Drawstring Santa Hat Plant Pot Cover

This is my first ever original crochet design and I would love to get your feedback! 

I created this pattern because I knew I needed to spruce up our FEJKA Ikea Christmas tree. Originally I was going to crochet around the body of the plastic pot it came in, but after placing it in our zombie planter we picked up at FanExpo a few years back I knew I had to make a Santa hat instead.

As a side note, I can’t find the artist that made this planter and I desperately want to buy more. If anyone can identify the artist and send the details my way I would be in your debt!

Materials:
CraftSmart Value Yarn – White (< 1 skein)
RedHeart SuperSaver Yarn – Burgundy (< 1 skein)
You can substitute the above yarn with any medium weight (4) yarn.
5mm Crochet Hook
Clover Pom-pom Maker – 45mm (small yellow)

Stitches Used:
FDC – Foundation Double Crochet
FPDC – Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC – Back Post Double Crochet
SC – Single Crochet
DC – Double Crochet
I-Cord (Red Heart written + video tutorial)

Notes: 
– Pattern is worked in the round and joined with a slip stitch at the end of each row.
– There are no increases or decreases, your stitch count should remain the same for each row.

Hat Brim

Start with your white yarn.
Row 1: FDC an even number of stitches to the desired length to fit the opening of your pot. (56FDC for approx 8in diameter)
Row 2 – 3 : Ch 2, *FPDC in the first stitch, BPDC in the next stitch* repeat around. Join with SLST.

Have a large pot and want/need a wider brim? Add another few rows of alternating FPDC/BPDC before moving on.

Hat Body

Switch to burgundy/red yarn
Row 4 – 14: Ch 1, SC around. Join with SLST.
*** The number of rows is written based on starting with 56 FDC. Depending on the size of your pot opening and your original FDC stitch count, you may need to increase the number of SC rows to ensure that the body of the hat will cover the pot opening when the drawstring is pulled shut.
Row 15: Ch 2, DC around. Join with SLST.
Row 16: Ch 1, SC around. Join with SLST. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Drawstring (I-Cord + Pom-Poms)

Switch to white yarn. Leave a 2-3 inch tail at beginning and end of the cord to make attaching the pom-poms easier.

If you’ve never made an I-Cord before, check out this super easy-to-follow I-Cord tutorial from Red Heart (text quoted below).

Step 1: Start with yarn and an appropriately sized hook. I-Cords are flexible by nature, so if you’d like your finished I-Cord to be stiff, consider using a hook 1 or 2 sizes smaller than what is recommended for your yarn.
Step 2: Put a slip knot on your hook and chain twice.
Step 3: Skip 1 chain and insert your hook into the next chain. You will now have 2 loops on the hook.
Step 4: Wrap the yarn over…
Step 5: …and draw up a loop. You will have 2 loops on the hook
Step 6: Remove the second loop from the hook. (Here’s where things get interesting.) Be careful not to let this loop unravel while it’s off the hook.
Step 7: Wrap the yarn over…
Step 8: …and draw up a loop. Remember not to pull the yarn through too tightly, or it will unravel the loop that’s off the hook (since that loop is still connected to the working yarn).
Step 9: Return the second loop to the hook.
Step 10: Wrap the yarn over…
Step 11: …and draw up a loop. You’ll have 2 loops on the hook.
Continue to repeat Steps 6-11 until your I-Cord is the desired length.
Always remember to avoid pulling the working yarn too tightly to keep your second loop from unraveling when it is off the hook.

Crochet I-cord to your desired length. (approx 13 inches)

Weave your I-cord through your DC row near the top of the hat body. (Row 15)

Pom-Poms: Make two pom-poms using your desired method. I used Clover’s 45mm pom-pom maker.

Attach pom-poms to each end of your I-cord by tieing the pom-pom tails to the I-cord tails nice and tight!

Remember to thread your I-cord through your hat first! The pom-poms act as stoppers to ensure your I-cord remains in the hat and doesn’t slip out.
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You’re done! Slip that bad-boy over your plant pot, draw the strings, and loosely tie together.

 

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