Saturday, 23 September 2017

TINY ROSETTE TEA LIGHT HOLDERS

free crochet rose motif, free crochet tea light holder, free crochet flower motif

 TINY ROSETTE TEA LIGHT HOLDERS


Navratri is a festival of nine nights https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navratri when we ladies get a chance to show off our craft and decorative skills, have friends and family come home and enjoy some different foods.  This is closely followed by Diwali, our festival of lights https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diwali

During both these festivals, we decorate our homes with lights.  In the old days, we used mud lamps – now with the advent of tea lights and candles, these are the simpler, easier, and cleaner lamps that we use.
Do note though that fire is always a hazard, no matter what container it is used in.  So do take a look at the LED and battery operated flameless tea light holders for a further security measure – light without fear. J

If you’ve been following my blogs, you’ll know that I’ve already made a whole range of tea light holders, adapting several different patterns.

Materials used : Indian Polyester silk metallic yarn with a 4 mm crochet hook.
For Non-Indians : Polyester silk metallic yarn is available only in India.  It is a 4-ply / sport thickness.  You can use any yarn with a suitable hook to make this project

Difficulty level : Intermediate  to advanced skill level

Stitches used :  (Using U.S terminology)

Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg
Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
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 this chainless dc start.


Instructions :
This is a pretty straight forward pattern and I’ve used the pattern from   



If you are just going to make this tiny little rosette, then you just go on ahead to the pattern sheet now.

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free crochet tea light candle holder pattern, free crochet floral motif pattern

free crochet tea light candle holder pattern, free crochet floral motif pattern, free crochet rose motif pattern


 If however, you want to adapt it to make a tea light candle holder, then here are some ideas.

a)   Decide what kind of tea light you want to use and check out the diameter of the tea light.
b)   We start with a magic circle and the base of our little holder, and work till we get a round base that we’re happy with… i.e the size of the tea light candle holder we’re going to put inside. 
c)     Ensure that the round we’re making here is a little larger than the tea light, to prevent the flame from jumping out and creating a fire hazard.

Now before this before we jump into the pattern, here are some other uses for this little pattern.
The first *obvious* one would be to use it as a rosette and a button / embellishment for a cap or dress

If you are use cotton yarn, it can probably be a really cute coaster.

Finally, you could use it for a floating candle.  If so, that first circle will need to be the diameter of the glass that you will float the candle in.

This is a pretty straight forward pattern.  There is a photo tutorial on the blog.
Like I said before, we start with a magic circle and the base of our little holder, and work till we get a round base that we’re happy with… i.e the size of the tea light candle holder we’re going to put inside. 

So what I did was start with a magic circle and 8 dc in it.
In the 1st round, I worked 2 dc per dc, and had a final count of 16 dc that 2nd round
For my next round, I worked a sc in each st all around, once again ending with a stitch count of 16 sts.
I then followed the photo tutorial and worked the ch-sps and the three rounds of flower petals.

The reason for breaking that first magic circle round (designer has only one round of 16 dc), was to give a little base diameter, where I can pop in my tea light holder.. Smart huh? J

In some of my earlier tea light holders, I actually created a small little basket in the centre to hold the tea light – but here I felt that I loved the way the first round of petals would curl up around my tea light candle / protector and so have decided to work the way I have.

Yes, fire hazard.. but you did read the top of this blog – just use a LED battery operated tea light candle J

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Easy enough, right? So let’s armed with all these ideas – go on off to that blog and make your beautiful creation.

I’ve totally enjoyed my play with flowers and their conversion into little tea light holders.  With Diwali just a day away, this is my last blog in this series.. for now J

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Thursday, 21 September 2017

EM’s ILLUSION THROW

free crochet illusion blanket pattern, free crochet granny square pattern

EM’s ILLUSION THROW


I’ve struggled to get just the right pattern for this special throw .. for a very special young lady.    I started with a diagonal pattern that I’ve used several times before (for a spectacle case as well as lovely clutch purses).

I then thought I’d make the whole afghan/blanket/throw in one set of diagonals.
Naah.. Chucked that idea out..

Then thought diagonal granny squares.. nope.. didn’t like that

Then thought C-to-C one big blanket.. nope.. and C-to-C granny squares didn’t work either

You see I wanted a pattern that has as few ‘holes’ as possible.. interesting “looking” but light!

I’ve eventually decided to work this assymetric granny square pattern in 2 colors and VOILA! I have designed an illusion throw.  I am not sure if this pattern has been used this way before, but I love what I have made. 
Come along then.. let’s create magic together J

As I have said before, I reiterate, please read through all my detailed instructions before you pick up your hook.  Cheers.

Materials used : Today I’ve used ~ 550 gms each two colours of yarn.  I have used our lovely Indian Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply acrylic yarn, with a 3.5 mm crochet hook
It does not matter which yarn you use as gauge does not matter for this pattern. So go ahead – use any yarn with a suitable hook.

Size : My finished throw is ~ 52” x 74”

Skill level : Intermediate.  

Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
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 this chainless dc start.


How to carry your yarn along when using more than one colour :  http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-carry-yarn-in-crochet.html


How to single crochet join :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmYEsHlgQ30




Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                 sc : Single crochet
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                              st(s) : Stitch(es)     
sp : Space                                                         sl-st : Slip stitch
hk : Hook                                                         yo : Yarn Over 
dc : Double crochet        
MC : Main Colour                                         CC : Contrast Colour      
                             

For our pattern, we will work a set of squares and then join them using the lovely diagonal join. 

I am using 2 colors, but you can work in one colour or as many as you’d like using this pattern.
The beauty of this pattern is that you can make the squares any size you’d like!

If you want the illusion effect, I think you should only use two colours.  
We use the same pattern for all squares.  
The only difference is that you will start one set of squares with one colour (Say MC – Main Colour), and then alternate CC and MC ;  and end with MC.  
For the second set of squares, you will start with CC and then alternate MC and CC ;  and end with CC..
  
Before you start, you need to decide on a few things.
a)   How large is your blanket?  Check the sizing chart given at the top of this blog
b)   How large are you making each square?
c)     How many squares are you making?

Once you have these answers, you will make two equal sets of squares – one starting and ending with MC and one starting and ending with CC

I have made a total of 36 squares which are 9” square each ; so two sets of 18 squares.



Part 1 : Basic square pattern

For my project, I am going to use two colours and will just change the colours every two rows
I have given you two ways to start your project.  I always prefer a neater start and a simpler one, and have opted for a magic circle start.  I have also given you a chain start.  Please only work Row 1 once, using either method. J



free crochet granny square pattern

free crochet granny square pattern
Same pattern , same number of rows - different start and end colour


For one set of squares
Start Row 1 (Using magic circle) : (with MC) and a magic circle ; work 3 dc in the magic circle.  Turn. (3 sts)
 OR
Start Row 1 (Using the chain start) : (with MC) and ch 4 ; Turn and work 2 dc in the 4th ch from hk.  Turn. (3 sts)

Row 2 : (with MC) : dc in the 1st dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ;
ch 1, 2 dc in the same dc ; dc in the last dc.  Turn. (6 sts)

Change to CC
Row 3 : (with CC) : dc in the 1st 3 dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-1 sp ;
ch 1, 2 dc in the same ch-1 sp ; dc in the last 3 dc.  Turn.  (10 sts)

Row 4 : (with CC) : dc in the 1st 5 dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-1 sp ;
ch 1, 2 dc in the same ch-1 sp ; dc in the last 5 dc.  Turn.  (14 sts)

Change to MC
Row 5 : (with MC) : dc in the 1st 7 dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-1 sp ;
ch 1, 2 dc in the same ch-1 sp ; dc in the last 7 dc.  Turn.  (18 sts)

Row 6 : (with MC) : dc in the 1st 9 dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-1 sp ;
ch 1, 2 dc in the same ch-1 sp ; dc in the last 9 dc.  Turn.  (22 sts)

Continue working repeats of Rows 3 to 6, increasing 4 sts every row till you get a square of the size you need. 
Remember that you will end this set of squares with MC.

You have one square done. 
Before you fasten off, I suggest you run a round of sc all around.  This will help when you are attaching your squares together.

Stop ! Hold on : Before you run that round of sc, here are some ideas.
Now I have worked a round of sc using MC for all my squares, (whether I ended in MC or CC).  This gives continuity between squares.

You can work the last round of sc all around each square in either MC or CC.

So decide which colour you want for your sc now!  Whatever colour you decide to work that sc round in, remember you will work that colour for all squares if you want the illusion effect.

While working your sc, remember that you will work 2 sc in each horizontal / vertical bar of the dc and you will work 3 sc in the corner ch-1 sp
You should ensure that you have the same number of stitches on all four sides of your square. 


For the second set of squares
Start Row 1 (Using the chain start) : (with CC) and ch 4 ; Turn and work 2 dc in the 4th ch from hk.  Turn. (3 sts)

Row 2 : (with CC) : dc in the 1st dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ;
ch 1, 2 dc in the same dc ; dc in the last dc.  Turn. (6 sts)

Change to MC
Row 3 : (with MC) : dc in the 1st 3 dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-1 sp ;
ch 1, 2 dc in the same ch-1 sp ; dc in the last 3 dc.  Turn.  (10 sts)

Row 4 : (with MC) : dc in the 1st 5 dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-1 sp ;
ch 1, 2 dc in the same ch-1 sp ; dc in the last 5 dc.  Turn.  (14 sts)

Change to CC
Row 5 : (with CC) : dc in the 1st 7 dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-1 sp ;
ch 1, 2 dc in the same ch-1 sp ; dc in the last 7 dc.  Turn.  (18 sts)

Row 6 : (with CC) : dc in the 1st 9 dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-1 sp ;
ch 1, 2 dc in the same ch-1 sp ; dc in the last 9 dc.  Turn.  (22 sts)

Continue working repeats of Rows 3 to 6, increasing 4 sts every row till you get a square of the size you need. 
Remember that you will end this set of squares with CC.


FINISHING

free crochet granny square pattern

Once you have all your squares complete, you can decide how you want to place them.  Before you start sewing it all up, I’d suggest you check out a few combinations and work the pattern out.
To get the end result I have, you will need to alternate the squares. 
So Square 1 is a MC start square, followed by Square 2 which will be a CC start square ;
Then followed by Square 2 which will be a CC start square, followed by Square 2 which will be a CC start square ; so on.  

Here are a few ideas I thought up.  The diagrams are for positioning only and are not to scale.





  
The joining is easy, and there are several "how to join granny square" links given at the top of this blog.  Before you head off there, here are a few last thoughts..
1.       Place all the squares out and look at it from a distance to see if you like the color combination (if you have several colors) and the pattern it created.  I always find looking at it through a camera lens gives it a better perspective.
2.     There are several join methods for joining the granny squares. Check the links at the top of this blog and choose the one that suits you best
3.     You can sew the squares in a straight line or using the diagonal method – once again choosing the method that suits you best.
4.     I would suggest a small border all around.  We have a neat row of sc on all sides, so I’d suggest working at least one round of dc all around your blanket, working 3 dc in the corners.
5.     If you decide to work a wider border (or anything over one row), you must work 3 sts in each corner stitch (Remember that the corner stitch is the centre of the 3-dc set of the earlier row). In each of the following rows, the corner stitch will be the middle stitch of your 3 dc from the earlier row.
6.     In my final border round, just to get a cleaner finish, I’ve worked 5 dc in the corner stitch will be the middle stitch of your 3 dc from the earlier row.
7.     The most important thing with motifs and squares is the joining and weaving in of ends.  Ensure that you weave in ends as soon as you’re done to prevent the (seemingly) unending weave-ins.  So after completing one square, I usually weave in the ends, and ensure that when I am joining the squares I neatly ‘hide’ the little end that is sticking out.

free crochet illusion granny square throw pattern

free crochet illusion granny square throw pattern

free crochet illusion granny square throw pattern


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