Kara’s Quick-Knit Tip: The Versatile Blanket Stitch

The Blanket Stitch is a quick and easy way to create a decorative and rustic edge for a cuff, collar or a hem edge. It’s also a great way to dress up swatches and turn them into coasters. Simply thread some yarn onto your tapestry needle, and follow my simple steps:

Step 1: Working from left to right at the edge of your piece, bring the threaded needle to the front of the work and through the fabric as shown below.

Step 1

Step 2: In one movement, insert the needle 1/4 inch above and 1/8 inch to the right and back out even with the original point, making sure to loop the working yarn under the needle.

Step 2

Step 3: Pull the needle through, tightening the stitch created.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 evenly across the edge. The photo below shows the completed Blanket Stitch edge.

Completed Blanket Stitch edge.

You can also give this a try with scarps of fabric. Just make sure you have a sharp tapestry needle. I’m a bit of a hoarder of fabric scraps, so on one sunny weekend afternoon not too long ago, I set to work on these fun coasters.

What luck to have squares of fabric on hand for some fabulous new coasters!



I used a sharp and thin tapestry needle to cut through this heavy upholstery fabric.


I love how this stitch gives a whole new look to leftover fabrics. Play around with the spacing of the stitches for a more rustic appearance.


Just a few minutes is all you need and viola, some funky coasters! Find some bigger pieces and make color-coordinating placemats.

Have fun! and keep those comments coming! I’m just an email away at: editor@creativeknittingmagazine.com, or leave a comment on this post.


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