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Millstone Stitch Ideas

Whether you are looking for a fun stitch to use in a baby blanket, or a new technique to play with, millstone stitch is the right choice. I love stitches that create unusual patterns, and today’s hero has it all – versatility, playfulness and unique look.

To be frank, the name “millstone stitch” remains a mystery to me, because this stitch looks like it has nothing to do with actual millstones. These stones, paired up and used to grind grains, had beautiful geometric patterns carved out on the surface.

This stitch looks a lot like brick and mortar, though, but without the sharp edges. Instead, it uses different heights of stitches to create subtle wavy flow.

If you are wondering how millstone stitch looks like, take a peek below, where I present a couple of examples. Intrigued? I thought so. Let’s find out how it’s done!

Millstone Stitch Ideas

brick and mortar

Millstone stitch requires two or more colors to be properly visible. One of the colors serves as “bricks” and other as “mortar”, but, of course, you can change up the colors for each row, however you like. I don’t recommend doing it all in one color only, because the pattern will become invisible.

This stitch is perfect for baby blankets, because it creates dense, but stretchy knitwear. It’s a great choice for scrap blankets, as well as garments and accessories.

How do I start?

To make your own millstone stitch design, you can use any type of yarn and corresponding hook you want. Choose at least two colors – complimentary or contrasting, however you like it best.
If it’s your first time crocheting this stitch, I would recommend going for contrasting colors, so that you can see exactly how the rows are made. Just be sure that both of your yarns are the same weight.
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Below you can see simplified process of making millstone stitch. It’s worked in blue and purple, so that you can see clearly what is what. The author of this fantastic tutorial is Emma of Potter and Bloom, known for her amazing patterns, video tutorials and podcast! You can find her website linked below, so be sure to check it out.

Millstone Stitch Crochet Tutorial

  • stills from YouTube video by Potter and Bloom – source
Millstone stitch is worked in rows, and you start with color A, which will be your “mortar”. Make a slip knot and a foundation chain of multiples of 10 + 2. First row consists of single crochet stitches, just to give a nice base for your second color.
“Bricks” made with color B, are actually two rows, so the repetition goes like this – two rows for “bricks”, one row for “mortar”. To achieve nice wavy look, we must combine single crochet stitches, half double crochet, and double crochet in a repeating pattern.

Learn more here…

I highly recommend you seeing the full video by Potter and Bloom on her YouTube channel here, or checking out written pattern here. Be sure to visit potterandbloom.com for free patterns, tutorials and a fantastic podcast!

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My favorite part – explorations! I’ve gathered a lot of examples of millstone stitch from the most talented crocheters to show you how versatile this technique can be. Let’s see which color schemes fit the best with this pattern and what can do to achieve the look we want.

Read carefully for free crochet patterns and tutorials.

Sea Vibes

This part is all about the blues – navy, sky blue, green, mint, and so on. These colors are proven perfect for modern nurseries, because they are gender-neutral and work great with minimalist interiors. If you are looking for subdued, elegant color scheme, look at the examples below!

Bertie Blanket Version by Little Duck Crochet

Hues of blue work very well with sand tones, such as light grey and beige, and crocheter behind Little Duck Crochet knows that! Her version of Bertie blanket is timeless and unisex, because it will fit right into any kind of nursery or bedroom. Take a look below at this lovely combination of colors.

blue and brown blanket

This, as well as the other blankets you will see below, are based on Bertie Baby Blanket by Little Doolally, which is a paid pattern. If you want to try free crochet pattern first, try Blue Waves Blanket by Yarnspirations Design Studio.

Bertie Baby Blanket Version by Andrea (alsommer)

There’s no rule to what color the “mortar” part should be, but many crocheters choose white. It’s no surprise, because it looks great with most colors, and so it is in this case, too. Andrea chose blues and greens of different shades, which you can see in the photos below.

green and blue millstone stitch blanket

This, as well as the other blankets you will see below, are based on Bertie Baby Blanket by Little Doolally, which is a paid pattern. If you want to try something for free first, follow video tutorial or written pattern for millstone stitch by Potter and Bloom, that I’ve linked in the first part of the article.

Bertie Baby Blanket Version by Linda Robertus

The deeper you dive, the darker it gets! That’s why this fantastic color scheme reaches for the coolest and darkest purples and navy blues. When you arrange them in a beautiful, logical color flow, it becomes mesmerizing. Take a peek at this version by Linda, presented below. She sure knows how to combine colors.

cool tones millstone stitch blanket

  • photos by Linda Robertus on Ravelry

This blanket was based on paid pattern for Bertie Baby Blanket by Little Doolally. However, if you want to try out free pattern first, check out Afghan #3663 by Bernat Design Studio.

Mosaic Baby Blanket by Stephanie Rose

If sea colors are too cool for you, why not introduce a warmer detail? As you can see in the picture below, Stephanie decided to compliment her cool sapphire greens with a hint of red and orange. It works great, right?

colorful millstone stitch blanket

  • photos by Stephanie Rose on Ravelry

Bertie Baby Blanket by Little Doolally is a paid pattern, which Stephanie used to make her version. Check out Streamwave Throw by Kim Guzman if you are looking for a free crochet pattern with similar design.

Earthy Tones

Just like in a process of evolution, let’s leave the sea and put our feet on the solid ground. These color palettes will bring you back to nature – reddish dusty tones, mossy greens and warm yellows. Are you into it? Let’s see how they did it!

Millstone Stitch Baby Blanket by annemin.ilmekleri

This is one of the most elegant versions of Bertie Blanket I’ve seen, and that’s because the color palette is on point! Rich gold, grey and cream work very well together, especially with wide simple border with golden trim. As you can see below, this blanket would fit perfectly into any sophisticated interior.

brown and white blanket

This, as well as the other blankets you will see below, are based on Bertie Baby Blanket by Little Doolally, which is a paid pattern. At the Shore Baby Blanket by Marie Segares is an easy and free crochet pattern with similar stitch.

Bertie Baby Blanket Version by Mummys Crochet Boutique

This delicate palette is soft and down to earth, gender-neutral and just perfect for a nursery. Warm tones play very well with white, looking a lot like real bricks! Mummys Crochet Boutique is a seasoned blanket maker, and the beauty you can see below is another example of her exquisite crocheting skills.

orange millstone stitch blanket

Just like previous projects, this blanket was also based on Bertie Blanket, which can be found here. If you like millstone stitch, you may be interested in this free crochet pattern for Moorland Blanket by Lucy of Attic24. The technique is a little bit different, but it creates similar wavy flow.

Bertie Baby Blanket Version by Rachel Munnelly

Browns, reds and yellows work well together, especially if you want to create a baby blanket or a throw that will be timeless. Rachel chose rich colors, which you can see in the pictures below. Don’t they look great? Go for similar palette if you like this effect.

warm tones millstone stitch blanket

  • photos by RachelNursted on Ravelry

Here you will find paid pattern on which this blanket is based. To make similar one for free, use tutorials and and written patterns linked earlier in the article.

Bertie Baby Blanket Version by Danielle (danielleknitl)

The blanket you see below is made by Danielle, who knows that different colors can go perfectly well together, as long as they are similar shade. These hues are very different – we can see blues, yellows, reds and pinks, but all of them are subdued, dusty. That makes them go so well together.

colorful millstone stitch blanket

  • photos by danielleknitl on Ravelry

Based on this crochet pattern – purchase here. Not a fan of “mortar” part? Go for something else, such as this free crochet pattern for Wavy Blanket by Stephanie Gage.

Colorful Stories

Need a little bit of inspiration for a full-fledged baby blanket? These colorful designs will show you how to design one from scraps of yarn!

Bertie Baby Blanket by Little Doolally

The original Bertie Blanket is colorful and bold! As you can see below, white background is a perfect canvas for such big amount of colors, and Little Doolally certainly knows how to mix them. If you have a lot of leftover yarn ends or some mini-skeins laying around, be sure to use them in this design!

colorful millstone stitch blanket

  • photos by Little Doolally on Ravelry

You can find this crochet pattern here.

Bertie Baby Blanket Version by Kerryandtheboys

Do you have Lego fans at home? If so, this blanket will be right up their alley! One would think that bright prime colors, such as blue, red and yellow will clash, but Kerry proves that it’s not the case! Just look at the blanket in the photo and see how well it works together.

rainbow millstone stitch blanket

Based on this crochet pattern here. Like millstone stitch, but want to make something else than blanket? Check out this free pattern for Woolly Waves Sweater by Anna Erlandsson.

Playing with Rainbow

When in doubt, go for rainbow! That’s my motto. You can’t go wrong with this color scheme!

Millstone Stitch Baby Blanket by The Wiggly Stick

Rainbow bricks and rainbow edging? Isn’t it too much? When I look below at the beautiful blanket by The Wiggly Stick, I think it’s just right. Using off-white for “mortar” part is a great choice, because you don’t need more contrasts with this amount of colors.

rainbow millstone stitch blanket

To make a similar blanket, try out free tutorials and patterns linked at the beginning of this article.

Bertie Baby Blanket Version by Milly’s Makes

Milly decided to let the colors speak for themselves and chose grey to go with them. It’s a great choice, as you can see in the top photo below. Four colors are enough to make a lovely blanket, too – just look at the bottom one!

colorful millstone stitch blanket

Crochet pattern for Bertie Blanket can be purchased here. You may be interested in a similar design called Scrumptious Scraps Afghan by Dot Matthews, which is available for free. The pattern is a little more elongated, but still very interesting.

Bertie Baby Blanket Version by Monkey Travel Club

Another colorful design in our round-up is sweet as candy. This color scheme will make every girl happy, I’m sure! Dense blanket like this will be a fantastic baby shower gift. Take a look below to see how Monkey Travel Club arranged colors in this project.

rainbow millstone stitch blanket

  • photos by MonkeyTravelClub on Ravelry

Based on this crochet pattern – here.

Romantic Color Palettes

Looking for something more girly and romantic? I get it. Whether you need a palette for baby girl or your own beloved mother, I’ve got you covered. Just take a look at these examples!

Millstone Stitch Blanket by battaniyehane

Pinks and whites, whites and pinks – always a good combination! Crocheter behind Battaniyehane decided to use three hues of girly color and a simple white for the border and “mortar” part. What do you think of this palette?

pink baby blanket

This, as well as the other blankets you will see below, are based on Bertie Baby Blanket by Little Doolally, which is a paid pattern. To make similar project, use free crochet pattern for Crochet Rolling Waves Stitch by Crafting Happiness.

Millstone Stitch Blanket by gulay_degirmenci

Going for a monochrome palette is a great idea, especially if you want to achieve delicate color changes from row to row. In the project you see in the photo, dark pink breaks the monotony of lilacs, creating a surprising effect. Isn’t it a great idea?

shades of pink blanket

This, as well as the other blankets you will see below, are based on Bertie Baby Blanket by Little Doolally, which is a paid pattern.

Girlie Bertie Version by Erika Pisciotta

Lilacs come in many shades – some are more pink, other more blue. Erika took an inspiration in all of them and created this lovely version you can see below. Isn’t it stunning? Elegant color palette like this one will be suitable for any important woman in your life.

violet millstone stitch blanket

You can find this crochet pattern here. Similar color scheme was used in a free crochet pattern for Rolling Waves Blanket by Nicole Riley. It’s a different design, but you may want to take a look!

Bertie Baby Blanket Version by Kezza (thiskezza)

For an ultimate baby girl combo, choose romantic staple – pale pink, white and grey. This combination of colors works every time, simply because it’s timeless. Kezza used beautiful lacy border, which you can see in the photos below. Isn’t it the cutest?

pink and green millstone stitch blanket

Based on this pattern. Make your own version by following free crochet tutorials and patterns for millstone stitch. I linked them earlier in this article.

Playing with Background Colors

Most of the examples used white for the “mortar” part, but there’s no rule to which color should be where! You can use dark hues as background and get fantastic results. See for yourself!

Bertie Blanket Version by Catherine Crochets

Colors of the earth play so well together! Below you can see Catherine’s version of Bertie blanket, which use the most beautiful earthy palette – full of rich yellows, browns, blues and violets. All of these colors are tied together by dark grey “mortar”, which makes them look moody and elegant.

earthy tones blanket

This, as well as the other blankets you will see below, are based on Bertie Baby Blanket by Little Doolally, which is a paid pattern.

Modern Millstone Stitch Blanket by Helen of emkatcrochet

Helen chose the simplest color combination – black and white. Or, black and off-white, to be exact, because this light hue is natural and organic. Thick yarn looks perfect in this wavy design, creating dense and interesting structure. As you can see in the photo, this stitch looks more like a wave, but it’s made very similarly to classic millstone stitch.

black and white eave stitch blanket

Bertie Baby Blanket Version by Catarina Gonçalves

Catarina decided to frame her pale rainbow in dark grey, and I must say that this combination looks phenomenal. Just look at the picture below and tell me that it’s not true! As you can see, dark “filling” between the “bricks” works as well as the light one.

pastel millstone stitch blanket

Based on Bertie Blanket – here. If you want to see more, Wave Blanket by Ana Contreras is an interesting take on similar idea, and available as free crochet pattern. Check out if you like it!

Bertie Baby Blanket Version by Kerryandtheboys

Last but not least, the most interesting color flow of all – unique, unexpected, but charming! Kerry chose two warm tones and two cool ones, and glued them all together with lovely peachy hue. I wouldn’t be sure if it’s going to work, so kudos to her for the bravery! You can see the result in the pictures below.

orange millstone stitch blanket

Based on Bertie Blanket – purchase this crochet pattern here. Want to make and accessory using millstone stitch? Take a look at Diamond Wave Scarf by Michael Sellick – it’s a free pattern!

That’s all for today, but I’ll be back with much more inspiring projects and free patterns. Like, share and subscribe if you like what you see. Stay tuned!

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  1. Hi, I can’t find anyplace that says how many balls/skeins of yarn are needed for the millstone stitch. Do you think 10 of the main color and 2 of the ,mortar color would be enough? Each skein is 165 yards.

    1. hi Robin, it all depends on the project you use it for, as well as the thickness of the yarn! Only patterns for particular things, like blankets, or garments, will tell you how much yarn you need to complete it. Take a look at patterns I linked (especially on Ravelry!) to see how much yarn is used for blankets, for example, and start from there.
      If you want to calculate it by yourself, start with crocheting a gauge swatch (click on the link to learn more about it!) to see how much yarn does this stitch ‘eat’. A swatch helps you roughly calculate how much yarn you will need for the whole project.
      Hope it helps! K

  2. Weirdly enough I just bought a book of stitches and this stitch is the one I’ve started practicing! It didn’t have a name so I’ve been dying to figure out what it’s called…and here I am!
    I’m curious, if I wanted to perform an increase or decrease in this stitch, how would you recommend doing it? Thinking it might not be possible with the way the repeat works…

    1. Ha! What an interesting question 🙂 I don’t know! I haven’t seen or could find millstone stitch worked in the round, so I guess it’s either impossible or very tricky to increase or decrease with it. My intuition tells me I would try making modifications in the middle of the “brick”, where the module is the tallest, but I would have to try it to come up with any specific ideas.

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