Skein Passion

Luscious 'fioro' hand died merino-silk yarn skeins from The Yarn Bowl in the shades sepia rose, abalone and plum purple As Valentines day approaches sprinklings of pink hearts and cutesy romance sayings start popping up all over the place. Yarn sales are overflowing with red and pink colourways and patterns are dotted with love knots.  But I want to talk about Passion. That deep intense desire you experience when you touch that divine squishy yarn skein, you know the one I'm talking about, that skein that makes your heart sing. It's a magic colour, squishing it is like touching a cloud with the lustre of angels. The yarn of your dreams. Where were you when you had that experience the first time? In a specialty yarn store looking at the silk-alpaca blends? I'm willing to bet it wasn't, more likely it was at the discount store passing the bargain aisle and this little ball of fluff caught your eye and you sighed and squished it and wished you had the skill to turn

Golden Table Runner

Golden Table Runner, gold cord and red yarn

Golden Table Runner Free Crochet Pattern

This table runner is a long narrow strip perfect for decorating leaving plenty of room for place mats and other table wares. It is easily adapted to any length or width desired.

Finished measurements 9cm / 3.5 inches x 63.5 cm / 25 inches


Yarn needle for weaving in ends
Crochet Hook - I used my Milford 2.35mm hook
1 skein of 1mm metallic cord - I used this *gold cord. I still had a few of meters left over.
Red yarn - I used some from my yarn stash.

Stitches US crochet terminology 

Slip Stitch - SS
Chain - Ch
Single Crochet - SC
Double Crochet - DC


This pattern starts with the centre row using the mile a minute crochet method. You can find the written pattern below or you can follow this video tutorial by New Stitch a Day

To start:

Using the metallic cord > Chain 8, SS into first Ch

Row 1

SC into loop just created, Ch2, (takes place of first DC), 2DC, Ch2, 3DC. Turn work

Row 2

Ch5, 3DC into Ch2 space of previous row, Ch2, 3DC into same Ch2 space of previous row, Ch2, DC into 3rd ch of turning row. Turn work

Row 3

this row and all subsequent rows are a repeat of the second row
**Ch5, (3DC, Ch2, 3DC) into Ch2 space, Ch2, DC into turning row. Turn work. repeat from **
continue until desired length is reached. My runner has 46 rows.

Switch to Red yarn 

NB: There are four corners and two points to this table runner. All six are worked with 2 shells (3DC = 1 shell) separated by 1Ch.

If you wish to follow a video tutorial of how to add the red rows skip to the 12 minute mark of Bob Wilson's Mile a Minute video. Her starting rows are a little different to how I started mine but I am sure this runner would be equally successful using her method.

1st Red Row

Join your yarn into the last Ch5 space

***Ch3, 2DC into same space, Ch1, 3DC into same space (right corner complete), 3DC into next space (the point of your runner), Ch1, 3DC into same space (point complete), 3DC into next space, Ch1, 3DC into same space (left corner complete), 3DC into next space,  3DC into the next and so on until you reach the next corner at the opposite end of your runner. Repeat from ***, SS to join

2nd Red Row

Ch3, 2DC, (3DC, Ch1, 3DC) into corner space, 3DC, (3DC, Ch1, 3DC) into point space, 3DC, (3DC, Ch1, 3DC) into corner space, 3DC all down the side until you reach the other end adding in the corners as before, 3DC along other edge, SS to join

Switch to Gold Cord

Block or Square edging

Again if you would like to follow along with a video this tutorial by Joannes Web will help you out. I did not do a row of SC first because I wasn't sure I would have enough cord.

NB: again there are 2 shells in each corner and point but no Ch1 in between them this time. 

Join the gold cord into the shell just before the right corner. (You can start anywhere but it's nice to get the corners done first.)

Ch3, DC into corner space, Ch3, 3DC into DC space you just made (first shell complete), DC into same corner space, Ch3, 3DC into DC space you just made (second shell complete), DC into next space, Ch3, 3DC into DC space you just made (shell complete) and so on all around your project, working 2 shells into each corner and point. SS to finish.

Golden Table Runner, gold cord


Working with metallic cord can be tricky due to it's stiffness. I recommend rolling your cord into a ball before starting or you will end up with a big mess of cord that will take a couple of hours to sort out (How do I know? I'm not telling).

Cord also wants to unwind from the ball almost as fast as it's wound on. I used little hair elastics every now and then to secure the cords in place and then continued to wind over the elastics.

Golden Table Runner Free Crochet Pattern

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