The yarn-bombing of our brewery home is spreading slowly, very slowly, like one of those garden weeds that – once you initially notice it’s there – you keep spotting more and more outbreaks, until you realize that it’s actually everywhere.
Stand still for too long (say, approximately a week) in our house and you risk being measured up for adornment with crochet, or perhaps having your extremities entrelacced (ouch). Consider y’self warned, my friend. Unfortunately the Toddler Twinnage move too fast to be effectively yarn-bombed as yet: I’m waiting until they slow down into lethargic hormonal teenagers before I attack. (I’m sure they won’t mind in the least – it’s not as though teenagers are bothered about looking cool or anything.) As for the Stoic Spouse, his stoicism doesn’t quite extend to knitwear, and certainly not to this.
So for now, I’ve had to stick to adorning inanimate objects.
Anyway, we’ve long had a row of grown-from-seed basil plants on the kitchen windowsill. They make a hairy herbal hedge that affords our poor neighbours some privacy from the sight of us bickering about The Correct Way In Which To Load The Dishwasher*. The pots were dull, though. Witness! (Photo taken before the plants got big: it’s like a proper little hedge, now.)
That’s not very good, is it? Needs a bit of colour, don’t you think?
So I bought some cheap and cheery nuclear-holocaust-proof acrylic, dug out a crochet hook, and started ‘bombing. What do you think so far? :-
For the main body of each pot, I used a spare pot to get the size right. I started about a centimetre above the bottom of the pot (because I don’t want the bottom of this thing soaked in water every couple of days), and chain-stitched until I had a ring that fitted very snugly, joining with a slip stitch at the end. I then worked rounds of double-crotchets (US terminology) upwards, increasing whenever necessary to ensure that the sleeve got wider at the same rate that the pot did. A very very snug fit was essential, and I paused to try the sleeve on the pot at the end of almost every row. For the last round I added some picot edging.
Then, of course, I mooched around online until I found patterns for crocheted flowers that looked pretty.
As for the flowerpot saucer, I started the initial round slightly smaller than the circumference of the saucer’s base, because I wanted the sleeve to begin just out of sight beneath the base. It thus pulls inwards underneath the saucer and holds itself in place. I then worked upwards and outwards in the same way as for the pot. When I got to the top, I crocheted a super-tight round with a few decreases, so that the circumference of the last round was smaller than that of the top of the saucer, meaning that it stretched inwards and held itself in place at the top.
As I’ve said before, Am I making sense?
And as I’ve also said before, Pretty, no?
* A subject in which I’m undoubtedly right.