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Crocheted Jar Helper

Posted on May 22, 2010

This project is for a jar helper that I crocheted to help you open those tough jar lids. The center is a plastic mesh that is cut from a dollar store roll of shelf liner.

I cut down the middle of my roll which was 12 inches wide. So for every 12 inches from the roll, you can cut four squares.

Work with a smaller crochet hook around evenly with your cotton. I used a D hook for my base row and then you can change to a G hook if desired to finish off your crocheted edging. I made a number of these jar openers and plan to use them as gifts along with matching dishcloths.

Crocheted Jar Helper Pattern
Finished crocheted piece measures: 7 inch Square
Hook: Metal D USA sized crochet hook

1/2 oz – cotton yarn
6 inches x 6 inches piece of plastic shelf liner

Cut a 6 inch x 6 inch square from the plastic shelf liner roll. I purchased my non-slip shelf liner from the dollar store. The roll was 5 inches x 12 inches so I was able to cut 20 squares from the 99 cent purchase.

Rnd 1
Using a small D crochet hook, attach yarn at a corner and ch 1. Sc loosely around the plastic shelf liner square. Work 2 Sc in the corner but be careful not to tear the plastic. Insert your crochet hook as shown in the picture down a few holes from the edge as they will help not to tear the thin plastic mesh. Sc around the entire square and join with a Sl St into the beg ch 1.

Wiggle your hook gently into the plastic mesh hole to make each Sc stitch.
If the plastic mesh does tear when you crochet into it, just move your hook over and down a bit to secure the Sc stitch. The tear will hardly show and doesn’t really affect your finished product.

Rnd 2
(You can continue with the small D hook or if desired, you can change and finish the scalloped round using a G hook.)
Beginning at corner *Ch 3, Dc in same st, skip 2 sts and Sl St in next stitch or space*. Repeat between * around to beginning Ch 3. FO and weave under ends.
Reminder: Hand wash or machine wash gentle. DO NOT dry in a machine dryer. Only hang to dry as the plastic will melt in your dryer.

If you have any questions or find discrepancies in this pattern, please email me using contact tab above.

Beg – Beginning
Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
FO – Finish Off
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Rnd – Round
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Sm – Same
Sp – Space
St – Stitch

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10 Responses to “Crocheted Jar Helper”

  1. Kristy
    May 23, 2010

    How brilliant are you?! I really need one of these.

  2. Moonshadow
    May 23, 2010

    Wonderful! Never thought of using shelf liner.
    .-= Moonshadow´s last blog ..Whirlybird =-.

  3. Bonnie
    May 24, 2010

    What a great idea! I think I’ll add a loop so I can hang it with my potholders for easy access. My “kitchen basket” Christmas gift ideas keep growing! Thanks!

  4. Mellanie
    May 26, 2010

    I had the same idea myself, but I tried to make mine with rubber bands looped together, and it didn’t work. The rubber bands were almost impossible ot work with. Your solution is great, thanks!

  5. alison
    May 27, 2010

    What a unique idea. Sadly, I don’t know how to crochet. One of these days, I’ll get my husband’s grandmom to show me how!

  6. Rachel R.
    Jun 15, 2010

    That is so smart! I can never seem to find jar openers when the old ones break, but I never thought to use shelf liner. (It seems totally obvious now that you’ve mentioned it, but I never thought of it on my own.)

  7. Dianne Lane
    Sep 17, 2010

    What a fantastic idea! Thanks so much for sharing. I have several friends who have difficulty opening jars (as do I) and I would like to try this for them. Thanks again!

  8. Stacy
    Sep 20, 2010

    What a fantastice idea!! I never would have thought of this. I can’t wait to try it this weekend when I buy some shelf liner.

  9. Crafty Gardener
    Oct 11, 2010

    I made round ones as well. I like the square ones as there is less waste. Have a great day.

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