Crochet Jar Cover I: Shells and Lace

Shells and Lace Jar cover

Shells and Lace Jar Candle Cover

I designed this lacy pattern to let out plenty of light as the candle burns down, and cast pretty shadows around.  If you want to make your own candles, as I did, see my previous post!

Stitches illuminated from behind

Stitches illuminated from behind

Look out for the remaining jar patterns in my next couple of posts.


  • Left over stash yarn and matching hook; I used Patons 4ply Cotton and a size 3.5mm hook
  • Buttons (you may not need these depending on your gauge and jar size)
  • Jar Candle


It is best to make a quick swatch and then see what your own gauge is.  You can adjust the number of pattern repeats to match the circumference of your jar.  The mesh is quite stretchy, so make it on the small side for a snug fit.

If you make it too small you can always add a few rows of single crochet down the length and add some buttons as I did in my multi coloured pattern (see next post!)

My jar was 24cm around, each pattern repeat was 3.8cm, so I did 6 pattern repeats for a 23 cm cover which stretched over just nicely.

Mix and match crochet candles patterns!

Mix and match crochet candles patterns!


Ch 52 (or 8n + 4, where n= number of pattern repeats)

R1: 2dc in 4th ch from hook, *ch3, sk 3 ch, sc, ch3, sk 3 ch, 5dc in next ch, repeat from * to end, ending with 3dc in final ch.  Ch4, turn (counts as sc, ch 3).

R2: *sc in ch-sp, ch4, sc in next ch-sp, ch3, sc in centre dc of 5dc group, ch3, repeat from * to end, ending with an sc in top of turning ch.  Ch3, turn.

R3: 2dc in sc, *ch3, sk 1 ch-sp, sc in next ch-sp, ch3, 5 dc in next sc, repeat from * to end, ending with 3 dc in very last turning ch. Ch 4, turn (counts as sc, ch 3).

Repeat rows 2-3 until the piece is tall enough.  End with a row 3, but you may wish to modify it as follows (so that the top is tight enough to grip the curve of the jar).

Final R3: 2dc in sc, *ch2, sk 1 ch-sp, sc in next ch-sp, ch2, 5 dc in next sc, repeat from * to end, ending with 3 dc in very last turning ch.

Close up of Shells and Lace pattern

Close up of Shells and Lace pattern


If your piece is the exact right size, fasten off with a long tail.  Use the tail to sew the 1st and last dc’s of each row together to hide the join.  Weave in all ends.

If your piece is a little small, do not fasten off.  Ch 1 and turn, then sc evenly down the sides to add width. Do this until the piece is the right size.  Then either seam together and add decorative buttons, or sc down the other side also and add button loops for a closure.

Safety first!

Make your crochet cover shorter than the lip of your jar, you do not want your yarn catching on fire!

Do let me know how you get on with this pretty project! :)


18 thoughts on “Crochet Jar Cover I: Shells and Lace

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  5. This pattern is horrible. I have used other patterns from this site before and I was very happy with them. But this pattern for a mason jar cover is not at all accurate. I even had a few other crocheters try it and they said the same thing. If anyone knows another pattern for mason jar covers let me know. I need to make some for my wedding

    • Hi Amanda, sorry to hear you are having problems with this pattern. Please can you let me know where exactly you are struggling because I am always happy to help and keen to improve my pattern writing skills! I know several people have made this so I’m sure that whatever problem you are having can be fixed. Is it as simple as you haven’t sized up for your jar size? The example here is for a straight sided jar of 24 cm circumference.

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  8. I’m having an issue with the pattern as well. I’m struggling on row 3 I can’t seem to make it look like the picture. When I go to work 5dc into the next sc, is it worked into the sc that is in the chain space, or is it worked into the sc that is on top of the 5dc group? I feel like there is a step missing on row 3. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong?

    • Hi Ashley! Sorry you are having problems. Each group of 5sc is always worked into the sc which is into the group of 5sc below – so that all the “shells” are stacked up vertically. It sounds like maybe you have missed a step or two at the start of row 3? Let me know if you are still having problems figuring it out!

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