Want to get started with crocheting a new blanket, throw, bedspread or afghan? Or perhaps a cute new baby blanket? If so, this is the place to find some of the best crochet blanket patterns. The following books are ones I recommend based on the outstanding blanket patterns included.
In all cases, I have spent quite a bit of time with these books, both reading through the instructions and looking at the photos. If a book is mentioned here, it’s because I either own a copy of it, or have owned a copy in the past, or have borrowed the book from the library and am well acquainted with it. In many cases, I have actually worked at least one project from the book, either making a complete blanket or perhaps a swatch / motif / square from it.
This approach to making a “best patterns list” has both upsides and limitations. Obviously, it’s impossible for me to own and work from every pattern book written, although my husband seems to think I am trying to accomplish that. 🙂 So the downside is that there are plenty of worthy books that are not included on this list, simply because I haven’t got my hands on copies of them and therefore can’t vouch for them one way or the other.
The upside is that you can be sure these are authentic reviews — which I think is important, considering the proliferation of fake reviews available on the Internet these days. It’s also important for you to be aware that a real person with a degree in textile design reviewed these books.
So here you have it: my list of the best crochet blanket pattern books for your consideration:
This is not a new book; Unexpected Afghans is now more than a decade old. Yet, in my opinion, it has stood the test of time and is still worthy as being at the top of this list all these years later. This book is an outstanding collection of blanket and afghan patterns. You get a wide variety of designs in bunches of different styles and techniques. Since the collection was created by many different designers, the patterns are all distinctive, and each one offers something individual and interesting.
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- Click here to check out my detailed book review of Unexpected Afghans.
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- Download the Unexpected Afghans Kindle version at Amazon.
If you knit or crochet often, you’re likely to end up with bunches of yarn scraps — plus a dilemma. What do you do with them all?
There’s no single correct answer to that question; there are zillions of possibilities for what to do with yarn scraps. But, one of the most popular solutions to that dilemma is to make scrap afghans. If that’s what you want to do with yours, get yourself a copy of Scrappy Afghans, published by Leisure Arts. The book features 8 eye-catching blanket patterns that are all designed to allow you to maximize your yarn scraps. You’ll be empowered to make creative scrap afghans that will look lovely rather than haphazard. I think these are all pretty cool designs — you’ll definitely want to take a look at them.
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- Check out our detailed book review of Scrappy Afghans.
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If you’d like to crochet a blanket, but you think a gigantic one seems like a daunting project, this book could be exactly what you’re looking for. These small lap blankets are engaging crochet projects that work up much more quickly than full-sized blankets do. They make lovely baby blankets if you ever need baby shower gifts, but the blankets can accompany the little ones you make them for well into childhood.
Learn More About Corner-to-Corner Lap Throws for the Family:
- Click here to find out more about the book in our detailed review of this title.
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- Click here to shop for this book at Biblio.
If you’d be interested in crocheting small blankets that are the perfect size for babies, check out Color Block Baby Blankets. This affordable little booklet is filled with easy crochet patterns, some of which are fantastic projects for beginners to crochet.
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If classic, sophisticated, solid-colored afghan patterns are what you’re after, check out Bonnie Barker’s book called Aran Afghans to Crochet. This book includes 5 patterns for uniquely textured crochet afghans featuring crochet post stitches, popcorns, bobbles, cables, Celtic basketweaves, Celtic diamonds and more eye-catching textured patterns.
If you want to make a wedding gift or a gift for a guy, the patterns in this book are good candidates to work from. These patterns aren’t lacy, froofy or girly; they’re all workable as design accents for a guy’s or couple’s bedroom.
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Seamless Crochet is an outstanding crochet pattern book, which was written by Kristin Omdahl and published by Interweave. It is not specifically a book of crochet blanket patterns, with only 4 of the projects in the book being blankets. However, the main focus of this book is the technique of join-as-you-go crochet motifs. With that in mind, the book includes an entire library of different motif patterns, and most of the motifs could easily be used for crocheting blankets once you understand the basics of the technique.
If you’re interested in crocheting multicolored blankets that have interesting geometric and pictorial patterns requiring color changes in the middle of the rows, you’re going to want to get your hands on a copy of this book. The book includes five spectacular patterns: 2 baby blanket patterns, 2 patterns suitable for kids and one pattern designed for adults. The adult-sized pattern also happens to be guy friendly, so you can use the finished afghan for decorating a bachelor pad or gifting to a guy you know / love. Whether you craft for your own family or for charity, this is a fantastic pattern collection to have in your stash.
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There are a zillion truly wonderful crochet blanket pattern books available. Out of all of them I’ve worked with, this book ranked as my top pick for the best buy of the bunch for several years running. However, I have now demoted this title to the bottom of the list because new physical copies of it are now hard to find; it’s hit or miss whether you can find them available for sale at all, and when you can find them, the sellers are typically asking for higher prices than the book’s original cover price. The book is a good one, and it might be worth it to you to buy it even at higher prices than its original cover price, but I personally believe that “Unexpected Afghans” is currently a better value for the money than this book is if you have to pay third-party sellers’ prices for it.
When I last checked, Kindle copies of the book were still available. I originally reviewed a paper copy of this title. I haven’t reviewed the Kindle book and am not sure whether the Kindle version is workable or not; some of them are excellent and others are unusable. So I’m really not sure whether to put my stamp of approval on the Kindle version or not.
If you want more details about this book, I invite you to check out my detailed book review of this title.
Another important point: This book is only a good choice for you if you want to crochet an adult-sized blanket. If you’re looking for a book that includes baby blanket patterns, I invite you to check out my list of the best crochet baby blanket patterns. The main focus of Crochet Afghan Revival is adult-sized blankets.
If you’re interested in crocheting a full-sized blanket, afghan or throw, you’ll find 40 different patterns to choose from in Crochet Afghan Revival — PLUS you also get 5 patterns for coordinating pillows. That’s a whole LOT of blanket patterns — a greater number of choices than you’ll find in any of the other books I’ve included on this page.
The per-pattern price compares favorably against competing titles.
But, the best part is the patterns themselves, which are truly wonderful. Some of the top crochet designers on earth have contributed these patterns — designers like Melissa Leapman, Sharon Silverman and Anne Halliday. These designs are all appealing ones you’d want to make and give as gifts to your loved ones, or keep for your own home.
There’s a broad mix of crochet techniques and design styles represented: Fair Isle crochet, mosaic crochet, zigzags / ripples, crochet cables / aran crochet, traditional crochet, crochet motifs, granny squares, crochet hexagons, woven crochet and more.
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- Click here to find my detailed book review of Crochet Afghan Revival.
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- Click here to find the Kindle ebook version of this book.
These are my top picks for the best crochet blanket books. If you’re interested in crocheting lovely blankets, I think you can’t go wrong with any of these.
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This page was last updated on 8-6-2023.