Mason jars have been all over the place lately. I've seen them used as mugs, flower pots, tumblers, and even used for light fixtures. I'm a huge fan of them for their versatility and so naturally, sometime last year I think, I started looking for ways to make them pretty. I found several pictures of mason jar cozies and thought, hey, I can make that!
As I mentioned before, I'm not a huge fan of following patterns for items, so I endeavored to figure out the basic form, and I'm going to share it with you now!
I like to make my cozies with a bottom. I think the majority of designs I have seen out there are bottomless, which makes them a bit simpler to make where you can either just make a length and sew the ends together to make a round cozy or just crochet in the round. However, if you intend to use the jar with candles, as I like to, then the bottom will get very hot very quickly and while I doubt it will damage surfaces, it can definitely burn your hand if you touch the bottom.
So here's how I do it:
Here are the materials I am using for this project:
The thread is Aunt Lydia's cotton crochet thread in size 3, the hook is size D, or 3.25mm. This is a standard mason jar.
I start by picking out a lacy stitch; these make the light from a tea light candle inside play on the wall very prettily. For this project, here's the pattern I'm using from the Crochet Stitches Visual Dictionary by Robyn Chachula:
ch 2 in the first hdc, hdc in the same hdc, 2 hdc in each hdc around; join with sl st (10 hdc). Do not turn.
ch 2 in the first hdc, hdc in the same hdc, 1 hdc in the next hdc, *2 hdc in the next hdc, 1 hdc in the next hdc;* repeat from * to the end and join with sl st (30 hdc). Do not turn.
ch 2 in the first hdc, hdc in the same hdc, 1 hdc in the next 2 hdc, *2 hdc in the next hdc, 2 hdc in the next 2 hdc;* repeat from * to the end and join with sl st (40 hdc). Do not turn.
ch 2 in the first hdc, hdc in each hdc around; join with sl st.
At this point, the circle should be big enough to cover the bottom of the jar.
This jar is going to be a gift so I like to dress it up a bit. Flowers are great motifs to make for the jar lid, and ribbons or a single long chain threaded through the top and tied in a bow make a very pretty touch. I am going to fill this jar with chocolates, since the recipient is a chocolate lover, and include a tea light for when it's empty. The tea light effect is so pretty and makes great decor.
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Sunday, September 21, 2014
At first glance, I guess I don't seem like a crocheting kind of person because when I tell people that I do, I usually get a look that says "Really? You?" or people usually ask if I can do a granny square yet. They are usually surprised when I pull out my phone and show them photos of completed projects that include lacy shawls, stuffed animals, and even a sweater for my husband. Last year I even made up my own version of the Katniss Everdeen body wrap/cowl thing she wears in Catching Fire:
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