How To Crochet: Blanket Stitch

By Robin Beers – 250 Comments
This easy stitch is perfect for an afghan or blanket. It is just sets of 3 stitches, one single crochet and two doubles. Once you get into the hang of it, you can do it in your sleep! Use it for a baby blanket in a pretty pink or blue or for a regular afghan with bright colors! You can change colors after a few rows for a multicolored effect.

The photo above is a baby blanket I am working on for charity. I am using a J-hook for this with worsted yarn. Decide how wide you want your blanket to be and chain the proper number in multiples of 3. I chained 108 for this blanket and it is about 31 inches wide. For more blanket patterns using similar stitches, click here. Oh, and by the way, feel free to try this stitch on a scarf if you want! Experiment!

Note: If you are left handed, just put your mouse over the photo for a left-handed view.

Start with a foundation row of a multiple of 3 chains.
I chained 12 here.

Row 1: Make 2 double crochets in the 3rd chain from the hook.

*Skip 2 ch. Make 1 sc in next ch.

Make 2 double crochet in the same ch.

Repeat from * to the end of row 1 ending with 1 sc in the last ch.

Row 2: Chain 2, turn, make 2 dc in first sc.

**Skip the next 2 dc, Make sc and 2 dc in next sc.

Repeat from ** across ending with 1 sc in the top of the ch-2.

Repeat Row 2 until desired length is made.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

Update: A lot of folks have asked about a border for their finished project. You can add any border that you like! If you want to use the same stitch pattern for your border, you can use the row 1 instructions but work it around the edge of the blanket. Instead of working into chains, you’ll be working into the sides of stitches that are along the edge of the blanket. If you are worried about spacing your stitches, you can use this tutorial first: Crochet Finish Technique: “Crochet Evenly Around” to create a regular single crochet border. Then crochet the edging into the single crochets.

Click here for more blanket patterns!

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  1. Linda says:

    Thanks so much for the left-handed instructions. Great to be able to see them with the tap of the mouse.

  2. Tina says:

    Awesome pattern, I have crochet for a long time, but wanted a quick and easy pattern
    that I can work up in a day or two.
    So looked around a bit and this one popped up, love it.

    Need a baby blanket and this pattern is beautiful as well as quick and easy.

    Thank You so much

  3. Lauriestamps says:

    I love this pattern! I just made 4 headbands with it. I do intend on making a baby blanket with this stitch too. Thanks for the creativity!


  4. Denise says:

    Ty- great instructions – I’m making now. Last row will be somewhat “scalloped”. Do you have instructions to do a finish row OR a border? Thank you so much:)

  5. Jacqueline Moreno says:

    Ty- instructons were easy to follow. I just finished my baby blanket in yellow.

  6. Deborah says:

    Thank you so much for welcoming me to your site. I would love download the blanket stitch pattern, but I can’t figure out hot to do it. Would some please tell me how to do that from my iPad? Thank you so much! Have a blessed weekend💕🙏💕

  7. Deborah says:

    I forgot to check notify me of follow up comments. Thanks again!

  8. Sophie says:

    Crochet hook please

  9. Jane says:

    How much yarn did you use?

  10. Leslie Chapin says:

    I have completed the Blanket Stitch Blanket, but need help on selecting a border. Can you help?
    Thank you

  11. Tina Robson says:

    I can’t wait to try this, but are these US crochet terms?

  12. Emily says:

    Ok – I have been working on this for weeks. Can people seriously get fast enough to do this in a day?!!

  13. Diana says:

    Made this years ago – lost pattern – didn’t know what it was – thank you!!!! Tonight I found the pattern by accident – am so happy – can’t wait to get busy. God bless you!!!

  14. Marisa says:

    i am from Brazil, is there a graph for this amazing pattern? Thank you

  15. gina stewart says:

    AWESOME on the left-handed view!! my grandmother taught me to crochet by watching her in the mirror, special times and sweet memories and a life time skill.

  16. Kimberley says:

    I love this pattern and the easy to follow instructions. I am just wondering how many balls of yarn it took to do a baby blanket?

    • Rachel Choi says:

      It really depends on the weight of yarn and the hook you decide to you. I would recommend calculating the amount of yarn by crocheting a small swatch of the blanket and then seeing how many yards you used to make that. Then you can multiply it to get the amount you need for the blanket. If you are using medium weight yarn they a rough guess would be 1000 yards.

  17. betty perkins says:

    Hi Rachel,
    Love this pattern. Im having a little trouble locating my stitches when I skip two. Do you go through both or just the top stitch?

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Betty, you can do it either way. The way Robin does it in the tutorial is through the top loop when working into the chain at the beginning. Then each row thereafter is worked into both loops. If you are having trouble seeing your stitches, you can try placing a stitch marker or scrap of yarn into every 3rd stitch. That way you can see where the stitch is after you skip the 2 stitches. Once you get used to seeing the stitches you won’t need to use the markers.

  18. Elizabeth says:

    I’m attempting to use this stitch for the first time. I would consider myself an experienced person in crochet. However when i try this stitch ive been running into issues adding rows. My edges run crooked on one side and dont look pretty at all. This poor blanket looks like a newbie did it and didn’t keep count of their stitches, but i’m following the pattern exactly. Any other people having this problem?? any tips?? I’m really frustrated bc the stitich is so simple and pretty. I’m using it for a baby blanket and would hate to change my plan. Thank you!

  19. Elizabeth says:

    I may have just found my mistake. Instead of starting my rows in the first SC I’ve been counting 3 from the hook! I’m going to try again and see if this helps!! crossing my fingers!!

  20. Magdalena Thiim says:

    Thank you for including lefthanded instructions.

  21. Erica D says:

    Hello, I’m sort of a new comer to crocheting; so my question is how would I incorporate another color into my blanket? I am doing it the way you explained and I am doing a bumbleberry shade yarn with a white and pink and using a H8 needle.

  22. Judy says:

    Thanks for the easy-to-follow tutorial. I’m a knitter but new to crochet, and have been wanting to learn how to make more than a granny square for a long time. I think I can try this stitch!

  23. Anita says:

    Do you have to start with a foundation row? This doesn’t make sense to me and in your pictures it appears to just be a regular chain “Start with a foundation row of a multiple of 3 chains.I chained 12 here”.

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Yes, you will start with a foundation chain. The chain will be a multiple of 3. In the example she used 12 chains, but you can adjust the length of the chain for your project.

  24. emma says:

    Hi, good pattern. How much yarn did you use on the baby blanket and how long did it end up being?

  25. Reina Gonzalez says:

    Hi Rachel. Thanks for join the pattern for free. I´ve been looking a pattern for a baby blanket, for a grandson who´s out to come, in the name and grace of God.
    And these pattern is ideal for what Im loking for.

    Thanks again. God bless you!!!
    Saludos desde Caracas, Venezuela.

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