We hate to break this to you, but this hanging planter is playing tricks on your eyes. It might look like it's made of macramé knots, but in fact it is a finger knitted pattern by Anne Weil of Flax and Twine! So if you are thinking of dipping your toes into finger knitting for a change, this tutorial will be a great start. Hang it by your window (with greens of course!) in your living room or office space for a fresh look! Read on for full tutorial.
This finger knitted hanging planter will be just the accessory to brighten up any window corner. Trust me, there is nothing as relaxing as finger knitting and it's just perfect for lazy summer days. I love the idea of transforming lightweight yarn into a knit strand that is bulky enough to enhance simple macramé techniques. There's something inherently satisfying about how these strands can knot together to support a container (in this case, a gorgeous succulent!) Plus, finger knitting is something that kids as young as four can do, so make it a family affair! How fun will it be to have something beautiful hanging in your room that you've made together with your children.
1. How To Finger Knit – Four Fingers and Two Fingers Instruction Sheet (Downloadable here)
2. 175 yd [160m] of sportweight linen yarn
3. 2" [5cm] unfinished wooden ring
4. 4 pieces of 25mm unfinished wooden beads with 10mm hole
5. 8 pieces of 25mm unfinished wooden beads with 4mm hole (more if desired)
6. Wires, for threading beads (optional)
7. Succulent Plant
Sizes & Measurements
4 3/4" [1.4m] from top to bottom, adjustable to fit pot
Note: This pattern accommodates a pot that is approximately 8" [20.5cm] wide and 6" [15cm] tall. The first set of small knots should sit at the top of the pot, and the large lower knot at the bottom of the pot. For a good fit, aim for the distance between the first set of knots and the lower knot to be 1"–2" [2.5cm–5cm] greater than the pot’s height. Finally, adjust the knot heights as you work to accommodate the pot and the plant.
1. Finger knit 2 four-finger strands in color A and 2 strands in color B, until each strand measures 3⅓ yd [3.1m]. Bind off each strand. Fold the strands in half.
2. Thread the fold through the wooden ring and bring the tails through the loop. Alternatively, skip the ring and tie a knot at the fold, leaving a 4" [10cm] loop at the top. Either way, 8 strands should be coming out from the loop.
3. Arrange the strands so they come out of the ring without too much twisting. Divide the strands into 4 groups of 2, including 1 strand in color A and 1 strand in color B.
4. String a large-holed wooden bead on each set of strands. Next, to begin the crossing pattern, tie a knot on each strand 18"–24" [45.5cm–61cm] down from the wooden ring, keeping each bead above the knot.
5. Next, 3½" [9cm] down from the last set of knots, take one strand from one set and one strand from the adjacent set of strands and knot those together. Continue around to make 4 new sets of strands.
6. The sets should now be either color A or color B. Again, the knots should fall to the same height.
7. Repeat the knotting process 3½" [9cm] lower than last set, bringing the strands back to where they started, and keeping the knot height the same across all strands.
8. Make a large knot 3" [7.5cm] down from this last set of knots, incorporating all 8 strands again. Test the hanger with the empty pot and adjust the knots’ height as necessary.
9. Cut the 8 bottom strands at varying lengths. Weave in all ends. Thread and knot the wooden beads with the smaller openings on the end of each finger-knitted strand. A small piece of wire can help thread the beads, if necessary. Next, add the plant adjusting the knots where necessary (see Note above).
Finally, your finger knit hanging planter is complete. Hang and enjoy!
A Little About Anne
Anne Weil is the creative voice behind Flax and Twine. A lover of beautiful things, she’s never met a craft she doesn’t like. Anne designs charming knit, crochet and embroidery patterns, as well as simple DIY crafts for the modern maker. Her signature style is bright and clean, with gorgeous photography and step-by-step instructions that can be followed with ease.
Find Anne’s book, “Knitting Without Needles,” a Potter Craft title, to immerse yourself in chunky, stylish arm and finger knit patterns. Find Anne in her Denver studio relishing joyful making moments that really make her heart sing!