A winter light

A quick project to light up the winter darkness – a candle holder dressed up in crochet.

If using a real candle, please make sure that the flame does not, under any circumstances, come into contact with the crocheted cover. If in doubt, use a LED candle. We don’t want 2020 to end in a house fire!

For the candle holder, I used a Godis glass from IKEA (size 8 oz). You could use any glass with a straightish shape, or a small jar.

The Godis glass measures approx 6.5 cm (2.5″) across at the bottom and 8 cm (slightly more than 3″) at the top. It is 9.5 cm (3.75″) high. I give instructions below on how to adapt the bottom of your project to the glass used.

I used my own fingering weight merino yarn (approx 10 – 15 g) and a 2.5 mm (between a US B-1 and C-2) hook.

Stitches used:
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
dc blo = double crochet in the back loop only
tr = treble

This pattern uses US terminology

Bottom:

Ch 4, close to a ring with 1 sl st in 4th ch from hook.

NB: All rounds in the bottom close with a sl st in the first dc in the round.

Round 1: Ch 2 (do not count as a st), 12 dc in ring. Close this round, and all rounds of the bottom with a sl st in the first dc in round.

Round 2: Ch 2 (do not count as a st), 2 dc in each dc. There are 24 dc.

Round 3: Ch 2 (do not count as a st), 1 dc in first dc, 2 dc in next dc, * 1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc; repeat from * to end of round. There are 36 dc. [1 st between increases]

Round 4: Ch 2 (do not count as a st), 2 dc in first dc, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, * 2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc; repeat from * to end of round. There are 48 dc. [2 sts between increases]

Measure the bottom by placing it on the bottom of the glass or jar used. If your bottom is about the same size, it’s perfect. It shouldn’t be significantly larger or smaller. If needed, you can remove or add a round of dc, or adjust the height of the stitches in the last round (using hdc or tr). The number of stitches in the last round must be a multiple of 6.

Sides:

From this point on, we are going to continue working in the round, without increases, to create a tube which will be the visible part of our crochet-covered candle holder. Depending on the size of your glass and the gauge of previous rounds, the first round of this tube might straddle the edge of the bottom, or even end up under the glass.

Round 1: Ch 2 (do not count as a st), 1 dc blo in each st. Close the round with a sl st in the first dc blo in round.

Round 2: Ch 4 (count as 1 dc + 1 ch), skip first and second dc, 1 dc in next dc, * ch 1, skip 1 st, 1 dc in next dc; repeat from * until 1 st remains at the end of round, ch 1. Close the round with a sl st in the 3rd ch at the beg of round.

Round 3: Ch 2 (do not count as a st), 1 dc in the 3rd ch at the beg of previous round (the same st as the one where you made the sl st to close the previous round), 1 dc in ch-1 sp, * 1 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * to end of round. Close the round with a sl st in first dc in round.

Round 4: Ch 3 (do not count as a st), 2 tr in first st in previous round (the same st as the one where you made the sl st to close the previous round), * skip 2 sts, 3 tr in next st; repeat from * until 2 sts remain at end of round, 1 tr in first dc in previous round. Close the round with a sl st in first tr in round.

Round 5: Ch 5 (count as 1 tr + 1 ch), 1 tr in first st in previous round (the same st as the one where you made the sl st to close the previous round), * skip 2 sts, [1 tr, ch 1, 1 tr] in next st; repeat from * until 2 sts remain at end of round. Close the round with a sl st in 4th ch at the beg of round.

Round 6: 1 sl st in first ch-1 sp, ch 3 (do not count as a st), 2 tr in same ch sp, 3 tr in each ch sp to end of round, 1 tr in first ch sp. Close the round with a sl st in first tr in round.

Round 7: As round 5

Round 8: Ch 2 (do not count as a st), 1 dc in 4th ch at the beg of previous round (the same st as the one where you made the sl st to close the previous round), 1 dc in 1-ch sp, * 1 dc in each of next 2 sts, 1 dc in next 1-ch sp; repeat from * until 1 st remains at the end of round, 1 dc in last st. Close the round with a sl st in first dc in round.

Round 9: As round 2.

Round 10: As round 3.

Round 11: Ch 1 (do not count as a st), 1 sc in first st in previous round (the same st as the one where you made the sl st to close the previous round), [1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc] in next st, * 1 sc in next st, [1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc] in next st; repeat from * to end of round. Close the round with a sl st in first sc in round.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Circaetus, crochet shawl

I’m very happy to introduce my new design: the shawl Circaetus!

This pattern was inspired by a series of tutorials on the work in one loop only, published this spring in my newsletter. Circaetus is worked almost entirely in the front loop only.

Not only does this add a lovely, subtle texture, but it also makes for a very light and drapey fabric.

Warmth and cozyness are provided by the yarn chosen, Balayage, in baby alpaca and merino.

Head over to the shop to find out more about Circaetus!

When Chantal crochets wool and silk

I received a very inspiring email from my customer and friend Chantal, who said: What a joy to work the London yarn with patterns designed by EclatDuSoleil! London is a laceweight wool and silk yarn, exclusive to my shop.

Here Chantal started by working the center of the Celeste shawl. She got inspired and added the border used in the Silk Scarf shawl. It works so well!
London in col cream.

Chantal had already made the Falbala shawl in laceweight bamboo, a lighter weight yarn than called for in the pattern. This time, she went for the even finer London yarn (col: French blue). The result is a beautifully delicate shawl with great contrast between positive and negative space.

Feeling inspired? Click here to find all colours available in London, and here to explore the designs by EclatDuSoleil.

5 patterns at 50% off

Time flies, and things change… I’m offering a 50% discount on five crochet patterns before retiring them from the shop.

There are no problems with these patterns, but I feel that these designs and the pattern layouts belong to the past.

My way of writing patterns, drawing charts and taking pictures has evolved.

It is time for these designs to bow out, but before that, I want to offer them at half price for a limited time.

Until the 4th October you will find them at the discounted price in the shop by following this link.

Wool Finest: In proper light

A new, gorgeous colour in the Wool Finest range: In Proper Light.

This is a green-tinted yellow, with hints of grey. Beautiful on its own, I think it really shines combined with other colours.

Or why not use one gorgeous skein and make a luscious little project, such as the Ava scarf:

Wool Finest is a 100 % merino wool in semi-solid colours, available in the shop.

Funky Doily (or whatever)

Sometimes, the simplest things become classics.

This is the case with this simple square that can be used as a doily, as a blanket square, as a cushion cover, or whatever you want it to be.

14 years after the first publication of this free pattern, on the Crochet Me website in 2006, I have revised it lightly and decided to make it available here on the blog.

You can download the short pattern here:

I can’t wait to see what you make with it! #funkydoily

A summer blanket: Colourful Hug in Whirl

Once upon a time, there was a lovely blanket, designed by EclatDuSoleil/Hélène Marcy to display the beauty of the Mini Mochi yarn: the Colourful Hug blanket.

After some time, the Mini Mochi yarn was discontinued, and Hélène’s lovely pattern was alone without a corresponding yarn.

Then one day, my customer Chantal told me about an idea she had: to crochet Colorful Hug as a summer blanket, in Whirl (replacing the Mini Mochi) and Whirlette (replacing the solid coloured fingering weight merino in the original version).

I checked the yardage and thought that it could work. I knew Chantal as a talented crocheter, and suggested that she’d try it out.

Chantal made a blanket in Whirl Key Lime Pi and Whirlette Kiwi, quickly adopted by a family with a new-born baby.

For her second blanket, Chantal chose Whirl Red Velvet Sunrise and Whirlette Grappa, and went down a hook size to a 3 mm hook. This blanket is now a source of joy and comfort for a baby boy and his parents.

Her family still growing, Chantal currently has a third blanket in the works. And she, Hélène and I have decided that its’ time to show this great idea to everyone!

To play with squares and colours, I offer 8 versions of the kit Colourful Hug in Whirl and Whirlette.

Hélène/EclatDuSoleil generously gifts you the pattern when you buy a kit – you only need to add the pattern to your cart, and the price will be deducted before payment.

Which colours will you choose for your summer blanket ?