Ready for more insanity? It’s time for another installment of the most insane knitting patterns available online for blankets. As a refresher, my definition of “insane” is basically “ridiculously difficult, complex, intricate, and would be a complete waste of time if the result weren’t something incredibly beautiful.” (You’ll notice I’ve already tossed out that notion that a blanket joined together in blocks or strips can’t be “insane.” The fiendishly clever knitting designers of the world have proven me wrong there.) So onward to more insane knitting patterns for blankets!
The Most Insane Free Knitting Patterns Available Online, Part II: 12-22
Felted and Mended Afghan: This pattern is really more of a series of suggestions than an actual pattern. The difficulty lies in two features. One is embroidery, and you’re encouraged to embroider any kind of design you want onto the blocks. The second is the felting. It can be incredibly nerve-wracking to spend a good deal of time on knitting only to throw it into the washing machine and felt it on purpose! But the result is a beautiful blanket designed yourself. Flower Power Afghan: One brave knitter called it “Intarsia gone MAD!”, and that seems an adequate way to describe this gorgeous but extremely difficult afghan pattern. Game of Thrones Blanket: This is pretty incredible. It isn’t knit all in one piece, but it’s knitted in 3 pieces and then seamed. Oh, and you’ll find intarsia, cabling, AND embroidery. This is an insanely wonderful blanket. Garden Fantasy Afghan: I’m going to be straight with you: I could not make heads or tails of this pattern. The result is utterly beautiful, though, so if your pattern-reading comprehension is way better than mine (which is totally possible), then you may as well give it a go! Harlequin: Anytime you get one of these circular, super lacy, super-complex blankets like you see with this pattern, you can pretty much just turn off the TV and make sure you have no distractions whatsoever. Homer Blanky: if you’ve got a baseball fan in your life (and especially a Minnesota Twins fan), and you’re just a little bit crazy, you should definitely give this pattern a try. Knitted Coverlet: This exquisitely detailed and incredibly intricate pattern is so vintage that it’s possible no one in living memory has tried knitting it. It’s beautiful, but it’s one of those patterns that makes me say “NOPE.” Meaning “Nope, I know that one would just end in tears and tragedy.” Lily of the Volley: This may as well be called “A blanket pattern for someone with way more patience than Nicole has.” It is fully charted and knitted from the inside out in a series of lacy circular panels. It is beautiful. It is insane. Lion Country Afghan: I LOVE the look of this beautiful intarsia blanket that recreates a map of the United States. If you want a challenge, this pattern definitely qualifies. Map of the World Afghan: If you don’t live in the United States but do live on Earth (which, as far as I know, does include everyone reading this — most sincere apologies to the non-Earthlings if this is false), here is your own version of the Map afghan. (Americans can certainly give this one a shot as well.) Mary Had a Little Lamb Cuddle Blanket: Normally I don’t consider small blankets to be “insane,” but this one is also double-knitted so it’s reversible. Which is a very cool feature, but it also increases the difficulty level considerably! Had enough of the insanity? I hope not, because more are coming your way. Stay tuned for numbers 23 through 32!