I’m always on the look out for ideas for little gifts to give friends and family, especially for Christmas, birthdays and thank-yous. And since I learned how to crochet, I’m always putting my craft to use to make presents rather than buy them. Yes it saves money – well, actually sometimes it doesn’t because the yarn and the hours of work would actually add up to quite an expensive gift in the real world – but what I mean is that is isn’t about doing something for cheaper, its about creating something for someone; personalising it. I get real joy from that and I love seeing people’s faces when they realise they’ve recieved something that no-one else has.
So, with that in mind, I decided to make a little gift for my daughter’s nursery teachers out of some spare mason jars that I had (yes, I’m that sort of person – I bought a box of 10 ages ago ‘just in case’) and inside I filled them with some Quality Street (other sweet brands are available) and then I thought I would use some of the cotton yarn that I had bought ages ago and hadn’t put to use just yet. See My Sacred Stash for reasons as to why said yarn had been purchased. I got to work and crocheted the jar lid covers and I think the results aren’t bad at all! I’ve included the pattern below and just a note – depending on the type and size of jar lid you’re using you might need to add extra rows here and there but it’s mainly a ‘fit and check’ kind of routine as you go along.
Crochet Jam Jar Lid Cover
Pattern is in UK terms
Size 3.5mm hook.
Make a slipknot and chain 4.
Row 1: Work 11dc into first chain (the one down at the knot) and join with a slip stitch.
*Always chain 1 after you join your previous row with a slip stitch*
Row 2: Work 1dc, 2dc into each stitch around and join with a slip stitch (16dc)
Row 3: Work 1 dc into each stitch around.
Row 4 – 8: Repeat row 3 and keep holding up against your jam jar lid to check progress of size. Change colour whenever you like, make it stripes or a plain colour, it is up to you.
Row 9: Work 1dc, 2dc into each stitch around and join with a slip stitch (24dc)
Row 10 onwards: Keep working 1dc into each stitch around and join with a slip stitch.
You’ll know when your cover gets big enough, you will be able to hold it over the jam jar and see it start to curve down over the edges. Finish the last two rows with the following:
*Into Front Loop Only* 1dc in each stitch around. Join with slip stitch.
I changed colour again for the final row. Feel free to do what you like.
I used the picot stitch around to create the final ‘trimmed’ look of the lids.
Where you last joined with a slip stitch, ch 3, slip stitch back into first chain, slip stitch into same stitch.
Slip stitch 2 stitches across and repeat the picot stitch all the way around and join with a slip stitch. If you’re unsure about a picot stitch, this is a great tutorial that I found helpful.
I just used some of the contrasting yarn to make a string to tie around the lid to secure it and threaded a gift tag through.
I gave the jars to Amelia’s nursery teachers for Christmas and they seemed to like them – at least I hope so!