Friday, 23 January 2015

A little Friday freebie

Hello there!
Today I want to share a speedy little project with you. This worked up in a couple of evenings and used just one ball of this pretty cotton yarn...

This is what I had left afterwards from a 2oz ball of Lily Sugar 'n Cream Twists (the colorway is called Cottage Twists).
For quite a while I have been looking for new storage jars for my kitchen counter, I really liked the ones I had but over the years they have gotten chipped & the seals started to break letting moisture in and I just couldn't find replacement ones that I liked. One day hubbie and I were discussing their sorry state, "You know what jars have a great seal & are a great shape?" he said "Those glass jars the coffee comes in."
And my brain started to whirr....
I could make covers for the jars to pretty them up a bit, I could change up the colors for different times of the year, and it wouldn't matter if they got broken because we could just save another jar when we needed it! So we saved up two of the regular sized jars & one baby one to put some sugar in & I picked out some cotton yarn when we were in the States.
One night after our return I sat down with the yarn, a hook & a jar & a few hours later this is what I ended up with...
It didn't take long to work the bigger ones up either...

I'm really happy with how these turned out, I think they look right at home here don't you?!

I thought I would share the pattern for the larger jar with you in case you would like to make your own? I used Dowe Egbert jars but you could use any brand or jar, you just need to make sure your foundation chain fits snuggly round it.

Jar Covers
Worsted/ Aran weight yarn 
Jar (the circumference of mine is 12")
Tapestry needle for sewing in ends

American crochet terms used throughout

With a 5mm crochet hook ch 41 & join into a circle with a slip stitch. Slip onto your jar & check this fits snuggly around it, you want it to have to stretch a little bit so it stays up but not so tight as to be a pain to get on! 
ch 2 & hdc into first foundation chain, place marker, hdc into every stitch around.
Repeat this for 11 rounds (or until you reach the slope at the top of your jar).
Round 12 - ch2, *hdc2tog, hdc into next 8 stitches, repeat from * to end of round, slip stitch into top of ch2 & fasten off.
Sew in the two ends & you're done!

You could make them in stripes, or different solid colors for each one if you are making a set, the possibilities are endless! And of course you don't have to just keep tea & coffee in them, you can use them for any kind of storage you fancy! I would love to see what you come up with :-) I can always be reached here or on the StitchyDragon facebook page with photos or questions if anything isn't clear. I hope you have a lovely creative weekend :-)





6 comments:

  1. They look great. Well done on coming up with such a fantastic creative solution.

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    1. Thank you! At least I won't be heartbroken when the first one gets chipped or broken as the jars are easily replaceable :-) Have a lovely week,
      Helen

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  2. What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing the pattern!

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    1. Thanks Terri, I would love to see yours if you try the pattern out! Have a great week,
      Helen

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  3. They look brilliant! And what a clever idea. Well done! Laura x

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    1. Thank you Laura! Have a great week,
      Helen x

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