Upcycle an old food tin whilst using up scraps of yarn to create a Really Useful Pot!
These pots will add colour and charm to any room, and can be used for any number of items - pens, flowers, scraps of yarn, and crochet hooks are just a few suggestions.
Really Useful - and pretty too!
Scraps of yarn - I used 16g of 8ply (Double Knit) acrylic for this project
Clean and dry standard food tin (Please be careful to use tins with a smooth edge only!)
4mm crochet hook
Stitches used (In UK/Australian terms)
Ch Chain stitch
Slst Slip stitch
DC Double crochet
Make a foundation chain of 37 Ch. This should fit tightly round your tin. If it is loose then try reducing it by 3 chains, if it is too short then add 3 chains.
Make a DC in the second Ch from the hook.
Make a DC in each chain to the end. (36 stitches)
Join the last stitch to the top of the first DC, using a Slst. Make sure the ring formed is flat and not twisted.
Chain 3 (counts as a Tr stitch)
Skip 2 DC then make 3 Tr in next DC (counts as one cluster).
Repeat until you have 11 clusters.
Make 2 Tr in same DC as starting 3 chain. The last loop of the second Tr should be made in your next colour. (36 stitches, 12 clusters)
Slip stitch into the next space between clusters and chain 3.
Rounds 3 to 13
Repeat Round 2.
Keeping the same colour as Round 13, chain 1 then make a DC in the same stitch.
Make a DC in each Tr all the way round. On the last stitch, make the last loop with a contrasting colour. (36 stitches)
Continuing with the contrasting colour, make a Slst in each DC and finish off.
Turn inside out and sew in all the yarn tails.
Slip the crochet sleeve over the tin and admire your handiwork!
This pattern is easy to adapt for different sized tins and different weight yarns - just make sure your foundation chain fits tightly round the tin and is a multiple of 3 plus 1. Use a suitable hook for your yarn.
You could also try crocheting other patterns in the round, or crocheting some flowers to sew on the pot sleeve. Have fun experimenting!