Knit or Crochet a Friendship Blanket

As part of our campaign to Get Britain Knitting, we are inviting knitters to make a Friendship Blanket (like a knitted version of a Friendship Quilt) in celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee. We want to use knitting to bring people together, after our long periods of isolation, and rebuild our communities. Invite your friends, neighbours or family to come together and make a blanket.

Some frequently asked questions:

What size should the blanket be?

The most needed sizes are medium and large:

Medium – 60×70”/150x180cm or 50×70”/130x180cm

Large – 80×90”/200x230cm or 70×90”/180x230cm

These measurements are a guideline, do not worry if your blanket is not exactly the recommended size.

How many stitches?

This depends on your tension. Are you a tight or loose knitter? Ideally knit a tension square before you start. For example, for DK yarn using a 4 or 3.75mm needle (UK old sizes 8 or 9), 22 stitches and 28 rows should produce a 4 inch square. If your sample tension square is bigger or smaller, use a bigger or smaller needle.

For those who want to knit a blanket in one piece, use a circular knitting needle to accommodate the number of stitches.

Is there a deadline?

No, we always need blankets. But we hope as well as knitters who are making much needed blankets, people will use the opportunity to approach friends, family, neighbours, fellow employees, school mates or club members to join them in making a blanket especially for the Jubilee.

Where do you find patterns?

There are hundreds of free patterns for blankets on the internet (Google: knitted or crochet blankets).

If you  want to be more ambitious Google: knitted or crocheted pictures. To keep it simple and mark the Jubilee, you could just use red, white and blue yarn.

Does the blanket need borders?

Having a border does help stop the edges curling. A simple moss stitch works well: row 1 K1P1 or K2P2, row 2 start with P1 or P2 and repeat. You might choose a 2 to 3 inch border at the top, bottom and sides.

What yarn?

You may use whatever yarn you like, but so as not to make your blanket too heavy, we recommend yarn up to aran weight. You could knit or crochet it in mohair which makes a warm and lighter blanket. 

What to do with the blanket?

Once your blanket is completed, you could organise a raffle or an exhibition within your local community or you can send it to us for those in need.

We would love to see pictures of you and your knitting group/friends making the blanket, so please feel free to send these to us at

If you have any other ideas for your Friendship Blanket, we’d welcome suggestions.

A sewing bee organised by a local knitting group in London who regularly sew squares together for us.