Sampler stitch patterns are a fun way to try out new stitches or to make sure you are never get bored with a project. Here is a collection of sampler stitch patterns including afghans and throws but also clothing and accessories.Many of the patterns are free. Upated 8/31/23
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Fisherman's Sampler Afghan
Cable blanket knit with 4 different cable patterns in panels. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Irina Poludnenko for Lion Brand
Textured Patches Throw
Sampler afghan throw blanket with 4 different pattern stitches 4 row repeat diagonal rib, 16 row zig zag, 4 row chevron rib, 12 row arrows. Finished Measurements: 43" x 50" Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Premier Yarns Design Team.
Afghan with 4 different pattern stitches including diamonds, zigzags, and more, with 2 different separation patterns. Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Bernat for one of my favorite yarns Bernat Maker Home Dec.
16 Row Repeat Lace Panel Throw
Sample afghan with 8 different stitch variatons of lace, cable, and texture. All are knit together with a 16 repeat overall (some are 8 row repeated twice). Designed by Margret Willson. Aran weight yarn.
2 ways to get the free pattern:
- Get the free PDF knitting pattern at Yarnspirations
- Get the free knitting pattern - web version - at Joanns
Knit Your Cables Afghan
Experiment with 10 cable stitch patterns in this sample, accented with garter stitch squares. Instructional videos available too.
Cabled Cubed Throw
A beautiful way to practice your cables is this pieced blanket of 5 different cable patterns in squares.
- Get the free knitting pattern for free registration at Annie’s
- Get the recommended yarn on the pattern page
- Get the video class for this pattern for $3.99 (not necessary to get free pattern)
12 Square Sampler Afghan
Includes 12 stitch patterns such as Basketweave, Seed Stitch, Beels & Rib, Daisy Chain, Pueblo Square, Windswept, Wrap Mock Cable, Tumbleweed, Turnpike, Jubilee Diamond, Mini Diamond, Acorn, and Finishing Squares. Size 30″ by 40″. Designed by Red Heart
Norah’s Vintage Afghan
The amazing designer Norah Gaughan designed this sampler afghan made up of 20 blocks worked in 5 beautiful colors. Pictured project by knotkit1purl1
Garden Sampler Afghan
Designed by Knit and Crochet Now, this sampler afghan contains 6 different stitch patterns including garden inspired stitches like bamboo, peas and carrots, rose trellis, and bean sprouts, as well as horseshoe cable and eyelet hearts. Recommended yarn available on pattern page.
More Free Patterns
WEBS Mystery Knit-A-Long Blanket
Designed by Sara Delaney, this sampler afghan consists of 4 different stitch patterns. Love the colors!
Slip Stitch Sampler Afghan
Lion Brand’s colorwork sampler is worked in 6 squares, each square in a log cabin style, with 6 logs, each with a different slip stitch design. A great stashbuster! About 50 x 75 in. (127 x 190.5 cm)
Fireside Patchwork Afghan
Designed by Nicky Epstein, this afghan is made of 6 different blocks repeated. About 38 x 56 in. (96.5 x 142 cm) Each block measures about 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. (21.5 x 26.5 cm)
Mosaic Sampler Afghan
Designed by Knit and Crochet Now, this sampler afghan contains 6 different stitch patterns including Leaves of Grass, Bargello, Honeycomb, Mosaic Stitch, Diamond Brocade and Quail afghan blocks. Recommended yarn available on pattern page.
- Get the free knitting pattern for free registration at Annie’s site
- Purchase the video class for this and 3 other patterns – not necessary to get the free knitting pattern
Lace Sampler Baby Blanket
Designed by Amy Gunderson for Universal Yarns. 34” x 34”
Yarnspirations designed this throw with panels of garter slip stitch, moss rib, and trinity stitch. Approx 46½” x 64½” [118 x 164 cm].
Square of the Week Afghan
Despite the name of this sampler afghan, the pattern contains all the instructions for six different blocks including Bow Tie Square, Scalloped Shell Square, a Lace Stitch Square, Ice Storm Stitch, Each square is about 12 inches x 12 inches.
Checkerboard Sampler Afghan
Yarnspirations designed this throw sized about 46 x 43 ins [117 x 109 cm].
2009 Sampler Afghan
Designed by Lorena Haldeman and Sharon Emery, this afghan is made of 12 different squares, one for each month of the year. Pictured project by lunona.
Stitch Sampler Shawl
On This Day designed this rectangular wrap that is great for multi-color yarn or as a stash buster for multiple yarns. Pictured project by lyndseyloo.
- Get the free knitting pattern
- Get worsted yarn for this pattern at Annie’s
- See more Textured Shawl Knitting Patterns
heather knitz designs created this mid-size cowl to showcase several textured but easy stitch patterns. Pictured project by caracannon.
- Get the free knitting pattern
- Get the yarn used in the project pictured above
- See more Cowl Knitting Patterns
Lace Sampler Vest
Designed by Yarnspirations. Sizes Small, Medium, Large. Light summer vest knit in a series of lacy patterns
Patterns for Purchase
Aran Sampler Throw
No longer free. Throw blanket that's destined to be an heirloom knit with 4 different cable patterns including honeycomb cable, diamond moss cable, medallion cable, and braided cable. Size 44" x 60". Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Mary Maxim
Scandinavian Sampler Blanket
No longer free. Throw inspired by traditional Nordic patterns in colorwork, slip stitches, and mock cables designs. Size: 90cm x 118cm. Aran weight yarn. Great for stashbusting. Designed by Nicola Valiji.
Textured Landscape Throw
Sampler afghan blanket with asymmetric arrangement of different sized pattern ‘blocks’ with stitch patterns that are mostly cables. Full written instructions as well as charts. Made in 5 sections which only require vertical seams. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Helen Gipson.
Sampler Stripes Blanket
Blanket with several sections of different textures. 3 sizes included: Small- 67cm x 80cm, Medium- 107cm x 118cm, Large- 147cm x 156cm. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Knit Sew Make.
Seamless Knit Square Afghan
This sampler throw made up of 48 squares and is completely seamless. Many of the squares are cable designs. The pattern is both written and charted. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Lara Simonson.
Easy Sampler Throw
2 color blanket with 6 different mosaic patterns knit with easy slip stitch colorwork with one color per row. Designed by Melissa Leapman. One of the 8 projects in The Beginner's Guide To Mosaic Knitting - Easy One Color Per Row Technique
- Get The Beginner's Guide To Mosaic Knitting - Easy One Color Per Row Technique on Leisure Arts (Digital or Paperback)
- Get the book on Amazon (Paperback)
Wee Baby Blocks Baby Blanket
A seamless baby blanket with 12 different stitch pattern blocks. Finished Measurements: 26 inches (width) x 30 inches (height) after blocking. Designed by Susan Barstein. Worsted weight yarn. Pictured projects by the designer and MrsBeccaStanton.
60 Easy-To-Knit Pattern Stitches Sampler Afghan
Select any twenty of the sixty patterns featured here and start knitting your afghan. Not only will you create an heirloom design — you’ll increase your knitting know-how with every square you complete.
Learn to Knit Afghan
Barbara Walker, famous for her stitch collections, created this afghan pattern book that combine all kinds of knitting techniques in a single project. Pictured project by Violiknit.
- Get the Learn to Knit Afghan book on Amazon (Prime availble)
- See Barbara Walker’s Knitting Stitch Treasuries
Easy Textured Sampler Throw
One of 29 projects in Easy Textured Knits ebook from Leisure Arts.
Reluxe Sampler Wrap
This cowl neck poncho features cables, bobbles, and classic textural patterns.
Five different stitch patterns are repeated in row sections in this fishermen’s sweater style afghan. Finished size is approximately 44″ x 50″.
25 creative block patterns including Imperial Twist, Cable Twist, Triplet Cable, Raised Heart, Sunflowers and more. Finished size 48″ x 48″