Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Free Pattern: Small Plant Hanger




 I'm proud of myself for finally keeping an orchid alive. My cats, however, think my beautiful source of confidence is a nice snack. Though I want to hang the orchid out of their reach, store-bought plant hangers seem overpriced for my taste. Of course, I reach for my crochet hook and some natural jute twine.
 Unfortunately, I don't have the time to provide a pattern for multiple sizes, but you can be sure there will be some following soon. From orchids to Oxalis, use this pattern to keep your potted plants out of reach of pets and little ones, make some table space, or get your plants closer to (or farther from) a source of light. 
  This hanger is designed for a 1.25 pt pot. Finished size is about 4" across, 24" tall, including straps and loop.

Materials:
3-ply Jute (or similar) twine; natural or colored
Crochet hook size K/101/2 (6.5mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
Smaller hook to weave in ends
  *note* a tapestry needle will be difficult to use with rough-textured, thicker twine, therefor a smaller hook is ideal for weaving in ends.

Gauge:
With hook size K:
5 sc by 6 sc rows in 2" by 2" (5cm x 5cm)

Pattern:

To begin, ch 3, join into a loop with a sl st in beg ch.

Round 1:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). 5 sc in loop formed. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (6 sc)

Round 2:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). 1 sc in same st. 2 sc in next 5 sts. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (12 sc)

Round 3:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). 1 sc in same st. 1 dc in next st. *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in following st.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times (next 10 sts). Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (18 sc)

Round 4:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). 1 sc in same st. 1 sc in next 2 sts. *2 sc in next st. 1 sc in the next 2 sts.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times (next 15 sts). Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (24 sc)

Round 5:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). 1 sc in front loop of same st. 1 sc in front loop of next 3 sts. * 2 sc in front loop of next st. 1 sc in front loop of next 3 sts.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times (next 20 sts). Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (30 sc)

Round 6:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). 1 sc in next 29 sts. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (30 sc)

Round 7:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). 1 sc in same st. 1 sc in next 9 sts. *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 9 sts.* Repeat from * to * 1 more time. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (33 sc)

Round 8:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). 1 sc in next 32 sts. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (33 sc)

Round 9:
Repeat as for row 8.

Round 10:
Repeat as for row 8.

Round 11:
Repeat as for row 8.

Round 12:
Repeat as for round 8.

Round 13:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). 2 sc in same st. *Skip next 2 sts. 3 sc in 3rd st.* Repeat from * to * 9 more times. Skip last 2 sts, join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (33 sc)

Round 14:
Sl st into next available st. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 2 sc in same st. *Skip next 2 sts, 3 sc in 3rd st.* Repeat from * to * 9 more times. Skip last 2 sts, join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (33 sc)

Round 15:
Sl st into next available st. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 2 sc in same st, ch 1. *Skip next 2 sts, 3 sc in 3rd st, ch 1.* Repeat from * to * 9 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (33 sc, 11 ch-sps)

Round 16:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). 1 sc in each st including ch-sps. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (44 sc)

Round 17:
*note* This "round" works a little out of the round. To explain, for beginners: You will begin by working a chain away from the body of the main pattern (ch 31). Then a row of single crochet will be worked up the chain, back towards the body. You will then continue along the body with a border of slip stitches and chains, until the repeat. The result will produce the 4 straps and the border in the same round.

*Ch 31. 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next 29 sts of ch. Sl st into same st as beg of ch. (Ch 1, sl st) in next 10 sts of body. Sl st into next st.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Join with a sl st to beg sl st. Bind off, weave in ends.

Finishing:
Turn right-side out. 
Begin with a sl st around the post of the last st in a strap (for beginners, basically, sl st in the last "hole" of a strap).  Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 2 sc in same st. Ch 3. 3 sc around end post of next strap. Ch 3. Repeat for 2 remaining straps. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (12 sc, 4 ch-3 sps)

Top:
Round 1:
Sl st into next st. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 2 sc in same st. Skip next sc and first ch. 3 sc in 2nd ch. *Skip 3rd ch and first sc. 3 sc in 2nd sc. Skip 3rd sc and first ch. 3 sc in 2nd ch.* Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (24 sc, or 8 clusters)  

Round 2:
Sl st into next st. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 2 sc in same st. Skip next 2 sts. *3 sc, skip next 2 sts.* Repeat from * to * 6 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1.

 Round 3:
Repeat as for row 2.

Round 4:
Sl st into next st. Ch 1(counts as 1 sc), 2 sc in same st. Skip next 5 sts. *3 sc in 6th st. skip next 5 sts.* Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (12 sc, 4 ch-1 sps)

Round 5:
Sl st into next 2 sts, and into ch-sp. Ch 1 (counts as 1sc), 2 sc in same sp. 3 sc in each of 3 remaining ch-sps. Join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (12 sc)

Round 6:
Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc). Skip first st. *Sc in first st, skip next st.* repeat from * to * 3 more times. join with a sl st to beg ch-1. (6 sc)

Loop for hanging:
Ch 10, sl st into 3rd sc. Turn, work a sl st into each ch across. Bind off, weave in ends.

  

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