Crochet Gifts

I met a great couple 27 years ago that I had not seen since. Therefore, when we met again, we had a lot of catching up to do. 

Thelma gave me this Christmas candle pattern and taught me how to make the knitted frilly scarves too. I could not wait to share this pattern with you to create some to decorate your own Christmas table. 

Dangers of Real Candles

Real candles cause fires every year, which we need to be more aware of around our children.  By using candles like these, you know your children will be safe especially when you are out of the room, which is when accidents happenI believe these crochet candles are more realistic looking and safer to display at this festive time of year than the real candles.

Christmas candle decorationsCredit: TPhotos

Crochet Baskets

McCall's Crafts Pattern 6037 Rag Crochet Package
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This book will give you more ideas for making your own gifts for any occasion.

Materials and Stitches Required

Skill Level Easy

Need to Know information - Before Making Christmas Candle 

Crochet Abbreviations

  • Ch. Chain
  • Sc. Single crochet
  • Hdc: half double crochet
  • Dc. double crochet,
  • Sl st. Slip stitch

Materials Required - Use a small amount of 8 ply red, white and green. (Amount will depend on size of your candle). If making your candle longer than 4-1/2” then increase the number of rows in red color, or color of your candle.

Crochet hook 3.50 or less to tighten tension stitches

Note: This pattern is more suitable for a tight tension. I have a loose tension; this is obvious as you can see cardboard between my stitches. You can fix this by using a smaller crochet hook.

White crochet top of candleCredit: TPhotos

Crochet Projects

Crochet At Home: 25 Clever Projects for Colorful Living
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If you have some time on your hands then this will give you 25 wonderful ideas for creating gifts for friends, family or to donate to charity.

Instructions

Start with White or Color of Your Choice

Row 1 - Chain 5, sl st into the first chain to form ring.  Ch 3. 18 dc into formed ring. Join with a sl.st in top of 3 chains (19 dc).

Row 2 - Ch 3, dc in each st. continue with dc and join up.

Row 3 – sc in each dc st around. Join up.

Change to Red Color

Row 4 to 11 - Ch 3 Dc into each st around join up.

Row 12 - Ch 1 Sc in each st around, join with sl st into first sc and fasten off.

Crochet side of candle showing cardboardCredit: TPhotos

The picture above shows the cardboard through the crochet stitches, prevent this by painting cardboard same color as stitches

Start the Ruffle

Change to White Color

Row 13 - Join white with sc in first st. sc in same st. 2 sc in each st around. Join up (48 sc).

Row 14 - Ch 3 Dc in next stitch. (2 dc.ch 1, 2 dc)in next st *dc in each of next 2 stitches. (2 dc.ch 1.2 dc) in next st. Repeat from * around. Join with sl st in top of ch 3.

Row 15 - Ch 3 .*dc in each st around to next ch.1 sp (2 dc, ch 1. 2 dc) in next ch 1 sp, skip next st repeat from * 15 more times. Dc in each stitch, join and fasten off.

Row 16 - Join green with sl st in first stitch. repeat round 15. Do not fasten off.

Row 17 - Repeat round 15

Flame of Candle-Use Pipe Cleaners (as in picture).

Cut your cardboard roll to required length. Paint red if you have crocheted a red candle or color of your candle stem. This will ensure that cardboard does not show through. (I would not use a toilet tissue roll inside, as people believe that is not a healthy choice)  Instead use the center from the glad wrap, alfoil or similar.

Fit new candle cover over cardboard roll and decorate with your choice of Christmas decorations. As you can see in the picture, you can stitch an extra gold or silver thread or ribbon in the frill.

My first attempt at crochet Christmas candleCredit: TPhotos

I have threaded narrow silver ribbon around the edge of this one. You can purchase the flame in Spotlight or craft stores as in the picture below.

Flame of candle -Pipe cleanersCredit: TPhotos

 

You can adjust the heights and sizes of the frills on the base by changing from a double treble to a double crochet or crochet less or more rows.  This is entirely a personal choice.  I have cheated by making short candles and smaller frills so as to make several for Christmas.

There are many other craft ideas you can make for Birthday and Christmas gifts. A great way to do this is learning how to crochet squares or even a Granny Blanket.

Are you interested in learning about the history of Crochet with more gift making ideas, even for the left handed person?

Change Color Coordinations

You do not have to stick to colors I suggested.  Here is an example of the new Christmas candles I have made for 2014.  Yes! Another Christmas is nearly here again. Oh, how the year has flown.

Changing color co-ordinations of your choiceCredit: ©TPhotos

You can also vary the thickness of the candle with the different cardboard underneath. Glad wrap center rolls and some other types are thinner than others. So you will have to adjust the number of stitches to suit required size.

Why not have a go at making these for your next Christmas table.  If you have any queries then ask in the comments section below. Good luck.

Beginner Crochet Patterns

Crochet Patterns For Beginners
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This is a good book for the beginner to use. It gives you a few simple patterns so you can learn the art of crochet and give as gifts for any occasion.