Instructions

HELPFUL ABREVIATION GUIDE

GAUGE: 8 dc or post stitches = 4 in.

SPECIAL STITCHES:

Front Post Stitch (FP): yo, insert hook from front to back around post of next st on last row (yo, draw through 2 loops on hook) 2 times. Skip next st on last row behind FP.

Back Post Stitch (BP): yo, insert hook from back to front around post of next st on last row (yo, draw through 2 loops on hook) 2 times. Skip next st on last row behind BP.

Directions:

CROCHET INTERIOR

Row 1: Loosely ch 87, dc in fourth ch from hk, dc in each ch across, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in each st across, ch 3, turn.

Row 3: [FP around next st in last row, dc in next st] across, ch 3, turn.

Row 4: [BP around next st in last row, dc in next st] across.

Row 5: Dc in each st across.

Repeat Rows 2-5 24 more times.

Do not turn work.

CROCHET BORDER

Round 1: Ch 1, work 3 sc in corner st, work sc down side, spacing sts evenly and using as many sts as needed to keep area flat. Work 3 sc in next corner, work sc in each unused loop of beginning ch. Work 3 sc in next corner, work sc down side, spacing sts evenly and using as many sts as needed to keep area flat. Work 3 sc in last corner, work sc in each st across. Join with sl st in first sc. Ch 1 (do not turn).

Rounds 2-4: Work first sc in same st as joining. Work 3 sc in second corner st, work sc in each st down side. Work 3 sc in second st of next corner, work sc in each st across. Work 3 sc in second st of next corner, work sc in each st down side. Work 3 sc in second st of last corner, work sc in each st across. Join with sl st at end of each round. For Rounds 2-3, ch 1 (do not turn). For Round 4, ch 3 (do not turn).

Rounds 5-7: Dc in each st around, working 3 dc in second st of each corner. Join with sl st at end of each round. For Rounds 5-6, ch 3 (do not turn). For Round 7, ch 1 (do not turn).

Round 8: Sc in same st as joining, [ch 3, skip 1 st, sc in next st] around. Join to first sc. Fasten off and weave in ends.

CROCHETED LAP AFGHAN FINISHED SIZE: Afghan measures about 36 in. wide x 58 in. long.

Crocheted Lap Afghan pattern originally sent in by Rebecca Marvin of Waseca, Minnesota; adapted by Joanne Wied of Greendale, Wisconsin.

Photo by Country Woman magazine.