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Fun Afghan Knitting Patterns

by | May 27, 2016 | Afghans, Decor, Featured

Knitting patterns for Fun Afghans, throws, and blankets

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.

All links on this site are for informational purposes, but please note that some links are to affiliate sellers that pay me a small commission on purchases.

Free Knitting Patterns

Free knitting pattern for Spencer the Elephant blanket

Spencer the Elephant Baby

Designed by Kathy Sasser for the book Quick Knitted Afghans, the blanket is worked in stockinette and garter with the features in duplicate stitch. 33 X 45″


Free knitting pattern for Pretty Punk Blanket

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.


Free knitting pattern for Animal Talk Afghan

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).

Free knitting pattern for Animal Talk Cardigan for childrenGet the free knitting pattern for the matching Animal Talk Cardigan for 2 years (4 years, 6 years)




Free knitting pattern for World Map Afghan

© smarron

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.

Free knitting pattern for USA Map Afghan

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)


Tardis Afghan

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.

Free Star Wars Knitting Charts and more Star Wars inspired knitting patterns

© dlinds20

Star Wars Knitting Charts

Leah Fenton designed these charts you can use for blankets, hats, sweaters, or any knitting projects.


OpArt Blanket

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.

Free knitting pattern for Sea Creatures Throw

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″

Free knitting pattern for Airplane Blanket

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.

Free knitting pattern for NYC Skyline Afghan

NYC Skyline Afghan

Lion Brand Yarn created this blanket with familiar New York City buildings.

Free knitting pattern for Kittens and Butterflies Afghan

© jaurene

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.

Free knitting pattern for You Can Do It Afghan with Rosie the Riveter

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)

Knitting pattern for Periodic Table

© GretelW

Periodic Table

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!

Free knitting patterns for Tyrannosaurus, Stegosaurus and Dinosaur Blanket

Dinosaurs Blanket

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

Free knitting pattern for Ron Weasley's blanket and more sampler afghan 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!

Free knitting pattern for Game of Thrones blanket

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

Knitting pattern for Mermaid Tail Lapghan

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.

Knitting pattern for Shark Attack Blanket

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)

Knitting pattern for Road Map Playmat

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.

Knitting pattern for Flower Baby Blanket

Flower Blanket

This flower shaped baby blanket or afghan is42″ petal tip to petal tip

Knitting pattern for Sleepy Owl Blanket and more cable afghan knitting patterns

Sleepy Owl Baby Blanket

Designed for Amanda Hatcher, cables form owl motifs in this baby blanket. Size 28” X 28” in super chunky

Knitting and crochet pattern for Superman blanket

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.

Knitting pattern for Wolverine Blanket

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.

Knitting pattern for Pegasus Winged Horse blanket

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!

Knitting pattern for Sock Monkey Hooded Blanket and more sock monkey knitting patterns

Sock Monkey Hooded Blanket

Hooded blanket measures 44 x 44 inches.

knitting pattern for Amazement maze afghan

Amazement Afghan

This afghan pattern is based on a maze that used to exist at Chevening, Kent, England.

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