Just in time for Thanksgiving, I whipped up some cute little crochet napkin rings! If you’re anything like me,  you have a collection of fancy napkins, napkin rings, and placemats. If you’re even more like me, your collection is tucked away in various drawers and hasn’t seen the light of day since the last time you moved. But I’m not one to make excuses, and rarely using napkin rings is absolutely no excuse to prevent me from making more. Also, these are SUPER quick to work up. Enjoy!

Besides, these are cute as shit.

Besides, these are cute as shit.

As you can see, there are two parts to this. Let’s start with the leaves! I used Caron Simply Soft in Dark Sage, which was left over from my Hooded Cowl/Fingerless Glove set. I also used an E (3.5 mm) hook.

Leaf Pattern:

  • Chain (CH) 8
  • Single crochet (SC) in 2nd chain from your hook, half-double crochet (HDC) in next 2 chains, double crochet (DC) in next 2 chains, triple crochet (TC) in next chain. In the last chain do the following: 1 TC, 1 DC, 1 HDC, CH 3, and then SC in 3rd chain from your hook.
  • Instead of turning your work, work around. So on the other side, work the following in the first stitch: 1 HDC, 1 DC, 1 TC. Then work 1 TC in the next stitch, DC in the next 2 stitches, HDC in the next 2 stitches, and a SC in the final stitch.
  • Slip stitch into the top of the leaf and then work slip stitches all the way down the middle of the leave. This will give it a nice center line. When you get to where the last slip stitch would be, remove your hook. Enter the hook through the back side of the leaf and pull the loop through. Leaving several inches, fasten off. You’ll use the end yarn to sew it to the ring.
Ta-da! A cute leaf!

Ta-da! A cute leaf!

Napkin Ring Pattern:

For this part, I used my trusty ole H (5 mm) hook. I also used Red Heart Super Saver in Buff as I just had it on hand.

  • CH 20, slip stitch together to make a ring. Be careful not to get it twisted!
  • Row 1: CH 1, HDC in same stitch. Continue working HDC in each stitch all the way around for 20 stitches. Slip stitch to the CH 1
  • Row 2: CH 1, HDC in front loop only in each stitch around for 20 total. Slip stitch to the CH 1
  • Row 3: repeat row 2
  • Fasten off & weave in ends. I wove the ends vertically into the seam since it will be covered with the leaf 🙂

Using the extra yarn from your leaf, attach the leaf to the napkin ring with a tapestry needle. I placed my stitches inside the center of the leaf and they blended right in. Quick and easy!

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Wapow, complete.

Then I hit up Google to find out how the hell to fold napkins.

This was my fave fold

This was my fave fold

Working the HDC of the ring into the front loop only allows the ring to stretch easily and gives it a slightly ribbed effect. Extra stretch might also be nice if you do bulky napkin folds or wrap silverware along with it.

Girl, you so fancy!

Girl, you so fancy!

Maybe these crochet napkin rings will inspire me to use more than a paper towel, but I’m not making any promises.