These blanket and throw patterns vary from the whimisical to quirky to educational, but all are attention-getters.
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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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Blanket with dancing animals on a striped background. Legs and arms are knit separately and can be attached in any positions you want- ballet, other dance, martial arts, and more. It looks like the animals are giraffes but I think you could easily adapt to be horses or ponies. Size 34 x 37 in. (86 x 94 cm). Not for children under 3. Designed by Amy Bahrt.
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).
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.
Star Wars Knitting Charts
Leah Fenton designed these charts you can use for blankets, hats, sweaters, or any knitting projects. Pictured project by dlinds20
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
Designed by Beverly Simmons
More Free Patterns
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.
- Get the free knitting pattern for the blanket
- Get the free knitting pattern for the toy
- Get the recommended yarn on Etsy
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. Pictured project by jaurene
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
- Get the T Rex free knitting pattern
- Get the Stegosaurus free knitting pattern
- Get the Dinosaurs Blanket free knitting pattern
- See more Dinosaur Knitting Patterns
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!
- Get the free knitting pattern
- See the Ravelry page
- Get aran weight yarn for this pattern on Etsy
- See more Harry Potter knitting patterns
Game of Thrones Blanket
The sigils of the houses adorn this knitted design by Ruby Gal is created with intarsia, a simple cable pattern, and basic embroidery.
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.
- Get the knitting patterns on Etsy (available in adult, teen, children, and baby sizes)
- See more Fantastical Creatures Knitting Patterns
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)
- Get the knitting patterns on Etsy
- See more Sea Creature Knitting Patterns
- See more Shark Knitting Patterns
This flower shaped baby blanket or afghan is42″ petal tip to petal tip
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.
- Get the knitting pattern on Etsy
- Find SUPERMAN Collectibles, Costumes, and Merchandise at Warner Bros. Shop
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!
This afghan pattern is based on a maze that used to exist at Chevening, Kent, England.