How Many Chains to Start a Blanket or Afghan?

How Many Chains to Start a Blanket or Afghan?

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How Many Chains to Start an Afghan

How Many Chains to Start an Afghan

We are constantly asked how many chains do you need to do certain size afghans. Using my crochet hook and measuring tape, I figured out the average chain counts you need to do in order to get close to the size you want.

I am assuming 4 ply worsted yarn in the Medium 4 Weight Category. Yarn included in this category is examples like Caron Simply Soft, Caron One Pound, Bernat Super Value and etc. Just look at the ball band for the weight level of the yarn.

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I have provided in the worksheet below how many stitches I had per inch. I have done the math for you. But if you want to do the math on any other yarn types or hook types. This is what you can do.

  • Crochet a 3″ Chain.
  • 1 sc 2nd Chain from hook and sc in each chain across. Turn.
  • Ch 2, 1 hdc in each stitch across. Turn.
  • Repeat the last step 3 more times.
  • Using a measuring tape, measure how many stitches per inch. It round to nearly 1/4 inch.
  • Using that number how many stitches you had in an inch, times by the width you want. If you get a number with a decimal point, round to the nearest whole number.
    • 3.75 stitches per inch x 39″ (twin size) = 146.25. Round to 146 stitches. That’s your starting chain.


The larger the hook you use, the fewer stitches you will have to do across a row. It’s something to consider for time and effort with your afghan. 

Worksheet Below

You are welcome to click onto the picture to open the PDF. This will allow you to save or print my worksheet.

  • I have provided 4 sizes of hooks which include the standard 5 mm / H Hook to 6.5 mm / J Hook that is typically suggested for this yarn level.
How Many Chains to Start an Afghan

How Many Chains to Start an Afghan

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Mikey, aka Michael Sellick, of The Crochet Crowd, started this online journey back in 2008. A mere hobby in trying to reach out to others as he was mentally struggling with his own issues. His goal was simple, find others in the yarn communities, like him, that have a common interest.

The journey and main baby of the whole idea started with a YouTube Channel and then in 2011, an official website was developed. Michael is not only the face of The Crochet Crowd but also the working engine behind the crowd in self-taught programming, social media and so much more.

Enjoy the stitching journey. Life is short, enjoy this wonderful hobby and all of the learning opportunities that come with it.

24 thoughts on “How Many Chains to Start a Blanket or Afghan?”

  1. gloria galindo 432 -302 0928 says:

    how many stichets for quenn size ripple

    1. Wendy Maruna says:

      Here is an article to help you with that. Help you figure out how long to make your starting chain and account for the loss of length in the peaks and valleys of a Chevron/ripple/zigzag style piece.

  2. Kat says:

    The chart seems to have an error in the King and Cal King section on the last 2 columns. The numbers for starting chains to not change for with and without drape. Is this intentional ?

    1. Marina King says:

      I’d almost have to say you are right, the cal king IS a couple of inches larger than a king, I’ve messaged the team to check into it, thanks!!

  3. Annette Makil says:

    I’m making my sister a Afghan/throw size, she wanted am Appaloosa on the blanket. I know I can do it, but I need a pattern for it. How to you figure your pattern?

  4. Renee says:

    Hi. I hope you can help me. I have a bassinet that needs padding as the pad is so thin, (1″) thick. I am using Bernat Blanket yarn (6). Pad size is 31″ long x 14.5″ wide. I’ve tried knitting one and ripped it out twice. I thought maybe crochet would be better. Not sure how to do this. Any suggestions? Baby is due in 1½ weeks.

  5. Alice says:

    Thank you, Mikey, for your wonderful You Tube instructions. I tried crocheting a bedspread for my queen bed. About a third of the way, it became too much to handle. It became a spread/blanket for a twin bed that I can give to a nursing home. I’d rather make a hundred squares and then crochet them together. First attempt was with the Green Willow design, two different patterns that work perfectly together. Ladies, for figuring how many, it took 100 9″ squares. Six squares by eight across the top, two rows down each side and front. Later, I made enough squares to make a “sham”.

  6. Elreza says:

    I want to crochet a blanket fotr a 3/4 bed with drape. My hook that I will be use are a 10mm and XL Chunky

    Hoe many stitches should I used to begin?

    1. Just chain until it hits the number of inches you need.

  7. Martha Thatcher says:

    Thank you so much. This really helps. You guys are the greatest.

  8. This is great for the starting chain, but how long does it need to be? Also is this worked as if you were starting from head to foot or left to right?

  9. Jolene Nel says:

    Thanks, this helpfull. Because I always over and again and over many times till I feel prefect size. I am carzy blanket chrochet. 3 time I make blanket for myself.

  10. Sue McEndree says:

    Thank you Mikey for posting this chart. Most patterns will tell you how many chains to start with but this makes it easier to calculate if you want to use that same pattern for a smaller blanket or to make a larger one. Thanks for all you the others do for us.

    1. I concur with Sue McEndree. Nice to have this calculator; and thank you for all you do for us. May I suggest you add an approximate guesstimate for # of chains for ARM KNITTING, too? Thanks for listening….er….I mean….reading. 😀

  11. Gayle Church says:

    Hi Mikey
    Have nearly finished my blanket, just wondered if you can finish the edge of blanket with any type of edging?
    I’ve only just started crocheting & cant read patterns, but finding your tutorials excellent!

  12. lovessiamese says:

    I’m new to this site. Thank you so much for posting how to calculate how many stitches/chains needed to start an afghan. I live in a motorhome and don’t have room for lots of books. So thankful for the internet and people like you, willing to share your expertise. Blessings to you in abundance.

  13. Betty Meharry says:

    just what I needed…. thank you….

  14. Valentina Warden says:

    Very helpful to me since I’m a self teacher using tutorial videos to show me how to knit and crochet.

  15. laura says:

    thank you I now will go measure my lap blanket, hope its big enough! love you guys!

  16. Poppy says:

    You are always bang on! Great projects and good directions ! ???

    1. Lisa Rosario says:

      Thank you so very much for the chart you posted. I’m a self learning beginner crocheter. This info was very helpful. ?

  17. Annie Larson says:

    thank you for this(how many chain) I am always asking myself this! no more second guesses!!

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