I just love the textural contrast of wood and fiber, so I crocheted a table runner to accompany the tea light holders; and here they are in their new home!
The (free) 1915 Venetian Square pattern can be found HERE, and for those of you on Ravelry, the pattern page is HERE.
The crochet specifics:
Red Heart Classic Size 10 thread, color- natural
1.65 mm hook
Joined squares on-the-go: I joined every picot except the center picot in the corners by chaining first two chains of picot, removing hook, inserting in corresponding picot, drawing up loop again, chaining one, and finishing picot stitch.
Final runner size- 4x10 squares, 11.5 in x 28.5 in
Here's a shot before I blocked the piece. This goes to show how important blocking is, and how much of a difference it can make! See how wonky and lumpy it was?
You don't even need anything fancy for blocking... I use some of those interlocking kids' floor mats because they are waterproof, and are the perfect material for sticking t pins in. And remember, just like wood clamps, you can't have too many t pins!! I just pinned it out, sprayed it with water, let it dry, and unpinned it the next day.
Overall, great pattern! It was so fun to see the result after blocking. And how cool is it to use a pattern from 1915?!