Gauge: Start by creating a gauge swatch. Crochet a small square using your chosen stitch pattern to determine how many stitches and rows you need to achieve the desired size. Measure the gauge and adjust your hook size if necessary.
Choose a stitch pattern: Select a stitch pattern that you like for your blanket. Popular stitch patterns for blankets include single crochet, double crochet, granny squares, ripple stitches, or a combination of different stitches.
Foundation chain: Start by chaining the number of stitches needed to achieve the desired width of your blanket. The exact number of chains will depend on your gauge and measurements.
Row 1: Starting in the second chain from the hook, work your chosen stitch pattern across. Turn your work.
Repeat Row 1: Continue repeating Row 1 until your blanket reaches the desired length. You can change colors to create stripes or use a single color throughout.
Finishing: Once you’ve reached the desired length, fasten off your yarn, leaving a long tail. Use the tail and a tapestry needle to weave in any loose ends.
Optionally, you can add a border to your blanket for a polished look. Choose a stitch pattern for the border and work it around the edges of the blanket. Common border stitches include single crochet, double crochet, or a combination of stitches.