Begin with the basics
I had begun crocheting again a few years ago after a long period of time without keeping up my hobby. So I began a new project the way I begin all new work. I research way too much and over-think it!
The only thing I had chosen was that it would be a granny square blanket of some kind. The rest was something I needed to decide on.
But first, the research…
The first thing I found was that there were almost no definite answers when it came to making granny square blankets. Seems a bit overwhelming at first, but it was actually quite liberating because I now had more options.
Granny Square Patterns:
I found lots of examples to pick from. Though I went with a pattern my mother had taught me , I decided to share some of the patterns I found. I’ll post the granny square pattern mom taught me in another post. (Note: each image will link back to the site and pattern.)
Blanket Types and Measurements:
Using a size “I” hook, worsted weight yarn, and having a four-row square, I found out that my finishing granny squares are 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches. With this measurement in mind, I went looking for types of blankets and mattress measurements to pick my blanket! I came up with these designs based on a few basic bed measurements and pre-existing blanket patterns.
Multiple Square Blankets
- Baby Blanket: 8 x 8 squares, 4 rounds each, 36 x 36 inches
- Basic Lap Throw: 12 x 12 squares, 4 rounds each, 54 x 54 inches
- Twin Bed I: 15 x 23 squares, 4 rounds each, 67.5 x 103.5 inches (for a 39 x 75 mattress)
- Twin Bed II: 15 x 24 squares, 4 rounds each, 67.5 x 108 inches (for a 39 x 80 mattress)
- Full Bed: 18 x 23 squares, 4 rounds each, 81 x 103.5 inches (for a 54 x 75 mattress)
- Queen Bed: 20 x 24 squares, 4 rounds each, 90 x 108 inches (for a 60 x 80 mattress)
- King Bed I: 20 x 21, 5 rounds each (for less squares), 110 x 115.5 inches (for a 76 x 80 mattress)
- King Bed II: 20 x 22, 5 rounds each (for less squares), 110 x 121 inches (for 72 x 84 mattress)
Single Square Blankets (the two twin sized mattresses are not long enough to make a single square blanket)
- Baby Blanket: 36 rounds, 36.5 inches
- Basic Lap Throw: 55 rounds, 55.5 inches
- Full Bed: 99 rounds, 99.5 inches (22 inches will hang on each side, for a 54 x 75 mattress)
- Queen Bed: 104 rounds, 104.5 inches (22 inches will hang on each side, for a 60 x 80 mattress)
- King Bed I: 115 rounds, 115.5 inches (20 inches will hang on each side, for a 76 x 80 mattress)
- King Bed II: 115 rounds, 115.5 inches (20 inches will hang on each side, for a 72 x 84 mattress)
And after figuring it all out, I have planned and made many projects based on these basic measurements. Use the information as you like; make your own awesome projects. Share pictures of your finished projects! We love to see them! You can share on our facebook and twitter pages. Enjoy!