I find shopping for crochet pattern books online to be frustrating, but I do it because the selection of available patterns far exceeds any local yarn shop. My biggest frustration is sale listings not providing photos for every pattern in the book. For instance, Annie’s Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching was released in 2012 and yet, there isn’t a spot online where all of the patterns are pictured. While the book is under $10, I won’t submit an order until I’ve determined how many of the offered patterns are ones I’d make.  Am I crazy thinking I should be able to do this?

I spent a few hours finding photos for this book and yes, I’ve decided to purchase it.  A few are available online free from 3rd parties, but not the ones I want to make.

Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching - Rippling Tones of Autumn - Fall blanket pattern

Rippling Tones of Autumn

Doesn’t this blanket just scream FALL! Thie rounded ripple in shades of rust, brown, and cream can certainly be swapped out for your favorite cold-weather colors.

Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching - Textured Stripe Harvest Throw - fall crochet blanket pattern

Textured Stripe Harvest Throw

This blanket is crocheted on the long side to create long strips of color. Use as few or as many colors as you like for a completely different look. Fringe means no burying ends on this one!

Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching -  double sided Winter Warmer fall/winter blanket pattern

Winter Warmer

This is a yarn-eating blanket, but one you’ll snuggle under for years! No frilly pattern here – super dense and warm with lots of colors to keep your outlook bright and happy no matter how dark and dreary it is outside!

Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching - Little Shells Warmer AFghan - fall and winter crochet patterns

Little Shells Warmer Afghan

I love a self-fringing blanket! It means no tails to bury and no way for the blanket to come undone! The shell stitch adds interest and the colors let you play with the look. Choose a strict pattern of color or use them randomly.

Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching - Shaded Stripes Reversible Throw - Ombre-effect in this fall and winter blanket pattern

Shaded Stripes Reversible Throw

This blanket depends on a strict color pattern to give it its “shadowed” stripes. You’ll need to carry the colors up the side or clip and bury the color on every row which gets really tiring!

Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching - Rippling Waves - fn ripple pattern with varigated yarn and a variety of ripple stitches.

Rippling Waves

While there’s nothing new about a ripple afghan, this one combines several different stitches to keep it interesting!

Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching - Round Ripple Afghan - small (infant size or lapigan)

Round Ripple Afghan

I’ve never been a fan of shaped blankets. This one looks cute, but it’s not really a lapigan and it’s not comfortable for the shoulders.

Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching - Mouthwatering Delight Afghan - Oreo cookie blanket pattern

Mouthwatering Delight

Yep, they look like Oreo cookies. Please note though, once it’s washed, if your stitches are loose, the shape gets messy. Keep your gauge at the correct measurements and use good quality yarn.

Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching - Almost Preppy Plaid blanket pattern

Almost Preppy Plaid

In the right colors, this could be cute! When this was designed in 2012, it was on-trend. In 2020, it’s time to update the colors with today’s favorites. So what are today’s on-trend colors? According to Pantone, who’s put out a color of the year for decades, it’s PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue. Here are some updated colors to consider:

Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching - quilt-inspired Log Cabin blanket pattern

Log Cabin

My mom is a hardcore quilter and I’ve been looking for a quilt-inspired crochet pattern for years. She likes simple patterns without a bit of cutsie added, so this may just be perfect! Simple to crochet and easy to put together – this is one that’s going in my “wanna make soon” pile!

Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching - quilt-inspired crochet pattern with hearts, flowers, and cats.

Garden Cat Afghan

Another quilt-inspired crochet blanket pattern for your favorite quilter! This one combines hearts, butterflies, cats, and more to create a homey little blanket. I’m not a fan of the dark green in this blanket, but you can certainly put together your own colorway to make this a blanket that’s perfect for a gift!

Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching - Autumn Leaves Afghan - a fall blanket pattern

Autumn Leaves Afghan

There are several color variations of this pattern that really highlight the variety of the leaves. Swap out the loden green for something softer and you’ll modernize this blanket in a hurry.

Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching - Bed of Roses Afghan - a sweet blanket pattern

Bed of Roses Afghan

I know I’d hate to make this blanket because it’s tapestry crochet in single crochet that would take me months if not years, but it’s gorgeous! I would use a different color to modernizes it, but otherwise, I think it’s timeless. Even the fringe and its macrame tie are super cute.

Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching - Peruvian TIles granny blanket pattern
Stitched by and photo credit via Wooly app © frederica

Peruvian Tiles

This was the hardest crochet pattern to find a sample photo for. The designer offers a small sample of one motif, but it’s not enough of a taste to let you know what the blanket would look like. This is a read-submitted afghan that uses colors to highlight different parts of the motif that the original did meaning it’s a pattern you can make your own through your color choices.

Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching -- Pineapple Squares Afghan

Pineapple Squares Afghan

I’m not a pineapple pattern fan, but this one is cute. It creates a light and lacy look just like my grandma made in the 70s.

Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching - Black Pineapples/Retro Modern crochet blanket pattern

Black Pineapples/ Retro Modern

Super retro in my book! My grandmother loved the pineapple patterns and she made home decor, clothes, and more that featured this tropical fruit. Perhaps that’s why I’m not a fan, but this sample was done in black so I suppose gives it a more modern edge.

Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching - Easy Aran Afghan pattern

Easy Aran Afghan

Traditionally done in ecru/off white/white, this sample has a pale gray fringe to add a modern edge.

Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching - Old World Fisherman crochet blanket pattern

Old World Fisherman

Who doesn’t love a Fisherman sweater? Big and bulky and super warm, this blanket will envelop you with coziness! Traditionally done in ecru (off white), don’t be afraid to choose a color you love. But the stitch is the star in this blanket so let it shine by avoiding too many color choices.

Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching - Cornflowers Throw - light and airy spring or summer blanket

Cornflowers Throw

This blanket has a lot going on with its pattern and texture so go easy on the color changes or make them monochromatic so it’s not overwhelming. The perfect weight for a summer evening when it gets a little chilly at night and a light wrap is perfect.

Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching - Cotton Roses - light and airy spring or summer blanket or throw pattern

Cotton Roses

The perfect weight for spring and especially summer. Lightweight and airy and made from cotton to dry by the sun. Enjoy the blanket at the beach or use it at a beach cover-up or shawl at your next pool party.

For Babies and Kids

Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching Choo choo! Blanket and amigurumi (stuffed toy) train blanket pattern

Choo Choo!

This little afghan/playmat is a must-make for any toddler or small child! The pattern comes complete with matching amigurumi train cars – engine, coal car, freight car, and caboose. Choose colors that coordinate with your child’s room decor and have fun!

Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round- Victory Junction Gang Racing Afghan - cute blanket and playmat for your child's bedroom

Victory Junction Gang Racing Afghan

Another fun and interactive blanket/playmat. Bring your own Matchbox Cars and use the stripes as your racetrack complete with rough road sections for off-road fun! Choose colors that compliment’s your child’s room or one that stimulates play.

Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching - Sweet and light For Baby and Me Afghan pattern

For Baby & Me Afghan

This sweet little crocheted blanket is lacy and dainty Roses and picots add interest and a pineapple pattern gives it an open airiness on the border with a more condensed stitch for warmth for the main portation of the blanket. This blanket would look best in one color or several colors in a common colorway for a soft look.

Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching - Pretty Popcorns - sweet baby blanket with pattern and border.

Pretty Popcorns

This popcorn stitch creates a pattern on the blanket that’s accented by the sweet border. Best in one color or a colorway with hues that a very close together. The stitch is the star in this blanket and your popcorn pattern would get lost in a variegated or self-striping yarn

Big Book of Crochet Afghans: 26 Afghans for Year-Round Stitching - Holiday Decorations pattern

Holiday Decorations Afghan

A basic granny square blanket is embellished with holiday-related decorations. Skip the traditional red and green and try a more updated/retro design like hot pink and teal.

The book also includes a Stitch Guide and Metric Conversiona Charts.

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