Making a crochet tablecloth is a lot of work. Most hand made tablecloths are lace work or filet. The reason that people still make tablecloth by hand in the post-manufacturing age is that you just can’t beat the extravagance or luxury of a hand-made crochet tablecloth. The tablecloth is made to order for the table, is always exactly the right color, pattern and style to suit your taste. Really, the work is worth it.
Building With Air
In spite of all the thousands of stitches contained in a crochet tablecloth, the main ingredients are usually air and light. To start the construction project, decide what type of crochet tablecloth you want. Don’t start looking at the patterns until you know whether you want a cloth that will drape to the floor, hang halfway to the floor or just be a few inches longer than the table to sit on top of a solid-colored cloth.
Now you can start looking at the patterns. Remember that the point of making it yourself is that you can have exactly what you want. Crochet patterns are pretty simple to adjust to taste.
Whatever pattern you choose, it will likely fall into one of a few general categories. It might be a motif style that starts a pattern in the center and continues outward. Your crochet tablecloth could be a medallion style with a fancy piece in the center surrounded by elegant stitches. Lacy crochet can be combined with cloth.
The table area can be nearly covered by a cloth with crochet stitched into the cloth and airy rows fall away to the chosen length. The tablecloth can even be mostly cloth with insets of lacy motifs and the cloth cut away to expose them. Whichever of these styles you choose, you can find a wide choice of patterns to suit your taste.
Whether you want to do this kind of work for your everyday crochet tablecloth or not, you might not be able to resist making one for special occasions. Filet crochet allows pictures to be part of the tablecloth. You can have turkeys cavorting around the border of your Thanksgiving crochet tablecloth or a stylized monogram for your family name for family occasions.
This kind of crochet tablecloth makes a great gift for newlyweds, too. You don’t have to stop at the crochet tablecloth, either. You can repeat the tablecloth border for edging on the shelves of the china cabinet. If you have a dining room table, you might as well have a formal dining room. Nothing says formal dining room like a crochet tablecloth.