In these crochet tutorial blog posts you’ll find simple step-by-step guides to useful stitches and techniques, which you’ll use every time you pick up a hook. We’re starting with Blanket Stitch and working a Blanket Stitch edging.
A great way to finish garments as well as blankets – not just for crochet projects!
To work blanket stitch, all you need is some yarn (DK or lighter), a sharp darning needle and spare fabric to practise on. Prepare the fabric by placing masking tape near the edge (try a 1.5cm/½in gap) on right side. This will help keep your stitches even in height.
Thread yarn onto needle and knot the other end. Bring needle up to right side of fabric, at the masking tape edge, pull up to the knot. Push needle back into same hole and pull to form a small loop (3cm/1in). Pass needle through loop so yarn sits at edge of fabric.
*Now insert needle into right side of fabric at the masking tape edge, a short distance to the right or left (try 1.5cm/½in). Push needle to wrong side and beyond fabric edge. Catch the yarn loop you just made under the needle tip. Pull yarn gently to form stitch, but not too firmly or the fabric will pucker. Repeat from * around edge, keeping the stitches even in width. Fasten off.
BLANKET STITCH EDGING
1. Work a row of blanket stitch at the edge of your fabric, using DK yarn and a sharp darning needle. Use masking tape to help guide the height and width of your stitches.
2. The blanket stitches will have created a series of spaces that you can crochet into. Join your yarn into one of the spaces.
3. Work the turning chain for the stitches you want to work – we worked 1ch for double crochet. Now work dc stitches into each space, in the same way as you’d work into a chain space.
4. Work the number of dc stitches that looks right for each loop, making sure you don’t pucker the fabric. At the end of the row, fasten off or turn and work more rows of your edging pattern.