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Crochet Raffia Flower Pot Sleeve

March 6, 2020
The crochet raffia flower pot sleeve against a cityscape

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Crochet Raffia Flower Pot Sleeve

Revamp your plant pots with this Crochet Raffia Flower Pot Sleeve! Made with raffia, this beautiful eco-friendly alternative is made in just a few hours!

Inspiration

There is one material that I like to work with and that is raffia. I discovered it a while back when I made my first design, the Granny Square Raffia Bag from Wool And The Gang’s Ra-Ra Raffia. The raffia was such fun to work that I ended up doing another bag with it, the Tunisian Raffia Tote. Apparently, I have a thing for raffia bags. πŸ™‚

And this year will be no exception! I have my raffia ready and something on my mind, however, there are some details I have to figure out first. Specifically, I need to fix the raffia-wobbling in larger projects (yes, the raffia droops). I can’t have this in that other design, so I decided to use wire inside the stitches. Now I just needed to test it.

However, I swear that I could not get my hands on some wire. I ran into every kind of store I could think and none had the thing. As a last resort, I went to a flower shop to ask where they got their gardening wire. The man from the shop confirmed that there were no hardware shops around, so it wouldn’t be easy to get it. Then he asked me to wait. When he came back, I could not believe it! He got me some wire himself!!! πŸ˜€

It’s so comforting to see that there are still good people in the world! I don’t think he realized how much trouble he was saving me, by giving me that wire. I was beyond happy! When I got home, I knew I had to give something back. I would make something where I would use the wire. Since all this happened at a florist, a flower pot sleeve seemed quite fitting!

The inside of the raffia sleeve.

Project

I used a 5”/13 cm plant pot as a model. Now, the million-dollar question was, would the wire do its thing and work as I had expected? A couple of rounds in, I patted myself on the back, because sometimes I can be quite the engineer! πŸ˜€ Of course, it was working!!! The flower pot was growing in height, and with the wire giving it structure, there was no sign of drooping or wobbling whatsoever! And the structure was not too stiff either, so it was turning out absolutely perfect!

With the sleeve all done, all that was left was decorate it! I wanted something simple, so I just added two black stripes using surface crochet. And here it is! My “thank you” gift is all done and ready to go!

On Monday I’ll drop by the flower shop and let you know what happened. πŸ˜‰

Detail of the stripes on the raffia sleeve

Pattern

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Description

Revamp your plant pots with this Crochet Raffia Flower Pot Sleeve! Made with raffia, this beautiful eco-friendly alternative is made in just a few hours!

Skill Level

  • Easy

Have in Hand

  • 1 skein Wool and the Gang Ra-Ra-Raffia (273yd/250m) in Desert Palm as color A or approx. 50 yd/45 m of another light worsted, cat. 3 paper yarn
  • 1 skein Wool and the Gang Ra-Ra-Raffia (273yd/250m) in Coal Black as color B or approx. 5 yd/4 m of another light worsted, cat. 3 paper yarn
  • US Size H-8 (5.00 mm) crochet hook 
  • 11 yds / 10 m of aluminum wire 
  • Stitch markers, scissors, pliers

Gauge

  • 15 sts x 15 rows in single crochet: 4”/10 cm
The bottom of the raffia sleeve.

Finished Measures

  • Height: 5”/13 cm
  • Diameter: 5.5”/14 cm
  • Circumference: 17.5”/44.5 cm

Abbreviations (US Terms)

  • ch: chain
  • sc:  single crochet
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • st(s): stitch(es)

Notes

  • The flower pot is worked top-down in the round. The rounds are joined with a slip stitch. Stripes are added on the finished sleeve.
  • Single crochet stitches are worked around the wire.
  • Stripes are worked as surface crochet.
  • The ch 1 at the beginning of the round DOES NOT COUNT as a st.
  • Mark the first st of the round with a stitch marker, so you always know where to join.
  • The sleeve will fit a flower pot with 5’’/13 cm diameter.
An orchid on a white vase and a succulent on the crochet raffia sleeve on the floor

Crochet Raffia Flower Pot Sleeve

Sleeve

Using color A, ch 54.

Get the wire and work the stitches around it.

Round 1: sc in each st across. Join with a sl st <54>.

Round 2: [2 sc in first st, 8 sc in next sts] around. Join with a sl st. <60>.

Round 3: [2 sc in first st, 9 sc in next sts] around. Join with a sl st. <66>.

Round 4: sc in each st across. Join with a sl st <66>.

Round 5 – 22: Repeat Row 4.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Cut the remaining wire and hide it inside the raffia.

Stripes

Using color B.

Stripe 1

Counting from the top, work between the first and second round.

Locate the space where you joined the rounds and pull up a loop. Sl st along the spaces between rounds until you close the stripe. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Stripe 1

Counting from the top, work between the third and fourth round.

Repeat the same process as in Stripe 1.

Revamp your plant pots with this Crochet Raffia Flower Pot Sleeve! Made with raffia, this beautiful eco-friendly alternative is made in just a few hours!

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