Saturday, 31 October 2015



Navratri is a festival of nine nights 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

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.

In my earlier blog I wrote about how my friend Prabha had tested this tea light candle holder, using a regular tea light candle and reading that my dear (lawful.. well, she married my brother, so .. J) sister sent me the link for these lovely battery operated flameless candles, which I thought I should add here, just in case.  
Thanks so much dear Anu for taking the trouble to check this out for me. 

While I was working on my varied tea light holders, someone in another crochet group shared a photograph of a tea light candle holder that looked something like this.... and I thought I’d experiment and see what I’d get.

This is my second creation for tea light holders.  

Materials used : Indian Polyester yarn with a 4 mm crochet hook.

Difficulty level : Intermediate  to advanced skill level

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

Stitches used :  (Using U.S terminology)

Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video

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 do a picot stitch : A neat video link to refresh this procedure.

So before we jump into the pattern, let’s see what we’re going to do here.
This is a pretty straight forward pattern.  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.  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.

We will then continue to create the top and sides of our little container holder.  This part is the constant for all our tea light holders.

As we turn to work the sides of our holder, we will be working one round in back loops only. 
Very conveniently, the other loop (i.e un-used front loop) will be the one we will re-attach our yarn onto to work the lower round portion of our tea light decoration.

Easy enough, right? So let’s move on..

Instructions :  (Using U.S terminology)

 Our pattern repeat is 6 (if you want six spokes. If you want eight spokes, start with a magic circle and 8 hdc in that circle)

Start with a magic circle and 6 hdc in that circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  Pull lightly to close.

Base Round 1 : 2 hdc in the 1st hdc and each hdc till end.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Base Round 2 : hdc in the 1st hdc  ; 2 hdc in the next hdc ; * hdc in the next hdc ; 2 hdc in the next hdc * ; rep *to* all the way around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

To create a nice rim, and a deciding line where we can attach the rest of our pattern to, let’s work one round in single crochet, using back loops only or sc-blo.

Base Round 3 : sc-blo in the 1st hdc and each hdc till end. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

We will now work one round without increase that will work the sides of our tea light holder.

Side Round 4 : hdc in the 1st sc and in each sc all the way around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

For regular tea light holders, just Side Round 4 should suffice.

However, depending on how high you want the sides for your lamp holder, continue without any increase till you have the height you are happy with.

Fasten off and weave in ends.
We’ve completed the little ‘basket-like’ portion of our tea light holder.  This is where we’ll place our little tea light.

We will now work on the decorative or floral part of our holder.  So we need to go back to that sc-blo row, and re-attach our yarn. 
We will now be working in the front loops of that sc, and our instruction for that first round, will just read work in sc.

For convenience, I have termed earlier rounds as Base and Side.  These instructions will just be numbered Round 1.. etc.

Round 1 : sc in the 1st sc ; *ch 3, sk next 2 sc, sc in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* in each sc till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 2 : dc in the 1st sc ; 
*(2 dc ; ch 3, 2 dc) in the next ch-3 sp ; dc in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* all around till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

We will use our decorative picot stitch in this round, so do check the video out for a how-to.  Our picot is a (ch 3, sl-st into the 1st st).

Round 3 : sc + picot in the 1st dc ; 
*{ch 3, sc + picot in the next ch-3 sp ; (hdc, dc, trc + picot , dc, hdc, sc + picot) all in the same ch-3 sp} ; ch 3, sk next 2 dc , sc + picot in the next dc* ; 
rep *to* all around till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Using this pattern, I have made two projects, and they are slightly differently sized, due to the thickness of the thread / yarn.  So I’m going to experiment yet again to see if I can increase the diameter in that last round.

All that said, these are still absolutely stunning little tea light candle holders.

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I have made one other tea light holder that I posted yesterday

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