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Mile-a-Minute Crochet: 13 Speedy Crochet Blanket Patterns

The best mile-a-minute afghans that will fly from your fingertips.

By: Michele Dobbins, Editor,
Mile-a-Minute Crochet Speedy Crochet Afghan Patterns

Sometimes slow and steady doesn't win the race, at least not when you have a small window of time and the urge to crochet! Mile-a-Minute Crochet: 13 Speedy Crochet Blanket Patterns features free crochet afghan patterns that use the mile-a-minute crochet technique to speed up the process.

How do you work these blankets up? Simple! In a way similar to granny square patterns, you will crochet long panels and then join them together at the end, which gives so many of these patterns those delightful, chunky strips. Mile-a-minute means that the pattern involves panels and fast cast on, cast off techniques. Since it's so quick, it's aptly-named.

These patterns can scratch the crochet itch without morphing into a month-long process, so grab one of these for a weekend retreat, day-long car ride, or a break in between big projects. Plus, you can work on these projects anywhere since a long strip is much easier to carry around than a huge afghan. 

Don't worry, though, fast doesn't mean boring or plain. Patterns like the Colored Stripes Rainbow and Fast Irish Panels Throw have great themed designs but are still quick to work up. While there are beautiful easy crochet patterns, there are also intermediate and advanced crochet blanket patterns available for the pros who are looking for a challenge.

After all, you and your crochet buddies might plan to have a skill plus speed competition to see who can make the best afghan in the quickest time—and any of these patterns would secure you the win, if you're thinking about suggesting this to your group as an excuse to show these great patterns off! 

PLUS! Take a look at the video right below to learn how to weave in your ends.

Easy Crochet Blanket Patterns

Floral Petals Mile a Minute Afghan

Quick and easy crochet patterns make your crafting time doubly rewarding, especially if you are looking for a stress-free project for the weekend.

This collection has it all, whether you are looking for a last-minute handmade gift for the holidays, like the festive Christmas Spirit Mile a Minute Afghan, or are hunting for free crochet patterns for babies, like the adorable Super Quick Baby Cocoon. With these patterns, you can create awe-inspiring blankets without pulling your hair out in the process.

Intermediate Crochet Blanket Patterns

Odds and Ends Afghan

These mile-a-minute crochet patterns will stimulate your skills by putting them to the test. You can capture rich blue and mahogany hues with the Crossed Panel Afghan or patriotic designs with the Stars and Stripes Afghan, but no matter what free crochet pattern you choose, you'll be hooking with speed and skill.

This collection features patterns for every occasion, from back-to-school to Fourth of July to regular wintry days, so you will never be lacking when it comes time to cuddle up with a crochet blanket.

Bonus! Advanced Crochet Blanket Pattern

Fast Irish Panels Throw

You are now presented with the ultimate challenge: an advanced mile-a-minute pattern with a lace-like shell stitch. Like a powerful sprint, it's a great option waiting to test your crochet chops. That's why we love the Fast Irish Panels Throw.

Combining speed and skill, this free crochet pattern is challenging but fast to work up. It also incorporates a timeless green-and-white color scheme that will be suitable for anyone or any occasion, so the possibilities are endless with this lace pattern

What afghan pattern is your favorite to make?

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Mile a minute patterns are some of my favorite because you can do them in easy and separate parts.


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