Reuse, Recycle, Root – FREE crochet plant hanger pattern and tutorial

Free Crochet Pattern for plant hanger

The making

Enjoy this free crochet plant hanger pattern.  I’ve known for quite some time that I wanted to make a few fun, home decoration type things but wasn’t exactly sure what. A pillow? Blanket? 
Nothing jumped up and demanded to be made, so the idea of ‘something’ has been lingering for a while. 

The yarn

This quick little gem of a project uses a scant 24 yards [22 m] of super bulky weight yarn. Yours will vary, depending on the circumference of bottle used and height of your planter.

Hold 2 or 3 strands of worsted weight together if you don’t have super bulky on-hand.
Using a mix of colors would produce a fun, marled look.

The why

This little project came to be because my daughter was about to get her very first apartment. Finally getting to move off campus, out of the dorms, and into her own little space (with a few roomies).
At some point during one of the oh-so-many shopping trips, she said, “Mom! I’m going to have ALL THE PLANTS!”
And that’s when the light bulb came on.

Love super bulky?

Model wearing Ice Drop crochet cowl made from free pattern.

Ice Drop is a simple cowl made from 172 yds [158 m] of super bulky yarn. It uses post stitches to give it a deep, squishy texture. {FREE pattern}

The skills you need

This little hanging plant cozy is very beginner friendly. 
The adjustable ring may be new to you, but I have a tutorial and if you aren’t feeling adventurous, an alternative is listed under “Special Stitches”.

adjustable ring – chain – single – slip stitch 

Getting started

Supplies:
Empty, clean and dry plastic bottle (sample uses a bai drink)
Scissors (for cutting the bottle- not the good fabric scissors!)
Exacto knife/razor
Permanent marker
Ruler
Wide tape (I used packing tape, shown)

Measure from the top of the bottle through the neck and curve, to the point where the bottle becomes straight. This example is 2″ [5 cm]
Remember your measurement.

Measuring from the bottom,  mark around the bottle about an inch [2-3 cm] longer than the length of the neck/curve portion from above. 

Cut your bottle in two along this mark/measurement. Use the exact knife to make a slit for your scissors to keep from damaging the bottle.

Make 5 or 6, evenly spaced, 1″ [2-3 cm] vertical slits around the opening of the bottom portion of the bottle.

At this point, you need to decide how tall you want your planter to be. 
Do a quick test by placing the upper half of the bottle upside down into the lower half.
Leave 1/2″ [1-2 cm] of clearance space between the bottom and mouth of the bottle.

Cut off the excess from the upper half of the bottle, making sure to keep the edge straight.
I decided to make this planter 4″ [10 cm] tall. 

Using the exacto knife, make small holes in the lid, enlarge them a bit by CAREFULLY inserting a blade from the scissors and twisting.
These are going to be the drainage holes for the little pot.

Screw the cap back onto the bottle.

The final step in turning your bottle into a planter is to tape it togther.
With the lid on, place the top half, upside down, into the bottom half, making sure you leave 1/2″ [1-2 cm] of space between the bottom and the lid to allow for any drainage.
Using a tape wide enough to overlap a bit of the bottom as well as a bit of the top, secure the pieces together. I used packing tape, duct tape would work well, too. You want to make sure it is strong enough to hold the weight of the plant.

Now you are ready to crochet the cover. 

The Pattern

Reuse, Recycle, Root

A Free crochet plant hanger pattern & tutorial, by Rebecca Velasquez

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YARN: Bulky weight (#5 bulky); 24 yds [22 m] *; shown: Loops&Threads, Country Loom (100% acrylic; 104 yd[95 m]/5 oz[141 g]), 1 skein; Warm Cream (80 yds remaining); *yardage will vary depending on bottle used.

Other yarns to try:

All yarn weights will work for this project.

Try holding multiple strands together for a marled look.

Use up your scrap yarn – create a striped cover.

HOOK: K/10.5 – 6.5 mm, or size needed to create a solid fabric.

NOTIONS: Locking stitch marker (1), tapestry needle

GAUGE: Not crucial for this project; will vary with yarn and hook choice

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Will vary with  bottle choice

PROJECT LEVEL: Easy; beginner friendly

TECHNIQUES USED: adjustable ring – chain – single – slip stitch 

NOTES:

  • Gauge is not crucial to this project.
  • Cover and hanging loop are worked in one piece, bottom first, sides, then hanger.
  • Stitching is done in spiraling rows, no turning.

ABBREVIATIONS:

Ch – chain

Ea – each

PM – place marker in st just made

Rep – repeat

RS – right side 

Sc – single crochet

Sl st – slip stitch

St(s) – stitch(es)

SPECIAL STITCHES:

Adjustable ring:  Picture & written tutorial
Alternatively, You may replace this with: ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook to join.

COVER

Bottom

Row 1: Adjustable ring (see Special Stitches), ch 1, sc in ring, PM, 5 sc in ring, tighten ring, do not join, do not turn. – 6 sc

Row 2: 2 sc in each st across to end, move marker to new first stitch of each row, do not join, do not turn. – 12 sc

Row 3: Sc in first st, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; rep from * across to end, do not join, do not turn. – 18 sc

Row 4: Sc in first st, sc in next st, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * across, 2 sc in last st, do not join, do not turn. – 24 sc

Continue in the following pattern of increases until circle is the same size as bottom of planter.
Sample shown stops increasing at this point.

Increases
Row 5: Sc in first st, sc in next 2 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts; rep from * across, 2 sc in last st, do not join, do not turn. – 30 sc
Row 6: Sc in first st, sc in next 3 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts; rep from * across, 2 sc in last st, do not join, do not turn. – 36 sc
Row 7: Sc in first st, sc in next 4 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts; rep from * across, 2 sc in last st, do not join, do not turn. – 42 sc

Sides

Next Row: Sc in each st across to end, do not join, do not turn.

Repeat row until sides have reached height desired.

Final row and hanging loop: Sl st in each st across to end, ch 20 (approx 11″ [28 cm]), fasten off. 

Using tail, sew chain to next sl st, creating a loop.

Finishing

Weave in ends. 

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handwritten signature by Rebecca

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