I made these little crocheted jar jackets after discovering the designs of Anne-Claire Petit, most specifically this. Isn't it wonderful? I just love the whole idea of a crocheted vase of flowers, it has that same pretty-but-useless wonderfulness that fabric bunting has, and I love it for that.
My first one was made to fit an empty Bonne Maman jam jar, of which I have dozens lining a shelf in the cellar. Just. In. Case. I cannot bring myself to recycle them :: you never know what uses you can find for a jam jar with a pretty red and white checked lid.
This is an easy-peasy crochet project, and if you'd like to give it a go, then let me help a little.
Firstly, make a slip knot, leaving a long end (about 6 inches).
Then make your foundation chain to fit around the base of your chosen jar :: for the Bonne Maman jar I chained 38, plus 3 for turning.
Work your first row in Treble Crochet. (this is equivalent to US double crochet)
When you reach the end, join the whole thing into a ring by making a slip stitch into the beginning of the row. Fasten off the yarn.
Then using a darning needle, thread the long tail end of yarn that you left when starting the chain, and use this to make a few stitches to join the ring completely. It should now look like a crocheted bracelet.
Tie in a new colour, chain 3, then work a second row of treble crochet, joining the ring with a slip stitch when you get back round to where you started.
Continue working in rows, changing to a new colour each time, until it's the right height to fit your jar (mine was nine rows of dc). Finally, work a last row in Double Crochet (equivalent to US single crochet) to give a nice, neat top edge.
Slip the little cover onto your jar and admire. Yelping and clapping at your own inventiveness and creativeness is optional but recommended.
The little jacketed jar can be put to use around the house to hold pens, or flowers.
You may want to then get hold of different sizes of vessel and make several more Jacketed Jars. I found a pesto jar which was a bit taller and thinner than the jam jar, and it worked well for holding flowers.
I hope you might give this a go, it's guaranteed to put a smile on your face :o)
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