Outside the Lines Planters

Your plants deserve some crochet love too!

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Detailed PDF pattern

5 pages of step-by-step instructions

Tutorial photos & charts

What you'll need

This pattern works great with any weight yarn & appropriate hook!

I used super bulky weight yarn and my 3.5 mm hook. I stand by my Clover Amours!

You’ll also need tape measure, scissors, darning needle, stitch markers

Pre-calculated sizes

Written for 2 sizes (small and large)

Easy to customize for any size you desire

Pattern support

Please contact me at thecrochethighway [at] gmail.com for pattern related questions.


The “Outside the Lines” Planter Covers are a fun way to practice the waistcoat stitch while also decorating the plants around the house with unique and cozy covers! The idea came to me while repotting some of my potted ferns and Dracenas. I needed something nice to dress them up, and instead of buying fancy ceramic pots, I decided to make them myself in crochet.

The design

The Outside the Lines Crochet Planters are a set of fun planter covers you can make in any size, yarn weight, or color combo imaginable. The pattern is written for two different styles – the first two only require changing colors from row to row, while the third one uses the tapestry crochet technique.

You get to practice the waistcoat stitch on the regular style with the horizontal stripes, and then move up to the next level and start doing some tapestry colorwork! Don’t forget to check my detailed photo and video tutorial on how to master the waistcoat stitch.

The pattern

These crochet planter covers are worked from the bottom up in a circular fashion. The pattern walks you through the base and body of the planter covers, with row-by-row instructions, charts and photo tutorials.

You can easily adapt the circumference and height and turn these into other home decor items such as baskets or pencil holders – your imagination is the limit!

Work by Leo @fairyleo

Designer samples

I used a super bulky yarn sourced locally. I had this yarn in my stash for a while now, so it was time to put it to good use.

3.5 mm hook on super bulky yarn?

You may have seen under materials that I used a 3.5 mm hook on super bulky weight yarn – yes, you read that right! And that’s because the waistcoat stitch is different than most crochet stitches. With this faux-knit stitch, you have to exaggerate the golden loop by a whole lot (see my video tutorial on the waistcoat stitch where I explain it in detail). Which means the hook size doesn’t really matter. And if that’s the case, then I prefer a super tiny hook because it will be easier for me to insert it in between the “V” of the stitch below.

Yardage & Measurements

Yardages and measurements listed below reflect the designer sample (one set of 3 planter covers using super bulky yarn). You may use any yarn weight with an appropriate hook size. If your gauge is different, your finished measurements and required yardage will also vary.


Small striped planter: 167 m (183 yds) of ultramarine and 26 m (29 yds) of aqua
Large diamonds planter: 66 m (73 yds) of ultramarine and 74 m (81 yds) of aqua
Large striped planter: 22 m (25 yds) of ultramarine and 183 m (201 yds) of aqua

Finished measurements:

Small planter: 16 cm (6¼”) base diameter, 50 cm (19¾”) circumference, 11 cm (4¼”) height
Large planter: 18 cm (7″) base diameter, 56 cm (22″) circumference, 13 cm (5¼”) height


Check out my testers' versions

My patterns would not be so smooth without the input of my team of talented testers. Scroll alllll the way to the end of this photo gallery for some inspiration on various colors. Swipe left & right for more photos of your favorite versions!

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Using Kotton Rugged 8 ply (aran weight) and a 3.5 mm hook

Diamonds planter: 135 yds (MC), 65 yds (CC)

Striped planter: 110 yds (MC), 82 yds (CC)

Using 157 yds of worsted weight yarn and a 3.75 mm hook

Using Lion Brand Hue + Me (bulky weight)

Small planter: 80 yds (MC), 95 (CC), 4.5 mm hook

Large planter: 157 yds (MC), 24 yds (CC), 5.5 mm hook

Using 50 yds (MC) and 40 yds (CC) of Madame Tricote Paris Favori yarn (worsted weight) and a 4 mm hook 

Using 208 yds (MC) and 32 yds (CC) of Caron Big Cakes (aran weight) and a 3.5 mm hook


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