Row 1: With cafe, ch 84. Dc in 4th ch from hook, sk next 2 chs, sc in next ch, [ch 2, dc in same ch as sc, sk next 2 chs, sc in next ch] rep across, turn.
Row 2: Ch 2, dc in same st as beg ch-2, sc in ch-2 sp, [ch 2, dc in same sp, sc in next ch-2 sp] rep across.
Rows 3-4: Rep row 2, change to Aran in last sc, turn.
Rows 5-6: Rep row 2, at end of row 6 change to shaded browns, turn.
Rows 7-8: Rep row 2, at end of row 6 change to Aran, turn.
Rows 9-10: Rep row 2, at end of row 6 change to cafe, turn.
Rep rows 1-10 for 90 rows total.
Rows 91-94: With cafe, rep row 2. Fasten off.
Bottom Insert: With Aran, ch 28, rep pattern for body until 30 rows have been worked ending with 4 rows cafe. Fasten off.
Center first row of insert to first row of bottom of body; pin in place. Bring remainder of first row around sides of insert; pin in place and sew.
RND 1: (WS) Attach cafe, work around in pattern, around entire piece, join in beg sc, turn.
RND 2: (RS) Work in pattern around, join in beg sc. Fasten off.
Tie knot in each end.
Fold tie in half; pull fold through loop 5 patterns from side and 2nd row from top; pull ends through lp and pull tight.
Source: I am making this for a friend with cerebral palsy
By Cricket from Parkton, NC
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This was crocheted using Super Saver yarn and a size H hook. It uses 2 colors: one solid, one matching variegated.
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What size should a lapghan or wheelchair afghan be?
By Susan from Suffern, NY
For a comfortable fit, it's best to know if the person is long legged or short and has a thin or wide build. I've made some for various people and always go by that.
A good size is a basic 4' by 4' square. This is perfect for a giant granny square, but also easy when you want to make 16 1' squares, too. Or, you simply start the row at 4' and keep going till it's another 4' and then make a nice border. If someone is small or in a wheel chair, try a 3' by 3' piece of cloth, and if it's the perfect size, make it like that.
Here's the google link.
I have a pattern book that's right up your alley! But wouldn't you know I can't find it right now? Anyway, an average lapghan is approximately 36" x 40". Wheel chair afghans are usually a bit smaller. I made one this past Christmas for a friend and he loves his. I made it about 36 x 42.
One thing about making for a wheel chair though. Since my friend has cerebral palsy and therefore doesn't have use of his arms or hands as well as his legs, I made ties to go on the top two corners so that his caretaker can tie it to the chair so it doesn't constantly slip off.
I also crocheted him a hat and scarf to match his afghan. He absolutely loves the set!
Try Annies Attic for patterns. But the other suggestions were perfect. I am in a wheelchair long legged and queen size. So there is no magic size.
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I've made it a habit of taking digital photos of all my completed projects during the year. Starting in Jan. - Dec. 2009, I crocheted 3 afghans and 5 wheelchair lapghans for veterans at our local V.A. Hospital.
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Here is my second wheelchair lapghan I just finished. The approximate measurements are 36 inches wide by 48 inches long.
We live in a very large apartment complex and two male residents have to use wheelchairs. I just finished this lapghan the other night and have started on a second one.