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Sunday, 1 November 2015

TEA LIGHT HOLDER 3



TEA LIGHT HOLDER 3

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.

As I mentioned in my last blog, in case you decide to use the battery operated flameless candle, then here is one link.. though you may find this in a local store as well.

This is my third creation for a tea light candle holder.  
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

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 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 9.

Start with a magic circle and 8 dc in that circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  Pull lightly to close.

Base Round 1 : 2 hdc in the 1st dc and each dc till end.
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 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 : dc 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.

We will use our decorative picot stitch in the following round, so do check the video out for a how-to.  Our picot is a (ch 3, sl-st into the 1st st).
We are also going to make a long chain with four picots on it, so the instructions *may read* a little weird, but bear with me – and take a look at the chart to follow along too.

Round 1 : sc in the 1st sc ; {[ch 2, picot] ; rep [to] once ; ch 5, picot ; rep [to] 2 times ; sc in the next sc} ; *sc in the next sc ; rep {to} once ; rep *to* in all the way around till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Fasten off.  We will re-attach the yarn in the ch-5 sp of any of the long loops we’ve just made.

Round 2 : sc in the same 1st ch-5 sp ; *ch 7, sc in the next ch-5* ; 
rep *to* all around till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 3 : sc in the 1st sc ; *7 sc in the next ch-7 sp ; sc in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* all around till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 4 : sc in the 1st sc ; and in each sc all around till the end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 4 : sl-st in the 1st 3 sc ; sc in the next 3 sc ; 
*ch 3, sk next 2 sc, dc in the next sc ; ch 8, dc in the  same dc ; ch 3, sk next 2 sc, sc in the next 3 sc* ;  
rep *to* all around till the end, ending and joining the ch-3 with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 5 : ch 3, *sk next 3 sc , 4 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; picot, sk next dc, 3 dc in the next ch-8 sp ; (picot, 3 dc in the same ch-8 sp) ; 3 picot , 3 dc in the same ch-8 sp ; rep (to) once ; picot, sk next dc, 4 dc in the next ch-3 sp*  ; 
rep *to* all around till the 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.

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Have a great day and see you soon. J

I've got two more tea light candle holders that I've just made