One of the most magical things about crochet is that you can create functional, beautiful items even when you're very new to the craft. After learning just a few basic crochet stitches, you can make a variety of square and rectangular patterns. For example, you can crochet a blanket.
All of these easy crochet afghan patterns are selected with the beginner in mind. They use basic crochet stitches, don't require any shaping, and have clear instructions to make it easy for you to follow along. Although there are some great crochet baby blanket patterns available for beginners, each of these is sized to fit an adult (although could be made smaller for little ones).
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Giant Granny Square Crochet Afghan
If you want an easy crochet afghan pattern then you just need to learn how to crochet a granny square. You can grow it to be any size that you desire. The granny square is really forgiving of changes in yarn texture so it's okay to mix-and-match yarn for this project. This particular granny square blanket, with instructions that include color changes, is available in 4 sizes: a GIANT 108" square and a very large blanket, a smaller throw, and a baby blanket.
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Another easy crochet afghan pattern is to make a whole bunch of tiny crochet squares and stitch them together into one big blanket. This blanket is made up of three-round squares. They are so simple and fun to craft. The designer offers a "join as you go" method to allow you to connect the squares as you work so that you don't have to do all of your joining at the end. Even if you're new to joining, you should have all of the information that you need here, because the designer has included video tutorial links along with detailed written instructions.
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HDC Squares Crochet Blanket
This crochet blanket is designed with squares as well. However, instead of working them in the round, you create them by working in rows, which some beginners prefer. Each row consists of simple half double crochet stitches. Then you join them all together into an easy checkered afghan. This design comes in various sizes all the way up to fit a king sized bed. Note that you can follow the pattern for free as a four-part CAL post on the website or your can pop over to Ravelry and buy it as a complete ad-free version.
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Linen Stitch Crochet Afghan
If you have never heard of linen stitch before, don't fret; it's just made up of single crochet and chain stitches. As a beginner, you can do this. This version is worked in the round to create a square blanket. You can easily grow it to any size afghan you need.
You can also work linen stitch in rows. Here's a free crochet baby blanket pattern that shows that.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Modified Moss Stitch Crochet Afghan
Moss stitch, like linen stitch, combines two basic crochet stitches to create texture. In this case, you work a single crochet and double crochet together in one stitch, then you skip over the next stitch. You repeat it again and again, across the row, and from row to row. It's easy and you'll get the hang of it quickly. In the end you'll have a beautiful crochet blanket. Use self-striping yarn to avoid color changes and weaving in ends.
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Double Crochet Striped Afghan
If you know how to work the double crochet (called the treble crochet in this pattern because it's written in UK crochet terms) then you can work this blanket. Sometimes you'll work multiple dc stitches into one st and skip other stitches, but it's not hard at all. There are detailed photo instructions for every step of this project. Once done, you'll have a striped afghan.
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Easy Bulky Crochet Afghan
This crochet blanket pattern uses single crochet and double crochet stitches. Like the one above, you'll sometimes work multiple stitches into one stitch, effectively creating a row of granny stitches on every other row of this pattern. It's a great design and one that's easy for beginners to master. Plus this easy afghan is worked up in a super bulky yarn so it comes together very quickly. You'll be very satisfied if you decide to make your first ever crochet blanket with this pattern.