Crochet Your Own Summer Table Runner! Free Pattern

Crochet Your Own Summer Table Runner! Free Pattern
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My Summer Table Runner is a free pattern below. 2022 has been the year where I try to use all of my scraps and stash. It feels like it is an impossible dream … Every time I reduce one of my buckets I need to make another project that just fills them back up again!

When I designed this one I knew I wanted something fun and colourful for my new garden table.

But I like how this one turned out! It used most of my cotton scraps and I think it looks so pretty!

Make it any size!

The great thing about this project is that you can make it any size you like simply by adding the motifs as you go.

Equally, you can make it a perfect square or rectangle by joining the motifs side by side as you go rather than corner to corner treating the motifs like diamonds as I have.

I used #4 weight cotton yarn (Drops Paris) to make my runner, but if you make it in , for example, #3 weight cotton and a smaller hook you will get a smaller, more elegant looking motif. You can use any weight yarn or cotton and an appropriate sized hook for this project. Gauge is pretty much a non-issue for this one so just enjoy it!

So easy to adjust in other ways

This pattern is so easy to adjust how it looks in other ways too! Is the way I have attached the motifs not really doing it for you? That’s OK – you can slip stitch or single crochet them together along the sides instead.

PDF Pattern links:

If you would like the ad-free inexpensive PDF Pattern for this one you can find it in all of my shops:

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Yarn Used:

I knew this one was going to adorn my outdoor table and bring a little fun and frivolity to the garden this summer. So I chose to use 100% cotton in mine. As long as you do not put hot pans etc on the runner you can use any yarn you like. If, for example, you like to have barbecues and move the hot plates and trays from the barbecue to the table then you will want to use cotton as acrylic will melt.

The smaller version that I made in the video tutorials is made with acrylic as my daughter wanted one for the top of her bookshelf in her room.

Summer Table Runner Video Tutorials

I have complete video tutorials on how to make this pattern over on my YouTube channel (videos are below). I broke it down into 3 parts and have both right and left handed tutorials for all of them.

1 – Making the motifs and squaring them off.

2 – Join as you go method I used

3 – The border I used.

I have placed the video tutorials for this one at the start of each relevant part in the pattern below.

Pattern Specifics:

Materials:

  • #4 weight cotton of choice. I used part skeins of Drops Paris that I had in my stash.
  • 4mm hook 
  • Stitch markers (optional)
  • Scissors
  • blocking board and pins (optional)

Gauge

This will depend on yarn weight used and hook size. I used 4 weight cotton and 4mm hook to get a gauge of 12sts and 8 rows of HDC in 2”

sizing:

 Each individual motif is approximately 4” square. You can add rows and squares to make this table runner as long and as wide as desired!

Abbreviations Used:

  • Ch – chain
  • Sk – skip
  • SC – Single Crochet
  • HDC– half double crochet
  • BS – Bean Stitch
  • DC – Double Crochet
  • TC – Treble Crochet
  • FO – fasten off

Pattern notes for the Scrappy Summer Table Runner:

  • Written in US terms
  • This pattern is reversible 
  • Adjust the size of your table runner by using less squares! You can literally make this as big or small as you would like.
  • I recommend joining your motifs in rows so you can keep a track of exactly where you are.
  • Where joining when 3 or 4 motifs are touching, I would recommend joining them to the top center corner otherwise the join looks bulky. See figure photos below.

Special Stitches

Bean St –To work this stitch you will: YO, insert hook into next st, YO and pull through, *YO and insert hook into same st, YO and pull through. Rep from * once more, YO and pull through all 7 loops on hook.

Picot – CH 3, SS into first CH made.

 

To make the first Motif:

I do have right and left handed video tutorials for this:

In Colour A:

Rnd 1: In MR CH1 (does not count) work 6 SC into centre. SS to join. (6)

Rnd 2: CH1 (does not count), [HDC, BS, CH1 (does count as a st)] in each st around, SS to join

(18 – 6 HDC, 6 BS, 6 CH1)

In Colour B:

Rnd 3: CH1 (does not count) *[SC, HDC, DC, TC, picot] in first st, [TC, DC, HDC, SC] in next st, ss 

into next st.*  Rep from * to * around. (6 ‘leaves’ and 6 slip stitches)

FO

In Colour C:

Attach yarn to the centre of any picot.

Rnd 4: CH8, SS to the centre of the next picot. Repeat 5 more times.

Rnd 5: SS into first CH8 space, CH1 (does not count) work 10 SC into each CH8 space around. 

SS to join. (60 SC)

Rnd 6: CH1, HDC into first st and next 6 sts, *[2HDC, ch2, 2HDC] in next st, HDC in next 14 sts. 

Rep from * around until you have worked the last corner, HDC in last 7 sts. SS to join 

(64 HDC, 4 CH2 spaces)

FO and weave in ends. 

 

For the second Motif:

Follow Rnds 1-5 as per the first motif.

Rnd 6: CH1, HDC into first st and next 6 sts, *[2HDC, ch2, 2HDC] in next st, HDC in next 14 sts. 

Rep from * 2 more times.

To join as you go while working the last corner:

In the next st, work 2HDC, CH 1 then pull your loop longer, remove your hook, insert your hook from the front to the back into the CH2 corner space of the square you are attaching it. Place loop back on hook, pull through and tighten loop. Work the second CH1. Finish the corner by worked 2 HDC into the same st you were working on the second motif.  HDC in last 7 sts. SS to join 

(64 HDC, 4 CH2 spaces)

This technique is used to join all corners together as you go.

At every corner where you need to join as you go:

Work 2HDC, CH 1 then pull your loop longer, remove your hook, insert your hook from the front to the back into the CH2 corner space of the square you are attaching it. Place loop back on hook, pull through and tighten loop. Work the second CH1. Finish the corner by worked 2 HDC into the same st and continue around.

Video tutorials for joining as you go on your Summer Table Runner:

Border:

Attach yarn to the stitch before any CH2 space at the top of any peak (see Fig Photo below)

Rnd 1: Ch1 (does not count) HDC in first st, *[2HDC, CH2, 2HDC] in ch2 space, HDC in next 19 sts. HDC3tog (this should be the stitch before the very bottom, the bottom st and the next st) HDC in next 19 sts until you reach the CH2 space, repeat from * all of the way around the edge of your runner. SS to join

Rnds 2-3: Rep round 1 as desired.

FO and weave in ends.

Block as desired / needed.

Video tutorial for the border:

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