Want to get started with crocheting a new blanket, throw, bedspread or afghan? Or perhaps a cute new >baby blanket? If so, this is the place to find some of the best crochet blanket patterns — either new or vintage. The following books are ones I recommend based on the outstanding blanket patterns included.

In all cases, I have spent quite a bit of time with these books, both reading through the instructions and looking at the photos. If a book is mentioned here, it’s because I either own a copy of it, or have owned a copy in the past, or have borrowed the book from the library and am well acquainted with it. In many cases, I have actually worked at least one project from the book, either making a complete blanket or perhaps a swatch / motif / square from it.

This approach to making a “best patterns list” has both upsides and limitations. Obviously, it’s impossible for me to own and work from every pattern book written, although my husband seems to think I am trying to accomplish that. 🙂 So the downside is that there are plenty of worthy books that are not included on this list, simply because I haven’t got my hands on copies of them and therefore can’t vouch for them one way or the other.

The upside is that you can be sure these are authentic reviews — which I think is important, considering the proliferation of fake reviews available on the Internet these days.

So here you have it: my list of the best crochet blanket pattern books for your consideration:

1. Crochet Afghan Revival: 40 Classic Patterns Made to Inspire

Crochet Afghan Revival, featuring blanket patterns by multiple contributors, published by Leisure Arts.
Crochet Afghan Revival, featuring blanket patterns by multiple contributors, published by Leisure Arts.

There are a zillion truly wonderful crochet blanket pattern books available — but out of all of them I’ve worked with, this book is currently my top pick as the best buy of the bunch (although there are a couple of caveats, which you can read about in my detailed book review of this title).

But that is only a good recommendation if you want to crochet an adult-sized blanket. If you’re looking for a book that includes baby blanket patterns, I invite you to check out my list of the best crochet baby blanket patterns. The main focus of Crochet Afghan Revival is adult-sized blankets.


If you’re interested in crocheting a full-sized blanket, afghan or throw, you’ll find 40 different patterns to choose from in Crochet Afghan Revival — PLUS you also get 5 patterns for coordinating pillows. That’s a whole LOT of blanket patterns — a greater number of choices than you’ll find in any of the other books I’ve included on this page. The per-pattern price compares favorably against competing titles.


But, the best part is the patterns themselves, which are truly wonderful. Some of the top crochet designers on earth have contributed these patterns — designers like Melissa Leapman, Sharon Silverman and Anne Halliday. These designs are all appealing ones you’d want to make and give as gifts to your loved ones, or keep for your own home.


There’s a broad mix of crochet techniques and design styles represented: Fair Isle crochet, mosaic crochet, zigzags / ripples, crochet cables / aran crochet, traditional crochet, crochet motifs, granny squares, crochet hexagons, woven crochet and more.

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2. Unexpected Afghans

Unexpected Afghans Is One of the Best Crochet Blanket Pattern Books Available.
Unexpected Afghans Is One of the Best Crochet Blanket Pattern Books Available.

This book is an outstanding collection of blanket and afghan patterns. You get a wide variety of designs in bunches of different styles and techniques. Since the collection was created by many different designers, the patterns are all distinctive, and each one offers something individual and interesting.

3. Corner-to-Corner Lap Throws for the Family

Corner-to-Corner Lap Throws for the Family Is One of the Best Crochet Blanket Pattern Books. The Author Is Sarah Zimmerman and Annie's Is the Publisher.
Corner-to-Corner Lap Throws for the Family Is One of the Best Crochet Blanket Pattern Books. The Author Is Sarah Zimmerman and Annie’s Is the Publisher.

If you’d like to crochet a blanket, but you think a gigantic one seems like a daunting project, this book could be exactly what you’re looking for. These small lap blankets are engaging crochet projects that work up much more quickly than full-sized blankets do. They make lovely baby blankets if you ever need baby shower gifts, but the blankets can accompany the little ones you make them for well into childhood.


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4. Color-Block Baby Blankets

Color Block Baby Blankets Book by Kristi Simpson, Published by Leisure Arts.
Color Block Baby Blankets Book by Kristi Simpson, Published by Leisure Arts.

If you’d be interested in crocheting small blankets that are the perfect size for babies, check out Color Block Baby Blankets. This affordable little booklet is filled with easy crochet patterns, some of which are fantastic projects for beginners to crochet.

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5. Scrappy Afghans

You'll Find 8 Colorful, Scrappy Crochet Afghan Patterns in This Fantastic New Book by Leisure Arts
You’ll Find 8 Colorful, Scrappy Crochet Afghan Patterns in This Fantastic New Book by Leisure Arts

If you knit or crochet often, you’re likely to end up with bunches of yarn scraps — plus a dilemma. What do you do with them all?


There’s no single correct answer to that question; there are zillions of possibilities for what to do with yarn scraps. But, one of the most popular solutions to that dilemma is to make scrap afghans. If that’s what you want to do with yours, get yourself a copy of Scrappy Afghans, published by Leisure Arts. The book features 8 eye-catching blanket patterns that are all designed to allow you to maximize your yarn scraps. You’ll be empowered to make creative scrap afghans that will look lovely rather than haphazard. I think these are all pretty cool designs — you’ll definitely want to take a look at them.


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6.Aran Afghans to Crochet

Aran Afghans to Crochet, a pattern book by Bonnie Barker, published by Leisure Arts
Aran Afghans to Crochet, a pattern book by Bonnie Barker, published by Leisure Arts

If classic, sophisticated, solid-colored afghan patterns are what you’re after, check out Bonnie Barker’s book called Aran Afghans to Crochet. This book includes 5 patterns for uniquely textured crochet afghans featuring crochet post stitches, popcorns, bobbles, cables, Celtic basketweaves, Celtic diamonds and more eye-catching textured patterns.


If you want to make a wedding gift or a gift for a guy, the patterns in this book are good candidates to work from. These patterns aren’t lacy, froofy or girly; they’re all workable as design accents for a guy’s or couple’s bedroom.


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7. Quick Comforts

This projects in this book are all quicker than average to make, because they are made using super bulky yarns. This book includes patterns for crocheting blankets and pillows.

8. Seamless Crochet Motif Patterns

Seamless Crochet is included on our list of best crochet blanket pattern books.
Seamless Crochet is included on our list of best crochet blanket pattern books.

Seamless Crochet is an outstanding crochet pattern book, which was written by Kristin Omdahl and published by Interweave Press. It is not specifically a book of crochet blanket patterns, with only 4 of the projects in the book being blankets. However, the main focus of this book is the technique of join-as-you-go crochet motifs. With that in mind, the book includes an entire library of different motif patterns, and most of the motifs could easily be used for crocheting blankets once you understand the basics of the technique.

These are our top picks for the best crochet blanket books. If you’re interested in crocheting lovely blankets, we think you can’t go wrong with any of these.

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The Best Knitting Books — Are you interested in knitting books as well as crochet books? If so, you’ll want to visit KnittingandCrochet.net’s list of best knitting books.

About Your Book Reviewer: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer who holds a degree in textile design and previously enjoyed a career in the textile industry. She has been crocheting and crafting since childhood, and knitting since she was a teenager. Her work also appears at AmySolovay.com, ArtsWithCrafts.com and KnittingandCrochet.net. Amy sends out a free knitting and crochet newsletter so interested crafters can easily keep up with her new patterns, tutorials and book reviews. If you’re already an Instagram user, Amy also invites you to follow her on Instagram.

This page was last updated on 8-25-2019.

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