Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Spice Jar Cozy Tutorial

Ok, so here goes, my first crochet tutorial.  I am awful at following a recipe or a pattern.  I always want to do my own thing, so the pattern I used for my Spice Jar Cozies was loosely based on THIS pattern.  Without further ado, here I go...
As I showed you earlier, I made a few of these this past weekend:


I had one jar that I used too much, and it needed refilling, so I had forgotten to make it a cozy:


This is one of my favorites, and so far, I haven't anything it doesn't taste good on, seriously - Lake Shore Drive Seasoning.
WARNING: This is my first tutorial and it's 4AM when I'm typing this, so you may want to read through the whole thing before beginning your cozy.
For this pattern, I am using Lily Sugar & Cream yarn in Lava Lamp with an H hook.
To begin, make a Magic Ring, Chain (CH) 1, and do 10 Half-Double Crochets (HDC) inside the ring. (If you don't know how to do a Magic Ring, check out this tutorial from Craftsy - Demystifying the Magic Ring in Crochet.)


Pull the ring tight, and join with a Slip Stitch (SL ST) in the top of the first HDC.
CH 1, and do 1 HDC in the each of the next 2 stitches, then 2 HDC in the next stitch all the way around, ending with 1 HDC in the last stitch for a total of 13 HDC.  Join with a SL ST in the top of the first HDC.
I like to hide my tail under this round, like so:


My tail is the bright green piece, and I just stitch right over it, so I don't have to weave it in later.
For round 3, you will do 1 Single Crochet (SC) in each of the first two stitches, then 2 SC in the next stitch all the way around ending with 1 SC in the last stitch for a total of 17 stitches.  I do not CH at the beginning of my SC rounds, but I know some do.  The SC stitches in this pattern are meant to "tighten" things up, and the CH stitch will add "give" in it, so I skip it.  Join with a SL ST in the first SC.
For this next round, you are going to turn to go up the sides of the jar, so if your bottom is bigger, you will want to repeat round 2 or 3 to add more HDC or SC rounds to get to the circumference of the jar.
For the next round (4), you are going to HDC in the front or back loops only all the way around for a total of 17 stitches.  It doesn't really matter which you pick, as they both really do the same thing. I find the front loop to be easier, so that's what I did.  Here is what that looks like:


When I was first learning, I found this video from Lion Brand Yarn very helpful to show me just how easy it was:


Once you have your 17 FLHDC all the way around, SL ST in the first HDC to join.
For the next 3 rounds (5-8), you are going to CH1, then HDC all the way around and join with a SL ST.  If your jar is taller, you'll want to do more rounds until your jar is about 1/3 of the way covered:


The next two rounds (9-10) will be SC all the way around, joining with a SL ST in the first SC for each round.  Again, I did not CH at the beginning of these rows, which meant I really needed to count my stitches (since it was 4AM).
The next two rounds (11-12) return to the CH 1, then HDC around, again joining with a SL ST in the first HDC.  I find that when doing rounds, I sometimes add extra stitches.  Here is where I stop to avoid that:


That last stitch is just a little hard to push through, and that's my signal that it's time to join.  After round 12 (or whatever number you are on), you will want to again "size" the project:


When you are about 1/4 of the way from the top, you want to begin the final 3 rounds.  These rounds are SC all the way around, but do not join with a SL ST, just keep going around.  That's a total of 54 SC around (unless you added rounds at the bottom for a bigger jar).  You can use a stitch marker, but I find it quicker to just count the stitches.  I find this makes it a little tighter to stay put on the jar, even being jostled around in my lunch bag.  Join with a SL ST at the end, and I like to do a CH to make the final knot, then weave the end in.
And here my Lake Shore Driving Seasoning all happy and snug in its new cozy:


Here is a summary of the rounds:
1: Magic Ring, CH 1, 10 HDC, join with SL ST; 10 HDC
2: CH 1, 1 HDC in next 2 stitches, 2 HDC in 3rd stitch around, join with SL ST; 13 HDC
3: 1 SC in next 2 stitches, 2 SC in 3rd stitch around, join with SL ST; 17 SC
4: CH 1, 1 FLHDC in each stitch around, join with SL ST; 17 HDC
5-8: CH 1, 1 HDC in each stitch around, join with SL ST; 17 HDC
9-10: 1 SC in each stitch around, join with SL ST; 17 SC
11-12: CH 1, 1 HDC in each stitch around, join with SL ST; 17 HDC
13-15: 1 SC in each stitch all the way around, but do NOT join; 54 SC
Join with SL ST at the end, CH 1, then tie off and weave in ends.
Hopefully, you have fun making your own jar cozies.  If you don't understand something, please leave a comment, and I'll be sure to clean it up right away!  Have a great day!








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