We went strawberry picking the day before Valentine’s Day, so I made a few jars of my grandmother’s strawberry jam. I thought it would be artsy to use Valentine crochet canning jar covers on the jars I gave as gifts. A couple of weeks ago while strolling through Hobby Lobby, I picked up a few skeins of I Love This Cotton Yarn along with two or three packages of Valentine craft ribbon and one package of Valentine heart colored buttons. I had no idea what I was going to do with the buttons, but they were just too cute to resist. I probably should have picked up more than one package.
I was going to crochet a small heart in contrasting colors and place on top of each jar. After several attempts, I could not make a small heart that had the look I wanted, so I replaced them with the colored heart-shaped buttons. I tie the ribbon on the side of the jar so that it doesn’t fall in front of the canning label and cover the label’s contents.
The kids loved strawberry picking, and the jam was yummy, too.
I Love This Cotton Yarn, Red #60 (3.5 oz/100 g; 180 yds/165 m)
I Love This Cotton Yarn, White #6 (3.5 oz/100g; 180 yds/165m)
Red and white heart-shaped buttons
2 strands of Valentine contrasting ribbon, 30-inches per strand, 3/8-inch wide
Red and white thread
Size U.S. I/9 (5.5mm) crochet hook
ch = chain
st = stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
sp(s) = space(s)
rep = repeat
rnd = round
Approximately 3-inches in diameter. Fits regular mouth canning jar lid and band.
Valentine Crochet Canning Jar Covers Tutorial
With red or white yarn, ch 2.
RND 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st to first sc (6 sc).
RND 2: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc (12 sc).
RND 3: Ch 1. *Sc in next 2 sts, ch 1. *Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc (18 sc).
RND 4: Ch 1. Sc in same st as slp st, sc in next sc, sc in ch 1 sp, ch 1. *Sc in next 2 sc, sc in ch 1 sp, ch 1. *Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc (24 sc).
RND 5: Ch 1. *Sc in next 3 sts, sc in ch 1 sp, ch 1. *Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc (30 sc).
RND 6: Ch 1. *Sc in next 4 sts, ch 1. * 1 sc in ch 1 sp, sc in next 3 sts, ch 1. * Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc (36 sc).
RND 7: Ch. 1. Working in back loops only, 1 sc in each sc around (36 sc).
RND 8: Ch. 2. *Skip next st, 1 hdc in next sc, ch 1. * Rep from * around. Join with sl st to top of ch 2 (36 sts).
RND 9: Ch. 1. Ch 1, skip first st *(1 hdc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 hdc in next ch 1 space, sc in next space). * Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first hdc. Fasten off. Weave in loose ends.
Select button with contrasting color and sew in center of cover.
Cut 30-inch strand of ribbon and weave through the ch 1 spaces in RND 8.
Fit cover on jar lid and tie ribbon in bow.
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