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One of the first projects many beginner crocheters start with is a blanket. This was also a project I started with when I dove back into crochet and what a blessing it was. And it’s easy to see why.
A blanket is a straightforward, rectangular-shaped project that requires no shaping, little counting, and can be a totally rewarding and relaxing experience. And of course, it can result is a great gift to someone you care about.
When you begin working on an idea for a blanket, you naturally ask: what stitch should I use? And especially, if you are a beginner crocheter or it’s your first blanket project, you are surely asking what is the best easy crochet stitch for a blanket you can use?
Here are 11 of my favorite stitches, many are basic beginner stitches (don’t let the abbreviations scare you). I have used (and loved!) all of these in my beginner-friendly blankets and I hope you will too!
SC Single Crochet stitch
SC Single Crochet stitch is the easiest, most basic stitch (after the chain) that you find in crochet.
For many of us, this is the first stitch we have ever learned. It’s also one of the easy crochet stitches for a blanket you can start with.
This stitch is nothing fancy but it does the job and it’s great to practice your craft on, get into the habit of even stitches, and practice your tension. I love single crochet stitch for the simplicity of it, clean lines, and relaxing, no-worry nature.
Just look at how adorable this single crochet blanket from Kristine in Between.
HDC Half Double Crochet stitch
HDC Half Double Crochet stitch is my all-time favorite.
Yes, it’s one of the basic stitches but I love how it works up and it gives you a nice solid crocheted fabric with enough drape and softness, but not too big of holes in it.
In fact, this stitch is so cute, I made a few blankets with it. Stripes on the Beach Blanket is one of my favorites and is made with half double crochet stitch.
HDC is really versatile and one of the best crochet stitches for a warm blanket since it keeps the fabric nice and dense.
This cozy and thick White Water Blanket is made using half double crochet stitch as well.
DC Double Crochet stitch
DC Double Crochet stitch is a classic.
It works up quickly – great quality for a stitch when you are crocheting a blanket!
DC stitch does create a fabric with bigger holes in it, but at the same time, it makes the blanket lighter and more breathable.
Double Crochet stitch is great because it has many varieties (some of them below!) and it lets you create different looks with basically the same stitch.
DC stitch is also one of the best crochet stitches for chunky blankets.
Shell DC Crochet stitch
Shell DC Crochet stitch is pretty awesome because it looks so fancy, but is totally easy to do!
Once you know how to do a DC stitch, you are ready for Shell DC. All it is 3 (or 4) DC stitches crocheted into the same stitch with spaces between them.
For example, if you decide to make 3-DC shell, you would need to leave 2 spaces between each group of DCs so the number of your stitches stays the same in each row.
Shell DC stitch looks great if you use it in every row or if you use it as an accent throughout the blanket with regular plain DC rows in between.
Once you get this fun stitch, you’ll want to use it all over the place!
Just look how cute 3 DC shell looks in the Ventura Crochet Afghan.
HDC BLO Half Double Crochet in Back Loop Only stitch
Another stitch with a fancy-looking abbreviation, but all it is a variation on an HDC stitch. If you know how to do a half double crochet stitch, you can take on HDC BLO.
BLO in this stitch means that you crochet into the back loop only.
When you look at any crochet stitch from the top, it looks like a V. That V is made up of front and back loops, and usually, you crochet under both of them at the same time.
In HDC BLO, you crochet under the back one only. It’s a slight change, but creates a really cool effect, like a horizontal ridge going across your blanket or texture that looks like knitting.
This crochet stitch is best for a blanket where you want to create a bit of texture and a visual interest or detail.
Pudget Sound Chunky Crochet Blanket uses a front-loop only variety of HDC, but the look is very similar.
TR Triple (Treble) Crochet stitch
TR Triple (Treble) Crochet stitch is a pretty tall stitch and is best crochet stitch for quick blanket.
It will create a lot of spaces, almost lace-lie effects in your throw, but if you need to crochet a blanket fast, TR stitch is a great one to go for.
If you feel like a treble stitch creates way too many holes, you can pair it up with a denser stitch for support.
This is exactly what I decided to do in Oregon Chunky Easy Afghan. It made blanket fabric stable and at the same time made it super fluffy.
SC2TOG Single Crochet Two Together stitch
You might wonder what is the best crochet stitch for a baby blanket?
Any of the stitches on this will do the job, but of course, those tiny finders would love to get stuck in the larger stitches.
If you want to have a blanket with a cute texture, but dense fabric, try SC2TOG Single Crochet Two Together stitch.
It’s a variation on the good ol’ SC single crochet stitches, where 2 SC stitches are joined together into one, creating small triangle-looking stitches.
Again, don’t get intimidated by a complex-looking name, it’s just an SC stitch reimagined.
It creates a really pretty texture in a blanket like in the Morro Bay Crochet Blanket here.
DC2TOG Double Crochet Two Together stitch
Just like SC2TOG, DC2TOG Double Crochet Two Together stitch is made out of 2 DC stitches joined together as one.
This stitch is a cousin of DC and if you know how to make that one, you can make DC2TOG.
It also creates a stitch that looks like a triangle, but since DC is a taller stitch, this look will be more pronounced and will look cooler.
You can use this crochet stitch for a lap blanket or for a large blanket, it will do a great job in either. It’s fun and will make you feel like a total pro!
HDC Cluster stitch
HDC Cluster stitch is another stitch you can learn with ease since it’s based on the regular HDC crochet stitch.
Since this stitch joins two HDC stitches together, you will need to pair it up with some chain stitches to keep the counts the same in each row, but it’s really easy to do.
You get a really neat looking stitch that reminds you of a star or a flower. Love it!
Use it across the whole blanket or as an accent – either way, this is a great crochet stitch for any throw or blanket.
Half Double Crochet Cluster made Seaside Daisy Chunky Throw look like it was made out of flowers!
BO Bobble Crochet stitch
Now we get to a bit of fancy stitch, but again, nothing that you can’t handle.
BO Bobble Crochet stitch is so cute and would make any blanket look adorable.
It makes a great detail along the ends of the blanket, but you can make the whole crochet blanket with it as well.
Bobble stitch is based on a DC stitch, so you are off to a good start here.
Depending on how chunky the yarn you are working with, you can choose using the fun stitch all throughout the blanket or intermingle it with the rows of other, more plain stitches to let the bobbles really stand out.
In the Pike Market Bobble Afghan, I pared up bobbles with the rows of simpler stitches.
Herringbone Double Crochet stitch
Herringbone Double Crochet stitch is another great crochet stitch for a baby blanket.
Herringbone is a variety of a DC stitch, but it’s crocheted in a slanted manner and because of that creates a fabric that is dense with smaller holes.
It’s another good crochet stitch for a blanket if you want to have an interesting texture.
The blanket you create with this stitch will also be really warm and cuddle, so you really can’t go wrong with the Herringbone Double Crochet stitch.
In the Presidio Chunky Lap Throw, herringbone double crochet is paired up with a color change and creates a whole ton of character.
And of course you can create a crochet blanket with different stitches, combining two or more stitches form the list above.
Often, to create visual interest, I pick two or three of the stitches and use each one for a row, rotating them in the same order.
You can also create a sampler blanket, where each row (or two or three) made with a different crochet stitch. This way you get to practice each, avoid getting bored doing the same thing over and over and, of course, totally impress all your friends!
What stitch is your favorite? If you want to see the variety of blanket created with just these stitches, check out the crocheted blanket section in my Etsy shop.
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