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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Crocheted Napkin Rings for Summer Picnics

By Sandra Paul
Hobby Farms Guest Blogger

Crocheted Napkin Rings - Photo by Sandra Paul (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

Even though the weather hasn’t exactly been idyllic where I am lately, I find my thoughts can’t help to turn to summery days and doing sunny-day things, like picnics and barbecues. Barbecues are especially popular with my family, and we try to fit them in often. They can be a messy business, though—all those marinades, salad dressings and sweet, juicy corn cobs mean we’re often left with sticky fingers. Paper napkins are fine of course, but one slight breeze and off they go, so I decided proper napkins would be more practical for outside eating.

Because it’s a break from the normal routine, it’s nice to make a little bit of an event out of eating outdoors, so I thought some pretty rings to keep those napkins in place would be a sweet touch. They don’t take long to make and they are a great way to use up any leftover scraps from other projects.

Crocheted Napkin Rings - Photo by Sandra Paul (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

What You’ll Need:

  • approximately 20 yeards of worsted weight yarn per ring (I used Cascade 220.)
  • small amounts of a lighter yarn (4-ply or leftover sock yarn would work well.)
  • E (3.5mm) hook
  • B or C (2.5mm) hook
  • scissors
  • yarn Needle

Step 1

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Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

Using the worsted yarn and the E hook, make a chain of 28, and without twisting the chain, make a slip stitch into the first chain to form a loop.

Step 2

Crocheted Napkin Rings - Photo by Sandra Paul (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

Chain one and make a single crochet into the same chain. Then make one single crochet into each of the chains around the loop. Make a slip stitch into the first single crochet to complete the round.

Step 3

Crocheted Napkin Rings - Photo by Sandra Paul (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

Chain one and make a single crochet into the same stitch. Then make one single crochet into each stitch around the loop again, ending with a slip stitch into the first single crochet.

Step 4

Crocheted Napkin Rings - Photo by Sandra Paul (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

Repeat this step 3 twice, then cut the yarn and weave in the ends. That completes the napkin ring.

Step 5

Crocheted Napkin Rings - Photo by Sandra Paul (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

Using the lighter yarn and the B or C hook, make chain two. We’re going to make the next set of stitches all into the first chain, to form a tiny circle.

Step 6

Crocheted Napkin Rings - Photo by Sandra Paul (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

Make five single crochets into the first chain, then make a slip stitch into the first single crochet to close the round. Cut the yarn and attach a new color in the same place.

Step 7

Crocheted Napkin Rings - Photo by Sandra Paul (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

Chain two and then make two double crochets into the same place. Then chain two again and make a slip stitch into the same place. This makes one petal.

Step 8

Crocheted Napkin Rings - Photo by Sandra Paul (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

Make a slip stitch into the next single crochet, and then follow the instruction above to make another petal. Repeat this process for each single crochet around the loop. To finish, make a slip stitch into the first single crochet, cut the yarn and leave the ends for now.

Step 9

Crocheted Napkin Rings - Photo by Sandra Paul (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

Next, we’ll make some leaves. Grab another color and make a chain of seven.

Step 10

Crocheted Napkin Rings - Photo by Sandra Paul (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

Skip the chain next to the hook, and then work the following stitches along the rest of the six chains: one single crochet, one half double crochet, two double crochets, one half double crochet, one single crochet. Break the yarn and leave the ends for now.

Step 11

Crocheted Napkin Rings - Photo by Sandra Paul (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

This is what you should have so far. To finish the ring, use the yarn ends on the flower and leaves to sew them into place. Weave any leftover ends into the inside of the napkin ring, out of sight.

Step 12 

Crocheted Napkin Rings - Photo by Sandra Paul (HobbyFarms.com)
Photo by Sandra Paul/Cherry Heart

You can use the picture as a guide to help you sew the leaves and the flower into place.

Find more crafts on HobbyFarms.com:

Sandra Paul - The Craft Hub
About Sandra Paul
Sandra is a stay-at-home Mum living in a small village in England. She spends her days sewing, crocheting, knitting, pottering around the house and garden, and trying to pretend that housework doesn’t exist so that she can use the time to craft and write her blog. Look for her sewing and crochet projects for the home and garden each month on The Craft Hub and visit her at Cherry Heart to see more of her work.

 

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Reader Comments
Brillinat, was looking to make something as a birthday present for a summer birthday, this is such a good idea, thanks for sharing!
eclectichomelife.blogspot.com, International
Posted: 6/22/2014 4:07:49 PM
Sandra always does such beautiful crochet work. I'm thrilled to see her guest posting here!
Kathryn Vercillo, San Francisco, CA
Posted: 6/21/2014 8:40:00 AM
I love what Sandra makes, she is really inspiring and colorful. She turns simple things in great and feminine things.
Miss. Mywoolvalley.blogspot.ca
Miss, trois rivières, QC
Posted: 6/19/2014 3:42:41 PM
Very sweet; ideal for BBQs as well as more formal occasions. Nice gift idea also!
Joy, International
Posted: 6/19/2014 6:14:22 AM
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