Sunday, July 26, 2015

Crochet A Light Shade

A very cheap alternative to buying a light shade.
Make one yourself with a small amount of yarn, old beads and an existing light shade.
I chose some woolen yarn and began with a single crochet foundation row
I kept placing it around the light shade until if fit, then joined it into a circle.
To get the round to stay in a circular shape I had to make sure the stitch count was dividable by the number 6.
I did a couple of rounds of sc, then placed a shell st into 6 places.
My stitch count for this was 54, 6 x 9 = 54, so every 9th stitch had a shell st placed into it.
The next round consisted of a sc on each side of the shell st and chains replaced the remaining sc stitches.
My pattern went like this.
1 sc, ch 6, skip 6 sc, 1 sc, make a shell in next st, repeat all the way around then join the round.
The following rounds went like this
1 sc, ch 6, 1 sc, make a shell, repeat all the way around, then join.
The very first thing I did was clean the light shade, then began making the new shade.
I had to block it so it would sit nice, I just used the good old iron.
Then I added some beads from an old necklace, they had their own rings which I hooked through a crochet stitch.

My granddaughter loved it once the beads were added, she now has her own type of chandelier in her bedroom.
Now I know I can do it, I can get more daring and make another even more spectacular!