Sunday, September 20, 2009

CHARITY LAPGHAN WITH ATTACHED POCKET (C)



This lapghan is made like the Rectangle Granny Afghan. Since many of the people that receive donated lapghans are in wheelchairs, there are ties on the two top corners, so it can be tied to the wheelchair.

The attached pocket is large enough to accommodate a cell phone, I-Pod, tissue packet or a deck of cards.

The single crochet edging won’t get tangled in the wheelchair. If you are making it for someone for whom that isn’t an issue I suggest the edging on the original Rectangle Granny.

MATERIALS:
Worsted weight yarn approximately 21 ounces
I (5.50 mm) hook
1 3/4 to 1.5 inch button
Needle with large eye that will go through holes in button
Yarn needle

SIZE: 33 X 39 inches

NOTES:
1. Read instructions all the way through before beginning.
2. Crochet the pocket first, when it is time to attach it you won’t have to stop.
3. Separate a length of the pocket yarn into plys. Sew the button on the pocket with two plys of the yarn.
4. I posted photos of the first few rounds here:


INSTRUCTIONS:
POCKET:
Ch 16.

ROUND 1: Make 2 sc in 2nd chain from hook, sc in each chain (13) to last chain, working over yarn tail for remainder of this round, 3 sc in last ch, work in opposite side of starting chain and sc in each of 14 chain stitches; (32 sc)



ROUND 2: Slip stitch in first sc of round 1 (counts as first sc), sc in each sc around. (32 sc)

DO NOT join rounds.

ROUNDS 3-18: Sc in next sc and in each sc around. (32 sc)

ROUND 19: Sc in next sc and in each sc around to the last 2 sts before the side edge fold. Slip stitch in last 2 sc ending at fold. Ch 1, turn.

Now work back and forth in rows.

ROW 1: Sc in 2 slip stitches, sc in 14 sc. Ch 1, turn. (16 sc)


ROW 2: Sc in 16 sc. (16 sc)


Fasten off.

FLAP:
ROW 1: Ch 17, sc in 2nd ch from hook, and each remaining ch. Ch 1, turn. (16 sc)


ROW 2: Sc in each sc. Ch 1, turn. (16 sc)


ROW 3: Buttonhole row. Sc in 7 sc, ch 2, skip 2 sc, sc in 7 sc. Ch 1, turn. (14 sc and 1 ch 2 space)


ROW 4: Sc in each sc and each ch. Ch 1, turn. (16 sc)


ROW 5-7: Sc in each sc. Ch 1, turn. (16 sc)

ROW 8: Place pocket and flap together with the short side of pocket on the inside. Sc through both layers across. Ch 1, turn. (16 sc)


ROW 9: Sc in each sc. (16 sc)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

LAPGHAN
FOUNDATION ROW:
Chain 21, dc in 5th ch from hook, dc in next 2 ch *ch 1, skip 1 ch, dc in next 3 ch, repeat from * across, ending skip 1 ch, ch 1 dc in last ch. If changing colors fasten off, and attach new color on the opposite (diagonal) corner. There should be 4 3 dc groups and a loop on each end.

ROUND 1: Ch 3, 2 dc in loop formed by last dc of foundation row, (ch 1, 3 dc) 3 times in same space. 3 dc in space between dc groups to loop at opposite end of foundation row, work (3 dc, ch 1) 4 times in end space, continue around working 3 dc in each space between dc groups, join with a slipstitch in top of ch 3.

ROUND 2: Hold rectangle with right side facing and narrow end at top, join next color (if not changing color slipstitch to ch 1 space) ch 3, 2 dc, ch 1, 3 dc in same space {starting corner made} 3 dc between next 2 groups of 3 dc (for end), (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) {corner} in next ch 1 space, 3 dc in each space between dc groups along side, work corner in ch 1 space, 3 dc in next space between dc groups, slipstitch in beginning ch 3.

ROUNDS 3-26: Repeat round 2 with 3 dc between each dc group and working corner in each corner.

DO NOT
fasten off.

ATTACHING POCKET AND EDGING:

Find the center 3 dc group of one short side. Count 2 groups to the left (facing you) and place a marker in that group.

ROUND 1: Ch 1, sc in each dc, 3 sc in ch 1 space in corners. When you come to the marker, place the top edge of the pocket even with the edge of the lapghan and sc through both layers. Join with a slipstitch in first sc.

ROUNDS 2-3:
Ch 1, sc in each sc, work 3 sc in corners. Join with a slipstitch in first sc.

Weave in all ends.

Sew button under buttonhole.

OPTIONAL TIES: (make 2)
Ch 66, slipstitch in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch. Holding the two ends together tie an overhand knot close to the slipstitches.

Fold tie in half and pull the center loop through the corner hole at the top of lapghan. Pass the ends through the loop and pull snug. Repeat with second tie.

Comments:
Thanks so much Suzie. A friend of my mom's who was the secretary at our small rural school when I was growing up is in the nursing home now and I wanted to make her something, this is perfect. Now my SIL's grandma has broken a hip and is in rehab. Perfect for MiMi too. Many thanks!!!


Nancy in South Texas
 
Thank you, my Dad is in the nursing home and I have been looking for something to make with my Mom's yarn as a memorial to her. This is great! I can't wait to get started and send them to Dad's unit to be handed out in her memory. Thanks, Thanks, Thanks!!!

Cindy in Tennessee
 
Thanks. I think that's a wonderful idea as a memorial.
 
Love the pocket idea! I have been putting pockets on my lapghans for seniors and my DH thought it was silly! My folks were in assisted living so I watched a lot of ladies fumble for a hankie stash! I never put a closing flap on mine - getting fancy! I love your site and your patterns - they are all full of love and FUN!
 
I love this pattern but I am having a bit of trouble getting started.I am starting the pocket... what is meant by
"working over yarn tail for remainder of this round" how do I get from 16 sc. to 32?? could you help?
 
You work on the other side of the starting chain, into the unused loops.
 
Thanks, this is a really neat pattern. My church's Shawl Minstry, has asked those who crochet, knit, or quilt to make a lapghan to donate to them to give to those who are in the hospital or nursing homes to bless their lives. And I believe this will.
 
THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS PATTERN, I LOVE GRANNY SQUARES AND WILL LOVE DOING THIS FOR MY GIRLFRIENDS MOM WHO JUST TURNED 98. SHE WANTS IT IN BLUE/TEAL. WILL POST A PICTURE AFTER I MAKE IT.

THANKS SUZIE YOU ARE GREAT
BLESSINGS LEE MEYER
 
I look forward to seeing your photo. Red Heart Super Saver comes in a nice teal "Real Teal".
 
Hi Suzie,
This is a wonderful pattern. I have not done an afghan in a long time only doily crochet.

The pocket has me completely baffled. I have a six inch oval right now and with all 19 rows it will be a large oval. Something tells me that is not what you meant and I can't get my mind around it.

Thank you for any help you can give me. And thanks for the great patterns you share.

I am hoping to make many of these of the VA troops.

Laura
 
Have you looked at the photos of the first few rounds? Maybe that will help you to see where you are going wrong.

http://suzies-yarnie-stuff.blogspot.com/2009/11/first-few-rounds-of-rectangle-lapghan.html
 
If you keep working on 32 stitches it should make a pocket. All I can think of is you have more than 32 stitches.
 
How do you post pictures? I would like to show you the afghan that I made with your pattern.
 
Only I can post photos on my blog.

You could join my Yahoo Group and post photos there. There is a button to join the Yahoo Group near the top of the sidebar.
 
Hi I hope know if this will reach someone as it has been a few years since the pattern was posted. I am trying to complete this pattern for a hospice volunteer project.
I am fairly new to crochet and I am confused about the instructions following Round 2.
When I repeat Round 2, do I repeat it exactly with the "beginning corner" exactly the same each time?
I seem to be getting a lopsided piece when I do this (so far in round 3)
Any advice?
 
Just keep working the rounds and the pocket will form.
 
I thought about this and maybe you mean the "corner" isn't lining up exactly. That is the nature of crochet each round is a little to the side of the previous one.
 
oh wow Suzie, I just love your site. I just don't know how to copy and paste to print your pattern. I just love this pattern, will make it for my friend who is in a wheelchair. Thank you, charlotte
 
how do I cut and paste to my documents. Charlotte
 
Since I don't know what programs you use, I'm afraid I can't help you. I suggest you click on "help" and follow those instructions.
 
This pattern is perfect for a baby blanket but without the pocket and ties; maybe keep the pocket but not the ties. Anyway, it is still a great pattern. Thanks again.
 
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