It’s only September, but in handmade time, that means the winter holidays are right around the corner! I’ll be sharing handmade gift roundups for the next eleven weeks, starting with the larger projects (blankets) this week and working our way down to the smallest projects as the holidays get closer (and as we run out of crafting time). Today’s roundup includes 37 patterns and tutorials for handmade blankets, including crochet, knitting, no-sew, sewing, and quilting projects. Most of these blankets aren’t holiday themed, so they would make great gifts or home decor all year round. Get started now and you should have time to finish at least one of these for someone who is handmade-worthy on your holiday gift list. (Before your start that list, you may want to read my 5 Tips for Holiday Crafting Success!)
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37 Patterns for Handmade Blankets That Make Great Gifts
19 Free Crochet Patterns for Blankets
My regular readers know that crochet is the craft closest to my heart. I have a love/hate relationship with crochet blankets. I love them in the planning stage and for about the first third of the blanket. For the next third, I’m mad at myself for making another blanket. Then, for the final third of the blanket, I’m so excited to be almost finished that I’m already planning my next blanket. If you feel the same way, you’ll find a project you love in one of these great patterns!
- Retro Ornament Throw by Jessie At Home for Red Heart: I love the retro look of this pattern and it has several video tutorials to walk you through each part of the pattern.
- Checkerboard in Primary Colors by Underground Crafter: If you like to work on gifts while commuting or running errands, this is a portable motif project that includes yarn requirements and placement diagrams for six sizes from stroller blanket through California King.
- Rag Quilt Style Baby Blanket by Highland Hickory Designs: This is a crochet version of the classic rag quilt. If you don’t sew (or don’t want to sew), it’s a fun alternative (and there’s no dryer lint to worry about). The pattern includes helpful photos and charts.
- Tiddlywinks Blanket by Frankie Brown: This project would be a great stashbuster and the pattern includes many progress photos to guide you.
- Rainbow Sunburst Blanket by Suvi’s Crochet: This vibrant crochet blanket is constructed with join-as-you-go squares so there’s no sewing involved.
Second column, from top to bottom:
- Robot Lovey by Repeat Crafter Me: This pattern adds a crochet edging with a robot character to a piece of fleece, combining fabric and yarn into one adorable project.
- Ring Around the Rosie Mandala Blanket by The Lavender Chair: This mandala blanket in chunky yarn could also make a great decorative rug.
- Classic Granny with a Twist Blanket by Underground Crafter: If you like making simple grannies but are looking for a more interesting way to combine the squares, you’ll enjoy this blanket set on point.
- Roly Poly Panda Quilt with video by YARNutopia: This adorable crochet blanket was inspired by a quilt pattern and includes a video tutorial.
- Nya Mosaic Blanket by Lilla Björn Crochet: This pattern is available in English and Dutch and includes detailed notes, photos, and charts to help with the mosaic technique.
Third column, from top to bottom:
- Magic Rainbow Baby Blanket by Moogly: This vibrant pattern includes video tutorials for making the Mini Magic Mandala Squares and for the Tight Braid Join.
- Lunar Crossings Square Blanket by Kim Guzman: This pattern can easily be adjusted to another size to be perfect for anyone on your gift list.
- Joy’s Journey by Look At What I Made: This continuous square blanket is designed for people with dementia but it’s lovely for anyone. The pattern includes a photo tutorial for the pom pom edging. There’s also a video tutorial by It’s all in a Nutshell Crochet for making the continuous square.
- Farmhouse Ripple Throw by Sewrella: This chunky ripple throw includes a video tutorial.
- Family Room Throw by Fiber Flux: This lofty and lacy throw has great drape. The pattern also includes a video tutorial.
Right column, from top to bottom:
- Princess Dress by Melody’s Makings: This adorable project can be used as a blanket when your special princess is small and then worn as a dress up outfit as she gets older. (A knit version is also available.)
- Gentle Gradient Ripple Blanket by Underground Crafter: This easy peasy ripple pattern uses only one stitch and doesn’t have any fancy decreases. There’s also a video tutorial.
- Circle Dance Afghan by Carolyn Christmas: This pattern combines six different sizes of granny squares into a vibrant project.
- Bake Shop Blanket by Sewrella: This pattern includes twelve different “calorie-free” bake shop treats and video tutorials for each square and finishing instructions.
6 Free Knitting Patterns
These knitting patterns include a range of styles so you’re sure to find one for someone special on your list.
- Princess Dress by Melody’s Makings: This adorable project can be used as a blanket when your special princess is small and then worn as a dress up outfit as she gets older. (A crochet version is also available.)
- Pathways Blanket by Frankie Brown: These simple garter stitch squares can be arranged in a variety of ways to create different looks.
- Mondrian Throw by ABC Knitting Patterns: This intarsia blanket is inspired by the work of Piet Mondrian.
Right column, from top to bottom:
- Log Cabin Blanket by Very Pink: This blanket was inspired by the classic quilting pattern and includes a video tutorial, as well as a FAQ page.
- Easy Garter Stitch 4-Patch Blanket by ABC Knitting Patterns: This simple garter stitch pattern can be made larger by making more squares.
- Spools blanket by Frankie Brown: This garter stitch blanket was also inspired by a classic quilting pattern.
10 Sewing and Quilting Tutorials
If you prefer to work with fabric instead than yarn, you’ll find a great project in this selection. Some are low-sew projects and others are quilted patchwork projects, so there’s a good range of ideas to get your creativity flowing.
- Zig Zag Modern Fuse Applique Baby Quilt by Crafty Lady Abby for Fairfield World: This small quilt is perfect for a quilting beginner and uses fusible interfacing for the applique.
- U.S. State Map Quilt by Flamingo Toes: This pattern also includes a link to a map of Canada that you can join to this quilt.
- Urban Scandinavian Half-Square Triangle Quilt by Pieces by Polly for Fairfield World: This pattern uses large, half-square triangle blocks to make a bedspread quilt.
- Quick Cheater Rag Quilt by Sew What Alicia: This “cheater” version is a faster way of making a traditional rag quilt.
Center column, from top to bottom:
- Modern Denim Quilt by It’s Always Autumn: This ombré denim quilt is a great way of using up old jeans. It has a flannel backing but no batting.
- Minky Baby Blanket by Sew What Alicia: This pattern guides minky newbies through working with this fabric.
Right column, from top to bottom:
- Easy Bandana Blanket by Doodlecraft: This simple project uses bandanas and fleece for a cozy blanket.
- Stair Step/Vintage Car Quilt in a Day by Pieces by Polly: This strip-pieced quilt pattern also includes tips for working with cuddle fabric.
- Faux Chenille Baby Blanket by Sisters, What! If you’ve never made a faux chenille blanket before, this tutorial will walk you through the steps with plenty of helpful tips.
- Easy, Beautiful DIY Fleece Blankets by It’s Always Autumn: This tutorial includes three low-sew variations on fleece blankets.
2 No Sew Fabric Tutorials
If you like the idea of gifting a blanket but don’t love the idea of laboring over one, these two no-sew projects may be perfect for you!
- DIY Stamped Blanket (at left) by Swoodson Says: This blanket is made from sweatshirt fleece and uses fabric paint and potato stamps to make a unique project.
- How To Make a Shibori Indigo Tie Dyed Blanket (at right) by Swoodson Says: This blanket also uses sweatshirt fleece and includes a detailed dyeing tutorial.