Lace Napkin Edging


Add your own special touch to your napkins with these this Lace Napkin Edging pattern! This easy crochet pattern is a great way to spice up your boring-looking linens. Use Bernat crochet thread to complete this pattern.


Crochet Hook4 or 2 mm hook (steel)

Yarn Weight(0) Lace (33-40 stitches to 4 inches). Includes crochet thread.


  • Bernat Handicrafter Crochet Thread (3 oz/85 g; 371 yds/339 m)
    1 ball of 31201 (Still Water) or (31426 (Rosy Rose) or 31222 (Ripe Avocado)
  • Size 1.75 mm (U.S. 4) steel crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Cloth napkins
  • Vanishing fabric marking pen

MEASUREMENTS: Approx 3/4 ins [2 cm] wide.

Note: 1 ball makes approx 300 ins [760 cm] of Edging. Napkins must measure in full inch increments for
edging to fit correctly, eg. 12 x 12 ins, 13 x 13 ins, etc.

GAUGE: 30 sc and 32 rows = 4 ins [10 cm].


Prepare Napkin: Beg at any napkin corner, mark edges of napkin with dots using vanishing fabric marking pen at 1/8 inch [3 mm] intervals (8 marks per inch) to ensure even placement of fi rst rnd of sts.

Edging: Join thread with sl st at 8th st mark to the right of any corner.
1st rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in same sp as last sl st. 1 sc in each of next 6 st marks. *3 sc in each of next 2 st marks. 1 sc in each st mark until last st mark at next corner. Rep from * twice more. 3 sc in each of next 2 st marks. 1 sc in each st mark to end of rnd. Join with sl st to fi rst sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 6. Miss next 3 sc. **1 sc in next sc. Ch 3. Miss next 3 sc. 1 dc in next sc. Ch 2. 1 dc in next sc. Ch 3. 1 dc in next sc. Ch 2. 1 dc in next sc. Ch 3. Miss next 3 sc. *1 sc in next sc. Ch 3. Miss next 3 sc. (1 dc. Ch 3. 1 dc) in next sc. Ch 3. Miss next 3 sc.* Rep from * to * across until 5th sc from corner. Rep from ** twice more. 1 sc in next sc. Ch 3. Miss next 3 sc. 1 dc in next sc. Ch 2. 1 dc in next sc. Ch 3. 1 dc in next sc. Ch 2. 1 dc in next sc. Ch 3. Miss next 3 sc. Rep from * to * across until beg ch 6. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of ch 6.
3rd rnd: **Ch 7. 1 sc in next dc. Ch 5. 1 sc in next dc. (Ch 5. 1 sc. Ch 6. 1 sc. Ch 5. 1 sc) in next ch-3 sp. Ch 5. 1 sc in next dc. *Ch 7. Miss next: ch-3 sp, 1 sc and ch-3 sp. 1 sc in next dc. (Ch 5. 1 sc. Ch 6. 1 sc. Ch 5. 1 sc) in next ch-3 sp. Rep from * across to 2nd last dc from corner. Rep from ** 3 times more. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 7. Fasten off .


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Crocheting a lace edge to delicate napkins or hankies seems to have been something our most senior grandmothers and great grandmothers used to do. I treasure the one crocheted edge hankie my own grandmother made as it evokes a time past where sewing, knitting and crocheting were necessary skills all young girls would learn.

My great grandmother used to do this will all her napkins and hankies and I miss it. Thank you for the wonderful memories.

In the directions Edging does this mean that after you make the holes you slip st in each hole around the entire napkin?

It depends on the fabric you are using. On some fabrics you can just poke the hook through to make the hole. On heavier fabrics, I use my sewing machine to stitch around the edge, using a large gauge needle and no thread, to make the holes.

these look beautiful, but how do you make the holes?

How do you make that first piercing thru the napkin/hankie material.?

yes, I'd make these.

Have done similar before, but would love to try these on a handkerchief!!

Yes I would do these. Mu Gramdma helped me crochet edgings when I was about 10. Of course, I am learing to crochet all over again.

Yes I would make these, I love the old fashioned crafts

These edgings look beautiful on a linen hankie and make a beautiful gift for Brides to Be to carry on their Wedding Day. Often a tradition of my late mother for every Bride to have from her. Mom lived to the age of 98 and crocheted til then. She was remarkable! These beautiful edgings will never go out of style and wonderful to see so many patterns!

Very happy to see these vintage edgings return. I was taught to use steel hooks and these edgings at a very young age and still love them today!

I love edgings....Blankets, fingerless mitts, hats, cowls.....I think everything looks prettier with a little lace! :o)

I love edgings: use them on flannel baby blankets (after they have been hemstitched for ease of inserting hook. is where I send my blankets.)

where can I buy linen or cotton squares made up for crocheting edges to be done

This reminds me of the lace my grandmother crocheted on all her linen hankies. My fingers are itching to pull out her old steel hooks and get to work! I have half a dozen projects this will work for.

Yes, I will put this edging on a flannel baby blanket.

Yes I would make this trim very pretty!

I really like this. It reminds me of all the beautiful edgings my mother put on her napkins. These are the kind of edgings that look good around a collar or on cuffs of a blouse. Discreet and elegant

These are very pretty. I would also like to be ablet put edgings on hankerchiefs,

How pretty! I love hankies with the edging on them. I plan to try to edge some napkins or hankies, maybe even a few hand towels. I'm almost 72, and I always carry a hankie and a tissue or two in my purse.It seems as if the tissues shed too much.

I always loved doing edging on hankies but where do we now buy the hankies with the pre made hole

I used this pattern a couple of weeks ago on the edge of a towel I had machine embroidered . It turned out so nice I think I am going to make it into a window treatment.

Now that I know how to make the holes in the napkin, hankie, linens I will most definitely be making these for Christmas gifts. Thanks so much.

How do you make the holes?

These are very pretty edgings. I think they might be pretty on a fleece baby blanket I'm making.

I love these edgings.

In the pattern you say to mark every inch - then you proceed to the crochet design edge. How do you make the holes to make the first row?

I have a winged hemstitch needle for my sewing machine. I haven't done edgings in many years, but that is what I used to make the holes when I did do edgings

these are terrific - already have this collection -we are trying to fit this in amid the flood of baby blankets - everybody is having babies this year!. love it - thanks so much. karenb/fredw

Oh Yes,I Love doing Edging..I Thank you Bunches for sharing these GREAT Ideals with me.Soo many Thanks for this:) I Will Definetly be useing these.. I'M LOVING IT!!!!

I will definitely use this pattern. I like to edge towels, handkerchiefs, pillow cases and other things. Beautiful pattern. Thanks for sharing!

I will absolutely use these patterns! I love the look of antique linens with lace edgings, but it's not easy to find what I need in the right sizes or colors. This is fabulous. Now I can trim my own plain napkins.

I think this is a wonderful idea and I will use the pattern included with the newsletter to add style to crochet projects.

I will definitely make these. Love the thread patterns. Thank you for being here and for all the free patterns.

I love thread crochet! I probably wouldn't use them for a handkerchief, but I am thinking of using some for my sheets and pillowcases.

Love them, but wouldn't use them for napkins! I am planning to make them.

Lovely! I would like to try it for maybe a runner or some other linen. (I'd hate to see someone wipe spaghetti sauce off his mouth this one of these.)

In a heartbeat!!

I would definitely make this

I like the edging, but don't use hankies. I think it would be cute for an edging around a baby flannel blanket.

No, I wouldn't bother. Most people I know use paper napkins these days, and if they had such fancy napkins, they'd hide them in a closet to save for special occasions, and they would never see the light of day.

Yes, I would make these. I crocheted around linen material to make Hankies for my Son's wedding for the Grandma's, Mother's and even for the Bride. Everybody loved them. I found some lovely poems for everybody online and printed them out and gave them with the Hankies. I made alot of tears before even the wedding started.

I would definitely make these.

I would love to make hankies with edging but it is difficult to buy the blank hankies with the holes around the edge. Where could i purchase them from ?

Mama would use a thin awl to poke holes around the edge of the hankie or napkin. Worked great.

I send my blankets and hankies to Price is very reasonable. The holes are reinforced for ease of inserting hook.

These are very beautiful. I will definitely use them. I don't like the plain napkins so this fits my style! Thanks!

I agree with wiccanlady and msljohnson -- I am 60 and my mom used to do "hankies". They were "in" then and cute but I don't see a need for them now. IF IT'S EASY, I WOULD TRY ON FABRIC TABLE NAPKINS...

Yes I would make them. They remind me of my grandmother and the pretty hankies she always had in her purse.

Those bring back memories from 60 odd years ago. My grandmother used to make them wider and they were tatted. If it's easy, I would love to make them.

very nice


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