020 edition of Love Knitting for Baby magazine.
Premature baby hat knitting pattern
It can be hard to find clothes small enough for the tiniest newborns – so why not make your own? Designed to fit babies born at 27-31 weeks or 32-34 weeks, this free premature baby knitting pattern from Sirdar will be a welcome gift for new parents.
Spotty baby romper knitting pattern
When baby starts crawling or taking their first tentative steps, they need clothes that don’t restrict their movement, and comfy romper suits are the perfect choice. Monica Russel’s knitted baby romper has short legs and strappy sleeves, making it a real summer staple.
Baby jumper knitting pattern
Blast off! Your little astronaut will be over the moon with this fun rocket jumper by Jane Burns. Clever tactile details, such as the star buttons and rocket wings, take it to the next level. Get the pattern in Ultimate Baby and Kids Knitting Collection, out now.
Christening gown knitting pattern
Knit this beautiful heirloom lace Christening gown by Anniken Allis for baby’s special day. It’s made in Exquisite Lace yarn from West Yorkshire Spinners, a luxurious blend of wool and mulberry silk. Get the pattern in The Knitter issue 124, which is available as a digital download.
Pompom baby beanie hat pattern
Get the royal baby look with this cute two-pompom beanie from Stylecraft, which reminds us of the one worn by baby Archie earlier this year. Knit it up in snuggly Bambino DK, and complete the set with a matching sweater and blanket. Find more details and your nearest stockist.
Frog baby comforter knitting pattern
Ann Franklin’s friendly frog comforter from Ultimate Baby and Kids Knitting Collection will be a cheerful buddy for baby. High-contrast shades are easier for young babies to see, so use a light colour for the Fair Isle spots to really get their attention.
Animal baby hat knitting pattern
Whip up a baby gift in a day with this free animal baby hat pattern by Rosee Woodland. Designs include a bunny, dinosaur, chick and more. Have lots of yarn at the ready, because we bet you’ll end up knitting them all!
Easy baby booties knitting pattern
No baby outfit would be complete without a pair of teeny-tiny booties, and we’re smitten with this pattern from Ysolda. These Mary-Jane-style booties work up in a flash and are finished with a button. Buy the Tiny Shoes pattern on her website.
Baby diaper covers by Courtney Kelley
Crochet collar pattern by Crochet Latte
How adorable will your little one look with Crochet Latte’s collars round their neck?
Crochet cat pullover by Stephanie Mason
Animal knitting patterns for babies have always been our absolute favourite. Knit up this kitty hoodie by Stephanie Mason.
Sunburst granny square baby blanket by Akamatra
Another beautiful baby blanket! Use Akamatra’s free tutorial and pattern.
Garter stitch pixie hat by Purl Bee
Purl Bee’s free knitting patterns for babies are a longtime favourite. Knit up these little hats to keep those tiny ears warm.
Knitted teddy bear by Maryla Ramanava
Knitted teddies are always a great gift for newborns. Use Ramanava’s pattern to make your own.
Crochet blanket by Sara Rivka
We loved the bright orange contrast on Sara Rivka’s knitted baby blanket.
Knitted Miffy bunny toy by Knitter Bees
Every baby loves Miffy! Knitter Bees has an adorable pattern on Ravlery for you to make.
Fingerless gloves pattern for kids by Théa Rosenburg
The final pattern in our knitting for babies round up is Théa Rosenburg’s fingerless gloves. The perfect project for winter.
More baby knitting patterns
Ultimate Baby and Kids Knitting Collection is a gorgeous collection of patterns for babies, kids and tweens, from the archive of Simply Knitting, The Knitter and Love Knitting for Baby. With 67 patterns for cardigans, jumpers, dresses, toys, blankets, preemie sets and more, you’ll be inspired for years to come.