With all the cold weather we’ve been having lately, you might be feeling the need for a cozy blanket to wrap up in on the couch. Afghans — knitted or crocheted blankets — are especially warm and infinitely customizable. You can knit or crochet just about any pattern you’d like into an afghan, and you can get as creative as you’d like. If you’re just starting out in the world of crochet, or if you’re looking for some inspiration, try out these patterns to create your own cozy afghan.
This winter has been brutally cold for many of us. This crochet afghan has such happy bright colors, it reminds me of spring and lifts me out of the gloomy mood of mid-winter. The gorgeous pattern was created by Susan Carlson of the Felted Button
(she has tons of awesome patterns). The pattern is free and very easy to follow so it would be a great pattern for beginners. For this project you will need to know how to complete basic crochet stitches: sl, st, ch, sc, dc. The project calls for 6 skeins of bright colorful yarns with the gauge of your choice.
Summer in Sweden
This afghan pattern, called “Summer in Sweden,” might help you dream of warmer days. With its warm colors and floral pattern, you might feel that much warmer when cuddled under this afghan. If you’d like to think of this afghan in a more manageable way, you can think of it as a bunch of granny squares sewn together with a border around the edge. In total, this afghan contains 54 squares assembled in a 9 x 6 rectangle. This is a great afghan project if you’re a beginner, or if you have time here and there to work on squares that you can then assemble into a larger blanket.
For more information on this afghan, visit Sew I See.
Stunning Pineapple Afghan
This afghan is extremely popular, obviously because it's just so pretty. Pineapple crochet is a classic technique and it is updated beautifully in this modern crochet pattern. The pattern says it will make an afghan that is 48" x 74”. For this project you will need 6 skeins of yarn in a color of your choice, this turquoise is amazing by the way! You'll also need a4.5 mm [US G-7] and a yarn needle.
Find the free pineapple afghan pattern at Red Heart.
If you also share an unexplained love for owls this is probably the afghan for you. It is super cute and whimsical and would be a great gift for any owl lover. This pattern was created by Marken from the Hat & I
and has received awesome reviews. It is an intermediate level crochet afghan pattern and measures 32" x 32" when finished. For this project you need 32 buttons for the owl eyes, a size I/9/5.5 mm crochet hook, and 4 skeins of yarn for the base / 2 skeins of yarn for the owls.
Whether you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day project, or you just like the look of a heart pattern, this sweetheart ripple afghan is a gorgeous blanket. This afghan pattern also comes with an exciting feature — it’s reversible! On one side there are little interlocking hearts and on the other is a zigzag pattern. That way, if you’re not really into the hearts one day, you can flip over the blanket and use the zigzag side. For this project, you’ll need worsted / 10 ply yarn and a 5.5 mm hook. As for the gauge, 13 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches in single crochet.
For more information on this afghan, visit Ravelry.
Crocheted Daisy Afghan
The color combo in this crochet afghan is just out of this world. I loved this pattern from the moment I came across it. This afghan was created by Kraftling over on Etsy
. She has a number of unique afghan patterns in her shop there. This pattern is surprisingly easy enough for beginners! You will need 9 skeins of yarn and a 5 mm crochet hook. The afghan comes out to be 5' x 4' and would look great across the foot of your bed or across the back of your couch. The daisy motif will remind you of the wonders of spring!
For more information and the pattern visit Kraftling.
Lacy Shell Afghan
This afghan is an interesting pattern that resembles clam shells. It’s a very pretty pattern that would fit in great in beachy decor. The pattern says it will make an afghan that is 54” x 62”. For this large project you’ll need 4 colors of yarn, an 5.5mm size crochet hook, and a yarn needle. This afghan is a great project for more seasoned crocheters who want something they can work on while watching TV or movies.
Super Quick Chunky Afghan
With its chunky yarn, this afghan will fit in well with a modern decor. You can make the afghan fit in with your decor even more by choosing custom colors of yarn. This throw crochets up very quickly so it is great for gifts as well as your home. For this project, you’ll need 3 skeins of yarn. You’ll also need a 11.5 mm crochet hook and a yarn needle. The finished blanket will measure 59” long x 48” wide.
For more information on this afghan, visit Red Heart.
Flower to Hexagon Granny Blanket
This granny blanket crochet pattern is just as sweet as can be. CraftFoxes member Jessie Rayot says, "In my search for a Granny Hexagon to make
blankets for my girls, I just couldn’t find one that I really loved." When she wrote this free crochet pattern, she
realized that there were some gorgeous crocheted flowers with six
sides, just like a hexagon.
Credits: Sew I See, Felted Button, All Crafts Blog, Kraftling, Ravelry, Favecrafts, CraftFoxes, The Hat & I, and Red Heart.
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