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Sweet Little Jam Cozy

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Jam cozies! I think they are so adorable and anyone who does a lot of canning and jam-gifting is bound to have seen them–and want them! A jam cozy makes the gift of a jar of jam that much more special. Seriously, who could even eat this jam now? (Okay, me, but I have more jam.) I started thinking about figuring out how to make one when I made my ruffled crochet dishcloth because I thought the stitch pattern and ruffles would look so cute in a cozy. All I had to do was come up with a way to make a base and put it all together.


This sweet little jam cozy is easy and fast–you can make it in about an hour and a half. The base is super quick–I made it in just a few rounds. The whole cozy is made using chains and single crochet with a triple crochet ruffle.

You can make this cozy smaller, or larger, for different sizes of jars by adding or removing from the starter chains of the wrap and making a larger base. To make the wrap wider, just be sure to chain an odd number and single crochet across your first row in an even number and go from there. To make it taller, add additional rows. To make a larger base, make additional rounds (repeating Round 2 with more chain-5 loops as needed). Keep a jar in the size you want your cozy to fit handy and double-check your rounds and rows to figure out what you need. You want the jar to fit easily–yet snug–in the cozy.

I used a pink, green, and cream variegated cotton yarn for the cozy with dyed raffia to make the bow.

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How to make a Sweet Little Jam Cozy:

Finished Size:
Fits one standard half-pint jam jar

Materials:
*100% cotton worsted weight yarn (approximately 1 ounce)
*Crochet hook, size G

Base:
Round 1. Make a slip knot and chain 2. Make 6 single crochet (sc) stitches in the second chain from the hook. Join to the first sc with a slip stitch.
Round 2. Chain 1. Make 1 sc in the first stitch. *Chain 5 to make a loop then make 1 sc in the next sc. Repeat from * until you have 5 loops. For the last loop, chain 2 then make a double crochet in the next stitch to form the last loop. You now have 6 loops.

Round 3. Complete the base by making a ring connecting all the loops. Chain 3 and make a slip stitch into the middle chain of the first chain-5 loop. Repeat, continuing all the way around, until you finish the ring, joining in a final slip stitch.

Tie it off. (The side where you tie off will become the “wrong” side of your base, which will be on the inside of the cozy.) You should be able to set your jar on top of the base and see the base comfortably all the way around the bottom of the jar.

Wrap:
Row 1. Make a slip knot and chain 29.

Make the first sc in the back ridge of the second chain from the hook and in each chain across. You should have 28 sc.
Row 2. Chain 1, turn; skip first sc, 2 sc in next sc, *skip next sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * across. 28 sc in each row. Repeat from * until you have made Row 2 ten times.

This should take the main part of your wrap almost to where you screw on the jar band. (Remember you’ll be adding the ribbon and ruffle rows, too.)

Ribbon Loops:
Row 1: Chain 2, turn; *skip 1 sc and make 1 sc in the next stitch then chain 2. Repeat from * all the way across the work. This row of loop spaces is where you will thread your ribbon, twine, or raffia to make a bow around the top of the cozy.

Ruffle:
Row 1. The ruffly row! (I love ruffly rows!) Chain 4, turn. Make one triple crochet (tc) in the same stitch then make four tc in every other stitch as you work across the piece, ending with 2 tc in the last stitch.

Finishing: Pull the sides of the wrap together. From the top of the ruffle, join the last tc onto the first tc with a slip stitch. Continue to neatly slip stitch all the way down the wrap.

When you reach the bottom, begin slip stitching the base onto the wrap. Remember that you are working on the “wrong” or inside of the wrap, so place the base accordingly. Once the base is fully attached, tie off the yarn.

Turn the wrap inside out. Thread ribbon, twine, or raffia through the loop row.

Tuck a jar inside and tie a bow. (I made a second cozy in yellow, cream, and green right away.)

Sweet!

P.S. I’m working on the knitting. I just learned how to make cable stitches!

And speaking of jam….

Ball Blue BookIt’s a Ball Blue Book Project day! Today’s Ball Blue Book is sponsored by Alton Wright at ShadowWoods in honor of his mother and grandmother, the canning queens! Visit him here.

To win: Leave a comment on this post and let me know you want it. You can just put (BBB) at the end of your comment or otherwise note that you want to be in the draw. One winner will be drawn by random comment number to receive a Ball Blue Book. Eligible entry cut-off is midnight Eastern (U.S.) time tonight. This post will be updated with the winner no later than 9 AM Eastern (U.S.) time tomorrow. Return to this post to see if you won.

Find out more about the Ball Blue Book Project and become a sponsor.

Update 01/21/10: The winning comment number is #87, Sharon Gosney. Email me with your shipping info!

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  1. 1-20
    1:52
    am

    very VERY cute, are still planning to sell items? I want some good 100% cotton dish cloths. I’m down to my last one and it is in a sad state.

  2. 1-20
    1:52
    am

    Sweet Cozy! I would really love the BBB!
    ~~HUGS~~

  3. 1-20
    2:15
    am

    Just out of curiosity, does the jam cozy serve any purpose other than cuteness? And I’d love a BBB!

  4. 1-20
    2:15
    am

    Just think of the possibilities for uses for this cozy after it has been gifted. To hold a jar of candy, cotton swabs or cotton balls in the bathroom, a small plant. Two gifts in one. How Green is that? Still hoping to win a Ball Blue Book.

  5. 1-20
    3:08
    am

    So cute. BBB, please!

  6. 1-20
    5:30
    am

    i think im going to try this but without tying off the parts…. try my hand at crocheting in the round….
    id love that ball blue book :)

  7. 1-20
    5:54
    am

    It’s cute and I keep meaning to start crocheting again. I just have to take the time to do it. BBB

  8. 1-20
    6:00
    am

    So cute! Perfect for wrapping Christmas gift jams. Next: a TEA cozy. Seriously. If I had one, I’d use my tea pot much more.
    BBB, please.

  9. 1-20
    6:11
    am

    :snuggle: Too cute!
    Made up your dishcloth last night, it came out great!
    BBB please!!!
    BTW, the wool cleaned up and spun woderfully!!
    When you get ready to deal wit the shearing again please let me know. Most wonderful pair of house socks I’ve ever made!!

  10. 1-20
    6:20
    am

    Neat idea! Looks really cute and is a nice gift. BBB

  11. 1-20
    6:22
    am

    Hrist, it’s just for cuteness! But like mommafox said, it could be used for other things once the jam is used by the person who receives the gift.

  12. 1-20
    6:27
    am

    Love the jam covers….you are so creative.

    I am interested in BBB.

    Have a great day!

  13. 1-20
    6:32
    am

    These are so cute. What a added touch to that canned gift. Sign me up for the BBB

  14. 1-20
    6:33
    am

    I would use the jar cozy as a dish cloth to clean up all the yummy, sticky jam once it was opened! You could fit your hand inside and scrub away, especially if it were cotton!

    Would love the BBB. Plan to plant all edibles in our yard this spring!!!

    Jan
    GDP

  15. 1-20
    6:35
    am

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!! That bottom is so simple, but so cute. Well, you’ve got me on the crochet bug, these little projects work up so fast. I need more jute twine! :lol:

  16. 1-20
    6:36
    am

    Oh, I was so excited over the jam cozy — BBB! Thank you Alton for sponsoring!!!

  17. 1-20
    6:39
    am

    Now that’s cute! I like simple, quick and cute!

    I’d love the Blue Ball Book! :happyfeet:

  18. 1-20
    6:51
    am

    Those cozies are cute! Cindy P posted a crocheting topic in the forum that has lots of cute things too. I’m going to go get more yarn and hooks after wk today!I want to make your ruffled dishcloth!
    BBB

  19. 1-20
    7:06
    am

    A cute way to give a jar of jam. There is a cozy for anything we want. lol.

    OH and hey I would love that BBB!!!!

  20. 1-20
    7:19
    am

    Love it! I am crocheting a pocketbook that is to be felted but I think I will put it aside for now and make a jar cozy! BBB.

  21. 1-20
    7:20
    am

    Love to win the bbb! You have me motivated to learn to can :)

  22. 1-20
    7:32
    am

    I love this jar cozy, Suzanne! I’m printing off the instructions so that I can make some of these…thinking Christmas gifts, and also trying to get some projects ready to do a consignment with a couple of local shops…these cozys will be great for that! Thanks for the idea and your wonderful pictures and instructions!

  23. 1-20
    7:37
    am

    The sweet little cozy adds even more to the homemade touch. A great idea, Suzanne!
    I’d love to win the BBB, thanks!

  24. 1-20
    7:48
    am

    Too cute!!! I like the idea of also using the cozy for a jar of candy.<3 Would love,love,love the BBB for all of my canning this summer and fall.

  25. 1-20
    7:53
    am

    Very cute Suzanne! When I saw how you fit it to the base of the jar, I thought about how to do that for a short base that fit on a set of glasses so a ‘coaster’ stayed ON them. Coasters that were attached… maybe.

    Oh well, it may be an idea that needs a little work.

    I’d love to try for that BBB again please?

  26. 1-20
    8:00
    am

    Morning Suzanne,
    Please count me in for the BBB. Haven’t tried crocheting yet, so your instructions sound greek to me, but you’re making me want to try!
    BethAnn

  27. 1-20
    8:18
    am

    Keeps those jars from clanking together during transport too!
    Please enter me for the BBB!

  28. 1-20
    8:22
    am

    How cute is that!

    I’d love to win the BBB.

  29. 1-20
    8:27
    am

    I love your jammies!

    I’d also love to win the BBB

  30. 1-20
    8:27
    am

    Love, love, love the cozy!!!!

    BBB, thanks!

  31. 1-20
    8:31
    am

    Always looking for new ways to crochet! CUTE! Enter me for the BBB please!!!

  32. 1-20
    8:32
    am

    Ah..ha…

    This pattern ould make cute ‘retro’ glass cozies….
    for that ice cold glass of tea this summer…..and soon I hope!

  33. 1-20
    8:38
    am

    Way cool pattern! I’m gonna try it this weekend! Cables are fun aren’t they? Just watch those cable needles – they’re sharp! Don’t ask how I know this. ;) BBB rocks! T

  34. 1-20
    8:38
    am

    I do think ‘mean rooster’ is lurking around my keyboard..
    ..pecking out odd letters (w this time)and messing up my comments.

    Should have read..This pattern would, etc…..

  35. 1-20
    8:43
    am

    That little jar cozy is so cute! I’m going to have to try that on one of my jam jars and then make a bunch so when I make jam this year I’ll already have them made. I’d like to try for the BBB! :hungry2:(pitchfork)

  36. 1-20
    8:57
    am

    I read your post every day and love it. Keep up the good work. I enjoy your recipes and stories of farm life. BBB.

  37. 1-20
    9:01
    am

    What a great idea! I use to crochet years ago…may need to give it another try. Love your blog! BBB

  38. 1-20
    9:02
    am

    What a cute idea…
    Would love to win the BBB.

  39. 1-20
    9:08
    am

    I’m a knitter not a crocheter, but my daughter crochets. I will definitely have to bookmark this post and show her. The cozy is delightful! Also, I’d love to be in the draw for BBB. Thank you.

  40. 1-20
    9:08
    am

    With all the canning that I do, believe it or not, I do NOT own the Ball Blue Book and would like it if I happened to win. Very cute jam cozy….I love crocheting little things like that.

  41. 1-20
    9:10
    am

    I need to learn how to crochet!! My mom does it all the time and taught me way back when but I never picked it up. I love this blog!!!

    BBB please!!!

  42. 1-20
    9:15
    am

    I absolutely adore this little cozy! It is perfect for gifts and I give away my jam all the time! I can’t wait to try it out! (BBB)

  43. 1-20
    9:18
    am

    Cute, cute, cute! BBB

  44. 1-20
    9:39
    am

    I think I need to break out my crochet needles (it’s been about 10 years). The cozy is way too cute! I know my mom would love it! Thanks Suzanne for continueing to inspire me! [BBB]

    Kelly

  45. 1-20
    9:43
    am

    :D Suzanne you are so multi- talented…Do you drink coffee???What kind, I think thats the secret ;) …How do you do it all???
    I would love to be entered into the drawing for the Canning Book.
    Nothing better than fresh canned peaches in January.I am always and forever so grateful for this site :airkiss: BBB

  46. 1-20
    9:50
    am

    Suzanne, your talent and creativity know no bounds, this is awesome! I am a knitter, not a crocheter, but I just might attempt this, it is so cute. Oh, and I will not forget to mention the Ball Blue Book project this morning. I always forget to mention it!!! BBB please… :woof:

  47. 1-20
    9:53
    am

    I would love that BBB!

  48. 1-20
    9:57
    am

    The cozy is very cute! I’d love to win a BBB. I want to learn to can this summer.

  49. 1-20
    9:58
    am

    BBB Please.

  50. 1-20
    10:07
    am

    I love that jam cozy! Wouldn’t it be cute at Easter with a jar full of jelly beans?

  51. 1-20
    10:11
    am

    You are so clever! What a neat gift idea and lots of time to work on them before next Christmas! Surely there is time somewhere! LOL

  52. 1-20
    10:11
    am

    Awesomely adorable!

  53. 1-20
    10:13
    am

    The jam cozy is so cute. I would love to have the BBB book.

  54. 1-20
    10:18
    am

    Love it! Simply lovely.

    So when can we expect a book? Why hasn’t anyone snatched you up to put all these great ideas, recipes, thoughts into a book?

    Just amazing. I don’t crochet, much – but I think I could make this and I love it!

    Thanks for the inspiration

  55. 1-20
    10:23
    am

    That is cute, but I don’t think I ever will do something like this. Looks like too much work *lol*
    But I do canning and preserving jams etc, so I’d love a BBB :-)

  56. 1-20
    10:41
    am

    :happyflower: Please enter me for the BBB drawing! Thanks! You are very creative, Suzanne!

  57. 1-20
    10:47
    am

    Very cute gift idea. Wish I could make one. don’t know how to knit or crochet but can sew! Would love BBB

  58. 1-20
    10:57
    am

    Love your wonderful talents and creativity. BBB Please.

  59. 1-20
    10:57
    am

    Hahaha jammies!cute BBB

  60. 1-20
    10:58
    am

    Very cute! have you thought of using the pattern to make a coffee cup cozy or cold drink cozy?

    I would love a Ball Blue Book, if I were lucky enough to win one.

    Thanks for a great blog, and I always love to see what you are up to.

  61. 1-20
    11:01
    am

    These are so cute! I absolutely love the colors of the first one. I really need to learn to crochet and knit.

    BBB please.

  62. 1-20
    11:02
    am

    What a cute project those cozys are. Now if I just had some time. I would love to have the Ball book. Thank you!

    Dava

  63. 1-20
    11:03
    am

    Look at all this skill! Next thing you know, you will making yourself a scarf (or at least for the kids). Or mittens… the possiblities are endless! Stay warm and crochet well.

    BBB

  64. 1-20
    11:12
    am

    I would love to make the jar cozy, but I don’t know how to crochet. I have bought just about every book and they all look the same. I just don’t get it. I think I need a book like crocheting for dummies, if that would even help.

  65. 1-20
    11:16
    am

    How cute! Do you ever crochet with the thinner thread and steel hooks, like doilies are made? A cozy made of that would look so pretty, then all the beautiful colors of your jams would show through.

    Enter me for the BBB, please and thank Alton Wright for us.

  66. 1-20
    11:20
    am

    I think I am the opposite of you – I can knit like there’s no tomorrow, but crocheting looks TOUGH! I have a hook and everything, but I just can’t figure it out. Haha!

    I’d love the BBB!! :)

  67. 1-20
    11:32
    am

    Really? Jam Cozies? Me fears that you have given up on knitting and gone over to the “other” side. Sigh, another lost to the cute of crochet. And yes, cute.

  68. 1-20
    11:41
    am

    You’ve inspired me back into crocheting! (As if I need another crafty thing to do.)

    I’d love the BBB.

  69. 1-20
    12:04
    pm

    I’m not usualy one fore crocheting but maybe I’ll have to try! BBB

  70. 1-20
    12:33
    pm

    very cute!! now pick me for the BBB plz :)

  71. 1-20
    12:46
    pm

    Now that is just adorable!! :snuggle:

  72. 1-20
    12:49
    pm

    Wish I could still crochet!! My mother always knitted like nobodies business. She tried to teach me….I did not get that gene. Have you ever made blankets or xmas stockings…I so bet you could!!!!

    Anywho still loving your blog and wondering if you have heard of seed.com…..you could get paid to write articles….so for you……heard this on GMA yesterday.

    Have a great day!!

  73. 1-20
    12:50
    pm

    Hmm-might make a nice wine bottle cozy. :devil:
    Please add me to the BBB list!
    Rys

  74. 1-20
    12:54
    pm

    Seriously I need to learn how to knit – I LOVE these cozies!!!
    Also would love to have the BBB since canning is one of my favorite things to do.

  75. 1-20
    1:18
    pm

    Really cute idea. Could use it for pre-mixed gifts. Would like the BBB as I am always going online to look up how-to can this or that.

  76. 1-20
    1:31
    pm

    The jam cozy is cute as can be. I would like to be in the drawing for the Ball Blue Book.

  77. 1-20
    1:33
    pm

    BBB please! Thank you.

  78. 1-20
    1:53
    pm

    I both knit and crochet, but i never did get the hang of the cable stitch i always seem to reverse them. count me in for the BBB please.

  79. 1-20
    2:10
    pm

    Very cute. That would make a great pencil holder when the jam is gone. I’m using a coffee mug right now.

    (I will not take up crochet. I will not take up crochet. I will not take up crochet.)

    BBB, please.

  80. 1-20
    2:15
    pm

    What an utterly lovely cozy! You are one creative woman.

    And thank you for giving us the opportunity to win the BBB book. I would so love to win it!

    BBB

  81. 1-20
    2:16
    pm

    :dancingmonster: Adorable jar cozy! I will sit down & make one tonight. BBB please, and Thank You for all you do, Suzanne.

  82. 1-20
    2:32
    pm

    This is cute! I like the idea of a cozy that is also a dishrag but I don’t think your average dish cloth pattern would be “cozy” enough. I bet the cozy would add lots to a gift basket that had both homemade jam and dish rags. BBB

  83. 1-20
    2:49
    pm

    Cute little cozie! Just wondering if you have ever thought about writing books centered around fiber? I personally love to read mysteries or romance books when they also include my love of all things fiber. There are just not enough of them out there. Only a thought. I would do it if I could but I am no writer. Seems I could barely put this thought in writing.
    Love your site and I enjoy it everyday.

  84. 1-20
    2:57
    pm

    I think Jan #14 and Chantal #80 have good ideas there! Instead of crocheting a dish rag, make it a simple, no ruffles, mitt that a hand could fit in for washing dishes or washing up the counter top. Seems to me the jam cozy would be helpful by catching all the sticky finger prints and the ruffle would catch drips that usually run down the outside of the jar. At some point, when it gets too gooky it would need to be washed before putting back on.

  85. 1-20
    3:04
    pm

    Love all of your ideas! Please enter me for a BBB. Thanks!

  86. 1-20
    3:06
    pm

    I have got to learn to crochet. I’m working on it, but still have a long way to go before I can really make anything. (BBB)

  87. 1-20
    3:23
    pm

    awesome….I like it. Great job! add me in for BBB,thanks.

  88. 1-20
    3:47
    pm

    Please put me in the drawing for the BBB

  89. 1-20
    4:37
    pm

    I would love to win the BBB!
    I think that I will have to try my hand at crochet again because that jam cozi is too cute.

  90. 1-20
    5:23
    pm

    I love your crochet projects! I haven’t even attempted to knit in years, but I do like to crochet. Please include me in the drawing for the BBB! Thanks for such a fun blog!

  91. 1-20
    5:51
    pm

    I’m making some “gifts in a jar” and this will be perfect!

    Add me to the BBB drawing

  92. 1-20
    5:51
    pm

    I would like to be in the drawing for the Ball Blue Book.Thank you.

  93. 1-20
    6:39
    pm

    I got my BBB in the mail yesterday! Thank you to the person who sponsered it!! I just LOVE it. :D

    That cozy is soooo cute. I need to figure out crocheting. I have a Crochet For Dummies book even… that sounds terrible doesn’t it. I need hands on learning and a friend showed me how to make a scarf, so that’s all I can make.

  94. 1-20
    6:44
    pm

    Cute!

    And how about a base with a ruffle to use as a coaster, or under a vase or something?

  95. 1-20
    7:19
    pm

    Adorable! I used to crochet when I was first married, but haven’t done it in years. This makes me want to try again! BBB!!

  96. 1-20
    7:30
    pm

    So cute! I don’t know how to crochet, but my sister does and she has said that she will teach me. Looking forward to making both the dishcloths and cozies. BBB me please. Thanks

  97. 1-20
    7:36
    pm

    Is there no end to your talents??? Love the little jam cozies! They are so cute. Thank you for the tutorial. I know where I can use up some of my yarn ends now…great idea.
    Please enter me intot he draw for the BBB. I still want one!

  98. 1-20
    7:57
    pm

    Would so love :heart: to win a BBB :happyflower: for my daughter-actually I’d give her mine :sheep: and keep yours !! :snoopy: rain!

  99. 1-20
    8:29
    pm

    Crochet, cook, farm, phtograph, write, raise kids, is there anything you DON’T do woman?! I am so inspired. In fact, I have some grandmother bread rising on my kitchen counter as I write this! (in a bowl of course) Pick ME for the BBB! ;)

  100. 1-20
    10:27
    pm

    You are amazing! I agree with many of the women here you go it all!

  101. 1-20
    10:56
    pm

    Just found your blog and love it so far. The jam cozies. Wish I could come up with a use for it after you use the jam. Or maybe make a dishcloth that can be gathered around a jar? Anyway, I’d love a BBB! I do quite a bit of canning here.

  102. 1-21
    12:08
    am

    Love the cozy pattern! I give blackberry jelly for gifts every year, now I can really spruce ’em up! Thank you, Suzanne!

    Yes, please on the BBB.

    Hugs!

  103. 1-22
    12:52
    am

    Woe is me :hissyfit: I didn’t win the BBB—–But hey, ya got the first name right!!

  104. 2-14
    12:15
    pm

    I love the little jam cozy!! I want to make one but I just started to learn to crochet. It isn’t coming easily! I think I’m doing it way too tight!!

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