Candles flickering, an oversized knitted jumper and rugging up on the sofa with a good book… there is nothing more serene than being cosy and snug for some down time. But have you ever thought of combining your candles and knits a literal more literally?
In a moment of downtime, I’ve was inspired to combine two of the most cosy items into one ambient winter essential – a knitted cover for a glass candle holder.
The beauty of this creation is that it is so quick and easy to make and adds some instant warmth and cosiness to any space. You could add it to any glass, vase or existing candle holder (any glass item that is able to hold a tea light candle). It can be round, square or any shape you like. It’s best to use a tea light because they work better for producing an ambient glow than larger candles do.
- Any glass vessel that is safe for a tealight
- A tea light candle
- knitting needles and yarn/wool
- Sewing needle and thread (in a similar colour to your yarn)
- Measure the outer circumference of the candle holder. This will give you your knitting length.
- Measure how high up the holder you want your knit to go. I recommend two thirds of the height of your candle holder. This gives you the height of your knit. (Make sure you leave at least 3cm from the top rim so that there couldn’t possible be any overhang that could be singed by the candle flame).
- Now use the basic knit with your length and height measurements in mind. Don’t know how to knit? Don’t worry, neither did I – just look it up on YouTube.
- Wrap the completed knitted piece around the outside of the glass and stitch the ends together using a basic hand stitch. You’ll find your knitted piece is very forgiving in hiding rough knitting stitches.
- The knit stretches really well. In fact, it’s better if you stitch the length a little short of the actual measurement. This allows the yarn loops to stretch and open up a bit, letting out a more ambient and speckled glow from candle within.
You’ll find these knitted candle cosies to be talking points even when there isn’t a candle lit. Use them in any room – scattered or clustered as a centrepiece display or for a subtle and cosy glow to any space.
Street signs and trees have been covered in some very cute knitted cosies. Is this going on in your neighbourhood too? Are there some renegade creatives on the loose? Or some very adventurous grannies?
Whichever way you use your knitted cosies, they are sure to add some extra warmth and charm to your home (or garden… or neighbourhood!).