Afghan Sizes – Choose the Right Blanket Size for Your Bed

Choose the Right Blanket Size for Your Bed

Welcome, cozy comfort seekers! Whether you’re snuggling up for a Netflix marathon or settling in for a restful night’s sleep, the right blanket can make all the difference. It’s not just about the fabric or the pattern – the size matters too! Choosing the perfect blanket size can be a task, especially when it comes to the diverse dimensions of Afghan blankets.

When we think of an Afghan blanket, what comes to mind are intricate patterns, gorgeous colours, and above all, warm comfort. Originating from the rich textile culture of Afghanistan, these blankets have found a special place in homes worldwide, loved for their versatility and style. However, when it comes to choosing the perfect Afghan size for your bed, things can get a bit tricky.

The various sizes of Afghan blankets correspond to different uses and beds, adding an extra layer of warmth to everything from your single day bed to your luxurious king-sized retreat. So how do you pick the right size for your needs?

A handy reference from information collected over the years from the internet, various publications, patterns, first hand knowledge, etc.

The sizes given are intended to just cover the top of the intended item or recipient, plus a couple of inches extra. You’ll need to make it larger be adding extra squares on three of the four sides, or go up a size, to allow extra for hanging over the side, tucking in, etc.

I’ve also added a quick reference for the number of knitted or crocheted squares in the most common sizes for each size afghan. Where the number of squares does not work out exactly, the number given will make a slightly larger item than given under Measurements.

In brackets is the arrangment of the squares, ie 48 (6×8) means that particular size takes 48 squares, and they should be assembled 6 columns across (in width) by 8 rows down (in length).

Note: The bed sizes are based on Canadian measurements. Elsewhere in the world, they may be somewhat different.

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The Most Common Afghan Sizes and How Many Squares They Take

Item and Actual Size in Inches Afghan Measurements in Inches Number of 6×6 in (15x15cm) Squares Needed Number of 8×8 in (20x20cm) Squares Needed Number of 12×12 in (30x30cm) Squares Needed
Preemie / Pet 15-24 square 9 (3×3) OR
16 (4×4)
8 (2×2) OR
9 (3×3)
4 (2×2)
Isolette (Hospital) / Large Pet 36 square 36 (6×6) 25 (5×5) 9 (3×3)
16 x 36 18 (3×6) 10 (2×5) N/A
20 x 36 24 (4×6) 15 (3×5) 6 (2×3)
30 x 54 45 (5×9) 28 (4×7) 15 (3×5)
Toddler / Lapghan (Wheelchair) 36 x 48 48 (6×8) 30 (5×6) 12 (3×4)
Child 42 x 48 56 (7×8) 36 (6×6) 16 (4×4)
Twin Bed / Adult
48 x 78 104 (8×13) 60 (6×10) 28 (4×7)
Long Twin Bed
48 x 84 112 (8×14) 66 (6×11) 28 (4×7)
3/4 Size Bed
54 x 78 117 (9×13) 70 (7×10) 35 (5×7)
Double Bed / Large Adult
60 x 78 130 (10×13) 80 (8×10) 35 (5×7)
Long Double Bed
60 x 84 140 (10×14) 88 (8×11) 35 (5×7)
Queen Bed
66 x 84 154 (11×14) 99 (9×11) 42 (6×7)
King Bed
80 x 84 196 (14×14) 110 (10×11) 49 (7×7)
  • If finished size of your squares does not quite work out, you can adjust the overall finished size of the afghan by adding/selecting an appropriate border, or by changing the method used to join the squares together.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the best size for a lapghan?

A lapghan, often used for wheelchairs or laps, typically measures around 36 x 48 inches. However, this can be adjusted based on personal preference and intended use.

2. How many squares do I need for a queen-sized Afghan blanket?

For a queen-sized Afghan blanket, you would need approximately 154 squares of 6×6 inches, 99 squares of 8×8 inches, or 42 squares of 12×12 inches.

3. Can I make an Afghan blanket with different sized squares?

Yes, you can make an Afghan blanket with different sized squares. This can add a unique design element to your blanket. Just ensure the overall dimensions match your desired blanket size.

4. How can I make my Afghan blanket larger?

To make your Afghan blanket larger, consider adding extra squares on three of the four sides, or go up a size. You can also add a border to increase the overall dimensions.

5. What’s the difference between a bassinet and a cradle Afghan size?

A bassinet Afghan is typically smaller, around 14×33 inches or 16×36 inches, while a cradle Afghan is slightly larger, around 18×36 inches or 20×36 inches.

6. What is the best method to join Afghan squares together?

The best method to join Afghan squares together depends on your personal preference and the look you want to achieve. Some popular methods include slip stitch, single crochet, and whip stitch.


Embarking on the journey of creating an Afghan blanket is a rewarding experience. With our comprehensive guide on Afghan sizes, you’re well-equipped to create a masterpiece that’s just the right size.

Remember, while our guide provides standard measurements, the beauty of crafting is in its flexibility. Feel free to adjust sizes and methods to suit your personal style and needs. Happy knitting!

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