How To Crochet The Blanket Stitch For Beginners


In this post, you will see the crochet blanket stitch (Easy How To And Video Tutorial).

This is a simple crochet stitch pattern that gives a dense woven fabric perfect for blankets, dishcloths, scarves, and table runners.

Scroll down for the full pattern instructions and grab your free printable PDF dishcloth crochet pattern.

How to crochet the blanket stitch

How To Crochet The Blanket Stitch

The blanket stitch is an easy stitch that combines single crochet stitches(SC) and double crochet stitches (DC).

It creates a dense fabric with a beautiful texture.

It’s great for beginners; with a little practice, it becomes a mindless project.

Get the latest in your inbox!

Weekly news, free patterns, tutorials, and more.

The Blanket Stitch Pattern Instructions

You can try this out with any yarn weight and hook size.

Experiment with this simple stitch pattern using a solid color or neutral color to see the stitches clearly.

In the photographs and video tutorial, I use bulky/chunky yarn and a 6 mm (US J-10) hook.


  • ch – Chain
  • Cont – Continue
  • dc – double crochet
  • Rem – Remaining
  • Rep – Repeat
  • St(s) – Stitches
  • Sl-st – Slip stitch
  • sk – skip

Foundation chain – Make a chain in multiples of 3 – for example, ch 36.

  • Row 1: 2dc in the 3rd ch from the hook, *sk 2ch, sc in next ch, work 2dc in same ch, rep from * to the last ch, work 1sc in last ch, turn.
  • Row 2: ch1, in the next stitch, work 2dc, *sk 2sts, sc in next st, work 2 dc in the same st, rep from * to the last st, work 1 sc in last st, turn.
  • Repeat row 2 until the piece measures your required length.
  • Cut yarn and secure the end with a sl-st in the last stitch.
  • Weave in all loose ends.

Grab your free crochet pattern PDF and make a dishcloth with this stitch pattern.

View The Crochet Tutorial On My YouTube Channel
the crochet blanket stitch

What Can You Make With The Crochet Blanket Stitch?

The crochet blanket stitch is an excellent choice for many different projects. 

This stitch produces warm and colorful blankets of any size, full-size blankets, afghans, baby blankets, lapghans.

Furthermore, the textured design is perfect for making dishcloths and washcloths. 

You can also use this stitch to create a cozy and stylish scarf in any color combination of your liking. 

Additionally, you can make colorful and decorative pillow covers to enhance your home decor.

crochet blanket stitch close up

What Yarn Is Best To Use For The Crochet Blanket Stitch Pattern?

For the crochet blanket stitch pattern, the best yarn depends on several factors, including the desired texture, durability, warmth, and the overall look of the blanket.

Here are some yarn options to consider:

  1. Acrylic Yarn: Acrylic yarn is a popular choice for blankets due to its affordability, durability, and easy care. It comes in various colors and is soft, making it suitable for cozy, everyday blankets.
  2. Wool: Wool yarn provides excellent warmth and insulation, making it ideal for blankets, especially for colder climates. It can be softer than it’s often given credit for and can add a luxurious feel to the blanket.
  3. Cotton: Cotton yarn is breathable and suitable for warmer climates or for blankets intended for use in the summer. It’s also great for people with wool allergies.
  4. Blend Yarns: Yarn blends, such as acrylic-wool or cotton-acrylic, combine the best properties of different fibers. They might offer warmth, softness, and durability simultaneously.
  5. Super Bulky or Bulky Weight Yarn: Depending on the look and warmth desired, thicker yarns work well for a blanket stitch pattern as they create a cozy, chunky texture.
  6. Variegated Yarn: Variegated yarn can add visual interest to the blanket stitch pattern by introducing color changes without needing to switch yarns frequently.

Consider the care instructions, cost, and intended use of the blanket when choosing yarn.

It’s also a good idea to swatch with different yarns to see how the stitch pattern looks and feels with each type before committing to a larger project.

crochet blanket stitch detail

Is The Crochet Blanket Stitch Pattern Easy For Beginners?

The crochet blanket stitch pattern can vary in complexity depending on the specific variation you choose.

However, some variations of the blanket stitch pattern are beginner-friendly, while others might require a bit more practice and familiarity with crochet basics.

For instance:

  1. Basic Single Crochet or Double Crochet Variation: Working the blanket stitch pattern using single crochet or double crochet stitches can be relatively simple for beginners. These stitches are foundational and easy to learn.
  2. Granny Stitch Variation: The granny stitch, which involves clusters of double crochet stitches, is also beginner-friendly once you’ve grasped the basics of double crochet. It’s repetitive and creates a lovely, traditional-looking blanket.
  3. Corner-to-Corner (C2C) Variation: While slightly more advanced than basic stitches, the C2C technique is easy to learn with practice. It’s based on chaining and working clusters of double crochet, making it a fun and rewarding project for beginners willing to learn a new technique.
  4. Shell Stitch Variation: This stitch involves creating groups of stitches, usually double crochet or half double crochet, to form shell-like shapes. It might be slightly more challenging for absolute beginners, but it is manageable with practice.

Starting with a simpler variation, like using single or double crochet stitches, can be a great way for beginners to familiarize themselves with the stitch pattern.

As with any new crochet technique, practicing with smaller projects or swatches before starting a large blanket can help build confidence and skill.

Additionally, there are numerous tutorials, videos, and written instructions available online that cater to beginners and guide them through each step of the crochet blanket stitch pattern.

With patience and practice, beginners can master this pattern and create beautiful blankets.

Related post of best crochet stitches – 30 Crochet Stitches For All Skill Levels.

Crochet blanket stitch pattern examples

What Is The Best Stitch For Crocheting A Blanket?

The “best” stitch for crocheting a blanket often depends on personal preference, the desired texture, and the intended use of the blanket.

Here are a few popular easy crochet stitches that work well for blankets:

  1. Single Crochet (SC): This stitch creates a dense and sturdy fabric. It’s great for beginners and perfect for blankets where warmth and durability are desired.
  2. Half Double Crochet (HDC): Faster to work up than single crochet and creates a slightly taller stitch, resulting in a softer and more drapey fabric. It’s a good balance between speed and texture.
  3. Double Crochet (DC): This creates a looser fabric, making it faster to crochet a blanket with this stitch. It’s a common choice for blankets because it works up relatively quickly and has a nice drape.
  4. Granny Stitch: A classic choice, the granny stitch involves clusters of three double crochets, creating an open and textured look. It’s great for creating a vintage or traditional look in a blanket.
  5. Corner-to-Corner (C2C): This technique involves working diagonally from one corner to another, forming a textured, pixelated look. It’s versatile for incorporating color changes and creating unique designs.
  6. Shell Stitch: This stitch pattern involves clusters of stitches, usually double crochets, that create shell-like shapes. It’s decorative and adds texture to a blanket.

The best stitch for your crochet blanket ultimately depends on the look and feel you want to achieve, your skill level, and the amount of time you’re willing to invest.

Some crocheters also combine different stitches or use stitch patterns in combination to create more intricate designs.

Experimenting with swatches or small sections can help you determine which stitch pattern you prefer for your blanket.

blanket stitch crochet

Crocheting Dishcloths

Crocheting dishcloths has several advantages and can be a rewarding and practical crochet project for various reasons. 

  • Dishcloths are relatively small projects that don’t require much yarn, making them quick to complete. 
  • They are perfect for beginners or for those who want a project that provides a sense of accomplishment in a short amount of time.
  • Crocheting dishcloths allows you to practice and improve your crochet skills. 
  • You can experiment with different stitches, patterns, and techniques on a small scale. 
  • If you want to make a blanket using an intermediate or advanced stitch like the waffle stitch, shell stitch, or the granite stitch. 
  • Making a dishcloth first can be great to get used to the pattern before committing to a whole blanket.
  • Dishcloths serve a functional purpose in the kitchen. 
  • They are useful for washing dishes, wiping countertops, or cleaning surfaces. 
  • Homemade dishcloths are often more durable than store-bought ones and can be customized to your preferences.
  • When making dishcloths, the perfect yarn is cotton.
  • You might have acrylic and wool yarns in your stash, but they are not great for dishcloths

Crochet Lessons

If you are a new maker and need help with the crochet basics, check out the crochet lessons here – Crochet Lessons (With Video Tutorials).

There, you will find tutorial posts for all the crochet techniques a newbie needs to know.  

Including how to create a foundation chain (ch), single crochet, double crochet, and all the crochet abbreviations ( in UK and US terms) a maker needs to know.

And if you need more video tutorials, check out my YouTube channel here – Handy Little Me – YouTube.

Join The Handy Little Me Facebook Group to connect with more makers.

Share your work with us…

I love seeing your finished projects on social media.

If you enjoyed making the dishcloth, I’d love to see yours on Instagram, be sure to tag me @handylittleme or #handylittleme.

If you are on Facebook, stop over to the Handylittleme Facebook Group and share a photo.

I’d love to see your work.

Happy Crocheting! 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *