How to make an easy crochet table runner

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Table runners are among some of the easiest crochet projects you can make. Use any size crochet hook you want for this table runner. The smaller crochet hooks produce a tight weave. The larger crochet hooks produce a more open weave. If you want a lacy look to the table runner, use crochet thread. The weight of the yarn is your choice and depends on the look you want. The width and length of your table runner depends on the size of your table. After crocheting 12 rows, check the width against your table before committing to that size.

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Things you need

  • Crochet hook
  • Yarn or crochet thread
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Piece of cardboard
  • Tapestry needle

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  1. 1

    This is a double crochet lace pattern. Your foundation row of chains consists of multiples of three. For example -- 18, 21, 27, 30, 33, 36 -- depending on the width you want for your table runner.

    Chain your desired number of chains for foundation row.

    Row 1: Double crochet in each chain to the end of row. Turn your work.

  2. 2

    Row 2: Chain 3. This counts as the first double crochet. Skip the first 2 double crochets. In the third double crochet stitch, do the following -- Make 1 double crochet, chain 1, make 1 double crochet. Skip the next 2 double crochets and repeat between the asterisks. Continue in this pattern until you reach the last Skip 1 double crochet. Skip this double crochet and make 1 double crochet in top of turning chain. Turn your work.

  3. 3

    Row 3: Chain 3. Make 3 double crochets in next chain-1 space. Repeat between the asterisks across to the last chain-1 space. Make 1 double crochet in turning chain space. Turn your work.

    Repeat rows 2 and 3 until the table runner reaches the length you want. End with a slip stitch and cut yarn. Weave in yarn tail.

  4. 4

    Make tassels to attach to the end of the table runner: Thread the tapestry needle with a 6-inch piece of yarn. Cut a piece of cardboard 6 inches long and 2 inches wide. Hold the end of yarn at the top of the cardboard -- lengthwise. Begin wrapping the yarn around the cardboard, moving along the 2-inch width; wrap it eight times. Slide the threaded tapestry needle under the wrapped yarn at the top of the cardboard and knot the yarn around the strands of yarn on the cardboard. Cut the yarn across at the bottom of the cardboard. Your tassel is almost complete -- one end is folded and one end is cut.

  5. 5

    Starting at a corner of your crocheted table runner, feed the folded end of the tassel through a chain-1 space until the loop of the folded end is on the other side. Now take the dangling yarn ends and thread them all at once through the loop on the other side; pull them tightly. One tassel is complete. Measure the bottom width of the runner and decide how far apart you want the tassels. Space them evenly. Continue making tassels and attaching them to both ends of the table runner.

Tips and warnings

  • Embellish your table runner by adding beads to the tassels or crocheted flowers along the runner.

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