If you want to knit a blanket that will be cherished, try a popular throw blanket pattern listed here.
What makes a throw blanket pattern different from a baby blanket? Truthfully, not much; the two types of patterns are often used interchangeably. It usually comes down to the intent of the pattern designer. A designer who creates a baby blanket pattern envisions wrapping his or her design around a snuggly infant; a designer writing a throw blanket pattern imagines the project tossed casually or artfully over a sofa.
For the purposes of this, a collection of the most popular throw blanket patterns available online, I’ve narrowed the search to patterns designated as “throw” rather than “baby.” Most of these are a little larger and a little more home-décor-ready.
As always, this list was compiled with the assistance of the Ravelry pattern browser.
Popular Throw Blanket Patterns
Kraft-Tanken-Patches: This is a true patchwork afghan throw. It was originally designed by a Ravelry group to be knitted square by square and then seamed together as a special project for a group member who was undergoing a difficult time. It’s a great project to use up odds and ends of yarn.
Moderne Log Cabin Blanket: This project is taken from the book Mason-Dixon Knitting and uses its mitered border technique. (The link leads to the Ravelry page for the baby blanket version of this pattern, but when you click the “log cabin pdf” link, you’ll be taken to a PDF pattern for both the Moderne Log Cabin Blanket and the baby blanket version.)
Lizard Ridge: This fascinating project takes advantage of one yarn brand’s particular kind of color variegation, but it can be used with any yarn. It develops into beautifully unusual stripes.
Ten Stitch Twist: A round version of this designer’s “Ten Stitch Blanket” pattern.
Cable Comfort Throw: Lion Brand’s pattern comes together quickly and beautifully using a super bulky yarn.
Tree of Life Afghan: This exquisite pattern designed by Nicky Epstein is sure to become a beloved treasure for whoever receives it.
Spiral Blanket of Awesome: More of a tutorial than a set pattern, it allows you to use whatever yarn you like to create your very own spiral blanket.
Norma: A lovely, intricately designed pattern designed as a comfort blanket.
Paintbox Log Cabin Blanket: This stunning design morphed from the previously mentioned Moderne Log Cabin and Lizard Ridge blankets, as well as style elements from two other blankets.
Eleventh Hour Blanket: If you need to knit a blanket quickly, get yourself a bunch of bulky yarn and whip through this pattern!
Six-Hour Afghan: It may take you a little longer than six hours to knit this afghan, but holding four strands of yarn together will get this one finished fairly quickly!
Whether you need something knitted quickly, want an heirloom-quality project, or just want to create something attractive for your home or that of a friend, a throw blanket pattern such as any of these should be just what you need!