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Published on July 24th, 2016 | by Christine Leech

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How to make macrame plant pot holders

It’s summer, the perfect time of year to bring a few gorgeous potted plants inside to brighten up your life. But what are you going to put them in…?

How to make macramé plant pot holders by Christine Leech on the LoveKnitting blog

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Macrame plant pot holders are all the rage at the moment — and this dip dyed cotton yarn version is a nice twist on the more traditional 1970s string. Perfect for your hanging succulents and cacti but also great for keeping odds and ends in too.

What you will need:

How to make macramé plant pot holders by Christine Leech on the LoveKnitting blog - Hoooked Zpagetti yarn

How to make

1. Cut 8 lengths of white Hooked yarn each around 1.5m long.

2. Gather them all together and tie a knot at one end leaving about 15 cm to create a tassel. Trim the ends level.

How to make macramé plant pot holders by Christine Leech on the LoveKnitting blog

3. Lay on a flat surface and take the first two strands of yarn (1 and 2) and tie a knot about 5cm up from the large knot.

How to make macramé plant pot holders by Christine Leech on the LoveKnitting blog

4. Repeat with the next two lengths of yarn (3 and 4) then continue until you have tied four knots. This completes the first row.

How to make macramé plant pot holders by Christine Leech on the LoveKnitting blog

5. To make the second row of knots. Take the 2nd and 3rd strand of yarn and tie together 5cm up from the first row of knots.

How to make macramé plant pot holders by Christine Leech on the LoveKnitting blog

6. Then take the 4th and 5th strands of yarn and knot, then the 6th and 7th. Finally take the 1st and 8th strands of yarn and knot together. This is when the basket shape starts to form.

How to make macramé plant pot holders by Christine Leech on the LoveKnitting blog

7. To make the third row: tie the 1st and 2nd strand together then continue tying 3rd and 4th, 5th and 6th, then finally 7th and 8th. Make sure the knots are 5 or more cms away from the second row to allow the basket to open fully.

How to make macramé plant pot holders by Christine Leech on the LoveKnitting blog

8. Take the curtain ring and thread all 8 strands of yarn through. Then tie a knot as if you were tying a neck tie.

How to make macramé plant pot holders by Christine Leech on the LoveKnitting blog

9. Trim away extra yarn.

How to make macramé plant pot holders by Christine Leech on the LoveKnitting blog

10. Make up the Dylon hand dye according to the instructions. Wash the macrame pot holder and leave to dry until it is still a little damp. Carefully lower the holder into the dye so that it covers all of the knots. Make sure you keep the rest of the holder out of the dye – use a clothes peg to attach it to the side of the dye bowl or just hang it over the side. Leave it in the dye for around 20 minutes. The dye will slowly creep up the damp yarn creating a nice ombré effect.

How to make macramé plant pot holders by Christine Leech on the LoveKnitting blog

11. Remove from the dye, rinse and allow to dry.

How to make macramé plant pot holders by Christine Leech on the LoveKnitting blog

How to make macramé plant pot holders by Christine Leech on the LoveKnitting blog

Here’s an added extra for the more adventurous among you! When you have a tub of dye on the go, it’s hard not to experiment and dye anything and everything that is lying around. Dip dye pompoms look great – I made these ones using MillaMia Naturally Soft Aran. But be warned, they take a lot longer to dry!

How to make macramé plant pot holders by Christine Leech on the LoveKnitting blog


About the Author

Christine is not afraid of glitter, seam rippers, semi-colons or challenges, which is fortunate as in her jigsaw career of author, designer, stylist and maker she has to deal with all of them on a regular basis! For more fun stuff visit her blog sewyeah.co.uk or follow her on Instagram @sewyeah


Last updated: April 11th, 2018.

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