How to Crochet a Simple Lap Blanket

Updated on February 1, 2018
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Anna is a lifelong crafter and crochet instructor who enjoys trying new techniques, learning new skills, and sharing them with others.

How to Crochet an Easy Lap Blanket

Lap blankets are handy things to have, and they make great gifts, too! The size makes them especially handy for people in wheelchairs. I recommend using a large hook with a medium-weight yarn to create a light blanket that drapes beautifully. This project can be done quickly, which is also a bonus!

Time required: one or two evenings

Difficulty: easy

What You'll Need

  • 3 skeins medium weight (4) yarn (I used Loops & Threads Luxury Wool 205 yrds/187m, 3.5oz/100g)
  • 9.00mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry/yarn needle
  • Embroidery scissors

Abbreviations and Notes

Abbreviations

  • fsc = foundation single crochet (see video below)
  • ch = chain

  • ss = slip stitch

  • sc = single crochet

  • dc = double crochet

This blanket is first worked in rows for the center panel and 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.

Instructions

1. Begin Center 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 the 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 the bottom of the fsc, turning the corner as before. Work sc evenly along the ends of the rows again, making sure you have the same number of stitches as on 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 the round.

7. Round 3: Ss into the ch 1 space. Ch 1 (does not count as the 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 the first stitch. Close with ss to first stitch.

8. Repeat rounds 2 and 3 until the third skein of yarn is done or the 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 a Foundation Single-Crochet Stitch

Watch the video below to learn how to do a foundation single-crochet stitch. If you are not comfortable with it, you can start with a chain in your desired length instead.

Blocking the Lap Blanket

You will probably find your lap blanket looks rather lumpy when it's finished. To address this issue, you'll need to block it, which opens up the stitches and straightens the edges.

The video below demonstrates how to wet-block crochet lace. The same technique can be used for this blanket. Just make sure to pin the edges nice and straight in the same way they show in the video. If you happen to have blocking wires, it will make the job a lot easier!

Have you made a lap blanket before?

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      Deborah 4 months ago

      Never thought Blankets or afghans were interesting enough to buy all that yarn when it might not look that good.

      This pattern looks very interesting and attractive.

      I've already got a long list of projects but I will add this one.

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      Allurann 3 years ago

      great lens, I just got started on here, this was a really good example for me!

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      someone111 4 years ago

      Great lens and great idea!

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      Elis173 4 years ago

      Great idea, cute blanket!

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      hovirag 4 years ago

      It would be great to have images attached to how you do the blanket

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      blessedmomto7 4 years ago

      Well, I started one....

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      mina009 4 years ago

      Cute blanket. Very nicely done..

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      RazzbarryBreeze 4 years ago

      I love lap blankets. I just bought my grandmother one for christmas.

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      My grandmother used to make all kinds of things and we have several afghans that we still use on a daily basis. This is a great idea. They definitely come in handy.

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      Sweetbunny LM 4 years ago

      Lovely! It has been a while since I have made a blanket....but, I think I may have to do another.....thanks for sharing!

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