How To Crochet: Blanket Stitch

By Robin Beers – 285 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.

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  1. Lisa says:

    I am new at crocheting and have had a hard time understanding where to end each row (and to therefore keep the ends straight). I bought some crochet markers and am putting one of those in the “chain 2” at the end of the row. That way, when I turn it around and get to the end of the next row, I know where to put that last single crochet. This way, there is NO question and I don’t have to count stitches either 🙂

  2. Michelle says:

    I have started an afghan and am almost done with it. I noticed there is a problem with the stitching in the first two rows and I am going to have to take them out. How can I repair the afghan once I have unraveled the first two rows?

  3. Cindy says:

    My project does not lay flat, it also curves around. What am I doing wrong?

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Cindy, when a project starts the curve more than they are intended to curve it’s normally a sign that you’re accidentally adding stitches. Try counting your stitches after making each row to double check your work. But if it’s minor curving, you might just need to do some blocking. Here’s a post about blocking if you’re interested: Blocking Crochet

    • Mary Jayne says:

      The curve may not necessarily mean that there is a mistake in the stitiching or that you’ve added stitches. It may be a sign that the foundation chain was too tight. A simple and easy way to avoid this in the future would be to use a larger hook for the foundation chain and go 1 hook size down for the actual body of the project. Hope this is helpful.

  4. Lisa says:

    I am new to this stitch and my question is after I finish row 2 do I follow the pattern for row 2 for the entire afghan

  5. Laura Anderson says:

    Love the tutorial. thank you thank you for the left hand version!

  6. Lori P. says:

    Wow! Thanks for the great pictures and directions. I tried this last night and am going to make a headband. I think I will make a blanket next for my mom. Thanks again!

  7. Karyn says:

    Thank you so much for this little tutorial! It is so easy to follow and I’m loving this little blanket so far! It’s absolutely perfect. 🙂

  8. missy anderson says:

    my name is missy i have had a crochet pattern that was like this lost it and then i found this one love the way it works i am makeing a baby blanket and a blanket now for my daughter as a christmas present glad i found your pattern

  9. Tonya says:

    If I am going to make a twin size blanket about how many yards do you think I am going to need for this pattern?

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Tonya, 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 twin blanket.

  10. sandra says:

    I don’t understand what is meant by a “mulitple of 3 chains” to begin. Can you explain that to me? This is such a beautiful soft looking stitch.
    Thank you

  11. idania says:

    Thank you so much i love it, really well explain, love the pics, great tutorial, thank you again,
    Idania 🙂

  12. Sandy says:

    I am a knitter, but your tutorial was great. I made the baby blanket and it came out just beautiful. I do know the basic crochet stitches and this little blanket was so easy. thanks

  13. Traci says:

    Thank you for this pattern! I have been scouring the internet for DAYS looking for a pattern that replicates one my grandma used for my baby blanket and I think you have it!

  14. Charli says:

    Thank you for the left-handed view!! learning new stitches is easier when you have someone show you how, and looking at it in the right handed version is confusing and frustrating.
    Thank you for considering the lefties!

  15. Emily says:

    Beautiful pattern! Mine’s almost done; it was so easy. What type of border would you suggest? Thank you!

  16. Rachel says:

    Thank you so much for this simple yet elegant pattern. I am making a blanket right now and it looks beautiful. I’m doing a two tone rainbow with it and it just looks fabulous! The stitch is so soft and the texture is amazing! Can’t thank you enough!

  17. What size hook did you use for this project?

  18. Diane Gould says:

    I love the pattern and it is very easy, and I like the way the sides end up scalloped, my question is the top will end up scalloped when done, any suggestions for the bottom where the starting chain is, any way to scallop that to make it look better , thank you

    • zcrafty1 says:

      My Mom does this pattern all the time. After she finishes the first row she turns it around and does the first row again on the chain. This means that the scalloped row she did in step 1 becomes the bottom of the afghan. She after she completes the second Row 1 she goes on the complete it per the instructions. This results in an afghan with scallops on all sides.

      • Kristie says:

        Oh wow, that’s genius! Thanks for the idea! 😀

      • Melissa L says:

        Thanks for that tip/trick! I’m a new crocheter and was concerned about the same thing with a flat edge. Now I can work through it all and make this afghan look stupendous for my grandson!

  19. Diane Gould says:

    I love the pattern and it is very easy and I like the way the sides end up scalloped, my question is, the top will end up scalloped when done, any suggestions for the bottom where the starting chain is, any way to scallop that to make it look better, thank you, wasn’t sure if this went thru the first time

  20. Anissa says:

    How much yarn did you use when you had a starting chain of 108?

  21. Faith says:

    Did you put a border on your afghan?

  22. Diane Gould says:

    Maybe I did somthing wrong, because mine is really pretty but scallaped on the sides unlike your small square in picture, Any thoughts

  23. Bobbie says:

    I have just found this pattern and love it. I am doing a baby blanket and am on the third row. When I do my 2 chain stitches do I come across to the first single crochet and do the 2 double crochets in it.

  24. fariba kafi says:

    Hi , I’ve just found your website and it’s so fascinating,i want to start making blanket .In your opinion ,how much yarn do i need,I’ll be glad using your help for making this blanket.thanks

  25. tasha says:

    I was wondering about an edging. What did you use? I’m using a variegated for the blanket and wanted a solid color for the border.

  26. Thank you! Love this stitch!!

  27. Debbie Pugh says:

    Thank you, I love this pattern

  28. Sarah says:

    I have just started (15 mins ago – already done 3 rows!!) a baby blanket for my new nephew in this lovely stitch and wanted to say how much I’m enjoying it and how beautifully it is turning out! Very easy and so nice not to have to count as you can see exactly where the next set of 3 starts. Really gorgeous. Thank you so much for writing it all up and explaining it so well. I will be bookmarking your blog for all the other patterns! Found you on Pinterest by the way.

  29. Karen says:

    Thank you. Just finished a blanket in baby pink and it came out beautiful! Easy, fast, and pretty!!! Do you have a baby sweater pattern with this stitch?

  30. Ashley Schmidt says:

    I am a very beginner at Crochet (started last week!) I decided to make a baby blanket for a girlfriend back home and would like to add a border in a different color. I am clueless on how to do that and wondered if you could email me some instructions? I would be forever greatful!! If possible I would also like to share a picture of the very final product (constructive criticism welcome!)

  31. Heaven-Leigh says:

    Hi, Im just wondering how wide an average afghan is lol

  32. Wendy says:

    I LOVE this pattern. I just finished a baby blanket in blue for my pastor’s new baby. I’ve noticed some questions about some kind of border for the blanket. Is there some kind of border you would suggest for this pattern, maybe a shell stitch or something? I love to crochet, but am not very creative with making it up as I go. Any suggestions?

  33. Jenna says:

    Thanks so much, I have been making lots of baby blankets, this stitch looks adorable, will try it next!

  34. Mary Jayne says:

    Thanks for the pattern! I love how fast and easy this goes. After I had done a few test rows I realized that it’s very similar to the pattern used in one my baby brothers blankets. I had been trying to figure it out to no avail! Thanks for sharing!!

  35. Mona says:

    Wow!!! I’m pretty much a beginner at this and I find this stitch easy. I love the pattern! I’m a little slow but figure I will get faster as I go. I thought I’d try to make a blanket for an old child’s doll cradle that we purchased at an Antique Auction. This doll cradle is for our new Granddaughter. I know she will enjoy it when she gets older and will have a beautiful blanket to cover her baby doll with that her Mamaw made. Many Thanks for sharing and the comments. They help a great deal!!!

  36. Pamela says:

    I have to say this is the first tutorial that I was able to
    Understand. I am at crocheting and have struggled
    at other tutorials. I am on my 3rd scan if yarn and it
    is turning out perfect and evenly squared up so far.
    Thanks for the great instructions.

  37. Juanita says:

    Thank you for this pattern and easy to follow instructions. I am a beginner at best, but have not crocheted for years and was pretty rusty on how to even begin! This tutorial and photos made it oh so easy to get started again. I just finished my first baby afghan and love the look of this pattern!

  38. Sherrie Hagenhoff says:

    Oh, dear I feel stupid. At the end of row 2, would you T U R N and start row 3? And keep turning for each row? Or is row 2 going to keep going “around”? So want to do this pattern! I’m using cotton yarn.

  39. Jan Ceskowski says:

    I have done this stitch before and love the texture! I am using Loops & Threads Big Skein of Impeccable Ombre in Fresh Lilac. It’s so soft and pretty, the blend is almost like water colors. Thank you

  40. AC says:

    With the last sc on row 1, do you just add it in that last stitch right next to the two dcs?

    • Rachel Choi says:

      AC, it looks like you’ll end with 1 sc in the last chain. So you’ll skip the “2 dc in same stitch” that you would normally end the repeat with. The last chain should only have the 1 sc in it.

  41. Liz says:


    I’m a new crocheter and I picked this pattern to make a blanket for my brother and sister-in-law. I accidentally goofed on the single crochet and started doing what I think is a slip stitch instead, but that’s okay because now it’s got a bobble look. I used Lion Brand Homespun yarn in the beige variegated and an N-sized hook. It looks great and is super warm! Thanks so much for helping this crocheting rookie feel accomplished!

  42. Julie Clark says:

    What a great idea to hold one’s mouse over the picture and it shows the left handed view. I am so impressed and thank you for that…..

  43. Lana says:

    This looks like a great pattern. I am new to crochet, but would like to try this. How many skeins of yarn should I buy for an afgan – throw size? Also I really do not care for the polyester inexpensive type yarns. The texture is unappealing to me. Any suggestions for an easy to find, economical yarn for this project that has a nice hand?

  44. Lisa says:

    I have just started this pattern. It’s lovely and so easy to follow your tutorial. Thank you. I am also so glad that before I got too far along, only beginning row 3, that I saw in the comments, that continuing around at the end of row one, and completing another row one on the backside of the beginning chain makes a nice scallop. I tried it and am very happy with the result. I have also found that doing this eliminates the curve that was occurring . Thanks for all the suggestions. This will be a go to pattern for the blankets we make in our church’s fibre ministry.

  45. Leticia Jurado says:

    I am just finishing my blanket and it looks lovely is there an edging you recommend with this blanket? Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Rachel Choi 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.

  46. Gail Barrett says:

    I love this pattern! Works up fast with a k hook and looks great. Making a baby girl blanket in light raspberry. Thanks!!!

  47. Joan Ward says:

    Thank you for this simple and easy to follow tutorial. A friend’s baby has arrived early and I should get this blanket done in double quick time. Will be starting tonight with my feet up and a good movie. 🙂 Thanks again 🙂

  48. Jaina says:

    **Skip the next 2 dc, Make sc and 2 dc in next sc*. Is this one stitch or two stitch jump? I am not sure 🙁 I making the blanket but see it waving. I am skipping two, but recall double in one stitch. hope you understand my ?
    Thank you for all 🙂

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Jania, you will be skipping 2 stitches. Then making a single crochet and two double crochets into the next stitch. So you’ll have 3 stitches all in that single crochet stitch.

  49. Jaina says:

    ok, thanks 🙂 trying again…went 4 rolls and the stitches increased-not right I assume because the blanket is not even. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful pattern-Love & Peace

  50. Cynthia says:

    I just found out I’m going to be a grandma and this is the perfect blanket to make. Could you tell me how much yardage I might need if using worsted cotton and a J hook?

    • Rachel Choi says:

      It would depend on what size blanket you want to make. To get a good estimate, you can make a small swatch or a few rows with the pattern and measure how much yarn you used to make it. Then multiply to get the amount needed for the entire blanket.

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