It may not quite be the season for snuggling up under a big blanket in the Northern Hemisphere, but let’s be honest, it’s going to be air conditioning season soon and then you’ll need blankets all over again.
Leisure Arts recently released two little booklets that will help you knit afghans and throws (is there really a difference?) in a jiffy.
Quick Throws to Knit by Rena V. Stevens has four patterns, one for each season. They’re all sampler projects, worked in panels or strips in different colors and types of yarn and in different stitch patterns. This would be a great book to work from if you have a large stash of yarn in similar colors that you’re looking to knit up into one fantastic project.
Rita Weiss’ Make in a Weekend Afghans to Knit has 10 projects, including baby blankets and larger designs for the whole family. They all use the same stitch pattern all over, though some include stripes or are worked in panels of different colors to make it a little more interesting. They’re mostly easy patterns worked on bigger needles so they go pretty quickly.
Either of these books would offer good inspiration if you are ready for a quick and easy stash-busting project or you need to make a blanket for a gift.