Crocheted Christmas Candle Holder

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Crocheted Christmas Candle Holder

I’ve been working really hard. I’ve been busy with the kids. I’ve been crocheting too much to spend any time writing about it.

Yeah, let’s go with the last one.

Frankly, though, let’s not make excuses. Let’s just accept I’ve been away, I’m back now (though it may not happen again for a while) and I’ve made something I want to share.

I’ve even written a pattern which you can read below or download in this handy PDF format: Crochet-Christmas-Jar

Crochet Christmas Candle Holder

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Materials

  • White No. 5 crochet cotton
  • 3mm crochet hook
  • Red ribbon, for bow
  • A jar (pictured jar is 75mm high, with a  75mm diameter)

This pattern uses British crochet terminology.

Begin by making a magic circle.

Round 1.

SlSt into the circle, then Ch3 (counts as Tr here and on subsequent rounds) and make another 7Tr into the ring. Slst into top of first Ch3. (8Tr)

Round 2.

Ch3 and Tr into same place as join. *2Tr into next st. Rpt from *6 times. Slst into top of Ch3. (16Tr)

Round 3.

Ch3, 2Tr into next Tr. *(1Tr into next Tr, 2Tr into following Tr). Rpt from *6 times. Slst into top of Ch3. (24Tr)

Round 4.

Ch3, Tr in next Tr, 2 Tr in following Tr. *(1Tr in next 2Tr, 2Tr in following Tr). Rpt from *6 times. Slst into top of Ch3. (32Tr)

Round 5.

Ch3, Tr in next 2 Tr, 2 Tr in following Tr. *(1Tr in next 3Tr, 2Tr in following Tr). Rpt from *6 times. Slst in top of Ch3. (40Tr)

Round 6.

Ch3, Tr in next 3Tr, 2Tr in following Tr. *(1Tr in next 4Tr, 2Tr in following Tr). Rpt from *6 times. Slst in top of Ch3. (48Tr).

You have now finished the base and will start on the sides.

Round 7.

Ch1, dc in same place as join. *(Ch5, sk next 3Tr, dc in next Tr). Rpt from * 10 times. Ch2, Tr in first dc.

Round 8.

Ch5, dc in next Ch5 space of Round 7. Rpt 10 times. Ch2, Tr in final Tr of Round 7.

Repeat Round 8 until chain sides reach lip of jar. Remember, it will stretch once you put it on the jar.

For the example shown, which is 7cm high, Round 8 was repeated 3 times.

Round 12.

Ch5, dc in next Ch5 space of Round 7. Rpt 10 times. Ch5, dc in final Tr of Round 11.

Round 13.

Ch1, dc in final dc of round 12. *3dc in next Ch5 space, dc in next dc. Repeat 10 times. 3dc in next Ch5 space, join with Slst to first dc.

Round 14.

Ch3 (counts as Tr), *(Ch2, sk next 2dc, Tr in next dc). Repeat from * 10 times. Ch2, join with Slst to top of Ch3.

Round 15.

Ch1, dc in same Tr as join. *(5Tr in same Tr as dc. Skip Ch2 space and next Tr, dc in next Ch2 space, dc in next Tr, then 5Tr in same Tr). Rpt from * all the way around. SlSt into first dc.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Now slip the crochet cover you’ve made over the jar. It may seem tight, but don’t worry it will stretch. Cut a piece of ribbon approx 650mm. Attach a safety pin to one end, then thread through the spaces created between Trebles in Round 14.

Tie a bow and trim ribbon.

Add a candle. Admire your handiwork. Prepare for festive fun.

Crochet Christmas Candle Holder

Christmas Candle Holder – crochet – free pattern

Dreams can come true

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Dreams can come true

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If the title of this blog didn’t tip you off to the fact that I’m a bit obsessed about crochet and yarn then this post certainly will.

Recently, I spent an afternoon sorting through my yarn stash, discarding those yarns I knew I wouldn’t use (I gave them to a friend for a children’s craft group) and guiltily arranging the yarns I’ve had for ages that I hadn’t found a use for.

Among the latter group was a beautiful Tencel-Linen I bought in the US in 2012 and a Cashmere-Silk-Wool blend that I purchased in a fit on yarn-yearning when I saw it at 72 percent off on Little Knits. Forty balls was probably a bit excessive, I admit it.

So – and I kid you not – I went to bed that night and dreamt about yarn. Not only that, but I dreamt about combining the linen and the cashmere. When I woke up next morning, I spent a few hours looking through patterns and decided that I would do the Lorelei – which I’ve made before – but adapt it to use these two very different yarns.

I had to change the fill-in motif a little to fit and I also added a small diamond/square motif for the smaller gap but I am really, really happy with the result.

If anyone is interested, the pattern for the modified fill-in motif and the diamond/square is given below.

Sweet dreams!

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Adapted fill-in motif 
Make a magic ring/adjustable loop
Round 1: Work 8sc into ring, join with slip st in first sc-8sc.
Round 2: Ch 1 (does not count as stitch), V-st in each sc around; join with slip st in first dc.
Round 3: Chain 3 (counts as dc), *2dc in 2ch space, dc in next 2dc. Repeat from *7 times, dc in next dc, join with slip stitch in top of ch 3.
Round 4: Ch 6 (counts as 1dc, 3ch), *slip stitch in junction between two main motifs, ch 3, skip 2dc in round 3, then dc in next 2dc, ch3, slip st in next sc on main motif, ch3, skip 2dc in round 3, dc in next 2dc. Repeat from *4 times.

Small diamond/Square 
Make a magic ring/adjustable loop
Round 1: Work 8sc into ring, join with slip st in first sc-8sc.
Round 2: Ch 1 (does not count as stitch), *V-st in next sc around, dc in next sc, ch 1, slip stitch in junction between two main motifs, ch 1, dc in same sc, V-st in next sc, dc in next sc, ch 1, slip stitch in next sc on main motif. Repeat from * once. Join with slip st in first dc.

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Rudolph the Red-nosed Key Fob

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So I got a job this year as an online editor for a website called Kidspot Parent Exchange where I’ve been writing and editing for the last 10 or 11 months. What with all my working hours now spent in WordPress, I’ve kind of been reluctant to come back here (terrible, I know), which is why there have been so few posts this year.

However, here I am, just in time for Christmas, to bring you a new creation that I designed myself.

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Yes, it’s Rudolph the Red-nosed Key Fob.

I got the idea from my youngest son. I showed him this (which I made last night – the pattern is by Yarn Artists Designs but I got it wrong, which is why mine is kind of lop-sided: theirs is much better).

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Young son suggested I make a Rudolph key fob, because it’s nearly Christmas.

I’ve not really designed anything before, but I decided to give it a go. So I raided my stash for yarns of the appropriate colours, played about a bit with different things, and here we are: Rudolph.

If you’d like the pattern, you can find it on Ravelry, or download it here, now: Rudolph-key-fob.

Let me know if you like it, or you find errors, or if you need any further explanation.

And merry Christmas!

March crochet round-up

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Embarrassingly, I realised today that it’s been a month since I last posted but I have been awfully busy. I just started a new job as an online editor for a wonderful site called Kidspot Parent Exchange. It’s a great team, great fun, but really hard work. Still, I am grateful to have a job because I need funds to support my crochet habit.

So what have I been up to in crochet land? Lots

1) Pineapple Pashmina

I mentioned I was working on this in my last post and it’s finished. The pattern is by Jenny King – a wonderful Australian designer I was lucky enough to meet last year. I didn’t have the yarn she suggested in her pattern, but I did have a gorgeous emerald green linen/viscose blend I bought at the CGOA event I went to last September in Reno. I needed to use a smaller hook and I didn’t have enough to do as many rows of border as Jenny’s pattern called for, but I am super happy with the result. Behold, emerald pineapples:

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2. The Lorelei Shawl

The Pineapple Pashmina was a fun pattern to work up, but quite complicated so I decided to also work on a simpler wrap at the same time for when the grey cells needed a break. It’s Red Heart Pattern called the Lorelei Shawl and is quick and fun. I used the recommended yarn for this – the Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable – which I also picked up in the US last year.

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3. Sweater and mittens mug warmer

I also made this fun mug warmer to my daughter’s specifications. She had a picture of one done in knit and so I adapted it as well as I could for crochet. All her friends like it, so I might try to refine the pattern and make a few more.

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What next?

Under way now are a couple of baby blankets using up yarn I’ve had for a while, and since I’m in the mood for busting stash, I’ve begun an African Flower blanket, but I can tell that’s going to be a very long-term project. It’s kind of slow going:

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I’m also keen to get started on some more Jenny King designs, including the Simply Elegant sweater and the Joan cardigan.

Oh, and I also got the results of the entries I put into the Royal Arts Show here in Sydney. Remember that first pair of socks I made earlier this year?

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Blue ribbon, yeah!

Finishing, and starting

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I’ve mentioned a few times how difficult I find it to stay motivated as I approach the end of a big project, but nothing works as well as a tight deadline. I had a bit of a shock a week ago when a friend pointed out to me that my big Kaleidoscope project was due to drop off for the Arts Show this weekend. Eeeeek! 

The upshot was a week spent frantically crocheting in order to finish but a big sense of achievement in finally getting it done. What a warm glow of satisfaction I got from completing it. 

So now I’m at the nicest part of the crochet project cycle: deciding what to do next. I’ve begun this pashmina in a lovely deep green (my favourite colour) and also have plans to get going on an African flower blanket to use up some odds and ends of stash. 

What are you planning to do next?

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Little things

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As I may have mentioned once or twice, sometimes a big project can really make me long for something small. So, I thought, what I need is something I can make in a few hours that will entertain, cheer and and satisfy. The crochet equivalent of a palette cleanser, if you like.

So I made this key fob, inspired by a project I saw some time ago over on Attic 24. Not only are they very quick (the whole thing took me under an hour) they’re also a great way to use up little bits of yarn.

Here’s the pattern, which uses British terminology.

ROUND 1: Using colour A and a magic loop, crochet 14tr into the centre, join with a slst using colour B and tighten loop.

ROUND 2: dc in next tr, 2dc in next treble, rpt for entire round. Slst into first dc using colour C. 24 dc.

ROUND 3: dc in next 2dc, 2dc in next dc, rpt for entire round. Slst into first dc using colour D. 28 dc.

ROUND 4: dc in next dc, half-tr in next dc, 2tr in next dc, half-tr in next dc rpt until end of round. Join with slst, then finish off.

Make two (they don’t have to be the same). On the second one, leave a long (20-30cm) tail and use it to sew the two pieces together. When the two pieces are almost completely joined put a small amount of stuffing in the pouch and finish the joining. Use the remaining thread to attach to the key ring. You can add some beads if you like or leave it plain.

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I’d love to hear about your quick projects. What do you like to do when you want to make something fast?