Crochet a Simple Lap Blanket
Easy Lap Blanket Pattern
Make this easy lap blanket
Lap blankets are handy things to have, and make a great gift, too! The size makes them especially handy for people in wheelchairs. For this pattern, using a large hook with a medium weight yarn makes for a light and airy blanket with excellent drape - and it works up fast, too!
3 skeins medium weight (4) yarn (I used Loops & Threads Luxury Wool 205 yrds/187m, 3.5oz/100g)
9.00mm crochet hook
This blanket is first worked in rows for the centre panel, then bordered in rounds. It’s easy to adjust the size to whatever you wish by either adding more stitches to your foundation to change the width, more rows to change the length, or more rounds to the border to increase the size in all directions.
fsc = foundation single crochet (see video below)
ch = chain
ss = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
Time required: One or Two evenings
Cost: Depends on quality of materials
- 3 skeins medium weight yarn
- 9.00 mm hook
- yarn needle
- embroidery scissor
1. Begin Centre Panel: Attach the yarn to your 9.00mm hook with a slip knot.
2. Row 1: Work 80 fsc, or any even number you wish. (see video below for instructions)
3. Row 2: ch 1 (turning chain does not count as a stitch), *1sc, 1dc* across.
repeat row 2 until 2 skeins are are complete (approx. 410 yds/374m), or to desired length.
This stitch pattern repeat is called the seed stitch. In each row after row 2, a sc gets worked into a dc in the row below, and a dc is worked into an sc in the row below. By starting with an even number of stitches, you will always start with a sc and end with a dc.
4. On reaching the desired number of rows (or completing two skeins of yarn), finish off the yarn end.
5. Begin Border: Round 1: Join yarn in the first sc stitch at the top right corner and work 1sc into the same space. Work 1sc into each stitch across, up to the second last stitch. Turn corner in the last stitch by working [1sc, ch2, 1sc]. Continue working sc stitches down the ends of the rows evenly. (I worked 1sc around each turning chain, 2 sc around the post of each dc) In the last stitch, work [1sc, ch2, 1sc] to turn. Continue working sc stitches along bottom of the fsc, turning the corner as before. Work sc sevenly along the ends of the rows again, making sure you have the same number of stitches as the other side. Finish round in the same stitch the yarn was joined in by working [1sc, ch2]. Join with ss into first sc of the round.
6. Round 2: Turn. Ss into the ch 2 space. Ch 3 (counts as first dc). Into same ch 2 space work [1dc, 1ch, 2dc]. Work 1dc into each stitch across. *Turn corner in ch 2 space by working [2dc, ch1, 2dc]. Dc across to next corner* Repeat from * to * two more times. Close round by ss into the top of ch 3 at beginning of round.
7. Round 3: Ss into the ch 1 space. Ch 1 (does not count as first stitch). Turn. Work 1sc into ch 1 space. *1sc into each stitch across. In next ch 1 space, [1sc, ch2, 1sc] * Repeat from * to * until all sides are done, finishing with [1sc, ch2] in same ch space as first stitch. Close with ss to first stitch.
8. Repeat rounds 2 and 3 until third skein of yarn is done, or desired size is reached.
Finish off and sew in tail ends.
Note: If you find any errors in this pattern, please let me know! Thanks!
How to do Foundation Single Crochet
Here's a good video demonstrating how to do a Foundation Single Crochet. If you are not comfortable working this stitch, you can start with a chain in your desired length instead.
You will probably find your lap blanket looking rather lumpy. To solve this, you will need to block it. This will open up the stitches and straighten the edges.
The video below demonstrates wet blocking some crochet lace. The same technique can be used for this blanket - just pin the edges nice and straight in the same manner. If you happen to have blocking wires, it will make the job a lot easier!