I got the idea to crochet little "jackets" to wrap around empty baby jars from my current fave euro magazine:
It was ludicrously simple. I'm a very basic crocheter; my basic stitch turned some wool (scraps that I combined to make faster work with a larger crochet hook) into a rectangle to wrap around the jar. I did a rectangle in about a half hour. When it wrapped around the jar tightly, I transformed the rectangle into a tube by sewing the ends together. I could have pulled the little sweater onto the glass at that point but noooo....I finished off the top by crocheting on a border (thanks for the tip, mom!) and leaving the ends long to tie them in a decorative bow.
Are you a basic crocheter and need a slew of last minute presents? This might be a little project for you!
p.s. this also marks Charlotte's graduation from the jarred pear sauce to actual pears...