Highway Stitch

highway crochet stitch for blankets

The Highway stitch is an easy crochet stitch for blankets. It combines front loop only and back loop only stitches for some added texture.

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What to make with the Highway Stitch

The highway crochet stitch is a simple, lightly textured stitch giving a horizontal line effect.

Both sides are different but beautiful. In addition, this stitch doesn’t make any holes which makes it a great crochet stitch for blankets.

It looks great in striped projects. A light color will help show off the stitch definition.

For example, I’ve used it in the Herfst Blanket’s white stripes.

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This easy crochet stitch is part of a fun stitch exploration. You can find all 30 stitches here.

Or grab the convenient PDF bundle with all stitch patterns here.

Sometimes it’s just easier to have a stitch dictionary on hand when you’re deciding on your next project rather than having to search online and remember where you saved that stitch you want to use.

Before you Start


  • 4 mm / US G – 6 hook.
  • Worsted weight yarn.
  • Tapestry needle to weave in the ends. I love this set as it has different eye sizes for different yarn thicknesses and it comes in a small tube which is very convenient so I don’t lose them.


The pattern is written for a 15cm by 15cm / 6” by 6” square.

You can easily adapt the size to your desired project size by adding or removing stitches, there is no multiple.


The gauge for this pattern, in stitch pattern, is 17 st by 13.5 rows for a 10 cm by 10 cm square (4” by 4”).

Confused on how to make or measure gauge? Check out my detailed post all about crochet gauge.

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This pattern uses US notations.

  • st = stitch
  • ch = chain
  • hdc = half double crochet


Work instructions between [] the indicated number of times or until the end of the row / round.

The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the row / round between < >.

The turning ch 1 doesn’t count as a stitch throughout the pattern except if mentioned otherwise.

The pattern is written in crochet shorthand.  For example:

  • “sc 1” means to single crochet in the next stitch,
  • “sc 2” means to single crochet in each of the next 2 stitches,
  • and “2 sc” means to single crochet twice in the next st.
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Special Stitches and Techniques

  • Back loop only: Work the stitch as you normally would but instead of working through both loops, only go through the back loop.
  • Front loop only: Work the stitch as you normally would but instead of working through both loops, only go through the front loop.

The Actual Highway Crochet Stitch Pattern

  • With your 4mm / US G- 6 hook ch 25 + 1,
    Row 1: hdc in 2nd ch from the hook, hdc across, turn. <25 st>easy crochet stitch pattern step 1

  • Row 2: Ch1, hdc front loop only across, turn.crochet stitch for blankets step 2

  • Row 3: Ch1, hdc back loop only across, turn.highway crochet stitch step 3

  • Row 4 – 19: Repeat Rows 2-3 8 times.highway crochet stitch for blankets step 4

  • Row 20: Ch 1, hdc front loop only across, turn.

  • Fasten off and weave in the ends.


You’re done with the crocheting part. Make sure to weave in all the ends.

To make your stitch pattern even prettier and help straighten your edges block your project lightly.

Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help.

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  • Kay Torrence
    June 10, 2020 at 4:47 am

    Love how the stitch looks in your blanket
    thank you