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Crocheted Textured Reversible Lap Blanket

16 February 2011

Making lap blankets for the elderly and infirmed is an amazing way for stitchers to contribute charitably in an enjoyable and fulfilling way.  Charitable lap blankets are usually designed to fit in the lap of the wheelchair bound.  Since they are so much smaller than a full throw, they are quick to make.

This blanket is reversible. The sample is 32 inches square and made from 100% Acrylic worsted weight yarn with a Size I (5.5mm) crochet hook. The sample took approximately 17 ounces or 760 yards of yarn. The pattern can be worked in a single color, or if desired, color changes can be made between sections.

The pattern can be easily modified to make any size blanket.  Begin with a multiple of six plus three chain stitches.

Gauge:
14 stitches and 11 rows = 4 inches in single crochet

Abbreviations:

ch = chain
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
tr = triple (treble) crochet

Directions:

Chain 111.

Ridges

Row 1: Sc in second chain and in each of the following chains to the end (110 sc). ch1, turn.

Row 2: Sc in the back loop of the first sc.  sc in the back loop of each of the following sc. (110 sc). ch1, turn.

Rows 3-8: Repeat row 2 six times.

Diamond knobs

Row 9: (Now working in front loops) sc in first sc and in each sc across row (110 sc). Ch1, turn.

Row 10: Repeat row 9.

Row 11: Sc in first two sc.  (Tr in the next sc and push the middle of the stitch to the back of the work, sc in next two sc, tr in next sc and push the middle of the stitch to the front of the work, sc in next two sc) across to the end of the row (36 tr, 74 sc). Ch1, turn.

Rows 12 and 13: Repeat row 9 twice.

Row 14: Sc in first two sc.  (Tr in the next sc and push the middle of the stitch to the front of the work, sc in next two sc, tr in next sc and push the middle of the stitch to the back of the work, sc in next two sc) across to the end of the row (36 tr, 74 sc).  The tr stitches will go to the opposite side of the tr stitches on the row three rows below. Ch1, turn.

Rows 15 and 16: Repeat row 9 twice.

Rows 17-22: Repeat rows 11-16.

Ridges

Rows 23-29: Repeat row 2 seven times.

Row 30: Sc in the back loop of the first sc.  sc in the back loop of each of the following sc (110 sc). Ch3, turn.

Clusters

Row 31: (Now working in front loops) in second sc work cluster as follows: (yo, insert hook and draw up loop) three times, yo and pull through 6 loops, yo and pull through remaining 2 loops. (Ch1, skip sc, cluster in next sc) across to end of row (55 clusters). Ch3, turn.

Row 32: In first ch1 space work cluster, ch1, (cluster in next ch1 space, ch1) across to end of row. Cluster in turning chain (55 clusters). Ch3, turn.

Row 33: Repeat row 32.

Row 34: In first ch1 space work cluster, ch1, (cluster in next ch1 space, ch1) across to end of row. Cluster in turning chain (55 clusters). Ch1, turn.

Ridges

Row 35: Sc in the back loop of the first cluster.  sc in the back loop of each of the following chains and clusters to end of row. sc in turning chain. (110 sc). ch1, turn.

Rows 36-41: Repeat row 2 six times.

Row 42: Repeat row 30.

Crossed doubles

Row 43: Now working in the front loops, in the second and third sc work a crossed stitch as follows: skip a sc, dc in next sc, yo, go behind that dc, insert needle through front loop of skipped sc and then complete a dc.  Make crossed stitches across the row and dc in last sc  (54 crossed stitches). Ch1, turn.

Row 44: Working in front loops, sc in first stitch and in each stitch across row, sc in turning chain (110 sc). Ch3, turn.

Rows 45-52: Repeat rows 43 and 44 four times.

Row 53: Repeat row 43.

Row 54: Working in front loops, sc in first stitch and in each stitch across row, sc in turning chain (110 sc). Ch1, turn.

Ridges

Rows 55-61: Repeat row 2 seven times.

Row 62: Repeat row 30.

Clusters

Rows 63-66: Repeat rows 31-34.

Ridges

Rows 67-74: Repeat rows 35-42.

Diamond knobs

Rows 75-88: Repeat rows 9-22.

Ridges

Rows 89-95: Repeat row 2 seven times.

Row 96: Sc in the back loop of the first sc.  sc in the back loop of each of the following sc. (110 sc). Finish off and weave in end.

Restrictions on the use of this pattern are available at http://stitcheryprojects.com/using-my-patterns/.

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62 Comments to “Crocheted Textured Reversible Lap Blanket”

  1. Love this pattern and also the potholders. Do you have one for dish rags or dish towells.
    Also, easy hats.
    Thanks so much for sharing so many of your patterns… I love and miss you

  2. hello there.
    do u think that i could get the pattern for the baby rug in the zigzag pattern please.

    • It is published in Leisure Arts #2853, Our Best Baby Afghans. It is called Downy-Soft Zig Zags and is by Carole Prior.

  3. Hello, I just figured out how to get the patterns I was looking for. You have the best patterns and so thoughtful to let us all have them. I hope to make some hats and donate them . Thank you Nana-D

  4. I love this pattern and would like to be able to print it so that I can make some for the nursing home where my mother is now residing.

  5. I’m making this blanket and have a question with the pattern. Row 33 states to repeat row 10,row ten states to repeat row 9. Row 9 indicates to sc in first sc and across only there aren’t any sc in the previous row which is 32 and it consists of ch1 spaces and clusters. Is row 33 supposed to be something else, or have I missed something? Thanks in advance for your answer. Please email the answer to me.

  6. Thank you VERY much for the quick reply….I can now get back to work.

  7. I’m making the lapghan – got to row 11 and am stymied by the instruction “tr in next sc and push the middle of the stitch to the back of the work” – I’ve never run across this particular instruction in all my years of crocheting. I know clusters, popcorns, etc., but have been unable to “see” this particular stitch. Can you enlighten me? I’d sure appreciate it and Thanks in advance!

    • Sure. It is an unusual instruction. When you make the sc on either side of that tr, it causes the tr to fold. It will fold to either to one side of the work or the other. You can push it the other direction if it goes the wrong direction for what’s currently needed in the pattern.

  8. I’m thinking of making this pattern for my grandsons, ages 4 and 2. The two-year old has taken to unraveling the afghans he already has, and this pattern looks a little more stable. Also, I think that one color, with little to no breaks for color changes, will help this situation, too.

    What do you think?

  9. do you have a bed jacket pattern?

  10. Sybil Carter-Laws

    I have never seen a blanket more beautiful than this.

  11. Beautiful! I plan to make some for a veterans’ hospital or our local nursing home. With the different sections will be easy to make it red, white, & blue. Thanks for sharing.

  12. I only want to work the green part, not the white.
    Can anyone advise me on this? Thank you so much.

    • The pattern is divided into sections so that you can work any you like in any order you like. The white sections are called Diamond Knobs, so you can just skip those sections. There is a section of ridges on either side of thei diamond knobs, so you may also want to leave out one of those as well for each section of diamond knobs you skip. You could also replace the diamond knobs sections with one of the other sections.

  13. Hi. I started this project. I am getting 10 stitches to
    4 inches. Can you please advise me as to how to get the
    correct gauge in the pattern?

    Also, when I do the diamond knob, do I insert the hook
    into the front loop, back loop or both loops?

    Also, how do I get the middle of the stitch to the back
    of the work?

    I would appreciate any help you can give. Thank you so much.

    • Gauge – you may be using heavier yarn than what I used. If that is the case and you don’t want your blanket wider than 32 inches, you can adjust your beginning chain. A beginning chain of 81 with your gage should give you a 32 inch wide blanket. Alternatively you can try using a smaller hook.

      Diamond knob – front loops

      Getting the middle of the stitch to the back of the work – Make the Tr. It naturally wants to bend since it has a sc beside it. Before making the next sc, gently push the middle of the tr away from you so that when you make the next sc, the tr should be bent toward the back of the blanket.

  14. Thank you for this lovely pattern. I have only done a practice swatch so far but I love it! I have never done crossed doubles before but you explain it so well I found it easy. Thank you.

  15. I love this pattern and need to make it for a lady in the hospital but I don’t know when you changed the color. Can you tell me what rows you did change the colors? I can’t wait to try this pattern.

    Thanks,

    • It can be done in a solid color or in as many colors as you like. Color changes should be made between the sections with the headings. I made mine in a seafoam green except for the sections with the heading “Diamond Knobs” which I made in white.

  16. Hi! Ive been so inspired to crochet for charity but been a busy mom of 2 little ones. Now that their in school i would love this and definitely will be making these lap blankets for our local oncology hospital.

  17. On row 14 it says: “The tr stitches will go to the opposite side of the tr stitches on the row three rows below.”

    But when I do it, it comes out the same (parallel to the ones three rows below. Should it be at the beginning of the row: to tr first and then do the 2 sc?)

    • Ohhhh I caught MY OWN mistake. I didn’t read it correctly. I should push one tr back and the other tr one front. Thank you so much for this pattern.

  18. Beautiful Pattern

  19. A must make peice

  20. This is beautiful – make this

  21. I am almost finished crocheting each of my grandkids an afghan as a keepsake from me…would love to make lap blankets for my local hospice care center. This is a great pattern and I think I will enjoy making them. My question is this…is the 32″ square a good size to make for the elderly or ill? Seems small to me, but I have never done them.

    • There are differing opinions on size. I have seen sizes ranging from 30 inch square to 40 inch square. Check with your local hospice to see if they already have specifications or at least recommendations for sizing. They may also have requirements for design or fiber.

  22. I would like to make this lap afghan in these exact colors but you don’t say how much of the white it takes

  23. What a wonderful pattern this is! The textures are marvelous, and the size is perfect for babies. I have two pregnant coworkers, and wasn’t sure what to make for the one having a boy; this is going to be perfect for the new baby!

    Thank you for this great pattern!

  24. Kathleen Reynolds

    Thank you for this amazingly beautiful pattern. I did make it a bit bigger measuring approx 45 x 56 as I made this as a baby blanket, and I like to make them generous so they grow with the child. I also added a boarder of crossed doubles. Again, thank you from a beginner crocheter for the outstanding instructons and beautiful combination of stiches.

  25. What a beautiful pattern! I would love to make this as a large afghan, i.e. 58″x 72″. Can you “convert” the pattern so I know how many stitches need to be in the beginning chain? Any other instructions that might need to be adjusted? Thank you.

    • Start with a chain of 201 for that width. For the length, it is really your preference on what parts of the pattern you want to repeat and in what order. In the pattern the different areas are divided into sections so that you can easily work sections in any order you like. It is designed to have a section of ridges between other textured sections, but otherwise the textured sections can be organized any way you like.

  26. I love this pattern, but I am a pretty novice crocheter and am confused by “push the middle of the stitch to the back of the work” and also push to the front of the work. Can you explain this step to me?

    Thank you!

    • Since there is a sc on either side of the tr, the sc stitches pull the tr down and bend it. It either has to bend to the front or the back, so to make the textured pattern, I tell which way to push it as it bends to make the bend end up on the front or the back.

  27. Beautiful. I am making a lapghan right now (from granny squares with a small raised rose in the center). Now that I have seen this, I want it to be my next project. Thank you for sharing.

  28. Love the picture of the pattern – I plan to start crocheting one soon. Really like the size adjustments advised to make it lap or baby size or even large size!
    Thanks!!!!

  29. This looks lovely but I have been frustrated with crocheting in the past as I have to count the stitches on each row or else it gets wider on each row for a bit and then narrower – how can I do this pattern or any crochet pattern and keep the sides straight? Your advice is anticipated. Thank you.

    • For smaller projects stick with counting the stitches. For larger projects, pick patterns that have a well defined repeating pattern throughout. Then you can make sure the pattern lines up and that the stitches on each end are the right amount without having to count the whole row. Unfortunately this pattern won’t work for that. The sections with the repeating patterns would work well, but the sections with the ridges would have a tendency to grow and shrink.

  30. This isn’t a comment but A Question. I’m trying to do a. Crocodile stitch and can’t figure it out.can you help me if you know what stitch this is. I’d appreciate it.Thank you

  31. I would like to make this a little wider, could you help me with the multiple I should chain?

  32. Do you by chance have a pattern for a crochet Jolly Santa? That is in writing, if you can help I would so much appreciate it!! Thank you!! I can’t wait to try Crochet textured reversible lap blanket!!

  33. I am about half way through your charity blanket Love during the different stitches I also have made quite a few of your pot holder Thank you for your patterns Hope to see more Have a wonderful day

  34. Thank you so much for the pattern! I am making my first blanket and hoping to donate it for the purpose of being used in a healing ceremony for First Nations people in Canada. Many thanks!

  35. Can you tell we where in the pattern I change colors to duplicate the pattern shown? Thanks.

    • Color changes should be made between the sections with the headings. I made mine in a seafoam green except for the sections with the heading “Diamond Knobs” which I made in white.

  36. Hi. Could you explain line 43 any different way? Or do you have photos of how to do this? I can seem to get it.

  37. Gorgeous! Thank you so much. Our Ladies group at church are making lap blankets and other items for charity.

    Again, thanks for such a masterful piece.

    loutisha

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