Summer Lace Pattern Jar Jackets

Shell Lace Pattern Jar Jackets

Perfect for summer evenings in the garden.

Perfect for summer evenings in the garden.

These pretty jar jackets are worked in a simple lace pattern that is easy to learn. We’ve used 100% Cotton Double Knitting yarn and a 4mm hook, and a normal glass jam jar, although this idea would look pretty around a glass vase or flower pot.

It’s not often that crochet comes with a safety warning! But please be sure that if you do choose to use tea lights in your jars, that you are very careful indeed, as they will get hot and should never be left unattended.

This tutorial uses UK crochet terms.

The jar jackets are worked from the bottom up. The first thing to do is make a chain.

Make a Base Chain

The chain for the shell lace pattern needs to be in multiples of 6, so crochet a line of chain and count how many chain stitches you have made. When the chain looks long enough, measure it around the bottom of the jar.

If it is too small, add six more chain and try again, if it is too large remove 6 chain and measure again. This pattern will stretch, so a little too tight is better than a little too loose.

Once the chain is the correct length and the final number of stitches is a multiple of 6, join the chain into a circle by making a slip stitch into the first chain;

Double check that the circle is flat and the chain has not twisted;

 

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Work the base chain in multiples of 6 chain stitches. When you think it’s the right length hold it up to the jar to check the length.

 

First Round: Double Crochet

To give the lace pattern a neat edge, the first round will be double crochet – make 1 chain and mark with a stitch marker (this chain counts as your first double crochet). Miss one chain, then mae one double crochet in each chain of the circle, until you get back to the stitch marker – make a slip stitch into this chain to finish the round;

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The first round is 1 double crochet into each chain.

 

Second Round: Lace Pattern

3 Chain (this counts as your first treble crochet) place a stitch market in the 3rd of these chain;

Miss two double crochet (from the first round);

*In the next double crochet work (2 treble crochet, 2 chain, 2 treble crochet);

Miss two double crochet (from the first round);

1 treble crochet in the next double crochet (from the first round);

Miss two double crochet*;

Continue to repeat from * to * until you get back to the initial 3 chain with the stitch marker;

Finish the round with a slip stitch into the marked stitch;

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The first round of the lace pattern worked into the double crochet of the previous round

 

Third Round: Lace Pattern

3 chain (this counts as your first treble crochet);

^In the two chain space work (2 treble, 2 chain, 2 treble);

1 treble in the treble from the previous round;^

Repeat from ^ to ^ until you get back to the initial 3 chain with the stitch marker. Finish the round with a slip stitch into the marked chain.

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Keep working rows of the lace pattern.

Subsequent Rounds

Work rounds the same as the third round until the jacket is the correct size of the jar.

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Slip your jar jacket onto the jar to see if it’s the right height.

 Finishing

If you’d like a neat top edge to your jar jacket, once it is the right size, work one final round of double crochet. Work 1 double crochet into the top of each treble crochet and 2 double crochet into each chain space.

Use a needle with a large eye to sew in the yarn ends.

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Use a darning needle to sew in your ends.

 

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Finished! Use your pretty jar to store your crochet hooks, or perhaps for some flowers?

 

 

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