How To Crochet: Blanket Stitch

By Robin Beers – 308 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. 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

    • Linda Asmus says:

      I always think a baby can get a tiny finger twisted in crocheted items but I must be the only person who thinks this since crochet is so popular for baby blankets and clothes.

  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.

  26. Gwen says:

    To make a baby blanket, how much yarn would you use?

    • Rachel Choi says:

      About 1000 yards of medium weight yarn is typical. The amount you use can vary depending on the dimension of the baby blanket, your tension, and the thickness of your yarn. For a better estimate, I would recommend crocheting a small swatch then multiplying it to calculate how much you need.

  27. Sandy says:

    I am using this pattern for a baby blanket. I love it! It’s simple and easy and very fast! Thank you for sharing!

  28. Janine says:

    I have made about 10 baby blankets with this stitch. I make them all colors. Some are done in 3 different colors. Very easy.

  29. Ree says:

    Not only is this a great pattern, very easy. It is also a very pretty blanket.
    Thanks so much.

  30. Jeanie says:

    Hello. Could you tell me how many SC per row along the rough side of the blanket. I’ve tried 2 which seems tight and 3 which seems loose. Thanks

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Jeanie!
      I usually do 2 sc per row of dc, but if that’s too tight you can try doing 2 for one row and then 3 for the next and alternate. It really depends on your tension. Try laying the work flat every few stitches to make sure it looks right, then you can adjust accordingly.

    • Liese Hill says:

      You could also go up or down one or two hook sizes when working the border around the blanket – this will help correct any flare or puckers you might get. Works for me every time you

  31. Carla says:

    Hi, can you increase and decrease with this stitch? I want to make a baby sleeping bag with it.

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Carla! I haven’t tried increasing and decreasing with this stitch. It is probably doable, but may take some experimenting to figure out. You would need to increase or decrease in multiples of 3 since that is what the repeat uses.

  32. Leslie says:

    Hello! I used the stitch to create a scarf and would love to make a coordinating hat. By chance do you have a pattern? I’m having trouble finding one online. Thank you!

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Leslie! That is a great idea. I haven’t tried making a hat with this stitch pattern yet. Sorry!

    • Jennifer Casey says:

      Hi, you could always try single crochet in the round for the crown and then change to this pattern. Just make sure when you make the change you have multiples of three. This would be really pretty.

  33. Barbara Madison says:

    Hi Rachel – I recently purchased the mermaid blanket pattern from you and I am having difficulty with it. I am an advanced crocheter but this pattern is not working for me. I did the swatch to check my gauge and it was right on, but the 60 beginning chains is definitely not big enough, even for the 10 year old I am making it for. I can’t imagine an adult being able to use it. I have started it four times and ripped it out. At the end of a round it says to slip stitch in last single crochet. It that the single crochet going over into the beginning of the last round? I am not happy, as I wanted this for a Christmas present and it is not going well.
    Please advise.

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Barbara! The beginning of the pattern is suppose to be very narrow. It is the end that goes at your feet. As you continue to crochet, it will get wider and wider.
      When it says “sl st in first sc” it means to make a slip stitch into the first single crochet that you made at the beginning of the round. This will join the end of the round to the very beginning. Let me know if you need more help with it! You can also email me at [email protected] for more help.

  34. pat says:

    what is the name of this stitch. I would like to make a matching hat, but when I look up “blanket stitch” I don’t get this type of pattern.

  35. Geeta says:

    how much wool is required for this blanket please and thank you

  36. Shelly says:

    How many chains at the beginning do I need to do to make a blanket or Afghan.

  37. Nora says:

    I am so happy that I found this pattern, made a blanket for my great-granddaughter and making another one for a friend.

  38. Jennifer Casey says:

    Love this pattern. Thank you for sharing. I just started a baby blanket for a friend. Decided to pull back and single crochet first row before starting the pattern to give a firmer base. It’s worked a treat. I will probably make my final row single crochet as well before crocheting a boarder in contrast colour.

  39. Bonnie says:

    Will this stitch work well with a light worsted yarn(#3)?

  40. Aida says:

    I know nothing about crocheting but I’m newly pregnant with my first child,a rainbow baby and I want to crochet a blanket for him/her (dont know the sex yet) so hoping for gender neutral colours

  41. Gail says:

    will this stitch work with Bernat Baby Blanket super bulky yarn?

  42. B Carr says:

    THANK YOU for that very tricky ‘switch to left handed’ photo thingie. I love it!!

  43. Stitchy Mc Floss says:

    Thank you so much for the left handed view of this lovely pattern. 🙂 It looks great and I can’t wait to make it. Wishing you a lovely day. 🙂

  44. Mo says:

    HiRachel, is this the same stitch as the c2c stitch only worked in Rows?

    Great Tutorial!

  45. Cheri says:

    I have crocgeted for many years but somehow always find a new stitch I’ve never used before. I don’t really care for the foundation chain. So I will do a regular chain, a row of single crochet and then start the pattern. I think this will work fine, so many questions from all t h e ladies. I read them al and commend you on your patience.

  46. Donna says:

    How much yarn is needed to make this pattern for the stated size?

  47. Katie says:

    Love this stitch and pattern.

    I’m back to crochet after not doing it for a few years and I’m making a blanket using this pattern. It’s coming along great. I’ll want to put a border on it…I read your article at the link that talks about putting a single crochet border around it first before adding a more decorative one. My question is this: for this pattern, will I do one single crochet for each row?

    I hope that makes sense. Thank you for such an easy to follow explanation!

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Katie! I would suggest 2 sc along the edge that starts with the dc (at the beginning of each row_ and 1 sc along the edge that has the sc (at the end of each row). It also doesn’t have to be exact, I like to simply single crochet across and lay the piece down every few stitches to make sure it’s not bunching or ruffling up.

  48. Barbara says:

    Love your pattern,so nice easy❤️

  49. Cindy Aucoin says:

    I want to make this for a baby doll. I am making a baby blanket using a different stitch, but want to try this stitch and could use it as a baby doll blanket,
    How do I calculate how many foundation chains I need based on inch size of blanket?
    Make sense. Not sure how big I need to make the baby doll blanket, but it is a small, almost preemie size doll.

    Thanks, Cindy

    PS I am using what the pattern refers to as a Thermal Stitch for the actual Baby blanket, but this pattern looks very pretty.

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Cindy! Try crocheting a small square and then counting how many stitches you use to make it. Then multiply the size of that square to determine the number of stitches you need for the blanket. For example if you want your blanket to be 5 times bigger than the square you made, you would multiple the number of stitches you used in the square by 5.

  50. Cindy says:


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