I don't know why, but finding cute planters/plant pots can be really difficult. When I do happen to find one that is more decorative, it's usually way more expensive, thus making me settle for its duller, yet more budget-friendly counterpart. In effort to dress my plants up a bit, I decided to create my own plant cover using my trusty knitting needles.
Yarn Color #1 (I chose gray)
Yarn Color #2 (I chose white)
Circular needles, size 7
Measuring tape to accurately measure
Patience - a must have for any knitting project :)
Step 1: Measure the planter.
Step 2: Figure out your gauge for the yarn that you want to use. Simply measure how many stitches you knit per inch. The easiest way to do this is to knit a few rows as a sample. It’s really important to do this step as this will help you get the most accurate size so you are creating something that will actually fit your planter/pot. Gauge will be different from person to person, even if using the same needles and the same yarn, because tension can vary so much from knitter to knitter.
Step 3: Multiply the number of inches you need (the circumference of your planter) by your gauge (how many stitches per inch). Once you have that number, you know the number of stitches to cast on! For example, for my planter, the circumference at the middle was 20". My gauge was 3 stitches per inch. 20 inches x 3 stitches = 60 stitches to cast on.
Step 4: Cast on your stitches.
Step 5: Knit 4 rows of one color
Step 6: At the end of the fourth row, knit in the new color as normal.
Step 7: I used this method to avoid jogging stripes. This video is so great - Planet Purl explains what jogging stripes are and how to make them jogless... which is the only kind you want. Basically, you can't make neat, clean stripes while knitting in the round - something that I discovered firsthand when I tried to make a striped hat when I was first starting to knit. This method helps you achieve clean, even stripes.
Step 8: Repeat steps 5-7 for each color change.
Step 9: Continue knitting until you have reached the desired length – the length of your planter. Keep in mind that you will probably want to end with one color block. For me, I wanted to end with gray since I had started with it.
Step 10: Cast off and tie up any lose ends.
Step 11: Add your cover to your planter. It should just slide on.
I really love how this project turned out! Here is the before picture with my just-fine, but rather dull planter.
And now here is the finished project! I feel like I gave my plant a new lease on life.
Please let me know if you make one of these - I'd love to see it! Please comment below or email me if you have any questions at all.