Blanket Sizes Chart

Blanket Sizes Chart & Calculator

I’m always asked, “How big should I make a …?”  Fill in the blank: throw, stroller blanket, lovey.  I compiled the Blanket Sizes 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 below or for on-the-go calculations use the 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.

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)

Cast-On Calculator:

Using your gauge swatch and a few measurements you can easily calculate how many stitches to cast on for your blanket.

Row Count Calculator:

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.

For more detailed information about knitting a gauge swatch and to calculate the yardage needed to make a specific size blanket check out the Free Interactive Knitting Calculators blog post.


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

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  1. I don’t get it either and i am crocheting a blanket for my nephew which it is a single crochet and and also white with it too

  2. i don’t get it. how many could i cast on for a queen size blanket?

  3. Thank you so much for all the size information. People like me really appreciate it and you save us so much time. Bless you

  4. Thanks for this handy calculator!
    I think I’m using it properly, but I’m really still lost.
    I want to knit a 40×40 baby blanket with Bernat Pipsqueak striped yarn (5 weight). Using the gauge on the label, there are 11 stitches in 4″, so according to the calculator above, I need to cast on 110 stitches. Great!
    Now, how do I figure out how much yarn I need to buy…
    There are 284 yards in a skein. Can you help me??

  5. Good info. I will run this off for future knitting.

  6. Is there a way to do a calculation for the number of skeins of yarn I will need to make an afghan 52X60?

  7. I chained 191. How many row should I have for a throw.

  8. Swatch measurement = ____ stitches (S) across by number of inches you measured (W). Typically this will be 4″. In this statement to get the measurement what does the word (by) stand for. Multiply or divide? I’m thinking of knitting a blanket. That is the only statement I don’t understand. Can anyone help.

    • Hi Ben! You’re not actually working any calculations at this point. I reworded the blog post to make it more clear. You need to count the number of stitches across a row within a 4″ section. (If your swatch is smaller than 4″ you can count the number of stitches in a smaller section. Just be sure to make a note of how wide a section you are using.) Let me know if you need any more help.

  9. I don’t get the chart

  10. I’m enjoying your YouTube instructions just found your website can’t wait to see what you have here thank you very much.

  11. I was making a blanket the pattern said cast on 125 stitches the finished blanket measurements was 60 x 50 my blanket only measured 60 x 37 using a L 8mm hook what happened?

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