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How to make a knitted jar cosy

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How to make a knitted jar cosy

I travelled a bit over Easter weekend and, in a fit of optimism brought on by finishing my classic raglan, packed FOUR new knitting projects. Obviously, I did not come home, 48 hours later, in possession of two new sweaters and a pair of socks. But I did manage to finish the jar cosy. I'm not really in the habit of knitting sweaters for jars (HEY, WAIT! Does this count as #4?!) but here's the deal: I couldn't resist. The Internet made me do it! My friend Sherrie blogged about her new Cuppow lid – basically, a lid that turns a Mason jar into a travel mug – but noted hot tea in a glass jar is, well, HOT. Sherrie's friend Amanda shared her pattern for jar cosy.  I enthused about this my friend and coworker Daniela, who kindly bought me a lid from her local coffee shop. See? It was only a matter of time before I became a one-woman jar cosy knitting factory. I took the basics from Amanda's pattern and altered it a bit to fit my taste. Here's what I did:
  • Using Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label (aran weight) yarn and 4.5 mm (US 7) DPN, cast on 48 sts and join to knit in the round.
  • Row 1: *K2, p1, repeat from * to end of round.
  • Rows 2 to 6: Continue in 2 x 1 ribbing.
  • Round 7 and every following 7th row: *(K2, p1) 3 times, C5B, (p1, k2) 3 times, p1; repeat from * one more time.
  • Repeat until desired length is reached, ending on Row 6.
  • P 1 round.
  • K 1 round.
  • *K1, k2tog; repeat from * to end of round.
  • Repeat decrease round until only 3 sts remain.
  • Cut yarn, draw tail through, and fasten off.
  • Stitch glossary:
    • K = knit
    • P = purl
    • 2 x 1 ribbing = K2, p1
    • k2tog = knit two together
    • C5B = slip 3 sts from left needle to cable needle and hold in back of work. Knit 2 sts from cable needle. Slip 1 st from cable needle to left needle and purl; slip remaining 2 sts from cable needle to right needle and knit.
Pretty fancy! (And I know, I know, we're headed into warmer weather and who wants hot coffee or tea when it's 38•C, but come on: how cute would these look on your  beerahem – pop cans at your annual cottage knitter's retreat? Pretty cute, I think.)
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