Free crochet planter pattern | Teddy bear pot cover

I love crochet and I love plants, so what better way to combine the two than to make a crochet planter! For this crochet planter pattern I used some Moya Asili that I had in my stash. This yarn is quite roughly textured and is great for more sturdy or hard wearing projects like planters and baskets. If you can’t get hold of Moya yarn, then you can easily use some sturdy cotton or even twine.

While I intended for this design to be used as a planter, one could very easily use it as a basket in a play room or nursery. You can also use chunkier yarn and a larger crochet hook for a bigger basket.

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Free teddy bear crochet planter pattern

Notes:

  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • This pattern uses US terminology. For abbreviations, look here.
  • This pattern is worked in continuous rounds. Do not slip stitch to close a round unless instructed to do so!

Requirements:

C / 2.75mm crochet hook

Yarn (4 ply, 80% cotton, 20% viscose rayon)
Main color (MC) 50g Moya Asili in the color Carob
Contrast color (CC) 5g Moya Asili in the color Oak

Less than 1m black embroidery cotton or yarn
2 x 6mm safety eyes (optional)
2 x stitch markers
Yarn needle

To fit a 10 – 11cm diameter pot

Pattern:

Planter (make 1 in MC)
Starting with MC
R1: mr 6 sc (6)
R2: 2 sc in each st (12)
R3: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next. Repeat from * around (18)
R4: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around (24)
R5: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st. Repeat from * around (30)
R6: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around (36)
R7: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 st. Repeat from * around (42)
R8: *sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around (48)
R9: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 7 st. Repeat from * around (54)
R10: *sc in next 8 st, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around (60)
R11: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 9 st. Repeat from * around (66)
R12: *sc in next 10 st. 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around (72)
R13: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 11 st. Repeat from * around (78)
R14: *sc in next 12 st, 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around (84)
R15: sc in blo around (84)
R16: sc around (84)
R17: *sc in next 19 st, sc2tog. Repeat 3 more times (80)
R18 – x: sc around (80)
Slst into first st of rnd and bind off. Weave in yarn tail.
Continue working around until the height of the planter is slightly taller (one or two rows) than the pot you intend to use. For my pot, I worked 28 rounds.

Ears (make 2 in MC)
R1: mr 6 sc (6)
R2: 2 sc in each st (12)
R3: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next. Repeat from * around (18)
R4 – 6: sc around (18)
R7: *sc in next st, sc2tog. Repeat around (12)
R8: Fold in half (i.e. close the open end) and slst through both sides (6)

Leave a yarn tail for joining.

Ear shaping:
Hold the ear with the curved edge facing upwards. Fold one of the bottom corners inwards, approximately halfway, and stitch down. Repeat with the other corner.

Snout (make 1 in CC)
1: ch 5
2: sk 1, sc into the next 3 st
3: 3 sc into the last st. Mark the 2nd st with a stitch marker!
4: Continue on the other side of the chain and sc in the next 3 st.
5. 3 sc in the last st. Mark the 2nd st with a stitch marker! (12 st in round)
6: Continue working around, moving the stitch markers to the 2nd st of each 3 sc cluster as follows; *sc in the next 3 st, 2 sc in next st, 3 sc in next (mark 2nd st), 2 sc in next st. Repeat from * around (20 st in round)
7: *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next, 3 sc in next (mark 2nd st), 2 sc in next. Repeat from * around
8: *sc in next 7 st, 2 sc in next, 3 sc in next (mark 2nd st), 2 sc in next. Repeat from * around
9: *sc in next 9 st, 2 sc in next, 3 sc in next (mark 2nd st), 2 sc in next. Repeat from * around
10: *sc in next 11 st, 2 sc in next, 3 sc in next (mark 2nd st), 2 sc in next. Repeat from * around
11: *sc in next 13 st, 2 sc in next, 3 sc in next (mark 2nd st), 2 sc in next. Repeat from * around
12: *sc in next 15 st, 2 sc in next, 3 sc in next (mark 2nd st), 2 sc in next. Repeat from * around
13: sc in the next 17 st, slst into the next st to close off. (44)

Fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail for joining

crochet teddy bear basket filled with succulents

Assembly
1. Using black embroidery cotton or black yarn, stitch a nose onto the snout.

2. Using the yarn tail, stitch the snout and ears in place and stitch the ears in place.

3. Embroider or add safety eyes** on either side of the snout. 

**Tip: The posts of the safety eyes may stick out on the inside of your work, which will affect how well the pot will sit in the planter. Do not cut the safety eye posts to shorten them as this will weaken the safety eye and it may fall out! The best method to shorten these posts is to gently heat the plastic using a lighter so that it begins to melt. Then press firmly down on the heated plastic with the back of a spoon to flatten the post. You will need to repeat this a few times to fully flatten the post. Please be careful when using this method as both yarn and plastic are highly flammable!!

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Happy stitching!

Yours in craft,
Caitie x

9 thoughts on “Free crochet planter pattern | Teddy bear pot cover

  1. Olsa CETİN Reply

    Thank you, I definitely needed a smile today. 🥰♥️🙋🏻‍♀️

  2. Kay Torrence Reply

    This is so cute I used to collect Teddy bears years ago its so nice to see a pattern that is cute and classy. Question I think the little succulents are darling in the planter how do you care for those?

    • caitie Post authorReply

      Thank you so much for the lovely feedback! Succulents are very easy to care for. They need to be in a bright spot and some can handle direct sunlight too. I water them every now and then but they really don’t need a lot of TLC, which is great!

  3. Kay Torrence Reply

    Thank you so much, the whole package from the bear to the plants are just darling and I look forward to making it, we all need a bit of joy every morning these days

    Have a great one
    Kay

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