I don’t know about you, but the bitter cold of winter doesn’t kick in for me until after the holidays. Before Christmas and New Year’s, I welcome the snow and cold with open arms. Making snowmen, going ice skating, and festive winter walks were a weekly occurrence in the weeks leading up to Christmas. The air was crisp, the snow glistened in the sun, and all was good in the world.
Now that the holidays are ending and a new year is beginning, we’re stuck with another two (sometimes three) months of winter. And it’s not the enjoyable, festive winter that surrounded us pre-holiday season. The snow is now a lovely shade of black due to street traffic, slush is a constant reminder of why you need to waterproof every pair of shoes you own, and it’s not until January where temperatures reach sub-zero proportion and it’s time to pull out the cozy blanket knitting patterns.
I’ll admit I’m not exactly a winter person, but no one likes to sit around and freeze as the wind chill drops to negative numbers. I grew up in a household where the heat stayed at an “affordable” temperature, as my parents liked to call it. If you were cold, you put a sweater on or curled up under a knit blanket. The thermostat was off-limits for anyone who wanted dinner. At the time, I thought it was a cruel joke that they were playing on us kids, but now I am starting to see the upside to their thrifty ways.
Although I hate winter, wrapping myself up like a burrito in a thick, warm knit blanket is one of my favorite things about the season. Hibernating under a heavy blanket with a good book is one of the best ways to de-stress after a long day and relax if only for a moment. The knit blanket and afghan patterns that follow are some of the softest, thickest, sub-zero temperature-friendly blankets around. Knit up a couple before your fingers turn to ice.
(Patterns featured in the collage starting from the top left: Argyle Cable Afghan, Lacy Chunky Throw, Slip Stitch Sampler Afghan, Lace and Cable Afghan, Lacy Pyramid Knit Afghan, Cedar Falls Throw, Vintage Pineapple Afghan)
More Cozy Blanket Knitting Patterns
1. Cinnamon Twist Afghan – Even the name sounds cozy, doesn’t it?
2. Traditional Cable Knit Afghan – This pattern is as beautiful as it is warm.
3. White on White Lap Throw – A classic that will warm your heart and home.
4. Fast Finish Throw – My go-to!
5. Radiance Knit Throw – The fun bold colors will keep you warm all winter.
6. Twisted Cables Throw – The perfect movie-watching blanket.
7. Lace Arrowhead Throw – Lacy, yet warming!
8. Bold and Beautiful Scrap Afghan – A stashbusting superstar!
9. Arctic Throw – The name says it all.
10. Brenda’s Knit Stitch Blanket – Perfect for beginners!
Tell us about the warmest blanket you’ve knit!