The Best Free Knitting Patterns for Babies

Is it time to welcome a special little person into the world?  For those of us who love to knit, creating one of a kind, cuddle-worthy baby knits is the best way to greet a new baby.

We have put together a wonderful and thorough list of free knitting patterns for the baby in your life.  

Whether you are knitting for your own baby or making a special gift, this is the place to find free knitting patterns for baby hats, free baby blanket knitting patterns, and free baby knitting patterns for lovely clothing like sweaters and dresses.

If you are eager to knit something for the baby but need some tips, check out our page for beginning knitters!

Something to Consider

Before you begin knitting your sweet item for the baby, there is something important to think about.  Please take washing into consideration!

Your wish may be to make something out of a lovely and soft merino silk blend.  Maybe it is some other luxury fiber.

You need to ask yourself this very important question: Will the new mom and dad want to hand wash your lovely gift?

There are beautiful yarns available; I know this and often get caught up with them too.  They seem the perfect thing to use to knit your special cuddly and snuggly something for the precious little one.

But I know what will happen, and you know too if you stop to think about it; new parents don’t want to worry about hand washing anything!  It will all get thrown into the wash together with everything else for the baby, and then your hard work will be destroyed in the washing machine. So yes, make sure you use a soft baby yarn to create baby’s gift with these free knitting patterns, but you definitely don’t want to get caught up in using fancy yarns that just won’t last.

Although the cashmere or merino/silk blend is nearly irresistible, it is best if you keep it to make something special for yourself. Make sure the baby’s gift can go in the washer and the dryer safely!

Free Knitting Patterns for Baby

The list of free baby patterns that we have for you to explore is long and full of sweet ideas to knit.

Check these out:

  • Baby Booties and Socks- the page is loaded with free knitting patterns for something to cozy up those tiny toes. The Baby Janes, patterned after Mary Janes, are so cute!
  • Baby Blankets- the variety of blankets gives you so many options from heirloom blankets to knitted quilts and soft and cuddly blankets for everyday use.
  • Baby Hats- you are going to love the cute hats we found to cover that tiny head.  The bunny hat is perfect for spring! Be sure to check out the nostalgic pixie hat pattern, too!
  • Baby Sweaters- there are many free patterns for baby sweaters, and they are all unique.  There are many cardigans, even one with a hood, which are so much easier to take on and off of the baby. We even have a long doggy dress pattern that can be used as a sweater with leggings!
  • Layettes- The lovely layettes on this page make perfect gifts, especially a gift from Grandma!
  • Dresses- The dresses we have for you are amazing. The beautiful lacy dress is perfect for fancy occasions. Check out the cute striped toddler dress too!
  • Bibs- Cute and ready for quick clean up, the bib patterns on this page are charming!

Everyone loves knitting for a wee one.  We hope you enjoy these free knitting patterns for babies!

The Best Free Knitting Patterns for Babies

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Baby Booties

Baby Booties #ad

Knit up some sweet baby booties using this free knit pattern. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Baby Cardigan

Baby Cardigan #ad

Check out this free pattern to make a Baby Cardigan. Sizes 6 months to 24 months. Affiliate Link to Michaels

Baby Cardigan Pattern

A quick knit summer cardigan pattern. F. Pea Blog

Baby Janes Booties

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With this free knit pattern, you can knit precious booties for your baby. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Baby Slippers

Baby Slippers

Here is a quick and easy free knitted baby slipper pattern to make for your baby or as a gift. Craft Bits

Baby Tart

This adorable baby hat features the bobble berry pattern. So cute, you could eat it! Knitty

Bunny Baby Hat

This Bunny Baby Hat knitting pattern will be perfect for Easter! Gina Michele

Bunny Cocoon and Hat

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Shape a precious knit bunny cocoon and hat for your baby. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Checked Mates Layette

A free layette pattern for sweater, hat and socks. P2Designs

Comfy Baby Socks

Keep baby's toes in stylish comfort with knit socks. Mary Maxim

Cute As A Kitten Baby Hat

Cute As A Kitten Baby Hat #ad

Make this adorable cap featuring a little kitten face and pompoms for ears. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Daisy Cardigan

A simple free knit cotton baby cardigan pattern. Knitty

Fairy Leaves Dress

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This cute dress features intricate lacework with a modern design. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

First Step Dress

First Step Dress #ad

Knit a fun and simple dress for toddlers. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Fluffy Baby Blanket

Super easy baby blanket pattern can be knitted with this free pattern. Knitting Nelly's Yarn Cache

Frog Hat and Slipper Socks

Adorable free knit pattern for a child. Create a fun froggy hat and matching socks! P2Designs

Grandmother's Favorite Baby Bib

This free baby bib pattern was designed by Merin McManus Collins. Ravelry

Hooded Cardigan

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Show your skills by knitting this unique, hooded cardigan. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Hoodie Baby Blanket

Knit up a cozy hooded blanket for your baby or as a gift for a newborn baby. Thrifty Knitter

Knit Sleepy Sack

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Sleepy-eyed embroidery makes this knit sack extra sweet. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Knitted Bib

Knitted Bib #ad

Follow the step-by-step instructions to make a knitted bib. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Knitted Patchwork Quilt

A free delightful free pattern for a baby blanket or for anyone. Canadian Living

Lace Chevron Baby Blanket

Lace Chevron Baby Blanket #ad

You can knit a soft, comfy baby blanket for that precious little one with this free knit pattern. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Log Cabin Baby Blanket

Log Cabin Baby Blanket #ad

Easily knit a color-blocked baby blanket with this free pattern. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Love You Knit Baby Blanket

Love You Knit Baby Blanket #ad

This knitted baby blanket has a heart-shaped motif. Knit it for a baby shower or your baby. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Mary Jane Slippers for Baby

Mary Jane Slippers for Baby

This free knitting pattern shows you how to knit a pair of Mary Jane slippers for a baby. Craft Bits

One-Row Baby Blanket

One-Row Baby Blanket #ad

There's only 1 row to remember on this knit blanket pattern. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Panda Hat and Mitts

Panda Hat and Mitts #ad

This cute knit set bumps up the fun while challenging the advanced knitter. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Peppermint Twist Hat and Socks

Free knit winter hat project for child. Create a fashionable and cute hat resembling a round peppermint candy with matching socks. P2Designs

Pretty Bloom's Baby Blanket and Hat Set

Pretty Bloom's Baby Blanket and Hat Set

Whip up this knitted baby blanket and hat gift set in just a weekend. My Poppet

Quilted Blankie

Follow this free pattern to knit an adorable little blanket for baby. All Free Knitting

Rainbow Baby Blanket

Rainbow Baby Blanket

Who doesn't love rainbows? Make a rainbow blanket with this free knit pattern. My Poppet

Two Color Newborn Socks

Knit baby socks - free pattern. Dawn's Dream Designs

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