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What size is a lap-ghan??


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#1 happy stitcher

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 02:39 PM

I'm considering adding something to my list of things to do before Christmas....but before I do, I'd like to know what size you all consider to be lap-ghan size.

I don't want to get carried away - not this close to Christmas.

So please help me decide whether to start this project by telling me what size you think is good for sitting on the couch and watching TV, or laying over the foot of your bed, etc. NOT bed-size, which seems to be what most of my afghans for adults wind up being.

I don't want to be all stressed out about whether I made it big enough, just because it isn't as big as I usually make....

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 03:33 PM

I just measured a throw blanket I found...It's 50 x 60 inches.
Does that sound like a good size?
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Posted 09 November 2007 - 03:43 PM

I think lapghans are narrower because they are made for wheelchairs I made mine about 30" by 40" or 50" could be longer for a taller person.
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Posted 09 November 2007 - 03:57 PM

I think lapghans are narrower because they are made for wheelchairs I made mine about 30" by 40" or 50" could be longer for a taller person.


Really? All this time I just thought a lapghan was a small afghan....:2blush
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Posted 09 November 2007 - 04:01 PM

I just checked a couple places and one said lapghan size was 28"x34" and another said 49"x46". Guess there is a pretty big range so you could make it what ever size works for you. I would think it would be more on the order of the first one, as anything bigger would be more like a "throw". Just my $0.02.

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 04:10 PM

I usually use 12 inch squares for these so I make them 36 by 48 inches. that is 3 squares by 4 squares. Whenever this question comes up that seems to be the consensus around here.

Of course, you then add a bit of a border but I only think of the 12 squares when asked.

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 04:40 PM

Great!
Thank you very much everybody! :ty

I think I've got time to get it done...I'll start tonight!
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Posted 09 November 2007 - 06:14 PM

I do quite a few of the deluxe lap robe for my church from http://www.freepatte...html?cat_id=301 minus the pockets. It's 30 inches across the top and 40 long and I can usually whip one up in a week it goes so fast. Mary

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 06:49 PM

I've made several lapghans for friends that did not want full size afghans. No one is in a wheelchair so while lapghans may have started out for wheelchairs I don't think they are used exclusively for them now. Mine have all been 'nine patches' basically mine have just been shrunk down versions of full size afghans. I've even given some as baby blankets! :yes

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 06:58 PM

Laps come in all sizes. I collect them for a long term care center for those recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury, and we use all sizes. Some people just need something over their lap when sitting, others want their legs covered, too.
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Posted 09 November 2007 - 11:59 PM

Thanks everybody!
I started my afghan tonight, so there's no turning back now!

I'll be sure to post a picture when I'm done! :)
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