Blanket Sizes

When I first started knitting, I was at a point in my life where seemingly everyone in my life was getting married and having babies. There were always gift-giving events to attend, and I liked making something handmade whenever possible. I would knit anything from baby hats and sweaters to blankets to give as gifts. When I decided to knit a blanket for a gift, there was always a question looming in the back of my mind: What size do I make the blanket? Crib size? Car Seat? Full Afghan? And what are the dimensions of those blankets?

Fortunately, I’ve made you a handy little guide for blanket sizes, so you don’t have to ponder these questions the next time you go to knit a blanket. You’ll find a range of sizes for each of these online, but here are the sizes I like to follow:

Really, you can’t go wrong making a blanket of any size as a gift, but if you’re looking for a specific size, that’s a great guide to follow.

Now that we’ve looked at blanket sizes, let’s look at a couple of beautiful patterns we have on here for you. First up, we have the Easy Knit Baby Blanket, which is a free pattern by Mary Beth Temple. It features a stunning textured stitch pattern that looks great on both the Right Side and Wrong Side.

Download the Easy Knit Baby Blanket here.

Next up, is another freebie – it’s the Slipped Stitch Baby Blanket. I designed this blanket for two sizes – receiving and throw. It’s worked in four colors and was an absolute blast to knit.

The Slipped Stitch Blanket is part of our Knitting for a Cause Challenge. Sign up here and receive this pattern (along with three other patterns) for free!

What is your favorite size of blanket to knit? Let us know in the comments!

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29 Responses to “Blanket Sizes”

  1. Vi sliman

    I am try to figure approx number of cast ons to knit a 30 wide by 36 inch long blanket for stillborn babies. Plea7se help. I dont know how to estimate on the calculators online

  2. Susie

    I like 28" or 32" x similiar length -works great for stroller or carseat

  3. Rosslyn

    Can you knit a queen size (90 x 90 ish) blanket in one piece using 5 weight lion brand acrylic yarn and size 8 needles or do you need to make panels? All garter stitch with a seed stitch top border is the plan Thank you!

  4. Christie

    My most frequent blanket size is a lap blanket. I'm part of an organization that makes lap blankets for residents of assisted living and memory care facilities. <3

  5. Laura Havens

    Enjoy The Work you put in to help us. I Was just about to state a blanket for a crib , didn't know how long to start it . Thank you for Chart

  6. Patricia Bordas

    I never knitted before. I thought that knitting a blanket would be easy project. I'm learning by knitting books. I'm not done reading them. I find knitting interesting to do. My phone isn't updated yet that is why I haven't seen on video on how to knit. I'm not sure what size the blanket it should be. What do you suggest?

  7. Catherine Ward

    Love the blanket designs

  8. Mary Lee

    I make 48”x 60” when making afghans. I aim for 36” x 36” when using up stash to be donated to a local shelter.

  9. Judy Bantleon

    Thank you. Love making crib blankets.

  10. Donna Rouse

    recently learned to knit. having fun, but want to expand my knowledge beyond basic knitting now.