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Hello, I am searching for a tablecloth pattern for an oval table. I will be using green thread if that matters! Thank you

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hi, welcome to the ville!

 

What size thread do you want to use?  What size do you want the tablecloth to be?

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I don't know what size thread but I know it's thicker than the finest thread. I bought it at a tent sale. I'm not sure the size of the table either lol I'm sorry. It seats four comfortably but is capable of fitting six if that helps!

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Most patterns are written for a specific weight of yarn, with a specific gauge (stitches and rows per inch) so that you can know before you start how big the finished item will be.  But really you can use any oval pattern with your thread, no matter what weight it is, as long as you are willing to wing it a bit.  For example you could use oval shaped pattern and if your thread is heavier than what the pattern recommends, just stop crocheting when it is big enough to fit your table (I'm assuming you have the table so you can fit the cloth to it).  Or if your thread is lighter you can add rounds to the pattern to make it big enough if you need to.

 

Are you in the US?  if so you might look at your public library for pattern books.  A lot of tablecloth patterns are going to be ones that were published in the past.  One somewhat recent book that I think may have an oval pattern in it is Crochet Lace http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/crochet-lace/patterns   There are more patterns in it than are shown on that page.  

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Hass Design has a few oval patterns for sale http://www.hassdesign.com/FiletCrochetDesigns/IP/FiletTablecloths/

 

i meant to ask---Does your thread have any label or information at all?   And one way to know what size/weight it is would be to find the Wraps Per Inch.  http://heritageheartcraft.weebly.com/my-blog/wraps-per-inch-for-crochet-thread

 

it's possible also that it is thread intended for weaving or embroidery or something, but in any case knowing the WPI will be ehlpful.  

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Oval patterns are going to be hard to find.  You can take a round pattern, and 'ovalize it', but that would take some work to get it right.  It would involve treating each half of the circle to  be an end of the oval; you'd have to know the end measurement you want, figure out the gauge that will get you there with your thread and personal gauge with that thread. You'd start with a chain the length of the end measurement's length minus width (example, if you wanted a cloth 5' x 7', start with a 2' chain).  Then, you'd have to improvise the transition the center, non-circle part.

 

How much thread do you have?  Is it all the same dye lot?  Even white is the devil to match if you have to combine dye lots.  You might have to consider working in stripes or rounds of alternating green and white for example.  To give you an idea, The Pineapple Petals pattern (one of the patterns in the first link below) is a 6' round cloth, and takes 3,000 yards (of #10 thread); Aunt Lydia's #10 thread is put up in 350(colors) to 400(white) yard balls.  Don't forget tablecloths have to drape over the sides when you measure the table.

 

I suggest you consider finding a tablecloth that is made of motifs (many are join as you go), and work from the center out.  If you get tired of it, or run out of your green thread, you could still end up with a nice centerpiece or runner for the table.  Or if you have enough thread, but might be following a motif pattern designed for smaller thread than you are using, it would be easier to customize the fit for the table than if you were following a 'whole cloth' pattern.  Or again if you don't have enough green thread, you could make a green center and white around the edges, or white and green concentric rectangles perhaps.  Again, start with a center strip the end measurement's length minus the width if you want to work evenly around a center row of motifs.

 

A couple of not very precise searches (free patterns) but there are some motif patterns to be found here.  Hexagon motifs might work well to end up with a more oval shape.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#craft=crochet&availability=free&weight=thread&sort=best&query=table&view=captioned_thumbs

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#view=captioned_thumbs&craft=crochet&pc=bedspread&sort=best&weight=thread&availability=free

Edited by Granny Square

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Motifs would be a really good idea, would give the flexibility to make pretty much any shape and size.  :hook

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I have made 2 of this one and am working on my 3rd one:   http://media.photobucket.com/user/countryyarns/media/Crochet%20Projects/ovalpineapple.jpg.html?filters[term]=round%20crochet%20tablecloth%20pattern&filters[primary]=images&filters[secondary]=videos&sort=1&o=0

If you need to know how to change the size because your oval table is longer or shorter, I have notes on my Ravelry project page about how to do that.  This pattern is posted on one of the knitting (go figure!) web sites, but I would have to hunt for it again.

 

The real problem with an oval shape is that you need a pattern that will give you the correct "length to width" proportions.  If the piece is wide enough for your table, it may not be long or short enough for the ends and the piece will look weird lol

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