Do you have a massive pile of yarn ends tucked under your bed, or a basket full of nameless, half-eaten yarn skeins without labels? If so, this article is for you! A crochet sampler blanket is exactly what you need in your life.
In this article, you will learn more about sampler blankets, and how they differ from other blanket types. I’ll show you how to choose the one for you and what types of yarn are best for this kind of project.
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What is a Sampler Blanket?
It is a blanket that consists of various crochet stitches or techniques, but each of them appears roughly once throughout the project.
Each of these stitches is a sample, hence the name. The blanket is literally built by adding one sample stitch after the other.
You can use each stitch or technique as a stripe, a section, or just one row. Sampler blankets can be made with squares or hexagons, too! I haven’t found a circular sampler blanket yet, but it exists somewhere, undoubtedly.
I’m a Beginner. Will I Be Able to Crochet a Sampler Blanket?
Yes! In fact, undertaking such a project is a fun and quick way to learn a bunch of new crochet stitches. If you’ve got basic stitches under your belt and want to expand your skill set, try it.
You won’t have a chance to get bored, that’s for sure!
What Kind of Yarn Is Best For a Crochet Sampler Blanket?
First of all, choosing the right yarn type depends on your needs and wants. Not sure what you should stick with? Always go with the recommendation provided in the pattern you follow.
Another very important thing is the colors, so don’t skip this part. Some of you might say: the more colors, the better! Others would say: choose a color palette you like and stick to it.
First of all, check out my article about choosing the right colors for your crochet project to better understand how colors interact with each other. Secondly, take a look at my Crochet Roundup section below and get inspired!
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Looking for these beautiful ideas was a true pleasure because there are so many of them online! It was quite hard to come up with a narrow selection, but here it is and I hope you will like it as much as I do.
I link free crochet patterns and resources below the pictures whenever possible.
The Best Crochet Sampler Blanket Ideas
2022 Stash Busting Mystery CAL by Heather J Anderson
Heather’s project is a perfect example of what a sampler blanket truly means. What seems like a chaotic bunch of various stitches, creates a complete blanket in the end.
This kind of project works great within CALs (Crochet-A-Longs), where the author shares the pattern in parts over time. Heather’s pattern was published in ten parts and is still available for free on her blog.
photos by Heather J Anderson on ravelry.com
2022 Stash Busting Mystery CAL Version by Quirky Mama Creations
Bekki used Heather J Anderson’s original pattern and came up with her own lovely palette. She combined Caron One Pound and Hobby Lobby yarns to create this girly baby blanket.
Pinks, grays, and whites would look basic, but the project is spruced up with a bit of multicolored yarn. Take a look below and see how a little splash of yellow makes all the difference.
photos by Quirky Mama Creations on ravelry.com
A Spicier Life Blanket Version by bytheseashore
Sandra Paul’s A Spicier Life Blanket is one of the most popular crochet sampler blanket ideas. Her pattern was first published in 2017 and it has almost 400 different versions in Ravelry library.
Katie’s colorway immediately caught my eye, as it’s rich and unique. Autumnal colors, such as reds, golden yellows, and browns are nicely balanced by the shades of blue-green. As you can see below, this colorway is simply perfect!
photos by bytheseashore on ravelry.com
A Spicier Life Blanket Version by MrsVicarage
Yet another version of Sandra Paul’s project will keep you warm all year round. MrsVicarage used up her Stylecraft Special DK yarn stash during this CAL.
Take a look below to see how nicely the colors go with the stitches. Textures and shapes influence each other so that all elements play in unison.
photos by MrsVicarage on ravelry.com
Baby Rainbow Sampler Blanket by Kirsten Ballering
If you’re not ready to undertake a big, months-long project, Kirsten’s baby blanket may be a great choice. You still get the thrill of a sampler blanket, where each row brings a new challenge, but on a much smaller scale.
Choose rainbow colors to achieve effects similar to the original, or come up with your own palette. Remember, the sky is the limit!
photos by Kirsten Ballering on ravelry.com
Meleri CAL Version by Elin Bachog
While many CALs are and remain free forever, this project by Eleri Schofield is a paid choice. Don’t let it discourage you from trying it, though, as it features a truly remarkable combination of easy techniques.
The pink version by Elin, which you can see in the photos below, looks like an iridescent shell. She used only a part of this pattern, which is a great reminder that you can modify sampler patterns as well.
Purchase the pattern for this project on ravelry.com.
Mixed Stitch Stripey Blanket Bohemian Rhapsody by Tanna Stanley
Chevrons, bobbles, granny stitch, and even Catherine’s Wheel Stitch – you will find all of this and more in Julie Harrison’s blanket pattern.
Tanna’s version of the original design features a fantastic Madelinetosh Tosh DK yarn in various colors. The rustic, washed-out nature of the yarn turns this sampler blanket into a treasured family heirloom.
photos by Tanna Stanley on ravelry.com
Sampler Blues Afghan by Yarnspirations Design Studio
Yarnspirations’ sampler blanket is all about texture. Post stitches, spikes, trellises – I can feel them all simply by looking at the photos.
As you can see, the sections for each type of stitch are quite big, but the colors make them interesting. Using recommended Caron Anniversary Cakes will help you achieve a colorful design without changing yarns.
photos by Yarnspirations Design Studio on ravelry.com
Seaside Stash Busting Blanket Version by Aromaworks
Eleonora Tully’s original blanket pattern is a love letter to the sea. Her project features shell stitches, wavy motifs, and little textural beads that look like pearls.
Crocheter behind Aromaworks used a stunning palette of Stylecraft Special DK yarns, combining pastel pinks with dusty blues and greens. As you can see below, the blanket is finished with a very original border.
photos by Redthecurlyone on ravelry.com
Seaside Stash Busting Blanket Version by Lauredhel
Is there a more sea-inspired palette than this one? Deep blue shades remind me of the water and vibrant yellows of the beach sand. Eleonora’s pattern in Lauredhel’s version will keep the summer enchanted in a blanket.
photos by Lauredhel on ravelry.com
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