Strawberry & Vintage Mason Jar Stitch Pattern
On June 7th (my brother’s birthday) every year, I knew it was time to do one of my favorite things….PICK STRAWBERRIES IN OHIO! I love this memory and created this awesome stitch pattern to pay homage to it!
It is a multiple of 24 +5. What does that mean? You can make this ANYTHING. Blanket, throw pillow, purse, shirt, anything…. Just make any multiple of 24 chains then add 5 and you are off! (Credit due to the CAL team who tested this, it should be near perfect!)
My Grandpa is my forever hero, he is 93 years strong now and one of my most cherished human beings ever.
For many many years, in early June in Ohio, we loaded up in the back of my Grandpa and Grandma’s (the one who taught me to crochet!) station wagon (no seatbelts mind you!) and went to a farm called Rainbow Farms. We would spend the morning picking our own strawberries; loading them into a woven wood bushel basket. We would pop a few in our mouths as we picked and leave with fingers dyed a deep shade of red. Always already warm that time of year, the berries would heat up slightly in the car and the sweet smell was amplified to an almost unreal level. Then, we just ate them and that was that until next year! Here is the myth, the man, the legend, my Grandpa!
As I got older, after we picked; I began to create and preserve my own strawberry jam. Nothing fancy, just a few basic ingredients, but pure Heaven in the mouth. The greatest part? The old vintage blue mason jars that would be filled with the jam. That turquoise glass is one of the most beautiful shades of blue and with the jam inside, it becomes a beautiful lavender. This small stitched section of mine was created to mimic those lovely vintage metal lidded blue Mason jars and the fresh juicy berries. Textural and dimensional, fear not, it will still look lovely in just a few colors or solid. <3
Vintage Mason Jars and Strawberries
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– worsted weight yarn in white, light turquoise, strawberry pink, light gray, and lime green
(Shown: Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn in White, Turquoise, Tropical Pink, Greybeard, and Key Lime) – size H (5.00mm) crochet hook
24 + 5, chain any multiple of 24 (24, 48, 72, etc) then add 5 more and you are off!
The sample swatch was created with a beginning chain of 30 (24 + 5 + 1 to begin with hdc). Finished measurements are:
3” height x 8.5” width
*Remember to use the same yarn weight and hook throughout the entire crochet along so your project remains properly proportioned!
Option A: If you are working this piece stand alone; With white (or whatever color you choose), chain a multiple of 24 + 5, and add 1:
Row 1: hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. (*Skipped ch does NOT count as a st)
Option B: If you are working this piece as an add on to a previous week of the FATW Crochet Along; With the wrong side of the final hdc row of the prior week’s work facing you, join the yarn with a sl st in the rightmost st of the work, then:
Row 1: ch 1 (doesn’t count as a st) hdc in the same st and in each st across. *Conversely you can chain 2 and have that count as your 1st hdc, but my preference is as written in the row*
Remainder of the work:
Row 2: ch 1 (does not count as a st), turn, sc in the 1st st and in sc in each st across, at the final yarn over/pull through of the last hdc change to turquoise and cut white.
Image shows color change method used throughout. New color used as last yarn over/pull through of final st of row 2.
Row 3: ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), turn, dc in nxt st, 5dcpop (see end of row for method) in the nxt st, ch 2, sk nxt 2 sts, *5dcpop in nxt st, ch 2, sk nxt 2 sts, repeat from * across until 3 sts remain (3 sts remaining after the last 2 skipped sts on the last repeat), 5dcpop in the nxt st, dc in the last 2 sts, at the last dc change to gray as you did in row 1, cut turquoise. (For each repeat of the pattern you will have (9) 5dcpop sts)
5dcpop (5 double crochet popcorn): make 5 dc in the indicated st, drop the loop from the hook, insert hook from front to back in the 1st dc of the 5, pick up the dropped loop and pull it through the 1st dc, ch 1 to close popcorn. The ch-1 is part of the popcorn, you will chain 2 MORE after that as instructed above.
Image shows just before final step of pulling loop of 5th dc back through the 1st dc to close the popcorn.
Row 4: ch 1, turn, sc in same st and nxt st, sc in the MIDDLE (see image) of the nxt 5dcpop, *2 sc in the nxt ch-2 sp, sc in the middle of the nxt 5dcpop, repeat from * across until the final 2 dc remain, sc in the last 2 dc.
Image shows working into the MIDDLE of the 5dcpop; insert the hook from bottom to top inside the space created by the popcorn.
Row 5: ch 1, turn, sc in the same and nxt st, working in the double crochets of the 5dcpop of row 3, hdc in the 2nd/3rd/4th dc of the 5dcpop, sk the sc worked in the middle of the 5dcpop on row 4, *sc in the nxt 2 sts, hdc in the 2nd/3rd/4th dc of the nxt 5dcpop, sk the sc worked in the middle of the 5dcpop on row 4, repeat from * until the final 2 sts (after the last skipped sc of the last repeat), sc in the last 2 sc, changing to pink and cutting gray at the last sc of the row.
The top image shows the hook inserted in the 2nd dc of the 5dcpop. The bottom image shows the stitch you skip that was worked in the middle of the 5dcpop.
Row 6: (See image at row end) ch 1, turn, sc in the same st, and nxt st, sc in the sc made in the MIDDLE of the 5dcpopcorn on row 4, sk the 3 hdc worked into the 5dcpop, sc in the nxt sc on row 5, 5 dc in the nxt sc, *sc in the sc made in the middle of the 5dcpop from row 4, sk the 3 hdc worked into the 5dcpop, and sc in the nxt sc on row 5, 5 dc in the nxt sc, repeat from * until just before the last 5dcpop is reached, sc in the sc made in the middle of the last 5dcpop from row 4, sk the 3 hdc in the 5dcpop, sc in the last 2 sc, change to green at the last sc and cut pink.
The image shows skipping the 3 hdc, sc in the sc worked in the middle of the popcorn (orange arrow) and sc then 5dc in the nxt 2 sc on the current row (blue arrows).
Row 7: *NOTE: Work decreases tightly to ensure the berries really pop* ch 1, turn, sc in the same st, and the nxt 2 sc, *5scdec over the nxt 5 sc, sc in the nxt 2 sc, repeat from * across, until the 2 sc are reached, sc in the last 2 sc, at the last sc, change to white and cut green.
5scdec (5 single crochet decrease): (Insert hook in the next dc, yarn over and pull up a loop) FIVE times total (6 loops on the hook), yarn over and pull through all the loops as once, ch-1 to close.
The image shows all the loops on the hook before the final yarn over/pull through.
Row 8: ch 1 (does not count as a st), turn, hdc in the same st and the nxt st, *hdc in the nxt 2 sc, hdc in the close st of the nxt 5scdec, repeat from * until the last 3 sts are reached, hdc into the last 3 sts, cut white. (At the end of this row, you should be back at your original count of multiple of 24+5) Weave in all ends.
Image shows the top of each 5scdec, you will see 2 sts. Keep in mind we are working across the previous row, but backwards. Therefore, the ch-1 comes first and is indicated by the orange arrow. SKIP THE ch-1 and work into the close st of the 5scdec in which the hook is inserted into in the picture.
TO INCREASE HEIGHT OF DESIGN: After Row 8, if you want to work more rows of the jars and berries motifs; Simply Repeat Rows 3-8 as many times as you wish, then cut yarn and weave in ends.
Stitch Key: (Basic, Special Stitches defined within pattern)
Ch chain sc single crochet
Hdc half double crochet dc double crochet
Sk skip nxt next
Dec decrease st stitch
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Much Love and Yarn,
Stephanie Pokorny (Crochetverse)
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