I consider myself a casual crafter. I dabble in lots of things…handmade invites for baby showers, sewing doll clothes for birthday presents for friends’ daughters, assembling fire starters out of lint/newspaper/wax, designing/making felt Christmas stockings for each member of our family (pics to come of the new one for Baby Caleb), etc.
These are all great things to learn/know how to do, but if they can’t be accomplished in a single nap time or aren’t something you can stop in the middle of and pick back up again without occupying the entire dining room table for a week, I’m not going to even attempt it.
While I am probably the most skilled (but still not that great!) at sewing, something I’ve recently learned is how to crochet. Unfortunately, I was taught – in person – by my cousin’s wife so I don’t know how to read instructions. Sure, there’s pictures to follow in some tutorials but I really need to see it demonstrated and *best case scenario* have someone sitting with me as I work to help me out. I’m sure I’m not the only person who works best this way…so I made a video tutorial in which I crochet a cozy for you from start to finish. Think of it as if we were sitting next to each other with cups of hot chocolate and chatting while we were making our mason jar cozies…this video is like that, just not in real time. I have also written out instructions below but the real gem here is the video (in case you want to use the same materials I did, I linked to them in the written instructions). I’d love to see your products so please email me!
Crocheted Mason Jar Cozy – A Video Tutorial
aka I crochet an entire mason jar alongside of you…think of it like a workout video but I don’t stop after demonstrating!
Click here to watch it on YouTube if you’re having trouble viewing it here.
Written instructions (they ARE NOT legit by any means :) though you will make a cozy if you read them and watch the video!)
Gather your materials: yarn (I like Lion Brand’s Thick and Quick) and crochet hook (I like these or these). Start by making a slip knot and doing 3 chain stitches. Do a single crochet through the first chain stitch and then do a chain stitch, repeating until you’ve made a complete circle. Now continue doing the same stitch pattern (1 single crochet followed by a chain stitch) but do your single crochet through each consecutive loop of the outer part of the circle. You’ll do this until you have made a circle nearly as big as the bottom of your jar; in the case of a wide mouth pint jar, that’s about 2.5″ across. Then you ditch the chain stitch and just do a single crochet over and over and over (you get the picture) until you’ve made enough rows to reach the height of your jar. Tie off and you’re done! (trust me…the video instructions are WAY better).