I've been crocheting since I was a little girl. Since then I've designed for magazines and offer free patterns at my site.
What Is a Lapghan?
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.
13 Free Lap Blanket Patterns
Just click on the titles below, and you'll find the photos and patterns for the lapghans. Some may need to be downloaded.
1. Lacy Lapghan
This pretty lapghan from The Spruce can be used for either a baby blanket or lapghan. The pattern uses a shell stitch with double crochet stitches and works up quickly. It uses worsted-weight yarn and a size G hook.
- How Much Yarn Does It Take?: You'll need about 600 yards of yarn, which is approximately 2–3 skeins (if they're standard 4 or 4.5-ounce worsted-weight skeins, that is!).
2. Happy Hearth Circle Lapghan
This circle lapghan pattern from Amanda's Happy Hearth works well as a lap throw—or, if you fold it, you can place it over your shoulders. You'll need to download the pattern in PDF format.
- How Much Yarn Does It Take?: You'll need approximately 1600 yards of wool, acrylic, or blend worsted weight yarn in three different colors.
3. Bev's Easy Lapghan
This easy pattern from Bev's Country Cottage uses nice bright colors and a size J hook. You can choose to use 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.
- How Much Yarn Does It Take?: If you choose to use 4-ply worsted weight with a double strand, it'll take about 40 ounces of yarn.
4. Chevron Lapghan
This big, bold afghan pattern from Moogly is offered in several sizes—one of which should work great for your lapghan project.
- How Much Yarn Does It Take?: This is an open pattern and only uses four skeins of Red Heart With Love yarn in two colors.
5. Manly Sports Lapghan
This "manly-looking" striped lapghan from iYarny is 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.
- How Much Yarn Does It Take?: In total, you'll need five skeins of Red Heart Super Saver (3 skeins of Color A and two skeins of Color B).
6. Wheelchair Lapghan
This wheelchair lapghan pattern from Kathy's Crochet Cabin 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 crocheters should be able to handle it.
- How Much Yarn Does It Take?: One crochet used this pattern to create a 35" x 24" lapghan with just two skeins of worsted weight yarn. Another created a 24" x 36" lapghan with two skeins of I Love This Yarn.
7. Picket Fences Lapghan
This lovely patterned afghan from MG's Designs can be completed in stripes (as author Melissa Green did) or as a solid color lapghan. The finished size is 36 x 40 inches.
- How Much Yarn Does It Take?: You'll need 20 ounces of worsted weight yarn and a size J hook.
8. In-the-Round Square Lap Blanket
This traditional Najavo lap blanket pattern from Mama's Stitchery Projects is an extra nice afghan if you like Native American designs. It is crocheted in the round. You'll need four colors of worsted weight yarn and a size I hook.
- How Much Yarn Does It Take?: The author approximates that you'll need 100 yards for the main color and 200 yards for the remaining three colors.
9. Textured Reversible Lap Blanket
This textured reversible blanket from Mama's Stitchery Projects 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.
- How Much Yarn Does It Take?: Approximately 17 ounces of yarn (760 yards).
10. Blended Granny Lapghan
This granny square afghan from My Crochet Ramblings was created with two stands of yarns used at once and a J hook. This pattern can be crocheted extra fast. The afghan was designed with three shades of Caron Simply Soft yarn which gives it a pretty shaded effect.
- How Much Yarn Does It Take?: If you use Caron Simply Soft as recommended, you'll need two skeins of Color A, three skeins of Color B, and two skeins of Color C.
11. Blushing Grannies Lapghan
This granny square lapghan from Red Heart's Yarnspirations 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.
- How Much Yarn Does It Take?: Red Heart recommends two skeins of Super Saver in Color A and one skein of Super Saver in Color B.
12. Ripple Lapghan
To complete this ripple lapghan from Red Heart's Yarnspirations, you'll need 4 colors of 4-ply worsted weight yarn. The original pattern used Red Heart Soft Yarn. It is worked with an I hook.
- How Much Yarn Does It Take?: Yarnspirations recommends two skeins of Red Heart Soft per color. The pattern calls for four colors, so that's eight skeins total.
13. Charity Lapghan With Attached Pocket
This granny afghan from Suzie's Yarnie Stuff has ties at the corner so that it can be attached to a wheelchair—it won't fall. Also included is a pocket to put Kleenex or tissues, cell phones, or other important items.
- How Much Yarn Does It Take?: You'll need approximately 21 ounces of yarn to make this 33" x 39" lap blanket.
Enjoy viewing and creating some of these pretty lapghans. Crochet a few extras for charity. They'd make nice pet blankets too.
- How to Make a Scrapghan: Crochet a Throw or Blanket From Yarn Scraps
Why not use up all those left-over yarn scraps to make a brightly-colored crocheted blanket? An easy project for frugal crocheters.
- How to Crochet a Simple Lap Blanket
Use this free pattern to make a quick and easy lap blanket for yourself or to give as a gift.
- Free Crochet Baby Blanket Patterns
Nothing is more fun than crocheting for babies. Select from this wide variety of free crochet baby blanket patterns. Most are easy enough for a beginner.
© 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.