Would it be useful for you to have a crochet baby blanket size chart to hand when you’re deciding on the size of your next baby blanket?
Keep on reading for my handy chart that details some of the most common sizes.
I’ve also included other helpful information for your next baby blanket project!
In this post, I’ve covered the following topics:
- Crochet Baby Blanket Size Chart
- Types of baby blankets
- Best yarn for baby blankets
- Donating a baby blanket to charity
CROCHET BABY BLANKET SIZE CHART
There are so many different types of baby blankets out there, all with varying sizes attached to them… as a crocheter you can become pretty overwhelmed with all the different options!
To make it simpler, I have devised a chart that details the most common baby blanket types and sizes:
Don’t forget to pin this chart so you can quickly and easily access it when embarking upon a new crochet baby blanket project!
Please bear in mind, however, that this list of sizes is not definitive – there are lots of different variations to the size of a stroller blanket, for example.
Crochet baby blanket sizes are approximate and if you find that your finished item is off by one or two inches, please don´t get too stressed about it!
I also wouldn´t be overly concerned if your baby blanket turns out to be rectangle-shaped rather than square, or vice versa. However it turns out, I´m sure that the recipient of your crocheted blanket will recognize that it is a gift from the heart and will not appreciate it any less!
A baby blanket doesn’t need to serve any particular purpose either – it can purely be for decoration purposes only.
If you would like to know how to adjust the size of a blanket pattern, I’ve written a blog post on How to Resize a Crochet Blanket Pattern. This article details how you can adjust the size of the finished blanket to make it bigger or smaller according to your needs.
TYPES OF BABY BLANKETS
Here is a quick summary of the different types of baby blankets and what they are primarily used for:
One of the most popular blankets with babies, loveys are usually square or circle shaped and range in size from about 10” to 12”. Loveys are very effective at soothing babies when they need some comfort, for whatever reason that may be.
A security blanket serves the same purpose as a lovey – babies and toddlers will look to their security blanket for some comfort when needed most, such as times of separation anxiety or help with falling back to sleep. The only difference between a lovey and security blanket is the size.
This type of blanket is for babies that are born prematurely (preemies). These blankets are welcomed by a lot of Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs). Be sure to select an extra soft yarn that will be gentle on baby´s skin.
A car seat blanket, as its name suggests, is used to keep your baby nice and snuggly when they are strapped in their car seat!
PUSHCHAIR / STROLLER
For those of you who live in the UK, this blanket is for a pushchair or buggy. For readers in the USA, you will know it as a stroller blanket.
This blanket is ideal for keeping your baby warm and cozy and protected from the elements when you´re out and about.
The sizes of pushchairs / strollers can vary and so too can the accompanying blankets. Other common sizes for these types of blankets are:
- 22 x 30 inches
- 30 x 35 inches
- 14 x 32 inches
This size of blanket can also be used for a moses basket, also known as a bassinet.
This blanket got its name from the custom of wrapping a baby up as soon as it was born, before he or she was passed to or ´received´ by the mother. The size of this blanket is very versatile and can be used for other purposes such as a nursing cover-up, play mat or even pushchair / stroller blanket, to name a few.
BEST YARN FOR BABY BLANKETS
When selecting yarn for your baby blanket, there are a few factors you may wish to take into consideration, but some of the main ones are:
- A yarn that is soft and gentle against baby´s skin
- One that is lightweight
- A machine washable yarn…you want to opt for something that will stand the test of many washes to come!
One of my favourite yarns is Paintbox Yarns Baby DK. It ticks all the boxes above and more. The nylon / acrylic blend is so soft and lightweight, it survives many washes in the washing machine with no problem, and it has a gorgeous colour palette to choose from, ranging from delicate pastel shades to bright solid colours… you´ll definitely find a shade to suit any nursery colour scheme.
This yarn also works up a treat and produces a nice, even finish. My pattern for the Bonnie Baby Blanket was worked up using this brand of yarn.
One other important factor that you will want to take into consideration regarding yarn selection is if you are making a blanket that you intend to donate to charity; its always worth checking with that particular charity whether they have an approved yarns list or not. Blankets made from certain yarns are sometimes only accepted by charities if they have been cancer patient tested and approved.
CROCHETING FOR CHARITY
Thinking of donating a blanket? Check out Project Linus…
While writing this article, I came across a non-profit organization called Project Linus. The primary goal of this organization is to “provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blankateers”.
For more information on this wonderful organization, including how you can donate blankets to Project Linus in both the UK and USA, please click on the links below:
I hope that you found this information useful… leave me a comment below 😊
FREE BABY BLANKET PATTERNS