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Updated: Aug 31, 2021

The countdown to Fall has begun over here at yarnTh3ory and I have so many fun new things planned. First up, a knit mudcloth baby blanket that is both stylish and cozy. Check out the free pattern below!

This beautiful fabric originated in Mali which is a country located in the Western Saharan region of Africa. "Mudcloth" is a loose translation of the Bambara word “Bògòlanfini”. The fabric is created via an involved process of painting designs on fabric with a special fermented mud, rinsing and repeating until the fabric reaches the desired color (source).

Creating our mudcloth inspired blanket will be a much easier process and don't worry, no painting is involved. Okay, let's get started.


  • Super Bulky Yarn (546 yards color A; 91 yards color B) I used the Hobbii Umami yarn in colors Cognac and Natural White. You can purchase it here. (Affiliate link)

  • US 13 (9mm) circular knitting needles ( 36 inches or longer)

  • (2) stitch markers

  • tapestry needle

  • scissors


  • k- knit

  • p - purl

  • st(s) - stitch(es)

  • swyif - slip 1 stitch with yarn held in front


* Pattern is written in standard US terms*

* I made the blanket first and then added the mudcloth print using the duplicate stitch technique.

* The pattern as written creates a blanket that is 34 x 40 inches. You can easily alter the size by changing the number of stitches you cast on and the number of rows in your blanket.


Make the Blanket

With color A, cast on 100 sts using your preferred method.

Rows 1 - 8: swyif, k all sts.

Row 9: swyif, k4, place stitch marker, p90, place stitch marker, k5. (I use the stitch markers

Row 10: swyif, k all sts.

Rows 11 - 112: Repeat rows 9 and 10.

Rows 113 - 119: swyif, k all sts.

Row 120: Cast off.

Add the Design (Downloadable chart available below)

(Click the image to expand or download it.)

The mudcloth print is positioned within the borders of the blanket on the stockinette portion. With color B, use the duplicate stitch technique to add the design to your blanket.

Once you're done, weave your ends ( or not. Hey, I'm not judging you lol).

I want to see your creations! Make sure to share your finished projects made using this pattern on Instagram with the hashtag #yarnth3orytaughtme .

If you have any questions (or see any mistakes) post them in the comments below.

Happy Crafting!

- Krysten


The patterns and photographs of items on this site are the property of yarnTh3ory and are for personal, non-commercial use only. These patterns are protected by US copyright, and you may not distribute or sell them electronically or physically.

Sales of finished pieces made from these patterns are permitted, but seller must use their own photographs and credit must be given to yarnTh3ory as the designer.



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