I have a very hard time throwing away glass jars. No glass recycling available around here, so I try to use my jars with lids over and over again. (Some times the amount of glass over whelms, so I have to throw them away). On Pintrest I saw a jar that had been covered with crocheted lace. No instructions on how to do it, yet I have enough experience that I could figure out the pattern by looking at it. Once I got one done I did quite a few more, not sure what I would use them for, then I got the idea to turn one of them into a lamp. It turned out so nice that, my daughter asked if she could have it to hang in my granddaughter’s bed room. So here are the directions on how to turn a mason jar into a crocheted lace covered lamp. Here we go.
- 100% cotton yarn (you can use any 4 ply yarn you desire)
- Size J crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- Quart Mason jar
- Plastic lid for mason jars (I got mine from the canning isle of my local food market)
- 1/8 inch bit
- Chandelier size bulb lamp socket
- ½ inch 1/8-IP lamp nipple
- 1 tapped 1/8-IP solid brass hex nut
- Length of electrical cord with plug
- Flat tip screw driver
- KnifeChandelier size LED bulb (Ikea, $6)
- Magic circle -http://www.allfreecrochet.com/Tutorials/How-to-Crochet-the-Magic-Circle
- ch – chain
- sc – single crochet
- dc – double crochet
- dct – double crochet turn (www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LxYpo-tyi8)
- st – stitch
- sl st – slip stitch
- R – Round
- Sc 2 together
Make a magic circle and sc 6 st into the center, sl st into the first sc of circle (6 st)
R 1 – 2 sc into each st of the previous row, sl st into the first sc of the round (12 st)
R 2 – In the same space where you did the sl st, 1 dc turn, ch, dc, ch, skip next stitch, *(1dc,ch,1dc,ch, ch skip next st), Repeat from* 4 more times, sl st into top of first stitch of the round (12 st)
R 3 – sl st into the top of the next st start in the center of the V, dc turn, dc, ch, 2dc, dc in the space created by the ch between the 2 V’s, *(in the center of the next V, 2dc,ch,2dc, dc in the space created by the ch between the 2 V’s, Repeat from* 4 more times, sl st into top of first stitch of the round (36 st)
R 4 – sl st into the top of the next 2st start in the center of the V , dc turn, dc, ch, 2dc,
dc into the post of the dc below, *(in the center of the next V, 2dc,ch,2dc, dc into the post of the dc below,) Repeat from* 4 more times, sl st into top of first stitch of the round (36 st)
R 5 – 11 Repeat R 4, (36 st)
Every once in a while I would pause and try the lace sock on over the bottle. It should stretch to fit nicely over the bottle.
R 12 – sl st into the top of the next 2st start in the center of the V , dc turn, dc, ch, 2dc, skip the next dc, *(in the center of the next V, 2dc,ch,2dc, skip the next dc, ) Repeat from* 4 more times, sl st into top of first stitch of the round (30 st) This reduces the size of the lace to fit more tightly around the neck of the jar.
Put the lace over the jar, and prepare to crochet the last two rounds while on the jar.
R 13 – *sc 2 together, sc, repeat from * until you get all the way around the jar.
R 14 – repeat round 13
Bind off last st and cut off a 4 inch tail. Use the yarn needle to weave the tail in and out around the neck of the jar. Cut off any tail that may stick out.
You could stop here and use it to store anything you would like to use as a gift, or once your jar is decorated, you could turn it into a lamp.
Drill a 1/8th inch hole in to the center of the plastic lid. Y
You may need to ream it out a little so that the ½ inch long nipple can be screwed half way into the lid.
Screw the lamp socket onto the nipple until it is tight against the inside of the lid.
On the outside of the lid, screw the hex nut onto the other side of the nipple. This should hold the lamp parts all together. x
Remove the cardboard cover from the lamp socket. Strip some of the plasticcoating on the electrical cord (end opposite of the plug) and separate the two sides. Feed the wires through the center of the nipple and the end of the socket where the screws are located.
Unscrew the one of the screws and after twisting the wires together, make a hook out of the wires and twist it around the base of the screw, in the same direction that the screw will go when tightened (righty tighty-lefty loosey). Repeat with the screw on the other side.
Return the cardboard cover to the socket,
and screw in the light bulb.
Now screw the lid onto the jar and plug in the light. Done!
Not too bad. I didn’t get a very good picture of it hanging from the ceiling hook. Looks much better in person. Enjoy! My granddaughter will.
First Prize in the
Mason Jar Challenge