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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.
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 the Granny 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:
- Lion Brand Thick and Quick
- Bernat Blanket Yarn
- Red Heart Super Saver
- Lion Brand Mandala Ombre
- Brava Worsted
- Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran
- Lion Brand Baby Soft
Crochet Blanket Sizes: How Big Should Your Blanket Be?
What size should a blanket be? That depends on its intended use! Crocheted blankets can range all the way from 38″ x 38″ receiving blankets to 98″ x 110″ California kings.
Here are the most common sizes for crocheted blankets:
- Receiving blanket – 38″ x 38″
- Crib – 36” x 50”
- Small throw – 52″ x 60″
- Twin – 66″ x 90″
- Full – 80″ x 90″
- Queen – 90” x 90”
- King – 90″ x 108″
- California King – 98″ x 110″
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.
Explore More Crochet Tutorials
When you’re ready for more crochet stitch tutorials, be sure to check out these related articles:
- How to Crochet a Blanket + Free Pattern
- Free Crochet Ripple Baby Blanket Pattern
- 20 Unique Crochet Stitches for Your Next Project
- 25+ Free Crochet Blanket and Afghan Patterns
- 27+ Free Crochet Baby Blanket Patterns
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