This is a super quick fun amigurumi project which is great for a beginner looking to practice their skills! You can read about the inspiration behind this pattern and my love of ideas here (this was my first blog post too!).
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.
Instructions on [square brackets] should be repeated the number of times indicated.
Do not turn at the end of each round.
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!
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!
The pattern will work in any yarn weight, though heavier yarns will make bigger lightbulbs!
Learn about choosing yarns here.
End each lightbulb measures around 12 cm. I used hollow fibre stuffing to fill the bulb.
Stitches and Abbreviations (US Terms)
sc = single crochet (UK double crochet)
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)
st(s) = stitch(es)
yo = yarn over
Magic Ring – 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 – find a magic ring (sometimes called magic loop) tutorial here.
The Bright Ideas Lightbulb Pattern
Starting with your first colour (I used pink in the illustration)
Row 1: work 9sc in a magic ring, you will work in a spiral so do not join to the first st (9)
Row 2: starting in 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] 9 times (27)
Row 4: [1sc in the next two sts, 2sc in the next st] 9 times (36)
Rows 5 – 13: 1sc in the next 36 sts (36)
Row 14: [1sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog] 9 times (27)
Rows 15 – 17: 1sc in the next 27 sts (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: [1sc in next st, sc2tog] 9 times (18)
Rows 19 – 22: 1sc in the next 18 sts (18)
Row 23: [1sc in the next 4 sts, sc2tog] 3 times (15)
Rows 24 -25: 1sc in the next 15 sts (15)
Fasten off and sew in ends
Join new yarn colour
Row 26: [1sc in next 3 st, sc2tog] 3 times times (12)
Rows 27 – 29: 1sc in next 12 sts (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!
I hope you enjoy this pattern, and as always, don’t forget to tag me in your finished makes! Nothing makes me happier than seeing my designs brought to life by others. I love the colour choices and personal touches you add to the patterns!
And if socials aren’t your thing, feel free to email me your efforts. It really does make my day! I’m also a huge fan of Pinterest so if you like my patterns I’d love it if you pin them, or visit my Pinterest page which showcases some wonderful inspirational crochet patterns – the talent out there blows my mind!
Until next time.
(C) DoraDoes 2018. You may sell what you make from my patterns, but please credit me as the designer. The pattern is for personal use only and may not be shared. My photos may be shared with credit.