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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23 Responses to “Blanket Sizes”
  1. Verlette Goodman
    Verlette Goodman

    I like to find a pattern for a afghan I know how to adjust the number of stitches to get the size i want

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  2. Bonita Hoover
    Bonita Hoover

    I like to knit for donations to homebound srs. & need smaller size lapghans that are wheelchair friendly.

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  3. Bobbie Davis
    Bobbie Davis

    Crib size plus to use as a throw too. I like to do a cable stitch in one color so it is reversible! Have to figure out how many stitches!

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  4. Jona
    Jona

    If I click to download the baby blanket, it asks for my email address, and I know the result is that I get another copy of the emails that come out. Is it possible to get to these “freebies’ through my login?

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      Customer Service

      Hi Jona. I am sorry, but you do need to enter your email address to get this.
      Thanks!
      Sarah
      The Knitting Circle Video Membership

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  5. Sue Pidkowa
    Sue Pidkowa

    Thanks so much for the guide on blanket sizing but it doesn’t list hoo ow many stitches to cast on for each & can I presume that this guide can also be used for crochet? I’m just about to start making a blanket for a very dear friend who has just been diagnosed with 4th stage bone cancer so I have to get this finished reasonably quickly. It will be a large single size but I have no idea how many stitches to cast on. If you could give me an idea on cast on quantities I would be so appreciative.

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      Hi Sue,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      Yes! These measurements will absolutely work for crochet too!

      As for number of stitches to cast on – that will depend on your gauge. Typically, folks are making blankets in worsted weight yarn, which gets around 4 stitches per inch.

      To figure out the number of stitches to cast on, you’d take the measurement you want, and multiply by the stitches per inch (in this example 4 stitches per inch). So, if you were making a throw blanket with a width of 60-inches, you’d need 60 x 4 = 240 stitches on the needle. Obviously, you can adjust the stitch count slightly to accommodate stitch patterns.

      If you have any other questions, please chat, email, or call Customer Service.   

      Sincerely, 

      Sarah
      The Knitting Circle Video Membership 

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  6. gayle lynn jensen
    gayle lynn jensen

    enjoy making baby blankets.
    always looking for patterns using all natural cotton yarn as new mom’s seem to go for the all natural, non itchy items.

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  7. Beverly Giles
    Beverly Giles

    I love to knit throw blankets. I live in a nursing Home and am a beginner knitter so I love easy and beginner patterns.

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Margaret,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      This is a blanket for a baby. It’s generally a thin, smaller sized blanket, that can be used for a variety of tasks related to early infancy, including swaddling and burping.

      If you have any other questions, please chat, email, or call Customer Service.   

      Sincerely, 

      Sarah
      The Knitting Circle Video Membership 

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  8. Ellen Stokinger
    Ellen Stokinger

    I knit or crochet Lap size blanket for wheelchair bound men and women. Some for patients at Cancer center out patient treatments.

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