I have enjoyed these so much this winter (and still am!) that I decided to take a stab at creating a tutorial for you all. Let me begin by saying I have never created a crochet tutorial, so bear with me. I would greatly appreciate it if you let me know if I left out any details or if I made an error (oh lets hope I didn't!).
I have been using a D crochet hook and Bernat Softee Baby Yarn in white. I think the possibilities are endless and you could use lots of different types of yarns.
Abbreviations I use:
DC: double crochet
SS: slip stitch
SC: single crochet
CH in multiples of 4 that fits snugly around your jar. Snug is better than loose so that it fits well and isn't sloppy looking.
Join to create a loop, trying not to twist it. I have twisted many and frankly you will never notice, so don't sweat it. Now CH 3. This is your first DC. DC in every stitch of your chain. (see photo above) When you reach the first CH 3, join with a SS. This is your foundation round.
CH3. This is your first DC of a 4 DC cluster. 3 DC in the same stitch next to the CH3. This completes one cluster. Skip 3 SP.
The above photo shows the cluster of:
*4 DC... 3 skipped stitches....4DC...3 skipped stitches* repeat to end of round.
Join with a SS to the top of the first DC (which was really a CH3) when you complete the round.
SS across the next stitch. Now SC in the middle of the 4DC. CH2 (this is your first DC of the next 4 DC cluster). DC3 more in the same stitch. Skip to the next cluster ...4 DC in the middle of every cluster... all the way around. SS to the top of the first DC. Continue in this manner, around and around.
Occasionally, check how it is fitting by slipping it over your jar.
Once you reach the top of the jar, continue to slip it over the jar to check the size. Make sure the bottom is touching the table and not pulled up too high.
Once you feel it close to the right size, factor in a finishing row. I like to create a scalloped top.
Instead of 4DC in every cluster, do 6 DC and 1SC in the space between. The 1SC pulled the sides down to create a scallop. (see above) Continue around. Join with a slip stitch to the first scallop.
Once you reach the end of the scallop top round, finish off and weave in the yarn from the beginning and the end.
Pull it over your jar...as you can see, it fits snugly.
I use tealights in mine, which produce very little heat and burn out in an evening.
Light it up and enjoy the glow....look what you made!!!
this photo ::::: Attic 24 ::::: Dottie Angel
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You can find a link to a PDF tutorial here.
Oct 11, 2011: I added a new tutorial for the Snowy Hills Crochet Lamp Cover that you might enjoy.