Liana Table Runner

If you’re looking to add some beautiful texture to your home, you’ll love this modern crochet table runner pattern.

The Liana Table Runner has a floral feel with beautiful, lacy shells and textured post stitches. Both stylish and functional, this beautiful lacy crochet table runner will add visual interest to your home while protecting your table top.

This image shows the finished sample from this crochet table runner pattern laid flat on a coffee table as is the purpose of a table runner. The image is taken at an angle. On the table runner is a candle and a small spider plant.

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I originally designed this stitch pattern for my part in the Blossoming Blanket CAL. I absolutely loved the stitch pattern and knew it needed to be used for more than just a little part in a big blanket.

The truth of the matter is… I just couldn’t get this stitch pattern off my mind. Any time I picked up a different project, I kept thinking about this stitch pattern and how it definitely deserved to be showcased on its own, too.

I had a bunch of Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton left over from a different design and I knew the stitch definition would be perfect for the stitch pattern.

Plus, I’ve always wanted to create a table runner that would have strong contrast to my gorgeous, rustic coffee table and bring some visual texture into our living room.

Thus, this stitch pattern became this modern crochet table runner and I couldn’t be more pleased.

And the addition of the beaded tassels are just… chefs kiss!

This image shows the finished sample from the modern crochet table runner pattern hanging over the edge of the table, as it would. The table runner is made in white and is displayed on a black coffee table.

What yarn is best for a crochet table runner?

Typically, cotton yarn is best yarn to use for home goods that need to be functional as well as pretty. Cotton yarn is durable so it can stand up to being washed often, is easier to block if needed after a wash, and is a natural fiber that will better protect your table from moisture.

So, if you’re looking to protect as well as add some style, cotton yarn is the way to go.

That’s not to say that acrylic or wool wouldn’t work, though. You absolutely can use either of those fibers for a crochet table runner. The decision will really come down to what you want out of your finished project.

This modern crochet table runner pattern uses Lion Brand’s 24/7 Cotton. This is a mercerized 100% cotton, so it is very strong. The mercerized cotton has fantastic stitch definition and will absolutely stand up to washing and use. Additionally, it will soften over time.

If you prefer a printable, inexpensive PDF version of this pattern which includes tutorial photos, you can grab one in my Etsy shop by clicking the button below.

This image is a close up of this crochet home decor pattern, showing the details in the stitches. It is laid flat on a dark wood coffee table with a candle and small spider plant on it.

How to Crochet a Table Runner

Table runners are long, narrow and typically rectangular items that we lay flat along the length of a table. While these were originally used in history to protect tables and table cloths during meals (and still are!), they’re more so made or purchased to add decoration to our homes in our modern times.

That being said, how to crochet a table runner can be as simple and straight forward or as intricate as we want them to be.

Of course, this post will walk you through the Liana modern crochet table runner pattern, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make up one on your own.

You can simply choose a stitch you like, decide on how wide you’d like your table runner to be and then crochet away until it’s as long as you like. Easy!

Or you can follow a crochet table runner pattern, like this one.

This image shows the modern crochet table runner bunched up on a white table. In this photo you can see the beaded tassels clearly.

Where to get this Modern Crochet Table Runner Pattern

The Liana Table Runner is a free crochet pattern in this blog post. Scroll down to view the free version.

However, if you’d like a more robust pattern with photo tutorials, the steps for the photo tutorial written out in full sentences and a printer friendly version of the PDF, I recommend you purchase the PDF pattern.

With the PDF pattern, you will receive photo tutorials for the special stitches and techniques as well as a detailed photo tutorial for each row which will set you up to work this crochet blanket pattern with confidence. The photos include details with arrows and dots to help identify all the stitches and their placement.

SKILL LEVEL

Intermediate – Crocheters looking to follow this pattern should know how to:

  • Read a crochet pattern – There is NOT a video tutorial for this crochet table runner pattern.
  • Work the basic stitches – Chain, slip stitch, single crochet, and double crochet.
  • Work Front Post and Back Post stitches.
  • Work the V stitch.
  • Skip chains and stitches.
  • Create chain 1 spaces and know what chain 1 spaces are and how to identify them.
  • Place multiple stitches into one stitch.
  • Skip several stitches and end repeats on skipped stitches.
  • Place a simple border.

If you are unfamiliar with any of these techniques or aren’t familiar with reading patterns, I highly recommend the PDF as it will walk you through everything step by step.

MATERIALS

You will need Medium (4) cotton yarn. You will need approximately: 9 ounces / 255 grams / 475 yards.

Tassel yarn usage is not included in the above requirements. Tassels use approximately 5 grams per tassel or 20 grams for 4. This usage will vary depending on the size of the tassel and, of course, if you decide to include them at all. This is why the tassel yarn usage is not included in the yarn requirements.

YARN USED

Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton in colorway Ecru. This yarn is 100% mercerized cotton. There are 3.5 ounces / 100 grams / 186 yards per skein.

TOOLS & NOTIONS

4.5 mm (G+) Hook – Check out my favorite crochet hooks!
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Stitch markers

OPTIONAL NOTIONS (for tassels)

If you prefer a tassel with a bead as shown in the photos, you will need a bead of your choice. I used these

You can omit the tassels if you prefer.

You can also make “regular” tassels without a bead if you prefer.

GAUGE

15 dc x 7 rows = 4 inches x 4 inches

Note: I am a tight crocheter, so my tension is usually tighter than others. Learn more about gauge and what this means here.

SIZE

Approximately 10 inches wide x 62 inches long. The size of this crochet table runner pattern is easy to customize to fit your table.

ABBREVIATIONS (US TERMS)

  • Ch(s) – Chain(s)
  • Sc – Single Crochet
  • Dc – Double Crochet
  • BPdc Back Post Double Crochet
  • FPtr Front Post Treble Crochet (Linked tutorial is to Front Post Double Crochet. The skills needed for Front Post Treble Crochet are the same as Front Post Double Crochet. You’ll just work the stitch as a treble crochet not a double crochet).
  • V st – V Stitch – (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in same stitch
  • “V st Ch 1 spc” – Ch 1 created in V st.
  • Sk – Skip
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • Spc – Space
  • RS – Right Side
  • WS – Wrong Side
  • […] – Repeats are listed inside brackets
  • (…) – Stitch count is at the end of the row in ( ) and bold italics.

NOTES

  • Chain 1 and chain 2 at start of rows do not count as stitches. Always place your first stitch of the row in the first stitch.
  • The pattern requires a multiple of 9 stitches. You can make your crochet table runner more or less wide by adding or removing 9 from your starting chains.
  • Change the length of the table runner by repeating the indicated rows until your project is approximately as long as you’d like it to be. 
  • Pay close attention to what stitches need to be skipped. We will skip chain 1 spaces in Row 4 and every repeat of Row 4.
  • Repeats end on “skip 2 stitches”. At the end of rows, it can make it seem like you have 4 stitches remaining – not 2 stitches. Remember: We have (or are) skipping 2 of them, so you DO only have 2 stitches remaining.
  • The cluster of 5 dc all worked in the same stitch or space can cover or hide the next stitch. Push these out of the way if needed to make sure your stitch placement is correct.

Finishing with Tassels (Optional)

Finishing the crochet table runner pattern with tassels is totally optional.

You are welcome to omit the tassels completely, make “regular” tassels just out of yarn or create a tassel with a bead, like I did.

Check out my full step by step photo tutorial for how I made my beaded tassels and how I attached them to this crochet table runner.

Special Stitch – Back Post Double Crochet (BPdc)

Back Post Double Crochet stitches are a fantastic way to add additional texture to a project. You can review my full step-by-step photo tutorial to visually see how to work this stitch.

To work a BPdc, you will: Yarn over and insert your hook from back of work to front of work between the posts of the previous and current stitch and maneuver the hook back to the backside of the work on the other side of the post. Your hook will be horizontal and on the back of the work, with the post of the stitch on the hook.

Then, yarn over and pull a loop through around the post. 3 loops on hook. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops 2 times to finish your BPdc.

The top of the stitch that we worked around now sits in front of the stitch we have just created. You will always skip this “stitch”. We count it as already worked because we’ve worked around the post.

Special Stitch – Front Post Treble Crochet (FPtr)

Front Post Treble Crochet stitches are a fantastic way to add additional texture to a project. You can review my Front Post Double Crochet tutorial to see how we maneuver the hook around the post of the stitch to create the FPtr. Of course, the tutorial is for double crochet, not a treble. So you will have an extra yarn over and extra yarn over pull through 2, but it’s very similar.

To work a FPtr, you will: Yarn over twice and insert your hook from front of work to back of work between the posts of the previous stitch and current stitch and maneuver the hook back to the front of the work on the other side of the post. Your hook will be horizontal and in front of the work, with the post of the stitch on the hook.

Then, yarn over and pull a loop through around the post. 4 loops on hook. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops 3 times to finish your FPtr.

This image shows the steps to creating a front post treble crochet as described in the text.

The top of the stitch that we worked around now sits behind the stitch we have just created. Just like a BPdc, we would “skip” this stitch as it is already worked.

Note: When working FPtr or BPdc, you will always “skip” or ignore the top of the stitch you worked the post on. For FPtr, the top of the stitch is behind the FPtr. For BPdc, the top of the stitch is in front of the BPdc. This stitch counts as already worked because we have worked a post stitch.

(Pics below – BPdc left, FPtr right – The top of stitch we don’t work into is highlighted yellow with an X & arrow pointing to it. The next stitch of the row is highlighted pink with a check mark & an arrow pointing to it).

This image shows the stitches you will ignore behind the front post or back post stitches as stated in the text.

Special Stitch – V stitch (and “V st Ch 1 Spc”)

To work a V Stitch (V St in pattern), you will: Place 1 double crochet into indicated stitch. Then, chain 1 and place 1 additional double crochet into the SAME stitch.

In this pattern, we will: Chain 1, skip 2 stitches and then place our V stitch in the next stitch. After we place the V stitch, we will chain 1 and skip 2 stitches again.

This means that the V stitch is preceded by and followed by a chain 1 and 2 skipped stitches. See image below.

This image shows the V stitch chain 1 space as described in the text.

In the image above, you can see the V stitch preceded by and followed by a chain 1 space. A black arrow points downward to the chain 1 space within the V stitch (highlighted yellow and between two double crochet). This is our “V st Ch 1 Spc”.

When instructed to work into the “V st Ch 1 Spc”, you will work into this indicated chain 1 space. All other chain 1 spaces will be skipped as the red X’s in the image above indicate.

This image shows the finished sample from this crochet table runner pattern laid flat on a coffee table as is the purpose of a table runner. The image is taken at an angle. On the table runner is a snake plant.

Liana Table Runner – Free Crochet Table Runner Pattern

Ch 37

Row 1 (WS) – 1 sc 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. (36)

Row 2 (RS) – Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch here or throughout). 1 dc each of the first 2 sts. Sk 2 sts, 5 dc in next st, sk 2 sts, [1 dc each of the next 4 sts. Sk 2 sts, 5 dc in next st, sk 2 sts]. Repeat inside brackets until 2 sts remain (not counting the skipped sts at end of repeat). 1 dc each of the remaining 2 sts. (36 sts total – 4 clusters of 5 dc, 16 dc)

Row 3 (WS) –
Ch 2, turn. 1 dc each of the first 2 sts. Ch 1, sk 2 sts, V st next st. Ch 1, sk 2 sts, [1 dc next st, 1 BPdc each of the next 2 sts, 1 dc next st. Ch 1, sk 2 sts, V st next st. Ch 1, sk 2 sts]. Repeat inside brackets until 2 sts remain (not counting the skipped sts at end of repeat). 1 dc each of the remaining 2 sts. (36 sts total – 4 V sts, 8 Ch 1 spcs (not including ch 1 in V st), 10 dc, 6 BPdc)

Row 4 (RS) –
Ch 2, turn. 1 dc each of the first 2 sts. Sk ch 1 and next dc, 5 dc in V st ch 1 spc, Sk dc and ch 1. [1 dc next st, 1 FPtr each of the next 2 sts, 1 dc next st. Sk ch 1 and next dc, 5 dc in V st ch 1 spc, Sk dc and ch 1]. Repeat inside brackets until 2 sts remain (not counting the skipped sts at end of repeat). 1 dc each of the remaining 2 sts. (36 sts total – 4 clusters of 5 dc, 6 FPdc, 10 dc)

Rows 5 through 100 – Repeat Rows 3 and 4 in sequence. For example, Row 5 will be a repeat of Row 3 and Row 6 will be a repeat of Row 4. Row 100 will be a repeat of Row 4.

Note: If you prefer a shorter or longer table runner, you can continue to repeat Rows 3 and 4 for as long as you like. Make sure to end on a repeat of Row 4 and then continue to the next row.

Row 101 (WS) – Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), turn. Place 1 sc in each st across. (36)

Border

Border Round 1 (RS) – Ch 1, turn. 1 sc in each st across to end. At end of row, ch 2 and rotate to work down the long edge of the table runner. Place 1 sc in side of the sc, 2 sc in the side of each dc down the side and 1 sc in the side of the last sc (from Row 1). At the end, ch 2 and rotate to work along the bottom of the chains. Place 1 sc in the bottom of each ch across. At the end, ch 2 and rotate to work up the long side.  Place 1 sc in side of the sc, 2 sc in the side of each dc down the side and 1 sc in the side of the last sc (from Row 101). At the end, ch 2 and sl st to first sc made to close. (472)

Tie off, cut yarn and weave ends. You’re done!

You will likely want to block your crochet table runner. Blocking will open up the stitches and help the lacy texture stand out.

Pin the table runner down to size and then spray with water. Let dry completely before you unpin. If you use a cotton yarn that is blended with acrylic, you will need to use a steamer for the heat.

I added tassels to the 4 corners of my table runner for a little extra finishing and I absolutely love how it turned out with them. Check out how I made my beaded tassels and how I attached them to this table runner for help in creating your own.

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