How to Knit the "Stanley" Baby Blanket [Free Video Tutorial & Written Pattern!]

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Beautiful blankets don't have to be complicated to achieve a beautiful pattern. Stanley is just a 2 row repeat, making it the perfect quick knit blanket for those last minute baby gifts.

Clean lines of stockinette sandwiched in-between garter stitch give a beautiful and texture and interest to an otherwise classically simple blanket. It's blankets like Stanley that bring knitted items firmly into the 21st Century. 

Yarn and Sizing Tips & Tricks

My instructions produce a Blanket approximately 60cm x 80cm, but for those of you wanting to adjust this size, it can easily be done using the pattern multiple of 5+2 for the middle textured panel, and an additional 18 stitches for the garter stitch edging.

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Materials Needed:

  • 4mm Circular Needs (to recreate this blanket 80cm is a perfect length)
  • 400g of DK Yarn - I used Stylecraft Bambino in Mustard
  • Scissors & Tapestry Needle for sewing in ends
  • 2 Stitch Markers

Written Pattern:

Stiches Used

  • k - knit
  • p - purl
  • sl1pwyf - slip one purlwise with yarn in front.
  • Pm - place marker
  • Sm - slip marker

Bottom Edge

Foundation Row: Cast on 135 stitches.

Knit 16 rows as follows: K until final stitch, sl1pwyf

Main Pattern Repeat

Row 1 (Setup Row): k9, pm, p2,*k3, p2* repeat from *to* until 9 stitches remain, pm, k8, sl1pwyf. 

Row 2: k until 1 stitch remains (sm as you come across them), sl1pwyf

Row 3: k9, sm, p2,*k3, p2* repeat from *to* until marker, sm, k8, sl1pwyf. 

Repeat Rows 2 & 3 until project is slightly shorter than desired length (to allow for garter edging. Start Edging after completing a "Row 3"

Top Edge

Knit 16 rows as follows: K until final stitch, sl1pwyf.

Final row (Row 17): Cast off knit wise with right side facing.

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  • Flojo says:

    Your patterns are great, perfectly explained thank you. However it would be helpful to see the reverse side and if they are reversible for a baby blanket, it would be useful to know this. Thank you for your great blankets!

    • SnufflebeanYarn says:

      Hi, I'll definitely take that into account! Mainly my existing blankets aren't reversable and the back of the blanket resembles garter stitch give or take. For future project's I'll definitely photograph the back!

  • Nicole K. says:

    Hi there! Thank you so much for creating this pattern and sharing it! If I want to make this blanket with a medium size yarn, would I need to change anything in the pattern or needle size? Thank you again! 🙂

    • SnufflebeanYarn says:

      You just need to make sure you use the right size needles for the yarn weight you’ve chosen, and you may need to adjust the amount of stitches you cast on

  • Luz Zondlo says:

    Thank you for the beautiful tutorial and easy to follow instructions, you are a wonderful teacher.
    I would like to know if the pattern will work with 75 stitches instead of 135. I will greatly appreciate
    your answer, Thank you!

    • SnufflebeanYarn says:

      The pattern multiple is in the description, so as long as the maths works with 75 then yes the blanket will.