Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Crocheted Canning Jar Cover: Tutorial


We use our canning jars to bring water with us whenever we go out. Although we are careful, there has been an occasional broken bottle. Thus, I was inspired to crochet a woolen cover with handle to make it much less likely for breaks to occur and to make them easier to carry around. The wool also absorbs condensation on really hot days.

Here is the pattern for the 1 quart canning jar -

Using a size G crochet hook and worsted weight wool yarn (I like wool because it absorbs the moisture and is easy to work with.)
* Begin with a foundation row of 2 chain stitches. \Skip over the first chain stitch next to the hook and make eight single crochets into the first chain stitch. Slip Stitch in the first chain to finish the round. Place a marker here and at the end of each round. (I just slip a piece of yarn through.) (8 stitches)
Round 1: Make 2 single crochets in each stitch around (increases) - (16 stitches)
Round 2: Single crochet in first stitch, two single crochets in next stitch (increase) - repeat around (24 stitches)
Round 3: Single crochet in first two stitches, two single crochets in next stitch (increase) - repeat around (32 stitches)
Round 4: Single crochet in first three stitches, two single crochets in next stitch (increase) - repeat around (40 stitches)
Continue crocheting around and switch colors as desired until piece measures right before the jar stars narrowing near the top of the jar. Don’t cut off yarn.
To make strap: Turn piece and single crochet across four stitches. Continue back and forth across the four stitches for until strap measures approximately six inches. Make a button hole on next row by single crocheting in first stitch, chain two, skip next two stitches and single crochet in last stitch. Turn and single crochet across all four stitches. Finish off.
Sew button on and you are all set! (I used our handmade birch buttons.)

I am making one for every family member in their requested color combinations.

Warm wishes, Tonya

15 comments:

  1. Wonderful!!!I will be making these for the 6 of us as well! I hesitated to take our glass bottles out, due to breakage, so we would take our reusable plastic ones, now, these will be perfect! I may try some in cotton since we have a lot of that at the moment. Thanks for posting!

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  2. I always carry my sun tea in mine, and this is perfect! Thank you Tonya for sharing

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  3. Oh I love this!!! We also use mason jars for our drinks. I can't crochet though, I'd like to try a knitted version of this.

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  4. Tonya, this is amazing, thanks so much for sharing your tutorial:)

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  5. How I wish I could crochet! This is such a sweet design. And I love the homemade buttons. What a clever idea.

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  6. What a clever idea! I love it!

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  7. Lovely and practical -- a winning combination. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. That is such a good idea! I love that!

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  9. oh that's a great idea! I love the strap. Will be getting out the hook tonight :-)

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  10. Love this! I lived in China for a year and everyone carried their hot tea in jam jars wherever they went. I was thrilled the day I found one for sale. :) Felt like a local. I just saw it yesterday in a tub of things from that time. Guess I should grab it and put in back in use since I use my masons for drinks all the time.

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  11. Oh I am going to figure out how to knit this.... I love it!!

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  12. I wan tto scale it down to jelly jar size.

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  13. thank you very much

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  14. This is absolutely cute!

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  15. OK I'm behind the times. My trainer is trying to stay away from plastic and I just want to be practical. So, we're using quart canning jars for our water. Only problem I can't help but think they look like we're bring moonshine to the gym. :D thought I'd crochet a cover. Thanks for the post it's a big help, so I don't have to wing it.

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