August 20, 2014

Couch Craft: Spiral Crochet Planter Cover (with Pattern!)

I'm not the best when it comes to keeping plants. I certainly don't have a green thumb. But I have two hardy little guys that sit on my kitchen windowsill. And they have sat there in their original, basic brown plastic containers for over three years now. As the plants have grown and kept me happy company, those straight-from-the-store, bland containers have irked me. It was time to do something about it. But I'm fearful of re-potting. And the windowsill is too narrow for an outer decorative pot. Inspired by this adorable image on Pinterest, I sat down one afternoon to figure out a crochet cover for my plants. I wrote it out to share here with you.

Spiral Crochet Planter Cover | Crochet a spiral planter cover for your 4-inch plants with this quick pattern. | The Inspired Wren
The two kitchen plants are not as photogenic as this plastic Ikea plant from the window-less guest bedroom. But even plastic plants can don sweaters!



We've been in the pool every day for the better part of two weeks, and yet school supplies have been purchased, sewing of the annual backpack is underway, and this is also happening in my backyard. Fall is on our minds if not in the air. I decided to work up a little Autumnal spiral cable-inspired sweater for my plants (I'm saving those the adorable bunnies from the inspiration pic for Spring). The first version took me a solid afternoon while I stopped every other row and checked that the cover fit properly...and frogged and restitched until it did. The second flew off the hook in one evening of television watching/listening. My eyes were on the yarn, my ears on New York: A Documentary because apparently Mr. Wren & I are nerds, or just old folk who enjoy documentaries (while crocheting), now get off my front porch, you young whippersnapper!

This is a quick project, perfect for a gift or for changing out your own planter covers by season or on a whim. If you’re like me and prefer to print out the tutorials and patterns you use, download the free 2-page PDF version here [you'll need a Craftsy account, but that's also free with an email address]. Otherwise, read on for the full Spiral Crochet Planter Cover pattern for 4-inch plants.



PROJECT INFO

GUAGE Rows 1–4 = 3.25″ diameter 

FINSIHED SIZE* Bottom crocheted diameter = 3.25″; Height = 4″
*The top cuff includes an increase and the stitches stretch to fit a planter that has a 4″ diameter across at the top. 

NOTE: Read the directions carefully, some rounds include a rise, some rounds include a rise and a turn, and others are worked in the round without a rise.


STITCHES

ch:  Chain
sc:  Single Crochet
hdc:  Half Double Crochet
dc:  Double Crochet
fpdc:  Front Post Double Crochet
sl st:  Slip Stitch



CONSTRUCTION

BOTTOM

Round 1: Working in Magic Ring, ch 2, hdc 7, sl st into ch to join; 8 stitches

Round 2: ch 2, 2 hdc in each st 7 times around, hdc 1, sl st to join; 16 stitches

Round 3: ch 2, [hdc 1, 2 hdc in next st], repeat within [ ] 7 times, hdc 2, sl st to join; 24 stitches

Round 4: ch 2, [hdc 2, 2 hdc in next st], repeat within [ ] 7 times, hdc 3, sl st to join; 32 stitches

Spiral Crochet Planter Cover | Crochet a spiral planter cover for your 4-inch plants with this quick pattern. | The Inspired Wren
Rounds 14 complete.
NOTE: I'm left handed and flipped each of these images for the right-hand perspective. You're welcome, right-handers. Sorry, lefties.




SIDES

Round 5: ch 2, TURN, working in bottom loop created by hdc of Round 4 (see illustration) dc in each loop around; 32 stitches

Spiral Crochet Planter Cover | Crochet a spiral planter cover for your 4-inch plants with this quick pattern. | The Inspired Wren
The first stitch of Round 5 on the hook; the red arrows indicate the next three loops for stitch placement.

Round 6: ch 1, TURN, [sc, fpdc], repeat within [ ] around, sl st to join (do not turn); 32 stitches

Rounds 7–14: [skip st, sc in top of fpdc, fpdc in same st] repeat within [ ] around (7 rows); 32 stitches

Spiral Crochet Planter Cover | Crochet a spiral planter cover for your 4-inch plants with this quick pattern. | The Inspired Wren
Round 6 complete; the arrows illustrate stitch placement for Rounds 714.

Round 15: sc around; 32 stitches

Round 16: [sc 7, 2 sc in next st], repeat within [ ] around (4 times); 36 stitches

Round 17: sc around; 36 stitches

Round 18: [sc 8, 2 sc in next st], reapeat within [ ] around (4 times); 40 stitches

Round 19: sc around, finish off; 40 stitches

Spiral Crochet Planter Cover | Crochet a spiral planter cover for your 4-inch plants with this quick pattern. | The Inspired Wren
Our main living area is this gray, icy-blue color with pops of red-orange. This perfect yarn practically jumped itself into my cart.



YOU'RE DONE!

This spiral crochet cover takes an inexpensive, store brought house-plant and makes it special. It uses a minimal amount of yarn and is a great scrap buster! It comes together quickly and would make a great house-warming or hostess gift. Or make one to cover an empty can and use it as a desk accessory for pencils. Personally, my plants now sit on the windowsill in my kitchen resplendent in their new spiral cable-like ribs making me smile every time I’m at the sink.

If you use this tutorial, I’d love to see and hear about your results. Come share your projects on The Inspired Wren Share page. There you can link up your images from a blog, Flickr, Pinterest, or Instagram.


PS If you like this pattern be sure to check out the Santa-inspired Holiday Crochet Planter Cover, too!



Ren Murphy writes for The Inspired Wren.
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31 comments:

  1. Cute way to transform cheap planters! I wish I had planters, this makes me want to break out my yarn and hooks!

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    1. Thanks! (I got my cheap plants at Home Depot -- any big box store almost always has them).

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  2. What a coincidence! I have a cactus in an ugly plastic container on my kitchen counter and a few days ago I said to myself that I should really find something to cover it. And here you post a pattern about such a thing! I pinned the picture and I downloaded the pattern. I will work on that when my kids are back to school. Thank you!
    P.S.: I like the look of your pattern with its grey birds. Also, I now follow you on Craftsy. :-)

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    1. Would you believe it took me all day to figure out what you meant by "gray birds" -- I set that up over two years ago when I was going to start the blog ...and then I chickened out and didn't. But I pulled it back up again as my pattern/directions template when I finally jumped in to blogging, and now I don't even see them anymore.

      Also, I've been meaning to make these covers for almost as long as I've had the plants. Funny how it took making them specifically so I could blog about them to make it happen.

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    2. lol The birds are pale... We also become blind to what we often see. The mind must class it as "already seen".
      And, sometimes we need an incentive to start a project. ;-)

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  3. beautiful pattern and love the yarn. the spiral makes this planter fun!

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    1. Thanks so much! I had the pattern in my head but didn't give it a go until I saw this yarn.

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  4. I love your crochet plant covers, so pretty!

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  5. This really makes the plants look really cozy - Thank you for sharing with us again at the #WWDParty!

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  6. Looks lovely and cozy. It's a great way to "dress-up" your houseplants for the coming fall & winter. Thanks for linking up to Gingerly Made!

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    1. Thanks and thanks for hosting each week!

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  7. What a great project!! I'm definitely going to try this for covering my glass jars as well. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  8. How fun! Yet another project that leaves me wishing I could crochet. One day I will learn to keep my tension consistent. One day I shall prevail!

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    1. You know, one of the reason I started making my own patterns is because my ability to match another patterns gauge is nonexistent. One day we shall each prevail!

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  9. Ren the crocheted pot covers are just beautiful!!! I need to practice my crochet to get better at it. Thanks for the tutorial I hope to give this a go one day.

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    1. Thanks! Like all of these skills, the more you do it the easier it becomes.

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  10. Thank you for sharing this crochet planter post at City of Creative Dream's City of Links last Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)

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  11. Thanks for sharing the pattern. I love how this looks. I just pinned it :)

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  12. I'm a novice, but I attempted this anyway! My raised ribs went straight up, not in the nice swirl like yours. Time to make it again, and follow the directions a bit better. Love it!

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    1. You can get it! And straight up is still a good look. The trick is to go over one more stitch for that SC; make sure you're doing it in the top of the cable being formed, not in the first available stitch.

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