As we enter into this colder, darker season it makes me want to light all the candles, all the time! This little thanksgiving candle motif is perfect for this month. Lighting a candle helps us to think outside of ourselves and be grateful for what we have. A lit candle reminds us to be a light in the dark places and a multitude of lighted candles is powerful in showing us what our togetherness can bring.
I am sharing 12 months of free crochet motif patterns, one each month. These small motifs are an easy way to practice crochet colorwork and are quick and fun to make. Along the way I will be sharing my top tips to help you with this intarsia technique and I'll be adding some patterns incorporating the motifs. To make sure you never miss a free motif and to receive a free copy of my Space Rocket Pouch inspired by women working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) sign up to my newsletter.
How to crochet a Give Thanks Candle Motif
You will need:
A small amount of light weight yarn in 3 different colours.
I made my motif using DMC Natura Just Cotton 100% cotton (50g/155m/170yd); yarn A - Canelle (37); yarn B - Nacar (35); yarn C - Giroflee (85),
Finished size 2.75in (7cm) square.
Abbreviations: ch(s) = chain(s); rep = repeat; rs = right side; sc = single crochet; st(s) = stitch(es); ws = wrongside.
A3sc means 3sc in yarn A.
When referring to the chart read all odd (rs) rows from right to left and all even (ws) rows from left to right.
Chs at beginning of the row do not count as a st.
To start a new color, work the last yarn round hook of the st before the color change in the new color.
Using intarsia method, start a new length of yarn for each change of color and keep all strands on the ws of work.
If you are a left handed maker you will need to add an extra row at the beginning and reverse the rs and ws so read all odd (ws) left to right and all even rows (rs) right to left.
Start: With A 18ch.
Row 1 [RS]: A1sc in second ch from hook, A16sc, turn - 17sts.
Row 2 [WS]: 1ch, A17sc, turn.
Row 3: 1ch, A2sc, B12sc, A3sc, turn.
Rows 4-12: 1ch, A2sc, B13sc, A2sc, turn.
Row 13: 1ch, A17sc, turn.
Row 14: 1ch, A7sc, C2sc, A8sc, turn.
Row 15: 1ch, A7sc, C3sc, A7sc, turn.
Row 16: 1ch, A7sc, C2sc, A8sc, turn.
Row 17: 1ch, A8sc, C1sc, A8sc, turn.
Rows 18-19: 1ch, A17sc, turn.
Fasten off, weave in all ends.
Using 2 strands of black embroidery thread, a tapestry needle and the chart as a guide backstitch the lettering onto the motif and dot the i with a french knot.
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