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Pattern Links: Ravelry, Craftsy (for add free printable PDF Download)

Before you start, this is what you should know…

I use US crochet terms and am left handed so please allow for this when looking at photos!  I’ve assumed knowledge of the basic crochet stitches.  Numbers in brackets represent the number of stitches in the row.

Materials and size

I used a 3.5mm hook with a small amount Rico essentials cotton DK yarn in Pink, Blue and Yellow in various combinations.  I’ve indicated colour changes in the pattern but you can work with your own colour scheme… get colourful!

This pattern works in a continuous spiral so you may want to consider stitch markers (I use scraps of contrasting yarn) so you don’t need to worry about counting!

End each lightbulb measures around 12 cm.  I used hollow fibre stuffing to fill the bulb.

stitches and abbreviations

st = stitch

sc = single crochet

yo = yarn over

sc2tog = single crochet two together – insert hook, yo pull up a loop, insert hook into next st, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 3 loops to complete st)

Magic Loop – if you don’t know how to make a magic loop then you can ch 4 and join with a slip stitch to start.  But they are life changing and there is a great tutorial from mooglyblog.com here

The Pattern

Starting with your first colour (I used pink in the illustration)

Row 1: work 9sc in a magic loop, you will work in a spiral so do not join to the first st (9)

Row 2: starting on the first sc from Row 1, work 2sc in each stitch around (18)

Row 3:  *1sc in the next stitch, 2sc in the next st* and repeat* 8 more times (27)

Row 4: ch1, *1sc in the next two st, 2sc in the next st* and repeat* 8 more times (36)

Row 5 – 13: 1sc in the next 36 st (36)

Row 14: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog* repeat* 8more times (27)

Row 15 – 17: sc in the next 27st (27)

At this point you might want to make sure the tail from the magic loop is secured and start stuffing the head of the bulb.  I continued to stuff the bulb as I moved through the pattern but you can save it to the end if that’s your preference.

Row 18: *sc in next st, sc2tog* repeat* 8 more times (18)

Row 19 – 22: sc in the next 18 st (18)

Row 22: *sc in the next 4 sc, sc2tog* repeat 2 more times (15)

Row 23 –25: sc in the next 15 st (15)

Fasten off and sew in end.

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Join new yarn colour

Row 26: *sc in next 3 st, sc 2tog* repeat* 2 mote times (12)

Row 27 – 29: sc in next 12 st (12)

Fasten off and sew in ends and making sure you have finished stuffing the bulb

Join new yarn colour

Row 30: sc2tog 6 times

Fasten off leaving a long tail

Sew round the final 6 st pulling them in tight to close the hole

Fasten off and you’re done……go…light up the dark!

As always, if you have any comments or feedback about the pattern, go ahead and contact me or leave a comment!

Happy Crocheting!

D x

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