Wednesday, 4 November 2015

ROSE SHAPED TEA LIGHT HOLDER



ROSE SHAPED TEA LIGHT HOLDER

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.

To avoid a fire hazard, do check out the flameless battery operated tea light candles, which look exactly like the wax ones, without the fire worry.  One of my earlier blogs has a link for it from Amazon.

If you’ve been following my blogs, then you know that I’ve been feverishly working on tea light holders.  I just made a tiny button rose inspired and a sunflower inspired one yesterday, and this one is a little larger rose shaped one.
J

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
Flo : Front Loops 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 front post single crochet : fpsc :

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 move on..


For this pattern, I’ve used the chart found on a Pinterest board and adapted it to make a tea light holder

Our pattern repeat is 8.

Start with a magic circle and 8 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 candle.

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.

This floral pattern is a little like the crocodile stitch.  So we will start using the first round of sc front loops that lies ready for use (after having made our bases in the sc-blo).
After our first round of petals, we have two more rounds of petals (or more if you want a wider flower). So for that, we will need to attach a round of  chains, that all come from under the earlier round of flowers or from the start round, such that only the petals show out along the side, most magically and mysteriously.
This is what makes this an intermediate to advanced skill level pattern.

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

For our next round of petals, we will need to make a round of chains that comes from the stitches of this Round 1, as mentioned in the write up above.
So what does this mean.  Look at our Round 1.  We have skipped some of the sc’s on that round, and we will be using these sc to start off the next set of petals.  So in Round 3, we will run a chain round off these unused sc of Round 1. Got it?

Round 3 : ch 1 (which does not count as a st. This is only to get to the next free sc of Round 1),
Hdc in the next sc , (this is our 1st st) ;
*ch 3, sk next sc , hdc in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.
Remember that our 1st st is that 1st hdc and not the ch-1 that we did to start this round.

Round 4 : sc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; (5 dc ; sc) all in the same 1st ch-3 sp ; 
*sc in the next ch-3 sp ; rep (to) once in the same ch-3 sp* ; 
rep *to* in all the way around till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

For our next round of petals, we will need to make a round of chains that comes from the stitches of this Round 3.  As you have seen, our Round 4 of petals have been made in between the petals of Round 2.  So yet again, we will work our next round of petals in between the petals of this Round 4.
For this, we will need to get to that stitch from Round 2.

Round 5 : ch 1 (which does not count as a st. This is only to get to the sc of Round 3),
Hdc in the next sc , (this is our 1st st) ;
*ch 4, sk next sc , hdc in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.
Remember that our 1st st is that 1st hdc and not the ch-1 that we did to start this round.

Round 6 : sc in the 1st ch-4 sp ; (7 dc ; sc) all in the same 1st ch-4 sp ; *sc in the next ch-4 sp ; rep (to) once in the same ch-4 sp* ; rep *to* in all the way around till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 7 : ch 1 (which does not count as a st. This is only to get to the sc of Round 5),
Hdc in the next sc , (this is our 1st st) ;
*ch 5, sk next sc , hdc in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.
Remember that our 1st st is that 1st hdc and not the ch-1 that we did to start this round.

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

Round 8 : sc in the 1st ch-5 sp ; (dc + picot) all in the same 1st ch-5 sp ; rep (to) 4 times in the same ch-5 sp ; dc, sc all in the same ch-5 sp ; 
* [sc ; rep (to) 5 times ; dc] all in the next ch-5 sp* ; 
rep *to* in all the way around till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.


Fasten off and weave in ends.


Here’s the beauty of this pattern… if you want it wider (or a larger petalled flower), all you need to do is repeat Rounds 7 and 8, increasing the ch-sts in Round 7 and the number of dc’s in Round 8 with each increasing set of rounds.  If you want the petals longer, then add in a few triple crochet sts and voila!

One absolutely stunning rose inspired tea light candle holder done.

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For my earlier tea light holders, here are the links