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Free Crochet Pattern for a Garden Candle Holder

Crochet Candle Holder
Crochet Candle Holder

This is a quick and easy project to do - and the candle holder is great for summer evenings, and would also make unusual gifts. Using an old glass jar and string, this project is extremely low cost, yet very effective. You can decorate the jar with glass paints or a few colored beads to give a subtle colored light. Crocheting with String is very straightforward, you can read more about it in this BellaOnline Crochet article.

The crocheted container includes lots of spaces to allow the light to shine through. It has long spirals which dangle down, these can be made longer or shorter as you require. Note: To make your spirals super curly remember to make the foundation chain tight, and the returning Single Crochet loose.

The Crocheted Candle Holder is worked in Single Crochet and Double Crochet (US) / Double and Treble Crochet (UK etc).


1 Wide mouthed glass jar. Make sure that this has a slight lip to allow the crochet to be secured onto the jar safely (for instance the threads of a screw top)

1 Ball string – amount depends on the size of the jar, however a 2 oz ball will be plenty. Use natural string, not nylon to avoid it melting.

1 Candle – a tea light, column candle or other small candle. Make sure that the candle does not touch the sides of the jar.


Crochet Hook – 6 – 7mm (approximately US J/K/L ). The size of hook doesn’t really matter, as long as it is the right sort of size for the thickness of the string used.

Instructions (US terms).

Instructions are given for a jar which is 3.5 inches deep, adjust the number of stitches for a deeper jar.

Chain 12.

Row 1: Double Crochet into the 6th chain from the hook. * 1 Chain, miss 1 stitch and Double Crochet into the next stitch * Repeat from * to * twice.

Make 30 chain (work tightly), work 2 turning chain.

Row 2: Turn work and work the row in Single Crochet (work loosely). Make 5 turning chain, turn work.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until the work fits tightly around the jar.

To Finish: Work 1 Single Crochet, 3 Double Crochet, 1 Single Crochet into each 5-chain loop at the top of the work, working 1 Single Crochet between each loop.

Sew up the seam. Tie off string.

Put Crochet on the jar and thread some string around the top of the crochet and pull tight so it secures it under the lip of the jar.

Thread some string across the bottom of crochet to secure further the jar (work an ‘X’ with the string so that if the crochet should come loose at the top of the jar, the string at the bottom will stop the jar falling out.). Either make a chain to hang the crocheted candle holder, or use wire. If you are using string crochet chain then do ensure that the chain is long enough and won’t burn with the heat from the candle.


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