How to Crochet a Blanket

By Rachel Choi – 9 Comments
Learning how to crochet a blanket can be very rewarding. Many people who crochet blankets like to follow a crochet pattern. But you do not always need a pattern to crochet a blanket. All you need to know is the basic idea of how a blanket is crocheted. Here are some steps to follow to crochet your very first blanket.

Step 1: decided whether you want to crochet a blanket from a pattern you like or you want to make your own original creation.

crochet blanket

If you choose to use a crochet pattern:
Step 2: Gather all the materials needed. The materials should be specified at the beginning of your crochet pattern. This includes, yarn type, crochet hook size, scissors, and any other special materials you may need.

Step 3: Make sure you can understand the pattern. Some crochet patterns can be confusing. So it is a good idea to skim over the pattern to understand the designer’s style. If you have trouble understanding the pattern, ask someone for help! Once, you understand the basic idea of you blanket’s pattern, you are ready to move on to the next step. This helps prevent frustration later on and helps you finish your crocheted blanket in a timely manner.

Step 4: Make sure that you know the crochet stitches that are used in the pattern. Some patterns will specify the stitches used in the pattern, before the pattern starts. If your pattern does not do this, then just skim the pattern for the crochet stitches. If you do not know how to crochet a stitch, then you can either ask someone for help or simply look it up online. The internet is a great source for crochet tutorials.

Step 5: You are now ready to start crocheting! Just follow the instructions in your crochet pattern.

Here is the link to the crochet pattern for the sample blanket used in this post: Crochet Pattern: Shell Stitch Blanket

If you choose to make your own original blanket design:
Step 2: Decide what shape and size you want your crochet blanket to be. Lots of blankets are square shaped, but yours can be any shape you desire: circle, star, ripple.

Step 3: Draw what you want the blanket to look like. Not everyone can visualize everything in their head. So go ahead and draw what you want. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it’s just a rough sketch.

Step 4: Choose colors. A good color scheme is what makes blankets pretty. You can choose to use several colors or just one. It is all up to you, since this is your design.

Step 5: Choose crochet stitches you want to use. You may need to use different crochet stitches to obtain the blanket shape that you chose and to fit the sketch that you drew.

Step 6: Write your pattern down. By writing your pattern down, you get a clearer picture of exactly how you are going to crochet your blanket. Plus, once you have a solid pattern you can share it with others or even sell it.

Step 7: Gather other materials that you will need, such as a crochet hook, scissors etc.

Step 8: Now it is time to start crocheting. If you find that there are mistakes on your pattern, just correct those as you go.

If you have questions about how to crochet a blanket or if you would like to add something to these steps, just let me know by leaving a comment!

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  1. Harold says:

    Hi again Rachel. I was wondering what pattern that is in the picture? That is neat and i would like to try that one too.

  2. Rachel says:

    Hi again Harold! I haven’t written a pattern for that blanket, but I can tell you how to make it! The blanket is made with shell stitches. If you aren’t familiar with shell stitiches, you basically make several double crochets in one crochet stitch to make a curved shell shape. For the blanket you would repeat shell stitches on one row and on the next row you would do shell stitches but place then in between the previous row’s shell stitches.

    Maybe I will write up a pattern for this blanket and that will make it more clear!

    Thanks for another great question Harold!

  3. Harold says:

    You explained it just fine and I am familiar with the shell stitch. Thanks again!!!!!

  4. Rachel says:

    You’re welcome Harold! I love answering your questions.

    I wrote up the pattern for blanket for you or anyone else who may want to make it. Here is the link:

  5. Julie says:

    I’m looking to crochet my first blanket for a Christmas gift and this is very helpful! I was wondering if you have any suggestions on the best type of yarn to use for a blanket? (wool, acrylic, blend ??) Thanks 🙂

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Julie! I normally use acrylic, just because they are easy to care for (you can toss them in the washing machine) and they are fairly cheap compared to other yarns. However, you can feel the texture of different yarns and look at their labels for care instructions to see which one you like best.

  6. Julie says:

    Perfect, thanks for your help!

  7. Rion says:

    I am just finishing my first blanket, but I don’t know how to end/tie it off. The pattern calls for a border around the edge, but am not sure what to do for the sides (single Crochet in every hole?)

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