The next thing that came to mind was cozies. People wrap all manner of objects up in yarn: teapots, coffee pots, iThings... apples...
I was totally shocked when I found 65 apple cozy patterns on Ravelry.
|Bloepper's version of the Apple Cozy / Jacket pattern by Linda Dawson|
Now a tea/coffee pot cozy makes a bit more sense, as the wool must keep the tea nice and warm. But I couldn't compete with the amazing patterns out there. It's really worth clicking on this search to enter a whole new world of knitting.
|The Beehive Tea Cosy pattern by Patons is free here|
|The Sack of Mice Tea Cosy pattern by Debi Birkin available here|
|Jazzquelin's version of the Barrel Cactus Tea Cozy pattern by Gina Russell|
However... there are only 6 knitting patterns for PLANT POT cozies on Ravelry, and my plant pot corner needed some spicing up. :)
Plant Pot Cozy: Free pattern download here!
Ok, so a plant pot cozy is not an *essential* home item and really serves no purpose whatsoever. At least a teapot cozy keeps your tea warm! To my surprise, I absolutely love it as a home decor item. I especially like how the wool texture sits among the pot ceramic and leaves.
Most of the patterns available are plain knitting. My idea was to mirror the elements of a plant with some kind of motif. Off to the stitch dictionaries, this time flipping through some old Nicky Epstein books.
She has a nice take on the organic, and I got to looking at her extensive leaf motifs. The leaf motif is used over and over in knits with little yarn-overs to show the leaf rib. Wouldn't the perfect place for a leaf motif be on a plant pot?
|Veera Välimäki's Modern Garden Cardigan for download here|
Bonus: a twisted rib for the leaf "stems" provide a lot of stretch! Also, if you just twist the cozy while on the pot, they'll move diagonally and travel along the pot like a cable.
I wrote the pattern flat with a seam because Rowan tends to use flat knitting. However, it is easy peasy to convert in-the-round... just remove the first and last stitch, which are selvedge stitches. See detailed notes on this on knithemiptera's Ravelry project page.
I would recommend folding up the bottom when watering, but it's not essential. Wool is naturally fast-drying and odor-repellent. If you are using Rowan Pure Wool Worsted, it's washable, too!
This is a great stashbuster, only 92 yards of worsted weight yarn required. The cozy fits a very wide range of pots -- in fact, through testing I discovered that it's fabulous on a big square pot!
|See knithemiptera's Aleaf Cozy here!|
|And it looks so great in Noro, too! See Gothknitty's Plant Pot Cosy Ravelry project here.|
If you make one, do tell me how it came out! I'd love to see someone try it on a really big pot. Just cast-off rather loosely and it should work. Now, off to design a humidifier cozy! (Just kidding.)