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Blanket Sizes Chart

Blanket Sizes Chart

I’m always asked, “How big should I make a …?”  Fill in the blank: throw, stroller blanket, lovey.  I compiled this chart as a guide to average measurements for blankets and afghans.  This is just a guide so a 10″ by 10″ lovey is not the only size you could make.  

I know once you look up the size the next question is, “How many stitches do I cast on?”  To accurately determine the number of cast on stitches I recommend you use the cast-on calculator in the GoodKnit Kisses app.  (Sorry, Android users, but it’s only available on iOS right now.)  Otherwise, you can use the formula below.  Hold on to your hats people things are about to get mathy. (Yes, I did just make up a word.)

Cast-On Formula:


Knit a gauge swatch.  This is typically a roughly 6″ x 6″ square in the main stitch pattern you plan to use for your blanket.  (If you’re using multiple stitch patterns in the same blanket you would typically use stockinette stitch for the swatch.)


To measure you gauge you will need a ruler.  Lay the ruler on top of your finished swatch and count the number of stitches within 4 inches (10 cm).  If your swatch is small you can measure a smaller area (2 or 3 inches wide)


Swatch measurement = ____ stitches (S) across by number of inches you measured (W).  Typically this will be 4″


Next to figure out the stitches per inch divide S/W.


Lastly to determine the number of stitches to cast on multiply your desired width (dW) by the stitches per inch.
Number of Cast-on stitches = (dW x S/W)


Number of Rows Calculation:


Now that you know how many stitches to cast on, you may want to know how many rows it will take to finish your blanket.  This calculation is not essential since you can just measure as you work and  knit the desired number of inches.  However, there are times when an exact row count is necessary.  If you are knitting a blanket in panels you want the panel to have the same row count so they can be seamed together evenly.


First, grab your swatch and your ruler.  Lay the ruler on the swatch from top to bottom and count the number of rows (R) in a 4″ area. (Again, you technically can just count a 2″-3″ area).


Rows needed = dL x (R/L)
where dL is desired length for your blanket, R is number of measured rows and L is length measured (usually 4″).


I hope this chart and the formulas help you as get started on your blanket project!

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