Saturday, 17 December 2016

A SANTA INSPIRED NAPKIN DISPENSER

crochet napkin dispenser

crochet napkin dispenser

A SANTA INSPIRED NAPKIN DISPENSER


When I saw this Santa inspired napkin /tissue cover holder, I thought it was the perfect addition to any gift bag or just as a regular gift.

This is a pattern I’ve come up with by looking at this photograph & Santa motif chart. 


Edited :  Oh my gosh.. how weird is this?  I was posting my blog and this landed in my inbox !! OK.. so for this pattern, you'll need to add a shell border (in red) and voila.. one more pattern for you.



Materials used : Today I’ve used one skein of our lovely Indian Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply yarns with a 3.5 mm crochet hook 

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                   ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                   rep : Repeat


Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

Hdc : Half Double Crochet : yo, insert hk into st ; yo (3 lps on hk), yo, draw through all 3 lps.  One hdc made.

Foundation half double crochet : A really lovely way to start a foundation row of chainless double crochet.  This unique way of starting makes your project even https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90iUfQ-_1IM

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self-explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using the chainless dc start.

How to join the two ends of your work : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUGb9pIcsXE



Instructions using U.S terminology

There are two parts to the Santa napkin dispenser.  One is the simpler set of granny squares that make the base, and one is the little Santa motif.

Part 1 : Granny square base


For the granny square, you can choose any pattern and stitch you like.  All you need to do is ensure that you get the square to the size measurements of the tissue you are going to keep inside.

If you’d like to follow my pattern, here goes.  I started with white and used white all the way till the last round, where I changed to the festive red.

Start with a magic circle.  
(3 hdc ; ch 2) ; 
rep (to) 3 times and join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.  
Pull lightly to close the circle.

Round 1 : sl-st to the 1st ch-2 corner sp ; 
(3 hdc ; ch 2, 3 hdc) all in the same corner ch-2 sp ; 
*ch 1, sk next 3 hdc, rep (to) in the next corner ch-2 sp* ; 
rep *to* all around; ch 1 and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 2 : sl-st to the 1st ch-2 corner sp ; 
(3 hdc ; ch 2, 3 hdc) all in the same corner ch-2 sp ; 
*ch 1, sk next 3 hdc, 3 hdc in the next ch-1 sp ; 
ch 1, rep (to) in the next corner ch-2 sp* ; 
rep *to* all around; ch 1 and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Rep Round 2 till your project is a neat square and is suitable to the square size of the tissue you’re going to put inside.

Note : After working a few rounds, you may not be next to the corner sp, so you do not need to sl-st all the way to the corner.  You just need to remember that in every ch-1 sp, you will work 3 hdc ; and in each corner sp, you will work (3 hdc ; ch 2, 3 hdc)

Before you end off, please read the notes for the Granny Square joining strip in Part 2 and decide how large you want your square.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Rep all these instructions for the 2nd (lower portion) granny square.   So you now have two granny squares ready.


Part 2 : Granny square joining strip


We now have the 2 granny squares, and we need to join them, keeping a little space in between (so that the napkins can easily be slipped inside without a fuss).

So here are 2 ideas
1)      You decide to make two granny squares about an inch larger than the paper napkins, such that you will attach the two squares directly one to the other, and you will still have a little ease to slip in your napkins.  If you have decided on this option, then skip all instructions below, and go straight to the joining / finishing section Part 3.
2)    You make two granny squares depending on the size of the paper napkins you are going to keep inside – so you will place your granny square on top of the paper napkin, and just ensure that you have a small extra margin for ease.   If you decide to work this exact sized finish, then you will need to attach the joining strip

As you’ve stayed on, you’ve decided to make the joining strip. 

For the strip, there’s a small calculation.
1)      Count the number of 3-dc sets and ch-1 sps you have from one end to the other, starting and ending with a 3-dc set (corner to corner). 
2)    Your count per side will be this number + 2.  So say you have a five 3-dc sets across, that’s 15 ; plus four ch-1 sps = 19 + 2 = 21, per side. 
3)    You will then multiply this number x 4 for all sides (so per calculation above 21 x 4 = 84)
4)    Now that you have the number of stitches needed, work an fdc strip for that number.. so in this case, you will work a strip of 84 fdc.
5)    Do not finish off or weave in after you finish the 84th fdc, but carry on for finishing instructions.

Part 3 : Joining and finishing


If you have decided on Option 1, then you have two granny squares about 1” larger than your paper napkins.  Hold your squares such that you align the corners and the stitches.  Use one of the joining methods given above to join your two squares all the way end to end on two sides.  On the third side, you will only attach halfway through both sections and you will then fasten off. Re-attach you yarn halfway down the fourth section and join that section all the way to the start join stitch.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

If you have decided on Option 2 and have made your fdc strip :   Hold your strip starting at one corner, and using one of the joining methods given above, join one side of your fdc strip to one side of the granny square.  Join all four sides of your granny square to the fdc strip.  Fasten off and weave in ends.
This forms the bottom part of your napkin holder.

For the top part, you have once again two options !!
a)   You can work in white yarn, and join the two sides to the fdc strip.  On the third side you will only attach halfway through both sections and you will then fasten off. Re-attach you yarn halfway down the fourth section and join that section all the way to the start join stitch.  Fasten off and weave in ends.  You will then work in a row of finishing picot in red yarn.  For the picot decoration, I have worked a (sc in the 1st st ; sc + picot in the next).  In the corner space, I worked 2 sc + picot.  I have used the ch-3 picot, which is (ch 3, sl-st in the 3rd ch from hk).
b)   You work the (a) option, but using Red yarn directly.  IF using this option, please note that (i) you are going to be joining one side of your granny square to one side of your fdc chain AND (ii) at the same time, you will be working a sc + picot every alternate st, plus 2 sc + picot every corner AND (iii) you need to remember that you are only working 2 full sections this way, and then working the decorative sc + picot only on the top flap of the holder.
c)     Whichever method you choose from (a) or (b) above, you will need to work a row of sc on the top of the fdc chain for the opening flap.  So the top part of your flap will have the decorative picot, but for the lower part (i.e top of the fdc chain), we will just work sc all through.  Fasten off and weave in ends.
Great job! The little napkin holder is ready.  We will now work on our cute little Santa Motif.


Part 4 : Santa Motif

crochet Santa motif



Start : (using light pink) with a  magic circle and 22 sc in that circle.  
Pull lightly to close.

In the following round, we will work half our round in pink (for face) and the other half in white (for beard). 

Round 1 : (using light pink) : dc in the 1st 10 sc ;  
(attach white yarn , fasten off light pink yarn) ; dc in the 12 next sc] ; 
and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

In our white bearded section, we will also work in a picot stitch.  
We will use a ch-3 picot, which is (ch 3, sl-st in the 3rd st from hk)
Round 3 : (using white) : sc in the 1st 10 dc ;  
[sc + picot] in the next 12 dc.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Attach red yarn for the cap.  Fasten off white yarn. 
We will now only work the cap part. The beard is done.
We will work our cap portion in rows, side to side.

Row 4 : (using red) : hdc in the 1st dc ;  
ch 2, sk next dc, sc in the next dc ; [ch 2, sc in the next dc] ; 
rep [to] 4 times ; ch 2, sk next dc, hdc in the last dc.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. Turn.

Row 5 : (using red) : hdc in the 1st dc ;  
ch 2, sk next sc, sc in the next sc ; 
[ch 2, sc in the next sc] ; rep [to] 2 times ; 
ch 2, sk next sc, hdc in the last hdc.  Turn.

Row 6 : (using red) : hdc in the 1st dc ;  
ch 2, sk next sc, sc in the next sc ; 
[ch 2, sc in the next sc] ; 
ch 2, sk next sc, hdc in the last hdc.  Turn.

Row 7 : (using red) : hdc in the 1st dc ;  
ch 2, sk next sc, sc in the next ch-sp ; 
ch 2, sk next sc, hdc in the last hdc.  Turn.

Row 8 : (using red) : sc 3-tog over the 3 sts. 
Fasten off and leave a long tail to attach your motif to your  napkin dispenser.

Santa Motif Finishing :

crochet santa motif

There are several elements essential for the little motif, and some ideas that you can add on as desired.
1.       Using an embroidery needle, work a French knot in for the nose in red.

2.     Using an embroidery needle, work two French knots in for the eyes in black.

crochet santa motif

3.     You may want to attach a white little pom pom (once again a largish French knot will suffice) for the top of the cap OR you may want to make a tiny little gold one that could work as a bell.

4.     For the cute little 3D “pom pom” that I’ve made :
a) Start with a magic circle and 6 sc in that circle ; join with a sl-st to the 1st sc and pull tight to close the magic circle. 
b) Round 1 : Work 2 sl-st in each sc all the way through in the next round, and join to the 1st st.  Fasten off and keep a long tail. 
c) Finishing : Using your embroidery needle, work a running stitch in and out of the 12 s-st just made, and pull lightly to ball it up.  Pull tight to keep the ball closed, and work in a back stitch to hold your work close.  Attach the 3D ball to the top of your Santa hat. J

Napkin Dispenser Finishing :

crochet napkin dispenser

You now have the base of the napkin dispenser (the granny squares) and the Santa motif.
See the picture – one section of your granny square  is folded back to provide easy access to the napkins.  I’ll suggest that you attach your little motif onto this opened section so that it not only keeps the section open, but also looks trendy.
Depending on how much of it you want stitched down, work your stitches around the cap and face (as needed) to secure your motif to the granny square base.

Now that you’re done with the dispenser, and find how easy it is to fashion out a Santa motif, maybe you’d like to make a few more Santa motifs to string up around the tree or mantle ? hmmm.. so many ideas.. one small blog J

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