Christmas is well and truly over at this point and we’re deep in the January blues! We’ve made it through ‘most depressing day of the year’ and we just need to keep our chins up and make it through the rest of the month. But we all have that one friend (or more than one friend) with a pesky January birthday and just no money left to spend on it! Gifts like this are very cute, thoughtful and great for using up tiny bits of yarn you’ve got hiding in the back of your cupboard! Dress up the jar how you wish and you have a lovely little thrifty present for a fellow crafter!
This project is a great little beginners project as it works up quickly and uses basic stitches such as double crochet and slip stitch. The instructions I have included are for a jar that is 9cm across, however if you have a small or larger jar you can adjust the size by using thinner or thicker yarn, or a bigger or smaller hook. If you are a beginner you can find out how to read a pattern here.
This pattern works by crochet the 2 halves (african flower granny squares), crocheting the halves together and then stuffing it. Easy as pie!
1 jar with a lid (preferable around 9cm across in diameter)
A variety of colours in dk yarn (I used King Cole Cottonsoft in Coral, Fudge and Ecru)
Size 3 Crochet hook
Flowers (make 2): Change colours between each round
Round 1: Ch3, Sl st into first chain to make a loop
Round 2: Ch2 Dc into the hole made by the 3ch loop. Ch1 2dc into loop. Repeat until you have 5 pairs of dc and 1 dc ch2 pair. ch1, Sl st to top of ch2
Round 3: Sl st into the next ch1 gap from the previous round. (Ch2 dc ch2 2dc) into the same ch1 gap. *2dc ch2 2dc* into each ch1 gap all the way around. Sl st to top of ch2.
Round 4: Sl St into the next ch2 gap. ch2 6dc into the ch2 gap from the previous round. 7dc into each ch2 gap all the way around, sl st to top of ch2.
Round 5: ch1. Sc in each stitch around. Sl St to first sc.
On the first flower
DC in each stitch around, doing a *dc ch1 dc* in the middle stitch of each 7dc cluster.
Joining the flowers
Make sure all your ends are on the back of each flower.
Place the flowers on top of each other so that the outsides face inwards.
Single crochet Round 5 of the first flower onto where you would have put the DC stitch on Round 4 of the second flower. This means on those corners where you did (dc ch1 dc) you will sc both of these into the corner. It’s ok if it doesn’t seem to line up and you need to miss a dc here and there, as long as you have an even seam all the way around it is quite forgiving. Leave a gap of a few stitches at the end, tie off and leave a long tail.
Turn the flowers inside out so that this seam is now on the inside and stuff the flower generously.
Using a yarn needle sew the gap closed with the end you left and then either sew in your end, or as I did just sew it through the middle of the stuffed flower so it’s hidden.
Squeeze your cushion into your jar, poke it with as many pretty pins as you can find and decorate to your hearts content!
Needless to say this can also be used without a jar, but it does make for nice easy storage and portability!