Blankets are one of our favorite projects to crochet -and choosing the perfect crochet stitch for your next blanket can be the most exciting part!
In this article, we’ll share our top 45 crochet stitches for blankets, tips for choosing the perfect yarn, and how to size your blanket correctly. After reading, you’ll be well on your way to crafting a blanket you love, even if you’re a crochet beginner.
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Our Favorite Crochet Stitches for Blankets
Crocheting a blanket is a super satisfying project. There’s something so rewarding about picking out the perfect yarn, finding just the right stitch pattern, and creating a beautiful, cozy piece that’ll be treasured for years to come.
But have you ever looked at a skein of yarn and thought, “Wow, this could be a cozy blanket… if only I knew where to start?” I’ve been there. With dozens of stunning blanket stitches to choose from, it can be hard to choose!
There’s a world of crochet stitches out there, each with its own unique charm and personality. That’s why we’ve crafted this post, sharing 45 of our favorite crochet blanket stitches along with top tips for designing your dream blanket.
The Best Crochet Stitches for Blankets
The best stitches for crochet blankets are often those that can be easily worked in rows, are not overly complicated, but still have enough visual interest to keep your attention.
Some of the most popular stitches include textured stitches such as the waffle stitch or basketweave stitch. For something lightweight and airy, the granny crochet stitch is a winner. Or, if you want to keep it easy, a simple blanket made with double crochets is always a good option.
Which crochet stitch is the best for a blanket?
Well, that’s like asking which ice cream flavor is the best! There are so many options, and it all depends on your personal taste and requirements.
When choosing a stitch, consider how you plan to use your blanket, your crochet skill level, and of course, your personal design preference.
Here’s a mini directory to help you choose the best stitch for your blanket:
Easy crochet blanket stitches: If you’re just dipping your toes into the crochet world, start with theGranny Stripe stitch (#2) or Double crochet stitch (#4). They’re beginner-friendly and yield beautiful results!
Choosing the Perfect Yarn for Your Crochet Blanket
The best yarn for your blanket depends on several factors: yarn weight (light to super bulky), fiber content (cotton, acrylic, wool), affordability, and washability.
Yarn weight: Medium-weight (category 4) yarn is a good option for most blankets. However, bulky (category 5) or super bulky (category 6) may be a better choice if you want something that will work up quickly.
Fiber Content: Acrylic and acrylic blends are popular choices for blankets. It’s accessible, easy to wash, and it’s fairly inexpensive. Wool may work well, but it may cause skin irritation for some people.
Price: Affordability is a factor to consider since blankets can take a lot of yarn to crochet. Depending on the yarn weight you choose and the size of your blanket, you may need anywhere from 1000 to 3500 yards of yarn.
Here are some of our favorite yarn options for crochet blankets:
The waffle stitch creates a squishy, thick texture for your crochet blanket. The waffle grid texture is formed by working front post double crochets. It’s a reversible stitch that will leave you with two very similar sides of your fabric.
The granny stripe stitch is made with granny clusters that are formed into rows. This is a fun stitch to use for a blanket because you can be creative with your colors. You can switch it up every row or use one color for larger sections at a time. With small holes between the clusters, this stitch creates a fabric that’s not quite as warm as other stitches - perfect for fall days or cuddling up in front of the fire.
Granny squares are a fun and easy way to make a blanket, and they’re excellent for beginner crocheters. Once you get the pattern down, you can easily crochet granny squares while watching tv or chatting with a friend. Granny square blankets are made by piecing together a number of granny squares. They’re great for using up scrap yarn, too!
The double crochet stitch is one of the simplest crochet stitches for making blankets. It works up quickly and creates a solid fabric. You can use this stitch with virtually any type of yarn, and you can easily make your rows as long or short as you want
This stitch goes by a few names, including the moss stitch, linen stitch, granite stitch, and woven stitch. It’s easy to make and is worked with chains and single crochets. This stitch creates a modern stitch pattern for a crochet blanket and looks great on both sides of the fabric. Its texture creates a flexible, drapey blanket.
The chevron stitch creates a beautiful, modern pattern that’s excellent for any type of blanket, but is an especially cute option for baby blankets. It can be a little tricky to get the hang of at first, so this stitch is best for experienced beginners or intermediates.
The ripple stitch creates a beautiful pattern that’s formed with double crochets. It makes a smooth fabric that doesn’t have any gaps. Using chain stitches and double crochets, it’s worked in an easy rhythm that’s suitable for even beginner crocheters.
The wave stitch is a beautiful choice, especially if you’re working with two or more colors. The “waves” are created by alternating with single crochets, half double crochets, double crochets, and treble crochets.
This stitch is worked diagonally from one corner to the other. With this stitch, it’s very easy to adjust the size of your project to your favorite dimensions. It’s also a good choice for using up scrap yarn. The fabric that this stitch creates is fairly dense, but leaves some small holes between the stitch clusters.
This beautiful stitch creates a scalloped design and is made with just a few simple stitches. It forms a lovely, textured pattern that works well for a full blanket but also makes a wonderful blanket border.
The basketweave stitch is a cozy, textured stitch for crochet blankets. It creates a woven pattern that’s made with front and back post double crochets. This stitch is reversible and looks great on both sides. It’s a soft, comfy option that works especially well for making baby blankets.
This is a unique crochet stitch for blankets that looks quite intricate but actually isn’t very difficult to work. The interesting texture that’s made with this stitch is a great way to impress your guests with your living room throw! The twisted points are made by using front post stitches and create a dense, warm fabric.
This simple, rhythmic stitch creates a lovely texture for all kinds of blankets. Using chains, single crochets, and double crochets, this stitch is a good choice for beginners or more experienced crocheters.
This stitch creates an intricate look, especially when worked with one solid yarn and one self-striping yarn. It’s worked in the round, making this stitch great for blankets, because you can just keep working until you have the size you want. Similar to a granny square, this stitch creates a fabric with some holes.
This stitch is created by using the single crochet and double crochet, making it a fairly simple stitch to work. The resulting fabric looks similar to a lemon peel, which is where it gets its name! With this stitch, you’ll end up with a lovely, textured, solid blanket fabric.
The tulip stitch creates a beautiful, unique pattern that looks like a zig-zag made with double crochets. It’s worked in a one-row repeat and doesn't take too much concentration. This relaxing stitch would be a beautiful choice for a baby blanket.
This stitch forms a dense, yet flowy and flexible blanket fabric. It uses basic stitches and is a good option for crochet beginners. If you can chain, single crochet, and double crochet, you can make this beautiful stitch!
This farmhouse-style crochet stitch is usually worked with three colors - a light, medium, and dark shade. Most people prefer to have two shades of the same color, for example, a light blue and dark blue paired with white. It takes a little practice to get this pattern down, but it’s well worth it for the beautiful blankets that it makes!
If you want to make a fun, super textured blanket, the bobble stitch is a perfect option. The front side features chunky bobbles, while the back side forms a flat fabric. This unique stitch would make a great blanket for babies or kids.
This beautiful and elegant stitch looks similar to wheels or flowers. It’s made by working shell stitches, single crochets, and double crochets, and is a good option for intermediates. This stitch creates a fabric with small holes.
This option is a beautiful and fast crochet stitch for blankets. It works up quickly and creates a loose, airy fabric that has lots of drape and flexibility. This would be a good stitch for a decorative blanket.
The griddle stitch is a nice, mindless stitch choice that you can work while watching tv. It creates a squishy, comfortable blanket texture. This versatile stitch can be worked with an even number of stitches, odd number of stitches, or even corner to corner.
This easy stitch creates a chevron-style texture that actually looks similar to knitting. It makes a sort of zig-zag pattern that some also describe as a braided look. This stitch forms a soft, fairly dense fabric for crochet blankets.
Hexagon blocks are tons of fun to make and can be addicting! Fortunately, you can make as many blocks as you like to grow your blanket to the size you want. Hexagon motifs are beautiful for baby blankets or full-size blankets.
This Tunisian stitch option is super cozy and is made with only two stitches. Best made with bulky weight yarn, it creates a thick, snuggly blanket. If you’ve never tried Tunisian crochet before, you may want to practice with a smaller project, like a dishcloth, before using this stitch for a blanket.
This stitch is easy to work and creates a lovely look for your blanket. The double crochet spike stitch is what gives this design its unique pattern. The rows look especially appealing when they’re worked with varying colors.
This gorgeous, textured star stitch is reversible and looks beautiful on both sides. With this eye-catching stitch, the rows seem to blend together, making an unending star design throughout your fabric. This thick stitch does use a lot of yarn, so make sure you have plenty on hand!
Worked in a four-row repeat, this stitch creates pretty ridges throughout your fabric. It’s worked with slip stitches and half double crochets. This would be a beautiful option for a living room throw.
This gorgeous, textured stitch looks similar to stars or daisies. It’s not too difficult to work and is made with chains and single crochets. This stitch creates a fairly dense fabric that’s beautiful when made with a variegated yarn or a solid color.
This is one of the most basic stitches using Tunisian crochet. If you haven’t tried the Tunisian method before, this stitch is an excellent choice for getting started. Tunisian crochet makes a dense fabric that’s perfect for warm blankets.
Here’s a beautiful, modern stitch that makes a pattern that looks similar to stacked bricks. This stitch is worked using Tunisian crochet and is made by working the long Tunisian front post double crochet.
This Tunisian stitch makes a beautiful pattern that really looks like a honeycomb! It makes for a unique and interesting blanket. One major benefit of this stitch is that it creates a flat fabric that doesn’t curl.
Tunisian crochet and chevron collide with this lovely stitch! If you love the look of chevron but prefer the Tunisian method over regular crochet, you definitely need to give this stitch a try. It’s best for intermediate crocheters.
You can work in rows or rounds using this easy stitch. To make this stitch really pop, it’s best to use two contrasting colors (one light and one dark works really well). This is a great choice for beginners.
This stitch creates a beautiful, sophisticated-looking pattern for your blanket. It uses a one-row repeat and is easy to work on while relaxing or watching tv. Just keep crocheting until your blanket is the size you want!
This stitch makes such a distinctive and attractive-looking pattern. It looks great in multiple colors and has so much potential for different themes depending on the colors you choose! It’s a fairly repetitive pattern to make and forms a dense fabric.
Use this stitch to make fun, mini bobbles that create lots of beautiful texture! The bobble stitches make for a dense fabric and would be lovely to use on a cozy baby blanket.
Designing Your Own Blanket: Stitches, Styles, and More!
After you choose a stitch, it’s time to start designing!
Step 1: Choose a Style and Stitch Pattern
The first step in designing your blanket is the easiest and most fun! Think through the style of blanket you want, and then choose a stitch pattern that fits. Do you want a thick, cozy blanket or a light, airy design? Do you want a patchwork, antique-looking blanket, or are you going for a more contemporary style?
Scroll through the stitches below to get inspired, and pick a stitch pattern that complements your style.
Step 2: Choose Yarn and Make a Gauge Swatch
After you’ve chosen your style and stitch pattern, it’s time to choose your yarn. The type of yarn will influence the texture, weight, and overall look of your blanket.
After you’ve selected the yarn, make a gauge swatch. This step will show you how the stitch pattern looks in your chosen yarn and help you calculate your starting stitch count.
Step 3: Choose Size and Calculate Stitch Count
Now comes a little bit of math. Decide how big you want your blanket to be, and calculate the stitch count. This is where your gauge swatch comes in handy!
To calculate your stitch count, first, calculate your stitch gauge. Divide the number of stitches in your gauge swatch by the width of the swatch in inches. This is your stitch gauge in “stitches per inch.” Then, multiply your stitch gauge (stitches per inch) by the desired blanket width in inches.
Working with Stitch Multiples
Some stitch patterns require that you start with a specific number or multiple of starting chain stitches.
For example, if a stitch pattern says it requires a “multiple of 4+3”, it means that the number of stitches in your starting chain must be a multiple of 4, plus 3 extra chains. (Make sure that you multiply by the first number (in this case 4), rather than the sum of these two numbers (7).)
Let’s say you’ve determined from your gauge swatch (10 stitches = 4 inches) that you need around 100 stitches for a 40-inch wide blanket. But, your chosen stitch pattern requires a “multiple of 4+3”.
Since your stitch count calculation isn’t a multiple of 4 +3, round up to the closest number. In this example, you’ll round up to 103.
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