a quick floral lace runner for the table
Hello everyone! Today is one of the first cold, cold days here where I live. The weather is slowly allowing winter to creep back in, which means it is time to wrap up in squishy yarn and tuck in for the season. But before we switch into winter mode, here is a more summery project I finished back in June for my neighbor. She needed a specific size covering for her table to mask some wear and tear, so I decided to make this for her! It was easy to crochet (once I figured out the pattern) and a rewarding project to finish.
I purchased the pattern from Ravelry and altered it by using a lighter weight yarn and smaller size crochet hook. This was an easy pattern to adjust for your desired measurements. I made more of a large placemat for my neighbor in this version, but the version I’m currently making is more of a long, narrow table runner. I crocheted a picot border all the way around to give it a nice finished edge. I was going for more of a delicate, thin lace look, as opposed to the DK weight/thicker style of the pattern photos. I think my adjustments captured the thin lace style I was aiming for quite well.
If you are planning on using this pattern, I will say that the pattern was quite difficult for me to read, in that it was easy for me to lose my place within the row directions, and that it was hard to translate the row directions to my crochet hook. I ended up writing my own schematic to help me maneuver this pattern better, which worked really well for me. I eventually memorized the pattern and was able to work from memory rather than text. I think my head has more memorized patterns in it than I’d like to admit… But, working from memory is the way I prefer to crochet/knit.
I used Berroco Modern Cotton in Sandy Point on a size D/3.50mm crochet hook. (If you recall, this is the same exact yarn I used for my Bell Sleeve Top.) After wet blocking, this project comes to life as a gorgeous table runner. I am so pleased with the results that I will be making more as gifts for my friends and family! In fact, I have one of these on my needles currently to gift for Christmas later this year…
Which brings me to an update on my holiday knitting and crocheting! Of the 11 Christmas gifts I am making this year, I have completed two so far, and I currently have two on my needles, and one I have to frog and restart completely (rest in peace, first attempt). I am challenging myself this year in trying new techniques and new patterns for each project! I’ve even decided to design my first fair isle hat. I am documenting the whole pattern-writing, chart-making, hand-cramping process to share after the holidays! In fact, I will be sharing all of my Christmas knitting come January. I really cannot wait to share with you all the projects I have been working on over here. There are some really fun new things I am dying to write about!
Have a great weekend everyone. Talk soon!