Hi everyone! We’ve made it to Day Six of our Twelve Days of Christmas Crochet countdown.
Yesterday, we made a mistletoe and holly berry applique, and we’ll be using it to decorate today’s make, a festive holiday candle!
This would look perfect on the tree as an ornament or set on the windowsill as a festive (and fireproof) holiday decoration. Give it a try this holiday season!
Today’s pattern is an amigurumi pattern, which means you’ll be working in a continuous spiral of single crochet stitches.
I recommend using a stitch marker to help you keep track of your rounds (you may notice I use a bobby pin as my stitch marker!).
Here are all of the materials required to make this project – feel free to make substitutions to the yarn colors, weight, and even the hook size. My project ended up measuring about 5 inches tall.
Remember, using a larger hook and a yarn of a different weight will affect the finished size of your project!
|5mm crochet hook|
|worsted weight yarn in white and orange (you can also use whatever colors you’d like!)|
|mistletoe and holly applique (optional)|
Here are all of my standard abbreviations.
Note: Some of these may not be used in the pattern – these are the stitches that I use most frequently! If you see an abbreviation that you are unfamiliar with, please refer back to this chart.
Note: For this project, increases and decreases are single crochet increases/ decreases unless otherwise specified! (This is generally the standard in amigurumi projects.)
|slp st||slip stitch|
|hdc||half double crochet|
|FLOsc||front loop only single crochet|
|FLOscdec||front loop only single crochet|
|BLOsc||back loop only single crochet|
|BLOscdec||back loop only single crochet decrease|
|()||number of sts in row|
Candle Main Body
Use white yarn, or whatever you chose as your candle’s main color here!
R1: ML 6 (6)
R2: inc in each st (12)
R3: *sc, inc* around (18)
R4: BLOsc around (18)
Note on using BLOsc: I find using BLO stitches helps direction changes. We want the candle to have a sharp transition between the flat top and rounded cylinder side – thus, the BLOsc. Additionally, we’ll be coming back to this loop later on to attach the wax drip details!
R5 – R19: sc around (15 rows total)
R20: *sc, BLOscdec* around (12)
Stuff the body of the candle here! Be careful not to over-stuff. I roll the candle body gently between my palms to help maintain the correct shape and move the stuffing around inside.
R21: dec in each st around (6)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Use the tail to sew through the remaining stitches, and pull tight to close. Weave any remaining tail in.
For this detail, we’ll be working in the BLO loops left behind from R4 of the candle body.
Attach whatever color you used for the candle’s main body here – be sure the top of the candle is facing you when you attach. You’ll be working counter-clockwise: This is important because we want the right side of the work to be facing out!
Attach to the first BLO loop. You can find this one because there’s a little “gap” between the first and last BLO. The first one is towards the inside of the spiral, and the last is further out. Attach your yarn to this stitch!
Once you’ve attached, chain 2 stitches. This counts as your first single crochet this round! I also highly recommend marking this stitch with your stitch marker.
Work one single crochet in each BLO loop all the way around the candle top – this should be 18 stitches total, including the chain 2 that we made to start the round.
Once you’ve worked your way around once, we’ll add a second round of single crochet. To start this round, place a single crochet in the top of the chain 2 you made when you attached the yarn, then place one single crochet in each of the single crochets you made last round.
Now that we have two rows of single crochet around the top of the candle, it’s time to add the third and final row – the wax drip details. I strongly recommend a stitch marker for this row! Things can get a little fiddly.
R3: sc & hdc in same st, sc, slp st (stitches 1-3 out of 18)
This forms your first “swoop” of wax. To add the first drip:
ch4, slp st down ch (3st total), slp st to next st (stitch 4 out of 18)
After you add the drip, we’ll repeat the “swoop” of wax:
sc & hdc in same st, sc, slp st (stitches 5-7 out of 18)
Your second drip of wax will be a little longer!
ch5, slp st down ch (4st total), slp st to next st (stitch 8 out of 18)
Now we’ll make two more swoops of wax:
*sc & hdc in same st, sc, slp st* twice (stitches 9-14 out of 18)
And add our last drip of wax:
ch4, slp st down ch (3st total), slp st to next st (stitch 15 out of 18)
We’ll finish off this row with a final swoop of wax!
sc & hdc in same st, sc, slp st in last st of round (stitches 16-18 out of 18)
Cut a long tail – we’ll use this to sew the wax drips down after we attach the flame!
Use your orange yarn (or whatever color you’ve picked for your candle’s flame) here.
R1: ML 3
Note: Why Magic Loop 3? I find that an ML3 makes a pointier cone shape than an ML6. It can be a little fiddly, so work your single crochets slightly looser than you might normally – not too loose, though!
R2: inc in each st (6)
R3: *sc, inc* around (9)
R4: sc around (9)
Stuff the flame a little here. Not too much – just a pinch of fluff should do!
R5: *sc, dec* around (6)
Fasten off, then cut a long tail. Sew through the remaining 6 stitches and pull tight to cinch closed. We’ll use this tail to attach the flame to the top of the candle, so don’t weave it in!
Sew through the ML on the candle body to somewhere underneath the wax drip layer. You can lift the “skirt” of this layer up a bit – we’ll be using it to hide the knot we’ve created to attach the flame to the top of the candle.
Whip stitch the flame of the candle on, being careful to hide your stitches under the flame itself!
Once you’ve whip stitched the flame on, send the tail back to somewhere underneath the wax drip “skirt.” Tie a knot, then weave in the tail end.
If you’re planning to attach your mistletoe and holly berry applique, hide all of the knots you use to sew the item on under the wax “skirt” too! If not, we’re ready to sew the wax layer down.
Use the tail yarn left over from the wax drip to tack the row down. Be extra sure to tack the wax drips down themselves, as they tend to curl a little.
Continue all the way around your candle, then tie a knot and weave in any remaining tail.
Last, we’ll help shape the flame by giving it a tiny pinch!