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How big is a 4 point blanket?

How big is a 4 point blanket?

The word point derives from the French empointer, meaning “to make threaded stitches on cloth.” Each blanket was graded using a point system. Points were identified by the indigo lines woven into the side of each blanket. A full point measured 4–5.5 inches (10–14 centimetres); a half point measured half that length.

What is a 4 point blanket?

Points are short black lines woven into the selvage of the blanket along the edge just above the bottom set of stripes. Blankets of 2.5, 3, 3.5 and 4 point were most common during the fur trade era. Today Hudson’s Bay blankets are commonly found in point sizes of 3.5 (twin bed), 4 (double), 6 (queen) and 8 (king).

What do the stripes on a Hudson Bay blanket mean?

The most iconic Hudson’s Bay Point Blanket colours — white with red, indigo, green and yellow stripes — have no specific meaning. The colours were popular when the blankets were first produced, and are sometimes known as Queen Anne’s colours, as they were favoured during her reign (1702–14).

How do you date a Hudson Bay blanket?

In 1890, because other companies (including Pendleton) were making similar blankets, Hudson Bay began to label its blankets. The labels are how most collectors date the age of the blanket. If you ever spy an unlabeled, round corner blanket, scoop it up. It could date before 1890.

Is there a standard size for point blankets?

There appears to have never been an original standard to point markings. But during the 19th century Hudson’s Bay Company did establish standard sizes that they would accept from their suppliers and as a result most British mills adopted them.

What was the size of a Hudson’s Bay blanket?

Blankets of 2.5, 3, 3.5 and 4 point were most common during the fur trade era. Today Hudson’s Bay blankets are commonly found in point sizes of 3.5 ( twin bed ), 4 ( double ), 6 ( queen) and 8 ( king ). The misconception persists that originally the points were an indication of the blanket price in beaver pelts or even its weight.

How do you measure the size of a blanket?

(If you’re using multiple stitch patterns in the same blanket you would typically use stockinette stitch for the swatch.) To measure you gauge you will need a ruler. Lay the ruler on top of your finished swatch and count the number of stitches within 4 inches (10 cm). If your swatch is small you can measure a smaller area (2 or 3 inches wide)

How big should a blanket be for a stroller?

Fill in the blank: throw, stroller blanket, lovey. I compiled the Blanket Sizes Chart as a guide to average measurements for blankets and afghans. This is just a guide so a 10″ by 10″ lovey is not the only size you could make.