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Lap robes
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Apr 14, 2011 09:47:28   #
Mary Workman
Hello: I have been given a lot of Red Heart yarn & have decided to started knitting for charity's. I would like to make lap robes for elderly people in homes. Does anyone have a good, fast pattern? I also would like to know how big they should be? I don't want them to get caught in the wheels of the wheel chairs.
Apr 14, 2011 09:55:36   #
I would be interested also. Thanks.
Apr 14, 2011 11:13:15   #
Charity Knitter
Mary Workman wrote:
Hello: I have been given a lot of Red Heart yarn & have decided to started knitting for charity's. I would like to make lap robes for elderly people in homes. Does anyone have a good, fast pattern? I also would like to know how big they should be? I don't want them to get caught in the wheels of the wheel chairs.

Hello Mary,
Lapghans are usually 36" x 45".

The Seed Stitch aka the Moss Stitch is an easy stitch.
The lapghan will hold its shape well, and the edges do not curl with this stitch.

Using size US 8 or US 9 needles (I use a circular needle approximate 36" long and knit back and forth).

Cast on an uneven number of stitches. (Approximately 129 stitches).

Knit 1, Purl 1 across the row ending with Knit 1.
Repeat this row for the pattern until you reach the desired length. Bind off in pattern.

Happy Knitting
Charity Knitter
Apr 14, 2011 19:23:03   #
Mary Workman
Hi Charity Knitter: Thank you for your reply. I will give your pattern a try. It sounds like it will be fast, & as you said---won't curl. Thanks again. Mary Ellen Workman
Apr 15, 2011 08:30:21   #
I have made some. One thing that is helpful if crocheting, is to make an Eyelet row on one end and weave in a long chain so it can be tied around the persons waist. this will stop it from falling off when they move.
Apr 15, 2011 08:42:58   #
i recently made a lap afgahn for my brother who is in a wheelchair. I used some of my scraps of Red Heart yarn, # 8 needle, I knitted four strips with different blocks of colors and sewed them together with the blanket stitch. The reason I made the strips was so I could carry it with me to work on at work or on the way to work. I also will make another for charity.
Apr 15, 2011 08:44:49   #
whitetail (a regular here)
that is a great idea about the chain through an eyelet row, makes alot of sense.
Apr 15, 2011 09:16:37   #
Great idea! I am an activity director in a care center and these are always appreciated! The tie to keep it on is fantastic. Also widely appreciated are walker or wheelchair bags.
Here is a site with several nice choices in a variety of techniques.
You are all so wonderful.

Keep on loving!
Apr 15, 2011 09:55:17   #
Sutallee Stitcher
Thank you. I have been looking for a list like this.
Apr 15, 2011 10:49:20   #
What great sites! My husband and I are both wheelchair users and we can benefit from many of the patterns.
Apr 15, 2011 10:53:45   #
Glad I could help!
Apr 15, 2011 11:28:49   #
Thank you for posting this site. I have an aunt who is in a wheel chair and these patterns look perfect. :D
Apr 15, 2011 13:04:49   #
Love to help when I can, especially such loved ones!
Apr 15, 2011 16:17:52   #
This was very helpful because I wanted to knit lap robes for the local nursing home and use up some of my leftover yarns. As a relatively new knitter I have a question about the seed stitch. So it is uneven number of stitches and knit 1, purl 1...ending with a knit. Then on the next row am I doing the same and knitting on knit stitches and purling on the purls, or do I do the opposite? Thank you.
Apr 15, 2011 16:29:40   #

Works on multiples of two stitches.

Row one: *Knit 1, purl 1. Repeat from * across.

Row two: *Purl 1, knit 1. Repeat from * across.

Repeat these two rows for pattern.

Hope this helps.
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