I’ve been on a succulents kick lately and have been collecting them like crazy. It’s my new thing to do – head over to a nursery and just walk around looking and wishing that my succulents were this beautiful. This past weekend, on one of my wanderings, I walked by the air plants section and a whole bunch of them were hanging up like jellyfish. I’d seen them before, but this time, I took one apart really gently and realized that the air plant was just hung on a fishing line and threaded through a shell. Well, lightbulb! And you know you can’t let lightbulb ideas fester, so I came home and made myself a crochet air plant jellyfish just like that. Oh yeah, I did have the air plant already, but it usually sits in a little shell – I never thought to hang it up!
This is a super quick project. It’ll maybe take an hour of your time. I admit, these are also the most satisfying little projects – instant gratification, you know! I used a bit of Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton Yarn that I had received for a different project, but this one doesn’t much yarn at all – it’s a great scrapbuster project! I chose cotton because I wanted a clean look and I also needed a stiffer yarn so the jellyfish cap can hold its shape a bit. I think kitchen twine or rope or jute may work really well too.
For the french knots, I also used 24/7 Cotton. Finer designs may require a thinner yarn, maybe even embroidery thread. I found this tutorial for french knots, which was super easy to understand and it got me making little knots right away. If you use a very light yarn, you might even be able to crochet some picots on the cap.
One thing I noticed while making this is that the french knots sometimes get pushed to the inside of the cap. Once everything is done, you’ll want to pull on the knots a bit to make them stand out more.
There’s not too much left to say about this simple project. Once you make a plain cap, you can embellish it any way you want. Just like your colorful army of Friendly Jellyfish hand towels, you can have a wide array of air plant jellyfish as well.
With regards to the air plant itself, I’m not much of an expert. I do what I was told when I bought it – soak it in a bowl of water for a few hours every week. With this setup, you can just take the cap off and soak the plant and then thread it back up.
- small amount of Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton Yarn in Ecru, main color A
- small amount of Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton Yarn in Red, embellish color B
- 1 Clover USA crochet hook F/3.75mm*
- 1 ft length of fishing line or invisible jewelry thread
- tapestry needle
- 1 air plant
- sl st – slip stitch
- ch – chain stitch
- sc – single crochet
- Skill level Beginner
- Gauge is not applicable for this project.
- Final size of cap is approximately 3 inches, but size can vary based on yarn, hook and tension.
- The cap is worked in seamed rounds.
- Cap as shown is flipped inside out.
Crochet Air Plant Jellyfish Pattern
Round 1: Work 6 sc into a magic circle. Join with sl st to first sc. (6)
Round 2: Ch 1. Work 2 sc into each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (12)
Round 3: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into next st, 2 sc into next st] 6 times. Join with sl st to first sc. (18)
Round 4: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 2 st, 2 sc into next st] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (24)
Round 5: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 3 st, 2 sc into next st] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (30)
Round 6: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 4 st, 2 sc into next st] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (36)
Round 7: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 5 st, 2 sc into next st] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (42)
Round 8-11: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first st. (42)
Round 12: Ch 1. Work [1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc, 1 sc2tog] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (30)
Round 13: Ch 1. Work [1 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc, 1 sc2tog] 5 times. Join with sl st to first st. (20)
Fasten off and weave in all ends on the right side of the cap. Then flip the cap inside out for a unique texture!
- Cut a long strand of embellishment yarn, color B.
- Thread through a hole from Round 1, leaving a short tail underneath the cap.
- Make a French Knot on the surface of the cap.
- Repeat threading the yarn through each hold where you want the French Knot, keeping all unsightly carries under the cap.
- Cut a length of invisible fishing line or thread.
- Fold in half and tie a knot at the end to make a loop.
- Hang the air plant off the loop.
- Thread the loop through the top of the jellyfish cap, and pull up so the air plant gets tucked into the cap.
- Adjust the cap as necessary, and hang!
This was such an easy, quick little project, and would work great as a housewarming gift, or a hanging mobile anywhere in the house. Will you be making 1, 2, or 50?
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