Clever Crocheted Mats and Napkin Rings
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Clever Crocheted Mats and Napkin Rings

Made from three plies of yarn, these place mats and napkin rings will protect tabletops from scratches while adding pizzazz.

Place Mats

What You Need:

Mail these sets as gifts. Roll the
mats around a paper tube, wrap
and tie with a ribbon.

  • 1-1/2 oz./42.5g cotton 4-ply worsted-weight yard -- 2 skeins of solid color, 3 skeins of multicolored yarn
  • Crochet hook size J
  • 3 yards of 2-1/4-inch-wide ribbon

Instructions:

1. Holding one strand of each yarn color together, chain 27. Single crochet in 2nd chain from hook, draw up a loop in same chain as first single crochet, draw up a loop in next chain, yarn over and draw through 3 loops on hook. Draw up a loop in same chain as last stitch, draw up a loop in next chain, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook; repeat from across -- 26 stitches; turn.

2. Chain 1, single crochet in first stitch, draw up a loop in same stitch as first single crochet, draw up a loop in next single crochet, yarn over and draw through 3 loops on hook. Draw up a loop in same stitch as last stitch, draw up a loop in next stitch, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook; repeat from across; turn. Repeat this row for 38 times more. Fasten off.

3. Join one strand of multicolored yarn with a slip stitch in right corner. In same space as joint, (single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, half double crochet,single crochet - scallop made). Working along one short edge first, across to corner. For long edge, skip 1 row, make a scallop in side of next row; repeat to corner. Work remaining sides as established. At end, join with a slip stitch in first single crochet and fasten off.

4. Beginning at top center, weave ribbon under and over every two crochet stitches one row in from edge. Tie ends into a bow.

More Ideas:

  • Purchase yarn in crafts, discount, and fabric stores as well as in knitting and crochet shops.
  • Scraps of yarns can be combined to make a multicolored mat.
  • Once you've made a mat or two, this project is a great in-the-car project.

Napkin Holders

What You Need:

For a special in-bed breakfast,
place a mat and napkin ring atop
a lap tray.

  • 1 skein #3 perle cotton
  • 1-1/2-inch-diameter plastic ring
  • Size 3 steel crochet hook

Instructions:

1. Join cotton to ring with a slip stitch. Chain 1, work 32 single crochet around the ring. Chain 3, skip 1 single crochet, single crochet in next single crochet; repeat around. In each chain-3 space work (single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, half double crochet, single crochet). At end, join with slip stitch in first single crochet and fasten off.

More Ideas:

  • Purchase plastic rings near the drapery accessories in discount, fabric, and home decor stores.

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