Bold graphic patterns for afghans, blankets, and throws create dramatic beautiful designs from op art, pop art, optical illusion, and mathematical formulas. Easier to knit than they look like they should be, they are fun to knit and will get you lots of compliments. Many of the patterns are free.
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Taos Lap Blanket
Afghan knit with a southwestern graphic design in intarsia and stranded colorwork. Designed by Alexandra Tavel. Width: 37”/94cm Length: 42”/107cm. Super Bulky weight yarn.
Mosaic Squares Throw
This colorful afghan is knit flat in sections of Zigzag Garter Stitch, Divider, and Mosaic Square patterns. Designed by Heather Lodinksy for Red Heart. Throw measures about 56 x 56″ [142 x 142 cm].
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Mosaic Chevron Blanket
Great pattern for Bernat Blanket Yarn, this afghan features a two color mosaic zigzag that’s a quick knit in super bulky yarn.
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Artful Afghan / Centerpiece Treasure Afghan
The unusual shape of this Lion Brand design is achieved by knitting in the round and increasing out from the center. Approximately 64 inches diameter.
Tumbling Blocks Afghan Throw
Variations listed at Ravelry for fewer colors or larger blocks.
Festive Star Afghan
Approx 70 ins [178 cm] diameter.
Graphic blanket in striped squares knit in the round and joined by picking up stitches. Designed by Purl Soho. Finished dimensions: Approximately 48 inches wide x 56 inches long. Pictured project by knitsbakesruns
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Cascading Colors Mitered Blanket
Mitres in Motion Throw or Shawl
Simple decreases create the squares. The patchwork technique of adding squares as you go is done by picking up stitches along one side of the square to begin the next one. Each Square: 71/4inches x 71/4inches. Finished Dimensions of Shawl/Throw: 60inches x 30 inches.
Southwestern Geometric Blanket
Approx 48″ x 60″ [122 x 152 cm].
Graphic Gridwork Afghan
This design from Yarnspirations includes a matching pillow pattern. Approx 47″ x 56″ [119.5 x 142 cm].
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 Cubic Chart
Although this is a chart, not a pattern per se, it can be adapted to a blanket.
Escher Seahorse Afghan
Pictured project by Beverly Simmons
Chevron Chase Blanket
Dramatic throw with zigzag pattern made with increases, decreases, and short rows. 32″ x 50″.Designed by by Rae Blackledge for Willow Yarns. Great stash buster!
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Squares on a Roll
Another fantastic design by Frankie Brown. Stocking stitch rolls add another dimension to these simple squares knitted in the round giving an exciting tactile fabric that is thick and warm.
Easy as Pie Blanket
Mathematics and knitting come together in this design by OneHandKnits. Garter stitch short-rows are used to to form a full ‘pie’ of rainbow slices and again to ‘square the circle’.
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Blanket with graceful wavy stripes shaped by short rows. Waves is one of 30 blankets in the Geometric Knit Blankets book. Great showcase for multicolored yarn! Designed by Margaret Holzmann. Worsted weight yarn.
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Super Stoked Knit Blanket
Use intarsia techniques and simple striping colorwork to knit this stockinette blanket. Knit in 3 panels with garter stitch edging. Great stashbuster! Designed by Erin Black. 2 strands of Worsted weight yarn held together.
A vibrant chevron pattern plays with color in intarsia in this fabulous knitted blanket. Designer Amy Gunderson created two sizes, so you can choose a smaller “lapghan” size (shown here) or a larger afghan or bedspread option.
A New Angle
3D illustion for an afghan blanket or wall hanging.
Curve of Pursuit
It may look complicated but, if you can knit garter stitch, you can make this.
Fibo-optic Afghan / Wall Hanging
Fibo-optic uses the Fibonacci Sequence in two directions, in each of the three dimensions, to give the illusion of a large flying cube.
This design by woollythoughts is nowhere near as complicated to make as you may think. If you can knit garter stitch, you can do it.
Optical illusion blanket knit with illusion knitting. There are never more than 20 stitches on the needles at any time. Most of the joining is done as you go but there are a few small seams left to be stitched.
Optical Illusion Afghan Graph Chart
I can’t find a picture of the finished afghan but it looks like it would be spectacular. The designer states that the actual graph size is 150x200. If you would prefer different stitch/row dimensions, let the designer know.
This afghan is based on a design sent to woollythoughts by the famous Oxford mathematican Sir Roger Penrose and is named in his honor.
This is design is much easier than it looks. It is worked in one piece, using one colour at a time and with a maximum of around one hundred stitches on the needles. There is a tiny amount of stitching to be done.