Afghans come in many shapes, sizes, and styles. There are crochet baby blankets (which can also be used as small lapghans) and crochet blankets big enough to cover a California King sized bed. There are crochet blankets that begin in the center and are worked in rounds as well as blankets that are worked in rows and blankets made of joined crochet motifs. Most crochet afghans are rectangular in shape but you can find many designs that are round or square and even some other uniquely shaped blankets. You can crochet your blanket in a single solid color or in all of the colors under the sun.
This list of free crochet afghan patterns (and links to many more) includes a wide variety of themes and design elements. Whether you'd like to crochet a quick bulky throw or a fine thread crochet bedspread, a colorful baby blanket or a solid bed blanket, the pattern that you will need can be found here.
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No matter what your skill level, there are going to be times when you want an easy, no-brainer afghan to work on. On those occasions, you'll want to select a pattern from a list of easy afghan crochet patterns. This is one that you're going to find on that list; it's a super simple crochet baby blanket made in a solid color with single crochet stitches.
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The easy crochet baby blanket is a great starting point but you'll want to have a big list of these blankets to choose from since there are always babies who need a blanket. On top of this list of 15 free crochet baby blanket patterns, you should try the Simple Crochet Baby Blanket that comes with matching crochet patterns for baby booties and a hat.
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These afghans all feature an Americana theme. Some of them incorporate American flags or flag-style elements such as stars and stripes. Many of them are crocheted in red, white and blue. If you live in the U.S. or want to crochet something special for someone who does, these creative afghan patterns are sure to inspire you.
Pictured: Wavy American Flag by Tracy Johnson
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Crochet lends itself well to wavy, rippled patterns; it's easy to create zigzags and chevrons using simple increases and decreases. That explains the enormous popularity of these designs; they are so easy to crochet, and they look fabulous when completed. They also make interesting crochet projects that hold your attention the entire time you're working them; it's fun to watch the pattern progress further with each stitch you crochet.Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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The shell stitch is a gorgeous crochet pattern that looks intricate and detailed but is actually really simple to execute. It can be worked in a solid color to create a quietly undulating blanket or worked in an array of shades to create a boldly colorful afghan.
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Learn how to do corner-to-corner crochet and you can create so many different types of blankets. You can make square blankets that are worked strictly from one corner to the next. Alternatively, you can make graphghans in solid designs or joined motifs. This is a technique that is easy to learn and can go a long way once you do!
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Pastel crochet patterns are perfect for springtime crafting. This colorful blanket is a great example of one.Continue to 9 of 13 below.
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Tall crochet stitches, taller than the treble crochet, offer a really interesting texture that is perfect when crocheting blankets. This crochet blanket uses double treble crochet stitches for the detail, which is complemented by terrific color selections.
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This free crochet pattern, which can be used to create a super scarf as well as a blanket, uses the technique of planned color pooling to generate an argyle-style design.
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You can crochet blankets for people of all sizes... and even for non-people like dolls. This cute crochet doll blanket is sized for 18" dolls, including American Girl dolls and can also be used as a premie baby blanket. It is a simple crochet pattern that uses the pretty v-stitch.Continue to 13 of 13 below.
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Many crochet blankets are made up of individual squares that are joined together to create the blanket. There are crochet squares in every size, commonly ranging from 3" to 12" for blanket squares. You can mix and match squares in so many different styles to create afghans in any size you desire!