Welcome to the ultimate guide to crochet stitches for blankets. This list of unique blanket stitches will give you the inspiration to start a new crochet afghan or blanket project.
You’ll also learn what makes stitch blanket-worthy, and how to combine different crochet stitches into a sampler afghan.
Simple Crochet Stitches for Blankets
In general, crochet blankets can be good projects for beginners. Making a blanket can be soothing and meditative with the right easy stitch pattern.
But if your pattern is too complicated, you may struggle to keep track of repeated rows, getting frustrated when your complex stitches don't look the way they do in the video tutorials.
Remember, simple doesn't have to mean boring. This list's unique and easy stitches will give your blanket density, texture, and style.
- Simple Crochet Stitches for Blankets
- What's the Best Stitch for a Crochet Blanket?
- 40 Best Crochet Stitches for Blankets and Afghans
- How to Use These Stitch Patterns
- Combining Different Crochet Stitches in One Blanket
- How big does my blanket need to be?
- What Kind of Yarn do I Need to Crochet a Blanket?
- Blanket Stitch FAQs
- Invitation to our Facebook group
Why You'll Love These Blanket Stitches
What's the Best Stitch for a Crochet Blanket?
Here are some things to consider when choosing the best crochet blanket stitch patterns.
Can you remember the stitches while you work, or will you risk losing your place?
Stitches that are easy to memorize make an afghan more meditative and soothing to work on. Look for stitches with one or two rows in the stitch repeat for the easiest blanket pattern.
Will your project be cozy, or will it be too mesh-like and airy?
The best blanket stitches tend to be “closed,” meaning there are no large gaps between the stitches.
Will you need to spend much time weaving in ends, or is there a workaround?
Sometimes you can use a self-striping yarn to create a colorful striped blanket without fastening off each color. For example, these patterns use Lion Brand Mandala yarn and a beautiful stitch to create surprisingly simple blankets:
A stitch multiple refers to the number of stitches required to complete a pattern repeat.
For example, if a pattern says to chain a multiple of 6 plus 2, this means that you'll chain any number of stitches that is a multiple of 6, and then add 2 additional chains. The multiple of 6 is the stitch multiple, while the additional 2 chains allow for the turning chain in the foundation row.
When combining different stitches into a blanket design, paying attention to the stitch multiple is even more important. Choosing stitches with the same multiple will eliminate hassle as you build your sampler blanket pattern.
More Tutorials for Designing Afghans
If you like the idea of designing your perfect blanket project, here are some tutorials you won’t want to miss.
40 Best Crochet Stitches for Blankets and Afghans
Whether you’re looking for a cool stitch to try or you want to design a crochet blanket with various stitches, you’ve come to the right place. I hope this collection of different blanket crochet stitches inspires your next project!
Corner to Corner Crochet
This is a cool way to make a fast blanket, and it can also help you to construct your own blankets with designs in them – also known as graphgans.
Be aware, it grows more slowly than other stitches on this list, but it’s gorgeous when used in striped projects. The moss stitch is also a favorite for temperature blanket patterns.
Braided Crochet Stitch
Boxed Block Stitch
Lemon Peel Stitch
Side Saddle Stitch
Granny Cluster Stitch
This stitch pattern allows for plenty of color variation to create a brightly-colored baby blanket in no time. Try using self-striping yarn to eliminate the need to weave in lots of ends.
Related: More Granny Stitch Patterns
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Cool Stitches for Blankets
Looking for a totally unique crochet stitch for your next throw project? These cool stitches will make any blanket or afghan look fantastic. Follow along with these stitch tutorials and learn how to make something fresh and fun.
Related: Scrap Yarn Crochet Blanket Patterns
Granny Stripe Stitch
Jasmine Star Stitch
Related: Double Thick Free Crochet Pot Holder Pattern
Ripple Afghan Stitches
A rippling zigzag pattern can liven up any blanket, and it’s one of the most classic crochet motifs. These free, simple ripple stitches add some color and energy to your easy crochet afghan projects.
Related: Mesa Easy Ripple Blanket Pattern
Textured Stitches for Afghans
The texture and feel of a blanket can be just as important as how it looks. That's where these stitch patterns come in. Each of these stitches works up into an afghan that looks as incredible as it feels.
Basket Weave Stitch
Herringbone Double Crochet
Pretty Pebbles Stitch
Textured Wave Stitch
Half Double Crochet Clusters
Berry Bobble Stitch
Related: 27+ Best Crochet Hat Patterns for Winter
Tunisian Crochet Afghan Stitches
Tunisian crochet blends crochet with knitting, keeping all your stitches on the crochet hook as you work. It also produces a dense, sturdy fabric that's perfect for cozy afghans. Try these stitches on washcloths or dish towels to get the hang of them on a smaller project if you'd like.
Tunisian Crochet Simple Stitch
Woven Tunisian Stitch
Tunisian Brick Stitch
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How to Use These Stitch Patterns
Combining these stitches into a crochet blanket pattern is easier than you might think.
- First, make a gauge swatch using your stitch, yarn, and hook of choice. This will help you determine the number of stitches per inch of your blanket. From there, you can work out how many stitches you’ll need to make a blanket that’s as wide as you need it to be.
- Remember, some stitches have a specific multiple you must follow for the foundation chain. You may not be able to nail a precise blanket width measurement, so try to aim for an ideal range of blanket widths instead.
- You can also use your gauge swatch to decide the length of your blanket. But adding more rows as you work is much easier than adding more stitches per row. You can always keep adding rows until you’re happy with your blanket’s length.
Here is a video tutorial that covers how to design a crochet blanket pattern, including calculating the measurements.
Combining Different Crochet Stitches in One Blanket
A sampler-style blanket is a fantastic way to combine several different crochet blanket stitches into one beautiful project. But how do you make all those stitch patterns work together?
There are two straightforward ways to make a blanket that combines multiple stitches.
Work in rows. Choose stitches with the same multiple so you can move between them easily as you add more rows. Our sampler afghan pattern is a great example of this type of blanket.
Work in squares. Alternatively, using different stitches, you can make a range of individual afghan squares. As long as the squares have the same measurements, you can easily join them together.
The traveling afghan square is an example of a motif that became part of a larger design.
Joining Crochet Pieces
There are many ways to join individual blanket squares, hexagons, or other shapes.
How big does my blanket need to be?
You can make your blanket as large or as small as you want. Here are some common crochet blanket sizes.
|Blanket Size||Dimensions (in)||Dimensions (cm)|
|Baby blanket||42 x 52||107 x 132 cm|
|Throw blanket||52 x 60||132 x 152 cm|
|Twin blanket||66 x 90||168 x 229 cm|
|Full/double blanket||80 x 90||203 x 229 cm|
|Queen blanket||90 x 100||229 x 254 cm|
|King blanket||108 x 100||274 x 254 cm|
What Kind of Yarn do I Need to Crochet a Blanket?
When designing your project, it's worth thinking carefully about the type of blanket you want to make.
Here’s a guide to the different yarn weights commonly used to make blankets
|Blanket consideration||Medium/worsted weight||Chunky/bulky weight|
|Advantages||Makes a blanket with plenty of drape|
Your blanket won’t be too heavy
|Works up quickly|
Creates a warm, cozy blanket
|Disadvantages||Works up more slowly than chunkier yarn||Your blanket may lose some drape|
|Recommendations||Lion Brand Pound of Love |
Lion Brand Heartland
|Wool-Ease Thick & Quick|
Hue + Me
Blanket Stitch FAQs
Here are answers to common questions about planning a beginner-friendly crochet blanket design.
Knitting and crocheting are similar skills, but they aren't the same. If you prefer one approach over the other, then that's the best way to approach making a blanket.
Here are some points to keep in mind as you decide:
• Crochet blankets grow faster, but also use more yarn
• Knit blankets usually need to be made with circular needles, or composed of smaller pieces that you join at the end
The exact time to crochet a blanket depends on your level of experience, the size of your project, and the complexity of the pattern you're using. By using easy stitches and chunky yarn, you can crochet a fast blanket in as little as 4.5 hours! Here are a few of our fastest blanket patterns
• One Day Blanket Pattern - about 8 hours
• Sedona Fringed Throw - about 7 hours
• Bungalow Chunky Blanket - about 8-12 hours
• Done in a Weekend Baby Blanket - about 10-12 hours
Free Crochet Blanket Patterns
If you love crocheting afghans, we've got enough free blanket patterns to keep your hands busy for the rest of time.
Learn a New Skill
When you're ready to master a new skill, check out our detailed guides that include everything you need to know to level up your crochet game.
- How to Corner to Corner (C2C) Crochet for Beginners - with video tutorials to get you started
- How to Crochet a Beginner Hat - make an entire beanie in 1.5 hours!
- How to Crochet Amigurumi for Beginners - the ultimate guide to making your own toys and plushies
- How to Tunisian Crochet - learn with this video and a standard hook
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Invitation to our Facebook group
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