This is sort of a summary of a relatively simple garter stitch striped blanket that I made for my niece (in-law) who’s having her first baby (a girl) – probably this week. I picked colors to not be particularly girly because that seemed better.

There’s probably a million of these posted on Ravelry. I just wanted to summarize what I did and what yarn and needles I used.

baby blanket with cat


I used Caron Simply Soft Yarn and a #8 circular knitting needle.

At first I was making the stripes 6 inches wide but then I realized I was varying just a little so I started counting ridges instead. (Ridges comes from Elizabeth Zimmerman. One ridge is 2 rows and super easy to count.) I ended up with 24 ridges per color/stripe.

Before blocking (washing and drying cause it’s Caron Simply Soft after all) I ended up with a blanket that’s roughly 36 inches square.

This gives you a simple garter stitch blanket that isn’t mind-numbingly boring. It’s also more interesting because you end up with diagonal stripes. I did it while watching Netflix mostly.

CO on 8 stitches
Knit 3 rows


Slip 1, Knit 3, YO, knit rest of row (turn)


Once you reach halfway then start decreasing. That was one stripe repeat for me because I did really wide stripes.


Slip 1, knit 2, K2tog, YO, K2tog, knit rest of row (turn)


*Remember to stop the last stripe a little sooner so you can knit the 3 rows and cast off at the end. Knitting at the beginning and end lets you keep that border around the whole edge.

baby blanket 1
baby blanket 2