Crochet Pattern - Jar cosy

Crochet Pattern - Jar cosy

I've been seeing lot's of lovely crochet jar cosies used for tea lights recently, I think it must be something about the winter months that just makes me want to make everything look warm and cosy, so I decided to have a go at some. 

I've also found they are brilliant for practising new stitch patterns...

... I first tried these back in February and used a pattern by Nature Nut Notes (no longer available), and I recently came across this lovely granny jar cover pattern by Meanyjar, but I was greedy and wanted to try more!

I played around with a couple of different stitch patterns I'd wanted to try out and the one I was most taken with was the arcade stitch. I really enjoyed this stitch, so I thought I'd have a go at making a jar cosy using it.

I loved the way they turned out so I've attempted to write out the pattern below :)

Crochet Jar Cosy Pattern | Lululoves Blog


This is the first cosy I made, I used crab stitch to finish off the top.


I then got filled with Christmas spirit and thought these would be a great way to decorate bottled gifts, I used the Jolly Holly pattern from Lucy at Attic24.


And these are the cosies I have created a pattern for - I hope you like them as much as I do - but if not I've added a picture of them looking all warm and glowy to try and win you over ;)


Crochet Jar Cosy Pattern

This pattern is written in UK terms - US equivalent terms are written in brackets below. I've added some photos of each stage to help, I'll try to add a pdf of the pattern when I get a moment.

This pattern can now be downloaded as a PDF from my ravelry store:  download now

Hook: 3.5mm (you can shop my favourite tools here)

Yarn: Cotton - I used Patons 100% Mercerised Cotton, I think these look better using a mercerised cotton as the stitches appear more defined, but if not I would recommend a finer yarn weight for example 3ply or sock/sport weight.

Tapestry/darning needle


Slip Stitch = Ss

Chain = Ch 

Double Crochet = Dc (US sc)

Treble Crochet = Tr (US dc)


Foundation Row: Chain in multiples of 6, measuring around your chosen jar as you go, until you have the right length. [I would say that if it looks like it won't fit exactly (i.e. it's coming up slightly shorter or longer than the circumference of your jar) then go shorter as they do stretch a bit as you crochet and they look a better if they are stretched over your jar.] Join to the first ch with a slip stitch [be careful not to twist your chain]

Rnd 1: Ch3 (counts as 1tr) 1tr into each st around, join with a ss to top of beginning ch-3

Rnd 2: Ch1, 1dc into 1st tr (ch-3 from previous rnd), dc into next 2 sts, *ch3, skip next 3 sts, dc into next 3 sts* repeat from * to * around, join to 1st dc with slip stitch.


Rnd 3: Ss into next st (should be the middle of the 3 dc's from previous rnd) ch1, 5 tr into ch3 space, *skip next st, 1dc into next st, skip next st, 5tr into next ch-3 space; repeat from * around, join with a ss into initial ch-1.

Rnd 4: Ss across 1 st, ss into the next st, Ch1, dc into same st, dc into next 2 sts (there should now be a dc in the middle 3 of the 5 trebles from the previous round) *ch3, skip next 3 sts (1tr, 1dc, 1tr skipped from previous row) dc into next 3 sts; repeat from *  around, join with a ss to top of 1st dc.


Rnd 5: Slip stitch across to the middle stitch of the 3 dc from previous rnd, Ch1, 5tr into ch-3 space, *skip 1 st, 1dc into next st (middle dc of previous 3), 5tr into ch-3 space; rep from * around, join with a ss into first ch-1.


Repeat rnds 4 and 5 until you have the correct height for your chosen jar, finish off and sew in ends.

I hope that all makes sense, if you have any queries please feel free to contact me.

*Please do not copy or redistribute this pattern, thank you for your support.


Bye for now. Em xx

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Comments (44)

  • Ana


    13 November 2012 at 11:19 |
    We are definitely in the same page :)
    Simple things are really the most beautiful…
    xx Ana
    • Lululoves


      13 November 2012 at 11:50 |
      Definitely :)) Did you finish your hat? Em xx
      • Ana


        13 November 2012 at 11:55 |
        Yess! :))) I made with the handmade skein I bought! It is sooo beautiful! I’m waitng for the weekend to take some photos … 5h30 pm and no sun anymore… :(
        • Lululoves


          14 November 2012 at 08:35 |
          Brilliant - look forward to seeing it - I'm having the same problem with taking photos now the days are so short xx
  • Rachel


    13 November 2012 at 11:20 |
    These are lovely! Especially the one with the holly! Thank you for the pattern! I've just made one of your Peter Pan collars for a Christmas gift(trying to get ahead of myself) Thank you so much for that too!

    • Lululoves


      13 November 2012 at 11:49 |
      Thank you, I think you are right to get started now, I have a tendency to leave everything till the last minute - then its chaos! Em xx
  • Michelle


    13 November 2012 at 11:27 |
    These are beautiful, can you tell me a good site to learn to crochet. I would love to be able to make these.
    • Lululoves


      13 November 2012 at 11:47 |
      Hi Michelle, I'm not sure about websites but there are some links on the lion brand site here: I taught myself watching YouTube tutorials, so this may be a good place to start. Em xx
  • knitnrun


    15 November 2012 at 12:11 |
    These are really gorgeous. :) Thanks for sharing the pattern.
  • tinyinc


    15 November 2012 at 19:37 |
    These are soooo lovely and thank you so much for sharing your pattern!! I have THE biggest stash of jam jars that are attractive in their own right but they would be soooooo much lovelier with a coat!!

    This is going to be my christmas project for home and I might just get to use some of those jam jars!!!!

    • Lululoves


      16 November 2012 at 13:48 |
      Thank you! I love the thought of your Jam Jars in their new winter coats :)) Em xx
  • Alex


    12 January 2013 at 23:11 |
    Thank you for this sweet, sweet pattern. Just rediscovering crochet and not I am getting out all my jam jars and covering them with delicate lace....
  • Lynn


    22 January 2013 at 20:09 |
    Thank you for this wonderful pattern! The directions were very easy to follow. Throughly enjoying the pattern. I'll be covering jars for days! :)
    • Lululoves


      22 January 2013 at 20:58 |
      Thank you :)) Yes sorry they are a bit addictive... Em xx
  • Eva


    07 February 2013 at 13:33 |
    Hi Emma,

    Thank you for this lovely pattern. I am making these right now and I have a small question. What do you mean by "same stitch" in round 2?:

    "Round 2, Ch1, dc into same stitch, dc into next 2 stitches"

    Is this the Ch or the slip stitch of the previous round?

    Thanks heaps
    • Lululoves


      07 February 2013 at 15:50 |
      Hi Eva, sorry its not clear, it should go into the top of the ch3. Em xx
  • Eva


    07 February 2013 at 16:00 |
    Thanks heaps! I'll try it this evening. I just started with crochet two months ago so it is probably my bad that I didn't understand. For the moment I still need monkey proof patterns :) haha.
  • {pam}


    19 February 2013 at 04:32 |
    I love the jar with the crab stitch!!! What kind of stitch did you use between the arcade stitch and the crab stitch?
    • Lululoves


      20 February 2013 at 14:20 |
      Hi Pam, the jar with the crab stitch was worked slightly different to the others, I used a combination of shells & v-stitches for this one :)) Em x
    • Lululoves


      20 February 2013 at 14:20 |
      Hi Pam, the jar with the crab stitch was worked slightly different to the others, I used a combination of shells & v-stitches for this one :)) Em x
      • {pam}


        20 February 2013 at 18:43 |
        thanx so much for your response! off to find tutorials for those stitches!!!
  • AlabamaAmy


    31 March 2013 at 21:53 |
    Best tutorial of ALL time. Love how clearly shown and explained....
    • Lululoves


      02 April 2013 at 12:56 |
      Thank you :))) Em x
  • Jia


    25 April 2013 at 14:06 |
    Hi Lulu

    How do you make the top of the jar cover tighter, so that it wraps around the top of the jar which usually has a smaller circumference? From your photos I can see that you did it two ways - a tighter round with the shell detailing (3rd photo from the top) , and the other without the shell detailing (1st photo).

    Thanks!!! I love the pattern!
    • Lululoves


      25 April 2013 at 16:43 |
      Hello - Thank you for your comment. I didn't do anything to make the top tighter - the trick is to make your initial chain a bit shorter than the circumference of your jar (so as you measure around you have to stretch it to close the gap). This way you have to stretch the finished cover over the jar which 1, shows of the pattern better and 2, closes in around the top of the jar.

      The first jar was worked up slightly different from the pattern I posted - for this one (and I don't see why you couldn't use this method too) I simply worked some single crochets around the edge and finished with a crab stitch - which pulled the cosy tighter (but again no decreases).

      Hope this helps. Em xx
  • Jia


    28 April 2013 at 00:18 |
    Thanks, Em!!!! I think that's my mistake - making it too big! Thanks for the tip! I will try making another cosy again! I love your blog! Keep on posting! Check out my blog - not as fancy as yours though! x Jia
    • Lululoves


      28 April 2013 at 09:02 |
      Oh I will - Thank you xx
  • federica


    19 May 2013 at 09:30 |
  • Tina


    18 July 2013 at 23:15 |
    I'm using this pattern to make favors for my sister's baby shower! we made candles out of empty baby food jars, and I'm putting a cozy around each one. They are turning out just darling! Thanks so much for this wonderful pattern!
    • Lululoves


      19 July 2013 at 11:20 |
      What a lovely idea :) I hope she enjoys her shower. Em xx
  • Kate0795


    24 July 2013 at 11:06 |
    Love these covers!! I've just made one for my son's class teacher as end of year present and I'd love to post pic of it on my blog. I will put link to your blog. It's no where near as good as yours as the pattern is not as open and I'm not sure why, but I'll try another one. Your blog is fabulous. Kate x
  • Lee


    14 September 2013 at 17:34 |
    I'm wanting to make some of these today, I'm so happy you've shared this pattern with us. Thanks so much.
  • dekomitmeli


    08 October 2013 at 11:23 |
    Oh wwoooow! Everything is sooooo cute!!!
    • Lululoves


      08 October 2013 at 17:07 |
      Thank you. Em xx
  • Janet Ferguson

    Janet Ferguson

    28 October 2013 at 15:43 |
    Love these - many thanks for sharing the pattern!
  • Kate


    09 November 2013 at 12:51 |
    Lovely idea - thank you for the how-to and the link for the holly.
    • Lululoves


      10 November 2013 at 21:55 |
      You're welcome, Em xx
  • Jackie


    22 January 2014 at 22:57 |
    These are really pretty. I am going to try some with metallic thread
  • meemaw crochets

    meemaw crochets

    08 March 2014 at 15:41 |
    I have a 3 inch square recycled candleholder and would like to make a jar cozy for it. Is this pattern suitable for this?
  • Melissa Pollard

    Melissa Pollard

    02 June 2014 at 12:27 |
    Good Morning. I am absolutely in love with the jar cozy with the crab stitch on the top of it. I've only been crocheting for about 8 months and am not so good at trying to decipher a pattern by looking at a photo alone. I've been at the one for 3 days now and I just have to keep ripping stitches out to start over. Would you consider giving me the exact pattern instructions for that jar cozy?
    Thank you in advance.
  • Chrissy sheffield

    Chrissy sheffield

    01 April 2016 at 16:16 |
    Hi there,
    I am a newbe and so lovely to see such a great site for crochet and British !,
    As I am new to crochet I just love the crochet jars pattern, is there any chance you could do it on u tube as I find it easier to watch rather than read a patters
    Keep up the good work
    • Lululoves


      07 April 2016 at 10:30 |
      Thanks Chrissy, I understand completely being a visual learner too! Maybe I will have a go at some youtube tutorials. I'll keep you posted. Em xx
  • D DeByl

    D DeByl

    03 March 2017 at 02:56 |
    Lovely pattern but can you advise the difference between ""slip stitch ACROSS a stitch vs INTO a stitch? I'm having trouble with rows 4 & 5. My apologies if this is a dumb question.... Thank you.
    • Lululoves


      03 March 2017 at 10:07 |
      Hello, I'm sorry it's been a while since I made these but I think it means to slip stitch over the stitches, but you could slip stitch into them and I don't think it would make much difference, as long as you end up where you are meant to be for the next stitch. Em x

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