Cuddle Up to 5 Knit Afghan Patterns for Beginners

When most knitting lovers get the itch to craft an easy afghan, they head for the crochet patterns. But if you’re wondering how to knit an afghan, you’ve come to the right place.

Knit afghans can be just as cozy as crochet ones. Imagine cuddling up to textured cables, colorful slip-stitch squares, or even basic knit-and-purl patterns knit with your favorite soft yarn. Like crochet afghans, knit afghan patterns can even be worked in pieces and then sewn together, making it much more manageable for beginners working on their first afghan.

Put crochet afghan patterns on the back burner for a bit and try one of these easy knit afghan patterns that are perfect for beginners.

Laurie knit blanket

Photo via Craftsy member anna_rave

Laurie blanket

Knit with mega chunky yarn, this blanket knits up quickly. And buying this pattern will do more than help you score an easy knit blanket. Designer anna_rave created this blanket for her friend’s father who lost his battle to cancer. In his memory, proceeds from the pattern sales will go to cancer research.

Get the Laurie Blanket pattern.
Patchwork knit blanket

Photo via Craftsy member SusanW48

Patchwork blanket

Seed stitch and moss stitch do most of the work making this blanket super cozy — and super easy! Combine bright, bold colors with neutrals like the afghan seen here, or go for a color palette that matches your living room. After all, you’ll want to display the blanket when you’re finished.

Get the Patchwork Blanket pattern.

Modern lines knitted throw

Photo via Craftsy member kraftling

Modern lines throw

Easy knit and purl stitches? Check! The unique, colorful stitches in this afghan are created with either crochet or embroidery — your choice. The blanket knits up in pieces, making it simple to construct. A pretty ribbed border unites all the pieces.

Get the Modern Lines Throw pattern.

Knit sky blanket

Photo via Craftsy member tentenknits

Sky blanket

Have you ever knitted a hexagon? They’re pretty addictive. This blanket is made up of dozens of knitted hexagons sewn together to make one cozy-cute blanket. If you’re comfortable with shaping like increases and decreases, this is a great beginner afghan pattern for you! If you want an even larger blanket, just add more hexagons.

Get the Sky Blanket pattern.

Seaming an afghan

Photo via Craftsy instructor Rhonda Fargnoli

Slip-stitch afghan

The ultimate in colorful afghans, this slip-stitch afghan is made up of six slip-stitch patterns that use nine different colors of yarn. Knit one block at a time, then seam it together by adding on to each block. It makes the afghan pattern great for beginners, since you’re not overwhelmed with knitting one whole afghan at once. This pattern is available exclusively to students enrolled in Craftsy’s My First Slip-Stitch Afghan class with Rhonda Fargnoli.

Read more about the My First Slip-Stitch Afghan class below and be sure to check out the Afghan Kit, which includes everything you need to make your first afghan.

Learn how to knit an afghanReady to take on a knitted afghan full of color?

Sign up for Craftsy’s My First Slip-Stitch Afghan with Rhonda Fargnoli. Rhonda will show you how to knit pretty afghan blocks that are seamed together into one cozy, colorful blanket.

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Oh my. Love all five. No. 4 is so masculine. Perfect for him.

Marié du Toit

I am looking for the pattern of Patchwork knitting using not more than 44 stitches. Every knitted block get knitted onto the blanket as one goes on.

Janet Foster

I am looking for a knitted pattern for an afghan done in strips starting with 17 stitches for each panel and when done looks like an arrow in the middle. Does anyone have such a pattern? I did this once and did not write down the instructions and cannot remember how I did that. Help, please.


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