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we like it wild: the hanging gardens of bernal heights

by Grace Bonney

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After posting pics a few weeks ago from Lauren’s garden, we had a feeling that readers would be interested in the hanging plants she had on display in her backyard. Turns out Lauren crocheted the clever containers herself, and she’s given us an easy to follow pattern so readers can create their own hanging gardens.

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She made a bunch of the crocheted plant cozies, all of varying size and color, and let us borrow a big handful to play with. We filled them with flowers (naturally), but the possibilities are endless. Pick a little posy and hang it on a friend’s front door- they’ll get a pleasant surprise when they arrive home from work. Put a cluster on a hook in the kitchen and they’d be a pretty way to store and display fresh herbs from the farmer’s market.

These little knits would make great wintertime decorations, and possibly even stocking alternatives. Imagine a candy-colored row filled with goodies hanging from your mantle. So get out your crochet hooks and get cracking. (If you’re not so deft with your hooks, Lauren’s got some you can buy at her Etsy shop, too.)

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Crochet pattern for hanging plant cozy/container pouch

This pattern is for a medium/smallish container, it should fit a container about the size of a soup can or a pint size mason jar or a 4” flower pot. It’s a great beginner pattern for folks that want to branch in to three-dimensional crochet. More seasoned stitchers can alter the pattern by changing colors, using different size hooks for a tighter or looser weave, adding double crochet or other stitches throughout the rows that make up the sides, or adjusting the size of the base and sides to accommodate larger and smaller vessels. The only limit is your imagination. Have fun!

You will need two hooks, starting with an 11.5mm/P and switching to a 5mm/H at step 6.

Start by making the base:

1. Loop yarn around 2 fingers.

2. 6 single crochet into loop.

3. Pull yarn end to tighten the loop.

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4. 1 Single crochet in first single crochet, 2 single crochet in second single crochet, repeat 14 times. 1 single crochet in the next single crochet. This should be 21 stitches. At this point you should have a flat circle that is a little over 3” in diameter.

Congrats! You just finished the most complicated part! Here on out is a piece of cake!

Next make the sides:

5. Single crochet in 21 stitches. Repeat for 8 rows. You may want to place a mark at the start of the first row.

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6. Switch to smaller hook.

7. 2 single crochet in each single crochet. Mark at stitch 21 and continue to end. You should now have 42 stitches.

At this point, you could stop if you wanted to make a cozy rather than a hanging pouch. I use one with a mason jar to carry hot tea on the go. You could also just use them for decoration, to spruce up a vase or give a little life to the standard issue pen and pencil cup on your work desk.

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Finish by making the hangers:

8. Single crochet into the first stitch, start chain

9. Chain 160 stitches, mark at stitch 80

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10. Starting at the middle stitch (marked at 21 in step 7), single crochet 8 stitches

11. Chain 80

12. Find middle of first chain (marked at 80 in step 9) single crochet into middle stitch

13. Chain 10, fold over to make a loop, single crochet through the last single crochet you just made which is cinching all the hanging straps together.

14. Chain 80

15. Count 8 stitches back from where the first chain started, single crochet into this stitch (Your loops will be joined at stitches 1, 9, 22, and 30.)

16. Single crochet backwards for 8 stitches to meet the initial chain.

17. Tie off. Voila!

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