Today I’m going to show a neat little trick how to make a crochet pot or jar cover. This is a really simple little trick, that turns a boring old mason or jam jar into something really pretty.
These can not only be used as a crochet vases, but also as a tea light/ candle holder too.
They are quick and easy to make – and super effective.
Here I give you an idea of how to crochet a jar cover to fit any sized jar – so you can modify this as you want too.
How to make a crochet jar/ pot cover
There are a lot of different ways to do this, and a lot will depend on what effect you want to get at the end, and yarn choice can make a big difference here.
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I made some using a standard DK, but honestly – they looked cheap, and not “professional” at all.
A quick switch to a Jute/ hessian/ Garden twine based yarn, and the difference was huge.
I made these as crochet wedding flower jars for my sisters wedding, using Jute/ garden twine/ hessian (It has lots of names).
They looked absolutely beautiful on the tables with flowers in them, and a great quick and easy wedding table piece.
The can also be used as crochet candle/ tealight holders, as they let just the right amount of light through for that atmospheric look.
But what I will say here is crocheting with garden twine can be really hard on your hands,
There is no real way around it – if you want a lovely effect with this natural fibre, then you kind of have to take the pain!
Tips for crocheting with Jute/ hessian/ Garden twine
- Wear gloves
- Don’t try and rush
- Give yourself enough time to make the jars
- Use a bigger hook than you’d usually pick up
- Moisturise often (if not wearing gloves)
The bigger hook with give a slightly more holely effect, but it will also mean you make them quicker giving your hands a bit of a break!
Crochet Jute Jars
So for the wedding crochet jars, I used the jute twine, bought from any garden centre.
But you can also get from Wilko (UK), Walmart (USA) , Etsy
The jars were made using the a 3DC, ch 1, 3DC method to give the nice ‘V’ on the sides. and as I used different jar shapes, the initial chain length was all that changed. So this pattern is written as a “how to make your own” rather than a descriptive pattern.
To make a crochet Jute Jar cover.
Start with a bigger hook than you’d think, and chain enough stitches until the chain will reach around the jam jar – and ideally a multiple of 3 (Note – make it smaller rather than longer – i.e. if 23 chain will fit around the jar, reduce this to 21!)
Slip stitch to join the chain into a circle.
(Note – for this round – you can do 1DC in each chain to give a solid row – the choice is yours)
Round 1 Chain 3 (to get to the height of the US Double Crochet / UK treble crochet) Skip 2 ch, *3DC in next st, ch1, 3DC in same st, skip 2 ch, DC, skip 2 ch; rep from * to end.
Note – depending on how many you chained to start – you need to make sure you “skip” the last 1, 2 or 3 sts to give a space to work in for the next round.
Slip stitch (ss) to join
Repeat round 1 until you get to the height of the jam/ mason jar.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Place the jar into the crochet jute cover, then using a needle, weave in and out of the “spaces” then pull the cover tight to the jar, and fasten off, and weave in ends.
There you go, one quick and easy way to crochet a cover for a jar – of any size, and make it look really great.
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