Blanket Stitch the Variations

Blanket Stitch and its variations of which there are a few, for example it can be straight, crossed, whipped, closed and worked long and short. It is a great stitch not just for edgings but for creating borders either straight or curved.

To work a plain blanket stitch, begin working from left to right. If it helps you can draw two lines on the fabric to follow as a guide. First bring the needle up at 1, down at 2 and up at 3, make sure the thread is looped under the needle. Pull through. Repeat the next stitch to the right. Fasten down the last loop by making a small stitch along the lower line. 

Double Blanket Stitch
Worked in exactly the same way as single blanket stitch only this time work a row of blanket stitches from left to right then turn the work and work another row of blanket stitches. Position the 'teeth' of the stitch between the 'teeth' of the first line as shown in the picture.

Whipped Blanket Stitch
As with backstitch you can whip the lower edge with a contrasting colour thread. Start at the right side and bring your needle up through the fabric close to the first stitch and then pass the needle from top to bottom through each of the lower threads without going through the fabric.

Long and Short Blanket Stitch
Long and short blanket stitch is work in exactly the same way as before only this time you lengthen or shorten the stitch. You do this by working the stitches evenly as in the picture below.

Closed Blanket Stitch
To create a closed blanket stitch work from left to right and bring your needle up at 1, down at 2 and then back up again at 3. The thread should be beneath the needle, then pull through. Take your needle down again at 2 and up at 4 matching the diagonal slope of the first diagonal.

Crossed Blanket Stitch
To create the crossed blanket stitch you once again work from left to right. To create the first diagonal bring your needle up at 1 and then down at 2 then bring your needle up at 3 with the thread under the needle to work the second diagonal take your needle down at 4 and then up at 5 as shown in the photo. To create the next stitch take the needle down at 6 and bring it up at 7 next to the bottom of the second diagonal stitch.


  1. Thank you, Sarah. I really appreciate your postings of the different stitches.

  2. Thank you for your blanket stitch variations, but I was looking for one in particular. The Blanket stitch with a picot between each one. Do you have any idea how to do this stitch? Incidently, your pictures are so easy to follow - good for beginners and experienced embroiders alike!!!

  3. Thank you both, Flo I know the stitch you mean but the one I do is buttonhole stitch with picot! I will try and produce a tutorial for you.


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