Last weekend was my Grandma’s 90th Birthday and we had a small family gathering in the Retirement Home where she lives. I crocheted her a lap blanket she can use when she is sitting in her chair watching television, or when she is coloring.
I didn’t want it to be too large, or too heavy, but I did want it to be warm. I also wanted it to be something she could fold up and place in her carry bag on her walker so she could use it in other areas of the Retirement Home if she was joining in group activities in the main room.
This blanket is crocheted using the Trinity Stitch and the finished fabric does not have any large spaces or holes. Grandma’s Textured Lap Blanket is warm, soft and sized to fit a lap comfortably. The finished blanket used 2 balls of Caron Big Cakes and a 5 mm (H) hook. The finished size is approximately 29 inches by 39 inches.
I LOVE the texture of this blanket and I found myself running my hand over the finished rows of stitches as I worked because it has a slight bumpiness to it. To me it is calming to slide my hand over and I hope Grandma will find it calming too.
The pattern is very easy to modify to any size using the stitch multiple. If you are beginning with a starting chain row you will need to crochet a multiple of 2 stitches plus 2. If you are working within an established pattern and just adding a section, or if you are making something and you are working a foundation row of single crochet stitches instead of the beginning chain row, you need to work a multiple of 2 stitches plus 1.
Grandma’s Textured Lap Blanket
- Yarn: Caron Big Cakes. 100% Acrylic. Medium . (603 yds/551 m; 10.5 oz/300 g) x 2 balls (Color: Nightberry)
- Hook: 5 mm (H)
- Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker (optional)
39″ wide by 29″ long with the edging
Before the edging the blanket measures approximately 37 inches wide X 27 inches long
16 stitch sets in 4 inches (stitch set: sc3tog, ch1)
16 rows in 5 inches
You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute if your gauge is different, the finished size of your project will also be different.
US Terminology used
ch – chain
R – row
rem – remaining
rep – repeat
sc – single crochet
sc3tog – single crochet 3 stitches together
sk – skip
st/sts – stitch/stitches
* – Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain of multiple instructions.
() – Repeat the instructions between the parentheses the number of times indicated.
 – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches
Helpful Video Tutorials
You will be working into the chain stitches as well as the single crochet stitches (and sc3tog stitches). Be sure to make the chain stitches relaxed (not super tight) because you need to be able to fit your hook into them.
Row end counts include ch1sp.
I’ve tried to create a stitch pattern diagram for you – I’m a beginner at this so I hope this makes sense!
Grandma’s Textured Lap Blanket Pattern Instructions
R1: Ch 142. 1 sc in 2nd ch from the hook, beg in the same ch as you worked your prev sc and work a sc3tog over it and the next 2 chs. *Ch 1, sc3tog by inserting your hook into the same ch as the 3rd leg of the previous sc3tog and then into the next 2 chs.** Rep from * to ** across. Work 1 sc in the same ch as the 3rd leg of the previous sc3tog. Turn. 
R2: Ch 1, 1 sc in the first st, beg in the same st as you worked your prev sc and work a sc3tog over it and the next 2 sts. *Ch 1, sc3tog by inserting your hook into the same st as the 3rd leg of the previous sc3tog and then into the next 2 sts.** Rep from * to **across. Work 1 sc in the same st as the 3rd leg of the previous sc3tog. Turn. 
R3-R92: Rep R2
The edging I used for the blanket is a just a simple single crochet edging. I worked under one loop only of each stitch and edge stitch around for the first round. I worked 1 sc in each row end and in each stitch around, making 3 sc in each of the 4 corners. Once I reached the beginning of the edging, I worked a second round of single crochets, 1 in each stitch and 3 in each corner stitch. I finished off with an invisible join before weaving in my ends.