At last we’ve arrived at our final batch of insane free knitting patterns for blankets. I hope you’ve enjoyed checking out these patterns. And maybe you’ve even become inspired to try one or two yourself! I know I have! Perhaps not anytime soon, mind…but still. Bucket list, anyone? Enjoy the last of our insane patterns for blankets!
The Most Insane Free Knitting Patterns for Blankets Available Online, Part IV: 33-43
Shetland Isle Shawl: This pattern might not be as difficult as I think it is, but frankly the charts and just the photo of this pattern freaked me out. I dub thee insane, Shetland Isle Shawl. Speculation: This gorgeous circular blanket features stunning lace detail. It’s written for three different sizes, and it would look amazing as a tablecloth – if you can get through it! Sports-Themed Afghan: If you or someone you love is a Yankees, Red Sox, Raiders, or Bills fan, you’ll love the afghan patterns posted on this page! (Scroll down — you’ll find many more much easier patterns in addition to the aforementioned “insane” afghan patterns.) Storyteller’s Afghan: Okay. Now this pattern (no surprise, it’s a Lion Brand pattern) looks beautiful. How do you make it? First, you make one ENORMOUS rectangle out of 100% wool and basically use up all your yarn. Next, you felt said enormous rectangle. THEN you cut out octagons and squares from the huge felted rectangle. Next, you embroider the designs of your choice onto the octagons and some of the squares. You will then sew all the octagons and squares together, and to finish, you’ll embroider blanket stitch along the outside edge of the blanket. If all of that didn’t make you feel like lying down on a firm surface with a cold compress on your head, congratulations! You may have found your next pattern. Tiger Afghan: This is an afghan with tiger stripes. It’s probably not nearly as difficult as I think it is, but I just look at that and think not only “whoa, that’s INSANE” but I also think “I might be just insane enough to try it.” Tree of Life Afghan: This pattern definitely qualifies as “insane”; even so, I’ve wanted to knit it for years because it is so beautiful. I also love the “tree of life” motif. It’s designed by Nicky Epstein, and by the way, if you’re looking for a really challenging knit — blanket or otherwise — you should definitely check out her collection of free patterns here. United States of America Flag Afghan: At first glance, this doesn’t seem terribly difficult. Ah, some blocks put together in strips that mimic the look of the American flag. Then you might notice that the blue blocks have stars imprinted in them. Ah… still cute, still not THAT challenging. Wait, what…what is this? The red and white stripes are created using individual blocks containing the shapes of each of the 50 states?? Pretty clever! Of course the difficulty factor just rose a few degrees, but oh well… Winter Rose: Here’s a complex circular blanket with tons of lace in various styles. The result of all this lace is breathtaking. Wonky Log Cabin: This is not “insane” in the way most of these patterns are insane. It’s not overtly difficult, but the way the blanket is constructed — freeform, improvisational, letting your intuition and creativity take center stage rather than sticking strictly with a formal pattern — may be considered “insane” by many knitters. But if you have the urge to try something out of the ordinary, this just might be the project for you. (Note that the link on this pattern’s Ravelry page won’t take you to a specific pattern, but rather a blog page that is marked with the tag “improvisational knitting.” That should give you an idea as to what you’ll be working with here!) World Blanket: This is another blanket knitted in blocks that technically violates my “insanity” standard. But I believe that the sheer number of blocks required to make this into a blanket, not to mention the ridiculous variety of possible blocks (I mean this in a GOOD way, mind), allows this blanket to easily meet that standard. I don’t think I would ever have the patience to knit this blanket…but you certainly might. You Can Do It Afghan: We’ve reached the final insane blanket, and of course it’s a Lion Brand pattern. You could also call this the “Rosie the Riveter” afghan, as it has that iconic image on the front. On the back it reads, “You Can Do It!” Yes, that’s right: this pattern has a back and a front that are sewn together. The front is made up of 15 different charted blocks that are then sewn together before sewing to the back. Makes for an exquisite project, yes. But it is definitely for the knitter who is up for a huge challenge. And that’s all, folks! I hope you’ve not only enjoyed looking at all these crazy-awesome-insane-no-thanks-well-maybe free knitting patterns for blankets. And I hope you’ll consider trying just one…or two…maybe even more!