We all know that crochet is a fun way to make clothes, but there’s a way to combine your love of gardening and crochet. You can crochet houseplants and flowers for an impossible-to-kill piece of home decor.
Some of us love houseplants, but we can’t keep them alive. Or maybe you adore flowers, and you miss them terribly during the winter. Combine that with your flare for crocheting, and voila! You’ve got yourself the perfect project.
Before we introduce a few fun patterns, you need to gather your supplies. Let’s discuss that first.
Gather Your Supplies
Whether you live in a huge home or a small apartment in the city, you can bring a little life into your space with crochet houseplants. It doesn’t matter if you have good light or a green thumb,
Crafting flowers can even be profitable. You can sell them at local markets if you want to turn your hobby into a side business. Some people have started crochet flower shops specializing in bouquets for birthdays and weddings.
It’s a great activity with friends or family. Get everyone together and make some fun decor.
Before you can place your crochet cactus on your shelf, gather your supplies. Start with the pattern and then grab hooks that are the right size for the project.
When making a crochet flower or plant, the pattern will outline which size of hooks are required. If you plan on doing several patterns, go ahead and buy a pack of various sizes. You’ll surely use them.
Some people love big, wooden needles because they work well for sore or arthritic hands. Grab this beautiful set by the Knox Craft Store at Amazon. Others love metal types with grippy rubber handles like this set from Yarniss, which includes fasteners and a bag.
Feel free to experiment with a few different hooks until you find the one that works best for you.
Then, think about the yarn. The project will dictate the weight of yarn you should use, but the color and texture are up to you.
Be sure to buy the correct amount so you have enough to last the entire project. If you end up having to run back to the store to buy more after you run out, you could get a different dye lot and the yarn won’t match.
Here are some other essentials to use when making crochet houseplants and flowers:
Crochet Houseplant Patterns
Depending on your skill level, the size of the project, and how intricate it is, it can take several hours or days to create your crochet plants. Simple plants like succulents or cacti tend to be easier for beginners.
For example, this adorable crochet snake plant pattern is free and is perfect for starting this hobby. You’ll need the essentials, embroidery yarn, a pair of plastic eyes, and craft wire.
The pot is created in rounds, and the leaves are crocheted flat.
Another easy crochet houseplant project is a succulent string of pearls. This pattern is easier than the snake plant because the separate leaves are small and repetitive. Perfect for beginners.
Once you have one string of pearl crochet, you can make several and hang them around your home. You can use them to green up dark areas without worrying about sunlight. After all, they’re made of yarn.
You could make strawberry plants out of red and green yarn, with white embroidery yarn for the seeds. And these strawberries won’t mold on your counter.
If you love the trailing type of plants, this dangly curling plant by Anna Sands is adorable.
Baby mushrooms are adorable, and you don’t have to worry about keeping them alive.
If you’ve killed every Swiss cheese plant you’ve tried to raise, you’ll love this monstera pattern.
Ferns are notoriously difficult to care for indoors, but not this intricate pattern.
For more ideas, Crocheted Houseplants: Beautiful Flora to Make For Your Home at Amazon is a superb option.
Crochet Flower Patterns
Roses are a classic flower that pretty much everyone loves. Check out the free pattern, and be sure to follow the tips for making the petals the right shape. After you know how to crochet the rose motif, it can be sewn onto cup holders, scarves, or whatever you imagine.
Sunflowers are bright and offer lots of cheer to your space. Plus, they’re quick to complete.
Unlike sunflowers that grow in nature, crochet sunflowers can be any color and shape, so make yours unique. Make pink, blue, or purple sunflowers if the mood strikes you.
Poppies are a favorite choice for the garden, so you know they’ll bring some outside joy into your inside space. This pattern from Thoresby Cottage will have you swimming in the poppies in no time. You can apply them to scarves, socks, vests, and more.
Does anything say “happy spring” like tulips? Head to Repeat Crafter Me for the pattern.
I’m nuts about orchids, but they can be a bit of a challenge to keep happy. The blooms fade after a few weeks and then you’re left with just leaves. Not with crochet orchids! They’ll bloom forever.
If you’d like to make some beautiful bouquets, the book 200 Unique Crochet Flower Designs at Amazon has lots of fun options.
Don’t forget to keep counting rows while you work. Counting the rows is crucial to getting perfectly straight edges.
One way to keep track of the rows is to place a stitch marker at the end of every new row so you know when to stop and repeat. This way, if you need to get a drink and leave your yarn, it won’t ruin your entire project.
Patterns provide different abbreviations if they are from outside of the U.S. There are resources online that can help you translate an abbreviation to U.S. terminology if you get stuck at a part of the pattern.
Experienced crocheters recommend placing the printout of the terms in your crafting corner so it’s easy to look at when working. This saves you time searching online for the correct terms and buying the wrong pattern.
Finish the edges tightly so the project doesn’t fall apart.