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Rice Stitch Baby Blanket, Free Knitting Pattern

Rice Stitch Baby Blanket, Free Knitting Pattern

A Design by Liz @PurlsAndPixels

This rice stitch baby blanket is a great way to practice your knitting and purling skills. The rice stitch makes a fabric with two lovely textures on either side. This will make a soft and cuddly blanket that would make an excellent baby shower gift. It is also a great way for a new or expecting mother just learning to make something for her little one. Make this with a solid color yarn for a classic minimalist heirloom blanket. Or you can spice it up with a variegated version of worsted weight yarn like Simply Soft Paints.Free knitting lessons, learn to knit online with Liz @PurlsAndPixels

How this Simple Baby Blanket is Made

Rice stitch side of free knitted baby blanket pattern from Liz @PurlsAndPixelsThe rice stitch side of the blanket will have little puffs in a nice grid pattern.

Broken rib stitch side of free baby blanket pattern from Liz @PurlsAndPixelsThe other side of a rice stitch pattern is called a broken rib stitch pattern (if you work a rice stitch backwards, you get a broken rib stitch). The broken rib stitch looks like a basic knit, purl rib, but the knit columns are a bit twisted to add a little visual interest to the texture.

I will give you instructions for making the same blanket in two ways. I make this blanket with the broken rib stitch, since it is all knits and purls. You can also knit it in rice stitch, but you’ll also need to learn how to knit through the back loop. This can be good practice to learn how to twist and untwist stitches. Either pattern you follow will result in the exact same blanket, so choose what is best for you.

Neaten knitted edges with slipped stitches

To neaten the edges of the blanket, you’ll slip the first stitch off your needle as if to purl, without actually working the stitch. On the knit rows, you’ll hold your yarn in back of your work when you do this. I’ll abbreviate this as “sl1pwyib.” On the purl rows, you will hold the yarn in the front of your work when you slip the first stitch; this will be abbreviated “sl1pwyif.”

The most difficult part of making this baby blanket is keeping tack of the pattern. It can be easy to accidentally knit two stitches and lose your pattern in the knit, purl rows. Make sure you watch your stitch rows and columns and compare them with the pictures to make sure your pattern is developing properly. If you spot a knitting mistake, you can go back and fix it if you need to.

Materials

Abbreviations

  • k = knit
  • p = purl
  • sl1pwyif = slip one stitch purlwise with yarn in front
  • sl1pwyib = Slip one stitch purlwise with yarn in back
  • ktbl = knit through the back loop
  • ** = repeat the pattern between the asterisks

Gauge

21 stitches and 24 rows in broken rib or rice stitch = 4 inches by 4 inches square

Instructions: Rice Stitch Baby Blanket

(40 inches x 40 inches)

Row 1: Cast on 163 stitches. Turn.

Row 2: sl1pwyif, *k1tbl, p* x 81 (163stitches). Turn.

Row 3: sl1pwyib, k 162 (163 stitches). Turn.

Repeat Rows 2 & 3 x 119 (240 rows total).

Row 241: Bind off with the same tension as the rest of the piece (do not bind of loosely like most other patterns call for). Cut yarn leaving an 8-inch tail and pull through.

Weave in ends.

Instructions: Broken Rib Stitch Baby Blanket

(40 inches x 40 inches)

Row 1: Cast on 163 stitches. Turn.

Row 2: sl1pwyif, *k, p* x 81 (163 stitches). Turn.

Row 3: sl1pwyib, k 162 (163 stitches). Turn.

Repeat Rows 2 & 3 x 119 (240 rows total).

Row 241: Bind off with the same tension as the rest of the piece (do not bind of loosely like most other patterns call for). Cut yarn leaving an 8-inch tail and pull through.

Weave in ends.

Printable version of this free knitting pattern

 

Printable rice stitch baby blanket knitting pattern PDF by Liz @PurlsAndPixels

 

Size Notes

This blanket will be a 40-inch by 40-inch square.

Care

If you use the materials called for in the pattern, your final product will be machine washable. To keep your baby blanket looking its best, hand wash or machine wash separately on delicate cycle in cold water. You may tumble dry on low heat or lay flat to dry.

Tip:

Keep this away from Velcro! Yarn and Velcro are never friends. Your blanket will absolutely snag if you lay it on a Velcro jacket or a toy with a Velcro seam. Other than that, these little blankets last for years if you make sure to wash them gently.

Free baby blanket knitting pattern, Rice stitch blanket from PurlsAndPixels

©2017, Liz Chandler of PurlsAndPixels. This pattern is for personal use, gifting, and charitable donation of completed items. You may also sell items made using this pattern. Do not copy and sell the pattern or use it for any commercial purpose. Thank you!

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