I love learning new stitches with fun textures! When those stitches work up quick it is an added bonus. I know I am not the only one. Earlier this year I released a section of a CAL and everyone kept talking about how much they LOVE the stitch. I immediately knew I had to share the block stitch with everyone.
This specific block stitch has so many names that I am just calling it the Rock the Block Blanket. You will also hear it called the grid stitch, boucan stitch, leaping stripes and many more… but essentially, it is one of many different types of block stitch.
Today I am going to share with you how to work up this fun stitch and give you the pattern to work up this fun blanket in any size you want! I will also show you how to get over 6 different looks with this simple stitch pattern. So make sure you stay with me to the end.
Another HUGE advantage of working this block stitch is that the edges of the blanket are left clean. There is NO need to work an edge, WaHOO!!! I can hear you all shouting with JOY right now!
One Block Stitch / 6 Different Looks
Now this is my favorite part. Check out all the different looks you can achieve by working the block stitch. As you see all these versions, just start imagining the colors and patterns you can create as you make your Rock the Block Blanket.
First you need to decide what size of blanket you would like to make and make a note of the width and length. Here is a good visual for blanket sizes I found online (unfortunately I don’t know who the image belongs to so I cannot give proper credit).
What Pattern or How many Colors?
Yep, you have to pick one of them. I know it can be difficult but decide if you want to use one color, 2 colors or more. Then decide if you want to make your blanket with a specific pattern (1 row repeats, 2 row repeats, random, etc.), see the images earlier in this post to help you decide or watch this tutorial to see each one is worked.
Begin your Project:
Crochet a foundation row in multiples of 4 sc until the desired width is reached.
R1: Ch 1, sc in next 3 sts, [ch 2, skip next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts], repeat  until 5 sts remain, ch 2, skip next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts, turn
R2: Ch 4 (counts as hdc + ch 2), skip next 3 sts, [dc in next 2 skipped sts from 2 rows prior, ch 2, skip next 2 sts], repeat  to last st, hdc in last st, turn Note: Dc in this and following rows will be worked around/over the chain sp of the prior row, ch sp will be covered by the dc.
R3: Ch 2 (counts as a hdc), dc in next 2 skipped sts from 2 rows prior, [ch 2, skip next 2 sts, dc in next 2 skipped sts from 2 rows prior], repeat  to last st, hdc in 2nd ch of beg ch, turn
Repeat R2 & R3 until desired length is reached
Final Row: Ch 1, sc in next 3 sts, [dc in next 2 skipped sts from 2 rows prior, sc in next 2 sts of current row], repeat  to last st, sc in last st, fasten off and weave in all ends
I hope you love crocheting the Rock the Block Blanket as much as I did. In case you wanted to know how I worked the sample blanket up, below are my specific notes. I made this blanket as a stash buster, using up some of the yarn in my closet. I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn the a Crochet Hook I.
Begin with C1 (Light Grey) Complete R1-R15
Switch to C2 (Aruba) Complete R16-R32
Switch to C3 (Turqua) Complete R33-R35
Switch to C4 (Orchid) Complete R36-R38
Switch to C5 (Aran) Complete R39-R49
Switch to C4 (Orchid) Complete R50-R52
Switch to C6 (Amethyst) Complete R53-R65
Switch to C3 (Turqua) Complete R66-R68
Switch to C4 (Orchid) Complete R69-R73
Switch to C1 (Light Grey) Complete R74-R90
Switch to C3 (Turqua) Complete R91-R93
Switch to C2 (Aruba) Complete R94-R108
Switch to C4 (Orchid) Complete R109-R111
Switch to C3 (Turqua) Complete R112-R114
Switch to C5 (Aran) Complete R115-R128
Switch to C6 (Amethyst) Complete R129-R139
Switch to C1 (Light Grey) Complete R140-R156 + Final Row
And that sums it all up! If you give this pattern a try, please share your final project on Sweet Potato 3’s facebook page so everyone can see how beautiful it really is.