Crochet up a set of new neighbours ready to move into your kitchen, with Anabela Félix’s fun jar covers.
Meet Mr. Francois and his wife, Cleo. They’re always feeling full of beans (or teabags, or sugar) and happily creating domestic bliss atop your kitchen units. Then further down the shelf you’ll run into his step-brother, Claude, and Cleo’s cousin, Marianne.
Create your own set of characters by customising this project how you wish – you can crochet in stripes, and add different toppers or trims – and drawing in your own faces. They also make fun gifts when customised to look like your recipients. Use 100% cotton yarn as it can be washed frequently and maintains its shape and colour.
• DMC Natura Just Cotton, 100% cotton, 50g/155m per ball, or similar
4 ply/fingering cotton in colours
of your choice
• 2.5mm (UK 12, US C/2) crochet hook
• Glass jars
• Stitch marker
• Black and red Pilot Frixion erasable pens or any other pen that can write on glass
• Tapestry needle
Tension is not important for this project.
Size will vary according to your jar
ss slip stitch
dc double crochet
yrh yarn round hook
dc2tog double crochet 2 together (insert hook in next st, yrh and draw loop through) twice, yrh and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
Magic ring hold thread in your hand and wrap working yarn around forefinger twice to create ring, slip ring off your finger and insert hook to pick up first st, ch1, then work the necessary sts for round 1 and close the ring tightly by pulling the loose end.
How to make crochet jar covers
The lid and base of these jar cosies are worked in continuous rounds like a spiral. You may find it helpful to use a stitch marker at the beginning of each round. The base is made from the bottom upwards and the lid is made from the top downwards. You can vary the height to suit your jar or design. The instructions are the same for the lid and base. You can adjust the height of each by varying the number of rounds.
Round 1 Start with a magic ring. Make 6dc into the ring and close the ring tightly by pulling the loose end. Mark the first stitch of the next round with a removable stitch marker. Reposition the marker at the beginning of each round.
Round 2 2dc in each st around [12dc]
Round 3 (1dc in next st, 2dc in next st) 6 times [18dc]
Round 4 (1dc in each of next 2sts, 2dc in next st) 6 times [24dc]
Round 5 (1dc in each of next 3sts, 2dc in next st) 6 times [30dc]
Round 6 (1dc in each of next 4sts, 2dc in next st) 6 times [36dc]
At this stage, your lid or base is starting to form a hexagonal shape. Continue in this way, increasing the number of single dc between the increases until your crochet piece is about the same size as your jar base or lid.
Next round On the following round, you will make a decrease where you’ve made an increase on the previous round. Make the same number of single dc as the last round and then dc2tog over the increase in the last round, continue until the end of the round.
Next round 1dc in each st around. Repeat last round until you have your desired size, ss to join the last round. Break yarn and fasten off, weave in ends. You’re now ready to make cosies for all your jars.
Now comes the fun part – drawing faces on your jars! Frixion pens are great for this, as you can draw, erase and draw again if you’re not happy with your first try. Plus, you get to change the faces any time you wish.
Shell edging (optional)
You can add a shell edging to the top edge of base as follows: *1dc in next st, miss 2 sts, 8tr in next st, miss 2 sts; repeat from * to end of round and ss to 1st dc to join.
You can attach a fluffy pom pom, crocheted ball or a little tag to the lid if you like.
Rounds 1 to 4 as for the jar cosies [24dc]
Rounds 5 and 6 1dc in each st around.
Round 7 (1dc in each of next 2 sts, dc2tog) 6 times [18dc]
Round 8 (1dc in next st, dc2tog)
6 times [12dc]
Stuff ball with a little scrap yarn.
Round 9 dc2tog 6 times. Pull yarn through last st. Thread yarn through top of sts and pull tight, sew end through ball and onto lid.
Made in one piece in the round.
Ch7, 1dc in 2nd ch from hook and 1dc in each of next 4ch, 2dc in last ch, turn and work 1dc in each sts on the opposite side of the foundation ch. Break yarn, fasten off and sew to lid.
Now fill the jars with dried goods and line them up ready for action.
About Anabela Félix
Long time crafter Anabela has been crocheting, embroidering, knitting and sewing since her childhood. She’s a busy schoolteacher but devotes all her free time to making. She sells fabric dolls and other stuffed animals in her Etsy shop. www.blita.etsy.com