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.See more pictures and get the free blanket pattern.
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.
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.
4. 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.
If "pretty" is the effect you're striving for when you decorate baby's nursery, then this lacy blanket is a great choice. This blanket also makes a great baby shower gift.
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.
Hearts form the focal point of this multicolored baby blanket. The hearts are accented with colorful checkerboard patterns, making for a project that's interesting to crochet as well as beautiful to look at.
For those of you who like the heart blanket idea but you want the color scheme to be simpler, this is a good alternative.
Scrapghans are popular crochet projects -- with good reason! They provide a creative challenge, and they also provide an outlet for the worthy goal of using up all your yarn scraps.
This colorful scrap afghan was submitted by one of our readers, Dayle.
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.