Make Multitudinous Motifs from Favorite Crochet Blankets

On a chilly summer evening or a blustery winter day, nothing warms the body and soul like a blanket handmade with love. Cozy crochet blankets provide warmth and color throughout the house, from the bedroom to the living room to the nursery. We hope you’ll love Favorite Crochet Blankets 2017, an issue full of practical, timeless, and easy-to-make crochet afghans, blankets, and throws.

These classic patterns have been specially selected from our vast library for their unique use of crochet techniques. Crochet blankets are traditionally made one of three ways: working side to side in rows, working from the center out, or joining individual motifs. From these simple foundations, you can create designs that range from homey and practical to stunning and sophisticated.

Work row by row for unique striped effects, or work from the center out to create a doily-inspired blanket with decorative lace details. Motif-based afghans often feature iconic granny squares, but here we present other colorful motifs for you to stitch. So add a touch of crochet to your home, or create a gift for a friend. This special collection has all the instruction—and warmth—you need to get started.

Take a look at one of our themes, below. Then imagine your home draped in handmade beauty.

—Kerry Bogert
Editorial Director, Books


Bring the beach home with 3 sea-creature blankets!

Shark Hunter Blanket by Kristin Omdahl

What little kid wouldn’t love to have a blanket with shark teeth for the border? The blanket tiles are easy to crochet and make a soothing, dense fabric. The edging is worked twice, once in the front loops of the blanket’s border and once in the back loops, with the two rows of toothy edging offset by half a repeat.

Urchins and Limpets Blanket by Kathy Merrick

The background motifs of this blanket are inspired by sea urchins and the cheery centers by limpet shells. Any other combination of neutral background and pops of color would work well. Or change the feeling altogether and use a deep burnt orange as the background and stone gray, charcoal, bottle green, and navy for contrast.

Starfish Blanket by Kristin Omdahl

This blanket has an unusual construction. Instead of working row after row of the same number of motifs, this blanket begins with one motif in the first row, increasing by one motif per row until the desired width is achieved, then decreasing by one motif per row for the second half of the blanket. The wide scallop edging is worked in rows sideways from the edge of the blanket. The result is a uniquely shaped throw with a fun aquatic theme—ideal for brightening up a child’s bedroom.

More crochet for your home!


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