If you’re starting out with crochet and want to make something simple, a blanket is a great way to go. Crocheting a blanket isn’t difficult and will allow you to practice basic techniques. Whether this will be your first project or you’ve already completed a few basic projects, here’s everything you need to know about crocheting a blanket for beginners.
One of the great things about crocheting a blanket is that it doesn’t require a lot of supplies. The materials you’ll need include the following:
Any type of yarn works, but acrylic is ideal for beginners. It is easy to work with and less prone to breakage than other types. It’s also one of the least costly options. You’ll need to purchase enough yardage for your project, plus about 20% extra for mistakes. If you plan to add a border, you’ll also need extra yarn for that.
This is the tool you’ll use to make stitches while crocheting. Hooks come in various sizes. We’ll discuss choosing the right one for your project later in this article.
When you finish the project, you’ll need scissors to cut your yarn. If using more than one color for your blanket, you’ll also need to cut the yarn between colors.
You will need a tapestry needle to weave in yarn tails after finishing a project. You’ll have a yarn tail at the end of your blanket, plus tails anywhere you change colors or add another skein of yarn. In more complex patterns, tapestry needles are handy for adding embellishments and stitching pieces together.
When first learning how to crochet a blanket, choosing the right yarn is important. Most patterns indicate what type of yarn to use, but knowing how to select yarn yourself allows for greater flexibility.
Yarn comes in many different weights and textures, with the weight referring to how thick it is. Each weight has a number ranging from 0 to 7, with 0 being the thinnest.
Lace weight yarn is the finest and lightest of all weights. Often used for delicate projects, it creates intricate and lacy designs. When crocheting a blanket with lace-weight yarn, you can hold multiple strands and crochet them together for an elegant, detailed look.
Also known as fingering or sock weight yarn, super fine yarn is slightly thicker than lace weight. It produces lightweight and dainty blankets that are perfect for babies or those seeking a more lightweight and breathable option. Fingering weight yarn is also great for creating detailed stitch work and patterns.
Also known as sport weight, fine yarn is a versatile choice for crocheting blankets. It falls between fingering and DK (double knitting) weight and creates a slightly thicker and more substantial fabric. This weight balances warmth and drape, making it ideal for a vast range of projects.
Light yarn is also called double knit or DK yarn. It creates a drapey fabric that works up quickly and provides more warmth than lighter yarns.
Medium-weight yarn is referred to as worsted or aran-weight yarn and is one of the most popular choices for crocheting blankets. It offers a nice balance between being thick enough to create a cozy blanket and not too heavy.
Worsted weight blankets are warm, durable, and work up relatively quickly, making them ideal for both beginners and experienced crocheters. This yarn is also suitable for accessories and garments.
Bulky weight yarn is perfect for those who want a quick and chunky crochet blanket. It works up rapidly due to its thickness and creates a thick, plush fabric that provides excellent warmth and coziness.
If you want to create a statement piece or finish a blanket in record time, super bulky weight yarn is your go-to option. It’s the thickest yarn weight available, allowing you to crochet an incredibly soft, warm, and inviting blanket. Due to its thickness, it can create beautifully textured stitches.
The heaviest weight, jumbo yarn is super thick and used for large-stitch projects like arm crochet or knitting. It works up quickly but is challenging to work with due to its bulkiness and weight.
Yarn is also made from a wide range of materials. Acrylic yarn is ideal for beginners because it is affordable, widely available, and easy to work with. It is also water-resistant and machine-washable, making it an excellent choice for blankets. Cotton is another good option because it holds its shape well after washing.
Regular wool yarn is a popular choice, as well. However, some wool yarns are too scratchy to make comfortable blankets. I recommend feeling the yarn beforehand if you’d like to crochet a wool blanket. And, of course, wool shrinks when exposed to warm water or high temperatures, making wool less than ideal for baby blankets and afghans you plan to use frequently.
To make something a bit more luxurious, try alpaca or angora yarn. It’s super cozy but remember it may shrink or unravel in your washing machine or dryer.
Crochet hooks come in several sizes, from very small to very large and are made from several materials, including metal, plastic, and wood. Metal hooks tend to be more expensive than plastic ones as they are stronger, but they also weigh more and may cause hand fatigue if used for long periods of time (such as when making an afghan).
Plastic is lighter but won’t last as long as metal or wood because it’s less durable. Many crocheters like wood or bamboo hooks because they are lightweight and easy to use.
The hook size you need for a particular project depends on what you make, how tightly you crochet, and what type of yarn you use. Smaller hooks work well for small projects, but larger ones are usually better for blankets. Yarn labels list recommended crochet hook sizes to help you find a suitable option.
I recommend starting with one or two basic stitches as a beginner. Once you get more comfortable with them and gain confidence, you can try more advanced patterns and techniques.
Keep in mind that “basic” doesn’t have to mean “boring.” You can make all sorts of lovely crochets with just a few simple stitches. Feel free to do your entire first blanket in single crochet, or try a simple – yet more detailed – option like blanket stitch, which only requires single and double crochet stitches.
When you use a pattern, it will tell you what stitches to use. If the stitches appear complicated and you’re still mastering the basics, feel free to find a simpler pattern. Your first blanket should be fun – not frustrating!
If you’re looking for easy crochet blanket patterns, you will find plenty out there. Some of the best places to find crochet blanket patterns for beginners include:
You can also find blanket patterns by searching for “beginner crochet blanket pattern” or “easy crochet blanket pattern” on Google. If you’re specifically looking for free patterns, add that to your search query.
Here are a few free and easy crochet blanket patterns to try:
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Not ready to tackle working from a pattern yet? No problem! You can crochet a blanket using basic stitches like single, half double, and double crochet. Here’s how to get started:
Crocheting a blanket is a rewarding and fulfilling journey for beginners. With the right tools, materials, and a willingness to learn, you can create a cozy masterpiece to cherish for years. Remember to start with simple stitches and gradually challenge yourself as you gain confidence. Embrace the process, enjoy the rhythmic motions of your hook, and let your creativity shine. Happy crocheting!
How did crocheting your first blanket go? Which basic stitch is your favorite? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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