Skill Level: Advanced / Expert
Pull Tabs: For each napkin ring, you'll need 6 - 8 pull tabs.I used pull tabs from canned cat food to make my project samples. I'm assuming this would work just as well with other types of pull tabs, although I haven't tested the pattern with any others. If you make this pattern using other tabs, please let me know how it turns out! (Actually, I'd love to know how it turns out no matter which tabs you used.)
Your pull tab may have sharp edges in the spot where it was pulled off of the can. It's a good idea to look for and file down any sharp edges before you begin.
Wire: You'll need craft wire in a gauge that's compatible with crochet -- in other words, not too thick or heavy. I used 26 gauge permanently colored copper wire for crocheting the sample napkin ring. This wire is manufactured by Darice. I used color #3958-70; the color name is "Dark Green." It comes in a 30 yard / 27.432 meter package.
Crochet Hook: I used a steel crochet hook in the 1.80 mm size. You might find that a different size is more comfortable for you when working with wire, so don't feel obligated to use this size. Feel free to adjust.
Please note that working with wire is really hard on crochet hooks. If you would cry at the thought of breaking one of your hooks, this is not a project that you should attempt with that particular hook -- just in case something terrible happens to it. Hopefully it won't, but you can't rule out the possibility.
Gauge: Irrelevant for this project.Finished Size: One finished napkin ring measures about 6 inches in circumference, and about 2 inches in diameter.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:
- beg = beginning
- ch = chain
- ea = each
- rep = repeat
- sc = single crochet
- sl st = slip stitch
- st = stitch
Grab a pull tab, your crochet hook and your wire.
Most pull tabs are wider on the part that you pull, and narrower at the part that connects to the can. Place the pull tab in your hands with the wider side facing up. Reach into the pull tab with your crochet hook and pull up a loop. Ch 1.
At this point, you'll want to work a series of sc sts into the top of the pull tab. I worked 6 sc into my tab, but it's possible that you may need to crochet a different number of sts to make the pattern work. Your pull tab dimensions might differ slightly from mine, and for sure your individual way of crocheting will probably be different than mine. Just work whatever amount of sts seem like a comfortable amount in that spot.
Then ch 2.
Next, grab another pull tab and hold it beside your first pull tab with the opposite side, the narrow part, facing up.
Work a series of sc sts into the narrow part of this pull tab. I worked 4 sts into mine, but again, you may need to work a different amount to achieve a comfortable fit.
Grab another pull tab, and hold it with the wider end up. Work another series of sc sts into the tab. You'll want this to be the same number of stitches you worked in the wider part of the first tab.
Continue adding more tabs in this manner until you have the amount of tabs needed to make a nice napkin ring. I used six tabs all together; it's possible that you might prefer to have a larger napkin ring with 8 pull tabs total.
When you've finished adding pull tabs, join the work to the beg of the round with a sl st. End off.
Turn the work over and work the same exact pattern into the other end of the napkin ring.
Dealing With Your Loose Ends: You can weave your loose ends into your work using a tapestry needle, just as you would with a crochet project made of yarn. When the ends are sufficiently woven in, cut off any extra and manipulate the end to be buried down in the piece.
Now do this again several more times to make more matching napkin rings to form a set.
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