A very small blanket (12" x 12") or (12" x 18") can easily wrap a premature baby, but in many hospitals they prefer a (30" x 40") or (36" x 36") blanket used to cover the entire bassinet. Crochet / Knit patterns will require approx. 24-32 oz. of yarn depending on the pattern and size of hooks/needles. Special requirements regarding fabric or yarn is needed for Preemie Blankets - Before you make a Preemie Blanket - Contact Us to ensure that the blanket meets the special requirements.
Pre-printed panel quilts make excellent baby quilts and they are very easy to finish. They are already made of quilted fabric so all they need is a binding sewn around the edge. One yard of fabric (36" x 36") or (36" x 42") makes an acceptable sized baby quilt. Crochet / Knit patterns will require approx. 24-48 oz. of yarn depending on the pattern and size of hooks/needles.
In order for a blanket to be comfortable for a teenager, it needs to be at least two yards in length. Since polar fleece is 50% wide, a 2-yard piece of fleece makes a nice blanket for a teenager. Crochet / Knit patterns will require approx. 64-120 oz. of yarn depending on the pattern and size of hooks/needles.
An average sized blanket is (40" x 60"). A cut of fabric is usually 40-42 inches wide -- so 1 2/3 yards of a 40-42 wide fabric is perfect size for a toddler blanket. Crochet / Knit patterns will require approx. 40-64 oz of yarn depending on the pattern and size of hooks/needles.
Free Patterns.com - This web site has many great crochet and knit patterns. Free Membership. Once you log in, look at the bottom of the page and go to the Basement section. Check out the Crochet patterns Angel_Afghan.pdf and the Diagonal_Lace_Afghan.pdf. There are many great patterns.
Pieces of polar fleece may be purchased and it takes very little work to create a blanket. Serging or hemming, or cutting a fringed edge - which takes no sewing at all, may finish off the edge. This material can be used for any size blanket.
A piece of flannel fabric can be stitched into a receiving blanket by hemming the edge.