I've been crocheting since I was a little girl. Since then I've designed for magazines and offer free patterns at my site.
A lapghan is really just an afghan that is the right size to use across your lap or throw across your shoulders. Some people call them lap robes. Lapghans are about half the size of an afghan. They are popular to use in nursing homes or just to throw across your legs and keep warm in the winter.
Make one for your favorite friend! Lapghans are quicker to make than full-sized afghans, so you'll be able to crochet more of them. Make a few to donate to your local nursing home. Crochet one in baby colors and use as a baby blanket.
Just click on the titles below and you'll find the photos and patterns for the lapghans. Some may need to be downloaded.
About.com Lacy Lapghan - This pretty lapghan can be used for either a baby blanket or lapghan. The pattern uses a shell stitch with dc's and works up quickly. It uses worsted weight yarn and a size G hook. You'll need about 21 ounces of yarn.
Amanda's Happy Hearth Circle Lapghan - This pattern works well both as a lap throw or if you fold it, you can place it over your shoulders. You can use wool or worsted weight yarn. You'll need to download the pattern in PDF format.
Bev's Easy Lapghan - She used nice bright colors and a size J hook. You have the choice of using 4-ply worsted weight yarn with a double strand or worsted weight with baby and sports weight yarn depending on how heavy you'd like your finished project.
Big Bold Chevron - This afghan pattern is offered in several sizes. One should work great for your lapghan project. It is an open pattern and only uses 4 skeins of Red Heart with Love yarn.
Crochet With Cris Manly Sports Lapghan - This lapghan is a longer than usual to fit a man's legs. Since it is completed in stripes, you can add or subtract as many stripes as you need for the person it is crocheted for. You'll need worsted weight yarn in two colors and a size J hook.
Kathy's Crochet Cabin Wheelchair Lapghan - The pattern uses worsted weight yarn and a size J hook, so you should be able to crochet it quickly. It is created in a simple pattern, so most crocheter should be able to handle it.
MG's Designs Picket Fences - You'll need 20 ounces of worsted weight yarn and a size J hook. This afghan can be completed in stripes as she did or as a solid color lapghan. The finished size is 36 x 40 inches.
Mama's Stitchery Projects In the Round Square Navajo Lap Blanket - This is an extra nice afghan if you like Indian designs. It is crocheted in the round. You'll need 4 colors of worsted weight yarn and a size I hook.
Mama's Stitchery Projects Textured Reversible Lap Blanket - The blanket is 32" square and is crocheted in two different colors. You'll get a chance to use several different stitch patterns. Worsted weight yarn and a size I hook are used.
My Crochet Ramblings Blended Granny - The afghan was created with 2 stands of yarns used at once and a J hook. This pattern can be crocheted extra fast. The afghan was designed with 3 shades of Caron Simply Soft yarn which gives it a pretty shaded effect.
Red Heart Blushing Grannies - The lapghan is crocheted with Super Saver yarn and a size I hook. It has a shaded effect too. It could also be crocheted with scrap yarns. The pattern is rated Easy.
Red Heart Ripple Lapghan - You'll need 4 colors of 4-ply worsted weight yarn to complete the project. The original pattern used Red Heart Soft Yarn. It is worked with an I hook.
Suzie's Yarnie Stuff Charity Lapghan - This afghan has ties at the corner so that it can be attached to a wheelchair, so it won't fall. Also included is a pocket to put tissues, cell phones or kleenex or other items.
Yahoo Voices Winter Blossom Lapghan - This is a pretty lapghan with beaded flowers. Suggested is using the pattern for a baby afghan pattern too. Simply Soft Yarn by Caron was used. It is worked with an I hook.
Enjoy viewing and creating some of these pretty lapghans. Crochet a few extras for charity. They'd make nice pet blankets too.
© 2012 Barbara Badder
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on August 06, 2012:
Anjo Bacarisas II from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines on August 06, 2012:
I like this page. This is one of the great stabilizing hub. :)
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on August 05, 2012:
teaches12345, Thanks for viewing. Well, now you know what you have. They are nice for keeping warm.
Dianna Mendez on August 05, 2012:
I didn't know this is what they were called. So, I have a couple of nice lapghans my sisters made me for Christmas over the years. Love the small size as they are just right for reading and sipping a cup of tea. Thanks for the suggestions.
Barbara Badder (author) from USA on August 03, 2012:
Silwen, I need to get busy and do that. Thanks for visiting. I need to get permission before using others photos.
Silwen from Europe on August 03, 2012:
I miss some illustrations here. Nice links. Thank you for sharing.