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BoxOfRocks
« on: February 10, 2008 11:15:11 AM »

I'm don't have kids but the baby boom among my peers has begun.  I'd like to crochet some baby blankets as gifts.  I've looked up several patterns and gone to craft fairs to check out average sizes and they seem to vary a lot.  I'd like to get your input on what's most useful for new parents.

What I found was:

1)  4' x 3'.  I made one this size, after seeing a few patterns for blankets with these dimensions, but seemed huge.

2) 3' x 3'.  Seems more manageable.  I see this size pretty often in patterns.

3) 2' x 2.5'.  Saw some quilts this size at a fair.  Seemed small to me, but might be good to cover the kidlet in a car seat.

Any thoughts on a useful size?  One of the above, or other dimensions?  Thanks.
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Comatose_Angel
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2008 11:30:20 AM »

Well, I'm a new mom, so I've gotten a ton of blankets.

So far, though, the best has been a very large one. I think its 7 by 5.

But the perfect size for newborns is about 3 by 4.
Lay it down long end down, stick baby on it, flip one side over, then the bottom up and finally the other side. Instant swaddling.

The larger it is, the better it will grow with the child. My daughter is now 4 months and one of her baby blankets only goes about half way around her lol.
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2008 07:25:25 PM »

I'm a mom and I sew, sooooo I always purchase 1 1/4 yards of 45" wide fabric, it makes a square that's just the right size for swaddling and for when the baby get's bigger.
Just my 2 cents.
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2008 04:21:18 PM »

I'm a mom (my little man is 9 months old) and I actually prefer the smaller sizes. He's able to hold his blankey all by himself when we go somewhere, and I can tuck it into the carseat or stroller without it being too huge. So yeah, I like the smaller sizes best right now.
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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2008 05:08:24 PM »

I crocheted a 2' by 3' blanket for a friend's newborn, and she said it was perfect for the carseat.  When it came time to make another one for another friend, my mom hauled out this hefty, two-sided crocheted blanket that she used when I was little.  It's about 5' square, and she said it was great for traveling - it was heavy enough to keep me warm in the car, and sturdy enough to be thrown on the floor for me to play/nap on.

My own opinion?  The smaller ones are easier to make, but the larger ones are more of a keepsake - I'd make a big one only for a good friend.  Whatever you do, go with a sturdy acrylic or cotton-blend yarn (no wool).  Hope this helps!
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Chantelle
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2008 12:14:07 AM »

I've made a couple baby blankets that are between 3 and 4 feet, and the people I made them for seemed pretty happy with them. I also just wanted to share that I've been sewing a lot lately, and when I read 5', 4' and 3', I read it as 5, 4 or 3 yards and I was picturing either ridiculously huge blankets or ginormous babies! I thought that was pretty funny.  Wink
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Gal from Panda
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2008 08:05:42 AM »

iv been having the same issue, in trying to map out a baby quilt for a friend, iv been going through all the blankets i received last year when my baby was born, and they are all over the place!

3'x4' or 3'x3' i think is going to be the winner!
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Sheila
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2008 05:06:12 PM »

Hooooly crap. I've been asking people how big a baby blanket should be for the past week now with no answers. Rah, I'm a little annoyed now. I just started a pattern for a blanket that is to be 30" by ... However long I decided to make it :/
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pumpkinlights
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2008 09:23:03 PM »

I usually make mine at least 3 by 3.
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