Crochet Summer 2016: Throwback Thursday Mason Jar Cosies

This tutorial by Maura Kirk is originally from 2012 - before we even dreamt up Crochet Summer! - so I wanted to bring it back as I imagine many of you missed it when it was originally on the blog. Enjoy! - KGO
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A handmade gift is one of intention. It says to the recipient, you were on my mind when I chose this project, this yarn. When you hand someone a finished object, you’re handing over the tangible product of this thought and consideration.

These mason jar cozies are a perfect little handmade gift, as they use a small amount of yarn and take no time at all to make. The possibilities for their use are endless: use a large jar to hold a bouquet of flowers, to store a handful of vintage buttons or knitting needles, or fill them with loose-leaf tea, hot cocoa mix, or another delicious treat to be given as a gift. If you find your stash of mason jars to be lacking, they can be found just about anywhere in any size and your hardware store is a good place to start. If you're looking to add even more color to your project, the bright blue ones are vintage and are easily found for cheap at most antique stores.

The tutorial below is adaptable to any sized jar, so use it as a jumping off point for creating a beautiful last minute gift for someone you love. - MK

CROCHETED MASON JAR COSIES:

SPECIFICATIONS:
Yarn:
The Fibre Co. Organik in coral reef (color A), arctic tundra (color B), lichen (color C) and oahu (color D), 1 skein each. (One skein of each color made all five of these cozies and could easily make five more.)
Hook: US I (5.5mm)
Notions: Tapestry needle

ABBREVIATIONS:
ch:
chain
dc: double crochet
hdc: half double crochet
sc: single crochet
sl st: slip stitch
st(s): stitch(es)
trc: treble crochet

SPECIAL TECHNIQUES:
Double crochet foundation-less chain:
 
Ch 3, YO, insert hook into the first ch, pull up a loop, *ch 1, work a dc, insert hook into the ch just made, pull up a loop; rep from * until desired length is reached.

Small Heart:
Ch 4. Working all sts into the first ch, work 3 tc, 3 dc, ch 1, 1 tc, ch 1, 3 dc, 3 tc, ch 3, sl st into center. Fasten yarn and weave in ends.

Large Heart: 
Work a small heart without fastening off. Ch 3, 1 sc and 1 hdc into the first trc, 3 hdc into the next st, 2 hdc into the next stitch, 1 sc into the next 3 sts, ch 1, 1 dc into the trc, ch 1, 1 sc into the next 3 sts, 2 hdc into the next st, 3 hdc into the next st, 1 hdc and 1 sc to the next st, ch 3, sl st into center. Fasten off and weave in ends.

DIRECTIONS:
Coral, Lichen + Arctic Tundra Stripes:
 
Work a double crochet foundation-less chain in color A to snugly fit around your jar. Sl st into the top of the first dc to join in the rnd. Fasten off. Weaving in ends as you go, work single rounds in dc in the following color sequence: color C, color B, color A. Repeat this sequence until cozy is the desired length. Work one rnd in sc in the last color used. Fasten off.

Arctic Tundra with Lichen Stripes: 
Work a double crochet foundation-less chain in color B to snugly fit around your jar. Sl st into the top of the first dc to join in the rnd. Continue to work dc rounds in color B until 4 dc before desired height. Fasten off. Weaving in ends as you go, *work one dc rnd in color C, fasten off, one dc rnd in color B, fasten off; repeat from * once more.

Oahu with Coral + Arctic Tundra: 
Work a double crochet foundation-less chain in color D to snugly fit around your jar. Sl st into the top of the first dc to join in the round. Continue to work dc rounds in color D until approx. 1 inch from desired height. Fasten off. Work 1 sc rnd in color A. Fasten off. Work 3 sc rnds in color B. Fasten off.

Coral with Arctic Tundra Heart: 
Work a double crochet foundation-less chain in color A to snugly fit around your jar. Sl st into the top of the first dc to join in the rnd. Continue to work dc rnds in color A until just shy of desired height. Work 1 sc rnd. Fasten off. Make 1 small heart in color B. Sew heart to front center of completed cozy.

Lichen with Oahu Heart: 
Work a double crochet foundation-less chain in color C to snugly fit around your jar. Sl st into the top of the first dc to join in the rnd. Continue to work dc rnds in color C until just shy of desired height. Work 1 sc rnd. Make 1 large heart in color D. Work 1 additional sc rnd in color C. Fasten off. Sew heart to front center of completed cozy.

Finishing: Wet block cozies and gently put on jars while damp. Allow to air dry.

Additional Notes: To work up to a sloped neck, such as in the Oahu with Coral + Arctic Tundra cosy, working two evenly spaced decreases should tighten the top sufficiently to fit around the neck of your jar.

* Note: Organik has sadly been discontinued. You could easily work the cosies in The Fibre Co. Cumbria or Canopy WW as well.