Railroad Stitch

railroad crochet stitch for blankets

The Railroad stitch is a great crochet stitch for blankets combining basic crochet stitches to form a lightly textured fabric without holes.

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What to make with the Railroad Stitch

This simple stitch is great for blankets. It doesn’t make holes in which your toes can get caught. Although you only get the straight lines effect on one side, both sides give a beautiful striped effect. Use it with one color or highlight the striping with different colors. It would also look great in a chunky winter cardigan or wrap.

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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. You don’t need to follow any multiple for this stitch pattern.


The gauge for this pattern is 18 st by 12 rows in stitch pattern 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
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • tr = treble 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, ch 3 don’t count as stitches 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

  • 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 Stitch Pattern

  • With your 4mm / US G- 6 hook ch 27 + 1,
    Row 1: In the 2nd ch from the hook sc, sc across, turn. < 27 st>

  • Row 2: Ch 3, tr across, turn.

  • Row 3: Ch 1, sc across, turn.railroad stitch crochet pattern step 1

  • Row 4: Ch 1, hdc in the back loop only, turn.crochet stitch for blankets step 2

  • Row 5: Ch 1, sc in the front loop only, turn.crochet stitch pattern for beginners step 3

  • Repeat Row 2-5 until you reach 15 cm / 6”. Finish on a Row 5.

  • 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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