A friend of mine alerted me to this blanket, which must be one of the most insane items ever knitted. Behold: the Super Mario Brothers Blanket. The person who posted the photos of this blanket said that it took about 800 hours to knit this project, consuming a total of 6 years. Can you say WOW!? Inspired by this blanket, I decided to look for the most insane free blanket patterns online. How do I define “insane”? An insane knitting project is the exact opposite of “mindless.” Individual blocks sewn together are not insane. An afghan that’s knitted all in one piece, without any opportunity to get into a rhythm, and requires intense concentration at every step? Now, that’s insane. So I spent some time scouring Ravelry’s pattern browser, and…oh dear. Folks, it’s happened again. I found so many patterns — 43 in all! — that I feel like I shouldn’t include them all in one article. So this will be the first of a series of 4 articles offering the most INSANE free blanket patterns online. They’re arranged in alphabetical order. Enjoy this first installment!
Part 1: The Most Insane Free Blanket Patterns Available Online, 1-11
An African Adventure: So I suppose this afghan should be disqualified because it’s technically knitted “in blocks.” Not insane, then, right? Okay, go look at the photo of this pattern and come back and tell me it isn’t insane. Go ahead, I’ll wait… Babydecke 2 Baby Blanket: This baby blanket is double-knitted and reversible. It’s adorable, very detailed, and is probably best for knitters who are very experienced at knitting blankets from charts. Blanket Puppy: You gotta love a pattern that no one has ever knitted (as far as can be told) but exists solely in some charts and a bit of detail as to using said charts. The scary thing is I might actually try this. My daughter LOVES dogs… Butterfly Blanket: This is an exquisite pattern adorned with a huge butterfly in the center and a series of butterflies and dragonflies around the outside. I’m rather afraid to try it, but perhaps you aren’t! Cat and Mouse Blanket: Ready for some serious intarsia, with knitted cord and crochet thrown in? This blanket is full of magic and joy and insanity. Get knittin’. Climbing Ivy: This intricate afghan is made in 13 strips, 7 of them different, and joined together. There’s lace and texture and intarsia. The result is gorgeous and would definitely be worth the effort! Commemorative Fire Fighter Afghan: Lion Brand seems to have all but cornered the market on these kinds of graphics-heavy patterns! This pattern is worked in blocks that are sewn together, but given the heavy colorwork (that can be done using intarsia or duplicate or cross-stitch, given your wont), that might work in its favor, difficulty-wise… Doctor Who TARDIS Afghan: It’s an obvious testament to how beloved Doctor Who is, that this pattern has been attempted so frequently. Notice I said “attempted.” Out of the 187 projects listed on Ravelry, only 18 have actually been finished! So try it if you dare… The Doctor – 11th Doctor – Dr. Who: So that TARDIS afghan was a bit too complex for your tastes? Surely this one will be a bit easier… *looks at Ravelry pattern page* …okay, probably not. Oops. Easy As Pie: Some patterns are deceptively easy: they look a lot harder than they really are. This pattern, in my opinion, is deceptively difficult. It’s just a bunch of circles in squares! It’s even knitted in individual blocks, joined, and edged. Easy as, well, pie, right? Yeah, I’m not convinced after reading the pattern…but I still want to knit it someday, it’s SO pretty. (I might be the insane one here.) Fair Isle Christmas Table Runner: This is, obviously, not a blanket, but it’s so beautiful (and so insanely complex-looking) that I couldn’t resist incluing it. Without question, this would make a cherished Christmas gift! Stay tuned for more insane knitting patterns for blankets!