When the cold winds of winter start to blow, the best remedy is to cuddle up in your home, ideally with a good book and maybe some knitting. Okay, so the book part might not be everyone’s thing, but no one can argue with the comforting power of the hand knit afghan. If you haven’t yet tried your hand at an afghan pattern, now is the time! Afghans can be a little intimidating, because of their size, but there is a huge payoff: you will literally use that blanket for the rest of your life. A handmade afghan will fill you with literal and metaphorical wealth. There are also some absolutely gorgeous afghan patterns out there, so you can plan on making an afghan you really love.
With winter on it’s way, now is the time to cast on your new afghan. These lovely knit afghan patterns will keep you warm all winter long. Even while you are knitting them, these afghans will cover your legs while you work.
6 Warm Winter Afghan Patterns
Cathedral Lace Afghan – This elegant afghan is a real crowd pleaser; the distinctive ridges on this pattern create a nicely textured afghan that will look wonderful wherever you decide to display it.
Quick Knit Chunky Lace Throw – You don’t have to be afraid of knitting a whole afghan when you can use a pattern like this one. This really is a quick knit–the pattern calls for an extra bulky yarn. You’ll be able to knit up this afghan in no time, and it’s sure to be delightfully warm and fuzzy.
Log Cabin Spread – If you’ve got a lot of scrap yarn, plus a little extra yarn, around the craft room, this is the perfect afghan pattern for you. The log cabin pattern, for those who aren’t familiar with it, features knit rectangles that radiate from a center square, so that the afghan builds upon itself. You will be able to use up a lot of that extra yarn with this pattern.
Chocolate Layer Afghan – Simple stitches create the distinctive ribs in this afghan pattern. You can change yarns so that your afghan appears to be layered or striped, or you can stick to one color for a lovely textured afghan that is sure to be a cozy success.
Easy Blanket – Afghans are a big undertaking, no one will blame you if you decide to go with a basic pattern that is easy to memorize. This classic afghan has a slightly lacy look that is a snap to learn.
Traditional Cable Knit Afghan – For the more daring knitters in the room, this pattern poses a modest challenge. Though the pattern itself is not difficult, the scale and number of cables needed to make this patterns is something only knitters with a lot of patience should try to tackle.
How do you keep warm during the winter?
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