Baby hand knits are one of the most beautiful handmade items you can create. They are welcomed as great gifts, made with love for a newborn, and they can be passed on to other babies – or even the next generation – once they have outgrown them.
Knitting baby clothes and toys is also satisfying because the little items knit up quickly and they’re so cute!
When choosing baby patterns, keep in mind that new parents usually want machine-washable yarn; when you’re sleep deprived, you don’t have time to wash your hands!
Patterns are created by reputable designers and can be found on the websites of yarn makers, craft suppliers, and the designers themselves. Each of these sites offers more free patterns, as well as patterns to buy.
Some patterns are in PDF format, so you should download them unless you like to knit in front of your laptop. You can open the PDF and then save it to your computer, or save it directly to your computer and then open it. (You must have Adobe software to view a PDF file. Download the free software here.)
Lovely bunny pattern
Pretty alternative to the teddy bear, this gossypium cotton rabbit soft toy, designed by Erika Knight, is knitted in garter stitch, and its shape is obtained simply by decreasing and increasing. It is finished with an embroidered face, a pom pom tail and a stylish ribbon bow.
Colorful koala pattern
This charming koala character wearing a knitted mini scarf and striped jumper would make a lovely keepsake for a child. You’ll have to register with LoveCrafts for the pattern, but there are so many free knitting patterns available, you’re bound to find plenty more knitwear to keep you entertained.
Snowflake Cozy Blanket
This intricate blanket uses a snowflake pattern that looks absolutely stunning in pastel shades of pink, blue, and yellow.
Shaun the Sheep scarf pattern
This is an adorable scarf and mitten set featuring the Aardman creation Shaun the Sheep, first seen in Wallace and Gromit before getting his own CBBC series.
Slippers with knot pattern
Known for her quirky knitwear, designer Susie Johns has also written books on papercraft, jewelry making and embroidery. These ribbon booties are so pretty and a great way to use up your yarn stash, as you can knit two pairs from just one ball of yarn.
Knitted in garter stitch, therefore suitable for beginners, the pattern is available in three sizes: 3 to 6 months, 6 to 9 months and 9 to 12 months. You will need to register on the Let’s Knit website – free – to download the PDF pattern for knotted slippers.
Mungo, Stella and Archie character designs
This trio of whimsical characters designed by Grace Jones would be ideal as a gift for younger siblings or cousins. The patterns are fox, cat and bear variations of the same style, and are perfect for an experienced knitter. You can download without registering, although registering allows you to save all your favorite designs.
Newborn Lamb and Blanket Set Pattern
This adorable neutral and cuddly lamb blanket is perfect for a new member of the family. Download the pattern for free from Deramores or buy a set with the necessary yarn to complete it with the pattern.
Mini slippers pattern
These cuffed booties, knitted in plush Sirdar Snuggly Snowflake Chunky yarn, are soft and comfy on baby’s bare feet (also includes three other shoe designs), and they’re a “one-ball wonder,” taking a single ball of wire. The pattern (which includes three other shoe and slipper patterns) is available in three sizes: newborn to six months, six to 12 months, and one to two years.
Nice hat and cardigan set
This beautiful Grace knit hat and cardigan set comes with instructions to make it suitable for ages 9 months, 12 months and 24 months.
Cuddly hoodie pattern
Keep a little one cozy in this striped raglan sleeve hoodie, designed by Martin Storey, an influential knitting designer who learned to knit in elementary school. It is knitted in jersey with three colors of yarn. The pattern has three sizes: newborn to three months, three to six months, six to 12 months and 12 to 18 months, and includes left and right buttoning details for girls and boys.
Download the McAree Brothers hoodie pattern without registering.
More Free Knitting Patterns
There are many resources online for free knitting patterns for babies, kids and adults, here are some of the most popular sites with a wide range of free patterns available.
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