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This week we will be working the Alpine Table Runner. I’m a big fan of the versatility of a table runner. They are decorative, of course, but I find they can work as a pad to protect a table against the heat of a serving plate as well.
I worked the Alpine Table Runner in a fun stitch that resembles pine trees, since I’m intending to use this during the Christmas season, but really, you could keep this on your table year round! the other thing I love about this pattern is that you can size it for your own purposes….make it longer if you prefer a longer table runner, or make it shorter for a lovely placemat too!
The center of the runner is a simple combination of stitches that create a solid pine tree in one direction and if you turn it around, it looks like the branches of a tree – so fun! I added a simple border that I think adds a nice finish without competing with the center — I wanted the trees to be the stars.
I worked this design in a #4 cotton yarn so it went very quickly, but it would look lovely in a smaller yarn or thread too (with size adjustments as necessary) and some of my testers used acrylic yarn for their test, so I think it is truly a versatile pattern. I wanted to keep my color scheme very neutral so I went with this off white but there are so many colors to choose from! Some of my testers even made them in two colors – one for the center an done for the border! The combinations are many and easily customized to your taste and style.
Alpine Table Runner
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Size: 36” long x 20” wide – easily adjustable with stitch multiples provided in pattern.
- Made with worsted weight cotton yarn (#4), I used Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie, 3 skeins (153 yards per skein)
- Hook I/5.50 mm
- Tapestry Needle
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Gauge: 14 dc x 6 rows = 4”
Abbreviations (US Terms):
dc: double crochet
sc: single crochet
- Written in US Standard Terms.
- Weave ends as you work.
- Ch1 at beginning of row or round does not count as a stitch.
- Ch3 at beginning of row our round counts as a dc.
- Number in ( ) at end of row/round indicates the number of stitches in that row/round.
Pattern Repeat is 12 sts, to adjust runner width modify beginning chain in increments of 12.
Row 1: Ch41, 2dc in 4th ch from hook (skipped chs count as a dc), [ch5, skip 5 chs, sc in next ch, ch5, skip 5 chs, 3dc in next ch] 2 times, ch5, skip 5 chs, sc in next ch, ch5, skip 5 chs, 2dc in next ch, dc in last ch. (12 dc + 3 sc + 30 chs)
Row 2: Ch3, turn, dc in next dc, [3dc in next dc, ch3, dc in next sc, ch3, 3dc in next dc, dc in next dc], 2 times, 3dc in next dc, ch3, dc in next sc, ch3, 3dc in next dc, dc in last 2 dc. (27 dc + 18 chs)
Row 3: Ch3, turn, dc in next dc, [dc in next 2 dc, 3dc in next dc, ch1, skip next ch3, skip next dc, skip next ch3, 3dc in next dc, dc in next 3 dc], 3 times, dc in last st. (36 dc + 3 chs)
Row 4: Ch3, turn, [sc in next dc, ch5, skip 5dc, 3dc in ch1, ch5, skip 5 dc] 3 times, sc in next to last st, dc in last st. (11 dc +4 sc +30 chs)
Row 5: Ch3, turn, dc in next sc, ch3, 3dc in next dc, dc in next dc, [3dc in next dc, ch3, dc in next sc, ch3, 3dc in next dc, dc in next dc] 2 times, 3dc in next dc, ch3, dc in next sc, dc in last dc. (27 dc + 18 chs)
Row 6: Ch3, turn, dc in next dc, ch1, 3dc in next dc, dc in next 3 dc, [dc in next 2 dc, 3dc in next dc, ch1, skip next ch 3, skip next dc, skip next ch3, 3dc in next dc, dc in next 3 dc], 2 times, dc in next 2 dc, 3dc in next dc, ch1, dc in last two dc. (37 dc + 4 chs)
Row 7: Ch3, turn, skip next dc, 2dc in ch1, [ch5, skip 5dc, sc in next dc, ch5, skip 5dc, 3dc in ch1] 2 times, ch5, skip 5dc, sc in next dc, ch5, skip 5dc, 2dc in ch1, skip next dc, dc in last dc. (12 dc +3 sc +30 chs)
Rows 8 to 43: Repeat Rows 2 to 7, 6 times
If you prefer a longer runner, increase the number of repeats before moving on.
Rows 44 to 48: Repeat Rows 2 to 6.
Join rounds with sl st to first st of round.
Round 1: Ch1, [3sc in corner, work 95 sc evenly along longer end to next corner, 3 sc in corner, work 39 sc evenly along short end to next corner], repeat between * to end, join. (280)
Note: If you added or reduced the number of repeats for the length, be sure that you adjust the number of sc for this first round of the border. You should have an odd number of sc on all 4 sides + the 12 sc in the corners.
Round 2: Sl st into corner st, ch1, [3sc in corner, sc in each st to next corner], repeat between [ ] to end, join. (288)
Round 3: Sl st into corner, ch6 (counts as dc + ch3), dc in same st, [ch1, skip 1, dc in next st], repeat between [ ] until 1 st remains before corner, ch1, skip 1, *(dc, ch3, dc) in corner, [ch1, skip 1, dc in next st], repeat between [ ] until 1 st remains before corner, ch1, skip 1*, repeat between * to end, join with sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch6. (148 dc)
Round 4: Sl st into corner ch3 space, ch1, [working in corner chains, sc into first ch, 3sc into next ch (corner), sc into next ch, sc in each st to next corner], repeat between [ ] to end, join. (312)
Round 5: Sl st in each st until you get to the corner st, ch6 (counts as dc + ch3), dc in same st, [ch1, skip 1, dc in next st], repeat between [ ] until 1 st remains before corner, ch1, skip 1, *(dc, ch3, dc) in corner, [ch1, skip 1, dc in next st], repeat between [ ] until 1 st remains before corner, ch1, skip 1*, repeat between * to end, join with sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch6. (160 dc)
Round 6: Repeat Round 4 (334)
Round 7: Repeat Round 5. (172 dc)
Round 8: Sl st into corner ch3 space, ch3, 6dc in same space, skip next dc, [3dc in next dc, skip next dc] repeat between [ ] to next corner; *7dc in next corner, skip next dc, [3dc in next dc, skip next dc] repeat between [ ] to next corner*, repeat between * to end. Fasten off.
Note: If you adjusted the width or length, be sure that this last round has an odd number of sc on each side plus the corners
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Row 4 says 3dc in each sc (9dc) then one DC on the last stitch of the row (10dc total) however on the stitch count it says 11dc total. Is it 10 or 11? If its total of 11 DC, where am I missing a stitch?
The ch3 at the beginning of the row counts as a dc.
Nice pattern, I have a question on row 2. [3dc in next dc, ch3, dc in next sc, ch3 If I do this 3 dc in the next dc, I still have 2 dc left are these to be skipped and go right into dc in next sc? or am I misreading this?
No you will actually work into all the dc and sc from the first row. Reading the pattern, it may seem off because of where I stopped the repeat, but if you follow each direction and repeat exactly you will get the tree effect of the overall design. Hope that helps.
Laurel Robbins says
This is a lovely pattern — thank you so much for sharing it!
You are quite welcome.
Tracy King says
This is so pretty! I really love the stitch pattern you used. Thanks so much for sharing your hard work and creativity with us.
Well that’s very kind of you, thank you for your comments 🙂