This post features free knitted blanket patterns that are perfect for fall and winter.
Have you ever wanted to knit yourself a HUGE, cozy, comfy blanket that you can hide in for days when the weather outside is bitter cold? Yeah, me too!
Then this post is just perfect for you, with plenty of cozy blanket patterns to choose from.
Knit A Blanket To Keep You Warm And Cozy!
When it is cold outside, you only want to snuggle up on the sofa in your cozy blanket with your dog or cat by your side.
Watching Netflix while knitting and drinking tea can feel comforting during the colder months.
Knitting your own blankets for yourself or giving them as gifts will be welcomed when you reach those zero-temperature days!
More and more people make their own chunky knitted blankets, with bulky weight yarns knit on big needles.
They are easy to make, too, with only a basic knowledge of knitting needed to get started.
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Free Blanket Knitting Patterns
In this roundup of blanket patterns, there are many for you to choose from, including a cable knit blanket, knit baby blanket, patchwork, waffle throw, and more.
When deciding which pattern to choose, think about the yarns you would like to use – do you want to use bulky weight yarn or something a little lighter?
If you are a beginner – perhaps have a look in your local yarn store for some ideas before you start – see which yarn speaks to you, and you know that you have to have!
For more fall knitting patterns, take a look at these posts below:
1. Chunky Cable Knit Blanket Pattern
This pattern is for you if you want to make a huge squishy blanket!
Knit on a size 25 mm (US 50) knitting needles, the blanket knits up fairly fast and is for any advanced beginners who want to try out cables.
Look at the free chunky cable knit blanket pattern by Handy Little Me.
2. Chunky Throw Blanket Pattern
If you like the cable knit blanket above but are unsure that the cables are for you, this throw is perfect for beginners!
Knit using a variation of the rib stitch – called the broken rib stitch; this pattern is straightforward.
3. DIY Chunky Knit Blanket Tutorial
Knit a huge, thick throw to wrap around yourself during those chilly fall days or nights.
This is a simple blanket in stripes, using knit stitches and purl stitches to create texture (with a video tutorial to help you).
The end result is a cozy blanket with alternating simple garter stitch and seed stitch stripes.
Circular knitting needles are used to accommodate a large number of stitches.
4. Easy Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern
This easy-knit baby blanket is a free pattern designed by Handy Little Me.
The textured rib stitch pattern is really easy for any beginner knitter.
5. Corner To Corner Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern
Designed by Handy Little Me, this striped corner-to-corner baby blanket is a great beginner project.
A free knitting pattern that your little one will love!
6. Knitted Baby Blanket – Patchwork
Make a soft cotton baby blanket designed by Handy Little Me.
The blanket is divided into squares and then stitched together, with a garter stitch edge added to each side.
This free knit blanket pattern will introduce you to four stitch patterns that use knit and purl stitches.
7. Double Seed Stitch Blanket Pattern
This blanket by Purl Soho is a great free pattern knit in a super soft merino yarn.
Knitting blankets in different colors with a simple stitch pattern will be a great way to spend your autumn evenings…
8. Lace Chunky Throw Knitting Pattern
This throw is a big knit that will keep you warm this winter.
It’s a beautiful pattern from Classic Elite Yarns.
9. Tassel Blanket Pattern/Chunky Knit Blanket
A fabulous blanket with tassels would make a perfect gift for a special occasion or to throw over your sofa for a cozy look during the holiday season.
This is a quick knit; you can make one over a weekend using super bulky yarn (Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick) and (US 50) 25 mm knitting needles.
This blanket has step-by-step instructions and a video tutorial.
View the pattern here – How To Make A Chunky Knit Blanket: For Beginners
10. Patchwork Knitted Blanket Pattern
This knit throw blanket by schachenmayr is a beautiful patchwork creation with different stitches and techniques being used.
*Update Sep 2020: this blanket pattern is no longer available on the site.*
They do have some alternatives, like this diamond blanket pattern here.
11. Waffle Blanket Knitting Pattern
This waffle blanket looks like a fast project if you make it with chunky yarn and big needles.
A free pattern that is available in both English and Spanish from the blog ‘debajo-un-boton’.
12. Cable Knit Throw Pattern
A huge cable knit blanket from ‘ilovedecoration’.
This is a gorgeous blanket that makes me think of Christmas!
13. Textured Blanket Knitting Pattern
A warm and cozy knit from Purl Soho, the ‘Beautyberry Blanket’ looks like a gorgeous textured knitted blanket made with chunky yarns.
14. Christmas Blanket Knitting Pattern
The blanket is really huge and squishy, perfect for snuggling over Christmas.
Knit with a soft alpaca wool blend; this is a blanket you want to make!
This blanket is knit with US 50/25 mm circular needles and two strands of super bulky yarn held together.
View the pattern here – Christmas Blanket Knitting Pattern
15. Cable Knit Baby Blanket
Knit with soft chenille yarn; this really is a blanket that you will want to make!
This handmade blanket pattern is perfect if you’re looking for an easy pattern to work on while watching a show or listening to a podcast.
The cable is an easy knit in a solid color, so if you have never cabled before, don’t worry; it is really simple – you can do it!
View the free pattern here – Cable Knit Baby Blanket Pattern
16. Quilted Knit Throw Pattern
This throw blanket designed by Mama In A Stitch features a lovely stitch pattern – the seersucker stitch.
This blanket is knit with Lion Brand Yarns in a super bulky weight yarn.
You can see the blanket size information on the website.
17. Temperature Blanket Patterns
If you are looking for a fun long-term knitting or crochet project, then temperature blankets are for you!
Learn all you need to know about making a Temperature blanket and get some pattern inspiration for both knitting and crochet.
Choose from various stitch patterns like stockinette stitch and different sizes to make like chunky throws or an afghan pattern.
These blankets can be made in any yarn weight (like worsted weight yarn or Aran weight yarn) and fiber choice (acrylic yarn, wool, etc) that you like.
View the patterns here – 10 Temperature Blanket Patterns
What Is The Best Size For A Knitted Blanket?
The best size for a knitted blanket depends on your personal preferences, the intended use of the blanket, and the amount of time and materials you’re willing to invest.
Here are some common blanket sizes and their typical uses:
- Baby Blanket (30″ x 40″ or 76 cm x 102 cm):
- These smaller blankets are ideal for swaddling, covering a stroller, or providing a cozy spot for a baby to nap. They are relatively quick to knit and make for great baby shower gifts.
- Throw Blanket (50″ x 60″ or 127 cm x 152 cm):
- Throw blankets are versatile and can be used for various purposes. They’re great for draping over the back of a couch or the foot of a bed, and they’re large enough to keep you warm while watching TV or reading a book.
- Twin Bed Blanket (66″ x 90″ or 168 cm x 229 cm):
- A twin-sized blanket is designed to cover a single bed. It’s a good choice for kids’ beds or for those who prefer a smaller blanket on their twin-sized bed.
- Full/Queen Bed Blanket (90″ x 90″ or 229 cm x 229 cm):
- This size is suitable for both full and queen-sized beds. It provides ample coverage for sleeping and can also be used as a decorative layer on a larger bed.
- King Bed Blanket (108″ x 90″ or 274 cm x 229 cm):
- King-sized blankets are designed for king-sized beds. They are the largest and provide full coverage for a bed of this size.
- Custom Sizes:
- You can also knit blankets in custom sizes to suit your specific needs. For example, you might want a larger throw blanket, an oversized king-sized blanket, or a unique shape like a circular or hexagonal blanket.
When choosing the size for your knitted blanket, consider the recipient’s needs and preferences.
Additionally, take into account the amount of time, yarn, and effort required to complete the project.
Larger blankets will require more materials and take longer to knit, so choose a size that aligns with your available resources and the intended purpose of the blanket.
What Is The Best Stitch To Knit A Blanket?
The best stitch to knit a blanket depends on your preferences, the level of difficulty you’re comfortable with, and the style you want for your blanket.
Here are a few popular knitting stitches for blankets:
- Garter Stitch: Garter stitch is the simplest knitting stitch, involving only the knit stitch on both sides of the fabric. It creates a textured, reversible fabric. It’s a great choice for beginners and results in a squishy, cozy blanket.
- Stockinette Stitch: Stockinette stitch is another basic stitch pattern where you knit one side (the right side) and purl the other side (the wrong side). It creates a smooth, classic “V” pattern on one side and a bumpy texture on the other side. Keep in mind that stockinette tends to curl at the edges, so you may want to add a border to your blanket.
- Basketweave Stitch: The basketweave stitch pattern alternates blocks of knit and purl stitches to create a textured, woven appearance. It’s a bit more complex than garter or stockinette but adds depth and visual interest to your blanket.
- Seed Stitch: Seed stitch is a pattern that alternates knit and purl stitches within the same row and across rows. This creates a bumpy, textured fabric. It’s visually appealing and lies flat, making it a great choice for blankets.
- Cable Stitch: If you want to add intricate, textured designs to your blanket, consider using cable stitches. Cables involve crossing stitches over each other, creating a braided or roped effect. They can be as simple or complex as you like, depending on the pattern you choose.
- Lace Stitch: Lace stitch patterns create delicate, openwork designs that are perfect for lightweight, decorative blankets. Lace patterns typically involve yarnovers and decreases to create eyelets and intricate patterns.
- Ripple or Chevron Stitch: This stitch pattern creates a wave-like, chevron design. It’s visually striking and can be done with a combination of increases and decreases to create the desired ripple effect.
- Moss Stitch: Moss stitch (or double seed stitch) alternates knit and purl stitches, much like seed stitch. It creates a textured, reversible fabric with a different pattern from seed stitch.
- Brioche Stitch: Brioche is a more advanced stitch that produces a reversible, squishy fabric. It involves working with slipped stitches and yarnovers to create a dense, warm texture. It’s suitable for experienced knitters.
When selecting a stitch for your blanket, consider your skill level, the overall look you want to achieve, and the intended use of the blanket.
Keep in mind that some stitch patterns may require extra attention to gauge and tension, and they might take longer to knit than simpler stitches.
Additionally, it’s a good idea to make a swatch before starting your project to ensure that you’re comfortable with the chosen stitch and that it produces the desired fabric for your blanket.
Are you going to make a blanket this winter?
Let me know in the comments which one you are going to make!