Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Tea Light Candle Cosy

Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog.

In the last few months I've started writing my own patterns, little ones, simple ones, easy ones, but my own creations none-the-less. A couple of them are published on Ravelry.com as free downloads already, but I think what I will do now is to put them here for all to see and link to them there.

I'm currently the lead administrator for "The Creative Crochet Crew - The Group" on Facebook. This week we reached 12 thousand members! We're a sales/advertising/promotions free place as well as free from personal posts. Just 100% pure, concentrated crochet! (Sounds divine doesn't it?) So come and join us. ;)

At this point I'd like to say a huge thank-you to Jacquie Tinkler whose brainchild the group was. It all started from her crochet interest page "The Creative Crochet Collective" which proved to be so popular that it created its own little community.

So, here is my latest pattern that I only finished hooking last night. I hope you enjoy it, and Merry Christmas to you all.

Please note, this pattern has now been tested by over 30 beautiful people and adjustments have been made. Hopefully this is the final version.

Tea Light Candle Cosy by Angela Armstrong

You will need:

I used Milford Soft Crochet Cotton – 3ply. I used probably a quarter of a ball.
2.25mm hook
Baby food jar or small jar
Tea Light candle

This pattern is to cover the short Heinz baby food jars – circumference 18cm and height 6cm.

Stitches you will need to be experienced with are

US terms  - abbreviation - (UK terms)
slip stitch – sl st – (slip stitch)
single crochet – sc – (double crochet)
double crochet – dc – (treble crochet)
chain stittch – ch – (chain stitch)

Further abbreviations

sp – space
st –stitch
sk – skip
-> end – repeat from * to ** until you reach the end and slip stitch to join in beginning chain unless otherwise specified


Row 10: if you chain tightly, you may need to use a ch4 space instead of a ch3. Some testers found their pattern too tight at this point.

Row 13: you may need to add chains if this is too tight for your jar.

To begin:

Chain 2
Row 1 : 6 SC into the 2nd ch from the hook. Join with slip stitch. (6 stitches)

Row2:  Ch 3 (counts as DC), 1DC in same sp, *2 DC into each SC** ->end. (12 stitches)
Row 3: Ch4 (counts as DC and 1ch), 1DC in same sp, *DC, ch1, DC in each stitch around** ->end. (24 DC & 12 ch1 sp)
Row 4: Ch4 (counts as DC and 1ch), * (skip all ch1 sp from row 3)1DC in next DC, ch1, 1DC in next DC ch1** -> end. ((24 DC & 24 ch1 sp)
Row 4 completed
Row 5: Ch 3 (counts as DC), 1DC in same sp *1DC in next st, 2DC in next sp**-> end (72 DC)
At this point your work may start curling, that is what it is meant to do, so don't panic. You are at the edge of the base now and starting to work up the sides.

Row 5 Completed
Row 6: Ch3 (counts as DC), *1DC in each st** ->end (72 stitches)

Row 6 completed - looking down through the jar
Row 6 completed

 Row 7: Ch3 (counts as DC), *1DC in each st** ->end (72 stitches)
Row 7 completed
 Row 8: Ch4 (counts as DC and ch1), DC in same sp, *sk 2 DC, (DC, ch, DC) in next st,** -> end (48DC + 24 ch1sp =72 stitches)
Row 8 completed

 At this point I got interrupted for dinner with my husband and children, and when the children were finally in bed, I was so keen to get back to this that I forgot to take photos for the rest of the pattern until it was "done".

Row 9: Ch 4 (counts as DC and ch1), sk1 st, *1DC in next st, 1DC in next DC, Sk1, ch1**   -> end (48DC + 24 ch1sp =72 stitches)
Row 10: Ch 6 (counts as DC and ch3), sk 3DC and 1ch spaces, 1DC in 4th DC, *ch3, sk 3 DC and spaces, 1DC in next st** -> end #sl st into 3rd ch of initial 6. (12DC, 12 x 3ch sp)
Row 11: sl st into first 3ch sp, 6DC, *sl st into next 3ch sp, 6DC** ->end (12 shells of 6DC each)
Row 12: *ch 5, sl st into 4th DC, ch5, slst into the sl st between the 6 DC of the previous row** ->end  (24 5ch loops)
Row 13: ch5 (counts as DC and ch2)*sc in 5ch sp, ch2, sc in 5ch sp** -> end
#to finish row – ch2, sl st in 3rd ch (24 sc and 24 ch1 sp)
Row 14: ch3 (counts as DC), *1DC in next ch sp, 1DC in next st, 1DC in 1ch sp, 1DC in next st** -> end, sl st in 3rd ch (54 DC)

Row 15: ch 3 (counts as DC), 1DC in each DC (54DC)

##Optional extra – make a drawstring of ch stitch in a contrasting cover, use it to weave in and out through the top row and tie it off to give a nice finish. 

So hot off  my hook at this point, that I hadn't even cut the cotton.

I stop below the twist on the jar to reduce fire risk.

Candles should never be left unattended.