Friday, August 16, 2013

Chopstick Holder

When I was in my early twenties I had a friend that carried a set of chopsticks around with him everywhere, just in case he might get to eat chinese food.  He didn't like the splintery disposable take-out chopsticks, and he despised using a fork.  He was also quasi-homeless, walked a cat on a leash, and had an opinion about every movie that had ever been made.  He was totally weird, and yes, he was in our wedding.  Ah, the things you find charming when you're young...

I picked up a big package of chopsticks to use for swirling techniques in my soapmaking, and it made me think of my friend Josh.  I was completely inspired to pull two pairs out of the bag and make some chopstick holders.  I like that they're going to keep my chopsticks clean in my purse and they work as a chopstick rest while I'm eating.  Because, now as a full-fledged grownup, I finally get it.  The splintery take-out chopsticks really do suck, and you really never know when you might get chinese...

to hold 2 chopsticks

Small amount of worsted weight yarn - I made mine in two colors, but they would look great in a single solid color as well (I used Patons Classic Wool in Mercury and Aran)
Size F crochet hook

(I switched color every row, carrying the other color across as I went, but for ease of instructions, I have not added the color changes into the pattern)
ch 12
R1: sc in 3rd ch from hook, sc in each ch across (10 st)
R2-20: ch 2, sc in each st across (10 st)
Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

Fold piece together lengthwise (hotdog style).  Attach yarn in the corner of the piece to crochet the edges together.
ch 1, 30 sc along the long side (making sure to catch both edges in your stitches), 3 sc in the corner, 5 sc along the short end.
Fasten off.  Weave in end.  Add your chopsticks!

I think these could make your table look really sharp for a party, and would make a cool favor for your guests to take home.  Just a thought...



  1. Yes, it is funny what we find endearing early on, and sometimes those are the things we find leave us with the best memories!! Cute idea for the holder!

  2. I made these yesterday. Thanks for the help! I would have loved to have had a pattern to print, though. :)

  3. I tried doing a paper wrapper for my chopstick but since it is made from paper you can only use it once. I'll try this chopstick holder idea since it seem really fun doing it.


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