Embarking on a large crochet project like an afghan can be a little intimidating. There are so many factors to consider before you begin – am I using a yarn I can easily buy a lot of? Is this a design I won’t get sick of? What type of afghan would work best for what I have in mind? Sometimes this last one can be the hardest question of all, as there are so many different types of afghans! But there’s no need to worry. I’ve broken down the different types of afghans in this post so you can pick the one that’s right for you – and then you can get started with some of the free crochet afghan patterns provided for each one!
Round afghans are, well, round! They have a circular shape that’s great because you can either make them large or stop whenever you run out of yarn. This technique can also be used to crochet round placemats or even tiny coasters!
Lollipop Baby Blanket
Skipping Stones Circular Afghan
Ferris Wheel Baby Blanket
Ripple afghans have a zig-zag pattern that adds pizzaz. You can keep it simple with just two colors or create a rainbow pattern for extra fun!
Ripples of Happiness Afghan
Chevron Rainbow Afghan
White Chocolate Strawberry Ripple Afghan
Basketweave afghans look about how you’d imagine they would – they have a texture to them that looks like the woven strands of a basket. An afghan pattern like this can go a long way towards adding visual interest to a room.
Cranberry Basketweave Throw
Thick Twist Basketweave
Blue Basketweave Blanket
A granny square afghan is perfect if you’re someone who likes to take your crochet projects on the go, as you only have to make one little square at a time! The finished project can look as simple or as funky as you want depending on the kinds of squares you make. Here are some of my favorites!
Color Wheel Crochet Granny Squares
Watercolor Granny Square Afghan
Fireside Chat Afghan
Mile a Minute
These mile a minute afghans get their name because they’re super quick to work up. Make one this weekend and have a cute new afghan by Monday morning!
Weekend Wavelength Afghan
Marvelous Mile a Minute Afghan
Floral Petals Mile a Minute Afghan
A motif afghan is one that’s composed of many pieces, or motifs. These are great because you can play around with different layouts before you put them all together!
White Hibiscus Afghan
Fall Romance Throw
Autumn Calling Afghan
Corner-to-corner afghans have you start by crocheting one corner of the afghan, increasing to the center, and then decreasing again.
Corner-to-Corner Baby Blanket
“Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner” Blanket
Corner to Corner Crochet Throw
Join as You Go
A join-as-you-go afghan is one that comes together as you make it instead of assembling all the pieces at the end. These afghan patterns are unique and so fun to make!
Happy Harlequin Crochet Afghan
Wheel Stitch Afghan
African Flower Hexagon
What’s your favorite type of afghan?