Follow my blog with BloglovinIf you’ve never done Bruges lace, this pattern is a great introduction! Before you start, be sure to check out my new Bruges Lace tutorial.  Basic Bruges lace is really nothing more than the stitches you already know, with lots of chain spaces and slip stitches to create interlocking loops. These chain spaces create the beautiful lacy effect. Make yourself a set of these quick, easy, and elegant napkin rings for your holiday table this year!

Bruges Lace Napkin Ring


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Bruges Lace Napkin Ring

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Materials:

  • Size 10 crochet thread – 10-20 yds for each napkin ring
  • Size 3 (2.1 mm) crochet hook or size needed to achieve gauge
  • Embroidery/Tapestry needle
  • Cardboard tube from paper towel or toilet paper roll (for blocking)
  • Pins (for blocking)
  • Liquid starch or fabric stiffener
  • Wax paper (to cover cardboard tube)
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Difficulty:

Easy to Intermediate – mostly basic stitches, the only potentially difficult part is joining the chain spaces, particularly at the ends.

Size:

Approx 5″ circumference

Gauge:

Gauge is not critical – after row 6, work should measure about 2″ long.

Abbreviations used:

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp(s) = space(s)
  • RS = right side
  • WS = wrong side

Recommended Tutorial:

Introduction to Bruges Lace

Notes:

  • Pattern is provided in both chart and written form – they are the same pattern.
  • Blocking is VERY important for this project. Be sure to block your work.
  • Want to make this a hair tie instead? Thread some decorative elastic through the spaces in the middle, and sew it in place under the curved end so it doesn’t show. It’s still important to block it, to open up the lace, but you can skip the fabric stiffener or starch.

 

Instructions:

Bruges Lace Napkin Ring Chart

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Row 1 (WS): Ch 8, dc in 6th ch from hook and in last 2 chs (3 dc, 1 ch loop)

Rows 2-10: Ch 5, turn, dc in each st across (3 dc, 1 ch loop)

Row 11: Ch 5, turn, sc in first st, hdc in next st, dc in last st

Row 12: Ch 7, turn, dc in first st, hdc in next st, sc in last st

Row 13: Ch 2, sl st in ch loop from row 11, ch 2, turn, sc in first st, hdc in next st, dc in last st

Row 14: Ch 5, turn, dc in first st, hdc in next st, sc in last st

Row 15: Repeat row 13

Row 16: Repeat row 12

Row 17: Repeat row 13

Row 18: Repeat row 2

Row 19: Ch 2, sl st in ch loop from row 9, ch 2, turn, dc in each st across

Row 20: Repeat row 2

Row 21: Ch 2, sl st in ch loop from row 7, ch 2, turn, dc in each st across

Row 22: Repeat row 2

Row 23: Ch 2, sl st in ch loop from row 5, ch 2, turn, dc in each st across

Row 24: Repeat row 2

Row 25: Ch 2, sl st in ch loop from row 3, ch 2, turn, dc in each st across

Row 26: Repeat row 2

Row 27: Ch 2, sl st in ch loop from row 1, ch 2, turn, dc in each st across

Row 28: Repeat row 2

Row 29: Repeat row 11

Row 30: Ch 3, sl st in ch loop from row 16, ch 3, turn, dc in first st, hdc in next st, sc in last st

Row 31: Ch 2, sl st in ch loop from row 29, ch 2, turn, sc in first st, hdc in next st, dc in last st

Row 32: Ch 2, sl st in ch loop from row 14, ch 2, turn, dc in first st, hdc in next st, sc in last st

Row 33: Repeat row 31

Row 34: Ch 3, sl st in ch loop from row 12, ch 3, turn, dc in first st, hdc in next st, sc in last st

Row 35: Repeat row 31

Row 36: Repeat row 2

Joining: Turn, working through sts from row 36 and foundation ch from row 1, sl st in each st across. Fasten off, weave in ends. Turn to right side before blocking.

Blocking:

Images show only 1 ring, but you can block a whole set of rings at once if you like. Wrap the cardboard tube from a paper towel or toilet paper roll with wax paper. Wet your napkin ring and apply starch or fabric stiffener per the package instructions. Slide napkin ring(s) onto tube and pin into place. Be sure to stretch out the chain loops so they open up. Let dry completely before removing.
Napkin ring blocking  Napkin ring blocking

I hope you enjoy the pattern; big thanks to Kathy (icanhasmohair) & Jeanette Estee Famulari for testing it for me!

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