Saturday, 23 September 2017

TINY ROSETTE TEA LIGHT HOLDERS

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 TINY ROSETTE 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.

Materials used : Indian Polyester silk metallic yarn with a 4 mm crochet hook.
For Non-Indians : Polyester silk metallic yarn is available only in India.  It is a 4-ply / sport thickness.  You can use any yarn with a suitable hook to make this project

Difficulty level : Intermediate  to advanced skill level

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.


Instructions :
This is a pretty straight forward pattern and I’ve used the pattern from   



If you are just going to make this tiny little rosette, then you just go on ahead to the pattern sheet now.

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 If however, you want to adapt it to make a tea light candle holder, then here are some ideas.

a)   Decide what kind of tea light you want to use and check out the diameter of the tea light.
b)   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. 
c)     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.

Now before this before we jump into the pattern, here are some other uses for this little pattern.
The first *obvious* one would be to use it as a rosette and a button / embellishment for a cap or dress

If you are use cotton yarn, it can probably be a really cute coaster.

Finally, you could use it for a floating candle.  If so, that first circle will need to be the diameter of the glass that you will float the candle in.

This is a pretty straight forward pattern.  There is a photo tutorial on the blog.
Like I said before, 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. 

So what I did was start with a magic circle and 8 dc in it.
In the 1st round, I worked 2 dc per dc, and had a final count of 16 dc that 2nd round
For my next round, I worked a sc in each st all around, once again ending with a stitch count of 16 sts.
I then followed the photo tutorial and worked the ch-sps and the three rounds of flower petals.

The reason for breaking that first magic circle round (designer has only one round of 16 dc), was to give a little base diameter, where I can pop in my tea light holder.. Smart huh? J

In some of my earlier tea light holders, I actually created a small little basket in the centre to hold the tea light – but here I felt that I loved the way the first round of petals would curl up around my tea light candle / protector and so have decided to work the way I have.

Yes, fire hazard.. but you did read the top of this blog – just use a LED battery operated tea light candle J

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Easy enough, right? So let’s armed with all these ideas – go on off to that blog and make your beautiful creation.

I’ve totally enjoyed my play with flowers and their conversion into little tea light holders.  With Diwali just a day away, this is my last blog in this series.. for now J

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