My favorite thing about this hanging plant basket pattern is that it is FAST and EASY! All you have to do is crochet a square and and chain some straps to your corners. The nature of the yarn is that it will stretch at the corners and cause your square to perfectly contour around your planter!
Choosing your pot for this pattern.
The first thing to do is to choose your pot. This particular hanging plant basket pattern is going to work best with a pot that has a round shape. The taller and narrower the pot, the less the square will naturally contour. The rounder it is, the better it will fit.
Choosing your yarn.
You can really use any yarn you like with this pattern. However, I would select at least a size 4, worsted weight, just to make sure it is strong enough. The thicker the yarn, the more weight it can hold.
I also chose to use 100% cotton. Any yarn fiber should work, but cotton is less stretchy than other yarns and also washes well.
-Size 4 , worsted weight yarn, or thicker (I used I Love This Cotton), yardage will depend on how large of a basket you are making
-I hook/ 5.5 mm (use a larger hook if you are using a yarn that is higher than a size 4)
(sl st) Slip Stitch
(dc) Double Crochet
Measure the base of your container. Decide how far up the edges you want your holder to come up and add that number to the measurement of your base to find the size hanger you want to create. Keep in mind it will stretch, especially at the corners.
I wanted mine to come up around the whole side about 3/4 of an inch. The corners will stretch even higher. My base is about 2.5”, so I wanted my square to be 4” by 4”.
Start by leaving a really long tail. You will use this to chain one of your straps at the end. Your tail should be about 5 times as long as the length you want your strap to end up being.
I wanted my planter to hang 12″ down from the hook. So I needed a strap that ended up being 24″ total so that it would be 12″ for each side. So, I needed a tail length of 120″ (24 x 5).
Chain until you get to the width you have decided on. Be sure you end up with an odd number. Chain 2 more. I wanted my square to be 4″ wide, which was 15 chains. So my total number of chains was 17.
Row 1: Dc in the 3rd chain from the hook. *Ch 1. Skip next chain. DC in next chain.* Repeat from * to * until the end of the row.
Row 2: Ch 2. Turn. Dc in same stitch. *Ch 1. Skip the chain and dc in the top of the previous row dc.* Repeat from * to * for the rest of the row.
Rows 3+: Repeat Row 2 until you have a square. Your last row should end with your tail on the same side of the project as the beginning tail.
Chain until you have reached double the length that you desire for your strap (because this strap will attach to the other corner and turn into “two” straps, thus the double number needed). I chained 24″, the number I decided on before starting the pattern. Sl st the opposite corner. Finish off. Weave in ends quite a few times through a few chains of the strap and a few chains on the two sides that connect to the corner in order to make sure the corner is nice and secure.
Insert hook through the corner where the beginning tail is. Yarn over with the tail and pull through. Chain until it is the same length as the other strap. Sl st to the opposite corner. Finish off and weave in the end quite a few times to secure. Two straps will cross over each other.
Place your pot snuggly in the center of your square. Hang up your hanging plant basket and enjoy!