Ronnie, the size of the tablecloth you want will be the size of the table plus an 8 to 16 inch drop, depending on whether your table is casual or formal (longer is more formal), and whether you plan to put your lace over a solid round. That means that to the size of the table (42 inches) you'll add 16 to 32 inches, for a total finished diameter of 58 to 74 inches. It is also considered OK to use a square lace tablecloth over a solid round of the appropriate size, if you are setting four places at the table. The size of the cloth will also depend on your hook and thread size, and on your gauge. Be sure to block to size (instructions for blocking are everywhere online).
Check out http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/tablecloths.php (11/04/2007)
Hope I am not too late getting this to you. I've made this one and love it. Actually, I loved it so much I donated it to a senior's club to draw tickets on. I've made 5 different ones now, but I still do not own one myself. But one day I will. It takes a bit of time but well worth it. Good luck!
Look at : http://www.craftown.com/crochet/pat3.htm (11/05/2007)
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