Sunday, September 20, 2009


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.

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

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:

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.

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.

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.

fasten off.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Have you looked at the photos of the first few rounds? Maybe that will help you to see where you are going wrong.
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.
I want to make one that is 35x50. How many chains should I use to start it?

Mary in NW Florida
I haven't calculated those measurements. These are the ones I have data on:
61 ch = 18” strip for example 36X54 or 42X60

41 ch = 12” strip for example 30X42 or 36X48

21 ch = 6” strip for example 30X36 or 36X42

Hi Suzie,
I haven't visited for a while and am glad I have found you again. I love your patterns and am now retired and crocheting items for charity. Your lapghan and wheelchair bag patterns will be a big hit at the senior center! Thanks for sharing.
Lil in Baltimore. 8/8/2015
Hi Suzie,
We have a church crochet group and we are looking forward to making these lapghans for people in nursing homes or wherever they might be needed. I'm sure they will love your pattern. I made a similar one years ago but it had a blank white middle panel that you did a rose cross stitch pattern on. It was pretty too. Thanks again.
Chains From The Heart @ Gilpin County
i get stuck on the round 19 for the pocket, it means that i only need to crochet 2 rows on one side only for 14 sc(16 sc)then fasten off right please advise tks
Just read through and do exactly what it says, try not to over think it.
Hi Ms Suzies, i just finished the project in 2 days, this is my first time crochet this granny lapghan, i am so proud and thanks again wishing you a Joy holidays and your family. look forward to learn more pattern in the near future.
P.s. every year we go to Seattle for Buddha ceremony in Redmond and North Bend.
I pleased you enjoyed your success with the pattern.
I’ve been crocheting for almost 2 years now and am having a real hard time with the lapgahn pattern. It would definitely be helpful if you would attach pictures with each step. I think I’ll have to find a different pattern unfortunately as I’m trying to make blankets for a dimensia hospital for Christmas and am strapped for time. Thanks for sharing anyway though. :/
Great idea to find a different pattern. Many bloggers have more photos than my posts. Photography isn't my thing, so what you see is what you get.
suzetta, I want to say, the photos are great, I was able to figure out the pattern using these. On my way to finishing my first 'lapghan' for Soldiers Angels.
I have totes galore of random yarn and have wanted to make donation items for elderly in homes that are needy. I can't wait to get started and deliver them!
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