Crochet Club: summer nightlight jars
Perfect for summer evenings and delectable dinner tables, Kate Eastwood’s beautiful summer nightlight jar covers are fabulous stashbusters and great fun to make!
What better way to recycle your glass jars than to turn them into the prettiest of night light candle holders! Whether you are using them for a party, a wedding or just to brighten up your summer barbecues there is no end to the colours and patterns you can create.
I have written the pattern so that you can adapt it for use with any size glass jar, the only requirement is that the jar has a straight side, rather than a tapered or patterned one. For this pattern and tutorial I used some baby food jars.
My covers are made with Rico Essentials Cotton DK, and I used 1 x ball each of Green 86, Turquoise 95, Pink 12 and Pale Pink 01. I worked with a 2.5 mm hook. From these 4 balls I was able to make three covers, with yarn still left to make a fourth. You will also need some small lengths of ribbon to tie around the top of each cover. This tutorial is written using UK crochet terminology, but you can easily convert to US terms using our handy conversion tables!
To begin your cover start by making the base.
Round 1: Make a Magic Ring and work 6 DC in to the ring. SL ST to join and CH 1.
Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from Round 1. 12 sts. SL ST to join and CH 1.
Round 3: *Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then one DC in to the next stitch*. Repeat from * to *all the way around. 18 sts. SL ST to join and CH 1.
Round 4: *Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then one DC in to each of the next 2 stitches*. Repeat from * to* all the way around. 24 sts, SL ST to join, CH 1.
Round 5: *Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then one DC in to each of the next 3 stitches*. Repeat all the way around. 30 sts, SL ST to join, CH 1.
Round 6: *Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and one DC in to each of the next 4 stitches*. Repeat all the way around. 36sts, SL ST to join and CH 1.
(You will notice that with each round you always DC 2 in to the first stitch and then work single DC in to the following stitches, with the number of single DC increasing by one with each round. Each round will increase by 6 sts.)
As you work, keep placing the crochet base on to the bottom of the jam jar and continue with the rounds of increases, as above, until your base fully covers the bottom of the jar. When your base generously covers the bottom of the jar work a final round of DC, with no increases. Your crochet base will now completely cover the bottom of the jar and should be beginning to curve over the edges. Make a note of your stitch count at this point as this will be the number of stitches you work with from now onwards.
You are now going to start working upwards to make the sides of the cover.
For the next round continue in the same colour yarn, and working in to the back loops only, work a round of DC. SL ST to join and CH 2. By working in to the back loop only you will see that you have created an ‘edge’ that allows your work to continue to grow upwards.
You are now going to start working each round in a different colour and stitch pattern, the order of which is entirely up to you. As each round is quite small and you will be repeating the colours throughout I found it easiest to leave the yarn attached at the end of each round, rather than cutting them off and sewing them in. This also gives you a flatter joining seam running up the side of your cover, allowing the cover to lie flat against the jar.
I found the easiest place to join in each new colour is when making the chain at the end of each round. As you will be going between rounds of DC, HTR and TR remember to chain 1 at the end of the round if you going in to a round of DC and chain 2 if you are going in to a round of HTR or TR.
For my first pattern round I changed to Turquoise and worked a round of TR. At the end of this round I changed to the green, chained 2 and worked a round of HTR.
At the end of the green round I changed to Pale Pink, chained 1 and worked a round of DC. SL ST to join and CH 2 in your next colour.
For my next round I used Turquoise and worked a pattern of TR Clusters as follows:
Work a TR in to the same stitch as your chain 2, *skip 1 stitch and then work 2 TR in to the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around. Sl ST to join and chain 2 in your next colour.
You are now going to work a repeat of the last round, working your 2 TR cluster in between each cluster from the previous round. SL ST to join and chain 1 in your next colour.
You are now going to work 2 rounds of DC and during these rounds do a quick stitch count to check you still have the correct number of stitches. If you find you are a couple up or down, decrease (DC two stitches together) or increase (work 2 DC in to 1 stitch) accordingly.
That brings you to the end of your pattern repeat. You can now choose whether to continue in the same pattern repeat, to mirror the first block of pattern or to go freeestyle and do your own thing! Just remember to join each end of round with a SL ST and change to your new colour when making the chains. If you are going in to a DC round, Ch 1, if you are going in to a HTR or TR round, ch 2.
Every now and again do a stitch count to check you are still working with the correct number of stitches.
As a summary this is the pattern that I worked:
TR and CH 2, HTR and CH 1, DC and CH 2, 2TR clusters and CH 2, 2 TR clusters and CH1, DC and CH1, DC.
The best way to get the height of your cover correct is to keep popping the jar inside the cover and just continue to add further rounds as needed.
When you have got as far as the indent at the top of the jar you now need to work a round of TR. SL ST and join, CH 1. This will be the round that you thread the ribbon through to hold your cover in place.
Work one final row of DC. CH 1.
Turn your work so that you are now working on the reverse.
Make the border as follows: working into the back loop of the stitches only, DC, *skip 1 stitch, work a HTR, TR and HTR all in the next st, SL ST in to the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way around, join with a SL ST and finish off. Sew in ends.
To finish your jar cover thread a small piece of ribbon in and out of the final round of TR.
Carefully tighten the ribbon to hold the cover in place and secure with a bow or simple knot.
Start collecting jars for making beautiful nightlights for summer!
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