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24 Jun

How-To Tuesday: Crochet a Mini Air Plant Holder



A few days ago, I was putting away leftover yarn I had used to wrap a gift. There wasn’t enough to make another scarf or even baby booties, but I didn’t feel like stuffing it back with the rest of the yarn. Suddenly struck with the urge to make something, I found my crochet hook and decided to make a crochet vessel for one of my air plants. It looks fancy, but any newbie crocheter can make this.

First, I created a center ring, using 6 chain stitches and a slip stitch.

  • –insert hook into first chain
  • –yarn over (yo) hook
  • –draw yarn through stitch and through the loop
  • –yarn over (yo) hook
  • –draw yarn through the 2 loops on hook

Next, after I made the center ring, I started on the first single stitch round.

  • –insert hook into center ring
  • –yarn over (yo) hook
  • –draw yarn through center of ring

chain1 chain2chainring

I continued to work single crochet stitches into the ring until I couldn’t fit anymore. The center ring stretches and it’s surprising how many stitches you can fit in.

If you need more help, watch Nattypat’s video here. Or simply visit our website for a bevy of crochet books for every level of crocheter. The beginner ought to find Erika Knight’s Simple Crocheting: A Complete How-To-Crochet Workshop with 20 Projects the perfect place to start.


Air plants, aka Tillandsia, are these otherworldly blissfully easy plants that require a minimum amount of upkeepno soil, a weekly soak in the sink, and decent light and air circulation. (I spotted some, by the way, at West Elm a few weeks ago). I’ve got about a dozen of them in varying sizes–from 1 inch in diameter to the largest, a 10-inch Concolor Giant.


Because they don’t require soil, you don’t even need a pot or vessel. So if you’re not quite in the mood to crochet, you can still find fun ways to display them. A chipped porcelain tea cup, sea shell from PTown, gold glass cigarette ash tray circa 1970, a two-inch silk pillow my friend brought back from Japan for me, vintage door knob, Italian cake platter, old glass condiment jars–all of these have at one point or another served as vessels for my air plants.

Confession: this post should really be titled Procrastination in the Guise of Craft project. That yarn I was putting away? That was just one of many things scattered around my apartment. Busy week. Busy weekend. But, well… the thing is, there will always be laundry to wash, bills to pay, arcs to read, yarn to put away…. Please don’t misunderstand me; it’s not that I’m pushing for a life of irresponsibility. Just that it’s important to step away on occasion and allow your mind and hands the luxury of creativity. 

Happy crafting!

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