diy project: leigh radford’s recycled glass covers

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this diy project comes from the lovely and talented leigh radford. leigh is the author of several books, but has a great new book called one more skein that hit shelves yesterday! one more skein features 30 diverse projects that can be completed with oneor two average-sized skeins of yarn or multiple bits of leftover yard. the projects range from hats and mittens to baby clothing and jewelry. if you’re a fan of craft projects and know your way around yarn, this is a must-read. click here for more info and to pick up a copy.

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today leigh is sharing a great project for recycled glass covers- thank you to leigh for sharing this project with us, and congrats on the new book! i can’t wait to try one of these and use it around a mason jar of coffee or tea. way cuter than the paper towel i normally use.

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Recycled Glass Covers by Leigh Radford

Finished Measurements

shown from left to right using the following recycled glass jars: Mayonnaise jar, 16 oz. Peanut Butter jar, Kerr canning jar, Boyle jam jar

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Materials/Yarn

Imperial Stock Ranch Lopi (100% wool; 150 yards). 1 skein will make one large (mayonnaise or 16 oz. jar) and one small (canning or jam jar) cover. Colors shown from left to right in #04 Charcoal Natural, #112 Heathered Wheat, #01 Natural.

Needles

US 10 (6 mm), 9 (5.5 mm), 8 (5 mm), 7(4.5 mm) dpn;. Change needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions

cable needle

tapestry needle

removeable stitch marker

Gauge

14 sts and 19 rows = 4″ (10 cm) using largest needle in St st

INSTRUCTIONS

Basic Cover

(Mayonnaise Jar)

Base

Using US 10 dpn, CO 8 sts arranging them evenly among 4 dpn. Join and k 1 rnd. Place m at beg of rnd. Work as follows:

Rnd 2: *K1, m1; rep to end (16 sts).

Rnd 3 and all odd rnds: knit

Rnd 4: *K2, m1; rep to end (24 sts).

Rnd 6: K2, *m1, k4; rep from *, end k2 (30 sts).

Rnd 8: *K5, m1; rep to end (36 sts).

Rnd 10: *K6, m1; rep to end (42 sts).

BODY

Work even in St st for 5″.

Change to US 8 needle and work St st for six rnds (approx. 1 1/4″).

Dec rnd: *k4, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd.

Work even in St st for 12 rnds (approx. 2″)

Loosely BO all sts.(see note below)

FINISHING

Weave in loose ends. Roll cuff down at jar opening, if desired.

Cable Cover

(16 oz. Peanut Butter Jar and Kerr Canning Jar)

Base

Using US 10 dpn, CO 8 sts arranging them evenly among 4 dpn. Join and k 1 rnd. Place m at beg of rnd. Work as follows:

Rnd 2: *K1, m1; rep to end (16 sts).

Rnd 3 and all odd rnds: knit

Rnd 4: *K2, m1; rep to end (24 sts).

Rnd 6: K2, *m1, k4; rep from *, end k2 (30 sts).

Rnd 8: *K5, m1; rep to end (36 sts).

Rnd 10: *K6, m1; rep to end (42 sts).

Rnd 12: *K7, m1; rep to end (48 sts).

BODY

Rnds 1-3: *P2, k6; rep to end

Rnd 4: *P2, sl 3 sts to cn and hold in front, k3, k3 from cn; rep to end. *refer to “Cable Basics” if needed.

Rnds: 5-9: *P2, k6; rep to end.

Rnd 10: *P2, sl 3 sts to cn and hold in front, k3 from left needle, k3 from cn; rep to end.

Rnd: 11-15: *P2, k6; rep to end.

Rnd: 16: repeat rnd 10

For shorter jar (Kerr Canning Jar)

Rnd 17-21: *P2, k6; rep to end.

Rnd 22: repeat rnd 10

Change to US 8 needles

Rnd 23-25: *P2, k6; rep to end.

Rnd 26: BO all sts.

For taller jar (16 oz. Peanut butter Jar)

Rnd 17-21: *P2, k6; rep to end.

Rnd 22: repeat rnd 10

Rnd 23-27: *P2, k6; rep to end.

Rnd 28: repeat rnd 10

Rnd 29-33: *P2, k6; rep to end.

Rnd 34: repeat rnd 10

Change to US 8 needles

Rnd 35-38: *P2, k6; rep to end.

Rnd 39: BO all sts.

Change to US 8 needle and work St st for six rnds (approx. 1 1/4″).

Dec rnd: *k4, k2tog; rep from * to end of rnd.

Work even in St st for 12 rnds (approx. 2″)

Loosely BO all sts.(see note below)

FINISHING

Weave in loose ends. Fold/Roll top edge over to create a cuff, if desired.

Lace Cover

(Boyle Jam Jar)

Base

Using US 9 dpn, CO 8 sts arranging them evenly among 4 dpn. Join and k 1 rnd. Place m at beg of rnd. Work as follows:

Rnd 2: *K1, m1; rep to end (16 sts).

Rnd 3 and all odd rnds: knit

Rnd 4: *K2, m1; rep to end (24 sts).

Rnd 6: K2, *m1, k4; rep from *, end k2 (30 sts).

BODY

Rnd 1: *Yo, p2tog; rep to end. Note: Be careful not to loose your yarn over st as some will fall on either end of your dpn. I found if I rearranged my sts onto three dpns, instead of four, I was less likely to loose a yo stitch.

Repat rnd 1 until work measures approx.

Change to US 7 and work garter st (purl one rnd, knit one rnd) beg with purl rnd. Work garter st for 4 rnds, BO all sts.

Note:

You may want to slip your glass jar into the sleeve and work your BO row with the glass inside. Otherwise, if you BO too tightly, you may have difficulty getting your glass jar into the finished sleeve.

Abbreviations

beg beginning

BO bind off

cn cable needle

CO cast on

dpn/s double pointed needle/s

k knit

m marker

m1 make one

p purl

rep repeat

rnd round

St st Stockinette Stitch

st/s stitche/s

tog together

yo yarn over needle

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More about One More Skein:

Two needles and one (or one more) skein of yarn—the possibilities never cease to amaze me,” writes Leigh Radford in the introduction to her new book. Radford’s fascination with the creative potential of these raw materials is evident throughout One More Skein, where she melds the alternative approach to knitting and felting she introduced in AlterKnits and AlterKnits Felt with the magic she worked with a single skein of yarn in the bestselling One Skein.

One More Skein features 30 diverse projects that can be completed with one or two average-sized skeins of yarn or multiple bits of leftover yarn. Projects include an earflap hat sized for the whole family; fingerless mitts; sweaters, britches, and capelets for baby; hemp jewelry embellished with jump ring “beads”; a felted, pleated sleeve to dress up a vase; and a multicolored blanket worked from assorted stash yarn. All of them are quick and relatively easy to make, without sacrificing beauty or ingenuity.

To see more of Leigh’s work, visit leighradford.com

More about Leigh:

I love combining my knitting skills with an opportunity to reuse existing materials. Here I’ve taken typical household glass jars and have given them a new cover creating a great new vase or container. The patterns here are quick to knit and easy to alter if you find a jar that is a different size than those shown here. Simply follow the directions for the base of the jar until your knitting is the size of the bottom of your jar.

Annabelle

If you don’t have the knack for knitting, another way to create this would be to use the sleeve of an old sweater!

Francine Balbinot

In southern Brazil, people love to do this with the glasses. My grandmother loved to decorate your dining table. Thank you for your bright ideas!

Karen

This is brilliant. And kind of weird–I was just thinking the other day, after my sweating iced coffee glass ruined my wood desktop, that someone needs to make *cute* glass cozies like these!

Liane

great cute project. i have lots of small skeins left over and i love the kind of project that takes just a bit of time. instant gratification. i was also thinking you might be able to recylce the arms from sweaters and do something like this.

MicheleLB

Very cute. And the book is gorgeous; I’ve seen it! I love how Leigh takes something ordinary and makes it special. She has a great eye.

Jamie

Awesome idea… perfect for a knitter like myself who has made her family as much winter accessories as they could ever need.

mary beth

hmmmmmmmmmmmm – I look at my recycling bin and my cupboards with a whole new eye – These are wonderful – it would be great fun to do these in linen or cotton for glass cozies :) I need another 6 hours of the day – to do all this.

Erin

For all of us who do not knit I have seen this done with old sweaters, just cut the sleeves off and slip it over the jar for the same effect! Thanks for the detailed instructions, this is a great fall decor idea!

Lisa

a follow up on the sleeve of a sweater idea. Use a %80 wool sweater, wash in hot soapy water throw it in the dryer…yes felt the wool. If it’s a big sweater you might be able to pull the sleeve over the bottle/glass/mug or cut the now felted/won’t fray wool and sew.

carla

i really like this idea even though i don’t knit – I do crochet and plan on copying the idea for my craft room! Thanks!!!

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