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Updated April 30, 2024

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The block stitch is a modern and fun stitch pattern that adds a beautiful graphic twist to your work, while allowing you to experiment with colour. This stitch is so much easier than it looks. Using just beginner stitches, this pattern is suitable for all skill levels and can be customised to fit any sort of project you fancy making.

Block Stitch
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Block Stitch



  • Written in UK terms
  • This pattern gives you the basic principles for the Block Stitch, designed to help you create your own projects. You can adapt this pattern to your liking.
  • The video tutorial can be found at the base of the post.

CROCHET TERMS and abbreviations

Chain (ch): Yarn over, pull through one loop on hook

Double Crochet (dc): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through two loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops.

Treble Crochet (tc): Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through (3 loops on hook), (yarn over, pull through 2 loops) twice.

Stitch(es) (st(s))

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Block Stitch


Foundation chain: Ch in multiples of 3 plus 2 ch at the end.  (Ch multiple of 3 +2)  Don’t make your chain too tightly.

Row 1: Tc in fifth ch from hook (skipped ch count as st), tc in each ch across.  At the end you should have 1 less stitch than the original ch number.  My chain was 18 +2 and I now have 17 tc.

Pull up the working loop and remove your hook.  If you have a stitch marker, add it to the loop so you don’t lose it.

Row 2: Do not turn your work. Join alternate colour to turning ch at beginning of previous row.  Ch 1 (counts as dc here and throughout), *ch 2, sk 3 tc, work dc in next st; repeat from * across working last st into last space before final st.  Cut and tie off your yarn by pulling it through the loop.

Row 3: Remove stitch marker (if using) from loop of first colour.  Insert hook in loop of first colour, ch 3 (counts as a tc), turn work, work 3 tc into each ch-2 space across, tc into top of chain from row 1. Raise your loop, remove hook and add stitch marker if using.

Row 4: Using alternate color, repeat row 2.

Row 5: Insert hook in main color and repeat row 3.

Repeat pattern from Rows 4-5 to desired length.  Weave in ends.


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  • Keza
    February 5, 2021 at 4:36 am

    Love this one going to give it a try for my lap rug. Thank you love your videos and wish they were around 60 years ago when I first started to crochet!

    • BellaCocoTeam
      February 5, 2021 at 6:05 pm

      You are very welcome 🙂

  • Sarah
    September 30, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    Do you know if this pattern can be decreased? Thanks! Love the tutorial so far

    • BellaCocoTeam
      October 3, 2021 at 4:25 pm

      Hi Sarah I’m glad you like the tutorial To decrease crochet you need to work two or more stitches together; with block stitch this can make the pattern look a bit uneven as you will end up with part blocks at either end where you decrease.

    • stacy stutz
      April 29, 2024 at 8:32 pm

      I’m a bit late in the game for this, but I have figured out a way to decrease this stitch that comes out reasonably well. Using US terms. At the start and end of the DC row, do 1dc instead of 2. At the start and end of the sc row, start as normal with sc ch1 but skip the three dc below and then sc. Your chain may need to be a bit on the lose side so it doesn’t pull it up too much. I tried a ch2, but it was too big a gap. That said, the project I am working on calls for 2dc, not 3dc so ch2 may be called for if you are doing 3dc.

  • Patti
    February 6, 2023 at 4:16 pm

    This looks lovely (and quick and easy for me as a ‘next steps’ beginner) for a baby blanket. Clean lines, unfussy with pops of colour – just my style! Thank you xx

    • BellaCocoTeam
      February 9, 2023 at 2:53 pm

      You are very welcome 🙂

  • Janet
    July 28, 2023 at 2:28 am

    Love this pattern! For a lap size blanket, how many balls of the main colour do you need?

    • BellaCocoTeam
      August 23, 2023 at 1:50 pm

      Hi Janet, this is a really difficult question to answer as this would really depend on your hook size, personal tension and what size you are doing. If you do a swatch you should be able to work it out from there 🙂


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