If you're a crocheter and love the look of macramé plant holders, you'll love making this crochet plant hanger that draws inspiration from the classic rope craft! Working with super bulky t-shirt yarn means that you can hook this up and have your plants hanging in an hour or two.
You won't need to know any special techniques because this plant holder pattern uses only very basic crochet stitches. Plus, you can easily customize the size so that it fits your favorite planter or container. In addition to bringing some green plants into your home, you can make this project even more "green" by reusing an old t-shirt to make your own yarn.
Choose a container and some yarn, and get started!
Equipment / Tools
- Size Q Crochet Hook
- Size J Crochet Hook
- T-Shirt Yarn
- 1.5-inch Metal Macrame Ring
Crochet the Base
The base of the plant hanger starts just like a single crocheted circle. Plant pots often have a drain hole in the bottom, so start your circle with enough chains to leave the center open.
For this t-shirt yarn with a size Q hook, the starting chain is 10 stitches. Join the chain into a ring with a slip stitch.
Chain 1, then single crochet 2 into every stitch around the ring. Slip stitch to the first stitch to join.
For the next round, chain 1, then single crochet 2 into the first stitch, single crochet 1 in the next stitch. Repeat, alternating between working 2 single crochets and 1 single crochet. Slip stitch to the first stitch to join.
Add as many rounds as needed until the circle is about the same size as the base of your container. For each new round, follow the formula for making a flat circle.
Crochet the First Hanging Cord
With the yarn stitch attached, work as many chains as needed to form the desired height of the plant hanger, then add a few more chains.
For narrow containers, add 3-4 stitches, but for wider planters add 8-10 more stitches.
Remember that the t-shirt yarn stretches and adding the plant and pot will make the hanging cords hang considerably longer than the crocheted chain. Hold the circle flat and stretch the cord as long as it will go to ensure that it's long enough.
Trim the yarn and pull the end through the loop to end off the chain.
Count the number of chains in your cord.
Join Yarn to Add More Hanging Cords
With the end of a new length of yarn, draw up a loop on the opposite side of the circle from the first hanging cord.
Enlarge the loop so it's big enough for your spool or ball of yarn to fit through. Bring the yarn end and yarn ball through the loop to form a lark's head knot.
Tighten the knot by pulling the side of the yarn that's attached to the spool or ball.
Crochet the Hanging Cords
Draw up a loop through the same stitch to which you attached the yarn. Chain the same number of stitches as you did for the first hanging cord.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 to add more hanging cords evenly spaced around the circle.
For this sample, the plant hanger has a total of four hanging cords, but you could have a total of six or eight for larger containers.
Attach the Hanging Ring
Bring the ends of the hanging cords together, matching up neighboring cords. Tie the ends through the metal macrame ring in pairs, tying tightly with square knots.
Join the Sides
Count the number of chains from the base of the plant hanger to the middle of the container.
Slide a smaller crochet hook through that chain for two neighboring cords and then draw an 8-inch piece of yarn through the stitches. Tie the cords together with a square knot.
Repeat on the other set(s) of cords.
Work with alternating cords and count up an equal number of chains, then tie them together. It may be helpful to do this with the plant container in place.
Weave the Ends
Finish your hanging planter by weaving the ends through the base and cords. The smaller crochet hook works well for this step.
Settle your plant in the container and place it back in the hanger so it's ready for you to enjoy. It may feel a little snug, but that helps hold everything in place!