During the coldest months of the year, when you're staying inside and trying to keep comfortable, wear a lap robe. While you can wrap yourself in a blanket, you can't keep your hands or arms free to do anything (read, crochet, play video games, cross stitch).
Slip into a cozy sweater, grab a soft, lightweight cotton or wool yarn and start crocheting. Pick yarn colors that coordinate or complement your home's decor or choose your favorite colors.
To crochet this lap throw, you must be familiar with the basic stitches â€“â€“ chain stitch, single crochet and half double crochet. You must also be able to change yarn colors, fasten off your yarn and neatly weave the ends in.
Things You Will NeedDoubleknit cotton or wool yarn, 3 colors of your choice
Size G crochet hook
Large tapestry needle
Step 1Make a slip knot and chain 125 for the foundation chain in color A. Chain one for your turning chain, slip your crochet hook into the second stitch from the hook and crochet one single crochet â€“ sc â€“ in each chain to the end of the foundation chain for Row 1.
Step 2Chain two (first half double crochet -- hdc, slip your crochet hook into the third stitch from the hook and crochet one hdc in each chain to the end of the foundation chain for Row 2. Chain two for the turning chain and turn your work.
Step 3Repeat Row 2. On the final stitch of Row 5, change yarn colors to color B, dropping color A when you have two color A loops on the hook. Fasten color A off and cut the yarn. Finish the final stitch of Row 5 with color B.
Step 4Continue crocheting hdc using color B. Chain two for the turning chain and turn your work.
Step 5Repeat Row 2. On the final stitch of row 10, change yarn colors to color C, dropping color B when you have two color B loops on the hook. Fasten color B off and cut the yarn. Finish the final stitch of Row 10 with color C.
Step 6Continue to crochet hdc using color C. Chain two for the turning chain and turn your work.
Step 7Repeat Row 2. On the final stitch of row 15, change yarn colors back to color A, dropping color C when you have two color C loops on the hook. Fasten color C off and cut the yarn. Finish the final stitch of Row 15 with color A.
Step 8Continue to crochet hdc using color A. Chain two for the turning chain at the end of each row, turning your work. Change yarn colors every five rows, repeating Row two and changing yarn colors (A, B, C, A . . .) every five rows until your lap throw is long enough to reach your ankles. On the next to last row, resume stitching sc until you reach the final stitch of the row. When you finish crocheting with one color, fasten off that yarn and cut it.
Step 9Beginning in one corner of your lap throw, using color A, crochet one sc in each stitch. Crochet 3 sc in each corner stitch.
Step 10Crochet crab stitch (reverse single crochet, working from left to right), using color B. Crochet 3 crab stitches in each corner stitch of the border's first row. Fasten yarn off, cut and weave all ends in neatly with your large tapestry needle. This soft, comfy lap throw is long enough that you can cover your legs, but small enough that you can fold it and store it during the day when you don't need it. Since you use a lightweight (DK) yarn, it won't be too bulky to fold and store in a linen closet when you're not using the lap throw.
Tips & WarningsAs you fasten off and weave in your yarn ends, stitch the ends in, following one or two rows of crochet, pulling the ends just tightly enough that when you cut them, the cut end will slide into the row of stitches you stitched it into.
Hand-wash your lap throw or wash it in the gentle cycle in your washer so the ends don't come loose.