Brighten your day with these knitting projects inspired by light including candle cozies, fiber optics, fairy lights, and more. Most patterns are free.
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Mason Jar Covers
Transform ordinary jars into a beautiful gifts or elegant decoration with these 3 beautiful lace cover cozies. Put a candle inside and you have a breathtaking light show. Or dress up jars filled with your handmade gifts of food. Pictured are Macramé, Leaves, and Flower. Web version is free. PDF available for purchase. Each uses less than one skein 40 - 50 yards (37 - 46 m) of DK weight yarn. Designed by Palmeri Arts and Crafts.
- Get the free MACRAME look knitting pattern - Web version
- Get the free LEAVES knitting pattern - Web version
- Get the free FLOWER knitting pattern - Web version
- Get printable pdfs
Party With The Lights On
Turn your LED party lights into really eyecatchers with leftover wool sock yarn that creates lace bulb covers. Pattern includes seven lace stitch patterns to cover LED light bulbs (cheerfully named after delicious party drinks) that will truly make your sock yarn shine. Great use for leftover yarn! WARNING: Do not use incandescent bulbs or yarn that will burn or melt. Do not leave unattended. See link below for safety recommendations. Designed by WrinkledPages.
This soft toy is a perfect way to convey the message "You light up my life" or "That's a bright idea" or "Hope this brightens your day." Designed by Hennie. Pictured project in DK yarn but you can use any weight.
Cup of Light
Use LED String Lights or fairy lights in these knit lace cups to add light and beauty to your home, yard, or party. Lace weight yarn knit and molded with white glue. Designed by Rosemary (Romi) Hill.
Flames Hat, Cowl, Mitts, and Socks
You're so hot, you're on fire, so show it with these accessories with flame motifs. Hot Fireman Hat by Kim Saar has sizes from Preemie to Adult. Witch's Oven Cowl by Becca Brody features a stranded fire design and no more than two colors are ever in use at one time. Flaming Mitts by Lisa Tee are knit in the round. Hot Rod Socks AKA Olympic Flame Socks by Melanie Gibbons are knit cuff down with heel flap.
- Get the free Hot Fireman Hat knitting pattern
- Get the free Witch's Oven Cowl knitting pattern
- Get the free Flaming Mitts knitting pattern
- Get the free Hot Rod Socks knitting pattern
Globe Lantern Covers
Add atmosphere to outside events or entertainment area with these lace covers for round paper lanterns aka Chinese lanterns knit with a 2 row repeat. Designed by Carlé Dehning for Nurturing Fibres. Sport weight yarn.
Diamond Lace Lampshade
Create a lace lampshade cover for a new lamp or upcycle an older lamp to make it look new. The pattern can be adapted to suit any size of lamp. Sport weight yarn. Designed by Kathleen Young.
Hang these delicate diaphanous stars by themselves as magical fairy decorations or slip over a LED light strings (please only use LED lights - anything else could be a fire hazard!) for a spectacular light show. Ooh & Ahhs - diaphanous stars designed by Claire Garland. Pictured project by KnittingforLJ
More Free Patterns
Wrap Me in Sunshine Shawl
Lace triangle shaped shawl knit sideways. Inspired by the change to a sunny day from night or clouds. Great showcase for gradient or color-change yarn. Designed by Wiam's Crafts. Fingering weight yarn.
- Get the free knitting pattern
- Purchase the pdf at Etsy
- Get the recommended Scheepjes Whirl Dandelion Munchies yarn at Amazon (ad)
- See more Lace Shawl Knitting Patterns
Dress up strings of Christmas or LED lights for decorating. The light filtered through the knitted tube makes a gentle twinkling effect. You can arrange your light in a clump, tie it in a knot, or suspend it as you would a regular string of lights. Named after the largest constellation, Hydra. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Rachel Braff.
Fire Eater Sweater
Flames circle the yoke of this pullover for a hot new look! Sizes S (M) L (XL) XXL Fits chest sizes: 80-90 (90-98) 98-106 (106-116) 116-122 cm. Ildsluger Designed by Hanne Rimmen for Filcolana. Available in English, Danish, German, Norwegian, Swedish
Candle Flame Shawl
Lace asymmetrical triangle shawl with flame shaped lace. DK weight yarn. Designed by Wiam's Crafts. Web version is free
Christmas Jam Jar Jumper
A lace evergreen or Christmas tree turns your glass jar into a beautiful holiday decoration. Just add tea light! Great use for leftover yarn! Designed by Catherine Hughes - SpinstarCreations.
Turn your jar into a pretty light with a tea candle, this lace cover, and some decorative buttons or beads. Great use for leftover yarn! Designed by Ivy Green.
Birthday Cupcake Cloth or Bib
Birthday dishcloth, washcloth, baby bib, or afghan block featuring a cupcake with a candle. Good for anniversaries, too. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Elaine Fitzpatrick.
- Get the CLOTH free knitting pattern
- Get the BIB free knitting pattern
- See more Dishcloth Knitting Patterns
Knitted Fairy Lights
Use LED String Lights or fairy lights as "yarn" and knit into a wall hanging or add to other projects following instructions are in a Youtube video by The Crimson Stitchery.
- See the Youtube video instructions by The Crimson Stitchery (bottom photo)
- Get a kit from the Ornery Shepherd on Etsy (top photo)
Knitted snowball ornament made up of lace snowflakes that are joined together to form a beautiful hanging ornament and stiffened with glue. Place a string of small LED battery powered lights inside and you have a magical accent light for your coffee table or shelf. Designed by Elena Maltseva.
Patterns for Purchase
Birthday Cake Hat
Celebrate with a birthday cake hat with pink frosting swags, white icing and colorful rainbow sprinkles. And then it's finished with cute knit candles on top! You can make as many candles as you need for your birthday child! Designed by Cassie at Little Red Window.
Circular art piece hangings knit by combining beads, battery-operated fairy lights, a macramé ring, and yarn. 2 versions. Size : 14 inch (35.5 cm) circular art piece. Designed by Mary R.
Love and Light
Heart decoration ornament knit with LED fairy lights. Use inside or outside wherever love is needed. Great idea for weddings or Valentine's day party or anyone who needs a little extra love and light. 2 sizes Small Heart 9 inches [23 cm] high Large Heart 12 inches [30.5 cm] high. Love and Light designed by Laura Nelkin and Jen Hohenboken.
This star ornament or decoration is knit with LED fairy lights. Use inside or outside for Christmas decoration or for everyday for parties or a child's room. Starry Light designed by Laura Nelkin. Video tutorial included with pattern.
Squiggle Lace Mason Jar Cozy
Light up your Christmas by adding lights to jars covered with these lace covers. Great for outdoors decor similar to luminarias. During the summer, perfect for outdoor events like parties and weddings. Designed by Sheila of Happyknitsandmore
Knit candles with flames and holders that can be used as ornaments on a Christmas Tree or as table decorations. 2 sizes Large Candle- 7 inches tall, Small Candle- 4.5 inches tall. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Amy Gaines