Sunday, 8 November 2015

FIVE LOVELY TEA LIGHT HOLDERS


 FIVE LOVELY 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. In this blog, I’ve found some patterns (free charts) that all have five points.  

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                                              
Sc-blo : Single crochet back loop only

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.

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.

There are several five petalled patterns here, all of which will use the same base.  So once we’ve made the bases, we will carry on with the floral construction.  I will not repeat base instructions each time, so do return to these instructions first.
The beauty of all these creations is that they're basically flower patterns.. so if you just squidge in that centre 'basket' piece, you get this little gorgeous flower with a little larger than normal centre, which can be a lovely home decoration piece as well.  Fun, huh?  

There is also a color change that may show the pattern off better.  I am only going to indicate change color, as it does not matter which is the Main or Contrast colour for these creations.

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

Our pattern repeat is 5 for all base / basket pattern.

Start (using colour 1) with a magic circle and 5 hdc in that circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  Pull lightly to close.

Base Round 1 : 2 dc in the 1st hdc and each hdc till end.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (10 sts)

Base Round 2 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; dc in the next dc ; (2 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) all the way around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (15 sts)

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 dc and each dc 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 white yarn, or whichever yarn you want for your flower petals.   
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.


FLOWER 1 :



Attach the second colour to the free sc loop at the base of the basket
We start our round of petals with any sc, and then will work all our petals in one continuous movement.

Round 1 : 2 hdc in the 1st sc ; hdc in the next 2 sc ; 
*2 hdc in the next sc ; hdc in the next 2 sc * ; 
rep *to* all around. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  (20 sts)

Round 2 : sc + ch 5, in the 1st hdc ; 2 dc in the next 2 hdc ; ch 5, sc in the next hdc ; 
*sc + ch 5 in the next hdc ; 2 dc in the next 2 hdc ; ch 5, sc in the next hdc* ; 
rep *to* all around. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  (5 petals)

Optional : Change to third colour

Round 3 : sc + ch 4, in the 1st sc ; sc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; ch 2, 2 dc in the next dc ; sc in the next dc ; ch 4, sc in the next sc ;
*ch 4, sc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next dc ; ch 2, 2 dc in the next dc ; sc in the next dc ; ch 4, sc in the next sc* ; rep *to* all around. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. 

Round 4 : sc in the 1st sc ; [4 sc in the next ch-4 sp] ; sc in the next sc and 2 dc ; 
(2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc) all in the next ch-2 sp ; sc in the next 2 dc and sc ; 4 sc in the next ch-4 sp ; sc in the next sc ;
*rep [to] once ; sc in the next sc and 2 dc ; 
rep (to) in the next ch-2 sp ; sc in the next 2 dc and sc ; 
rep [to] once ; sc in the next sc* ;
rep *to* all around. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. 

Fasten off and weave in ends.




One absolutely stunning little tea light candle holder done.



FLOWER 2 :



Attach the second colour to the free sc loop at the base of the basket
We start our round of petals with any sc, and then will work all our petals in one continuous movement.

Round 1 : (6 ch, trc in the same sc ; 6 ch, sc in the same sc) all in the 1st sc ; 
sc in the next sc ; *rep (to) once  ; sc in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 2 : sl-st into the 1st ch-6 sp , 6 sc in the same ch-6 sp ; 
(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in the next trc ; 6 sc in the next ch-6 sp ; sl-st in next sc ; 
*sl-st into the next ch-6 sp , 6 sc in the same ch-6 sp ; rep (to) in the next trc ; 6 sc in the next ch-6 sp ; sl-st in next sc* ; 
rep *to* all around. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Our second absolutely stunning little tea light candle holder done.





FLOWER 3 :


In this creation, we will have a little flower on the top and a little star like floret under it.  So this is a little complicated.
Attach the second colour to the free sc loop at the base of the basket
We start our round of petals with any sc, and then will work all our petals in one continuous movement.

Round 1 : 2 hdc in the 1st sc ; hdc in the next 2 sc ; 
*2 hdc in the next sc ; hdc in the next 2 sc * ; 
rep *to* all around. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  (20 sts)

Round 2 : sl-st in the 1st hdc ; hdc in the next hdc ; ch 7, hdc in the next hdc ;  sl-st in the next hdc ; 
*sl-st in the next hdc ; hdc in the next hdc ; ch 7, hdc in the next hdc ; sl-st in the next hdc* ; 
rep *to* all around. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  (5 petals)

Round 3 : sl-st into the sp between the 2 sl-sts ; 
(5 dc ; ch 2, 5 dc) all in the 1st ch-7 sp ; 
*sl-st into the sp between the 2 sl-sts ; rep (to) in the next ch-7 sp* ; 
rep *to* all round. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. 

Optional :  Change color. 

In this round, we will be keeping the first 3 rounds on top and we’re going to start working on the star like floret under.  So we will skip the petals just made, and only use the sl-sts in between the petals.

Round 4 : (dc ; ch 7, dc) in 1st sl-st ; 
*ch 3, sk the next petal , rep (to) once in the next sl-st*  ; 
rep *to* all round ; ch 3, and join with a sl-st to the 1st st. 

Now remember that all instructions are only with stitches that we’ve made in this Round 4.  The earlier five petals made in Round 3 are not touched, and will stand up on top of these being created now.

Round 5 : (sc ; hdc ; 5 dc ; ch 3, 5 dc ; hdc ; sc) all in the 1st ch-7 sp ; ch 1, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; *ch 1, rep (to) in the next ch-7 sp ; ch 1, sc in the next ch-3 sp* ; 
rep *to* all round. Join
 with a sl-st to the 1st st. 

Optional :  Change color. 

Round 6 : sc in the 1st 7 sts ; 3 sc in the next ch-3 sp ; 
*sc in the next 7 sts ; sl-st in the next sc ; sc in the next 7 sts ; 3 sc in the next ch-3 sp* ; rep *to* all round ; sc in the last 7 sts. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. 

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Our third absolutely stunning little tea light candle holder done.






FLOWER 4 :



Attach the second colour to the free sc loop at the base of the basket
We start our round of petals with any sc, and then will work all our petals in one continuous movement.

Round 1 : 2 hdc in the 1st sc ; hdc in the next 2 sc ; 
*2 hdc in the next sc ; hdc in the next 2 sc * ; 
rep *to* all around. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  (20 sts)

Round 2 : sc in the 1st sc ; ch 2, sk next sc, dc in the next sc ; ch 5, dc in the same sc ; ch 2, sk next sc, sc in the next sc ; 
*sc in the next sc ; ch 2, sk next sc, dc in the next sc ; ch 5, dc in the same sc ; ch 2, sk next sc, sc in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* all around. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  (5 petals)

Optional : Change colour

Round 3 : sl-st in the 1st sc ; 2 sc in the next ch-2 sp ; sc in the next dc ; 
(sc ; hdc ; 2 dc ; ch 2, sl-st ; ch 2, 2 dc ; hdc ; sc) all in the next ch-7 sp ; 
[dc in the next sc ; 2 sc in the next ch-2 sp] ; 
*sc in the next sc ; 2 sc in the next ch-2 sp ; sc in the next dc ; rep (to) once in the next ch-7 sp ; rep [to] once* ; 
rep *to* all around. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. 

Round 4 : sc in the 1st sc ; 
(sc in the next 5 sts ; dc in the next st ; 3 dc in the next st ; ch 2, sl-st in the next sl-st) ; 
*[ch 2, 3 dc in the next dc ; dc in the next dc ; sc in the next 5 sts ,  sl-st in the next sc] ; rep (to) once* ; 
rep *to* all around ; rep [to] once.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Our fourth absolutely stunning little tea light candle holder done.



FLOWER 5 :



Attach the second colour to the free sc loop at the base of the basket
We start our round of petals with any sc, and then will work all our petals in one continuous movement.
In this creation, like Flower 3, we will have a little flower on the top and a little larger one under it.  So this is a little complicated.

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

Now in the pattern chart I’d found the symbol used is trc, but I have used dc’s in that place.

Round 2 : (ch 2, 8 trc in 1st ch-3 sp, ch 2) all in the 1st ch-3 sp ; 
*sk next hdc, rep (to) in the next ch-3 sp ; 
rep *to* all around. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

In the following round, we will make the base chain round that will hold the next set of petals.  We will work from under the round of petals just made in Round 2, and work our sts in the first round of sc (the front loops that we used to work Round 1).
The ‘next sc’ will be the next sc used in Round 1 all around.

Round 3 : dc in the sc from Round 1 ; 
*ch 5, working under the petals of Round 2, dc in the ‘next sc’* ; 
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

In the pattern, the symbol shows dtr which is a double treble stitch

Round 4 : (ch 3, 12 dtr in 1st ch-5 sp, ch 3) all in the 1st ch-5 sp ; 
*sk next hdc, rep (to) in the next ch-3 sp ; 
rep *to* all around. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Our fifth and final absolutely stunning little tea light candle holder done.


I’m off to experiment on some more flower shapes and turning them into candle holders.. so do join me here again.

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I have five earlier tea light holders that I’ve made and here are the links, just in case you have missed them.