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46+ Free Crochet Blanket and Afghan Patterns

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Who doesn’t love curling up with a cozy crocheted blanket? Here are 46 free crochet blanket patterns that are perfect for beginners and intermediate crocheters. They’re all so soft and snuggly, and they make great gifts for family and friends! So grab your hooks and yarn and get ready to cozy up with one of these beautiful blankets.

crochet blanket made with super bulky yarn in cream, pink, and gold colors in a basket

Easy Crochet Blanket Patterns

Crochet blankets are a popular project – but since they’re so big, they can be intimidating for beginning crocheters. There are a lot of crochet blanket patterns out there, and it can be hard to know where to start if you’re new to crochet. 

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We’ve put together a list of 46 quick and easy crochet blanket patterns that are perfect for beginners to make it easier. These free crochet patterns are all simple and straightforward, and will help you build your skills in no time. You’ll find everything from simple granny square crochet blanket patterns to more modern crochet blanket patterns, so you’re sure to find a design you adore.

With just a little bit of time and effort, you could have an amazing new crochet blanket to keep you warm all winter long. Who knows, maybe you’ll make your next family heirloom. I don’t think you can really go wrong with any of these easy crochet afghan patterns, so choose your favorite blanket and enjoy!

46+ Free Crochet Blanket and Afghan Patterns

Here are 46 of my favorite free crochet afghan and blanket patterns. Happy crocheting!

Recommended Supplies for Crochet Blankets

Crochet blankets don’t require any special supplies, but there are a few things that can make your life easier. 

Yarn. First, you’ll want to choose the right yarn for your project. Blankets are made with various yarn weights, from DK weight to super bulky. If you want a pattern that works up more quickly, choose one that uses bulky or super bulky yarn.

I’ve included yarn types and suggestions with each pattern so that you can spend less time shopping and more time crocheting!

Crochet hooks. Another thing you’ll need is a crochet hook. The size of your crochet hook will determine the gauge, which is the number of stitches per inch. Getting the exact gauge isn’t too crucial for blankets, but you’ll still want to use an appropriate hook for your yarn. 

Since blankets generally take quite a few hours to complete, it’s helpful to find a crochet hook that’s ergonomic and comfortable for your hands. I use and recommend the Clover Amour hooks as some of the best ergonomic hook options.

Tip: If your hands get tired or crampy easily, try to commit to working on your blanket in smaller sections. A little each day will get it done! Consistency is key when it comes to large projects like blankets.

Blocking mats and pins. If you want your blanket to lay flat and have nice straight, edges, you can block it when you’re finished. Blocking is the process of wetting or steaming your crochet piece and then shaping it to the desired size and shape. You’ll need blocking mats and rust-proof pins to do this. There are blocking kits available for many of the tools that you need.

Choosing a Crochet Blanket Size

Crochet blankets come in different sizes, from small newborn blankets to king-size bedspreads. Most blanket patterns will give you instructions for making the blanket in multiple sizes. Even if not, it’s easy to adjust the size of the blanket yourself by starting with more or fewer stitches.

Here’s a general guide to the most common crocheted blanket sizes:

  • Receiving blanket – 40″ x 40″
  • Crib – 45” x 60”
  • Small throw – 52″ x 60″
  • Twin – 66″ x 90″
  • Full – 80″ x 90″
  • Queen – 90” x 90”
  • King – 104″ x 92″
  • California king – 102″ x 96″

Before you choose a blanket size, consider a few things. First, of course, do you love the pattern? Blankets can take a while to complete, and choosing a pattern you love will help you stay determined to get it done.

Next, what will its purpose be? Is it a baby gift? An afghan for your living room couch? A bedspread for a king-size bed? 

Lastly, make sure that you have all the yarn you need before you start. That way, you won’t have to run out to the store in the middle of your project. Your pattern will let you know how many skeins you need.

Now that you have all the supplies you need, it’s time to choose a pattern! Here are 46 easy crochet blanket patterns to get you started.

Tips for Crocheting Blankets

Here are a few tips for making crochet blankets and afghans.

Choose the right yarn.

While blankets can be made with almost any type of yarn, fiber choice is important. When deciding which yarn to use, first think about the purpose of the blanket. For example, if you’re making a baby blanket, it’s almost certainly going to need to be washed often, so choose a washable yarn. 

Then, think about the season in which you will use your blanket. Wool yarns are nice and warm, so they’re a great choice for winter blankets. Cotton yarns can be heavy, but they’re breathable and washable.

Make a gauge swatch.

If you want your blanket to be a specific size, make a gauge swatch first to test your gauge.

Use stitch markers

With large blankets, it can be a challenge to keep track of your stitches. Even small mistakes can compound to form a much more visible mistake after rows and rows of crocheting. Stitch markers and row counters will keep track of your stitches – which can be the key to keeping your edges straight and your rows consistent.

Add a border for a polished finish.

Adding a simple border around your blanket is an easy way to give it a finished, professional look. Many of the blankets below include instructions for creating a border. If not, feel free to add your own simple border to your blanket to give a completed look to all your hard work.

FAQ about Crochet Blankets

Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about crochet blankets and afghans.

Is there a difference between blankets, throws, and afghans?

In crochet, the words “blanket”, “afghan”, and “throw” generally mean the same thing – a large piece of crocheted fabric used for warmth and decoration. 

The use of afghan in the English language goes back to the 1800s, and may have originated as a reference to this distinctive, colorful textiles made in Afghanistan.

“Blankets” are typically larger and used for covering a bed. Throws are somewhat smaller, and are made to be “thrown” over the side of a chair or sofa. Crochet afghans are basically the same thing as throw blankets, but most people use the word “afghan” to refer to colorful crochet blankets made from smaller repeating motifs.

How long does it take to crochet a blanket?

Crocheting a blanket can take anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks. 

Intricate designs made with thinner yarn will take longer, while simple designs made with super-bulky yarns will work up more quickly. 

Of course, size is a main contributing factor as well.

Is it faster to knit or crochet a blanket?

Generally, it’s faster to crochet a blanket than to knit a blanket. Crocheting also uses about ⅓ more yarn than knitting does, making for a denser, thicker fabric in most cases.

How many skeins of yarn do you need for a blanket? 

The number of skeins you will need depends on your pattern and blanket size. For example, the Giant, Giant Granny Square Blanket (#7 above) measures 108″ x 108″ and uses 53 skeins of yarn. 

On the other hand, the Continuous Crochet Baby Blanket (#2) only uses 3 skeins.

And then, a mid-sized throw might use around 10 skeins of yarn.

More Easy Crochet Patterns

Here are a few more crochet pattern collections that you may be interested in reading next.

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Sandra Bourgoyne

Saturday 24th of February 2024

I really enjoyed this article ! Showed a lot of ideas for blankets and afghans. I like blankets and etc. I would like article on making a honey bee and small duckies. I thourghly enjoy you site!! Thanks. Sandra

Sarah Stearns

Saturday 24th of February 2024

Hi Sandra, We have a roundup of free bee patterns here: 12 Free Crochet Bee Patterns