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Air Plant (Tillandsia) FREE Octopus Planter Crochet Pattern

I've recently delved deep, head first, into succulents and air plants. I currently have 7 succulents and close to 30 air plants (each one of a different variety); all sitting or hanging around my desk. With this rate that I'm going, I'm going to eventually run out of desk space; so of course, I have to start crocheting airplant displays.

The reason why I love these airplants is because they are low maintenance and they look and remind me of corals or something that you would find in the sea. Being a scuba diver and living in Canada, I guess the only diving I can do is into collecting airplants. Now folks, this is very addictive. It's almost like collecting Pokemon. You can't just have one. They are all very cute and fancy looking. I love the ones that are not just green; and when I ordered my plants, I didn't know better than enhanced sometimes means they are sprayed with food colouring. So, not to self and others; do not buy enhanced colour plants. Also, I almost bought a striped Medusae, and luckily, before I made the purchase, I soon realized that it was spray painted too! Best to be avoided. So, without further ado, here is the free crochet pattern to my first Octopus Air Plant Display. I hope you like it. I recommend this planter for T.medusae or T. Bulbosa.

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Pattern Notes:

This is an airplant display; with the addition of an airplant, then it will make it look like an octopus, otherwise, you've got no tentacles. This Octopus Air Plant Display measures approximately 3.25" (8 cm) in diameter. Tying the cotton yarn on one end of the airplant and inserting the other end directly through the top of the Octopus and tying a loop together will allow you to hang it to wherever you would like to display it. This is a very quick and simple project and takes less than 30 mins.

Materials & Yarn:

Lily Sugar and Cream Cotton Solid: Coral - get 15% off here

Crochet Hook Size: 3.0 mm

Darning needle

8 mm safety eyes


Ch = Chain

Inc = Increase

(Inv)Dec = (Invisible) Decrease

Sc = Single Crochet

Hdc = Half Double Crochet

Dc = Double Crochet

Tc = Triple Crochet

Slst = Slip stitch

St(s) = Stitch(es)

MR = Magic Ring

F/O = Fasten off

[repeat everything within brackets]



Rnd 1: Inc across all sts (12)

Rnd 2: [Sc, inc] across all sts (18)

Rnd 3: [Sc in the next 2 sts, inc] across all sts (24)

Rnd 4-6: Sc across all sts (24)

Rnd 7: [Sc in the next 2 sts, invdec] across all sts (18)

You can loop the beginning yarn strand through the top hole and form a small loop so you can hang it! Or consider another option below (your choice).

Rnd 8: Scflo across all sts (18)

Rnd 9: [Sc, 3Sc into the next st, Sc into the next 2 sts] repeat across all sts (30)

Rnd 10: [Sc in the next 2 sts, 5sc into the next st, sc in the next 3 sts] repeat across all sts. F/O, leave a long tail to weave in. Place eyes as per picture below.

Another way to secure your plant is to use fishing wire. You can tie the fishing wire on the root and then thread it through the top of the octopus and create a loop to hang it. I think I like this way better because then you can just pop and reverse the octopus when you are watering your plant.


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