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 Textured Lap Blanket using the trinity stitch, that she can use when she is sitting in her chair watching television, or when she is coloring.
Grandma’s Textured Lap Blanket Crochet Pattern
I didn’t want it to be too large, or too heavy, but I did want it to provide warmth and comfort. 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. It would also be suitable to bring with her to use for a bit of extra warmth when she is a passenger in a vehicle.
The Trinity Stitch
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. This is the perfect blanket size for her and I think it will be the right size for those who are wheelchair users too.
I LOVE the texture of this blanket (the trinity stitch creates little bumps) 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.
If you are making a handmade blanket for someone who lives in a retirement residence, or nursing home, be sure to include the care instructions for the finished throw with your gift. For example, for Grandma’s Lap Blanket the Caron Big Cakes Yarn I used is machine washable and dryable; so the finished lap blanket can be washed just like her other clothing items. This is a durable and warm blanket, which will stand up to daily use. Different washing instructions would be needed for cotton blankets and for wool blankets and the home may not be able to accommodate those cleaning requests.
The Stitch Multiple
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 chain a multiple of 2 stitches. 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. For other blanket sizes that you can make, include throw blankets and kids blankets please see this post: Common Blanket and Afghan Sizes
- Yarn: Caron Big Cakes. (affiliated link) 10.5 oz (300 g) and 603 yds (551 m). 100% Acrylic. Medium Weight Yarn . Machine washable and dryable
- Color: 2 balls Nightberry
- Crochet Hook: 5 mm (H) Furls Lime Odyssey. (affiliate link)
- Finished Project Yardage of sample (size throw): Lap Blanket: 21 oz (600 g) / 1206 yds (1102 m)
- Scissors, Yarn Needle
39″ wide by 29″ long with the edging
Before the edging the blanket measures approximately 37 inches wide X 27 inches long
Approximately 14 rows per 4 inches and 15 sts per 4 inches
You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute if your tension 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
- Free Online Crochet Stitch Dictionary
- Stitch Anatomy
- Trinity Stitch Tutorial
- 14 Unique Baby Blanket Crochet Patterns
- Quick Stitch Guide
- Slip Knot and Starting Chain
- The trinity stitch requires that you work 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.
- Looking for a square blanket crocheted in rounds instead? Try: My Favorite Crochet Blanket Pattern (free)
- Add Grandma’s Textured Lap Blanket to your Ravelry Library here.
I’ve tried to create a stitch diagram for you for the trinity stitch. I’m a beginner at this so I hope this makes sense!
Grandma’s Textured Lap Blanket Stitch Chart:
Grandma’s Textured Lap Blanket Crochet Pattern
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
Proceed to Simple Edging Instructions.
Simple Edging Instructions
The edging I used is a simple single crochet (sc) edging. I worked under one loop only for each row-end.
R1: 1 sc in each st across to the corner, 3 sc in the corner, rotate your work to continue along the side-edge. 1 sc in each row-end to the corner, 3 sc in the corner, rotate your work to continue across the foundation row. 1 sc in each st across to the corner, 3 sc in the corner, rotate your work to continue along the side-edge. 1 sc in each row-end to the corner, 3 sc in the corner, rotate your work to begin R2.
R2: 1 sc in each st across to the corner sc, 3 sc in the corner sc, rotate your work to continue along the side-edge. 1 sc in each row-end to the corner sc, 3 sc in the corner sc, rotate your work to continue across the foundation row. 1 sc in each st across to the corner sc, 3 sc in the corner sc, rotate your work to continue along the side-edge. 1 sc in each row-end to the corner sc, 3 sc in the corner sc. Finish off with an invisible join.
Proceed to Finishing Instructions.
Finishing Instructions for Grandma’s Textured Lap Blanket
- Weave in any remaining ends.
- If gifting this to a retirement home or nursing home be sure to provide the washing and drying instructions.
How to Make Grandma’s Textured Lap Blanket in Any Size
You can make this easy textured blanket in any size, with any yarn and hook combination by following these instructions:
- Chain to the width blanket you want to make, with your chosen yarn and hook.
- Add 2 extra inches of chain stitches.
- Follow Row 1 of my pattern below and stop when the blanket you have is the width you wanted. Ignore those extra chain stitches for now.
- Follow R2 and the repeat rows of the pattern.
- Stop when your blanket is the length you want it to be.
- Let’s get rid of those extra chain stitches. Watch this quick video.
- Follow the simple edging (just single crochet in each stitch and row end and make 3 sc in each corner).
Other free crochet patterns that provide extra warmth for Grandma are:
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