These baby blankets feature cable patterns, from the easy to the complex, for an instant heirloom. Most patterns are free. Updated 3/17/23
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Tree of Life Blanket
Miniature version of Nicky Epstein’s classic Tree of Life Afghan designed for babies featuring intertwined cable trees, a garden of lace and bobble flowers, and a tulip bud lace border. Size 26 x 34 in. (66 x 86.5 cm), including border. Worsted weight yarn.
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8 Row Repeat Astrophil Baby Blanket
Cable blanket with an all-over traditional Aran cable motif. The stitch pattern is made with two simple cables and every wrong-side row is simply “purl all”! Size 22" x 31" / 56 cm x 79 cm). Choice of written instructions or chart. Designed by Chicory Sticks. DK, Worsted, or Bulky weight yarn. Matching hat pattern is available
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Lola Baby Blanket
Reversible blanket knit in garter stitch with a cable border. 3 Sizes: Small: approx 26” square, Medium: approx 34” square. Large: approx 42”. Designed by Kaitlin Blasing. Worsted weight yarn.
Cables Go Round Baby Blanket
Circle-shaped baby blanket knit in the round with cable petals that make it look like a flower. Size 41" (104 cm). Written instructions. Designed by Mary Maxim. Worsted weight yarn. Excerpted from Dreamy Baby Wraps.
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Cuddle Me Baby Blanket
Easy blanket knit with a 6 row repeat cable and lace design. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Designed by maanel. Sport weight yarn. Pictured projects by ryaeli and kumiko-kanto
Hugs and Kisses Cable Baby Blanket
XOXO cables express your love for baby in this quick knit blanket. Approx 40" x 44" [101.5 x 112 cm]. Super bulky weight yarn. Designed by Bernat.
6 Row Repeat Cabled Baby Blanket
Completed blanket is 73 cm (28½ inches) wide and 90 cm (35½ inches) long. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Designed by Linda Whaley.
Coral Bells Baby Blanket
Easy reversible cable blanket with a 12 row repeat with one cable row. The cable is knit with ribbing so it looks the same on the reverse. Use self-striping color-change yarn as shown or multiple colors to create the stripes. FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Length: 34" Width: 25". Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Premier Yarns.
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Shadow Cable Baby Blanket
Babies love this blanket! Knitters report that the squishy cables and cozy texture make this baby's favorite blanket. Knit with an 8 row repeat cable. Rated easy by Ravelrers. Quick knit in super bulky yarn. Designed by Bernat Design Studio for Bernat Baby Blanket yarn. Pictured project by bartlett10.
Cozy Cable Baby Blanket
Baby blanket knit with a diamond cable framed by braided cables on a background of garter stitch and stockinette. Size: 32"W x 38 1/2"L. DK weight yarn. Designed by Scarlet Taylor. This pattern was featured in Season 10 of Knit and Crochet Now! and is free with registration at Annie’s
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Heavenly Baby Blanket
An 8 row repeat cable alternates with a 4 row repeat plume lace panel (repeated two times for each cable repeat). Aran weight yarn. Designed by Joyce Nordstrom for Red Heart. Pictured project by hpierce4. (Note: I flipped the project photo so the cables are reversed in the pic.)
Heirloom Bunny Baby Blanket
Stacylynn Cottle designed this adorable blanket with cable and bobble bunnies to grow with the child from crib to toddler bed and possibly beyond.
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Rainbow Waves Baby Blanket
All over cable design in striped sections. Looks like these are reversible cables. Designed by Peach.Unicorn. The designer grants permission to sell any finished blankets, with the condition that the pattern is credited back to Peach.Unicorn. Sport weight yarn.
8 Row Triple Cable Baby Blanket
Panels of 3 cables separated by seed stitch and all knit with an easy to memorize 8 row repeat. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Marlaine DesChamps for Yarnspirations as Little Boy Blue Baby Blanket. Pictured projects by wheatenmom and MistyCasper
Exquisite Cabled Throw
This easy cabled afghan is just garter stitch and stockinette with cables every 8th row. Designed by Linda S. Smith for Red Heart.
Classic Cable Baby Blanket
This easy baby blanket is knit with an 8 row cable pattern on a stockinette background. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Nancy J Thomas for Red Heart.
Luca Cable Baby Blanket
8 row 14 stitch repeat braided cable alternating with ribbing. Rated easy by most Ravelrers. Size: approx. 24 inches x 36 inches but can easily be adapted to other sizes. DK weight yarn. Designed by Arianna Halshaw. Pictured project by Cjohnston09
Cable and Lace Baby Blanket
Braided cables alternating with a pretty lace pattern. Designed by Stephanie Ament. Pictured projects by ldjolos and greenrider382 who added a picot edge. Note: In looking over the pattern, it seems that the designer uses yf (yarn forward) to denote what I am more used to seeing as "yarnover". Worsted weight yarn.
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Framed Cables Baby Blanket
The all-over twisty twirly travelling cable design is as pretty as a picture framed between simple borders. Much easier and intuitive to knit than it looks. 2 sizes: 24” (60 cm) square and 24” x 32” (60 cm x 80 cm) rectangle (as shown in the sample. The pattern has full written instructions and the center cable pattern is also charted. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Helen Gipson
Jackson's Baby Blanket
Cable blanket in 2 sizes features moss-stitch columns highlightinge two different cables, each of which also features moss stitch set against a crisp stockinette background. Sizes Carriage Blanket (Lap Throw). Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Danielle Chalson
Lee Baby Blanket
Reversible blanket featuring all-over 2-stitch cable twists are worked without a cable needle. The design features two sizes, one for baby (shown) and a larger Throw version.Pattern is written for advanced beginning knitters, ready to keep track of several easy stitch patterns. DK weight yarn. Designed by KateOatesTotToppers
Cable Treasure Baby Blanket or Throw
Simple, elegant, cable pattern with stocking stitch and rib borders. Charted and also fully written instructions. Pattern also comes with a little pair of boots to keep bubs feet toasty warm. Designed by OgeDesigns. DK weight yarn.
Faro Baby Blanket
Circle shaped blanket, knitted seamlessly from center to borders. Finished size: 40 inches (100cm) in diameter. The pattern has both - written row by row instructions and charts. The pattern is quite easy. You need to know how to knit, purl, yo, knit basic cables and how to do a bobble stitch (or a nupp if you prefer). Designed by Kateryna Golovanova. Aran weight yarn.
Sandi Baby Blanket
This blanket incorporates a braided cable, a lace pattern found in Barbara Walker's Treasury of Knitting and seed stitch. 3 sizes. Small - 28” long and 27.5” wide (71cm long and 70cm wide). Medium - 31.5” long and 33” wide (80cm long and 84cm wide). Large - 38” long and 40.5” wide (96.5cm long and 103cm wide). DK weight yarn. Designed by Noma Ndlovu of Bigger Than Life Knits.
Top Owl Baby Blanket
Designed by TheLonelySea, cables form owl motifs in this baby blanket. Two sizes -- 61cm x 86cm/ 24in x 34in. 76cm x 117cm/30in x 46in. in chunky weight yarn
Easy Honeycomb Baby Blanket
This blanket features one of my favorite cable patterns, the allover honeycomb cable. I believe this is an 8 row repeat. The designer says this is suitable for improving beginners and I also think it's a great way to learn cables. Designed by Caroline Brooke. Knit with 2 strands of DK yarn held together.
Cable Ladder Blanket
I believe this blanket is an 8 row repeat of alternating braided cable and purl ridged stockinette. 3 sizes Large - Afghan or Throw/ crib blanket: 45” x 62” (114cms x 157cms). Medium - Throw/ Baby Blanket: 31” x 39” (79cms x 100cms). Small - Baby Blanket (perfect Baby Shower Gift): 27” x 35”(60cms x 81cms). Designed by Caroline Brooke. Knit with Aran weight yarn.