Friday, 6 November 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.

This is a flower pattern that I’ve wanted to make for a long time (found on Pinterest) .. and here I’m going to try and adapt it to make a flower inspired tea light holder.  The original flower is in white and yellow, with green leaves, but in keeping with the festive season and bling, I'm going to use yellow and silver ! 

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.

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..

I’ve decided to use a bright yellow for the centre of the flower (or the basket) and white for the petals. 

Our pattern repeat is 6. 

Start (using yellow or orange) 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 dc in the 1st hdc and each hdc till end.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Base Round 2 : 2 dc in the 1st dc and in each dc all the way around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (24 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.

Petals for flower

Start (using white in any sc at the base of basket just made) with 9 ch. Turn.

We start our round of petals with any sc, and then will work all our petals in one continuous movement.
Please read the Note before doing the round

Row 1 : (sc in the 2nd ch from hook ; hdc in the next ch, dc in the next 4 chs, hdc in the next ch, sc in the last ch ; sc in the same sc on the base of basket) ;
*Sc in the next sc ; ch 9 , Turn ; rep (to) once* ; 
rep *to* in each sc all around.

Note : We have 24 sts at the base of our basket, so as per pattern, we will get 24 petals all around.  In case you find these are too many petals, then skip every other sc.  This means that for Round 1, instead of sc in the next sc at the end of completion of the first petal, you work an sl-st in the next sc and work the sc in the next sc. This way you will be skipping every alternate sc’s and get a total of 12 petals.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

One absolutely stunning little tea light candle holder done.

I thought about attaching a set of leaves, but found that for the tea light holder, we need a firm base, and attaching the leaves made it wobbly.  The tea light holder is already a worrying fire hazard, so why add to trouble, right J

What I loved about this pattern is the infinite possibilities to arrange the petals and make the same flower look totally different.  So go create, and enjoy

Enjoyed this ?? I sure did.. come back right here for more freebie patterns J

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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Have a great day and see you soon. J

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

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