02 November 2011

Kai's Knit Baby Blanket Pattern: Pavilion Stitch

Recently I made a knit baby blanket for Kai, our friends' Kevin @ Rhetorician by Trade and Rachel's @ 52 Projects first baby boy.

and thought I would share the pattern I created with you in case you want to make one too!  I used pavilion stitch because it looks super cool and it is a fun pattern for beginners because you only use regular knit and purl stitches.

Here is the PATTERN:

Size US 10 24" or greater circular needle (or two long needles if you prefer, I like circular because you never lose one!)
Four Medium size Skeins of Yarn of your choice (if you use smalls skeins you will need more, if you go with a super saver size you might only need two)
Optional: A yard of minky fabric to line the back to make it extra cozy

Get Started:
Cast on 80
Rows 1-8: Knit
Row 9: K4, [k2, p1, k5, p7, k3: rep across] end K4
Row 10 and all even rows: K4,[Knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts as they face you] end K4
Row 11: K4, [(k1, p1) twice, k5, p5, k4: rep across] end K4
Row 13: K4, [p1, k3, p1, k5, p3, k5: rep across] end K4
Row 15: K4, [k5, p1, k5, p7: rep across] end K4
Row 17: K4, [(p1, k5) twice, p5, k1: rep across] end K4
Row 19: K4, [k1, (p1, k5) twice, p3, k2: rep across] end K4
Row 21: K4, k2,*p1, k5; rep from *,end p1, k7
Row 23: K4, [k3, p1, k5, p1, k3, p1, k1, p1, k2: rep across] end K4
Row 25: K4, [k4, p1, k5, p1, k1, p1, k3, p1, k1: rep across], end K4
Row 27: K4, [k5, p7, k5, p1: rep across] end K4
Row 29: K4, [p1, k5, p5, k5, p1, k1: rep across] end K4
Row 31: K4, [k1, p1, k5, p3, k5, p1, k2: rep across] end K4
Row 33: K4, [k2, p7, k5, p1, k3: rep across] end K4
Row 35: K4, [k1, p1, k1, p5, k5, p1, k4: rep across] end K4
Row 37: K4, [p1, k3, p3, k5, p1, k5: rep across], end K4
Row 39: K4,[k5, p1: rep across] end K4
Row 41: K4,[k4, p1, k1, p1, k3, p1, k5, p1, k1: rep across] end K4
Row 43: K4,[(k3, p1) twice, k1, p1, k5, p1, k2: rep across], end K4
Row 44: K4, [Knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts as they face you],end K4
Repeat Rows 9-44 2 more times (3 total)
Knit Last 8 Rows
Cast Off
Weave your yarn tails through your knitting to hide them. 

*Optional* I sew minky (or flannel) onto the back of my knitted blankets because generally only one side looks good. This particular pattern doesn't look bad if you leave it, but for a winter baby the extra softness and warmth will be appreciated. Simply cut your fabric to the size of the blanket and fold under edges (I use the border as a guide). Then blanket stitch the edges of the fabric to your knit blanket. To keep the fabric and the knit blanket together I add some hand ties (like quilting). I think these extra steps are worth the time and energy!

I hope you enjoy the pattern!


  1. ...and we love it! I'm sure Kai will too! You're knitting skills are awesome.

  2. Rachel and Kevin showed it to us on Skype the other night, it is beautiful. What a beautiful gift and will look even cuter when Kai is wrapped up in it!!!

  3. I'm so glad you all liked it! Wish we could be there to meet him in person! Love you guys!

  4. Hi there, I found this post on pinterest and and currently working on knitting this blanket. However, I feel like maybe I'm knitting tighter than you and was wondering if you remember the approximate dimensions of you finished product. I'm using lion brand cotton ease, size ten needles and am now on my 23rd row in the second repeat. I am just now getting close to the end of my first skein. Assuming I need to go up in needle size to get it to come out bigger. Thanks for the awesome pattern and the help.


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  6. Hi! What kind of mink or flannel did you use for this specific blanket? I'm in the process of finishing up my knitted baby blanket and I wanted to add a fabric to the back to hide all the stitches from joining squares. I'm not sure which fabric works best with your typical yarn-knitted blanket. Thanks!!

  7. Hello. I would love to make this as well and have purchased the yarn for a young one that is due in 3 weeks. However, I would also like to know either the final dimensions or the gauge. Greatly appreciated!

  8. Your pattern and photo have been stolen by another designer who had the pattern listed for sale on Ravelry at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mother-goose-baby-blanket (photo here: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/MaryAnnsDesigns/mother-goose-baby-blanket - she's get rid of the background and flipped the photo). You can get the photo removed by contacting the Ravelry staff via http://www.ravelry.com/contact.