Napkin Ring Tutorial

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.  

It’s always nice to make a little bit of an event of eating outdoors as it’s a little break from the normal routine, 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 left over scraps from other projects.

What You'll Need

Small amounts of aran/worsted weight yarn, approximately 20 yards per ring.  I used Cascade 220
Small amounts of a lighter yarn, 4ply or leftover sock yarn would work well.

E (3.5mm) hook
B or C (2.5mm) hook
Yarn Needle

✽ Please refer to the Stitch Directory on Crochet Corner if you need help with stitches. 

What To Do

Using the aran/worsted yarn and the 3.5mm (E) hook, make a chain of 28 and, without twisting the chain, make a slip stitch (ss) into the first chain to form a loop.

Chain 1 and make a double crochet (dc) into the same chain, then make 1 dc into each of the chains around the loop.  Make a ss into the first dc to complete the round.

Chain 1 and make an dc into the same stitch (st).  Then make 1 dc into each st around the loop again, ending with a ss into the first dc.

Repeat this last round two more times, then cut the yarn and weave in the ends.  That completes the napkin ring.

Using the lighter yarn and the 2.5mm (B/C) hook, chain 2.   We’re going to make the next set of stitches all into the first chain, to form a tiny circle.

Make 5 dc into the first chain, then make a ss into the first dc to close the round.  Cut the yarn and attach a new colour in the same place.

Chain 2 and then make 2 treble crochets (tr) into the same place, then chain 2 again and make a ss into the same place.  This makes I petal.

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

Next, some leaves.  Grab another colour and make a chain of 7.

Skip the chain next to the hook and then work the following stitches along the rest of the 6 chains: 1dc, 1 half treble crochet (htr), 2tr, 1htr, 1dc.  Break the yarn and leave the ends for now.

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

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

A beautiful addition to the table.