It seems like glass jars have become more and more popular. No longer only lurking in the canning section, glass jars are showing up everywhere – from restaurant tables, to craft boutiques, to garden centers. And a quick search on the internet can bring up hundreds of ideas for re-purposing them. Liberate a few jars that have been stashed away in your cupboards, or purchase a few and make these pretty little luminaries.
Knitting Loom: KB Small 32 peg Loom
Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in Ivory and in Peony was used for the samples.
Notions: Knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle, pint sized glass jar, tea light, 24” length of twine, any desired embellishments (buttons, flowers, charms, etc)
Finished Size: 3.5” in height by 10.5” in circumference
Gauge: Not essential for this project.
K2tog: Knit two together
YO: yarn over
[K2, YO, K2tog] – Worked over 4 pegs: Knit the first two pegs. Move the stitch from the third peg over to the fourth peg. Wrap the third peg. Knit both stitches on the fourth peg together as one.
Cast on 32 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method. Prepare to work in the round.
Rounds 1-4: K2, P2.
Rounds 5-6: Knit all stitches.
Round 7: [K2, YO, K2tog] 8 times.
Repeat rounds 5-7 five times. Repeat rounds 5-6 once. Repeat rounds 1-4 once. Bind off using the basic bind off method. Weave in all ends.
Add any desired embellishments to the knitted sleeve. Slip the sleeve onto the glass jar. Tie the length of twine around the rim of the jar. Place the tea light inside the jar.
Light the tea candle using a long fireplace match, a lit wooden skewer, or even a lit spaghetti noodle. Enjoy the ambience as the light flickers through the knitted lace.
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Mini Messenger Bags
It has been said that a person’s choice of purse, and how they carry it, tells a lot about that person. Show off your ‘purse-onality’ with these darling mini messenger bags. This quick little project is a fun way to use up yarn remnants from other projects.
Knitting Loom: KB Hat Loom
Yarn: Small amount of worsted weight yarn
Notions: Knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle, 8mm jump ring, keychain ring, button
Finished Size: Approximately 2” wide by 3.5” tall (including strap).
Gauge: Not essential for this project.
Prepare the loom to work in small gauge. Leaving a 10” yarn tail, cast on 10 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method.
Rows 1-30: [K2, P2] 2 times, K2.
Rows 31-32: Sl 1, P8, K1.
Rows 33-34: Sl 1, K1, [P2, K2] 2 times.
Row 35: Sl 1, K1, P2, K2, P2, K2tog.
Row 36: Sl 1, P2, K2, P2, K2tog.
Row 37: Sl 1, P2, K2, P1, K2tog.
Row 38: Sl 1, P1, K2, P1, K2tog.
Row 39: Sl 1, P1, K2, K2tog.
Row 40: Sl 1, K2, K2tog.
Bind off using the basic bind off method. The knitted piece will look like this:
Set aside for now.
Prepare the loom to work in small gauge. Leaving a 5” yarn tail, cast on 2 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method.
Rows 1-40: Sl 1, K1.
Bind off using the basic bind off method, leaving a 5” yarn tail. Gently pull on the strap to help set the stitches in place. Set aside for now.
Working with the knitted piece for the bag, fold the cast on edge (bottom edge) up to meet the first purled row.
Thread the cast on yarn tail on to the tapestry needle. Seam the side of the bag closed. Weave in the yarn end. Cut another 10” length of yarn and seam the other side of the bag closed. Weave in both yarn ends. The bag will look like this:
Thread a yarn tail from one end of the knitted strap on to the tapestry needle. Sew the strap to the side of the bag, near the flap:
Weave in the yarn tail. Thread the yarn tail at the other end of the knitted strap on to the tapestry needle. Pull the tapestry needle through the center of the jump ring and slide the jump ring to the center point of the knitted strap. Now sew the strap to the other side of the bag:
Weave in the yarn tail.
Weave in the yarn tail on the flap at the top of the bag. Fold the flap down over the front of the bag. Sew a button to the front of the flap. Use the jump ring to attach the knitted bag to the key ring.