Colourful Jar Cover
Colourful Jar Cover
I’m sure I’m not the only crazy crochet person that is a parent/guardian of children finishing a school term, thinking, Googling, Pinteresting ‘crochet teacher gift ideas’, or remaking previous teacher gifts.
There’s something special about gifting something that you put your love and talent into making. It brings you and the recipient both joy.
This year has flown by. I have no idea where it went, or what really happened, maybe I blinked? So I left it to almost-too-late to make something, but me being me, persisted and crocheted what has now become something I want, a colourful jar cover.
As promised here is the pattern.
I purchased Hobbii yarn over a year ago and have only recently started playing with it. I absolutely LOVE the colours and have as much playing around with combinations almost as crocheting with them.
I’ll jump straight in….
Yarn: Hobbii 8/6 100% Cotton, 50g/1/75oz, 105m/115yard;
Using colours Col 39; Col 31, Col 34; Col 24; Col 84; Col 55; Col 57; Col 45
Crochet Hook: 3.5mm as recommended (usually I’m a tight crocheter but this worked out nicely, so stick to what’s comfortable for you).
Jar/Tin – if using a tin, please be careful – they are sharp
I would play around and see what’s good for you and your tension, if it’s too tight, go up half a size, if too lose, go down half a size. At the end of Round 2, my piece measures 3cm.
I LOVE standing stitches and invisible joins, if you don’t know how to do these, I cannot suggest learning them enough! You won’t be sorry after you add them to your stitch library, trust me!
Standing Stitches: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_3eLfgwYTg
Invisible Joins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szQkSeF53q0
A new colour is joined for each round. Have fun playing around with colours and combinations. I went with my usual rainbow blend 🙂 beginning with purple.
Weave in your ends as you go, you’ll thank me later.
I used a small Vegemite jar, and only had to do 3 rounds of increases. The larger base of the jar, the more increases. Follow the guide below:
Rnd 1. 10 sts
Rnd 2. 2 sts in each
Rnd 3. 2 in st, 1 in st
Rnd 4. 2 in st, 1 in next 2 sts
Rnd 5. 2 in st, 1 in next 3 sts etc
Increasing how many single stitches by one for each consecutive round. Once your flat piece covers the bottom of the jar nicely (not too big, not too small, just right), then you can work one round with one st in each st. Then follow the pattern for working each consecutive round for 3rd and 4th loop hdc(htr).
Stitches and Abbreviations Used US Terms (UK in Parenthesis):
MR: Magic Ring
Sl St: Slip Stitch
Hdc/htr: Half Double Crochet/Half Treble Crochet
Blo: Back loop only
Blohdc(blohtr): Back loop only half double crochet (back loop only half treble crochet) – With loop on hook, yarn over, insert hook into stitch or space indicated, yarn over, and pull through, yarn over and pull through all three loops.
Make a MR or ch 4, join to 1st ch to form ring.
Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as hdc(htr)), 9 hdc(htr) in ring, join to top of ch 2, fasten off. <10 hdc(htr)>
Round 2: Make a standing blohdc(blohtr) in any st, blohdc(blohtr) in same st, 2 blohdc(blohtr) in each st around, join to 1st blohdc(blohtr) made, fasten off. <20 blohdc(blohtr)>
Round 3: In 1st st made in prev rnd, make a standing blohdc(blohtr), blohdc(blohtr) in same st, blohdc(blohtr) in next st, [2 blohdc(blohtr) in next st, blohdc(blohtr) in next st] repeat around, join to 1st blohdc(blohtr) made, fasten off. <30 blohdc(blohtr)>
As I have chosen a small jar, this is my last round of increases. This is how you want your last round to look when sitting on the base of your jar.
Round 4: In any st made, make a standing blohdc(blohtr), blohdc(blohtr) in each st around, join to 1st blohdc(blohtr) made, fasten off. <30 blohdc(blohtr)>
Round 5: Working in 3rd and 4th loops (this is my preference when making this stitch, you can work only in the 3rd loop if you wish. Anchoring the 4th, just secures it and brings it closer to each round, ever so slightly.
In any st, make a standing hdc(htr) in 3rd and 4th loop (see below photo), hdc(htr) in 3rd and 4th loop around, join to 1st hdc(htr) made, fasten off. <30 hdc(htr)>
Continue in this way until you have reached your desired height. You can choose to cover the entire jar, or leave a gap up the top. It’s entirely up to you. My jar here had 21 rounds 🙂
I really hope you enjoy making your own jar cover. Thank you for being you and I’m grateful you took the time to be here and make this pattern.