I recently shared with you nine easy, interesting crochet stitches that I’ve done video tutorials for in the past. As I was working on that post, I came across all of my old videos for my Crochet Stitch Sampler Baby Blanket. This blanket was originally a CAL, in fact, it was my first big CAL that included my own pattern and videos for each step of the way. It’s been years since the original crochet-along, but the sampler stitch blanket pattern still holds up. It includes the best nine crochet stitches, one per square, for making a unique, interesting, fun crochet baby blanket. So, I thought that I’d put all of those videos together for you here in one place.
How To Use These Videos
If you’re interested in making the crochet baby blanket, then you can work through each of the videos, making one square in each stitch pattern. That’s how I originally designed the CAL. The entire ad-free PDF is for sale on Ravelry.
However, you can also use these videos in other ways including:
- Learn one new stitch pattern per week to boost your crochet skills.
- Choose one crochet stitch pattern that you love. Make nine squares in just that stitch, in the same color or different colors, to create a blanket of your own design.
- Choose just a few of the crochet stitches to work with. Make a set of squares to stitch together into a long super scarf a baby blanket or even a larger blanket. Each square is 11″ x 11″ so keep that in mind when planning your project.
- Bookmark these videos so that you can come back to them when you’re looking for new crochet stitch ideas for any project.
The 9 Best Crochet Stitches For a Baby Blanket
I chose these as the nine best crochet stitches for a baby blanket because they are easy to make and yet they go beyond the basics of crochet. These aren’t just single crochet or double crochet squares. But with some basic crochet knowledge, you can master all of these stitch patterns.
There are so many different ways to create crochet ribbing. You can work in the back loop only, for example, or you can play with post stitches as we do in this pattern. Ribbing creates texture as well as stretch, so it’s great to learn different ways to crochet it. In this square, you’ll learn 1×1 double crochet ribbing, which is a terrific, easy, reversible crochet stitch pattern.
Basketweave crochet also uses front and back post stitches. The more you play with crochet, the more you’ll realize that you can do the same thing in different combinations to create totally different textures. Here you’ll stack fpdc on top of fpdc for five rows and bpdc on top of bpdc for those same rows. Then you’ll switch, working front into back and back into front posts. Then you’ll stack again. And you’ll get this great texture.
You can work stitches into the same stitch from the row below in a specific way to create crochet fans. There are crochet shells and fans of different heights and widths, so there’s a lot of room to vary them up. In this example, we work the fan tail crochet stitch. You’ll see that we add a chain stitch to turn a classic crochet shell into a fan in this stitch. It’s a lace stitch but it’s not tooooo openwork. And this is a great beginner stitch pattern.
Crochet bobbles are one of the best ways to add texture to a project. They’re also one of the best crochet stitches for baby blankets because babies love to grab on to that texture! You create the bobble stitch by working 5dctog. In this pattern, the bobbles are offset from row to row giving you great symmetry without an overly crowded design.
Look at this terrific dense crochet texture. One of the things that you’ll learn when working with this crochet stitch pattern is learning how to crochet into the side of a stitch. It’s tough to learn at first because you’re not used to it but the video tutorial should help clarify things. And the result is so interesting!
Use groups of single crochets and double crochets with the right spacing to get a beautiful lace crochet stitch pattern. You create a trellis design with wide fans. This is one of the best crochet stitches for baby blankets because it is open and lacy. This allows the blanket to breathe so that the baby doesn’t get too warm. And babies like to poke their little fingers and toes through those open holes. Of course, always be safe when sharing your crochet with babies!
This is such a fun stitch pattern that you can create if you know the basic crochet stitches. You work single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, and treble crochet in a pattern across each row to create long diamond shapes or waves. Then you change colors and work the opposite stitches into one another (singles into trebles, for example) to even out the rows and complete the wave design. So much fun.
This crochet stitch seems to go in and out of popularity but I think it’s always a great stitch to use in a project. Each “wheel” is created in two rows, a row of “peaks” and a row of “valleys.” By changing colors every two rows, you really showcase that wheel or starburst design.
There are so many different crochet granny squares that you can create. This is one of them, and you can use it for so many different types of projects. Check out my Blooming Granny Square Baby Blanket, too.
Crochet Stitch Sampler Baby Blanket Pattern
You can use the stitch tutorials above to learn all of the new stitches. However, if you want to create the blanket as designed, then you should get the crochet stitch sampler baby blanket pattern.