How To Crochet: Blanket Stitch

By Robin Beers – 309 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. Diana Kosanovich says:

    My daughter needed a christening blanket and I bought white yarn with very little silver thread running thru it. This pattern is both beautiful and easy and perfect our celebration.

  2. Polly says:

    need to see if you have a pattern for jamie blanket

  3. Leona says:

    I’m not a great or fast crocheter. I find it difficult to follow patterns, but this pattern and directions are so simple and results in such a beautiful baby blanket. I have just completed my 4th blanket and it will be beautiful gift for my new granddaughter. Thank you.

  4. Diane says:

    I am working on this pattern. Love it.
    Trying to learn to read patterns and this one
    was easy. Thank you for putting it out there
    for everyone. If you have an easy pattern for
    baby shoes please share for a beginner.
    Thanks again

  5. Maureen Sweeney says:

    Thanks for this quick and easy pattern. I used this thick, cool multi-texture yarn to make a baby blanket for my niece. I read your post on doing an edging and it really helped. I used 3 strands of yarn to match the thickness of the blanket yarn and first made a base round of double crochet rather than single again because of the scale of the blanket yarn. The decorative round is 5 DC, skip next stitch, SC, skip stitch, 5 DC around.

  6. Ronda Richardson says:

    I have made this one using a filet crochet border around the edges with simple shell stitch to finish off. It turned out very cute in variegated blue for my grans Nephew about 3 yea ago. It is a very easy stitch to make—you have to take care in keeping borders and edges even, though.

  7. Betsy says:

    Thank you for sharing your patterns! I’m making to for my future great granddaughters due in Feb.

  8. Deborah L Gray says:

    I would like to make a queen-size bed blanket that will hang over the sides and the bottom a few inches. How much yarn would I need for a project such as this? Thanks, Deborah

  9. Deborah L Gray says:

    This pattern is wonderful, thank you! I would like to make a queen-size blanket for my daughter and son-in-law. I would like it to hang over the edges of the bed and Alvin along the bottom. How much yarn would I need for that project? Thank you, Deborah

    • Rachel Choi says:

      You will need approximately 8000 yards. But it will depend greatly on your tension. I would recommend crocheting a small section and see how much yarn you use for that, then multiply it to determine the total amount you’ll need.

  10. Heather Armstrong says:

    I really love this pattern and going to make a baby gift Thankyou

  11. Stephanie Fewster says:

    I have started making this blanket but made a mistake and put the start of the next SC in between the two DC x 2 and the SC instead of straight after the SC. So it is wrong but it actually looks nice so I am going to finish it like this and then try another one doing it properly. Maybe I made up a new pattern!

  12. Do i start with 108 chain if i want it 31 inches wide? You state you start with 12 chain. please explain

    • Monica says:

      She did 108 chains for the 31 inch scarf. She started with twelve just for demonstration in the pics. If you want a 31 inch scarf just make a chain that is a multiple of 3 and measure it. It may be more or less than 108 based on yarn, hook size, tension, etc.

  13. Wini says:

    Hi Robin,
    For your 31′ blanket, about how much worsted yarn did you use?

  14. Claire R says:

    Just finished a little baby blanket in this stitch. The blanket looks fantastic! it is a super easy pattern to follow], the instructions are very easy to follow. The finished project looks amazing in one colour with a lovely texture. Thank you 🙂

  15. Debra says:

    I needed a pattern for a charity blanket I volunteered to do. I am left handed so some of the patterns were requiring more thought then I wanted to do at this time. I really like that your photo instructions would reverse to help left handed people see what needed to be done. How very thoughtful of you.

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