I won’t deny being an old hippie–I guess there are worse fates. And if I search my old hippie memory, I seem to remember a time when everyone was doing macrame, really hideous macrame, making things like owl wall hangings. One way I liked macrame, though, was for making plant hangers. Plant hangers knotted with natural jute string were like plant cozies, and plants seemed to like them. Spooked by the owl wall hangings, though, I never learned macrame, but recently was browsing through a copy of “American Home’s Best Projects, 1977,” when I came across a feature about crocheting granny squares with string, making pillows and rugs, and a plant hanger. A crocheted plant hanger I could do. It was called an “Old-Fashioned Granny” Plant Holder, and was made from five granny squares crocheted with jute string. I went out and purchased a ball of 3-ply natural jute for 99 cents, rummaged around for a Size I crochet hook, and soon was crocheting. Crocheting with jute is not easy, but this is a small project, and the pain will soon end.
Note: I discovered that one 219-feet ball of jute isn’t enough for this project–it uses two.
Materials: two balls 3-ply natural jute, a ball of thinner jute (see example below), a Size I crochet hook, and a large needle.
Procedure: Crochet five granny squares, as follows:
Ch 4. Join with sl st to form ring. Do not turn work.
Round 1: Ch 3; working over yarn end, 2 dc in ring, (ch 2, 3 dc in ring) 3 times; ch 2, sl st in top of ch-3, 3 sl st to ch-2 sp.
Round 2: Ch 3, (2 dc, ch2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp, *ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp, repeat from * 2 times; ch 1, sl st in top of ch-3, 3 sl st to ch-2 sp.
Round 3: Ch 3, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch-2 sp,* ch1, 3 dc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-2 sp, repeat from * 2 times, ch 1, 3 dc in ch-1 sp, ch 1, sl st in top of ch-3, 3 sl st to ch-2 sp.
Using the thinner jute and a large needle, sew one edge of each of four squares to all four sides of the fifth square. Sew side seams together, forming an open cube. For hanging, secure desired length of jute to seams with a few firm knots. Fasten the four top ends together and hang from a hook. This plant holder is for a 6-inch plastic flowerpot with saucer.