I saw such a qute owl candle holder in a swedish crochet group on Facebook a couple of days ago. And since I needed a gift to bring to a dinnerparty yesterday I tried to find the picture but failed. So I decided to try making my own owl candle light holder.
And I was so happy with the result I had to make a new one this morning and take pictures so I could share the pattern with you.
Update: Here is a link to the pattern on Ravelry. Feel free to add it to your favourites and queue so you don’t loose it 🙂
The difficulty was making nice ears for the owl. After some trial and error I decided to make 3 treble crochets together starting with a standing treble crochet. I took a bunch of pictures of this moment and there is a link to a you tube video for a standing treble crochet below.
You can use any yarn and and any jar for this so it is also a great stash buster. The pattern isn’t exact since the amount of rounds will vary with jarsize and yarn thickness.
Since my jar is much slimmer at the top I went down one hook size when I came to the double crochet rounds.
You easily make 1 or 2 of these in a night so it is a quick and fun project!
- 1 clean empty glas jar
- Yarn for the cover and appropriate hook size
- Scrap white yarn for eyes
- Scrap darker yarn to embroider on eyes
- Stitch markers or safety pins
- Needle to fasten off ends and embroider with.
Special stitch: Standing treble crochet
Chain (ch) 2. 9 single crochets (sc) in second ch from hook. Close with a slip stitch (sl) in first sc of round. Pull yarn end in middle to close middle hole.
R 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in every stitch (st) for rest of round. Close with sl in first sc. (18 st)
R 3: Ch 1, 1 sc in first st, 2 sc in next. Repeat rest of round. Close with sl in first sc. (27 st)
R 4: Ch 1, 1 sc in each of first 2 st, 2 sc in next. Repeat rest of round. Close with sl in in first sc (36 st)
Rounds that follow are the same but you increase number of stitches with only one sc in by one every round.
How many rounds you need depends on jar size and yarn thickness. Your bottom round should be smaller than bottom of jar to ensure a snug, nice fit. You have to try out what works. My bottom part was this big:
Next round: Ch 1, 1 sc in every stitch rest of round. Close with sl in first sc.
Repeat round once more.
Next round: Ch 3, 2 double crochets (dc) in same stitch. *Skip 2 st. 3 dc in next st.* Repeat *-* rest of round. Close with sl in top ch of ch 3.
You might have to skip an extra stitch or just skip one stitch between 2 groups of dc, this depends on how many rounds your bottom part concists of. You will just have to try what will look nice.
Next row: Sl to first dc. Ch 3, 2 dc in same st. *3 dc in middle dc of next dc group.* Repeat *-* rest if round. Close with sl in top ch of ch 3.
Repeat this round as many times as needed for your jar. Try the cover on the jar after 3 rounds to ensure a snug fit.
You should be able to fit in at least 3 dc rounds after the lace pattern. I quit the lace pattern here:
Dc round: Ch 3, 1 dc in every st rest of round. Close wiith sl in top ch of ch 3.
Repeat round at least 3 times.
Finishing round: Ch 1, 1 sc in every st rest of round. Close with sl in first sc. Cut yarn and pull through.
Count your stitches and mark front (purple stithc marker in picture) and middle of sides (green stitch markers in picture). The ears will be were the green stitch markers are.
Time to make ears!
We will be making 3 treble crochets together, with the first one being a standing treble crochet. Do not complete the standing treble crochet, you should not pull through the last loop on hook.
Place the standing treble crochet in the stitch right of your ear marker. I make my standing treble crochets by swirling a lot of yarn on my hook,front to back, and have a tail I can hold together with the hook to keep yarn tight, but you use whatever method that works for you!
Put hook through st, yarn over (yo) pull through, yo, pull through loop and first twirl on hook, yo, pull through loop and next swirl. Keep rest of twirls on hook and hold yarn tight.
Now make a treble crochet in next st but do not pull through the last 2 loops. Make one more in next st. You should now have 3 loops and some twirls on hook.
Yo. Pull through all loops and first twirl on hook. Lock with 1 ch. Cut yarn and pull througn. The yarn ends will be the owl’s ear tassels.
Cut 2 pieces of yarn about 4 inches (10 cm) long. Pull through top of ear. Make a knot to secure.
Make another ear. Cut your yarn ends to a good lenght. Fasten ends of cover.
Eyes, make 2
Ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook. Close with sl in first sc. Pull middle yarn end to tighten hole.
Now continue as in bottom of cover but keep in mind you have fever sc now. Make as many rounds as needed for a good eye size. I made 3 rounds. Cut yarn but leave tail to sew on eyes. Fasten middle yarn end. Embroider eyes of choise.
Sew your eyes on. Done!