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Garter Stitch Baby Blanket with Cables

Difficulty level: *** Intermediate

Free Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern

Introducing the Garter Stitch Baby Blanket with Cables - a stunning and intricate pattern perfect for advanced knitters. This blanket features sideways construction shaped with short rows, giving it a unique and modern look. The highlight of this design is the beautiful cables that run throughout the blanket, adding texture and interest to the classic garter stitch. With its complex design and delicate details, this baby blanket is sure to become a cherished heirloom for generations to come.

This pattern was inspired by the great work of Elizabeth Zimmermann

Size: 44" (112 cm) x 44" (112 cm)

100% Wool Lion Brand (affiliate link) Fishermen's Wool yarn 465 yd (425 m) / 227g - 3.5 skeins. Color Natural


Gauge: 16 st x 40 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm)


Garter Stitch
all rows - knit

Cable on 4 sts
1, 3, 5 and 7 rows - k 4.
2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 - p 4.
Row 9: C4F (Cable 4 Front: slip 2 sts to the cable needle, hold the stitches at the front of the work, knit 2 sts, knit 2 sts from the cable needle).
Repeat rows 1-10.

The blanket is worked as one piece and shaped with short rows with one seam.

Cast on 88 sts using waste yarn and the provisional cast-on method.
Row 1: *16 st garter st, 4 st cable, place marker* repeat 4 times (all stitches are knit, but in the even rows cable sts are purls; markers will mark the beginning of the cable sts). End with 7st of garter st and 1 edge st. Edge st should be purled in odd rows and slipped in the even rows.
Row 2: sl 1, work all sts according to the patterns (knit for garter st and purl for cable) to the last st. Leave the last st on the left needle and turn (this is the 1st short row).
Row 3: knit
Row 4: work according to the patterns to the last 2 sts, turn.
Row 5: work garter st, make C4F (Cable 4 front: slip 2 sts to the cable needle, hold the stitches at the front of the work, then knit 2 sts, knit 2 sts from the cable needle).
Row 6: work according to the patterns to the last 3 sts, turn.
Continue to work short rows until 5 sts are left on the right needle before turn. This is 1/8 of the blanket.

Now start knitting one more stitch in every even row until you work all the stitches on the left needle. This is 1/4 of the blanket.

Repeat from row 1 three more times to complete the blanket.

3/8 of the blanket

2/4 of the blanket

5/8 of the blanket

3/4 of the blanket

7/8 of the blanket

Finished blanket


Remove the waste yarn and sew the begining and the end of the blanket with the Kitchener stitch (grafting).


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Poster: Mary-Jane
March 23, 2014

I finished knitting this blanket finally around New Years and have given it to an adorable baby boy. His Mom was so pleased to get a non-blue blanket! Is there a way to share a photo of it? If so, please advise how to go about it. it was quite a challenge knitting it but it turned out not too badly. The troublesome spot was grafting the seam as it means switching between knit and purl stitches. I couldn't find instructions anywhere on how to do this. My knitting group didn't meet for months over the winter so they were no help. I fudged it and it's not all that pretty! I'd be happy share a picture if there's a way to do that.
Poster: Elaine Phillips
September 9, 2013

You have to start the first cable on row 5, but continue according to the pattern: each next cable on the 9th row.
Poster: Mary-Jane
September 10, 2013

I think I get it. I'll cable on row 5, then on the 15th, 25th and 35th rows, etc. I will get at it tonight. Stay tuned as I will undoubtedly have more questions until I get the first 1/4 of the blanket done. Thank you!
Poster: Kate
May 29, 2013

Garter stitch looks like U's and stockinette stitch looks like as V's.
This pattern is garter stitch!
Poster: Susan
June 18, 2013

No, I can tell it is a garter stitch. Look closer at the pattern.
Poster: norma
June 11, 2013

I agree.
Poster: Ruby
February 2, 2014

Is this pattern worked over 9 rows, or is it just from Row 2-6 repeated and the turn stitches increased? i.e 3st turn, 4st turn, 5st turn etc... You also don't get a rib at the start of work, if you start your first cable on Row 5. Can someone help please. Thanks.
Poster: Mary-Jane
October 1, 2013

I have another question for you. I have completed half the blanket and am curious about an instruction:

"Repeat from row 1 three more times to complete blanket. Cast off"

I didn't realize that I'd be casting off stitches. Don't I leave the 88 stitches on one needle, pull out the provisional yarn and put those 88 stitches on the 2nd needle, then graft them together? Am I missing something? Thanks for your help:))
Poster: Mary-Jane
September 5, 2013

I'm starting on this and am confused about the cable instructions. It says to make the cable on row 9, but in the knitting instructions it says to Cable 4F on row 5. So, do you cable on rows 5 and 9? Thanks for your help.
Poster: Elaine
August 17, 2013

Really love this pattern...easy to do and very pretty blanket
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