Saturday, September 28, 2013

Diagonal Lap-ghan

This square lap-blanket is crocheted on the diagonal, using a large hook with two strands of yarn held together. It’s fast and easy, and the big stitches give it a cozy thickness with a nice drape. It works well as an over-the-shoulders wrap, too.

U.S. crochet terms

Skill Level   Easy

approx. 1600 yds/1463m acrylic, wool, or blend worsted weight in 4 colors

Schematic diagram included.

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  1. Thanks for the pattern. I like your model.

  2. What does holding tWo threads together do for you in this pattern Would it work for the only one strand at a time

    1. Holding 2 strands together has several advantages. First, it allows you to use a big hook and get the project done quickly. Also, my happy discovery when trying it out, was that the 2 strands give the lapghan lots of loft and the big stitches give it a nice drape--far less stiff than smaller, tighter stitches.

      That said, this pattern would work fine with one strand and a smaller hook. You would certainly be working many more rows to get the size you want, and the lapghan would not be as thick.

      Good idea!

  3. I received a question about how to make a rectangular-shaped afghan using this pattern. Here's my answer:

    I haven't done it on a large scale, but I have an idea that I just tried as a swatch and it succeeded. Working the pattern, when you get to the width you want for the afghan, you'll have to add some rows that have an increase on one end and a decrease on the other end so the number of stitches remains the same row after row and the decreases are all on the same edge of the afghan and the increases are all on the opposite edge. Then when you get to the length you want for the afghan, start the decreases on each end to get down to a point again.

    I'm not sure if all the corners will be nicely squared off, but if they're not, you can work a border around the whole thing, which should help.