Sadie Hartwell’s Candle Cozies
I love candles. There, I’ve said it. I live near an amazing candle factory store in New England and let me tell you, if they’d let me move in there, I would—as long as they’d let me put in a bookshelf and a coffee maker. So here are a couple of ideas for cute holiday candle holders.
For the knitted version, which you can easily make in an hour or two, you will need:
-Size 13 knitting needles
-Bulky weight yarn, about 10 or 12 yards
-A pint-size mason jar, or any glass jar that’s about 5 inches high with a circumference of about 9 inches. Cozy will stretch.
-Small flameless candle
Gauge is not important. Cast on 26 stitches.
Row 1: K1, P1 across.
Row 2: P1, K1 across.
Repeat these two rows until piece measures 5”. Bind off, and sew shorter edges together into a tube. Place tube on jar. Decorate with ribbon, tiny Christmas ornaments, or bits of greenery. Place flameless candle inside and enjoy.
For you non-knitters (gasp!) here’s another version, using a doily. You will need:
-A doily (if you don’t have Grandma’s, check thrift stores. Use one with a loose pattern around the outer edge)
-A glass jar that’s shorter than ½ the diameter of the doily. I used a 9” doily and a 4” high jar.
-Paper or cloth ribbon
Thread ribbon through the pattern around the outside of the doily. Place jar in center of doily, and pull the ribbon tight (like a drawstring), creating a ruffle around the top of the jar. Tie off the ribbon. Use some double-sided tape to hold the doily in place if necessary. Fill with a flameless candle, or use as a small vase as I’ve done here.
Happy holidays, everyone!
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