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:
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.
This vintage pattern book is filled with amazing patterns — but it is not a good choice for beginning crocheters, impatient crocheters or people who are in a hurry to get started on their next projects. This is because it is likely to take you some time to track down a copy of the book. There are copies available and circulating out there, but sometimes you have to look around a bit to find them.
This book includes both crocheted and knitted bedspread patterns. There are some filet crochet bedspread patterns, and some patterns worked in other techniques. These patterns will require either crochet thread or comparable fine yarns. Be prepared for the possibility that trial and error may be necessary to find an appropriate thread or yarn to use in any of the projects you attempt to make from this book.
I deeply regret having sold my copy of this book. At the time, I was working more than full time and knew I couldn’t commit to any of the time consuming projects found in the book, so I decided to make it available for someone else who could make better use of it than I was able to at the time. However, the patterns in the book are truly exquisite. I’m convinced that the results would be worth the time investment for a crafter who has the winning combination of advanced crochet skills, time to invest, and the patience and perseverance to see a project through to completion.
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.
If you’re interested in crocheting multicolored blankets that have interesting geometric and pictorial patterns requiring color changes in the middle of the rows, you’re going to want to get your hands on a copy of this book. The book includes five spectacular patterns: 2 baby blanket patterns, 2 patterns suitable for kids and one pattern designed for adults. The adult-sized pattern also happens to be guy friendly, so you can use the finished afghan for decorating a bachelor pad or gifting to a guy you know / love. Whether you craft for your own family or for charity, this is a fantastic pattern collection to have in your stash.
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.