Beautify Your Home With Realistic Crochet Houseplants

Real plants can die. Crochet plants can't!

Even if you have killed a houseplant or two in your day, even if your cats chew on any living thing, or even if you just don’t get enough light in your house, you can still have beautiful houseplants decorating your home.

Here are all the crochet houseplants I've made so far (with links to their patterns)

Today’s post contains links to all the patterns I used so you can try them for yourself.

Where to put a (crochet) houseplant: start in your entryway or foyer

Feng shui teaches us that when you first enter a home, you unconsciously look for signs that indicate if it is a comfortable, safe, and inviting space to be.

Foyer with crocheted houseplants

A living plant gives you that positive feedback that your home is connected to nature. It helps you feel safe and sends you the important message that you are doing well in your life.

But what if your foyer is dark and windowless? Fake plants to the rescue! In feng shui, realistic fake plants (not plastic) are ok. So silk plants work.

But in addition, artistic versions like glass, wood, and, yes, knit and crochet plants work great, too!

Where to Get Crochet Patterns for Realistic Houseplants

Pippa Patterns is the genius designer behind these incredibly lifelike crochet flower patterns

I did not create these patterns, I just followed the directions (and learned a LOT about crochet in doing so). These designs are courtesy of Connie Rockliff of Pippa Patterns, and you can find her on Etsy, Ravelry, and PippaPatterns.com.

I found her by browsing on Etsy and I really enjoyed the experience. I added my favorite designs to different collections to keep them all organized.

Her designs use mostly DMC Petra Cotton #5 thread and a 1.5mm crochet hook (more info below). All her patterns are complete photo tutorials, not just the written directions. Even a beginner (see my Beginner Crochet course, below) can follow her tutorials and successfully make these flowers.

Take it a step further with super-realistic creations from Happy Patty Crochet

To really astound yourself, take a look at some of the incredibly fine-gauge designs by designer Happy Patty Crochet.

Made with a 0.5mm hook and size 40 (gossamer-thin) crochet thread, these are the trompe-l’oeil of the crochet flower world.

Here are the two patterns of hers I’ve bought in the hopes of making someday.

If your mind is blown, you’re not alone! They look like the real thing.

What I learned from working on these super-fine projects is that while I prefer the bigger-gauge Pippa Patterns for now, you can improve your technique a LOT by working at a tiny gauge and then going back to a larger one.

Resources: Supplies and Accessories

I got DMC Petra 5 crochet thread and 1.5mm crochet hooks at Wool Warehouse in the UK

I found the best selection of DMC Petra #5 crochet thread at Wool Warehouse in Leamington Spa, UK. They offer super-fast international shipping, which means you could be starting your new crochet houseplant dangerously soon.

They also have a fantastic selection of crochet hooks. I tried several brands.

Don't kill your eyes! Magnify.

One of the best tips I found for easily upping your crochet game is to use a magnifying work lamp. Even if your eyesight is great, why strain to see those teeny-tiny stitches?

I got a Brightech LightView Pro Flex Magnifying Lamp and WOW! Now I can see what I’m doing! It’s an absolute must when working with teeny-tiny size 40 thread.

A new crochet plant or flower for every season

In Feng Shui, it’s considered beneficial to change the plants and decorations in your entryway to reflect the seasons.

This helps keep you in tune with the cycles and rhythms of nature, a big component of the ancient East-Asian concept of good luck (= being in the right place at the right time).

It’s my secret dream to crochet one or several plants for each season, and keep them packed away like Christmas decorations until it’s time to bring them out and enjoy them.

Here are the crochet flower patterns that are on my seasonal wishlist:

Crochet Flowers and Plants for Summer

Crochet Flowers and Plants for Fall

Happy Patty Crochet

Crochet Flowers and Plants for Winter

Start Learning to Crochet Today

Anyone can make amazing crochet creations like the flowers you see above. It all starts with learning the basic stitches and learning to follow a crochet pattern.

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With this class, while you may not be ready to jump into all of these designs, you’ll know the basics enough to understand all the different abbreviations used and be able to follow along with the photo tutorials.

My daughter and I took this class together and had so much fun!

Even though I have crocheted things in the past, I have always been confused about the basics and the anatomy of a crochet stitch. This class was incredibly helpful.

Want a video class specifically on crocheted houseplants?

I’m working on the idea! I’d have to talk to Pippa Patterns to see how we could collaborate on a video tutorial, so no promises yet, but if you ARE interested, make sure you study and practice the exercises in my Beginner Crochet class above.

That way you’ll be ready to learn all the tips and tricks required to easily crochet yourself some stunning houseplants as soon as it’s time.

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Fun Times: Family Photos

Max will be 4 months old by the time you’re reading this! He can now push up briefly while on his stomach, and hold onto the toys Milo places on his chest.

Thankfully for me he still sleeps well on the Boppy after/while nursing, so I can get stuff done like write this blog post.

Milo’s going to preschool 5 hours a day now, which is a blessing for us all. The downside is that he brings home lots of germs and Max has spent a good part of his short life already sick with colds and coughs (and the grownups haven’t been spared either).

We are looking forward to spending some restful nights without anyone coughing, at some point.

Max fell asleep like this!

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Are you going to try your hand at some  crocheted houseplants? Which ones are your favorites? Leave a comment and let me know!

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11 comments

  • Marla Diamond

    Liat – that orchid is spectacular! I have no idea how I will make time to follow along with your crochet orchid class but I will try. Pippa Patterns’ loss. Love the pics of the kids; thanks for sharing your joy ;-))
    Big hugs and lots of love, Marla

  • Congratulations, Liat, on your growing, beautiful, family!

    I’m amazed at how lifelike your crocheted coleus looks.

  • FRances

    I’d love to have classes in crocheting plants! I do possess very fine crochet hooks and masses of fine threads, not sure they’d be the perfect colour for the flowers (and I’m thinking I’s prefer the plants to be the colours they are supposed to be…) I am a knitter rather than a crocheter, in part because I prefer the drape – but for PLANTS crochet would be perfect!

    (I don’t know why, But I couldn’t see any of your photos in the link – but in the post I could see your Max! Congratulations!

  • Lori Tanner

    Hi Liat! The kids are ADORABLE!!!! Thanks for the crocheted houseplant photos – i just forwarded to a friend who crochets – they’re amazing!

  • Sharon Smith

    I so love your emails and look forward to each one. Thanks for sharing!

  • I have crocheted for many years and even did a few flowers. But these are absolutely gorgeous and may motivate me to actually make a few. I have oodles of live plants so would probably need to gift them to others. Your wee ones look beautiful and healthy and growing so fast. Keeping them like that will be easy with lots of Vit D, Vit C, B vitamins, good real food and lots of love which looks like they are getting

  • Hollis

    First, Max is growing up fast! He looks straight on and connects with everything that’s going on in front of him. He looks like he understands, like a Buddha. Also, he reminds me of my mom — Lyla would’ve gone crazy over his cheeks and wrists. She calls the babyfat places “knaiches” and can’t resist gently pinching them! So, thanks for the memories, Max.

    Milo has grown into an independent youngster! He’s just entering that stage when we’re wondering what he’ll be when he grows up. I confess that when I saw him with the truck, I thought “engineer” maybe? At least, something technical (?). Well, que sera, sera …

    Your crocheted flowers just blew me away! I’m eager to take the class and try them out. Also, they give me an excuse to buy fabulous pots for the flowers lol. I didn’t know that you were working with size 40 thread, one of my favorite sizes. Back when I was crocheting lace doilies, I could see well. Nowadays I need reading glasses. Oh well. Getting older is the inevitable outcome of living as long as possible. It beats the other option.

    I still just want to knit knit knit, but I’m also eager to take the crochet class. Thanks for re-sparking my interest and enthusiasm, Liat!

    IMO and experience, size 40 thread isn’t gossamer when compared to size 60-100 thread! I actually used to consider size 40 “fat” and using size 0.5-0.4mm hooks easy! But that was over 20 years ago. I bring no expectations to your class and certainly none to the flowers. But I’m getting excited to try them out.

    Hollis

    P.S. Maybe y’all should take lots of Vitamin C and use lots of disinfectant for hands, home, laundry, etc. I can’t think of anything else for protection from Milo”s fellow students and everyone else he comes into contact with. Good luck with that!

  • Teresa

    I’d love to learn how to make some house plants I don’t have to water! It’s been a very long time since I’ve crocheted anything with thread and a tiny hook, so a class would be wonderful.

  • Teresa

    I can’t believe I just saw Max’s announcement!🤦🏻‍♀️
    He’s amazing, You and Milo are looking good too. 😊
    CONGRATULATIONS! 🎉

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