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Fun Crocheted Hanging Luminaries

By: Kathleen Sams of Red Heart Yarn

What fun would it be to be able to decorate your home with your own unique style? Now you can with this free crochet pattern. Make a fun crocheted hanging luminary to have at your next party or keep in your house year round.

Directions are for quart size jars. Changes for 2 quart size are in parentheses.

NOTE: As a safety precaution, use only tea light candles cradled in sand and do not leave the luminary unattended.


  • RED HEART® “Eco-Cotton™ Blend”: 1 ball any color (1 ball makes 2 luminaries). Shown Luminaries used 1373 Linen Marl and 1645 Moss.
  • Crochet Hook: 5 mm [US H-8].
  • Yarn needle, 5”, 6” or 7” metal or plastic rings, quart jars, craft sand, tea light candles.

GAUGE: Gauge is not important for this project.

Instructions: LUMINARIES
Ch 5, join with a slip st to form a ring.
Round 1 (Right Side): Ch 3 (counts as dc), work 15 dc in ring, join with slip st in top of beginning ch-3 – 16 sts.
Round 2: Ch 3, dc in same st as join, 2 dc in each st around, slip st in top of beginning ch to join – 32 sts.
Round 3: Ch 1, sc in same st as join, *ch 4, skip next st, sc in next st; repeat from * around to last st, ch 1, dc in first sc (counts as ch-4 space, sc).
Rounds 4-17 (24): Ch 1, working over dc, sc in ch-4 space, *ch 4 (5), sc in next ch-4 space; repeat from * around to last ch-4 space, ch 1, dc in first sc (counts as
ch-4 space, sc).
Fasten off.
Weave in ends.
Fill jar ½ full with sand and insert tea light candle.
Luminaries may be hung or used on the table.
Table Top Luminary
Make a chain long enough to fit around top of jar plus extra to tie into a bow.
Fasten off.
Weave chain through ch-4 spaces 2 rows before Round 15. Insert jar in Luminary, pull chain to gather around top of jar and tie ends into a bow.
Hanging Luminary
Ring Row: Holding ring to back of ch-4 (5) space, work over it together with ch-4 (5) space, [ch 1, 5 sc in next ch-4 (5) space] around to last ch-4 (5) space, ch 1, dc in first sc – 80 sts.
Make desired number of chains, each the desired length of hanging Luminary.
Fasten off.
Insert jar in Luminary. Position chains evenly around
Ring Row so jar is level when hanging. Knot 1 end of each chain in ch 1-space and around ring securely. Knot opposite ends together.

Abbreviations: ch = chain; dc = double crochet; mm = millimeters; sc = single crochet; st(s) = stitch(es); [ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified; *or ** = repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated.

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I have not made the hanging luminaries, but I did make several of the table top version. They were easy to make and look awesome!! I made some for my bar on the beach and used regular sand instead of the colored stuff. They were perfect. Aquarium stones also work in the bottom to stabilize the candle and look great )

If you use the flameless LED candles, they look fantastic,and you do not have to worry about the glass getting hot, or the flame. They also stay lit longer than a tealight.

Can a different type of yarn be used instead of the eco cotton blend? can a regular yarn acrylic yarn or a regular cotton be used?

Hi there, As long as the yarn is a similar weight, feel free to use another brand/type. Thanks!

Thank you. I just made one using Red Heart Super Saver ( just so I can get an idea) and I am IN LOVE!!! Now I just have to get the rings so I can make a hanging one!!! Thank you SOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!

The rings that are mentioned in the pattern can be found in the drapery section of most department/discount stores for a much "Nicer" price than going to the craft store.

Fantastic my grandaughter bought me home a cover for my drink bottle very similar to the hanging luminary all ways wanted to make some more as everyone asks me where I got it from so this is my next project . They are very handy with a long crocheted shoulder stap you don't have to worry about putting your drink bottle down and forgetting it

I have a lot of Red Heart yarn, but none of the Eco-Cotton Blend. By chance could I just use some of the yarn that I already have? Thanks.

Don't use sand to hold the candle. Sand will transfer the heat to the glass. Use plain clay kitty litter...which is also easier to sweep up if it spills.

Hi Raycdelahaye 3429547, You can find rings like that at most craft stores, just ask a sales person what isle they would be in. Hope that helps! -Editors of

This looks so cute. Can you tell me where to get the rings? thanks

I just made one of these and it turned out so cute! Thanks for the pattern. KL

Instead of using tealights, i use battery operated candles, about 6inches tall, works very good.


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