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Here is a fantastic multi-purpose blanket that you could crochet in several different sizes. This is an easy pattern that's perfect for anyone who is new to crochet, or whose crochet skill level is "beginner." The pattern is also ideal for anyone who likes simple projects, regardless of experience level.
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This pattern is the next best thing to designing your own blanket. You get to make all the important design choices when you create your own unique version of this blanket.
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This blanket is one example of a design that you could crochet using the custom blanket pattern linked above. If you want to make this blanket exactly as pictured, please help yourself to the free charts and pattern for it. You could also design a similar blanket using the custom blanket pattern mentioned above.
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Freeform Crochet Blanket
No pattern is needed for making a freeform crochet blanket. With this sort of blanket, you just make the pattern up as you go.
Basic Freeform Blanket Instructions: Pick up a crochet hook, and some yarn or thread. Begin crocheting at random.
You could crochet squares, hexagons, triangles, or any combination of these shapes -- or you could crochet completely irregular pieces. Then later you would join them together to create your blanket. That's how I approached the blanket pictured at left.
Or you could crochet a long starting chain that's blanket-sized, and then crochet random rows of stitches to create your blanket.
These are not the only two possibilities, so feel free to let your creativity take over if you have other ideas for how to approach a freeform crochet blanket.Continue to 5 of 23 below.
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Pictured at left is a checkered baby blanket. The simple checkerboard motif is a design that works well on a blanket for kids of any age, including babies and toddlers on up through college kids.
This pattern is available in several sizes, including the size pictured, receiving blanket size, and a couple of larger sizes. Instructions are also available for crocheting crib size and twin size versions of the design. If you want to make a blanket that will (hopefully!) be able to stay with the kid until graduation, I'm thinking the twin size is the way to go. But that, of course, is up to you; the smaller sizes use less yarn, are quicker, and are also nice to have on hand if needed.
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For those of you who like the heart blanket idea but you want the color scheme to be simpler, this is a good alternative.Continue to 9 of 23 below.
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Blanket or Bedspread With Checkered Diamond Design
Filet crochet is a popular technique for crocheting bedspreads, and you can also use it for crocheting blankets as well.
This particular filet crochet design would be lovely to use for making either a blanket or a bedspread. If you know how to do filet crochet already, you can just use this checkered diamonds chart, which tiles seamlessly, for crocheting a piece that's as large as you want your blanket to be (allowing room for a border if desired.)
You could also use the same chart to crochet other matching accessories such as panels for curtains, a runner for your dresser, etc.
If you don't already know how to do filet crochet, you're invited to check out our filet crochet tutorials and give it a try.
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You could crochet an interesting variation of a granny square blanket using this fun little pattern. I suggest making this design with crochet thread or fine yarn, so that it will become a bedspread rather than a heavy blanket. That, of course, is up to you; I encourage you to use the pattern however you like. I make the recommendation because I personally prefer not to let the "holey" areas in my blankets get excessively big, and that could get to be an issue with chunky yarns if they were to be used in this pattern. Using finer yarns is one possible way of solving that issue.
The pattern linked here is for making the granny square. To create an afghan or blanket from this design, you'll need to crochet a bunch of the squares, then join them together, then add the blanket border or edging of your choice. You can follow those basic instructions and use them for making afghans out of just about any type of square or rectangle pattern, including the rest of the square patterns linked on this page.
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I've designed several baby afghan squares that have checkerboard designs nested inside other checkerboard designs. I find it really fun and interesting to come up with different ways for combining these squares together to make blanket designs. Of all the different ways I came up with, I really like three of them, and this one is my favorite.Continue to 13 of 23 below.
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This is the third of my three favorite nested checkerboard baby blanket designs.
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Color Blocks Scrap Blanket Made From Squares
This colorful afghan square gives you yet another fun way to build a blanket.
This pattern is easier than it looks. If you've mastered the single crochet stitch to the point that you can be confident in achieving consistent tension throughout a piece when you work it, you might like to try this pattern.
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Granny Square Baby Blanket
If you crochet a bunch of granny squares using baby yarn (see an example pictured at left,) you can join them together to create a beautiful baby blanket.Continue to 17 of 23 below.
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The hexagon you see pictured should, in theory, make really beautiful blankets if you crochet a bunch of them and then join them together. I'll confess that I haven't tried doing this yet, although it is on my to do list to try.
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This granny square pattern could also be used to make lovely colorful blankets.
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If you're a v-stitch fan, you might enjoy crocheting a blanket comprised of these v-stitch granny squares.
If you like v-stitches then you might also be interested in our free crochet doll blanket pattern made from this same stitch.Continue to 21 of 23 below.
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You could make a simple but pretty blanket out of these easy baby afghan squares. I intended the design to be used in baby blankets, because the yarn is delightfully soft and fine. It's not the fastest to work with, but for a baby blanket it doesn't take too long. But really, if you have the patience for larger projects made with fine yarns, you could make a blanket like this for anyone -- grownups too.
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If you want to crochet a blanket that won't be excessively warm, this granny square pattern is a great one to have in your pattern stash. It's ideal to use for crocheting bedspreads that you plan to use in the summer months, or for use in locations where it's warm year-around.
To make your blanket, you'll just crochet a bunch of these squares, then join them together, then add the blanket edging of your choice around the outer edge.