DIY How to make an adorable crochet Shoji Lamp

Ahh Japan and its beautiful cities, architecture, landscape, culture and crafts. It’s one of the country that inspire me the most, but you probably noticed that already. And this pattern is a perfect example of it, because today I’m going to show you how you can make an adorable crochet Shoji Lamp to decorate your room, office, house… You might need some extra, non crochet related, stuffs. So let’s see what we will need first, to make our own crocheted Shoji Lamp.

Material – How to make a crochet Shoji Lamp


Abbreviations


ch : chain

sc : single crochet

hdc : half double crochet

dc : double crochet

tr : treble crochet

sl st : slip stitch

picot3 : chain 3 then slip stitch in the 1st loop of the chain 3

inc : increase

BLO : back loops only

R : round / row

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How to make an adorable crochet Shoji Lamp


Bottom of the lamp

With your 5 mm crochet hook and cotton yarn:

Note: close round with a sl st every time.

Make a magic circle.

Round 1: 4 sc (4)

Round 2: 3 sc in a stitch x 4 (12)

R3: 1 sc, 3 sc in next stitch, (2 sc, 3 sc in next stitch) x 3, 1 sc (20)

R4: 2 sc, 3 sc in next stitch, (4 sc, 3 sc in next stitch) x 3, 2 sc (28)

R5: 3 sc, 3 sc in next stitch, (6 sc, 3 sc in next stitch) x 3, 3 sc (36)

R6: 4 sc, 3 sc in next stitch, (8 sc, 3 sc in next stitch) x 3, 4 sc (44)

R7: 5 sc, 3 sc in next stitch, (10 sc, 3 sc in next stitch) x 3, 5 sc (52)

R8: 6 sc, 3 sc in next stitch, (12 sc, 3 sc in next stitch) x 3, 6 sc (60)

R9: 7 sc, 3 sc in next stitch, (14 sc, 3 sc in next stitch) x 3, 7 sc (68)

R10: 8 sc, 3 sc in next stitch, (16 sc, 3 sc in next stitch) x 3, 8 sc (76)

Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Top of the lamp

The top should have a hole in the middle, and that’s how we will make it.

Ch 44, then sl st in the 1st loop of the chain.

Round 1: Ch 1 starting the same loop: 5 sc, 3 sc in next loop, (10 sc, 3 sc in next stitch) x 3, 5 sc (52)

Round 2: 6 sc, 3 sc in next stitch, (12 sc, 3 sc in next stitch) x 3, 6 sc (60)

R3: 7 sc, 3 sc in next stitch, (14 sc, 3 sc in next stitch) x 3, 7 sc (68)

R4: 8 sc, 3 sc in next stitch, (16 sc, 3 sc in next stitch) x 3, 8 sc (76)

Cut yarn and weave in ends.

How to crochet a shoji lamp

The side panels

You will have to make 4 of them.

Ch 19, starting from the 2nd loop from the hook:

Row 1 to 3: 18 hdc (18)

Row 4 to 23: 2 hdc (2)

Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Return to row 3 on the other side and join yarn with a hdc.

Row 4 to 23: 2 hdc (2)

R24: 2 hdc, ch 14, 2 hdc (18)

R25 to 27: 18 hdc (18)

Cut yarn and weave in ends.

How to crochet a shoji lamp
How to crochet a shoji lamp

Sew each panel on a side of the bottom by going through the front loops of each one of them. You will find that the bottom’s sides have 18 stitches, sew the panel on them. Leave the one stitch of each corner unworked.

How to crochet a shoji lamp
How to crochet a shoji lamp

Once you have finished (or even before that), glue the tracing paper on the plastic piece. I personally folded the tracing paper in two to make it more opaque. Do it 4 times, then glue them on the panels. Make sure that the tracing paper faces the inside of the lamp, while the plastic piece is facing the outside of the lamp.

I used some transparent and sturdy separator sheets
I cut them to fit the panels

How to crochet a shoji lamp
To finally glue them on the 4 panels
How to crochet a shoji lamp
Then glued the tracing papers on them
How to crochet a shoji lamp

The Lid – How to crochet a shoji lamp

The bottom of the lid:

Make a magic circle.

Round 1: 4 sc (4)

Round 2: 3 sc in a stitch x 4 (12)

R3: 1 sc, 3 sc in next stitch, (2 sc, 3 sc in next stitch) x 3, 1 sc (20)

R4: 2 sc, 3 sc in next stitch, (4 sc, 3 sc in next stitch) x 3, 2 sc (28)

R5: 3 sc, 3 sc in next stitch, (6 sc, 3 sc in next stitch) x 3, 3 sc (36)

R6 to 7: 36 sc (36)

The top of the lid

Make a magic circle.

Round 1: 4 sc (4)

Round 2: 3 sc in a stitch x 4 (12)

R3: 1 sc, 3 sc in next stitch, (2 sc, 3 sc in next stitch) x 3, 1 sc (20)

R4: 2 sc, 3 sc in next stitch, (4 sc, 3 sc in next stitch) x 3, 2 sc (28)

R5: 3 sc, 3 sc in next stitch, (6 sc, 3 sc in next stitch) x 3, 3 sc (36)

R6: 4 sc, 3 sc in next stitch, (8 sc, 3 sc in next stitch) x 3, 4 sc (44)

R7: 5 sc, 3 sc in next stitch, (10 sc, 3 sc in next stitch) x 3, 5 sc (52)

R8: 6 sc, 3 sc in next stitch, (12 sc, 3 sc in next stitch) x 3, 6 sc (60)

The top ball

Make a magic circle.

Round 1: 6 sc (6)

Round 2: 6 sc inc (12)

R3 to R4: 12 sc (12)

Cut yarn and fill the inside of the ball with some polyester fiber. Then sew the ball in the center of the top of the lid.

Cut a piece of cardboard a little smaller than the size of the bottom of the lid then insert it inside of it, before filling some polyester fiber on top of it. Then sew the bottom under the top of the lid. You have to make sure that the top has a little bump on it thanks to the fiber inside the bottom.

The Legs – How to crochet a shoji lamp

Make a magic circle.

Round 1: 4 sc (6)

Round 2: (3 sc in a stitch) x 4 (12)

R3: 1 sc, 3 sc in next stitch, (2 sc, 3 sc in next stitch) x 3, 1 sc (20)

R4: 20 BLO sc (20)

R5 to 6: 20 sc (20)

Cut yarn and fasten off. Make 4 of them, put the bottle cap inside of them and sew them on the back of the bottom of the lamp.

Cut a piece of cardboard a little smaller than the bottom and glue it on it, on the inside of the lamp. This will make the inside bottom more solid and flat.

Now time to sew the corners of the lamp together.

Using clips to hold them together is very useful for sewing them evenly
Don’t forget to sew the unworked stitches to the bottom corners of the panels

After sewing the panels together, sew the top of the lamp around the sides, by going through the front loops again.

The 4 bars on the panel

The vertical ones

Ch 26, starting from the 2nd loop from the hook:

Row 1: 25 sc (25)

Cut yarn and fasten off. Make 4 of them.

The horizontal ones

Ch 15, starting from the 2nd loop from the hook:

Row 1: 14 sc (14)

Cut yarn and fasten off. Make 4 of them.

Now sew 2 of each, on two opposite panels to recreate this design:

The Cherry Blossom Flowers

For this, we will need our 3 mm crochet hook and the pink amigurumi yarn.

In order to make our flower, will make each petal separately first, then sew them together on one common round base.

Ch 5, starting from the 2nd loop from the hook:

Round 1: 1 hdc, 2 dc in next stitch, (1 tr, 2 dc) in next stitch, (1 tr, sl st, 1 tr) iun the last stitch of the chain, continue working the next stitches on the other side of the chain base: (2 dc, 1 tr) in the next stitch, 2 dc in next stitch, 1 hdc, ch 1 then sl st in the 1st hdc of the round (15)

Then cut the yarn and fasten off. Make 5 of them.

The middle of the flower

Make a magic circle.

Round 1: 5 sc then finish with an invisible join. (5)

Cut yarn and weave in ends.

On each stitch, sew a petal.

With the DMC thread, sew the follicles on each petal. Make 4 flowers this same way.

How to crochet a shoji lamp
Final Touch on How to crochet a shoji lamp

To finish your Shoji Lamp, sew the flowers on the panels with the bars the way that you like. Add your light inside the lamp, and you will finally be done! And this is how to make a crochet shoji lamp.

How to crochet a shoji lamp
The pattern of this Cherry Blossom Bonsai tree is available on my Ravelry Store!

You will find on my tiktok profile a short video about the process of making this adorable shoji lamp (psst you can also follow me there, that would be highly appreciated). It looks way more complicated that it really is, although I don’t recommend this project for a new beginner. Tell me what is your favorite countries and how they inspire you in the comments down below. I would love to know!

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