Get the conversation going at the dinner table with this knitted table runner…
What you need
- 7 x 100g balls DK yarn in colours of your choice
- pair 6mm knitting needles
- 5mm crochet hook
- tapestry needle
Use two strands of yarn throughout.
Work squares in sequence as shown in sketch.
No specific colour sequence is specified. Use colours randomly for as many rows as you prefer.
Alt – alternate; c/on(off) – cast on(off); dc – double crochet; k – knit; k2tog – knit 2 together; kw – knitwise; N(s) – needle(s); patt – pattern; p – purl; pw – purlwise; sk2po – sl, k2tog, pass slipped stitch over; s1 – slip one stitch; R(W)S – right(wrong side); yf – yarn forward
- With two strands of yarn and thumb method, c/on 41 stitches.
- 1st row (WS): k.
- 2nd row: sl 1 pw, k18, sk2po, k 19.
- 3rd row and all odd rows: s1 pw, knit to end.
- 4th row: s1 pw, k17, sk2po, k18.
- These four rows form patt.
- Continue in patt as set, until 3 stitches remain – 38 rows completed.
- Next row: sk2po – 1 st.
- Cut yarn and draw through remaining stitch.
- Hold completed square with right side facing and c/on edge along bottom and left side. With two strands of yarn, pick up and knit 20 stitches along top edge of completed square (one stitch in each edge stitch), then c/on 21 stitches with thumb method. (41 stitches in total.)
- Complete as basic square.
- Hold squares 1 and 2 with right side facing, with square 2 at the top and the c/off edge of square 2 along the left side. With two strands of yarn, pick up and knit 20 stitches along top edge of square 2, then c/on 21 stitches with thumb method. (41 stitches in total.)
- Continue in this manner until you have completed 7 squares.
- With two strands c/on 21 stiches using thumb method. Hold work with right side facing and basic square at the bottom, pick up and knit 20 stitches along right side of square 1. (41 stitches in total.)
- Continue in the same manner for squares 9 tot 14. Complete squares 15 to 21 as squares 8 to 14.
- With tapestry needle work away all threads on wrong side.
- From leftover yarn, choose a colour and with crochet hook, work one row double crochet around runner (20 dc for each square and 3 dc in each corner of runner).
- End round with slip stitch into top of first dc.
- Repeat dc round two or three times and with colours as preferred.
- See ball band for care instructions.
Use your imagination
- Make a smaller rug (3 x 5 squares) for the bathroom, or a larger one (9 x 9 squares) for the lounge.
- Use pastel colours for a child’s room.
Knitting: Christa Swanepoel