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Welcome to Week 3 of the 2024 Sampler Blanket Crochet Along: Layered Cake Stitch!

Layered Cake Stitch

Hey, fabulous makers! It's time for the third installment of our Sampler Blanket CAL. This week, we’re diving into the textured Layered Cake Stitch, also known as Ridges with Half Double Crochets. This stitch adds a beautiful, textured layer to your blanket, making it stand out with its unique ridges.


For this project, we’re sticking with our go-to, Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Merino. This yarn is perfect for its lovely sheen, soft feel, and the added bonus of being machine washable—ideal for a project that's going to get a lot of love.

Color Choice: For Square Three, we're using color #61/Grapeade. This rich, mid-level purple hue will beautifully showcase the Layered Cake stitch.

About the Layered Cake Stitch

The Layered Cake Stitch, or Ridges with Half Double Crochets, creates a stunning textured pattern that’s both visually and tactically appealing. The ridges are formed by alternating rows of half double crochets, worked in the back loop only (BLO).


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  • Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Merino or any Size 3/DK Weight Yarn

  • Crochet hook size G/6 - 4.25mm (or size needed to obtain gauge)

  • Scissors

  • Stitch Marker

  • Yarn or Tapestry Needle


Want everything you need in one place? Check out our 2024 Sampler Blanket CAL Kits. These kits include all the materials required for a seamless and enjoyable crochet experience.


Here’s a quick overview of what to expect with this square:

  • Multiple Stitch Count: This pattern works in multiples of 10 + 6.

  • Foundation and Setup: Start with a foundation chain, setting the base for your Layered Cake stitches.

  • Row-by-Row Instructions: The pattern guides you through each row, detailing where to place your stitches to form the distinct ridged appearance.


By completing this square, you’ll gain:

  • Proficiency in creating a unique textured stitch pattern.

  • Skills in applying finishing touches to make your crochet work look seamless.


Dimensions: 13 x 13 inches Gauge: 50 stitches acros and 47 Rows with a Row 2 Repeat Stitch Abbreviations (US Terminology):

ch / Chain

st / Stitch

sl st / Slip Stitch

sc / Single Crochet

hdc / Half Double Crochet

BLO / Back Loop Only

For a convenient, printable version, the PDF pattern is available for purchase below:


Foundation Chain: Start by chaining 52.

Row 1: Hdc in the third ch from your crochet hook and in each ch across. (Total 50 sts) 

Row 2: Ch 2 (does NOT count as a stitch), turn your work,

Hdc in the horizontal loop just under the front loop on the front side of the work.

Insert your crochet hook from the bottom to the top of this loop. Repeat for every stitch across.

(Total 50 sts) 

Row 3-47 : Repeat Row 2

Tip: It is wise to count the number of stitches you have in each row periodically to make sure you are staying on track. We are NOT counting the chain 2 at the beginning of each row as a stitch and if you work on top of it you may add too many stitches to your row.

Tie off and weave in your ends. 


This Chart was created from a gauge using Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Merino Wool and Crochet Hook G/6 - 4.25mm



Chains & Groups Per Row

Number of Rows

Approximate Amount of Yarn Needed for Size

Receiving Blanket

39 inches wide x 39 inches long 

Ch 152 150 stitches

141 Rows

1,845 yds


39 inches wide x 52 inches long 

Ch 152 150 stitches

188 Rows

2,460 yds

Small Throw

52 inches wide x 65 inches long

Ch 202 200 stitches

235 Rows

4,100 yds

Large Throw

65 inches wide x 78 inches long

Ch 252 250 stitches

282 Rows

6,150 yds


65 inches wide x 91 inches long

Ch 252 250 stitches

329 Rows

7,175 yds


78 inches wide x 91 inches long

Ch 302 300 stitches

329 Rows

8,610 yds


91 inches wide x 91 inches long

Ch 352 350 stitches

329 Rows

10,045 yds


104 inches wide x 91 inches long

Ch 402 400 stitches

329 Rows

11,480 yds


Enhance the Layered Cake Stitch with a detailed border. Consider a Fan or Shell pattern, a PomPom detail, or something airy, intricate or lacy to elevate your project’s look.

Whether you're following the Sampler Blanket CAL or incorporating this pattern into your own project, I hope you enjoy the Layered Cake Stitch. This is the third stitch in our series, and I can't wait to share the next nine unique stitches!

Please share your creations on social media using #CWT2024CAL.

Stay tuned for Square Four as we continue our crochet adventure in the 2024 Sampler Blanket Crochet Along!


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