This stitch is simple and easy, yet a beauty. It is called blanket stitch as traditionally, it is used to stitch the edges of blankets. It not only gives the blanket edges a nice look but also secures it. This stitch is now used in many other crafting projects as well. This is one of the most sought after stitches.
Blanket stitch is often confused with the buttonhole stitch. Or, rather, it should be said that blanket stitch and buttonhole stitch are often considered to be the same. While some extensive research would logically explain that they are not.
While both stitches are used to secure edges, buttonhole stitch is a sturdier stitch to secure edges of buttonholes. So, traditionally, tailors would use the buttonhole stitch to hand sew the edges of buttonholes.
Blanket stitch can be sewed from left to right or right to left. I prefer the left to right direction. I have illustrated this stitch between two horizontally parallel stitch lines.
|Fig 1: Bring the needle out through A. Take the needle in through B. Take it out through C, a point in the same stitch line as A. Loop the thread under the needle as shown.||Fig 2: Pull out the needle. Continue with this process till the end of the line.|
|Fig 3: A portion of the finished blanket stitch would reveal like this.||Fig 4: The blanket stitch can be given an interesting look by just altering the length of the vertical stitch as shown.|