3 Cold Weather Crochet Blankets to Bundle Up In
Born and raised in Colorado, author Marly Bird knows a thing or two about cold weather. She lives in the land of layers: where a scarf might be fine for the morning, but later in the evening you’ll need a scarf, hat, mittens, and slippers while sitting fireside under an afghan! So it’s no surprise that she set out to design projects meant to keep you warm in her book, Cold Weather Crochet. The 3 crochet blankets featured are particularly cozy, easily customizable, and will keep you warm all winter long.
1. Tilt-O-Whirl Afghan
The Tilt-O-Whirl Afghan is a surprisingly quick crochet blanket to make. It’s worked using Red Heart With Love, a worsted weight yarn that comes in 56 different colors. Choose a set of 4 colors to match your décor and stitch up 49 Tilt-O-Whirl granny squares. Have fun mixing and matching the color combinations within the motifs. Once complete, mattress stitch the motifs together for a nearly invisible join before working the edging.
2. African Flower Afghan
Sometimes, when combating the winter weather, you just need to settle into some good old-fashion session stitching. Put an extra log on the fire, queue up an interesting series on your favorite streaming service, and pour something warm to drink. If you’re lucky, by the end of season 6 you’ll have finished the 196 African flower motifs needed for this cheery afghan. You can use any color combination for the first 4 rounds of a motif, but keep the last round the same. That’s the first step in Marly’s trick to use the seaming as a unique design element and creates a beautiful texture to the finished project.
3. Log Cabin Blanket
This might be my favorite crochet afghan in Cold Weather Crochet! It brings together my love of quilting and crochet. The log-cabin quilt block is a traditional block pattern that has been reimagined in countless ways by quilters. It’s exciting to see it crossover into a fresh crochet pattern. Marly used her favorite stitch, bright colors, and 100% wool yarn for this warm, modern interpretation.
I can’t think of a better way to keep warm than curling up under a crocheted afghan. Have you crocheted one of the blankets in Cold Weather Crochet? We’d love to see it! Share a link in the comments below.
Editorial Director, Books