Free Blanket Knitting Patterns and Afghan Patterns to Knit

It’s turning fall here and soon the chilly months of winter will be upon us. The wind is howling as I type this.

I love nothing more than to curl up under a warm, knit afghan with my tea and a book when the weather changes.

(I suppose there is one thing I like more, and that is to see my kids curled up under a warm afghan that I have knitted!)

If you are new to knitting or know this art well, you are going to love the many free knit afghan patterns below. There is a wide range of light and lacy afghan patterns to knit as well as heavier blanket knitting patterns.

I’ll give you a quick run down of some of the different free knitted afghan patterns and free blanket knitting patterns we have for you, but you really have to scroll down not to miss anything.

There are just so many afghan knitted patterns and blanket knitting patterns on this page to mention!


The afghan patterns to knit for baby blankets are quite simple, and even beginners can make this special gift for a new baby on the way!

  • The Blanket Knitting Pattern for Beginners from Christaco Designs caught my eye right away. It is very simple, and the free blanket knitting pattern comes in 7 sizes!  The baby blanket size would be a quick knit.  Perfect to keep cozy and warm.
  • Pretty Bloom’s Baby Blanket and Hat Set knitted pattern is made with a special yarn that creates its own stripes and floral pattern when knitted!  The effect is beautiful without all of the stranded color work usually needed for this stunning look.
  • If you are looking for a lacy heirloom knitted afghan pattern, be sure to check out the Lace Chevron Baby Blanket pattern from Joanns.  It’s nice and light and so pretty.

These are just a small sampling of the amazing free knitted afghan and blanket patterns to make for the baby!  Scroll down for more!


  • Take a look at the easy Bear Claw Throw pattern from Purple Kitty!  This free knitted afghan pattern is inspired by the classic bear claw quilt block. Although it looks very complex, the throw is marked as an easy project.
  • The free blanket knitting pattern made in patchwork from Craftbits is more elaborate and would be a nice challenge for the experienced knitter. It has clear instructions for the square pattern in each block; the blocks are then stitched together. 
  • The knitted Patchwork Quilt pattern from Canadian Living is a hybrid of a knitted afghan pattern and a quilt!  It’s more complicated than knitting a blanket, but it has very clear instructions.  This knitted afghan has a backing like a quilt!

Keep scrolling for more quilt-inspired knitted blanket patterns!


  • If you are looking for a special knitted blanket pattern that would make a lovely wedding or housewarming gift, check out the Bella Vita Blanket pattern from Christaco Designs.

    It’s an easy knit blanket pattern that is simple enough for beginners and has a lovely finished design. I think it looks beautiful in ivory yarn. There is also a pattern to knit this in baby blanket size if you are looking for a very special baby gift.
  • Norah’s Vintage Afghan pattern, which is at the intermediate skill level, was designed by Norah Gaughan as a block of the month club pattern. You will be making 20 blocks, then stitching them together.

    This is also another example of a quilt-type knitted afghan since it is done in blocks.

Many more afghan patterns to knit that have elegant designs can be found on this page. Once again, using a neutral ivory or cream colored yarn gives any of these beautiful knitted afghan and knitted blanket patterns a gorgeous heirloom look.


Those of us who love comfortable yet practical knitted patterns will want to knit up one of the many Lapghans we have found!

These knitted lapghans range from very simple designs to those with pretty cables, all having the handy pockets on them to keep your things in one place while you cozy up.

I definitely need to knit one for myself; making greeting cards on the couch while covered with an afghan without pockets is no way to keep markers and other supplies out of the cushions!!

  • The Stencil-like Afghan, which is a knitted floral design, will most likely be a true challenge for experienced knitters who want to try something new. 

    Bobbins are used in this free knitted afghan pattern, and the florals are created with duplicate stitches.  Go ahead!  Take the challenge!
  • Interested in a different challenge?  The Arabesque Throw Pattern, which knits up a 52” x 50” hexagonal mosaic throw, uses colors and many pattern stitches to make this geometric masterpiece! 
  • Don’t miss our own free blanket knitting pattern using loop yarn!  You’ll have a cozy, textured blanket in no time without even using knitting needles!  It’s so pretty and so simple to make.

There are many things that you can make with the unique loop yarn using only your fingers to knit.  Check out our loop yarn page for instructions and fun projects!

Scroll down for many more creative, stylish, and unique free knit afghan patterns.  There are so many to explore!

From traditional knitted afghans with cables, lacy-open work, scallops without the need to finish the ends to unique knitted blanket patterns, this page is a must-see!

You are sure to find one (probably several!) free knit afghan patterns and free knitted blanket patterns that will spark your interest!!

Free Blanket Knitting Patterns and Afghan Patterns to Knit

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Afghan - Stencil-like Afghan

Free knit afghan pattern. Craft Yarn Council

Arabesque Throw Pattern

Arabesque is a hexagonal mosaic throw composed of color and pattern stitch. Berroco

Baby Blanket

This pattern is pefect for a beginner to knitting. Make it with Chenille yarn for a soft , snuggly blanket for baby. Handy Little Me

Bear Claw Throw

This throw is an easy free knitting project that finishes approximately 44" x 60". Purple Kitty

Bella Vita Blanket

Bella Vita Blanket

The Bella Vita blanket is a free knit pattern that is knit with simple stitches. Christaco Design

Blanket - Textured Blanket Using Loop Yarn

Blanket - Textured Blanket Using Loop Yarn

Learn how to make this Loop Yarn Textured Blanket with our free pattern by watching our video or reading our photo tutorial with step-by-step instructions. Staff

Blanket Knitting Pattern for Beginners

Blanket Knitting Pattern for Beginners

This free knit blanket pattern is easy to customize with your favorite colors. Christaco Design

Broken Rib Knit Blanket

Broken Rib Knit Blanket

This blanket is full on comfort. Knit it up on no time. Craft Bits

Butterfly Cabeled Blanket

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This lacy blanket will look lovely in any home. Affiliate Link to JOANN

Checkerboard Textured Throw

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A granny square is placed between each of the textured squares in a checkerboard arrangement throw.

Chunky Cable Knit Blanket

This blanket is large and squishy making it perfect for cold wintery days. Handy Little Me

Chunky Knit Blanket Pattern

Chunky Knit Blanket Pattern

This free easy knitting blanket pattern is enjoyable for beginners and experienced knitters alike. Christa Co Design

Crema Blanket Square Knitting Pattern

Crema Blanket Square Knitting Pattern

This knit square has a simple repeat textured purl triangle pattern that creates a cozy worster weight square for blankets. Christaco Design

Deco Square Knit Blanket

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Made up of simple garter stitch mitered squares that are cleverly striped and pieced together, this project is fascinating to work on. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Denim Plaid Blanket and Pillows

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Cozy free knit blanket & pillows pattern in the relaxed shades. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Double Seed Stitch Blanket

This blanket by Purl Soho is made with super soft Merino yarn. Purl Soho

Easy Blanket Knitting Pattern

Easy Blanket Knitting Pattern

This free blanket knitting pattern works up in worsted weight yarn and is easy to customize your colors and is ideal for a beginner knitter. Christa Co Design

Fluffy Baby Blanket

Super easy baby blanket pattern can be knitted with this free pattern. Knitting Nelly's Yarn Cache

Knit Swedish Embroidery Afghan

Design on design creates this richly textured afghan. Craft Yarn Council

Knitted Patchwork Blanket

Knitted Patchwork Blanket

Make this gorgeous knitted patchwork blanket that measures approx. 58" (147.5 cm) square. This free pattern contains all motifs that are separately identified and instructions provided.

Knitted Patchwork Quilt

A free delightful free pattern for a baby blanket or for anyone. Canadian Living

Lace Chevron Baby Blanket

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You can knit a soft, comfy baby blanket for that precious little one with this free knit pattern. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Lacy Pyramid Knit Afghan

In this knit afghan, the triangle design motif is repeated to give this elegant afghan a subtle texture. Crafty Yarn Council

Lewis Throw

Combining several multiple shades of yarn has mesmerizing results in this Lewis, color-blocked blanket. Berroco

Log Cabin Baby Blanket

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Easily knit a color-blocked baby blanket with this free pattern. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Love You Knit Baby Blanket

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This knitted baby blanket has a heart-shaped motif. Knit it for a baby shower or your baby. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Mitered Square Blanket

Mitered Square Blanket

Use a chunky self-striping yarn to super quick knit up a colorful Mitered Square Blanket. My Poppet

Multi-Colored Baby Blanket

Multi-Colored Baby Blanket

Grab this free and easy pattern to knit a multi-colored baby blanket with variegated yarn, mainly knitted in stocking stitch with a garter stitch border. Easy On The Tongue

No Quite Colorblock Blanket

A simple beginner knitting blanket pattern but interesting enough for skilled knitters. Circle of Stitches

Nocca Blanket

Nocca Blanket

Beginners and experienced knitters alike, will enjoy this easy chunky knit blanket pattern. Christaco Design

Norah's Vinage Afghan

This afghan is made up of 20 blocks worked in 5 beautiful colors. Berroco

One-Row Baby Blanket

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There's only 1 row to remember on this knit blanket pattern. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Patchwork Afghan

Use this free pattern to make a quick patchwork afghan. Craft Yarn Council

Pretty Bloom's Baby Blanket and Hat Set

Pretty Bloom's Baby Blanket and Hat Set

Whip up this knitted baby blanket and hat gift set in just a weekend. My Poppet

Rainbow Baby Blanket

Rainbow Baby Blanket

Who doesn't love rainbows? Make a rainbow blanket with this free knit pattern. My Poppet

Ripple Afghan

With this free knit pattern make a classic ripple afghan. Knitting On The Net

Scrapper's Stripe Afghan

Do you have scrap yarn? There is a pattern for an afghan to use it up. By Kathy North at Ravelry

Sophia's Blanket

Sophia's Blanket

This blanket is so soft and squishy. The whole family will enjoy its coziness. Christaco Design

Stripes and Eyelets Urban Blanket

Here's a blanket with a lovely design with modern strips and tassels. Mama in a Stitch

Winter Cuddler Throw Blanket

This blanket can be made in different sizes. It's has a squichy texture making it perfect for cold wintery weather. Mama in a Stitch

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