This Cozy Easy Knit Blanket is a Perfect Beginner Project! (Free Pattern: Modern Basket-weave Throw)

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by Robin

easy knit blanket pattern for beginners

I've written about my love of ultra simple knitting patterns before. I won't knit anything else! And this easy knit blanket pattern for beginners perfectly fits my need for simplicity. And the resulting cozy, basketweave throw is wonderful to cuddle under or give as a gift!

All you need to know to knit this blanket are the following:
  • cast on
  • knit
  • purl
  • cast off

Does a knitting pattern get any more simple than that?!? Heck no!  And the result doesn't scream novice. It's an interesting design with modern blocks that look like a basketweave.

For me, knitting is a form of therapy. I struggle with anxiety. It's a daily challenge.  Keeping my hands busy helps diffuse some of my built-up tension.  (Anxiety Prevention Strategy: I keep a knitting project in a drawer at my mom's so I have something to occupy me while she pushes my buttons. It sort of works.)

You can measure how stressed I am by the number of knitting projects I'm turning out.  At one point, I knitted about 15 smaller versions of this very blanket to donate for babies.  It might have been more! I don't even want to count.

These stress-knitting projects have to have one thing in common: Simplicity. They need to be so simple that you don't need to carefully follow along with a pattern.  It needs to be so simple that potential mistakes are rare.  This blanket absolutely fits that bill.

Here's a few examples of this blanket:

easy knit blanket
I made this Natural Oatmeal flecked throw for a Christmas gift for my dad using this yarn.
(Note: my cat is 100% chill - until the camera comes out. Then she stresses and it shows. She gets it from me I guess. 😜 #neverreadyformycloseup)

easy knit afghan
I made this Hudson's Bay blanket coloured throw to complement the vintage cabin decor we have going on at our Mobile Home Makeover.
I used this yarn.
(You can find the pattern for the Camp Blanket Inspired Knit Pillows here.)

free easy knit afghan patterns for beginners
Yarns used here:
Left: I made this dark green thrown for our Basement Media Room. I used this yarn (Not the Lion Thick and Quick Brand with this one! It's Loops & Threads Camden Wool yarn.) I also made this throw bigger than the pattern with 12 block rows vs. ten.

Centre: The Hudson's Bay inspired yarn (as above)

Right: The first blanket I knit! I've knit this marble grey one twice, once was for a wedding gift  I used this yarn.

Notice that a multicoloured yarn doesn't show the basketweave pattern as well as the solids.

cozy knit throw blanket pattern free
I made this one for my daughter. The grey-violet-blue goes perfectly with her bedroom - but what she loves most is how SOFT this one is. It's like petting a bunny! 

I used the Waterford Big yarn from Loops & Threads in Grey.

Have you seen enough examples of this blanket? Has the sheer number of times I've knit it convinced you of what an easy knit blanket this is for beginners?!  😂  Here's the pattern...

Cozy, Modern Basketweave Throw:
Easy Knit Blanket Pattern for Beginners


Finished Size: 45" x 70"

STITCH EXPLANATION:  Seed Stitch (over even number of sts)

  1. Row 1: *K1, p1; rep from * across. 
  2. Row 2: P the knit sts and k the purl sts. 
  3. Rep Row 2 for Seed st.

easy knit afghan

The Pattern:

1. Cast on 118 sts.

2. Work 6 rows in Seed st.

Begin Basketweave Pattern "Blocks":

3. Block A (Block = 24 Rows):

Row 1: (K1, p1) twice, k1, p18, *k18, p18; rep from * to last 5 sts, (k1, p1) twice, k1.

Row 2: (K1, p1) twice, k1, knit to last 5 sts, (k1, p1) twice, k1.

Rows 3-24: Rep last 2 rows 11 more times.

4. Block B (Block = 24 Rows)

Row 25: (K1, p1) twice, k1, k18, *p18, k18; rep from * to last 5 sts, (k1, p1) twice, k1.

Row 26: (K1, p1) twice, k1, knit to last 5 sts, (k1, p1) twice, k1.

Rows 27-48: Rep last 2 rows 11 more times.

5. Repeat Block A and Block B 4 more times each. (Total of ten Blocks - 24 rows each)

6. Work last 6 rows in Seed st.

7. Bind off.

The Free Printable Pattern:

Download and Print Full Pattern Here

More of my super simple knitting projects:

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  1. You did a beautiful job on this blanket. I needed a new blanket pattern.

    1. Thank you so much, Sherry! If you knit it, please be sure to let me know - I'd love to see! :)

  2. This is such a beautiful blanket and it looks so soft and cozy!

    1. It IS so cozy! I'm happy you like it - thanks for taking the time to say so! :)

  3. I'm a relatively new knitter, so just reading this I'm hoping for a bit of clarification on the seed stitch. So for row 1, I knit one purl one all the way across, then row 2 I do the opposite, purl one knit one. Then it says work 6 rows in seed stitch, so does the mean for the remaining four rows I alternate the pattern or row 1 and row 2 or do just row 2 for the other four rows. Sorry if that phrasing is confusing! Thanks for your help!!

    1. Sorry for the delay! If I understand you right - I think you have it - 6 rows of seed stitch. It will make a one-to-one bumpy looking pattern.


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