June 1, 2017 by Robin @ Imperial Crochet
I recently crocheted a baby blanket. I didn’t use a formal pattern. When it came to the size, I just kind of eye-balled it. The finished measurements ended up being 37″ x 37″ which looked about right to me and since I created it to be a gift, I wasn’t worried about formal sizing.
Now that I want to make another one for my Etsy shop, I decided to look up, What size is a crochet baby blanket?, and boy did I get confused.
For one thing, there are many different types of baby blankets including, swaddle, receiving, stroller, and crib. There’s also lovey, security, and toddler blankets that are especially for little ones but those are completely different from what I created so we can set those aside.
By Googling size charts I found so many differing opinions, it was enough to make my head spin. Many of the images I found on Google came from Pinterest and if you visit this Baby Blanket Size search that I did there you’ll see what I mean. Here’s a couple just to get you started.
This is the very first blanket size chart that came up at Pinterest the day I looked there. It’s from Goodknitkisses.com. (Cute name!) As you can see it’s inclusive of all different types of blanket sizes starting with the many different ones for babies on up through King size adult blankets.
But then there’s this one that I found from Littlemonkeyscrochet.com (another adorable site name!) that has all different sizes for the same style blankets as the first chart. And these aren’t the only two you’ll find with conflicting information.
According to the charts, my handmade blanket measures in somewhere between a stroller blanket and a receiving blanket.
The good news is that the size differences on those types of blankets are close enough that it really shouldn’t matter. After all, the beauty of handmade is that it’s meant to be unique and from what I’ve gathered in my research, that must include the actual size of the finished product.
And so, in conclusion, I think the answer to, What size is a crochet baby blanket? is similar to the proverbial question of, How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?
The world may never know.
And in case you’re wondering… Here’s a peek of the finished baby blanket I made.
There’s no “real” pattern but I can tell you how I made it.
Easy Baby Blanket Pattern using Bernat Tiny Baby Blanket Yarn
I use USA crochet stitch terminology.
For my blanket, I used most of 4 skeins of Bernat Tiny Baby Blanket 100% Polyester yarn and a USK 10.5 crochet hook which according to the yarn package is NOT the recommended hook size.
- 3 skeins of Polar Bear which is an off-white.
- 1 skein of Hush Pink which is self explanatory.
I used a single stitch for the entire body of the blanket using the Polar Bear. i don’t remember how many stitches I chained to get started and I didn’t count my rows but the body measured about 35″ x 35″ when I stopped.
I then used two rows of single crochet, again in Polar Bear, around the entire perimeter of the blanket.
After that, to complete the border, I used one single row of the Hush Pink all the way around and then I double crocheted 3 times in each single crochet stitch to form the ruffle.
I finished it off with another row of single crochet stitches all the way around using the Hush Pink.
The blanket turned out super soft and ultra girly with it’s pink ruffled edges.
Let’s discuss! What size baby blanket do you usually make? Please share your thoughts in the comments section. I love hearing from my readers.