Bold Stripe Blanket Pattern
Make a chain a little bit longer than what you want your final blanket width measurement to be – the Moss Stitch shrinks up as it is worked. Your pattern stitch is a multiple of 2 only, so if you have 1 extra chain, you can either ignore it and weave the tail – it will not be noticeable – or you can unpick the knot and re-tie, then weave the tail. I just chain without counting, because if that’s not freedom, I don’t know what is! 😉
Once you have your beginning chain, single crochet in the third chain from the hook. To further help a flared beginning edge, you will not work the single crochet where you normally work it. You will be working your single crochet by inserting the hook directly above the bottom leg of the loop. In other words, you will only be leaving the lower-most edge of the chain exposed. It’s a bit slower to get in that spot all the way across the chain, but it looks very polished, and you may not be edging the blanket, so it’s important that the raw edges look professional.
Working across your starting chain, work (single crochet, chain 1, skip 1 chain) repeat across, ending on a single crochet. We’ve already discussed what to do if you have 1 chain left over. Chain 2, pull second chain tight to reduce the turning chain height, and turn.
Work (single crochet, chain 1) across, placing the single crochets in all of the chain 1 spaces and skipping over the single crochets. End by placing a single crochet in the turning chain. Chain 2, pull second chain tight, and turn work. Repeat this row until your blanket reaches desired length. This makes for a very stretchy blanket!
I always work the blanket with two worsted strands held together and a size 10mm hook, because I think this simple stitch looks so much richer with the added texture of two strands.
I sometimes work a border around the blanket by working 3 single crochets in all four corners and a single crochet in all stitches around. I have even worked a (single crochet, chain 1, skip stitch) border to keep the pattern – it’s very pretty!
There are two color options that I choose from when I make this blanket. A: Work 11 stripes – 5 in bold colors and 6 in grey. I love this! B: Using the Random Stripe Generator (link in sidebar) I plan out my blanket. Both are wonderful.
Have fun! Let me know if you have questions. I know the stitch is simple, but when I share my Bold Stripe blankets, I always get asked about the stitch. The secret is in the double-stranded construction, the carefully placed foundation row, and the subtle overall texture.
Enjoy some pics, or check out all of my Bold Stripe Blankets here!
27 thoughts on “Bold Stripe Blanket Pattern”
I’d so Love to see this in a video! Do you have a YouTube?
I don’t make YouTube videos at this time, but if you search “crochet moss stitch,” “woven stitch,” or “linen stitch” you should find more info! 🙂 Thank you!
I saw someone use this stitch, though they called it ‘linen stitch’ and thought it was really lovely. I think your one with the two strands looks even better. Makes a lovely blanket.
Yes, I’ve seen it called “Crochet Moss Stitch” “Linen Stitch” or “Woven Stitch” – so easy and pretty! 🙂
Do you make every Blanket or Afghan with two strangs of yarn? And what kind of yarn do you use (for what needle size normaly?)
Some stitches I think look better with two strands for the texture. I probably make about half of my blankets with two strands. I use either a 9mm or a 10mm depending on the stitch, and for one strand, I use a 6.5mm. 🙂
Thanks for your quick answer! Your Afghans and blanket are just beautiful!!!
I want the gum ball pattern your working on right now, I just love it… Also the blue one you did with mostly white squares and the pattern of a diamond in the middle of the blanket is amazing
That one was actually Heather from The Patchwork Heart UK – I know I crochet, but I couldn’t resist buying a blanket from her – haha! I know it’s not my work but I just had to share it 🙂
I made this blanket with two strands and it turned out super thick, chunky, warm and HEAVY. I used Vanna’s Choice Medium No.4 100% Acrylic Yarn. Guess should’ve used either a thinner yarn or single strand.
Yes that yarn is VERY thick. I would call it Aran weight – a bit thicker than worsted. I recommend a DK or a light worsted.. Good for cold weather on a baby blankie! 😉
Hey thanks…would you recommend to undo this blanket though? This was meant to be a gift! It looks great, feels warm just that its very heavy..!!
Hi, I was wondering how many rows of each you would suggest for the stripe? I’m using double stranded yarn. 🙂 Amazing work!!!!! You’re my crochet blanket hero.
Hello! 🙂 I like 10 rows per stripe when I’m using two strands worsted.
Thank you and good luck!
I’m so excited to see your directions for this beautiful blanket! I can understand them easily…..I’m new to crocheting. Could you please tell me how you add your new yarn color? Thanks so very much~Connie:)
My methods have evolved from a wonderful YouTuber named BethinTX1. You’ll find great instruction on changing color on her YT channel! 🙂
Thanks so much! Her videos got me started! 🙂 blessings!
Hi, I’m new to crocheting and was wondering about how much yarn you use for each blanket? I live in a small town with my only source for yarn being a badly stocked walmart lol. I want to make sure I order the correct amount. Thanks in advance 🙂
I would say I use about 25-30 ounces of worsted weight for a 32×42″ blanket – hope that helps some! 🙂 Happy crafting!
Not sure if I am doing something wrong, but I can’t get this pattern to come out right. I’m making a couch blanket for a friend of mine, and the sides don’t line up when you fold the blanket. Also, I don’t understand what you mean when you explain only showing the bottom half of thr stitch when you crochet. Someone please help! 🙂