the blanket stitch is very versatile, and there are a few variations that are easily achievable with a little practice. the blanket stitch can be done straight, crossed, whipped, closed, and worked long and short. it is a great stitch not just for edgings but also for creating either straight or curved borders.
this stitch is worked from left to right and if it helps, you can draw two parallel lines on the fabric to follow as a guide. first bring the needle up at 1, down at 2 and up at 3, making 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.
blanket stitch – single
blanket stitch – double
work this in exactly the same way as single blanket stitch, only this time work a row of blanket stitches from left to right and then turn the work upside down and stitch another row of blanket stitches. position the ‘teeth’ of the stitch between the ‘teeth’ of the first line as shown in the picture.
blanket stitch – whipped
as with the backstitch, you can whip the lower edge with a contrasting color 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.