PROJECT #007: 5 REASONS WHY THE BLOCK STITCH IS THE BEST (WITH FREE PATTERNS)

The title of this post was going to be something like, “Free Crochet Pattern for Southwestern Booties”, but while I was up at 1 am making said booties (hi, I’m Jessie and I’m a workaholic), I was also trying out a newΒ  type of stitch that I’ve never used before: the Block Stitch, also known as the Chocolate Box (thanks to this pin for the instant tutorial). I discovered that this stitch is in fact, the best stitch ever, and it needs more attention. Hence the actual title.

But don’t worry, you still get the free pattern for these easy Southwestern Style Booties, with instructions on how to make a cute tassel too!

FREE PATTERN: Crochet Booties with Tassel tutorial. Block stitch, Southwestern, South American, Mexican, Tribal, Aztec, Colourful, Tassel.

THE BLOCK STITCH…

There are about a million things to love about the Block Stitch, but I’ll just name my personal Top Five reasons


 

#1. It’s super easy to do and lies flat, looking so tidy with no effort.

Crochet chocolate box square (Block Stitch)

Chocolate Box square by A Conversation With Moo

Block stitch crochet blanket with link to free pattern

Block Stitch blanket by Petit FΓ©e. (Click to view the free patten)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

#2. No matter how you start a new row, it looks neat and you don’t see any obvious signs of where your row began, even when working in Rounds or changing colours.

FREE PATTERN: Crochet Booties with Tassel tutorial. Block Stitch, Southwestern, South American, Mexican, Tribal, Aztec, Colourful, Tassel.


 

#3. It has a similar effect to the Granny Square Stitch, but without the open gaps that the granny has. This means you can very easily work any loose ends in as you go because the high density of stitches hides those tails without a trace. That’s very good news for those of us who love using lots of colours but hate sewing in billions of threads at the end of a project.

Colourful granny stitch blanket. Free pattern. How to crochet a large suaqre so it lays flat.

Granny Stitch blanket by Katie’s Kitchen blog. Tutorial: crochet a large Granny Square so it stays flat

Colourful Block Stitch blanket. Link to free crochet pattern

Block Stitch blanket by Home Made At My Place. (Click to view the free pattern)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

#4. There’s something about having clusters of stitches together that is particularly pleasing to my eye, so any pattern with this feature is a winner in my books. For example, a Granny Stitched blanket with a Shell Stitched border is the ultimate classic combination in my opinion. The block stitch has little groups of 3 Double Crochets (Trebles) that are just so tidy.

colourful granny stitch blanket with shell stitch border

Granny Stitch blanket with a Shell Stitch border by Haak en Meer

Etsy listing: Multi colour crochet blanket. Granny square and shell stitch border

Granny Stitch blanket with Shell Stitch border by CrochetObjet on Etsy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

#5. You get a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to being creative with colour combinations…

 

Crochet block stitch aslo known as chocolate box stitch

Globetrotter Blanket by Home Made At My Place

Crochet block stitch aslo known as chocolate box stitch

Festiva blanket by Poppy And Bliss. Free Pattern.

Crochet block stitch aslo known as chocolate box stitch

Omas Deken (Grandmas Blanket) by Jellina Creations

Crochet block stitch aslo known as chocolate box stitch

Block Stitch by Hackovanie Crochet on Tumblr

Crochet block stitch aslo known as chocolate box stitch

By BeSenseless on Mingky Tinky Tiger + the Biddle Diddle Dee

Crochet block stitch aslo known as chocolate box stitch. Paid pattern.

Baby blanket pattern by LittleDoolally on Etsy

Crochet block stitch aslo known as chocolate box stitch

Chocolate Box square by Crochet Time

 

 


 

FREE PATTERN: Crochet Booties with Tassel tutorial. Block stitch, Southwestern, South American, Mexican, Tribal, Aztec, Colourful, Tassel.

I love crochet. It allows virtually endless creativity and I find it fun, challenging, satisfying – but rarely relaxing.

This bootie design turned out to be so simple and therapeutic even. The only other time I can remember doing a relaxing crochet project, was when I made blocks for a Babette blanket last year (that I have yet to finish). The block stitch gives this bootie pattern an easy flow and you hardly have to concentrate on what you’re doing.

FREE PATTERN: Crochet Booties with Tassel tutorial. Block stitch, Southwestern, South American, Mexican, Tribal, Aztec, Colourful, Tassel.

Are you feeling inspired yet? Get your pattern and go forth and Block Stitch!

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In the meantime, here’s that tassel tutorial in a neat collage for easy pinning and sharing. If you need more info, you’ll get the full instructions with your pattern.

FREE PATTERN: Crochet Booties with Tassel tutorial. Block stitch, Southwestern, South American, Mexican, Tribal, Aztec, Colourful, Tassel

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Alessandra
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Lovely post and thank you for liking my Globetrotter Blanket!!!! ;oD
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Patricia
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Wow, I am so inspired. Each photo had me going, “OMG that is gorgeous and I need to make it.” Thanks so much for sharing this collection of crochet eye candy πŸ™‚

Lisa
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Lisa

i love it!! i started to make these last night…but they are turning out huge! i am using regular worsted weight…i guess thats why???
Thank you for this pattern

LakeladyP
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LakeladyP

I am trying to find the pattern for the block stitch, but with no luck. I saw the link, and translated the page, but still did not find the pattern (although there was a description on using a smaller yarn for the little stitch). Any help with where I can find this pattern?

TLH
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TLH

I just wish I could get my tension that perfect.

Elisa
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Elisa

I love the booties! Thanks for the pattern! I’m trying to make them now. I read that there have to be 32 stitches at the end of row 1 of the sole. Do you also count the last stitch (the stitch directly under the loop on the needle)? Because I seem to have 33 stitches if I count that one also. (Hope you understand what I mean, I’m still learning πŸ™‚

Mataya
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I love every photo on this page! I think block stitch will be my next stash buster project. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

Brittany
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Brittany

Please help! I’ve redone the first row countless times and cannot get anymore than 30 stitches and that is counting the first 3 skipped chains as a DC. What am I missing? Ch3,3dc+10dc+3dc+10dc+3dc is only 30

Carolyn
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Carolyn

Love all these very beautiful. The baby boots are sweet