Thursday, April 30, 2009

Crochet Plant Hanger Pattern

**Update** Thank you for visiting my site! This pattern is the most popular post on my blog, so thank you for your interest!  Since this has been so popular I made a new plant hanger pattern!  You can see it HERE.  Also, I would LOVE to see pictures of your finished project.  You can share them on my facebook page if you'd like.  Just click on the facebook widget on the right. Thanks :)**

I wrote up the pattern for my plant hanger for anyone who would like it. I would like to say again that this is an adaptation to the pattern Cal Patch shared on Craft Stylish. I just don't want anyone to think I'm trying to take credit for her idea. The link to the original pattern can be found in my previous post.  That's also where you can see the other pictures of the finished project.



This is my first time writing a crochet pattern, so I wouldn't be surprised if there are some mistakes. If something is unclear please leave a comment and I will try to fix the problem.

Crochet Plant Hanger

This pattern is for use with a basic, plastic hanging basket like you would find at a garden center or nursery.

Supplies
Cotton yarn ( I used Lily’s Sugar n Cream)
US G 6/4.00 MM crochet hook

Base
Ch 6. Tr into 6th chain from hook. Ch 1, *Tr into the same stitch as before, Ch 1, repeat from * 10 times. You should have the turning chain plus 11 trebles. Join with a slip stitch to the chain before your first treble.

Round 1: Ch 7, Tr in first Tr of base, Ch 3, *Tr in next Tr, Ch 3, repeat from * around. Join with slip stitch to the fourth chain.

(This is where the pattern changes from the original on Craft Stylish)

Round 2: Ch 8, Tr in first Tr of last round, Ch 4, *Tr in next Tr, Ch 4, repeat from * around. Join with slip stitch to the fourth chain.

Round 3: Same as round 2. (This will shape the sides.)

Round 4: Ch 9, Tr in first Tr of last round, Ch 5, *Tr in next Tr, Ch5, repeat from * around. Join with slip stitch to the fourth chain.

Round 5: Ch 10, Tr in first Tr of last round, Ch 6, *Tr in next Tr, Ch6, repeat from * around. Join with slip stitch to the fourth chain.

Round 6: Ch 11, Tr in first Tr of last round, Ch 7, *Tr in next Tr, Ch7, repeat from * around. Join with slip stitch to the fourth chain.

Round 7: Ch 12, Tr in first Tr of last round, Ch 8, *Tr in next Tr, Ch8, repeat from * around. Join with slip stitch to the fourth chain.

Round 8: Ch 13, Tr in first Tr of last round, Ch 9, *Tr in next Tr, Ch9, repeat from * around. Join with slip stitch to the fourth chain.

As you can see, the space between the trebles is just increased by one stitch each row to fit the tapered sides of a basic plastic hanging basket.

Hanging straps

The straps in the picture did not come out even, so I have altered the original pattern. These instructions will not make straps that look the same as those pictured.

Ch to the length you want your straps. I recommend around 75 chain stitches, but you can make them shorter or longer. (Make sure to make them long enough to tie together at the end. Also, be sure to remember the number of stitches used so that you can use the same number for each strap.)

SC back down the chain you just made, and across round 8 stopping before the 3rd treble stitch from your first strap. Sl St in that treble. Here you will make your next strap.

Ch to the same length of your previous strap. Sc back down the strap and across round 8 as before, slip stitching in the third treble.

Ch to the same length as the first two straps. Sc back down the strap and across round 8 to the beginning of the round.

Finnish off and weave in loose ends. Tie the three straps together at the top with a knot. Fit your basket inside and hang, you’re done.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Crochet Plant Hanger


*Pattern is here.

My mama told me once that she wanted one of those macrame hanging baskets. She loves gardening and I really wanted to make her one. So, I started reading up on macrame, and decided that the last thing I needed was a new hobby to leave more stuff laying around, namely a big board with nails stuck out of it. I gave up the idea until I was given a perfect alternative while browsing online the other day.

Cal Patch on Craft Stylish shared a great tutorial for a terrarium hanger. You can see it here. As soon as I saw it I knew I could modify it for a hanging basket. It took a little trial and error, but I got it worked out and gave it to mama last weekend. She really likes it. It definitely looks better than the wire hanger originally on the basket. I was worried that it wouldn't hold the weight, but it did fine. I'm gonna work out a few problems with the ropes that hold it (they didn't come out completely even), and try to write down the pattern. Whenever I get that done I'll be sure to post it.

















Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter!

As you may know, I don't usually post pics of my girls online, but I'm gonna make an exception. I just have to show off the Easter dresses I made them, and of course how cute they were in them!

These are definitely my biggest sewing achievement. Not only did I make the dresses, but I made the patterns too. Also, they are made from a thrifted bed sheet and pillow case, and have vintage buttons from my stash. They only cost about $2.50 to make, for both!

Ironically, the one for my older daughter fits better than the one for my youngest. I say ironically because my oldest wasn't even at home for me to try it on her while making it. It's also amazing that they even got finished in time. I started on the final pattern Thursday afternoon, worked off and on all day Friday and till 4 am that night. I finished them on Saturday just in time to go out an buy Easter baskets, candy, and plastic eggs. I am a terrible procrastinator!

Here they are!
Front and Back

She insisted that Barney be in the pic too! She also wouldn't let me get a pic of the buttons, but there are two on her right shoulder, the same kind as on the first dress.
Granny's house!


I had so much fun getting these pics. I was running around the yard like a crazy lady trying to keep up with them. Everything went well, and we had a lot of fun, but I think I'll be taking a break from the sewing machine for just a little while!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Crochet Bags



So, here is what I've been doing instead of blogging. lol Making crocheted bags! I love these so much. They are pretty straight forward to make, and I can crochet while sitting on the couch in the evenings. The sewing took a little longer to find time for, but I was able to sew the lining into the bag pretty simply since that has to be done by hand. Something else I can do on the couch!

I made these with the Manos del Uraguay yarn I got from my father in law. I love this yarn! I will be really sad when it's gone. I will definitely be buying more in the future, though, just not in this quantity.

Anyway, the crochet part is pretty simple. Just make a foundation chain the length you want the bag, and then single crochet in every stitch for the first row. Instead of turning, just single crochet in every stitch of the foundation on the opposite side. Continue crocheting in the round this way until you reach the desired depth. For the wrist strap, I just kinda winged it. I'm sure there is a right way to do it, but I haven't learned that yet. When I got to the side of the bag I just made a chain the length I wanted, attached it with a slip stitch in the third stitch from where I started the chain, slip stitched in the second stitch from the chain, and single crocheted around the chain. I ended it by slip stitching in the stitch next to where I started the chain, and finished it off.




There are several more, but I think that's enough for one post. I did finally photograph the hat I'm so proud of. The pictures don't show the shape well, because the only way I had to display it was with a vase. It looks like a bucket hat, but it's actually a cloche. Oh, and I'm really happy that spring is here, but now I have to wait forever to wear it!