Easy crochet table runner pattern (free)

Crochet Table Runner Free Pattern

Crochet table runner is a fun way to decorate your table and add some beautiful and classy touch of yarn into your space. Modern crochet table runner makes any space lit up. Oh, this is a perfect project for a weekend, as it uses the repeat of the basic pattern!

What is a crochet table runner?

Crochet table runner is a rectangular piece, sometimes with added shapes that tapers along the sides with or without fringes that is usually placed length wise on the middle/center part of the table. Usually, crochet table runner are for decorative uses but crochet table runner sometimes helps to keep the table clean.

Crochet table runner help prevent having too much mess on your table. This minimizes staining the table and keeping the place neat and tidy.

How to crochet a table runner

Crochet table runner is one of the fastest and simple crochet projects to make. You can opt for a super pretty and straight forward rectangular piece. Scroll down for the easy and detailed instructions below for this crochet table runner.

You can make this version in a single or many more colors. You could even opt out of the festive colors as seen below.

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Best yarn to make a crochet table runner with

Crochet table runners are best made using cotton yarn. You could even opt for a blend of cotton yarn with other yarn compositions. Going with cotton helps with moisture absorption.

How to use a crochet table runner in your home?

You can use your crochet table runner alone or in combination with table cloth. This is a beautiful way to add colors to your living space.

In my case, I decided to make matching crochet placemats and crochet mug cozy.

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Other crochet projects that can be substituted as table runners

Crochet scarfs makes beautiful crochet table runners. Beautiful rectangular crochet scarf would make a great substitutes and can be used in the place of table runner.

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Materials needed for this easy crochet table runner pattern

Yarn – Any worsted weight yarn can be used for this project. The prototype was made using Stylecraft Special Aran, #4, (1oo% Acrylic, 232 yards/212m per 3.5 oz/100g skein)

Since I was going for a Christmas themed table runner, I went with festive colors.

Estimated Yardage

Main Color – (MC) Red = 480 yards

Contrasting Color (CC) Black = 80 yards

Contrasting Color 2 (CC2)  Yellow = 30 yards

Hook and other Materials

6 mm Crochet Hook

Gauge – 15 sts over 10  rows = 10 cm/4” square made in hdc

Pattern Notes

  1. Please kindly read through the pattern before starting.
  2. Any other weight of  #4 weight yarn can be substituted. 

Difficulty Level – Intermediate

Terms – US Terminology

Stitches Abbreviations

Chain/chains – ch/chs

Single Crochet – hdc

Half double crochet – hdc

Double crochet – dc

Crossed double crochet lace – xdcl

Special Stitches 

Crossed double crochet lace (Xdcl)

First row of xdcl = *Skip next 2 sts, dc in next st, ch 1, crocheting over the dc just made into the 1st skipped st, yarn over, insert hook into skipped stitch and yarn over (3 loops on the hook), yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through the remaining 2 loops, ch 1

The first xdcl made

Rep from * to the end

Rows 2 and the remaining rows of xdcl

 *Skip the first leg of xdcl and next ch sp, dc in the second leg of xdcl, ch 1, crocheting over the dc just made into the first leg of xdcl, yarn over, insert hook into skipped stitch and yarn over (3 loops on the hook), yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through the remaining 2 loops, ch 1, skip next ch sp

First xdcl of xdcl made. 

Rep from * to the end

Finished Measurement

72” by 13”

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Pattern Instruction for this crochet Santa table runner

Section 1 – Main body of the table runner

With MC, chain 55

Row 1: Hdc in 3rd chain from hook and in each ch across, turn.  53 hdc

Row 2: Ch 2, dc in first st, xdcl across to last st, dc in last st, turn. 2 dc, 17 xdcl

Rows 3 – 15: Rep Row 2

Fasten off MC, join CC

Rows 16 – 19: Rep Row 2

Fasten off CC, join MC

Rows 20 – 74: Rep Row 2

Fasten off MC, join CC

Row 75 – 78: Rep Row 2

Fasten off CC, join MC

Rows 79 – 92: Rep Row 2

Row 93: Ch 1, *hdc in first leg of xdcl, hdc in next ch sp, hdc in next leg of xdcl, rep from * to last st, hdc in last st, turn. 53 hdc

Row 94: Ch 1, hdc evenly across, turn

Row 95: Ch 1, hdc2tog, hdc in each st across until the last 2 sts, hdc2tog, turn.

Rows 96 – 112: Rep Row 95

Fasten off.

Join MC with a sl st to the beginning of Foundation chain, repeat Rows 95 to 112

Do not fasten off


Crocheting around the whole panel

You can use only MC or join CC midway through.

Round 1:  Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st/ch sp around, aim for 2 hdc, ch 2 at each corner. Join with a sl st to the beginning chain. 

Fasten off.

Section 2 – Belt and Buckle

With CC 2, chain 44. Join with a sl st to the beginning chain.

Round 1: Ch 2, *dc in the next 13 chains, 3 dc in next chain, dc in next 7 sts, 3 dc in next st, rep from * to end, join with a sl st to the beginning chain. 52 dc

Leave a long tail of thread for sewing.

Fasten off.

Join CC2 with a sl st to the 3rd stitch  on the inner part (short side) of the belt.

Row 1: Ch 1, dc in next 3 sts, turn

Row 2: Ch 1, dc in next 3 sts

Leave a long tail of yarn for sewing.

To assemble your table runner

Place the buckle over the middle part made in Black (CC) on the table runner.

Using mattress stitch, sew the buckle to the table runner. Fasten off.

I would love to see your beautiful versions made from my Santa crochet table runner pattern. Kindly tag me with your beautiful table runners when you do make yours.

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