Tuesday, 3 November 2015



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 take a look at the flameless tea light candle holders that I'm told are available on Amazon to avoid a fire hazard.

These are some of my creations for flower inspired 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 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 do a picot stitch : A neat video link to refresh this procedure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GGlzZZl3I8

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 start...


Our pattern repeat is 6.

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.

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 2 : sc in the 1st sc ; 
*4 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; picot ; 4 dc in the same ch-3 sp ; sc in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* all around till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Fasten off and weave in ends.
One absolutely stunning little tea light candle holder done.


This is a readymade free pattern for a Sunflower tea light holder – Tealight Lotus by Daniela Herbertz. 

So if we work this pattern in pink or purples we will get the Lotus, and in yellows, I got a lovely sunflower.

As the petals in this pattern do come up, do ensure that your flame does not touch them - or better still, use the flameless battery operated tea candle.

I worked the pattern as it is here, but after doing so, thought that I should do it again, using the little ‘basket like’ start and then working the petals and leaves off the ch-3 sps that go on that last round (sc-blo or sc-flo) around the base of our little basket.
So if you do try that pattern, do share it with me too.

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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

Here are the links for some of my earlier tea light holders that you may have missed

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