Fun Afghan Knitting Patterns
These blanket and throw patterns vary from the whimisical to quirky to educational, but all are attention-getters.
To get the knitting patterns, scroll down the page to the individual pattern you want and click on the link to that pattern.
These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.
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Free Knitting Patterns
Spencer the Elephant Baby
- Get the free knitting pattern
- Duplicate stitch instructions
- Get the book Quick Knitted Afghans that featured this pattern for as low as $.99
Pretty Punk Blanket
Afghan for the pirate or punk in your life from the Running Yarn. This blanket is knit in five long strips, like scarves, then seamed together at the end. Width: 5 feet Length: 7 feet.
Animal Talk Throw
Amy Bahrt designed this fun throw for animal lovers. Fun attachments of ears, tails, and wings make this a three-dimensional blanket. 29 in x 38 in. Matching cardigan sweater pattern available for 2 years (4 years, 6 years).
Map of the World Afghan and Pillows
Kay Niederlitz designed this detailed project. It is knit in strips. I think you could customize it and make the continents all one color if you didn’t want to knit the countries and/or wanted to emphasize global unity.
USA Map Afghan
Intarsia map of the United States from Lion Brand with different colors for each state. 45 x 66 in. (114.5 x 167.5 cm)
Annen Blogi designed this colorful design.
Designed by Carrie Fritsche, this Tardis blanket is almost life size at 9’6″ x 6’4″ and it worked with intarsia in one piece.
This high contrast, op art blanket is designed by Melissa Dominguez to appeal to a baby’s developing vision, but we adults love it too! Two sizes.
Escher Seahorse Afghan
Sea Creatures Throw
Carol J. Sorsdahl for Red Heart Yarn designed this fun project that is half blanket and half toy. Blanket is knit in strips and sewn together. Sea creatures are knit separately and sewn to blanket. 32″ x 32″
Airplane Blanket and Toy
This bright design by Patons is Approx 38 x 46 ins [96.5 x 117 cm]. The matching airplane toy pattern is also available.
NYC Skyline Afghan
Lion Brand Yarn created this blanket with familiar New York City buildings.
Kittens and Butterflies Blanket
Judy Lamb designed this adorable blanket with lace motifs. 34 inches wide X 32 1/2 inches high. The picture above is just one strip of the blanket.
You Can Do It Afghan
Susan Reckford designed this empowering throw with an homage to Rosie the Riveter on the front and You Can Do It on the back. Front and back are knit separately and sewn together. About 50 x 59 in. (127 x 150 cm)
Jessica Evans designed charts for the Periodic Table of Elements that can be used for knitting or crochet. The pictured project is knit by GretelW with modifications. Oh, and if you wonder about the quote at the top of the pictured afghan, it’s from Tom Lehrer’s Elements Song If you haven’t heard it, you’re in for a treat!
Designed by Patons. Also available – matching toy dinosaur patterns. Toy Height: 20 ins [51 cm]. Blanket 37 x 52 ins [94 x 132 cm] point to point
The Ron Weasley Blanket
Jackie Wierzbicki at the Penguineer was inspired to re-create Ron Weasley’s Blanket as seen in the Harry Potter movies on his bed in the dormitory in Gryffindor tower. She carefully researched the blanket from all the images she could find. It probably is not a true sampler blanket because the squares are all garter stitch but I couldn’t resist adding it here. A great stash buster!
Patterns for Purchase
Mermaid Tail Lapghan
Can be knit flat and used as a blanket or knit in the round to use as a cocoon. She has several patterns sized for adults, teens and children, and babies.
Shark Attack Lap Blanket
Two versions included — one for knitting in the round and one for knitting flat. Small (2 to 6 years) Medium (6 to 10 years) Large (10 to 14 years)
Road Map Playmat
One of the 17designs in Sirdar’s Nursery Knits for Boys. Despite the gender restrictive title, this is a cute playmat for any baby with a lot of textures for sensory development. Cabled and ribbed (ploughed) fields, fur stitch lawns, tuck stitch ponds, garter stitch and mitred roads – it’s a developmental playmat which will amuse toddlers too. 36 squares in total.
This flower shaped baby blanket or afghan is42″ petal tip to petal tip
Sleepy Owl Baby Blanket
Designed for Amanda Hatcher, cables form owl motifs in this baby blanket. Size 28” X 28” in super chunky
Hero II Blanket
This Superman inspired pattern includes charts and complete instructions to knit and crochet this blanket. Approximate finished size is 4 x 5 feet worked in worsted weight yarn.
Clawed Man Blanket
This Wolverine inspired pattern includes charts and complete instructions to knit and crochet this blanket. Approximate finished size is 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 feet worked in worsted weight yarn.
Winged White Horse
This afghan inspired by Pegasus is 3 feet by 5 feet. This pattern by StefanieFayard features 4 colors (which you can change at will), along with intarsia and weaving techniques. The pattern itself is a color-coded chart. It is 320 stitches wide, and the square gauge is 3 stitches by 5 rows. It doesn’t even have to be a blanket; as a chart, the pattern is open for use as anything that fits 320 stitches!
Sock Monkey Hooded Blanket
Hooded blanket measures 44 x 44 inches.
This afghan pattern is based on a maze that used to exist at Chevening, Kent, England.