Little plants, mini jars, delicate cotton yarn - what's not to love!!
(Free pattern below! PDF copy available at Ginger Peachy Store on Ravelry and Etsy!)
I've talked about my newfound love for succulents in these posts (Watering My Green Thumb and Propogating Succulent Update = 9 Weeks Later). After receiving clippings of my neighbors hens and chicks I thought now would be a great time to paint the three leftover designs from my Cinco De Mayo project on mini pots (read Mexican Textiles Painted Pot). However, I began collecting tiny 4 oz pimiento jars and had the inspired idea to plant my hens and chicks in those instead. One thing lead to another, and now I am presenting you with my new crochet pattern:
Mini Jar Basket Hangers!
As you can see, they look great with little tealights as well as mini plants. So whether you are a gardener or not, these basket hangers will work for you!
Now let's talk about the pattern!
Mini Jar Basket Hangers | Free Pattern and Tutorial
I made a few sketches, thought some more and then made a few more sketches. The finished project has indeed altered a bit from the original idea, but only for improvement.
Skill Level easy
Basket holds 1- 4 oz pimiento jar
Light weight yarn - I used Knit Picks CotLin in Swan
Yardage: approximately 70 yards
Crochet hook G/4.00mm
3 - 4 oz pimiento jars
9 dc = 2’’
4 rows = 2’’
Gauge Swatch: 2’’w x 2’’h (5 cm x 5 cm) ch 11.
Row 1: dc in third ch from hook and in each ch across: 9 dc
Row 2 – 4: ch 3, turn, dc in each dc across: 9 dc
|Steps 1 - 4 of the making the basket|
I began with some double crochets in an adjustable ring and built on the circle for three rounds. Then, as you see in the third picture, I worked a round of single crochet in the back and lower loops. Lastly I worked a shell pattern for a fancier finish.
BASKET (make 3)
Round 1: make an adjustable ring, ch 3, 11 dc in ring, sl st in beg ch-3: 12 dc
Round 2: ch 3, dc in first, 2 dc in each dc around, sl st in beg ch-3: 24 dc
Round 3: ch 3, dc in first and next dc, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc) repeat around, sl st in beg ch-3: 36 dc
Round 4: ch 1, sc in blo of each dc around, sl st in first sc: 36 sc
Round 5: ch 3, dc in each sc around, sl st in beg ch-3: 36 dc
Round 6: ch 1, * sc in next dc, (2 dc, sl st) in next dc, skip next dc, repeat from * around, sl st in first sc: 36 sts or 12 shells
|Steps 5 - 8 of making the basket|
After the baskets were made I began attaching the strings. This is the part that took some time in designing. I originally intended to work the ropes of all three baskets into one so that they hung from varied heights on the same hook. But after a few tests with knots and long lengths of yarn, I concluded that they would look better apart. Knowing what I do now, with the finished product in hand, I think I could have accomplished it with the same theory, but I'm happy with what I have.
First cut 9 strands of yarn, each 60 inches long. Although the strands differ in length, I find it easier to cut them long and trim them after you've braided them.
Take 3 strands per basket and attach them by stitching them through Round 5. Adjust strands so each reaches the same height.
Place your jar in the basket and tie your average overhand knot just above it. Make sure the knot is right above and not leaning more one direction than the other. This will predict how your basket will hang.
Separate the 6 strands of yarn into 3 parts and braid, not letting the yarn twist any.
I did some research of macrame for this part and found some incredible projects. If you take a look at my A Fibrous Life board on Pinterest, you will see my latest obsession, macrame curtains! I have got to try my hand at it.
And yet, in the end I went with typical knots and braids. Figures.
Once your braid is as long as you want it, gather the strands and make another overhand knot to secure. Remember to tug all knots tightly to ensure they won't come loose easily. Trim off the excess yarn.
Repeat these steps for the next two sizes. If you aren't sure what sizes you want, I recommend 8 inches for the shortest, 12 inches for the next size, and 16 inches for the longest.
And that's it!!
(I took way too many pictures!!)
I stewed over what to call them, as usual. Because I used them for tealight holders as well, I didn't want to call them something like "plant holders" and leave out the candle/decor lovers. Ask my mother, I was brainstorming out loud when she walked in asking me what I said and coincidentally scared me half to death.
Obviously, I settled on Mini Jar Basket Hangers, hoping to imply that you can put whatever you want in your jar that sits in your lacy, little basket. It's a little long-winded, but at least I didn't tack on "cotton" like I wanted.
I worried at first that they would be too flimsy to hold a plant. I was careful to test them first with the jars before I planted the hens and chicks. I swung the baskets around, bumped them against my hand, like what they might do against the wall when the wind blows them, and whatever I could think of. Though the jars moves around easily in the basket when I intentionally move it, it doesn't budge when I hang it up, I am proud to report.
So on to the next step, putting my babies in them.
You'd think I had a box with a live creature the way I had it packed and was careful to not jostle it. But succulents have very shallow roots and can be pulled out of their beds with the slightest jar. I didn't want this to happen.
I cautiously hung them on the hooks outside and observed their behavior. Or lack thereof. Guys, I'm satisfied these babies are safe.
But, just in case you want a little more security, try placing some small dots of hot glue in the bottom of the basket and let it cool before putting the jars in. Or, as my brother suggested, weave a small rubber band through the fibers of the inside of the basket.
My babies are so cute, by the way. In the first pot is Papa with the baby, the next pot has Momma with two toddlers, and the last pot has the two teen twins. My hens and chicks family!!
Anyhow, can you believe I was originally going to paint my jars? I'll admit, it would be a novel idea, but when I put the clear, unpainted jars into the baskets for the first time, I was in love. Natural gets me every time.
I hope you have enjoyed this post! And I trust you will enjoy your Mini Jar Basket Hangers as much as I do!
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This is an original pattern created and designed by Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. You are welcome to copy the pattern for personal use but do not sell the pattern, distribute, or reprint it. Feel free to share a link to the pattern. You can sell products made from this pattern but please credit me, Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. Do not mass produce or factory manufacture using my pattern. Thanks for respecting the wishes of the designer, and be sure to ask me if you have any questions regarding this copyright.