Every time I turn around - or peruse the submissions on a Link Party - I seem to encounter another project involving Mason jars. I get it, they're in. I like retro-chic as much as everybody else, but Mason jars just haven't grabbed hold of me the way they seem to have grabbed hold of everyone else. I told myself I wouldn't do any Mason jar projects... and then this happened!
The baby shower was about 2 weeks away when we were having this conversation. EEK! My gut reaction was: I don't have a pattern, I don't have any yarn, I don't have time - NO! But then, I remembered that another of our co-workers had a baby this summer. Just before that baby's arrival, we had a shower that involved my officemate making that guest-of-honor crazy cool craft project in the days just before that shower. Since I knew that first guest-of-honor wouldn't be able to reciprocate, since she's now a new mom, I figured it would just be effort paid forward. I said yes.
I did some research and found lots of interesting patterns for decorative Mason jar cozies. I found several that fit like a sock, covering the sides as well as the bottom of the jar. I also discovered many patterns that were knit in the round. While I know this would save the time of having to do a seam, I also know that I'm less adept on my double pointed needles. Whatever the gain might have been, it paled in comparison to the simplicity of using simple straight needles.
I actually wound up making two "drafts" of this cozy. The first one was a little taller than the second. The biggest problem with the first one, though, was that it just wasn't tight enough on the jar. I've done cozies before for paper coffee cups. I realized while I was working on this one just how much more drag there is on the surface of a paper coffee cup as compared to a glass jar. When I lifted up the jar wearing the first draft cozy, there was a little bit of give. It occurred to me that, if the jar was filled with super hot liquid, the person holding it just might get burned.
The stitch pattern I used was:
cast on 13
Row 1: knit 3, purl, knit, purl, knit, purl, knit, purl, knit 3
repeat for all rows
I continued this for every row until I had a little scarf that was just barely long enough to reach all the way around the Mason jar, then cast off and seamed it up. It was able to squeeze around the jar with no extra give. With a cozy this tight, it would have to be put on the jar before the jar was filled with hot liquid - I know that might be a little inconvenient, but I figured it would work.
Even though this blog post has been delayed, the cozy and coaster were ready a few days before the shower. I was proud, and I know the mom-to-be was excited to receive it when I brought it to the office to give it to her. After all, it's not a real baby shower if somebody isn't tearing there hair out to make an over-ambitious craft, right?