How To Crochet: Blanket Stitch

By Robin Beers – 173 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 another blanket pattern using a similar stitch, 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.

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  1. Pauline says:

    Hi Ruth

    Do you start each row with chain 2 and would that form the 1st of the 2 double crochet.

    I would love to do a baby blanket with this stitch. Thank you for sharing it with us. Regards Pauline RSA

  2. Vin says:

    Love this making one now! Thanks soo much

  3. julie says:

    Does this stitch have a name?

  4. beth says:

    i have followed this stitch to make 4 strips of 5 squares – but my problem now is how to join them all with a similar stitch?!! this is my first time crocheting anything and i am stumped – most joining stitches i have looked up are too holey/lacey..
    please help so i can finish my project!
    thank you!!

  5. K Greer says:

    You don’t have to add an edging if you don’t want to. I think it looks good even without one! You can use the same pattern, but as a edging too. Just work the same stitch pattern, but around the outside of the blanket.

    I just finished making a very large spread using the blanket stitch, and I love it. However, I would like to add a border to make it look “finished”. I read the above comment on a possible border. How would you do this? I have to have instructions before I am able to crochet because I am not very creative. Thanks!!!

    • Rachel Choi says:

      You can use the row 1 instructions but work it around the edge of the blanket. Instead of the 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.

      • K Greer says:

        Thank you so much for your instructions on how to make a border around the spread that I crocheted using the blanket stitch!!! It turned out really great. Thank you for the tutorial, too. I now use that when I crochet a border around potholders, dish cloths, etc.
        Thank you!!!!!!

  6. afaf ismail says:

    I want to start this blanket. I did not understand how many chains to start with, is it a chain of 108 stitches? or chain of 12 stitches? then I join together.

    thank you

    • Rachel Choi says:

      You can do any chain that is a multiple of 3. 108 would be blanket size, and 12 is used for the small swatch in the tutorial just to demonstrate the stitch pattern. You can make the chain as long as you want your blanket to be, doesn’t have to be 108. A multiple of 3 is any number that you can divide by 3 without having a remainder. For example: 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18…

      Feel free to learn more about multiples here:

      • Wendy Bradley says:

        Thanks for the explanation of the multiple’s . I had asked another site and the reply was its your starting chain. which was not much of a explanation. So when a pattern say work in multiples of 2 5, 7 4 etc it means it can be divided evenly into the chain stitches. Correct. I’m really really new to Crochet. I’ve attempted 2 hats, one way too small, the second was ok. I’ve done many test swatches as well.

  7. Karen Torsch says:

    What kind of yarn would you use and how much for a baby blanket? How many chains would you do?

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Karen,
      It really is up to you! This tutorial demonstrate the stitch pattern, which can be used with just about any yarn you like. Depending on the yarn you choose you can pick a hook that corresponds with it. Depending on the yarn and hook, you can make a gauge to determine the length of your chain.

      So once you pick a yarn you like, any yarn really, choose a hook that works well with it (most yarn packages will recommend a hook size). Then use your yarn and hook to crochet a chain that is as wide as you want your blanket to be. The number of chains will vary because of hook and yarn used, so simply measure the chain’s length as you crochet it.

  8. Nibit2u says:

    This is my very favorite baby blanket! I use two strands if making it for winter babies. The stitch makes it heavy and beautiful! Your talents are greatly appreciated and thank you for sharing!

  9. sue says:

    hi what a lovely pattern this is i thought it would be hard to do but it not iam hooked making a blanket with it thankyou sue

  10. afaf ismail says:

    hello dear Rachel
    I really like to thank you for the this beautiful baby blanket. I finished my baby blanket and its gorgeous, but i still need the instructions for the edging as in original picture,
    Please can u send me the instructions or tutorial how to do it.

    thank you

  11. kathy says:

    Question… Just to clarify, when you say to use the “3rd chain from the hook” and “skip 2 chains and use the next chain” it is basically the same thing? Just want to make sure I am following directions correctly. Thanks

  12. Hayley says:

    I got to the end and ended on two doubles- obviously I’ve lost count somewhere what should I do?

    • Rachel Choi says:

      No worries, you can always undo the row and redo it. Be sure to count the number of stitches on the row before you start to ensure there wasn’t a mistake on the previous row that is messing you up. Once you know there is the correct stitch count, you can go ahead and try the row again. You may even want to put stitch markers every 3, 6 or so stitches so that you can see where you are crocheting in relation to the number of stitches.

  13. Shannon says:

    Awesome! Can’t wait to do this and throw in some shells when done along the edges for a border. Great job :)

  14. Shannon says:

    Oh and P.S, thanks for showing the LH view. As a lefty I really appreciate seeing things in my perspective.

  15. Irene says:

    Can you please tell me how many skeins I need and the dimensions of this blanket? I’m making it for a baby. Maybe can you suggest the # of skeins related to the dimensions?
    I have no idea how to calculate that.

    Your help is appreciated.

  16. Irene says:

    Oops, Sorry I forgot to tell you what brand of yarn I’m going to use:

    Lion Brand Baby Wool
    Weight Category: 4 – Worsted Weight: Afghan, Aran Yarn

    Solids: 1.75oz (50g), 98yds (90m)
    Prints: 1.4oz (40g), 79yds (72m)

    Let me know. Thanks

  17. Tamara says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. To practice the stitch I started out with 24 chains and I am making an ear warmer. It’s coming along beautifully and now that I’ve got the stitch down I am looking forward to to making a blanket! Thanks again!

  18. Jenna says:

    HI, I am new to crocheting and wanted to try a pattern, when you say make 1 sc then 2 dc in the same st. Is that all 3 in the same stitch? Or 1 sc and the next st is 2 dc? Thanks!!

  19. Betty Foehl says:

    I am well on my way with this delightful pattern and I love the pattern that this stitch makes. My question is, How do you finish off the afgan when you have the desired length?

    Thank you for your reply,

  20. I love this pattern, thank you! I use it to make dishcloths which works great because it has a scrubby texture.

  21. Rachel says:

    Hi. Beautiful blanket, really easy stitch, thank you for sharing. I just want to go back to the edging/border question……
    I don’t know how to work out the corners, any clues?

  22. Laurie Ruyter says:

    I really like this pattern and appreciate you sharing it. Is like it make a full size afghan using a multi colored yarn. I’ve been looking for a pattern that I could use that would allow me to just relax and crochet and not have to look at a pattern. For a full size afghan would you suggest I triple the beginning chain from your 108 suggested for a baby afghan? How much yarn will I need to mahe a full size? Thank you for sharing and your help!

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Tripling is a good idea. You can also just make a chain that is as wide as you want your afghan to be. You’ll probably use about 3000 yards, but it really depends on tension, type of yarn you use, and also on the dimensions of your blanket.

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