I recently wrote about ditching the chemicals, so I felt like a hypocrite by continuing to sip tea out of a large plastic travel mug while at work. The reason I used such a large plastic mug is that the ceramic mugs at work are small and too light for my excited, gesturing arms. My work laptop is less than a year old and is on its second keyboard because of those arms, so hard-to-spill liquid vessels are a bonus at my desk.
So, I bought a canning jar. Yes, I purchased one single solitary jar, because in the UK you do not buy large boxes of mason or ball jars. In the UK, you buy a single jar or perhaps a small set. Once the jar arrived, we sized one another up and have been inseparable since. The plan was to leave it at work but that means several things: 1) I would not be able to carry hot drinks to work in the morning; 2) I would not be able to use it to pack my lunch in a leak-free container unless I went back to a plastic clip box (I admit, the no plastic approach is a slippery slope!); 3) I would not be able to make personal servings of lemonade by dumping lemon juice, sugar and water into the jar, screwing on the lid and then shaking it wildly; and, I wouldn’t hear the satisfying sound of the lid screwing on and off that clearly sparks childhood memories of canning jars at home.
Obviously, I needed to dress up this little jar to protect my hands from the heat when drinking tea and to protect it when I chuck it into my bag. I used aran weight yarn, worked in a spiral and made this little cosy that comes complete with handles for carrying or a ‘scarf’ for catching any splashes!
I’ve added another without handles to my cosy collection. If you want to make some jar cosies for yourself, the pattern is below:
Row 1: Begin with a round of 6, placing a marker at the beginning of the row.
Row 2: Increase every stitch
Row 3: Increase every 2nd stitch
Row 4: Increase every 3rd stitch
Row 5: Increase every 4th stitch
Row 6: Increase every 5th stitch, ending with 36 stitches
Row 7: Only increase 3 times during this round (round starts with 36 stitches, so increase every 12 stitches)
Row 8: Begin round with 39 stitches and increase three times, which is every 13 stitches. End with 42 stitches.
Row 9: Continue without increasing for 17 rows*.
Row 26: With 42 stitches on this round, chain 17. Skip 15 stitches and single stitch in 16th stitch, single crochet for 5 stitches, chain 17, skip 15 stitches, sc into 16th stitch from beginning of chain.
Row 27: Continue in round for 3 rows.
Row 30: Just before row 29 is complete (the 3rd row of the handles), slip stitch 2 stitches and tie off. Keep a long tail and weave in.
* for a jar cosy without handles, bind off after row 25 (17 rows without increasing).